Toni Kuhn

August 23, 2015
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Serenity

 

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Serenity is defined as:

  1. The state of being serene; calmness; peacefulness.
  2. A lack of agitation or disturbance.

 Synonyms

  • sereneness
  • tranquility
  • harmony
  • peace

I find that sometimes we are in a constant state of searching for serenity. Trying to satisfy this need by accumulating things or resisting the series of natural changes in our lives. On Friday, my son went back to school and I was very sad to see him leave. But this is a natural change that happens in life. Our kids grow up and learn to live independently. Now my life has shifted back into a place where I can enjoy my beautiful mountain home alone with my husband. We have spent all of our adult lives raising and providing for our kids, and now we can enjoy spending time together. I miss my son incredibly, but I also love this precious time with my husband. Once I stopped resisting the natural change of my son leaving, I found serenity in my own home.  These two quotes resonate deeply with me.

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
    ― Lao Tzu
  • “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
    ― Swami SatchidanandaThe Yoga Sutras

 Yoga is a wonderful path to serenity. I would love to have you in one of my classes or see you for a private lesson. Or, you can purchase one of my yoga DVDs for $5.00. DVD 1 is standing poses and core work. DVD 2 is standing poses and balance poses using the wall for support ( you can do this video with or with a wall) Both DVDs are level 1, easy to follow, and have stretching and relaxing too. If you would like a copy, you can FB, email or contact me through this website.

Have a beautiful day.

Pause. Breathe. Look around. Serenity is right in front of you.

Namaste.

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August 15, 2015
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PMC Anniversary

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girls weekend retreat Aug 15-16 2014

Exactly one year ago today I took my first trip up to Pine Mountain Club. It was love at first sight and I knew the moment I arrived that this was the place my husband had been looking for. His heart has always belonged to small town living, and PMC was exactly what he wanted. I came up here for a girls weekend that my dear friend Cindy Kotler was hosting. She invited our girl’s group up for a relaxing weekend and yoga. I taught my first mini retreat that weekend to my friends and it was so fulfilling teaching in this environment.  Two weeks later I brought my husband up here and once again the Kotlers offered their hospitality. Well to no surprise my husband fell in love with PMC and we started looking for cabins to purchase that very weekend. The last house we looked at was the one we are living in now. It was featured in an open house and had already had over 50 people look at it and had three offers. The second my husband walked up the stairs he knew this was his house. We resigned ourselves to the fact that this house was sold. We went home still thinking about this house. For about a month we kept researching houses up here on-line and even went and looked at a ton more. Nothing lived up to this house. We decided that our timing was off and we created a five-year plan to move up here. Well one weekend we were coming up here again to stay with the Kotlers and on our way here we got a notification that this house fell out of escrow! That second we called our realtor and said we wanted it! Now we own it and are so happy!

So much has happened since that first day I came up here. Not only did I move up here, but I have grown in so many ways. I feel more connected to nature and the world I live in.

Here is what happened in just one year…..

1. We sold our house that we lived in for 16 years in SCV.

2. We bought this house in PMC.

3. Our son started college at UC Davis.

4. Our daughter became a college professor at San Diego State and two community colleges in SD.

5. I began hosting yoga retreats.

6. I have made yoga DVDs.

7. I teach yoga classes up here in PMC.

8. I have become a part of the PMC business community.

It is amazing what can happen in just a year. Many of my dreams and aspirations have come into light and I have faced many of my fears. I never in a million years thought I would be here living in mountains, teaching yoga, and making yoga DVDs. I feel so blessed and I happy. It’s weird to think how one weekend adventure with my friends changed my life.

We never know what future holds or how it will unfold. Sometimes we have to take a chance, trust our gut and just go for it! We have no idea how one small thing can blossom into something so full and amazing. Take a chance, take a leap and ASCEND to the future.

Namaste.

my first mini yoga retreat Cindy Kotler's deck 8-16-2014

my first mini yoga retreat
Cindy Kotler’s deck 8-16-2014

Kotler house

Kotler Cabin

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View from our deck

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our deck for yoga retreats

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mountain sunset

 

August 10, 2015
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Fear

 

IMAG1100 IMAG1115The past couple of weeks I have had to face several fears. Three times I have had very unusual and scary road conditions on my commute. One day it was raining so hard I was submerged on the freeway all the while the emergency broadcast warning came on stating there was a flash flood warning right where I was driving. Another time there was a fire right next to the freeway where I could see the flames and the wonderful firefighters climbing straight towards the flames to battle it down. Then another time there was a terrible accident on the freeway and we were completely stopped for over an hour. These incidents made me feel so much gratitude for all of the firefighters, paramedics and policeman that help us during these catastrophes. I also absolutely love my Mini Cooper as she handled these situations with so much ease and I felt very safe driving her. ( yes, my car is female- she is strong, beautiful and can handle anything!)

