Pauline Villanueva - Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga Teacher Highlight

Pauline is one of our yoga teachers here at Trilogy. She teaches the 7am Power Hour bright and early on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Let's get to know her a bit better...  

san-diego-yoga-pauline

How and where did your yoga journey begin?

I first stumbled onto yoga at a charity yoga event in 2013 to benefit the New Children's Museum. I wasn't there for the yoga--I was actually there to hopefully network with other attorneys! Little did I know that that one event would change so much. I've been hooked ever since. 

When not teaching yoga, how do you spend your time?

Working at my grown-up job as an attorney, reading, drinking craft beer, and playing with cats. Also probably napping.

What quote inspires your life and practice?

"Ego says, 'Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace.' Spirit says, 'Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.'"

san-diego-yoga-la-jolla

What words do you have to offer for new yogis?

Remember that yoga isn't about the crazy ridiculous Instagram poses--it's about finding your practice and your peace. It's a constant journey and everyone has their own path. That being said, don't be afraid to try things! Our bodies are so much stronger and smarter than we realize most of the time and they'll tell us what we need to know. Trust yourself and your body. 

What is one of the things you are most grateful for?

One of the things I'm endlessly grateful for is that my life didn't go the way I thought it would. I'm grateful for all the twists and turns of the past several years that allowed me to realize that the only thing I can control is myself and how I respond to things. But I am also the one who controls my own happiness. It has been a very liberating lesson and one I keep learning.

yoga-beach-san-diego

Pauline's yoga teacher bio:

Pauline first stumbled upon yoga in 2013, during a fundraising event for the New Children's Museum downtown, and immediately got hooked. Since then, yoga has been a passion which has changed her life. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in April of 2016. Her focus is on the accessibility and sustainability of a yoga practice, as well as exploring new things and having fun! She hopes to share her experience with others, in the hopes that they will find their own path and discover the same benefits from yoga. Off the mat, Pauline is an attorney who enjoys reading, drinking craft beer, and hanging with her cats. 

yoga-class-san-diego-trilogy

Our power hour classes are held in our infrared heated Moon Room, learn more about infrared yoga HERE.

We offer infrared and aerial yoga classes throughout the day, everyday! Take a look at our schedule to see all of our classes. 

 

 

Yoga to Benefit the Body

There is no doubt that practicing yoga improves your strength and flexibility (which has a plethora of benefits in itself), but it has even MORE amazing effects on the physical body! Here are 5 benefits for your physical body that result from practicing yoga... 

Perfects your Posture

Yoga teaches you to be mindful of your body and how you hold yourself. Small correction in how you hold you head, shoulders and hips can create huge improvements on posture. Also building strength in the spine and back allows you to sit up straight, with more ease, rather than slumping or hunching forward. Good posture over time prevents may injuries and degenerative diseases.

Protects your Spine

Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends, and inversions in the aerial hammock you’ll help keep your disks supple. Inversions in the hammock with minimal pressure on the joints help to decompress the spine and neck relieving back pain and helping to heal injuries.

Betters your Bone Heath

It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in aerial yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like inverted pencil pose, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertebrae. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

Prevents Cartilage and Joint Breakdown

Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads. Aerial Yoga is especially good for the joints as with the aid of gravity, much less pressure is applied on joints like the knees over time.

IMG_3850.jpg

Releases Tension in Your Limbs

Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen? These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood. As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension: It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck. If you simply tune in, you may be able to release some tension in the tongue and eyes. With bigger muscles like the quadriceps, trapezius, and buttocks, it may take years of practice to learn how to relax them.

At Trilogy we practice yoga on the mat and in the sky! We have yoga and aerial classes everyday of the week! Take a look at our SCHEDULE to sign up... First time practicing with us? We offer a $39 for two weeks of unlimited yoga

 

References: 

http://totalhealthyoga.blogspot.com http://www.energycenter.com http://kineticvigilantes.com http://www.lostartofhandbalancing.com http://www.evolutionhealth.com http://sitincomfort.com http://www.livestrong.com http://www.yogajournal.com http://www.rebekahleach.com

My Relationship with Aerial, by Britt Johnson

Trilogy aerial yoga teacher training teacher, Brittany Johnson, shares how she found aerial and how it has changed her life...

