Toni Kuhn

February 11, 2017
by Toni
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Life Is Why

In honor of National Heart Month, I am going to share some facts about heart attacks in women. You see, many women have undiagnosed heart disease because many of their symptoms are not the same as what you see on TV or read about. Women can have what appears to be indigestion or anxiety and it turns out to be heart disease or even a heart attack.  The key to having a  healthy heart is to be educated, reduce stress, exercise, eat healthy and know your family history.

Here is some information from Go Red For Women which is part of the American Heart Association. https://www.goredforwomen.org/

It’s true: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women. Yet, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

Take Amy Heinl, for example, an avid marathon runner and fitness devotee. Heart disease was the furthest thing from her mind – until she collapsed during an early-morning workout. A diagnosis of heart disease followed, and it took her completely by surprise.

“I really couldn’t believe this happened to me,” Amy says. “I thought of myself as a healthy person, and I was exercising when it happened. I truly believed I had pulled a muscle.” Which is why her friend called 9-1-1, not Amy.

The truth is, women are less likely to call 9-1-1 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves. It simply doesn’t occur to them to do so. And why would it? The bulk of media attention on the disease is focused on men.

Here are more unsettling facts:

  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

How can I prevent it?

Many things can put you at risk for these problems – one’s you can control, and others that you can’t. But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:

January 19, 2017
by Toni
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Work Addict

work2Today is another snow day for me and I am unable to head down to SCV to teach my classes. Instead of feeling free and happy, I am filled with guilt for taking the day off. My name is Toni and I am a work addict! I know this sounds completely opposite of what a yoga teacher should be feeling, but truth is, I really am a work addict.

I took a quiz, so it’s true! LOL!

So what do I do now that I know the truth? I start by allowing myself to acknowledge this new information without judgment and to let go of the guilt of not being able to fulfill my commitments. Who-ya! That’s a lot to start with!

Here are a few things that I learned from my quiz.

  1. I try to fill as much of my time with work. If I am not teaching I am working on teaching, answering emails, billing, making fliers or thinking about what I should be doing.
  2. When I am home I am peppered with quick calls, emails or text about my work. There is always someone or something that needs my attention and that can’t wait. ( in my head)
  3. During my leisure activities, I am plagued by guilt when I am not working.

So what do I do with this knowledge about myself? I start by forgiving myself. Then by taking a good look inside myself to find the root of my problem. I asked myself the hard questions; Is this about my ego? My self esteem or self worth? Is it fear? Is is money? It turns out that none of these are the reason I am addicted to my work. It is my deep rooted sense of commitment to others. I put others before myself because I want to help and heal people. I put other peoples happiness before my own. Who-ya again! This is a lot to take in. What this really says is that I am addicted to helping others, which is the very nature of being a yoga teacher.

( Deep breath here)

So how do I continue being a yoga teacher without compromising  myself? I think the answer to this question starts again with my awareness. Now that I know the truth about myself, I must separate my work from myself.  I am going to start by creating a more structured work schedule. For example, setting specific times to answer emails , texts and inquiries. No longer will I get up from dinner to do these things, or worse, do them while I eat! Nor will I keep answering them after dinner and cut into my time with my husband. These steps sound obvious and simple, but they will be a challenge for me.

35001ae9f1636ad03200d9db180ea084So my first step of action is to take the day off! I am going to spend time with husband, enjoy the snow- without guilt.

It will be a work in progress, but I am ready to start!

One moment at a time. One step at a time.

Namaste.

 

 

December 23, 2016
by Toni
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Merry Christmas

1929921780-zen_christmas_wreath_greeting_cards_pk_of_20”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi

I love this quote, especially at this time of year.  It serves to remind all of us that we must recognize each other, respect each other and love one another. This week I was reminded of how kind people can be. We have had some rainy/snowy weather and many of my friends checked to make sure I was safe. I was touched that during this busy time of year they took the time to check in with me. This simple act  rejuvenated my faith in humanity. These past few months has been filled turmoil between the news media and all the violence that it has been difficult for me to feel this faith. But today, I woke up full of peace, love, and joy that I thought I would share it- exchange it with you.

Let us take a moment to pause today and feel gratitude for all that is good in our lives and to remember that peace begins within our selves. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

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Merry Christmas!

