Toni Kuhn

March 16, 2015
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Life’s Challanges

This past month has been filled with challenges for me and my husband. It is hard to believe that it has been a month since we moved up to our new home in Pine Mountain Club. We have been adjusting to commuting to work, mountain life, my cat being sick, and dealing with his brother’s heart attack. A lot of changes happened and many struggles have come along, but one thing remained same. We have stuck together and supported each other through all of this. We both understand that many if  these changes and adjustments are out of our control and that we must support each other everyday. His brother’s heart attack made us really look at the big picture of life. To value what is truly important and to let go of things that are not. We cherish each other, our family, our friends, our health and happiness.

So as you are faced with your own life challenges, I hope that you can discover what is really important to you and cherish that: and then be able to let go of the things that do not serve you. This is really where the hard work comes in. Letting go of your need to control the situation, to understand it- for there may not be a reason, and to have the strength to simply let go. It is hard when you in the moment of of a challenge to be able to let go. Be patient and let yourself feel whatever it is you are feeling, then take a step back, find your breath, and use this opportunity to grow. Remind yourself that this a temporary struggle and allow yourself to lean on someone if need be. I have also found that being in touch with nature reminds me of how big and beautiful the world really is and these challenges are small bumps in the long road of life. Take a moment to see the beauty around you and feel gratitude for your life.

I am grateful to my wonderful husband, vet, family and friends for all of the advice and support as I have been adjusting to my new schedule. I am grateful everyday for all of goodness in my life.

Namaste.

me and my kitty

 

Sunrise from my deck

Sunrise from my deck

sunset2

sunset from my drive way

 

March 7, 2015
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Bending For Strength

lightning TreeGraphic_webA tree is only as strong as its ability to bend. It must be able to give  a little when nature pushes against it.  A tree continues to grow upward during the times it is weighted down with snow, rain and wind. After a storm it actually comes out taller, stronger and more beautiful. We can take the nature of trees and apply it to our own lives. Each of us had a storm of one kind or another in our lives. From the most extreme like a death/illness in the family, to a drizzle like an argument with a friend. Of course, there are the heavy rains of dramas in-between those two. If you can allow yourself to bend with these situations, and perhaps let go of the need control it or to always be right,  you will grow from the experience. Perhaps  afterwards, you come out more knowledgeable, more aware, more truthful, and more compassionate to yourself and others. In essence, each storm we face makes us a better person.

March 1, 2015
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Mountain Life & My Personal Growth

I have lived in my new house for two weeks and just finished my first week of commuting. I have learned a lot about mountain life,  and in this short time,  I have grown in ways I never imagined.

Here are the things I have learned so far:

1. To drive on the freeway next to large trucks without being nervous or irritated in sharing the road. I just keep my distance and respect the job they are doing to bring supplies that maintain our sustainability.

2. To plan ahead in my grocery shopping and buy two of everything so I do not run out of things.

3. To get up at 3:30am to give myself time to get ready and drive safely to my 6am classes.

4. To allow myself to enjoy my downtime between my classes in SCV. Instead of frantically running from place to place, I am learning to enjoy the breaks in between to just breathe.

5. To stop and look around at the magnificent nature all around me. Living in the mountains reminds me of how big the world really is and how small some of my problems are. I can take a step back and see my life so clearly now. I can see how blessed I am and feel deep gratitude for all of the great things in my life.

6. To use technology without panicking! I can use my cruise control, use my Bluetooth panel in my car, use a computer outside of my home to check my email, and utilize more functions on my smart phone. ( BTW- these are huge things for me!)

7. To reach out to my new community and take actions to start teaching up here. It is hard to start from scratch and introduce myself, but I have set up a trial yoga class at the local gym so people can meet me.

8. To load my car, lay my clothes out, and gather my food  the night before so that I have everything I need for the next day of work.

9. To drive on the s-curves in the mountain without feeling nervous. I actually look forward to them now! I must say my new Mini Cooper handles like a dream and has made my drive a lot better.

10. To ALWAYS have a flashlight with fresh batteries close by. Especially in the bathroom so that when the power goes out and I am caught naked, I don’t panic and run around in the pitch black looking for a flashlight! ( True story!)

Here are a couple of pictures from this mornings snow fall.

