A favorite in the yogi community is our very own, Christy Nones. Christy has been teaching Anusara® Yoga at The Standard Miami since its opening, twice weekly and she teaches H2OM monthly. She also is the leader of our Seasonal Sunset Yoga Soiree, a special bayside class for the benefit of local charities. She has many loyal students who we imagine have the same admiration for her that we do. I mean she’s just so cool. She has a way of speaking so effortlessly poetic. She snaps you into the present moment and reminds you to take notice in the simple joys of life. Guess it’s no surprise that she’s been best friends with Elena Brower for eleven years. __ “Whatever activity you are engaging in, make sure to hear actually listen your breath as you exercise. The quality and rate of your breath will give you valuable insight into the state of your nervous system during exertion. Ideally, you want a fluid breath with steady and balanced inhales and exhales. This type of breath will usually indicate that the mind is calm yet alert during the workout, rather than being overly stimulated or dangerously distracted. Simply being aware of the sound and rhythm of your breath will help keep you in the sweet zone of very mindful presence while you engage in any activity.” ~ Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Christy Nones
Christy’s Yoga Tips:
Drink lots of pure water to keep fluidity a part of your physical state as well as your mental state.
Turning the corners of your lips up when you practice yoga transforms the experience immensely. Ease and delight come more naturally.
A warm room is a blessing for yoga. Sweating helps clear the body of toxins and helps leave the mind in a more clarified state after practice.
Meditation is key for a well rounded yoga practice. Sitting for 3 minutes after your practice helps the affects of the physical work be assimilated in the deeper parts of our being.
Remember that inside you there is a constant oasis of calm and wisdom. Yoga is a pathway to that enchanted place within.
The work on our yoga mat is simply a dress rehearsal for the kind of fluidity, grace, presence and ease with which we can attempt to our lives off the mat.
Yoga practice without ujjayi pranayama is like pancakes with the syrup - makes everything sweeter and more pleasant to digest.
When you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and ungrounded, do a few hip openers; pigeon pose and prasaritta padotanasana will calm the mind and quiet the body fast.
Backbends are the fountain of youth. For real.
Pause for 10 seconds, breathe deeply and evenly and close your eyes softly to increase the mindfulness of the breathing. Notice how radically this will shift your state towards more elegance.
Christy Nones, a certified Anusara® yoga teacher, has been a student of yoga since 1988 and teaching since 2000. A classically trained Homeopath and long-time dancer, she is enthusiastic about the healing and therapeutic aspects of the Anusara® yoga method. With an extensive background in spiritual/religious studies and a B.A. in comparative religions she gains profound inspiration from the Tantric philosophy of Anusara® yoga and offers its elegant wisdom in delightfully practical ways. She teaches workshops locally and internationally, furthering her studies by assisting John Friend, founder of Anusara® Yoga, and studying with other top teachers. Christy infuses her classes with poetry, precision and playfulness, encouraging students to explore the depths of their potential.