Archive for the ‘Kindness Yoga’ Category

Honoring Denver Yoga Teachers: Tina Aisner Porter

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Yesterday, I took Tina Porter’s 9:30am emPOWERment yoga class at Kindness Yoga S. Broadway.

In a word, Tina’s great gift as a teacher is her honesty. Every aspect of her presence and her teaching conveys total authenticity and in-the-moment awareness.

Tina constantly draws her students back to their breath. What aspect of our selves could be more honest than the quality of our inhale and our exhale? Tina invites her students to discover this truth within their bodies. In every pose, she focuses on instructing the breath with each movement. Not a single inhale or exhale goes unobserved. The moment the breath of the class falters, Tina is there, reminding us, “Where is your breath?” By attending to our breath, Tina highlights what is real and true within each of us.

Beyond her focus on the breath, Tina herself conveys a refreshingly raw honesty in her words and actions. She never holds back what lives in the center of her heart. She speaks her truth. That kind of authenticity takes tremendous courage. But, the benefits are apparent: in the strength of her character, in the power of her teaching, and in the mindfulness and strength she kindles in each and every one of her students.

The honesty of Tina’s teaching is a gift. Treasure it the next time you unroll your mat with her.

Honoring Denver Yoga Teachers: Heidi Michelle Northcote

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Yesterday I took Heidi Michelle Northcote’s 12pm class at Kindness Yoga.

I’ll be honest: I felt pretty crappy yesterday. I was tired, lethargic, and generally dragging. In fact, I dragged myself to class with all the will and good intentions I could muster.

Then, I took Heidi’s yoga class. Her teaching style reconnected me to the succulence and sweetness of my yoga practice. Heidi’s vivid word choices to describe the breath and our action in the poses (beautiful, powerful, expansive, amazing, incredible) reminded me exactly how juicy and delicious a yoga practice is. The simple fact that I was able to get on my mat yesterday, even if I wasn’t feeling too hot – was something worth savoring. Heidi’s teaching called me to appreciate each breath on my mat as something pure, sacred, and wondrous.

Thank you, Heidi, for shining the light back on my practice!

Honoring Denver Yoga Teachers: Alex Cordoba

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Yesterday, I took Alex Cordoba’s 12pm All Levels class at Kindness Yoga.

Alex’s authenticity was the aspect of her teaching that resonated most with me yesterday. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt the genuine enthusiasm and openness of heart that characterizes her and her teaching. In class, Alex spoke to all of us as friends. The warmness of her tone gently pried open levity and freedom in a group of shy students. Alex teaches from a place of total authenticity – in her voice, her choice of words, and in her love of teaching yoga.

All too often, yoga teachers struggle to speak their voice. Sometimes a teacher will offer what she thinks her students want from a yoga teacher rather than offering her unique voice and gifts. Alex reaffirms the value and the power of teaching from personal truth. Her yoga class served as a beautiful reminder to let your inner voice out. It’s already perfect, exactly as it is.

Tell me about a moment when you’ve discovered your voice!

And, if you’ve taken one of Alex Cordoba’s yoga classes in Denver, leave a comment on her sweetness!

Honoring Denver Yoga Teachers: Chris Muchow

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Today, I went to Chris Muchow’s Anusara-Inspired yoga class at 9am at Kindness Yoga in Denver.

There are so many things I love about Chris’s classes that it’s hard to focus on just a few. Ironically, focus is one of Chris’s greatest gifts as a teacher. His ability to hone in on a pointed theme, coupled with precise alignment, makes every class an incredible learning experience.

Chris’s yoga class today focused on meeting your edge with compassion. His physical focus on arm balances carried this theme perfectly since so many of us face our edge when we surf gravity on our mats. As always, Chris added another layer of depth to this theme by honing our attention on firing up our calves to bring more extension and stability to challenging arm balances like Astavakrasana and Tittibhasana.

Every pose Chris chooses in his classes reveals profound insights about optimal alignment. Furthermore, each cue he uses invites us into a more nuanced and elegant understanding of the poses. Somehow, Chris maintains this steady attention to the details of our alignment, while also integrating the heart of his theme succinctly and sweetly.

When I leave Chris’s yoga class, I literally feel the teachings integrated into my body. My muscles and bones absorb the teachings not only of the alignment, but of the heart. The fire in my calves hugs my shins in a compassionate embrace and supports my journey towards my edges, my challenges, my fears. This is the magic of Chris Muchow’s class: weaving the asanas through the body, straight into the heart.

How has precise alignment in a yoga class brought you closer to your heart?

What do you love about Chris Muchow’s classes?

Honoring Denver Yoga Teachers: Patrick Harrington

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Yesterday, I took Patrick Harrington’s lunchtime Vinyasa class at Kindness Yoga in Cherry Creek.

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Patrick’s class is community.

More than any other teacher I know, Patrick weaves a supportive, loving community together in his classes and in his life off the mat. From the moment I walk in the door of the studio, Patrick makes me feel like I’m coming home. Every person is met with the same generosity of spirit and warmth of heart that exudes through Patrick’s words and actions. Outside of his yoga classes, Patrick creates that same sense of togetherness in all of the work he does – bringing together new people and new ideas to create something bigger, better and more beautiful.

The power of this community reverberated in yesterday’s yoga class. Before class, students hugged, chatted and caught up on each other’s lives. As we got moving and began sweating through a vigorous sequence, we smiled at each other, giggled, and encouraged each other on. Patrick acknowledge each of us by name throughout the class, highlighting our strengths. The most physically challenging moments of the class were lightened by an atmosphere of unwavering support and affection.

Closing class yesterday, Patrick said, “As you go back out into the laboratory, know that Kindness has got your back.” This community, he said, is here for each you with its smiles and support. In every yoga class with Patrick – in fact, in every interaction with Patrick – I feel completely held in that knowledge. The strength of the Kindness Yoga community invites me to open up completely to my full potential, knowing that, when I wobble or fall, I’ll be lifted right back up.

How does your yoga community help you thrive?

And, if you’re fortunate enough to have taken a yoga class with Patrick Harrington, share what you loved!

Blessings of love to my friend and teacher, Patrick Harrington!