Namaste.

 

November 2, 2016
by Toni
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My Yin Experience

event_163610532I have completed my Yin Yoga teacher training and I feel as if a door has been opened that invites me to be more creative in my teaching. Yin Yoga is a very genuine way to practice and allows the student to become the teacher. The student is encouraged to explore the Yin Yoga poses without any boundaries or borders. To bring the pose into their body without the stress of looking a certain way or performing the pose.

I can honestly say that my life has changed with this practice. I feel so liberated and safe in this practice. Judgement, stereotypes, body types, fitness level and age cease to exist in Yin Yoga. In a Yin class, each of us is given the freedom to explore the poses in our own body , to make any adjustments and to let go that part of our ego that compares us to others. Yes, this concept is taught in all other styles of yoga, it is just easier to actually do it in a Yin class.  I find that I simply feel safe, grounded and content; as if my mind can finally let go of all the chatter that keeps me from being my authentic self.

Yin Yoga is a class designed to hold poses anywhere from one to five minutes. The poses are done on the floor and props are encouraged to help the student relax in the pose. The poses are stretches that are designed to get deep into the body and to help the student find a quiet place of stillness. It is in holding the body still that the muscles relax enough so that gravity becomes the resistance. We surrender and use gravity to melt us into the poses. The result is a soft, luscious feeling in the body and a relaxed, calm mind.

If you are interested in trying a Yin class click on the link for my schedule and see where I am teaching it. I would love to see you in a class! It is truly a Yinlicious experience!

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September 20, 2016
by Toni
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HOPE

HOPE is such a powerful word. It has so many layers and means something different for everyone. My theme for my yoga retreat last Saturday was hope. We explored different meanings, different sources, and our own personal relationship to hope.

Here are just a few meanings we explored.
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HOPE   “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”.- the dictionary

HOPE ” is a waking dream”- Aristotle

HOPE “is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today”. – Thich Nhat Hanh

HOPE unites us and is something all of us can relate to. – Toni

 

What dos HOPE mean to you? Don’t expect a concrete answer to this question. Instead, explore hope with your heart, and simply allow yourself to feel it. We need hope. It’s something that opens us up to the world around us and connects us to each other.

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August 28, 2016
by Toni
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I have been nominated….

Good Morning!

I am so honored and humbled.
I just found out that I have been nominated in the SCV Elite Magazine for “Ultimate Female Fitness Professional”. I am absolutely amazed that I was nominated. This came at a perfect time for me. I have been struggling with an arthritic flare up and I am in physical therapy for my shoulder. I have been grounded from all physical activity for my upper body. The good news, is that I am healing and the pain is getting better. I hope to get back on my yoga mat soon!  Being nominated for this award really lifted my spirits! Thank you to whoever nominated me.

There are a ton of categories and some amazing women are listed. If you would like to vote here are the instructions.
1. go to http://scvelitemagazine.com/ultimate-awards/
2. Scroll down and vote in each category. There are 5 pages and I am on the last page. You must vote in each category to get to page 5.

You can vote once every 24 hours.

• Voting Closes at noon on Monday, September 19th, 2016

On another note, I have two more yoga retreats this year. It has been a wonderful season and I have enjoyed sharing my home with some incredible yogis! My September retreat is sold out, but I do have a few spots open for my October retreat. Here is the link to the flier. October 15 Retreat Flier
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Love & Light
Toni

July 22, 2016
by Toni
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Kindness

dali lama 2This week in my classes we have been discussing ways to live a life in kindness. We must start this philosophy in our own mind and heart. Simply by observing our thoughts and stop the self-sabotaging recordings in our mind. Another step toward self kindness is “greedlessness” or contentment. This means we must learn to be content with what have and who we are without needing more. Accepting ourselves with all of our imperfections and limitations.  I struggle with this because of the  limitations  I have in my yoga practice due to my arthritis. I also struggle with poor body image and suffer with self- sabotaging thoughts about the size of my body.  I just try to accept to myself everyday and attempt to filter my negative thoughts. It is not easy, and I struggle every day, but awareness the first step. We are continually growing and evolving everyday. I am not the same person I was yesterday and I will not be the same person tomorrow.  I take it one day at a time and work at being kind to myself. It is very easy for me to be kind to others, and it brings me such much joy!  I am now working on finding joy in being kind to myself.

