YOGA I missed you.

This fall has been amazing but also has been super busy and somewhat stressful due to a few new changes in the last two months.  I had three amazing trips pretty much back to back- Italy, Cuba and Disney. Talk about a good time, but with that comes packing and un-packing, a slowly draining bank account, stressing about making up missed school work, and pretty much, two weeks worth of colds which made me lazy and lethargic.

With all that is going on I have had very little Yoga time, and have been eating on the go mostly. My body is begging me to follow my normal eating habits! This is probably the first time I have not practiced yoga for three weeks straight in over 4 years so this feels super foreign to my body. I feel like I have aged 40 years.  It hurts to do a forward fold.  I am stiff, notice lower back pain, constipated, irritable, less balanced and feel heavy. Heavy in step, my balance is off, heavy with stress and my upcoming tuition/credit Jesus Christ Christmas is coming bill. My digestive system is NOT happy with me at all. Too much candy and wine… not enough nutrients. The last two weeks I have been crazy with sugar and dairy…two things I have reduced in my diet significantly because it makes me feel better!

I finally started back up with a new job I love that pays well. ( phew ) My days are long again but I don’t mind. Last night I was so tired (and lazy) by the time I got home from work I literally just crawled into bed with a huge glass of wine, one Reese’s Pieces cup, a few “fun sized” twix bars ( I may or may not have stolen from a kids Halloween bucket…who have I become) two kit-kat bars and eight Hershey kisses later, that was my dinner.

When I awoke at 5AM thanks to all the sugar with a headache from the wine, and severe heartburn from both the sugar and the wine I decided I have had enough.  I am done with feeling shitty. I went to my math class, and came straight home to clean my yoga space (my porch) so that my DAILY practice can begin again. I stepped on my mat this afternoon and smiled. Oh Yoga I have missed you and all you do for me mentally and physically. Please make all the aches and pains go away.  I thank you, I am forever grateful for you, and I will never leave you Yoga, I promise, never again! BYE BYE stress! BYE BYE heartburn BYE BYE stiffness! (can’t touch this)

Note: I hope this little minor rant inspired anyone who has fallen off track in their life, whether it be diet, goals, routines, hobbies, relationships etc. I say minor because this is such a little problem to have in the world we live in today. I am grateful for all that I have and know how blessed I am. I have a roof over my head, I have my loved ones, I have my health. I’m not complaining I am simply just showing an example that I think everyone of us faces. It’s ok to self sabotage. You can always start over, you can always start new. By falling off the ban wagon with my diet and yoga routine I realized HOW important it really is to practice every single day, to move and stretch my body, to meditate and quite my mind, to observe what I put in my body, how is it making me feel, and what is it doing for me. Remember there is always a positive in a negative.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

XOXO

CC

 

Beach Yoga!

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I am beyond excited to share with y’all that I will be teaching beach yoga this summer in Lavallette through Breathe Life Sangha Yoga Studio. Classes will take place on the oceanfront at Trenton Ave every Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 – 8:30AM. We have a great line up of amazing teachers from the studio set up to teach. Classes are open to all levels and cost $10.00 for a drop in. Children under 13 are free.  (please bring cash)

To sign in online, more information or to view the schedule visit their website: www.BreatheLifeSangha.com

Dates I am teaching:

Saturday June 17th

Friday July 7th 

Saturday July 22nd

Saturday August 5th

Friday August 11th 

Saturday September 2nd 

Friday September 8th 

Tips:

  • Make sure your wearing waterproof sunscreen so if you sweat it does not run in your eyes.
  • Bring a large beach towel as a mat.
  • Don’t forget water for hydration
  • Bug spray incase there are flies
  • Bring your friends!

So so looking forward to this and hope to see you on your mat at the sea!

XOXO

CC

 

Warrior Pose for Pets

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that I will be teaching a special Yin class to help raise funds for The Brodie Fund, which helps pets fight cancer. Whether you’re new to yoga or not, what better way to get introduced to the Yin practice while helping out our furry friends! This class is open to all levels. Meditation and the use of essential oils will be used in class for the ultimate relaxing experience.

