Christine started to meditate when she was just 6 years old by staring at a Holly Hobby picture on the wall to settle her mind at night. Only decades later did she learn she was practicing Trataka, the meditative practice of gazing at an external object. Perhaps it is no surprise that Christine was naturally drawn to meditation and started practicing again as a way to calm her mind and increase mindfulness in her daily life. As Christine continued to develop her meditation practice, she experienced even more benefits including reduced insomnia and an increased focus and connectedness with life. She was drawn to the practice and wanted to learn as much about meditation as possible; Christine was happier. She explains “If I can meditate (with my over-active mind) anyone can!” Christine became certified to teach the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation (SEED Meditation®) created by Sarah McLean. She also holds a BA in Communications and Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Working in marketing for over 25 years, she understands the stress of a demanding career and the challenge in finding a healthy life balance. Her desire is teaching meditation to individuals, or groups, looking for a way to improve their well-being. Her smile grows even larger when teaching students new to meditate as she loves the idea of spreading the practice. Christine lives in Orange County with her husband, teenage son and two furry friends, Ruka and Maya. Her interests outside of meditation include hiking, yoga, writing and traveling.
Favorite Yoga Move:
That is easy… Savasana!
How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most:
Practicing the postures in yoga has helped me with flexibility, strength and mind-body connection. Practicing meditation has changed my life! Physically I have fewer headaches and I am able to sleep better. Emotionally I am calmer; less reactive and better able to respond to stressful situations. Spiritually I am more compassionate and just a nicer, happier person. I am more aware of my awareness. I am more present.
Reason Started Doing Yoga:
I started practicing the postures in yoga to complement my running. I was running marathons and needed yoga to lengthen and stretch my muscles. Ironically, I initially hated it! However, I stuck with it and now love it!
5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style:
easy, loving, healing, peaceful, introspective