Northern Edge Yoga
Events, Announcements & Resources
Events, Announcements & Resources
Spring into your yoga routine with Northern Edge Yoga! Featuring new instructors, new class times and now, a new yoga Groupon!
At the end of most yoga classes, you’ve probably heard your instructor end with the saying “namaste.” But what does that mean? Nama = bow, as=I and te=you. Therefore, the literal translation is “I bow to you.”
We bring our hands together at heart center to increase the flow of love. During a yoga class, a teacher and student usually share namaste at the end of class when the mind is calm. It’s a way for the teacher and student to come together and share a connection free from ego. The teacher shares their gratitude, respect and love towards their students and honors the lineage of yoga.
SPOTLIGHT ON: CYNTHIA KIM
Tell us a little about your yoga journey. When did you first start practicing? When did you start teaching? What styles have you practiced/taught?
I started dabbling in yoga in 2010 purely for the physical practice. After some dark years following an illness in my family, I sought solace through dance, then pole dance fitness, then mindfulness meditation. I finally re-entered a yoga studio while at UCLA at the start of 2015, and the physical, mental, and spiritual journey all clicked together in a beautiful way. I’ve mostly practiced Vinyasa and have been teaching Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga since my move from LA September 2016.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I’ve always been a teacher. I have been a teacher to my three little brothers my whole life, from teaching them to play hide & seek to teaching them how to respect women. I was always the creative nerd in academic classes offering illuminating explanations to fellow students. I was a pole dance instructor 2013-2015 because I loved sharing the expressive self-healing tool that saved me in dark times. Once the yoga healing work took hold in me, I knew in my heart that I would one day teach to share this gift as well.
What elements do you bring to your classes that make them unique?
Through my Psychobiology B.S. from UCLA, Mindfulness courses provided through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and my own experience teaching Mindfulness and Yogic breathing to children in LA, I’ve gained a scientific and experiential understanding of the mind-body connection and its significance in approaching human health and happiness. I create a soft nurturing space of curious exploration. Utilizing my experience as a dance choreographer, I ensure the presence of intelligent fluidity in my sequences. Inspired to share a cognitive tool I personally use and value, I infuse Mindfulness into my classes.
What is one piece of advice you would have for someone who is just starting their yoga journey?
Meet your physical and mental boundaries (we all have them, trust) with kindness instead of judgment so you may steadily grow from there. If after your first class, yoga just isn’t clicking for you, try different teachers before giving up–each teacher brings their own flavor and you might have just tried one that doesn’t suit your palette. Don’t take yourself too seriously or compete with others; this is your journey to enjoy!
You can take Cynthia’s class every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30am!
MARCH 2017 EVENTS & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Vinyasa and Vino
with Alyssa Hoerl
Thursday, March 30
Wind down your week with yoga and wine. Alyssa Hoerl will lead you through a Vinyasa yoga class, followed by sharing wine with your Northern Edge Yoga community. Event is free and space is first-come, first-serve!