For more information or to sign up online visit: http://www.breathelifesangha.com/workshops-events.html

XOXO

CC

6 Week Yin Series

img_5316I am beyond excited to kick this series off this weekend! What to expect? Detox the body, feel more energized, healthy, flexible and less stressed. Sign up for my 6 week Yin series- a holistic approach for proper organ function. You can sign up for one or all the classes.  In each class we will be working on 2 of the 12 meridian channels. I incorporate the use of oils and mediation and will give you the tools you need to start or strengthen your meditation practice….how to calm the mind, leaving the to do lists at the door, focusing on yourself and only yourself. Remember when we feel great others around us will feel your vibes. The series begins on Saturday January 7th at 9:30 am at Breathe Life Sangha in Toms River NJ. Hope to see you on the mat! http://www.breathelifesangha.com/

My new obsession

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Why is Young Living my new obsession? It is a natural way to keep the mind and body happy and healthy. I have been more aware then ever as to what I put on and in my body. I can’t say I am totally chemically free or vegan or vegetarian but I do my best to make healthy choices. I was recently introduced to the line Young Living by my amazing boss. Not only do they sell essential oils, but they sell vitamins, beauty products, house hold cleaners , etc.

I started with the starter kit and am obsessed. It is the best and cheapest way to be introduced to the oils. Every month I order anything I run out of that I use on a daily basis as well as 2-3 new products. My bucket list of things I want to try are super long so that system helps with my budget best. Below are the three products I ordered this month and HIGHLY recommend. ( I only post reviews on products that have significantly worked )

Wolfberry Eye Cream: I have been using the eye cream for about two weeks now and I must say I am super impressed. It has faded sun spots, and leaves the eye area feeling refreshed eliminating any bags from not enough sleep. It is light weight and has a refreshing scent. I know it is an eye cream but I also use it on the tops of my hands. I noticed in just two weeks the tops of my hands are softer, and my freckles on my hands have faded significantly. This product is perfect for those wanting to prevent and correct damaged aging skin without any harsh chemicals.

Patchouli Oil: Since the tops of the hands and neck area are the first signs of aging, I am always trying to keep those areas out of the sun and moisturized. Ever hear the saying “You can tell a woman’s age by her hands”? That has always stuck in my mind. I am in the habit of keeping Patchouli oil in my purse to keep those areas moisturized at all times. Not only is it used to promote healthy skin but you can defuse it for emotional release and it aids in nausea support. I love the earthy scent, it reminds me of my Bali days.

White Angelica Oil:  This oil is a blend of essential oils that calm and soothe, promote feelings of strength and protects agains negative energy. As teachers we are healers. People come to yoga for many different reasons but they all have one thing in common…they are looking for a release, looking for some comfort and looking at you for some guidance. I have had students who suffer from severe depression, anxiety, going through divorces, death, mentally/physically handicap due to major accidents, sickness , etc. I am an emotionally sensitive person….Always have been and always will be.  I touch each and every one of my students. Their energy definitely radiates through me. Sometimes energies can be overbearing and sometimes these energies have nothing to do with my personal feelings. By applying this oil topically it helps to keep my aura in check so that I have nothing but positive vibes to exchange with my students to help them through any tough time they may be going through. I care immensely about my students and will always go out of my way to help one in need. Being a teacher is my calling, its one of the best parts of my life. Love love love you all!

If you have any questions or would like any other information regarding the brand or would like to sign up feel free to shoot me an e-mail 🙂

Xo

C

My remedies on healing a broken heart:

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This is something every person on the planet can relate too. We have all had our hearts broken. Whether it was an ex lover, loss of a person, or health wise such as a heart attack or any other cardiovascular illness we have all had that gut wrenching pain in our hearts where it hurts to breathe. Below are a few tips for those looking to turn their frowns upside down. Because in reality, there is no greater feeling than to be loved and to love in return.