View of my driveway from my office

View of my driveway from my office

March snow 2

View from my front door

 

 

 

February 23, 2015
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All Settled In

Good Morning!

I am all settled into my new home in the mountains. My husband and I are learning a new way of life and it is very exciting! I have been busy setting up the house and unpacking. It feels wonderful to let go of things I do not use and utilize just what I need to run the house. My husband has become an expert at making a fire in our stove that heats the house. He has been busy in the garage with sorting boxes, installing new electric garage door openers and making room for our cars. We can proudly say we have unpacked enough boxes to have both cars in the garage!

I am back to my full teaching schedule this week. I will be working in SCV on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Click on the tab “Toni’s Class Schedule” tab at the top of the page to see where I am teaching. Additionally, I will continue to see private clients in SCV. If you are interested in setting something up, click on the tab below to contact me.

I will be posting about my yoga retreats soon. I am still getting settled up here and getting used to my new schedule. I just got my first private client up here and I am very excited!

Thank you all for supporting this move. Everyone has been so helpful from helping me pack, giving me boxes, helping me unpack, covering my classes, and being flexible with my scheduling changes. I feel so blessed to have so many kind and wonderful people in my life.

Here are a couple of pictures from last night’s snow fall.

Peace and Love.

 

view from upper deck

view from upper deck

view from driveway

view from driveway

February 9, 2015
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Where’s Toni?

Tony_Kuhn_Lindsay_Schlick_Yoga_101212_-166srgbwm.jpgHello everyone!  I am moving this Saturday February 14 and I will be taking a few days off to move. My new email address is toni4yoga@gmail.com.  My phone number will remain the same. You can also contact me through this website and Face Book.

Additionally, I wanted to make sure you know where I am still going to be teaching out here in the Santa Clarita Valley. I am also still seeing private clients out here.  I teach at Princess Cruise, but is only for their employees.

Yoga Works- this is a great place to deepen your yoga practice. They offer Pilates, TRX, Ballet bar, and many varieties of yoga classes. If you call them, mention my name and you will receive a special discounted rate. (661) 799-2645

I teach Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday  6 am Yoga level 1& 2

Total Women- this is a great place if you are looking for gym style classes. They offer yoga, Pilates, TRX, cycle, Zumba, Body Sculpt, Body Shred, Ballet Core, and more. Additionally, they have a full weight room floor and cardio equipment, personal trainers, steam room, sauna, and a full service spa. If you call them, mention my name and you will receive a special discounted rate. (661) 286- 0229

I teach Monday 10am Yoga Therapeutics, Tuesday 8:30am Cycle & 9:30am Body Scuplt, Thursday 10am Yoga Therapeutics. They may be adding a 10 am yoga class for me next month. 

I hope to see you soon!

Namaste.

February 6, 2015
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Yoga Playlist – Dance mix

I had some requests for the playlist I used today at LA Fitness. Here it is. Enjoy! 

Name Artist
Tibetan Meditation Music Under the Rain Shakuhachi Sakano
Like Real People Do Hozier
Origami Crane Trevor Hall
Let Your Hair Down MAGIC!
Bam Bam Sister Nancy
Spark the Fire Gwen Stefani
Lips Are Movin Meghan Trainor
Living For Love Madonna
Latch (feat. Sam Smith) Disclosure
You Here Luca Fioretti
Better Together Jack Johnson
You and Me Dave Matthews Band
Life Support Sam Smith
Only Love Ben Howard
Gravity Sara Bareilles
The Prayer (Peaceful Songs) Shakuhachi Sakano

January 31, 2015
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Moving To Pine Mountain Club

Yesterday at the gym I made the announcement that I am moving to Pine Mountain Club on February 14.  I am giving up my Sunday classes so that I can enjoy my new home with my husband on his days off from work. I have been teaching on Sundays for over 15 years and it is time to take them off. One of the places I teach at has a two class minimum and so in giving up my Sunday class, they said I could no longer have my Friday class unless I picked up a second class with them. As of right now, they don’t have anything that fits my schedule,  so February 8 is my last class there. This was a very hard decision for me and I agonized over it for a long time.  I am very sad to give up my Sunday & Friday classes  and I will miss  my gym family very much.  Thank you all for the years of dedication to my classes and for making my job so much fun.

