Toni Kuhn

September 25, 2014
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Opening Your Heart

There are days when we feel the weight of the demands from our daily lives. We work to sustain our life style and to simply exist. But sometimes, we need to take a break from the hustle to open our hearts and just breathe. Ustrasna helps to open the heart chakra. Below is an excerpt from Chantal Nammour Biz’s article from Mystera Magazine.

“Known as the Anahata Chakra, the heart chakra is the center of our bodies, located in the center of the chakra line up, in the heart area between the nipples. It is the seat of our emotions, and the midway link between the material (the three lower chakras) and spirit (higher three chakras) worlds. The health of the Heart is imperative to our quality of life and survival on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. The element of Anahata is air, and just like air, it has malleable qualities that allow it to rise, expand and energize. The Ustrasana or Camel posture is one of the corresponding postures to open up, expand, and empower your heart center, allowing it to breathe and be filled with love, the greatest healer of all.”

Opening the heart chakra  can be as simple as bringing your arms above your head and lifting the chest and breathing in all that good. Exhale your stress and bring your palms to your heart. Allow yourself to experience this moment of being connected to yourself. Feel your heart expand and welcome in love and peace.

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September 13, 2014
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Signs

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were taking a walk in Pine Mountain. We were enamored by the beauty of this place and each step we took made us feel more and more peaceful. As we were taking in the sights, I noticed this heart shaped rock on the ground in the front of someone’s home. I happen to collect heart shaped rocks and my first inclination was to take it home. I actually picked it up and carried it for a few moments. We began walking some more and a few minutes later we saw a deer. He was a full grown magnificent animal that took our breath away. As soon as he saw us a leaped, and I mean leaped, away. It was one of the most beautiful things I ever saw!  I began to understand that this was a sacred place and that I should respect it and put the heart rock where I found it.  It was like this rock belonged where I found it. So I took this picture of it, and put it back. I no longer felt uneasy and I actually felt completely at peace. I took this as a sign that this rock was meant to be seen by others so they too could experience it’s beauty and peace.  That’s why it was right there in front of someone’s home, in plain sight. Just like the deer was only meant to be seen for the briefest of moments. Deer sightings are extraordinary, so I feel blessed that I had the chance to cross his path and to see this amazing heart rock, all in 10 minutes. I believe the signs were telling me to appreciate all the beauty in my life and surrounding it.

Look around, what do you see? Are there things in your environment that are truly awesome and bring you peace?  The sunrise, the sunset, the ocean, or even the smiles of your friends and family.  Look around, see the the signs, and appreciate the beauty in your life.

Namaste. heart rock

September 10, 2014
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Mother & Daughter

Today is my daughter Brianna’s 25th birthday and I find myself reflecting back to when my mom was alive. My mother was very close to my daughter. They shared a bond that I envied sometimes. They loved to watch football and baseball on TV, they loved to draw and I would I often find them just hanging out enjoying each other’s company. I am so glad my daughter had so many precious years with my mom, yet I feel sad that my mom never got to see her as an adult. My daughter has become an amazing, successful adult and I see so much of my mother in her. They way she laughs out loud at silly things, her undying love for football, her compassion for others, and most of all, her generous heart. I feel so much love for my daughter and I am grateful that we have a closeness that only we can share. A mother-daughter bond that holds tight, forever. Below is a picture of Bri and me, and the other is my mom and me.
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September 3, 2014
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Relax and Renew

After spending a couple of weekends at my friend Cindy’s cabin, I found myself feeling more peaceful and content. I feel renewed and ready to face my hectic schedule.

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”- Pope Francis

“The only time I waste is time I spend doing something that, in my gut, I know I shouldn’t. If I choose to spend time playing video games or sleeping in, then it’s time well spent, because I chose to do it. I did it for a reason – to relax, to decompress or to feel good, and that was what I wanted to do.” - Simon Sine

It is a very simple recipe to relax and renew yourself.

1.Slow down.

2.Breathe.

3.Relax.

4.Enjoy friends and family.

