The Art of Communication

They say your actions speak louder than words. Truth/Satya can be expressed by words, but I have found truth to be essentially displayed thru act. Act of love, following thru, and really doing what you say. We can always change our minds, but with yoga we learn to speak the truth with kindness. Recently, I had an experience where the words of one person shifted my understanding of them.  When our ego attaches to our emotions we can no longer understand or communicate what “is” and then we cheat ourselves and others of learning, growing, accepting, and loving. Let’s keep it simple. Time is valuable. Families and friends are valuable. Strangers are valuable. Be kind, be true with kindness. Connect. Love. Keep it simple and real. As a Mother and Teacher, I set the example of truth for my creation. If I speak one way and show her another then what have I taught her? #NAMASTE

Spring is here! …

…And with it we welcome new growth, schedule changes, and transformative events…

I am 3 months into Massage Training and learning more each time. I have been reaching out to other yoga instructors and asking which muscles they cue and have received an array of answers. I always go back to Rudy, who taught me that we should be able to consciously activate individual muscles, at least the voluntary ones. So, I pull out my DaVinci images and show students where they should be feeling what in order to better understand how their bodies move. It has been lovely to see them put the pieces together. And that is what life is like, a whole bunch of puzzle pieces that need to be put back together, so we can see ourselves as whole. There have been glimpses of who we are throughout our lives and theses glimpses resonant into our very essences. When we acknowledge our body as the vessel that carries us through our journey, we can understand our truth and what we have to offer.
Yoga is mind-body connection. Yoga is knowing your true Self. Yoga is Love.
I freakin’ love it all!!!!

So with that said, we have a few changes happening:
I, Claudia will now be teaching Mondays at 10 am and Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
Allison’s next restorative workshop is March 23rd from 6-8pm.
This event is held once a month and you can find details on Facebook.
Register now for both of these events using Vagaro!

In the meantime, if you need some one-on-one attention, whether it be Reiki, Thai Reiki, Tarot, 8 Limbs, or Private Instruction, place a phone call to 919-633-8999 and let’s connect!

Have a Fabulous Day!
Namaste y Maktub.
~ Claudia


Reiki Level 1 Training
Taught by Sophia, RMT for a duration of two days:
May 19th 3-8PM and May 20th 11-4PM.
Sophia has been a Reiki Master Teacher for over a decade and has attuned and taught students from all backgrounds. She is currently a Massage Therapist in Raleigh and has incorporated Reiki into her massage practice.

Sisters of the Moon  – DATE CHANGE
April 17th, 7:30 – 9:30PM
Join us as the moon wanes to go into the March New Moon. We will be celebrating with a shedding fire ceremony and rebuilding our divine temples in the form of clay. We will set our intentions for new beginnings with our hands. Libations, music, and dance will accompany our ceremonial work.

Yoga Teacher Training
March 24 – Sept 8
YTT is a journey like no other. It is challenging, informative, eye-opening, and rewarding. Our foundational course covers all of the beautiful gifts that yoga has to offer. You will learn about the foundations of yoga, breathing, alignment, anatomy, modifications, corrections, Sanskrit, business aspects, and most of all…how to teach.


Mindful Yoga and Natural Horsemanship Retreat

Dates: April 29th, 2018
Times: 2-6pm
Early Bird Special: $100

We now have RNCY logo goodies!
T-shirts and stickers
are available for purchase.
Just ask Claudia!

My Reiki Experience at Raleigh NC Yoga

I have been receiving Reiki from Claudia for nearly six months now and I can honestly say it has been one of the most transformative experiences I have ever had. From the moment I walk into her cottage, I feel the healing begin. Claudia always welcomes me with a hug and asks how I am doing. Sometimes I just start talking and it is amazing where the conversation takes us! There is usually an emotional or physical need that surfaces each time.

Claudia is a wonderful listener and is very gentle and non-judgmental. I feel comfortable sharing what I need to with her and that my personal journey will be kept only to her. The cottage is a safe place…all you have to do is be open to inner growth.

I’m never sure what to expect, and sometimes we decide to try a specific exercise after I arrive. This could involve pulling a Tarot card, learning about some aspect of Yoga, or maybe Thai stretching. The treatment involves Reiki in the traditional sense, of course, but Claudia always knows what to do based on what I need that particular day.

At our most recent session, I had my eyes closed and Claudia was moving around my body. I wasn’t sure where she was at the time, but all of a sudden I saw an elephant on a unicycle holding an umbrella! I started cracking up and she asked me why (it is ok to share during your sessions if you want to!) I told her what I saw and she told me she was remembering a song she sang to her daughter Victoria. She began to sing in Spanish, and I heard “elephante.” She said the song was about an elephant and balance. Magic!

Those are the kinds of connections I am thrilled to receive and one reason I enjoy Reiki sessions so much. Human connection. Positive energy flow. Increased strength. Open chakras. All of these gifts are there for you if you focus and accept them. I suggest giving Reiki a try!

