What got you into yoga?
In 1981, I attended a week long yoga and meditation retreat at Kripalu in Lenox, MA. This was my first experience with yoga, and although I was deeply touched, I didn’t really maintain a regular practice.
In 1995, I learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, which opened me up to new levels of awareness. Then, in the summer of 2002, I attended a week long Kundalini Yoga retreat with Gurmukh at the Omega Institutue in Rhinebeck, NY. I was profoundly influenced by Yogi Bhajan’s teachings, and I immediately knew that this was the path I’ve been searching for my entire life.
When did you decide you wanted to teach yoga?
Gurmukh was so inspiring, and she told me "if you love this yoga, then you must teach!" And I did! I attended classes, and returned to Omega a number of times over the next few years.
Where did you do your training?
In 2004, I took teacher training at Omega, and this was, without a doubt, the major turning point of my life. From my very first class, the music, meditation and chanting are what captured me, and this is what influenced my teaching style.
Describe your personal approach.
My personal approach to the practice is 1: Start! Start somewhere, even if the effort seems small. Get a CD from Yoga Village, or download a chant from SpiritVoyage.com and chant along. You’ll be amazed at the changes that occur in just a short while! And that may motivate you to continue and increase your practice! 2: Come to classes to experience the group energy! 3: Keep Up! Yogi Bhajan taught that if we keep up, we will be kept up! 4 Enjoy! Follow your Bliss! You cannot help but feel blessed by practicing these teachings.
As a teacher, my role is to provide an experience, an opportunity to allow a student’s individual process to unfold. My wish is to instill a love of chanting the Naam. And my purpose is to be a beacon of light, to uplift, elevate and provide guidance along the way.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have been profoundly blessed by the practice of Kundalini Yoga, and I love to share that joy with others! I look forward to seeing you at the Women’s Afternoon of Kundalini Yoga class on May 7th!
Christine teaches a Gong and Meditation class on Wednesdays at 7:30PM.