1. Carry a rose quartz crystal everywhere with you! Known as the “love stone” this pink crystal has powerful energy that resonates with the heart chakra. The heart chakra is responsible not only for the love of other people but it is responsible for the love we have for ourselves.  This crystal has a powerful effect on healing your emotional state and aiding in relationship problems by producing peaceful and calming sensations that help dissolve anger and resentment helping us feel compassion and forgiveness. I typically carry my stone in my pocket book and use it during mediation and yoga. You can also wear the crystal around the neck that way the energy of the crystal will resonate out into your whole aura. I personally got my stone from the dessert in Australia but you can get the stone anywhere. I recommend this site as well.  http://www.crystalhealingshop.com

2. Rose oil: Apply topically to the temples during mediation or any heart opener pose. Apply some to the wrist as well to keep you balanced throughout the day. Rose oil boosts self esteem, confidence and mental strength. It also relieves anxiety. Not only will you have a happy heart and mind, its light sweet scent will make you smell good too. Any natural rose oil will do but I am OBSESSED with my Young Living Rose oil and highly recommend it. Not only can you use it for balancing your heart chakra and healing your heart,  but it is perfect for dry or aging skin. If your interested in ordering send me an email: ccolombino43@gmail.com.

3. Meditation: Don’t be afraid to sit with yourself and your thoughts. Choose a mantra that is different every day. “I will forgive XX,” “I will let go of XX” “This no longer serves me” I am open to love”  are just a few affirmations you can chant silently while meditating.

4. Heart healing bath….(wine suggested but optional) A good soak in the tub can always wash away any negativity and help calm the mind. Plus, you’re pampering yourself! Not only does this help with balancing the heart chakra but your skin will feel nice and soft and will release and toxins by the use of the Epsom salt.

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil

10 drops of rose oil

Little bit of Epsom salt.

5. Reading: When one is going through a difficult time, sleep may not come easily. Laying in bed going over painful thoughts in your mind over and over…it can be a nightmare! Reading has helped me personally with sleep and escape from painful realities if I was going through a tough time. Before bed, put all electronics away including social media. Pick up a book and read until your eyelids can’t stay open any longer. I suggest investing in a book light so you can read with the lights off and not have to get out of bed to turn them off.  ( Unless your fancy and have clap on clap off…Always wanted that!! ) Anyhow, Reading is a way to loose yourself in a fairy tale world which sometimes we need to do. It is also a great way to learn. Learning is a huge way to better ourselves. Learning a language, a background, a point of view…anything. It makes you well rounded and cultured. It will also inspire you. Inspire you to be a better person, and give you ideas on future adventures. Reading every night before bed is still part of my routine. It’s something I can’t get enough of and look forward too at the end of my day. One day, I will have a library in my home imitating the one from Beauty and the Beast with the ladder and all. I will have a circle tufted ottoman that I lay on and read books all day everyday. Thats my fairy tale 😉

6. Practicing forgiveness: Forgive the person who has wronged or hurt you. Make peace with it. If you try and “get revenge” the person who will suffer in the long run will be you. Being rejected is one of the worst feelings in the world. This takes time and this takes work to get over. Acting like you are at peace and happy one day and then acting mean and bitter the next day is not proving anything positive. You may be able to fool other people but you will never be able to fool yourself.

7. Remember: “TIME HEALS ALL”. This is something that I have always said and live by. Each day that we face the pain, it will get smaller and smaller as the days pass on. Relax and breathe. You are loved.

 

One of the proudest moments of my life

Below is a journal entry from the day I graduated from my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training and I smile every time I read it. Just a little reminder that we can do anything we put our mind too. Give yourself more credit. Breathe through your fears….and love yourself.

February 15, 2015:  I have never in my life worked harder at anything then this. It was not just about physical strength on a mat doing fancy poses. It was the chain of events that brought me to this moment. Moving, leaving my career for the unknown, facing fears of going to a far away place away from all of my loved ones. Can I really do this physically and mentally? I’m older I should be thinking about settling down and most importantly facing the same question everyday…WTF am I doing with my life. Well it was worth it. I have pushed my body physically when it would not move, mentally when I could not think and embraced the unknown with open arms. I would not have been able to do this without the love of my family, friends, yogi family here in Bali and all my amazing yoga teachers in my life. Most importantly I realized here none of this would be possible without the love I have given myself for being brave and taking the biggest leap of faith to follow dreams..not ideas. Thank you to my teachers for bringing that out in me.