After our “kindness” yoga class at Yoga Works yesterday, we came out to the lobby and some students were getting a cup of tea. We saw this quote on the tea pot  from the box of tea that the greeter made. “Compassion has no limit. Kindness has no enemy.” We just stood there in awe! She had no idea about our kindness yoga practice. Perhaps if more people in the world tuned into kindness there would be more peace. The first step is to be kind to ourselves and the rest will unfold naturally.

If you are looking for a way to relax and take a day for yourself. Check out my yoga retreats! I have 3 more this year. The retreats are $60.00 for the whole day which includes 2 yoga classes, lunch, and a hike. Here is the schedule for the next 3 months. Schedule Aug- October.

You can contact me through this website by clicking on the tab “Private Lessons” , or email me at toni4yoga@gmail.com, or  send me a message on Face Book.

Namaste.

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July 16, 2016
by Toni
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Freedom

yoga1_originalThis week in my yoga classes we have been discussing ways to gain personal freedom from our negative thoughts. For many of us, we find our mental tape recorders playing the same messages over and over again. This makes us feel unsettled in our hearts and our consciousness is not aimed towards peace. Rather it is in a state of turmoil. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes when I try to erase my messages they only get louder and louder! So I have learned that instead of continually hitting the delete button, I accept these thoughts and let them go.

Here is a great article from Daily Om.org that really explains how freedom is a conscious effort.

Even those who have little freedom physically, perhaps because of incarceration or health limitations, have a kind of freedom that can never be taken away. In fact, that kind of freedom is often discovered in instances of extreme physical limitation. When we are prohibited from living our life as we would like to, we discover what is forever and always free: consciousness.

Our consciousness has never been bound by a body or by anything. Our consciousness–or Consciousness, which is what we really are–is only temporarily identified with our particular body-mind. That body-mind and the life it is leading isn’t particularly important to Consciousness. After all, Consciousness, or the Oneness, has manifested in every possible form and non-form for its own exploration and pleasure. How your particular form looks, what state it is in, and how your life is going is not an issue for Consciousness. It created it all and loves it all, just as it is. It intends to have exactly the experience you are having within your body-mind.

The joy that Consciousness experiences in being alive isn’t simply theoretical. That joy can be experienced by you, no matter what your circumstances are. If you aren’t experiencing it, it’s only because you aren’t paying attention to it, but to the complaints and discontentment of the egoic mind, which tries to define our life and our experience for us. Consciousness defines all experience as good and worthwhile. That is its truth, and it can be your truth, not just in theory, but in experience.

We have the freedom to choose what we give our attention to and what we believe about ourselves, our situation, others, and life. This is a tremendous responsibility, as it determines to a great extent what our experience of life will be. No matter what our circumstances are, we have the freedom to accept them, which simply means to not argue with reality, but allow ourselves to have the experience that we are having–because we are having it!

Happiness is under our control more than we may realize. We have more power than we may think–we have the power to not think, to ignore our thoughts, and to experience the gift that this life is.

yoga freedomI hope you enjoyed this article. If you are craving a day of decompressing and freedom from your thoughts, come to one of my yoga retreats. My retreats are one day events and cost $60.00. You will get 2 yoga classes, a hike in nature, and a vegan- gluten free lunch. Below is my yoga retreat schedule for the rest of the year and the flier for my August retreat. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Namaste

Schedule Aug- October

August 20 2016 Retreat Flier

 

June 20, 2016
by Toni
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Hope Flow for the Orlando Fund

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Good Afternoon!
I will be doing a special “Hope Flow” themed class at Yoga Works in Valencia, this Thursday 6/23 at 6 am. This class is intended to raise money, awareness and support for the One Orlando Fund.
You can drop off a donation at the studio even if you cannot attend my class. Not a member, but you would like to attend? Message or text me and I can give more information on how you can attend.Yoga for Healing and Hope | Practice for Orlando | YogaWorks
Practice for Orlando We are deeply saddened by the horrific events that occurred in Orlando last weekend. We are dedicating classes in each region to support
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