Cristin Gregory

Cristin Gregory (instructor – Qi Gong)

Cristin is the owner of Wellbeing, a holistic health clinic in Cornelius, NC, and she is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of North Carolina. She is board certified by the NCCAOM in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and she has a four-year Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM). She has studied Qi Gong for eleven years in the US, China, and Tibet through the Heron Institute and the National College of Natural Medicine. She has studied under the tutelage of Heiner Fruehauf, Master Wu Zhongxian, and Master Wang Qingyu. She is trained mainly in the Mt. Emei and JinJing Schools of Qigong. In her clinic, Cristin treats a wide variety of conditions such as pain, fertility, depression, anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders, and cardiovascular health issues. Cristin uses a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Medical Qi Gong, Shiatsu Massage, natural supplements, and dietary counseling to offer her patients a holistic treatment that address the physical, spiritual, and environmental causes of illness. Cristin encourages her patients to participate in their own healing process and to work with her as a team to find their most optimal treatment strategy. Outside of work, Cristin enjoys taking her dog Kelsey to the local dog parks, participating in her book club, and learning how to prepare foods from around the world. She is an avid swimmer, Qi Gong junkie, and ‘wannabe’ potter.

Julie Flanagan

Julie Flanagan (instructor)

Julie Flanagan, 200 CYT and 500 Yoga Therapist, has been teaching for 9 years.   Julie began yoga asana practices to relieve a very troubled and painful back, which she’d been suffering since childhood.   With scoliosis, degenerated discs, an extra lumbar vertebra and extensive arthritis throughout, she actually walked with a cane and utilized a wheelchair in airports, etc.  As a last ditch effort to avoid going under “the knife” she began very gently, moving just as much as she could manage more than 12 years ago.  After months of improvement and a growing love of the yoga practice Julie wished to share the gifts of yoga with others suffering ‘bad backs.’ 

Julie first studied with the Subtle Yoga 250 hour yoga Teacher Training program with Kristine Kaoverii Weber.  The Subtle Yoga system is a well-rounded philosophy encompassing all 8 limbs of yoga.  Julie again participated in and completed the intensive Subtle Yoga & Sarva Health Systems’ Yoga Therapist 500 hour training. 

Encouraging ‘deep breathing’ and various asana, stretching, restorative practices and meditation techniques she believes that connection with the body is necessary in healing and will work well with western style medicine.  

In Julie’s class starts with mindful focus on centering breath, and intention, and continues utilization of  breath work or pranayama throughout the practice.  Asana’s are movements or postures that with the breath and intention lead to grace and help us to heal, gaining freedom from pain in our body, mind and spirit.

Julie was born in Texas, grew up in Nebraska and has lived in North Carolina for nearly 10 years.  She most loves her family and friends, and adores her two sweet pups: Gibbons and Grady.  She lives in Huntersville.

Marjorie Dana

Marjorie Dana (instructor)

Marjorie Dana grew up in Davidson and has lived in the Lake Norman area for over 25 years. She first tried yoga at Community Yoga in 2008 and became a certified yoga teacher a couple of years later to teach at her home studio. She is a real estate agent by day and enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities like gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Practicing Yoga – Being OK with yourself

First I would like to say, this Blogging business is new to me.  As you can imagine my thoughts were very clear in my mind, however my hope is that they land in a way that you also understand what I’m trying to say.

This morning, I found myself contemplating the wonder of Yoga during my 3 year commitment I’ve made to myself, to do 3 Sun Salutations to begin each day.   As I moved through the movements it was very apparent that my range of motion in my arms was very limited.  The reminders came flooding in as to what the practice is for me.  The idea of being with a pose, like being with the moment at hand.  Practicing being okay with the range of motion is really the only option if I want to find peace.

The mental component to this practice far outweighs the physical.  Quickly I am reminded four things I need to mentally rehearse: first, the ease of being, second the peace of mind, third the kindness to self and others and fourth, the patience with myself and others.

But how very cool that on top of that list of mental gains, we also gain physical benefits, again layering far deeper than the reflection in the mirror.  Every cell that makes up your body is affected.  Organs and glands that you don’t see benefit tremendously. The incredible feeling that runs through the body and nervous system are just incredible.

Please take the time to let me know what your thoughts are on this topic, I’m very interested in your point of view.

Why I Want to Teach Yoga

September 3, 2015

One of my first ever Yoga classes was life changing for me. It was as if my cells came alive and I knew I was home and doing the right thing. The safety, love and acceptance was like nothing I had ever experienced and I remember how very grateful I felt to my teacher for sharing his love of this practice with us all. It was way more than just a “exercise class,” it was as if there was nothing but the possibility of connection to something way bigger than myself. It was and is divine. This is why I want to teach Yoga! It is very personal and exposing of my self.

I still can hear his voice when I notice life out of balance, “breathe and notice”. Or when I am all kinds of angry driving in the Lake Norman traffic, “breathe and send people love and light.” This is a practice that extends way beyond our 1 1/2 hour class time.

While on my mat I get to explore how quickly I get judgmental about myself in a pose, then decide what to do with that judgement. I also have the opportunity to notice when my mind drifts right off my mat and out of the room to thoughts or situations far removed from the present. Again, I am forced to decide what will I do about that. What is incredible, is that all that judgement or mind drift occurs all the time. Yoga practice offers a safe place to begin to notice and find this similar thread that weaves through my life.

For me, the practice of pausing during my day provides me with so much understanding, (or at least doing my best to understand) the big picture. This pause and the resulting understanding is what is really important to me, what I value and hold sacred.

Let’s face it, we all have bodies so it is extremely important to take care of our body. Learning our best practices, like how far we should take a pose takes time. Also understanding that how far we go into a pose does not define us as good or bad people. Allowing circulation to flow with more ease, to utilize our capacity to breathe and noticing how our thoughts interfere with the quality of our day are central to my practice.

This is why I want to teach Yoga!

 

Amy

Community Yoga is proud to introduce our new Blogger, Kathleen Finn

Hello Community Yoga!

Amy has asked me to step in and do some guest blogging on her site. I am a childhood friend of Amy’s, a professional writer, a lifetime yogi, one-time yoga teacher and a food blogger. I am hoping I can share some of my recipes with you from my Pipelette blog as well as share other musings from on and off the mat. Thanks for reading.