Xo

C

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Day of graduation consisted of beers and tequila celebrations with my Bali fam<3 

 

 

5 things Yoga has taught me:

 

  1. Honor your body: This is one that I am most proud of. Our society seems to be obsessed with achieving the perfect body….But what is the perfect body? It is a personal preference and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’ll tell you what my idea of a perfect body is…a healthy and happy one.  I have stretch marks on my hips, a little bit of cellulite, a mini roll (that I’m saving for later…get it)? when I sit and scars all over my body from my invasive Melanoma which left me scared not only physically but mentally as well. No, I do not have a six pack, perfectly perfect skin or huge boobs……BUT I can tell you what I do have.
  • Two eyes that have seen some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets all over the world
  • Two arms that are able to wrap around all my loved ones giving them the biggest cuddles
  • Two legs that have taken me to some of the most amazing places all over the world and walked out of fears path
  • Wrinkles forming around my eyes showing off all the laughing, smiling and sunshine I have gotten over the years
  • Oh and a nice booty that is nice and full to support my sitting in a lounge chair eating and sipping cocktails in the summer all day habit 😉

So what if I don’t have abs? I enjoy food WAY to much to ever say “I can’t have that”. My hearty appetite has led me to eat all different kinds of food all around the world which plays a huge part in experiencing other cultures and have gained friends from all around the world because of it. So what I have scars? They show your strength and add character. So what if I have a dimple here or there…I embrace my curves. I do not see these things as imperfections. This is real. This is me. If you don’t like don’t look. At the end of the day my point is this, I want to live in a healthy body and have happiness pouring out from my roll (insert crying laughing emoji) How we feel about our bodies is an inside job. Yes, it helps that a special someone has come into my life and reminds me every single day that I am the most beautiful sexy person ever but I felt confident and secure before him. People can come and go in your life but how you view yourself is all that matters. No one can take that from you. Use your body to its fullest potential and stop focusing on what it looks like.

2.  Let go of things that no longer serve you: It’s just as simple as that. It’s not easy to let go, but it is much more painful to try and hold on to something that wants to pass. I accepted that I no longer was meant to be a fashion publicist. The change and adjustment was hard but I honor the moments I was in it and look forward to the future. This also goes for our relationships. Sometimes we are not meant to be friends with every person that has touched our lives forever and for always. Embrace the good moments you have had and lightly let them go. No need to be mead when doing so. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy and never dwell on the past. Trust the universe. Everything happens for a reason. I know this for a FACT!

3. Breathe: Before you respond to anger, hurt, sadness….breathe. Is it really what you want to say? How do you really feel?  Our words have a way of staying with people so never try and say something just to hurt someones feelings just because we are hurting inside. When you are facing fear in the face….breathe. All will be ok in the end. When your stressed and having a bad day….breathe, someone else is having a worse day then you. When you get a delicious meal….breathe….for you know in a few moments when you devour it you will have to open your button on your jeans….or is that just me? Our breath is very important. It helps calm the mind and keep us sane.

4. Be present…and ok with it: Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in it that we forget what we have in front of us. Never dwell on the past, it is what it is and you can only learn from it and move on. Every experience we have good and bad is meant to teach us something. No one is perfect…NO ONE. (except for boo boo ba ba head…my niece) Don’t worry too much about the future, it is not here yet so you don’t know what your cards will be. Focus on now. How you feel, how you love and what your grateful for, because things can change at a drop of a dime.