My Yoga Teacher Training Experience at Y Respira Raleigh NC Yoga – WInter 2017/2018

My Yoga Teacher Training Experience at Y Respira Raleigh NC Yoga – WInter 2017/2018
By Summer Hunt-Goldstein

My Yoga Teacher Training with Y Respira/Raleigh NC Yoga has been an incredibly transformational experience that has far surpassed my expectations of what it would be like.  I went into the training with the desire to ‘deepen my practice’ and take it to the next level and I am leaving the program with all that and more. Looking back over the summary of what to expect from this YTT, every single thing that the description said we would take away from the training is true.   Of course, my yoga asana practice has grown tremendously, but I have also grown in so many other ways.

Over the course of the training I have learned:  proper alignment and form for each of the most common asanas along with more advanced asana I had never done before, the sanskrit names for each of the asanas we practiced along with the chakras and bandhas, the main muscles that we work and stretch in each asana, an understanding of each of the body’s systems and how they are affected and benefited by yoga,  the history of yoga and its major players and influences, a basic understanding of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the 8 Limbed path of Yoga, how to articulate, correct and modify asana to make it accessible to as many people as possible, how to practice yoga on and off the mat, how to guide and share the yoga experience with others and so much more! The last several months have been filled with moments of profound growth and have been both challenging and rewarding in the best possible ways.

From the beginning Claudia talked about the goal or reward of yoga as being the connection with our true or authentic self.  I feel that this YTT program helped me remember who my authentic self is and it has given me the tools to honor my authentic self and begin to peel back the layers that obscure it.  I feel like I have reconnected to an overall sense of joy that I had somehow blurred and my curiosity and excitement for life is greater than ever. As a result of this training I have begun to replace negative thought patterns and bad habits with self love– which I believe must be practiced in order to share love with others.

Everything with this training has fallen into place for me.  I found Y Respira after reading about all of the different YTT programs in the area and it was the only studio that I felt a calling to.  There was no better time for me to trust my intuition as because of it I have found a yoga studio and yoga family that I will return to over and over again.  The timing of the program was perfect (September-March) as I can not remember another winter that has passed with as much gratitude and delight. I even believe that the cold of winter (we had some of the coldest days in years this year) didn’t bother me as much and I had a lot more energy.  The shorter days didn’t depress me but were transformed into a time to go inward, reflect and make room for self care and personal growth. There were definitely moments of stress and anxiety, more so earlier on in the program, but thankfully the rewards and joyous moments of a dedicated yoga practice start happening right away.

One of my favorite things is that my breathing and love for oxygen have transformed.  Some of my favorite memories of the physical practice are of when we did classes where we simply laid on our backs for all or the majority of the class filling up our lungs with fresh oxygen and completely emptying them out.  This is of obvious importance and deserved recognition considering the studio is called Y Respira!!!

This yoga teacher training program has set a solid foundation for me to continue the journey into my yoga practice, the yoga way of life and how to share that with anyone who is ready and willing to learn.  My love for yoga has grown even deeper along with the practice of honoring my authentic self and encouraging others to do the same. I didn’t go into the training with the overall intention of teaching yoga to others, but my love of yoga has deepened so much that I’d be denying myself of one of my true passions if I didn’t teach in some way.  Finally, I am not only leaving this training with a greater understanding of Yoga, but also with a greater understanding of the importance of getting out of my comfort zone and the beautiful growth that occurs there. For me, yoga has evolved from something I did for an hour per day into a way of life. I am eternally grateful for Claudia’s exceptional teaching and support along with the other teachers and fellow students at the studio and hope I will be able to make the same impact on others!

A Cynical Yoga Practice?

I haven’t quite wrapped my head around it, but the word cynical is falling in my lap way to often at times. I find myself a lot of times questioning the “norm”.
Let’s bring this for example. In massage school they speak a lot about massaging the back. Because it is such a big area and bc it feels so good, but in teaching yoga I find most people need the front stretched. If massage is meant to be relaxing, then why not relax and stretch the areas that are most over worked. The front body. We live so within ourselves, constantly hiding from the world, guarding our chakras along with our fears and traumas or battles.  Why not massage the front more and not the back? We live in a slouching culture, hung over desks, or allowing gravity to pull us down into our seats. I am concerned. For myself and others.

This is where I feel cynical. So much lack of common sense being taught these days. So much laziness. I blame myself also. When I point fingers the first point goes to myself. When the back wants rubbing, then to me the back needs working. By work I mean pick my slouchy lazy comfortable self up and sit up, stand up tall. Face my stuff. As I write this, I am unconsciously, now consciously drawing my left elbow in a little closer, so now I am consciously am going to move it away from my mid line. I am gonna practice my “common sense”. My body is speaking to me. I need not guard my heart, but release the discomfort of vocalizing or writing things. This is all I just needed to release these thoughts.