I met Aerial about 8 years ago. Aerial didn't even know I existed, but I knew Aerial did.  We certainly had things in common, but I never thought we would develop such a long lasting relationship. 

Aerial has hurt, belittled, humbled and insulted me, but also, inspired, fulfilled and encouraged me.  But our relationship isn't as crazy as it sounds.  Aerial is a metaphor for my life.  

My life was ready for something new when Aerial and I first met.  I was ready to dedicate time and work into accomplishing ONE THING:  to get a photo of myself doing the splits in the air.  Could I do the splits?  No.  Could I do a pull up?  No.  Did I have an excellent camera?  No.  But ALL of these things were possible.  

It started with classes, then meeting friends, then training with my new friends.  Over time, Aerial began to give me bigger ideas and dreams.  

The goal of doing the splits in the air was still the number one priority, but what was happening was self-discovery.  Self-expression and therapy in the air.  I loved the challenge of balancing strength and grace while silently moving to my story.  I was able to release energy I didn't even know I had.  And along the way,  I gained the opportunity to perform and travel... AND get amazing pictures of me doing the splits in the air:-)

A few years later, the conversation I was having in the air started to fade.  The soul of Aerial and I became silent, and it made me question more than my craft.  It was time to evolve.  

Aerial didn't leave my life,  we simply took a break so we could keep each other healthy.  During my break, I started to find the more therapeutic side of using a hammock and quickly found Aerial Yoga.  After a yoga certification and finding a safe place to train, the path naturally formed.  I found expression, physical therapy and peace of mind AT THE SAME TIME using Aerial Yoga techniques!  It has been rewarding to combine all the knowledge I've absorbed over these last 8 years. 

 Aerial and I started a new version of ourselves, and I was able to dedicate time with new friends Hannahsita and Leila.  Together we dedicated time, knowledge, sweat and some secrets to create an Aerial Yoga manual we all believed in.  

 I'm thankful to Trilogy Sanctuary for encouraging and hosting my relationship with Aerial.  

Britt will be leading Trilogy's Spring Aerial Yoga Teacher Training along with Leila and Hannahsita. Learn more and apply soon because training begins April 27th!

Using the Hindu Trinity to Inspire Balance

By Rachel Lubich.

When our lives are in balance we feel a sense of harmony within our body, mind and spirit, as well as, the world around us. This harmony can be observed by the divine timing and cosmic ordering of opportunities which unfold for us at the right moment once we are ready for them.

Recently, I’ve been looking to the Hindu trinity of Gods to inspire balance in my life. In case you aren't familiar with them, allow me to introduce Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Brahma is the creator, Shiva is the destroyer, Vishnu is the sustainer, and together they create harmony within the natural cycle which sustains life in this world. Let’s take a closer look at their individual qualities in order to extract the wisdom they embody so we may apply their teachings to achieve a more balanced effort in life.

Shiva, the Destroyer

First, we employ the wisdom of Shiva, the destroyer. Destruction, in this sense, is not an act of violence or an attempt to dismantle our life. Instead, it’s the ability to recognize the impermanence of certain aspects of our life in order to let go and move on from them. Shiva’s power of destruction is a necessary action in order to make room for new opportunities and maintain the energy required to pursue new ideas. We see the benefits of destruction when certain wildfires create space for new seedlings to take root and develop into the next generation of growth in the forests. Our ability for growth is often hindered by our inflated sense of unlimited capacity; growth can only be achieved when we are able to let go to make room for the new. Once we've identified what we can let go of, we have room for the creation of new projects and space to dance into new growth.

Brahma, the Creator

Within the Hindu trinity, Brahma symbolizes creation. This is our call to recognize our potential to create, whether it be through a new professional project or as simple as choosing a new-to-you hobby to stoke this flame of creativity. Are you able to point to something in your life that requires this act of creation? Maybe you’re creating new life with a pregnancy, you’ve chosen to knit yarn into a blanket, or beautifully transfer paint across a canvas to express yourself in the form of art. Without creation in our lives, we may become dull or uninspired. Creation stimulates pathways through our mind which inspire new ideas and allow us to recognize our innate ability to provide for ourselves.

