COMMUNITY IS OUR FOCUS
"Mockingbird Yoga, where everybody knows your name"
Mockingbird Yoga is about community, communion, and commitment.
Steffany and Ariel are inspired by the many ways in which we choose to live, laugh, and love.
In yoga, we use asana and philosophy to look at daily living. In daily living, who knows what we do. We work, exercise, and eat: these things often happen without thought or meditation. At Mockingbird, we want to connect the dots between these aspects of life and free us up to practice with playfulness as well as with integrity.
Alignment is more than a perfect pose.
We believe that there’s more to it than “making it,” not that there’s anything wrong with making it, it’s just that if you’ve made it, you might wonder, what’s next?
Communication -- As an art form, a creative phenomenon.
Communication as an art form is not granted to a few because of situation or circumstance. It is a holistic exploration, an experiential art form that is present in each moment. “No one said it was going to be easy.” By exploring language -body, verbal, thought- we move beyond power and powerlessness. Through Creative Communication, you and the listener are in the possibility of the impossible.
Communication, the event, will bring you into the experience of your communication as an art form. We will create, examine and play along with participate in experiential work. Creating on what you say as well as how you are heard. We will offer communication as a foundation to communication, confidence and clarity
In this event series, we tackle how to communicate from the heart of the matter, how to make each word count, and how to do so with alignment.
We dive into language –Verbal, Body, Thought— to move beyond power and into the empowerment.
Through Creative Communication, you and the listener are in the possibility of the impossible.
The event will bring you into the experience of your communication as artful, intentional, and effective. We will create, examine, play, and participate in experiential work that looks at what you say as well as how you are heard. This event is a foundation to communication, confidence and clarity. Say YES!
This is a luminous two day event.
Saturday dives into a 2.5 hour asana practice followed by a conversation on Body and Shame, in which Christina's newest book, A Deeper Yoga: Moving Beyond Body Image to Wholeness and Freedom, serves as a template for exploring the dialogue.
After a break for lunch and reflection, we continue with an engaging asana practice and a session of philosophy work.
Sunday commences with a bright 2.5 hour practice, followed by a deepening of the conversation/contemplation started the day before.
After a break, our final dialogue brings our physical and intellectual work to a close. We contemplate the weekend with closing words and thoughts of gratitude and generosity.
Why is this weekend not to be missed?
Because Christina is a gifted teacher who is invested in teaching yoga to everyone! You'll be moved and inspired in your practice and possibly your life. If you wonder how yoga can be a deeply impactful practice, this workshop will start to provide some answers.
ariel julian rodriguez
Featured Teacher July
At the end of a typical workday, I have spent 8 hours working my body into a tight knot. I am not a contortionist; I am a dentist. My work posture requires that I lean forward and down, perpetually. I found Yoga because my back needed something desperately to restore and rehabilitate from the trauma of having a demanding work life. Yoga returns my spine to normal, so that each morning I can wake up renewed.
What moved you to be a teacher?
At first, I wanted to deepen my practice. This led me to seeking workshops and immersions. Before I knew it, I realized that teaching gave me an access to understanding that study and practice did not. When I started teaching, I found a clarity in my practice that propelled my yoga to a different level. I love sharing that with people.
What was the most difficult hurdle to overcome in becoming the teacher you are?
Ego. As a teacher, I put myself in front of eyes to judge and evaluate, which is something I generally strive to avoid. It seemed a little antithetical to take a position that is open for public scrutiny when I mostly consider myself to be introverted, by default. As I explored teaching, I realized that the teacher is more of a vehicle for the yoga and less a celebrity of it. In life, we have so many opportunities to be judged and evaluated; in yoga, we have the opportunity to relinquish it.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I am afraid of heights and have had a panic attack or two, over the years. I am terribly uncoordinated, which adds to my fear of falling from precipices.
What is your greatest joy?
A super good book, a super comfy chair, and a purring cat. All at the same time...
Do you have a vision for your students?
Alignment, strength, longevity, and confidence. I want students to leave class with a renewed faith in the power and beauty of their bodies and their capacities.
What is your word for the year?
Expelliarmus. It's high time we dispel the things that bring us unnecessary grief and attract the things that bring love and light.