Toni Kuhn

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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May 20, 2016
by Toni
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Guided Meditation- Connecting With Nature

Diconnectedrect contact with nature can soothe us and elevate our mood. Unfortunately, most of us work inside all day and have limited time to spend outdoors. The good news is that your mind is capable of remembering the sight, sound and textures of nature.  Here is a short meditation to help you reconnect and find calm in your busy life.

  • First sit comfortably or lie down on the floor.
  • Take a few moments to find your breathe.
  • See the inhalation and exhalation.
  • Feel the rhythm of your breathe, like the rhythm of the ocean.
  • Feel the connection of your body to the earth.
  • Allow your self to feel safe and to let go of any of life’s pressures you may be experiencing.
  • Let the earth support you.
  • Imagine the roots of a strong oak tree deep in the earth.
  • Acknowledge the strength and beauty of the tree.
  • Now imagine you plant your roots deeps into earth.
  • You feel grounded and in control.
  • Embrace the connection to your tree.
  • Invite your heart to open and the mind the let go of stress.
  • Stay in this space a few minutes.
  • Continue to ride the wave of your breath.
  • Plant the image of your tree in your mind.
  • Picture your tree anytime you need to reconnect to nature and to yourself.
  • Slowly deepen your breathe and begin to open your eyes.
  • Sit here again for a few moments as you process the world around you.

DSCN0001If you are looking for ways to physically connect to nature sign up for one of my yoga retreats. Spend a day in the mountains enjoying the clean air and beautiful trees. The early bird rate is $60.00 for the day, which includes 2 yoga classes, lunch and a hike/activity. I am taking reservations for my yoga retreats July-October. Just click on the links below to see the schedule, and July flier.

Schedule May- October

July 16 2016 Retreat Flier

 

 

Namaste.

April 23, 2016
by Toni
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Accept Yourself/ Almond Milk Recipe

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I was watching Conan this week he and mentioned that a rare white giraffe was found in Kenya. I had to check this out! When I found the article on line and saw her picture, I immediately felt a kinship with this unusual animal. As she stood out in the heard,  she looked even more regal than traditionally colored giraffes. I began to wonder if she knew how different she was? I mean,  do the other giraffes tell her how different she is?

I have always felt that I stand out among my fellow yoga teachers. I am larger than most of my colleagues and much more curvy. I am not fat, but I do not look thin like they do.  I always feel insecure when I am around them. This mostly stems from my being anorexic during my teenage/early 20 years, and a life long battle of poor body image. Additionally, I have always felt like an impostor as a yoga teacher. This is greatly due to just one colleague (about 8 years ago) telling me I was not a “real yoga teacher” because I had different training. Then,  just a year ago,  I had another colleague tell me that I was not a very “spiritual” teacher. I admit, these two comments still plague my mind,  but I am learning to accept myself. I am learning to accept myself as a unique person. I am learning that my style of yoga teaching resonates with certain people and that I am spiritual teacher in my own way. I am learning to stay true to myself and to continue to teach from my heart.

As I continue to look at this gorgeous white giraffe, I am reminded that I cannot change my physical appearance, and I must learn to coexist in a world where I tend to stand out.

Here is what I have been doing to accept my self.

  • I practice mindfulness
  • I watch my inner monologues
  • I let go of self criticism
  •  I continually study and grow as a yoga teacher.
  • My mantra is ” I accept my body’s size and limitations”
  • I let go of the things that do not serve me ( this is hard, but awareness is the first step)

” Embrace and love your body, it’s the most amazing thing you will ever own”

“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.” ~ Buddha

We must all accept ourselves in all our beauty, all our glory, and all our imperfections. Allow yourself to stand out, be proud, be the white giraffe in your community.

Namaste.

P.S. here is my almond milk recipe. It is easy to make and yummy! It is vegan, gluten free, and preservative free. Enjoy!

Vanilla Almond Milk

April 10, 2016
by Toni
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Giraffe – A True Yogi

“Walgiraffe 2k away
from anything
that gives you
bad vibes. There
is no need to
explain or make
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your life.
do what makes
you happy.”

Giraffe Love

 

My friend Jodi sent me this picture and quote. It is yet another reason I am so drawn to this magnificent creature. Giraffes are very spiritual and  I truly believe that they are yogic creatures as well. They are vegetarians and communicate with their eyes. Their beauty and grace mesmerize me. I always feel peaceful when I look at pictures of giraffes or have the opportunity to visit one.

Here is an excerpt from an article about giraffes.

Giraffe Symbolizes:

  • Prayer
  • Flexibility
  • Intuition
  • Personal & Spiritual Growth
  • Big Goals & Possibilities
  • Vision & Foresight
  • Gentleness & Kindness

Giraffe Power Animal

Invoke Giraffe as your Power Animal when you need help with matters of honor, respect and gratitude. Giraffe has a very strong personal code that it lives with pride (but not ego).

Walking with Giraffe energy keeps your head held high and others will respect the dignity you exude.

Giraffe Spirit gifts you with the confidence to know that you are doing the right, best things.

Finally, Giraffe reminds us how to fully appreciate what we have and give without expectation of returned favors. Just like tall Giraffe, this brings our souls closer to the heavens.

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/mammals/giraffe-symbolism-meaning/#SpiritGiraffe

March 16, 2016
by Toni
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More Yoga Retreats

We have had a lot of snow and rain up here in the mountains. It has left us with the most beautiful scenery! I just had my first yoga retreat of the season and it was amazing. My home studio made it very cozy and everyone was able to relax and lounge around in my living room while they enjoyed the great IMG_1075views! Here is what a couple people wrote about the retreat:

“Thank you again for such a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing and fun day. I enjoyed myself very much. Everything was perfect. I look forward to the April Retreat!”

“Thank you for the wonderful day and the chance to make new friends.”

If you would to spend a relaxing day in the mountains doing yoga, eating delicious food and getting recharged, come to one of my retreats! I have added the last three dates of retreats for this year.

Here is the schedule from April through October. Schedule April- October

Email me at toni4yoga@gmail.com to sign up.

Have a beautiful day!

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”Aadil Palkhivala

Namaste.