5. Let go of things that no longer serve you.

 

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July 6, 2014
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July Special

Summer is in full swing and for many of us we are enjoying some much needed down time. As our bodies rest and our minds clear we find ourselves wanting to try something new like yoga, or deepening our yoga skills. This week I am going to try to learn more about Iyengar  Yoga and begin taking some classes.

With my new inspiration to practice yoga for my own needs, I decided to help others who may have been thinking about a change.  I am having a special offer of 10% off any private yoga lesson package. This discount can be used with the senior discount or regular student discount.  Just click on the private lesson tab to contact me for prices and information. This offer is good until July 18, 2014.

Get out there and try something new, or do something just for yourself. I promise, you will enjoy it!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

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June 24, 2014
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Stillness

 Summer is officially here! It is the time of year for vacations, playing outside, and spending time with family.

It is also a time for reflection and relaxation. Try spending just five minutes a day to be in stillness. Whether you are siting outside enjoying the weather, or taking a break at your desk. Pause for a few moments and allow your breath to be even and without effort. Simply being present moment by moment, breath by breath. Notice how the chatter in your mind seems to dissipate. As your body remains still, the fluctuations of your mind will cease. It is here that you may find the solution to a problem,  a lost object, or the ability to let things go.

As you begin to enjoy your summer, make time for stillness and everything in your life will be enjoyable!

Happy summer everyone!

If you would like to schedule a private lesson, just click on the tab to contact me!

I look forward to seeing you in class.  : )

Namaste.
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May 29, 2014
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Honored and Humbled

Tuesday I was remiToni ustrasananded of why I became a yoga/fitness teacher. My friend Amber surprised me with a collaborative early birthday gift.  For 3 months she has been going around to the various places I teach at and getting donations and having people sign a giant, beautiful card she made me. My students gave me tickets to see Bruno Mars in concert this Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.  Now of course I am every excited about the tickets, but more importantly, I am deeply touched that so many people would come together to make it happen. I have always wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. To inspire and reassure them that they can exercise and/or do yoga no matter what their limitations are. That what ever they can do is enough. To not give up and keep pushing forward. So in my goals to reach as many people as I can, I was the one that was reached and touched so deeply. I am so honored and humbled by my students kind words and notes on my card. To know that I may have made a difference in someone’s life means so much to me.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Love and Light.

 

 

 

May 22, 2014
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FREE Yoga Class At The Mall

lorna janeThis Saturday May 24 I will be leading a FREE yoga class in the fitness clothing store, Lorna Jane , located in the outdoor area at the Valencia Town Center. The class is at 9 am and will be held inside the store. I hope to see you there! Please bring your yoga mat and a smile.  : )

On a side note, you can see that my web page is up and running again. I want to give Hillary Neaf a BIG thank you for restoring my site. You are amazing Hillary!!!!

If you would like to schedule private yoga lessons with me you can click on the Private Lessons tab or comment on this post.

“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.

May 17, 2014
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Website is back up

may flowerTwo weeks ago my website was hacked and ruined. Thankfully the wonderful Hillary Neaf was able to restore some of it. Right now my website is in the process of being rebuilt. If you need to contact me  for a lesson, you can reach me by email, cell, Face Book, or comment on this post. I am leaving this morning to attend my daughter’s graduation in San Diego. She is getting her Master’s degree and then we are having a girls weekend! The fires in Sand Diego are mostly contained, so hopefully all of the roads will be open. I will be back to my regular teaching schedule one Tuesday May 20. Namaste.

April 17, 2014
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Energetic Sweeping

woman-sweepingHere is excerpt from an article in the Daily Om by Madisyn Taylor

Releasing and Welcoming- Energetic Sweeping

Sweeping the front porch every mornings an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy

In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level- physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the the hallmark of a healthy energy system.

Most of us do not have time each day to bring out our broom and sweep. However, we can pause for a few breaths and SWEEP out our negative thoughts and clear the path for the positive thoughts. Releasing all that does not serve us and welcoming the sweetness of our lives.

Namaste.