 

vishnu-9.jpg

Vishnu, the Sustainer

Vishnu represents the sustainer, maintaining order in all which already exists. Daily rituals are a good example of ways we are able to sustain ourselves. Whether it’s practicing yoga or enjoying your morning cup of coffee, devotion to our own unique set of daily rituals aid in maintaining optimal health in body, mind and spirit. Recognize which aspects of your life require a certain amount of effort in order to be maintained, but do not hesitate to also recognize when those areas need the revitalizing power of Brahma or the fire of Shiva in order to enact change and progress.

When observed independently, we learn of the strength and wisdom embodied within each figure; when viewed together, we are able to observe the balance each provides to the flow of life as a whole. Consider checking in with yourself to employ the wisdom of balance the Hindu trinity exemplifies. With honest inquiry, you may find you’re already in a state of balance or it may reinspire action toward a new direction in your life!

Written by Rachel Lubich

Learn more about Hindu philosophy in our upcoming teacher training at Trilogy Sanctuary - Still time to sign up! Starts April 1st 2017

Yogi's First Books

By Rachel Lubich

Lead Teacher for Trilogy's Spring 200 Hour Teacher Training

A dear friend of mine from Austin requested that I compile a reading list for Yogi’s who are interested in enriching their yogic understanding outside of the studio setting. I LOVE when students ask me for yoga text recommendations! When a student approaches me for book recommendations, my energy soars and my eyes sparkle with delight! It’s such a joy to know that the practice has inspired a quest for more breadth and depth of knowledge in another Yogi. So, here is my carefully selected “Yogi’s First Books” reading list complete with short descriptions as to why I chose each of them.

 

Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White (Amazon)

This book was gifted to me as I left the country for my Yoga Teacher Training 7 years ago. It was the first yoga book I ever read and truly shaped my approach to the practice and philosophy as a teacher all these years later. It’s a great introduction, written in accessible language for the modern reader and briefly touches upon a breadth of information regarding yoga philosophy and yoga in practice. This book is my top pick to get a Yogi started on their journey and has been recommended and loaned to many people within my community.

Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama (Amazon)

This book was also gifted to me (I’m noticing a trend…) by my friend and yoga studio owner when I was leaving Philadelphia to move across the country. This book contains short stories of experiences and lessons Swami Rama noted from his time studying with the Master Teachers of yoga in India. I love the way the stories bring the teachings to life and offer insights into the hidden teachers of the ancient science and art of yoga.

The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar (Amazon)

This book resonates with me because of the material included and the conversational language with which it is written. It offers a wonderful foundation of yoga philosophy with great clarity and encourages the adaptation of the practice to suit the individual. Written by T. K. V. Desikachar, he includes insights into the life of his father, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the “father of modern yoga”, who was the Guru to Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi and B. K. S. Iyengar, among others.

Happy reading, yogis!

Interested in joining Rachel in our Yoga Teacher Training this Spring? You can find more information HERE

Bliss in the Air - The Extreme of Grounding and Flying

By Hannahsita Smyth,

a Trilogy Sanctuary aerial yoga teacher 

The greatness of who you are, is directly related to how you tell your story. In order to tell your story, you have to know who you are. To know who you are, you have serve in society.

Mental : overcoming narratives and barrier limitations

Physical : working strength, stretching and body awareness

Spiritual : creating, surrendering, supporting, trusting, believing in yourself. (Being who you are, is the person you were, when you stopped being you).  To be a kid again understanding open space is needed.

I don’t believe in balance. I believe in counterbalance. Living life at the edges, so you have more range of motion for growth and discovery. Play with opposites. If you sit all day, then your movement practice must meet the opposite of your sitting practice. Find the edges of each extreme. Inactive to active. If you are stimulated and very busy on the computers all day, the body will be still and not wasting energy. So switch to the other extreme. Still the mind and get motion and movement into the body. The physical body and mental mind love the extremes.

We are all movement makers. Rediscover this edge. Live bigger through life with movement.

