Teacher Of The Month: Christina Yoshida

We are excited to welcome Christina Yoshida to our teaching staff at Breathe!

How did you start practicing yoga? What was your early yoga experience like?

I started in my early 20’s to get back in shape for dance. I had been out of dancing for 2 years. I liked the movement but was not good at the sitting still part. So when I got back into dance I started practicing.

When did you get a sense that yoga was different, not just a way to be physical?

To be honest I always knew it was different, but wasn’t comfortable with it, or not yet fully comfortable with myself. When I started this journey last year I was able to embrace the mental side of yoga better. I needed some quiet time since I had 2 small children always keep me going. Yoga provides some time just for me.

What is your favorite yoga pose and what is your least favorite yoga pose? And why?

Probably downward facing dog, because it feels so wonderful once you have warmed up and it stretches the whole body. Ironically, my least favorite pose is also downward facing dog because of the way it challenges me in the beginning. It can be hard to hold and it takes a little time to warm up and my mind starts to wander and I start to think bad thoughts about my teacher because my shoulders are burning. haha!

In what way does your yoga practice most impact your daily life?

My yoga practice has allowed me to have a stress outlet, I was very overwhelmed before I started my consistent yoga practice and teacher training helped me get a deeper understanding of yoga and all it has to offer. The breathing has helped me the most.

This month at Breathe we are focusing on satya, the second yama (restraint or inner observance), of the eight limb path of yoga. How do you experience/practice satya on your yoga mat, in your teaching, and in daily life?

I practice satya by being mindful of what I can and can not do. I listen to my body and do not push it so I don’t injure myself. In my teaching I speak from the heart and share when it’s been easy or hard to help students deepen their practice. In my daily life I try and be realistic about how much I can do. I do my best to be honest and truthful in general.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?

When I first moved to Virginia I was in a singing group with two other girls and even recorded a demo. Our group name was Trillium.

Tell us something about teaching at Breathe.

I love teaching at Breathe, it’s a warm and inviting place to teach and practice. The students always seem eager to learn which makes me want to come back every week.