On a good note,  I will still be teaching in the Santa Clarita Valley. I will be teaching down here on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I will be keeping all of my other classes and may be adding more from other facilities. As of right now I will be teaching at Yoga Works, Total Women, and Princess Cruise.  I will still be seeing my private clients out here and up at my new home. Additionally, I will be hosting Wellness/Yoga Retreats out of my new home! Look for more information on that in the Spring.

You can contact me through this website, Facebook or cell phone. My email on my business card may be changing with the move, but I will be sure to add the new one Facebook. I am pretty sure I will be keeping my gmail account so you can reach me at this email address too.  toni4yoga@gmail.com

Thank you all for the love and support during this transition in my life. I am very excited to begin a new chapter in my life with my family.

Here are some pictures of my new home. Maybe you will come up for a visit!

house

View from upper deck

View from upper deck

drive way

drive way

 

Toni & Doug  New home, new Mini in the snow

Toni & Doug
New home, new Mini in the snow

View from the lower deck

View from the lower deck

View from our bedroom

View from our bedroom

New home at subset

New home at sunset

December 6, 2014
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Sincerity

I have been working on learning how to receive without guilt and to enjoy the generosity/sincerity of others. So many times I find myself speechless and humbled by the kind words and actions of my students. I am so happy that I am able to touch peoples life in such a positive way, yet I still feel inadequate at times. My mind shuffles through thoughts of “I am just doing my job””, or “I am just a yoga a teacher”,   and even ” Am I worthy of such gratitude and grace?” Recently a student posted a note on my website that stirred these thoughts again. Only this time, I stopped the shuffling and simply enjoyed her words. I let myself be open to them. And you know what? My heart swelled, my self doubt lessened, and I let myself receive her sincerity.

During the next few weeks, as you are busy preparing for the holidays, pause a moment and make sure your actions are sincere. Are you doing all of these things out of obligation or because you genuinely want to? And then, notice if you are receiving someone else’s sincerity with an openness and taking the time to truly appreciate their efforts. Try not to let the busyness of the holidays take away from the purity of what we give to each other.
SINCERITY sincerity-causes-the-smallest-of-good-yasir-qadhi

November 9, 2014
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Restoring Balance

You may find yourself trying to balance more things in your life as we enter the holiday season. In order to remain calm and happy, you must learn how to decide what to hold on to, and what to let go of. Ask yourself questions like:

” Do I really need to make such an elaborate meal for my family”?

“Do I really need to have so many people over for a meal”?

“Can I ask for help with hosting the party this year”?

“Why am I holding on to this anger and frustration with this person”?

“Why am I working so hard only to find myself exhausted”?

Sometimes we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to entertain, host, and please our family and friends. Ask yourself if your are doing this out of obligation or the shear joy of it. If you find that you do enjoy it, but it is very hard to do on your own, ask for help. Split up the work and let some of the things go.

Sometimes we find that certain people in our lives cause us pain and frustration. This could be a family member or a friend. You have to decide if you want to hold on to the relationship or let it go. Remind yourself that you always have a choice in a relationship. No one has to stay in a relationship, even if it is a family member.

Sometimes you have to ask yourself very difficult questions to bring balance in your life. It is never too late.

  • Sit.
  • Contemplate.
  • Breathe.
  • Let go of what is no longer serving you and balance will be restored.

Rumi quote - letting go

October 26, 2014
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A Second Chance

Last night my husband and I attended a wedding of a close friend of ours from high school. It was such a beautiful and genuine wedding. The love and energy surrounding the bride and groom was extraordinary. We went to high school with the bride and had witnessed her life and death struggle the last 12 years. She had severe kidney failure and desperately needed a kidney transplant. She had been on the waiting list for years and was literally at the maximum for dialysis treatment. She needed a donor as soon possible or she would die. Then one day, she met a guy on line and after 3 months of dating he offered to donate a kidney. He was a match and they did the surgery right away. Last night, I had the honor of seeing these two get married. It was such a beautiful ceremony and I had tears of joy the whole time. My friend is not only alive and well, but she is starting a new life with a man who is absolutely wonderful and cherishes her. He said he was the lucky one. She lit up the room with her pure love for life. We left with a new respect for life, for love, and for second chances.
caryn wedding