Hannahsita is a leader of our aerial yoga teacher training and our aerial kids program. She also teaches aerial yoga classes of all levels.

Infrared Yoga in the Moon Room

We are all three dimensional beings; mind, body and spirit. Here at Trilogy we are highly focused and passionate about strengthening that connection. We believe that “true happiness can only be achieved by balancing all three.” Trilogy is the only studio in San Diego that offers infrared yoga - a heat therapy that greatly assists in the healing process of these dimensions.

Infrared Heat Therapy

Rooted from ancient Chinese healing called “Palm Healing.” The palms radiate infrared energy through the skin, aiding in healing.
In essence, infrared heat radiates energy into the human body, without causing the surrounding air to warm. The sun is the primary source of infrared heat and 80% of the light on Earth is infrared, causing this light to be easily processed by our bodies.  

Rejuvenation

As a beauty treatment, the penetration of infrared heat, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars, as well as smoothes skin’s texture.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. Infrared heat invigorates the production of collagen, which helps improve healthy skin and hair, reduces joint pains and degeneration, helps heal gut issues, and other health ailments.

Clean Air

Infrared heat does not recirculate air, which reduces the circulation of dirty air and bacteria - thereby creating a very pure environment to breathe and practice in. As our body absorbs infrared waves, molecules begin to vibrate, causing an incredible cleansing effect at a cellular level. This heat therapy has proven to heal health-related disorders of the immune system, the cardiovascular system, soft tissue injuries, aches and pains from arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also helps increase blood circulation without suppressing your heart, as well as increases the levels of white blood cells and oxygen in your body.

Detoxify

Heavy metal toxicity is a very prevalent health issue as we are exposed to pollutants every day in our environment. Contamination from these heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic can be cleansed by detoxification from infrared heat therapy, by generating perspiration.

Join us at Trilogy Sanctuary for a warming, comforting and healing experience as you let the infrared rays heat your body from the inside out. Sign up for an Infrared yoga class HERE

Theena Thao - Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga Teacher Highlight

Theena has been teaching at Trilogy since the beginning! We asked her a few questions to explore what makes her such a gem of a yoga and aerial yoga teacher...

IMG_4340.jpg

What quote inspires your life and practice?

"Everywhere you go, there you are." -  I love this quote. It's a reminder for me to be where I am, that everything is where it should be, and that I am where I should be. In life or while practicing on my mat, this quote reminds me to stay present, breathe, and worry less. You can't have too many of these reminders as it's not an easy thing to do. And yet it is easy at the same time! When I read or say to myself, "Theena, everywhere you go, there you are", I feel a big rush of relief take over my body and I know for that moment I am okay. And so I repeat.

Who inspires you and why?

My mom is my number one inspiration. To me, she is the definition of a mother's love and sacrifice. I live a grateful life because of her. 

What has been one of your greatest experiences?

I was born in a small village in Vietnam and moved to California at the age of 6.  After graduating university, I worked for a year and was able to save up money to visit my far away family for the first time in 16 years. It was indescribable and similar to the feeling of connecting that last piece of puzzle. Home can be anywhere, but the motherland is a particularly special place because it's always in your heart. I hope to visit again very soon!

What words do you have to offer new yogis and aerial students?

I think it's important to keep it simple because often times less is more. Start small, take humble steps, and be kind to your body. When we are new to yoga, we tend to be critical of ourselves, and we focus on the "doing" rather than the "feeling". Which, to me, is completely normal because yoga can be intimidating in the west, sometimes even competitive. It's good to remember that yoga teachers can tell you how to align in a particular pose, but what you're "being" or "feeling", that's all up to you.

What is your biggest dream or aspiration?

I aspire to make this world a better place for all people. And also to inspire people to want to make this world a better place. I love the zero waste movement and although it's been challenging for me and progress has been slow, I continue to work at it and hope one day my choices align closer to this lifestyle.

Theena's Schedule:

Sunday 10:30am: Strength and Serenity 

Sunday 12pm: Aerial Restore Low Fabric

Thursday 7:30pm: Vinyasa

Friday 6pm: Vinyasa