Another fear I have faced is that my 12 year old cat is struggling to level out his diabetes. He will be staying at the vet’s office for several days so his amazing vet can try to figure this out. It has been a tough few weeks with the messes he left around the house. He was telling me he was sick and know that, but it still has been very hard. What is scary is my vet is having trouble figuring out what’s wrong, but she is determined to figure it out. She did her thesis on feline diabetes so I have confidence and faith she will get to the bottom of this.

Finally, another fear I faced was getting in front of the camera. I have made two yoga DVD’s that I recorded with the help of my friend Celia and my son. I recorded them up here at Ms. Fit Gym and used my own equipment. I cried after watching these videos. I suffer from poor body image and I never thought I was good enough to be in front of the camera. I am still very uncomfortable, but I am beginning to understand that it is not how I look, but what I can offer to my students in my videos. I don’t need to be a size 2 and a pretty face, I just need to be me and teach a great and safe yoga session.

So after this past week of facing some of my fears head on, I am looking forward to a relaxing day at my next yoga retreat on Saturday August 22. I still have a few spots left if you are interested in joining me for a relaxing day in the mountains filled with healing and serenity. Just click on the link below for the information.

Namaste.

Toni’s Serenity Retreat

July 26, 2015
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Feeling Free

Yesterday I gave my third yoga retreat out of my home. It was a magical day filled with many emotional break throughs, love, happiness, and feeling free of our daily constraints. There was a lot of feelings being expressed in tears, laughter, hugs and dancing. The theme of the the day was finding freedom and experiencing peace. I think these quotes sum up our day.

“The white fathers told us, “I think therefore I am”, and the Black mother within each of us- the poet- whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free”- Audre Lorde

“Celebrating my ability to feel is a way to be fully free”.- Anne Wilson Schaef

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July 19, 2015 by tkuhn5792 | 2 Comments

I have faced one of my biggest fears and finally recorded a mini video of myself. I am very camera shy so this is a huge obstacle for me. One of my clients has asked me to make a video for her to use as a home practice for herself. I must admit I went into panic mode at the thought of being in front of the camera! So I just went for it and did a test run! The next step of facing my fear is to publish it, so here it goes! The quality of the video  is not the best as it is from my phone. When I actually make the video it will be with a good camera with my mountain view behind me.

June 27, 2015
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My birthday

Today is keep-calm-i-m-blessed-its-my-birthday-lovin-lifemy 46th birthday!  Birthdays are not about presents and cake- although who does not enjoy both! It is about taking a moment and celebrating life, love & happiness! The most precious things I have received are the sincere, loving birthday wishes from so many wonderful people. Your words have touched my heart and mean so much to me. As I am taking a moment to reflect on all that is wonderful in my life I realize how rich I am in love, friendships, family, and yoga/fitness students.

I am grateful for …….

My loving, supportive, amazing husband.

My beautiful, smart, compassionate children ( young adults actually!).

My supportive, thoughtful friends.

My great family.

My dedicated yoga/fitness students.

My beautiful mountain home.

My job. I get to teach yoga and fitness to so many different people. I have developed friendships and loving relationships. I feel so honored to be able to share my knowledge with others and to have the opportunity to learn from them too.

My mother and the time I had with her. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. She is why I am here today and she is the reason I try to help people. I learned so much from her and she always loved unconditionally and with her whole heart.

My sustainability. I am so grateful that I have enough food, clothing, shelter, and that I live a comfortable life. I work hard, and I know I have earned it, but at the same time I am grateful to have it. So many people have come upon circumstances beyond there control and have lost everything. I feel blessed.

Happy Birthday to me!

Come celebrate life and happiness with one of my yoga retreats. I have one spot left for July 25 and I just started taking reservations for Aug 22.

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June 20, 2015
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Ganesha

ganehsaLord Ganesha is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesha is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings.

“Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” is one of the mantas of Lord Ganesha. I find a lot of peace and comfort with Ganesha. Also, this mantra has become one of my favorites. I always feel cleansed, clear headed, confident, and ready to face anything after saying this mantra. As Mc Yogi put it, “Ganesha is a yogi’s best friend!”

A very loose translation of this mantra:
Om = Salutations! Everyone wake up!
Gam = The secret power sound of Ganesh. It is his “seed syllable” or bija mantra.
Ganapataye = Another name of Ganesh, the breaker of obstacles.
Namaha = Yo! Ganesh! You da God!

