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

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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