5. You can achieve more than you think: This is another big one. In the last 4 years I have overcome so many fears its kind of insane. Yes I am known to hop on a flight at any given moment and am a world traveler. Yessss. BUT I was super afraid of planes and still am!! Like super super! When I was sick I looked back and said to myself, what have you done with your life? What have you achieved? A ton of designer things didn’t count….Didn’t make me feel good. I promised myself then and there that if I can overcome this I WILL 100% live life 100% of the time. Money, time, a person or FEAR will not hold me back. I want to see places people read about but never visit. And the glorious thing is I have and then some! Experience is far more valuable then money ever will be. Another fear….bugs. All my Bali peeps can attest to this. But I managed to sleep and live with bugs the size of house pets and came out of it just fine….kinda. What I am trying to say is we can do whatever we really want to do. Just breathe and move through it one step at a time. What’s the worst thats going to happen? Like I say to my students every class…”I am powerful, I am strong and I am loved”.

xoxo

CC

 

Transitioning from student to teacher

Transitioning from student to teacher can be overwhelming. I am always going to be a student. I am one who is eager to learn and am comfortable enough in my own skin to know I am not always right and do not have all the answers. I do love teaching and making a positive impact on others, making them feel good physically and mentally. It is truly the best job in the world.

Teaching the first month for me was intimidating and scary. Then I remembered…I came to yoga to get rid of any anxiety and negative thoughts..so why am I feeling them when I step on my mat? I took a step back from the situation and I realized that you can’t really mess up and if you do “Oh well”, whats the worst thats going to happen? (my life motto) Yoga is peace, and should be fun and lift you up. Each teacher is unique and has their own way of teaching. Embrace that and let them inspire you. You do not need to mold yourself into trying to be like your teachers. Your light shines brightest when you are true to your self. As time goes on you will find yourself in your own groove and you will look back and laugh on why you were intimidated in the first place. I wanted to share with those who are new to teaching  tips that I found useful.  Practice makes perfect in both teaching and in your own practice.

Tuesdays Tip: Oils

I always like to focus on adjustments in my classes. Personally when I take a class, when I am touched it relaxes me. I make sure to focus on the lower back and shoulders in the beginning of class and brow bone at the end of class during savasana.  Oil can be tricky, everyone has a different scent preferences and skin sensitivities. Here are a few things to  keep in mind when trying to pick an oil to use:

  • Light in scent
  • Something that is natural, some people have super sensitive skin
  • Something that absorbs into the skin so you do not leave any oily residue behind

Weleda Oil is my go too. I personally love the Rose scent, I use it on my students especially while working on the heart chakra. Weleda stands by their meaning “ When we say all natural we mean all natural”. – Weleda

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No synthetic chemicals
  • No synthetic anything
  • No animal testing

The oil comes in a nice size which will last a while. You can purchase them at any Whole Foods or on their website: http://usa.weleda.com/natural-products/natural-body-oil.aspx

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Thank you universe…for making me Auntie CC

Thank you universe for my life. Thank you for my amazing friends and neighbors..old and new who make life fun, have my back and always make me laugh. Thank you for my amazing family who have been my rock and I love you to the moon and back. Sometimes I panic and think life is too good….I am too happy….something bad is going to happen. In these moments I am thankful for my yoga practice, which grounds me and comforts me and puts my mind at ease. Yoga has made my life easy. Thank you universe for putting yoga in my path. Thank you universe for my health and courage. If I did not have courage, I would not have traveled to all the places I have traveled to this year, and met all the beautiful souls I met along the way. Thank you for my journey. Thank you for putting me exactly where I need to be, when I need to be there. Thank you for teaching me a very important lesson this year….always trust the universe…it has plans for you that maybe you do not see at the time, but were exactly right for you. Thank you universe for my students, each and every one…they are so special to me.  Most importantly thank you to my sister for not only introducing me to Yoga, which has changed my life for the better….thank you for giving me the best gift of all…..My little piccolina. Since you have come into my world, my heart has never felt so full.  My favorite time of day is when I get to see you, and your my favorite napping partner. I love you more then you could ever know forever and for always. I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving full of lots of love and laughter.  Try and meditate today for a few moments and reflect on what you have to be grateful for, even if it is just one thing.

xoxo

Auntie CC

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