The pronunciation is also pretty easy:
Om = ohm or aum
Gam = Somewhere between “gahm” and “gum”. In some dialects it is “guhng”.
Ganapataye = gah-nah-paht-ah-yeh
Namaha – nah-mah-hah

In my yoga classes this week we have been discussing jumping over obstacles. Sometimes this can be very hard to do, especially if your obstacle is fear. Perhaps you can try tackling smaller obstacles and then moving on to bigger ones. If you take a leap of faith, you never know what you might find just past your obstacle. I used to be very afraid of doing headstands. I did not have the confidence to hold my body weight and I was terrified of being upside down. One day a yogi friend of mine sat with me and gently guided me through the steps of the pose. She kept reassuring me and encouraging me to go at my own pace.  It took several months, but when I let go of my fear of the pose, I was able to go up into it. And now I enjoy it and can balance without using the wall.

I used to be afraid to drive a a windy roads. Now that I live in the mountains, I have no choice! I am no longer fearful of these curvy roads, but I actually enjoy them. So I guess sometimes just plunging through your obstacle can help you over come it too!

Whatever path you choose to take, whether facing the obstacle head on, chanting a mantra, praying, or getting guidance from a friend, I hope that you can find ways to over come your obstacles and perhaps find joy just past them!

 If you are looking to get away from it all and take a mini vacation. I have two spots left in my July 25 Independence Yoga Retreat and I have just opened up registration for my August 22 Serenity Yoga Retreat. Clink on the links below to see the fliers.

Namaste.

Toni’s Independence Retreat

Toni’s Serenity Retreat

June 15, 2015
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June 13 2015 Wine Retreat Play List

Name Artist
Ganesh Mantra II (Group Chant) Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
Beyond This Moment Patrick O’Hearn
Verse Rhye
Young and Beautiful Lana Del Rey
Work Song Hozier
Green Mountain State Trevor Hall
Preacher OneRepublic
Maybe Ingrid Michaelson
For What It’s Worth (The Voice Performance) Sawyer Fredericks
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Extreme Party Animals
What Is It (feat. Sean Kingston) Baby Bash
Ganesh Is Fresh (feat. Jai Uttal) MC YOGI
Let the Rhythm Just (feat. Mr. Lif & Ayla Nereo) The Polish Ambassador
See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) Wiz Khalifa
I Lived One Republic
Better Together Jack Johnson
Like I’m Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend) Meghan Trainor
Cherry Wine (Live) Hozier
Make It Rain (From Sons of Anarchy) Ed Sheeran
O (Hidden Track) Coldplay
Chakra App (Mind Body Connection) Antigravity Yoga

June 6, 2015
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Baby Animals That make You Smile

This week I posted a picture of a baby giraffe on my Face Book page and I got such a great response from people. It appears that everyone always smiles at a cute baby animal picture! So I thought I would gather a few and try to brighten your day!

Sometimes life can be so busy, demanding, and often frustrating or upsetting. I invite you everyday to find something visually that makes you smile and feel joy! Maybe its rainbows, the beach, the mountains, or even pictures of baby animals. Find something that takes the pressure off of your life,  even for a moment. When we take the blinders off from our busy life and look around the world and truly see how magnificent it is, the pressures of our everyday lives dissipate.

If you would see truly see how big the world really is, you can watch this short video from Spacex. Below you will find a link to see a camera attached to the fairing after separating from the rocket and falling back to earth. The earth is so beautiful and awesome. Take a peek!

Smile everyone.

Namaste.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_sLTe6-7SE

 

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May 24, 2015
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Giraffes Practice Ahimsa

I absolutely love giraffes! They are beautiful and magical. Giraffes are non violent, very family orientated and live in groups. Maybe this is why I am so drawn to them. They have an innate sense of the world, spend a lot time with other giraffes, and try to live a calm and peaceful life. Sound familiar? All they need now is a yoga mat!

Here are some fun facts about giraffes that I thought you would enjoy.

  • Giraffes walk by moving both legs on one side of the body and when they run they swing their legs in unison like most mammals.
  • They sleep less than two hours a day.
  • Females carry there babies for 15 months and give birth standing up.
  • Young giraffes hang out in nursery groups until they are around 5 months old, resting and playing together while their mothers forage in the distance.
  • The average height of a giraffe is 16-18 feet.
  • They spend most of their day eating and consume over a  100 pounds of twigs and leaves a day.
  • Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, including sleeping and giving birth.
  • No two giraffes have the same spot pattern.
  • Giraffes are peaceful, sociable animals,  and rarely fight.
  • In New Age religion the giraffe is a symbol for intuition and flexibility.

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Looking to relax, be sociable, enjoy nature, and find some peace? Sign up for one of my up coming yoga retreats! I host my retreats right out of my home in the mountains. Space is limited and spots have been filling up fast, so don’t delay, contact me to register.

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