Pilates for Pink & The Art of Intention
To learn more about our Pilates for Pink and new ballet barre class, check out our October 10th blog below. Kristen Reynolds, DPT, CPI explains all about the class, its core benefits, and why she decided to join Shape Magazine's Pilates and Plies for Pink this month in honor of breast cancer awareness. Please note that all $10 donations go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In the meantime, check out this piece by our yoga instructor, Katrina Sukola...
From the Desk of Katrina Sukola, Yoga Teacher...
We are all busy people, juggling our lives and trying to balance work, family and friends. Instead of multitasking and not being fully present, try to act with intention. Whether you practice yoga or not, you can practice the art of intention, being more present anytime, anywhere.
You may often hear your yoga teacher talk about Intention. This can be as simple as one word. Breathe. Love. Awaken. Play. Soften. Connect. Flow. Give. Receive. Release. Embrace. Having an Intention enhances your yoga practice, both on and off the mat. It helps to narrow your focus, purposefully directing your energy throughout the day.
You may practice yoga for different reasons – to relieve stress, weight loss or to build strength and flexibility. But having an intention helps to narrow the focus and transform the practice from just a physical practice to something deeper. Practicing with intention is not just about the word that inspires you, but also the feeling behind it. What does it feel like to be openhearted? Sit with the feeling and let it resonate, doing your yoga practice with that intention and feeling in mind.
It’s easy to get swept into our busy lives. Take a moment every day to pause and re-center. A one minute break to breathe deeply, stretch, or even strike a yoga pose or two will help you stay mindful throughout your daily life. It could be as easy as just one word.
Katrina Sukola, Yoga Teacher
Katrina has had a lifelong relationship with movement. Dancing from a young age, including ballet and later studying other styles including flamenco and aerial dance. In 2001, she began exploring different styles of yoga such as Vinyasa, Restorative and Anusara yoga. Katrina completed her 200-hour certification with YogaWorks in 2010, training with master yoga teacher Natasha Rizopoulos. Her teaching is strongly influenced by this method, combining Ashtanga's focus on connecting movement with breath and Iyengar's attention to precise alignment. In both individual and small group settings, students will experience thoughtfully sequenced classes, cultivating body and mental awareness, and finding balance between effort and ease. Katrina teaches yoga for students to increase strength and flexibility, improve posture and circulation, while reducing stress and tension. Yoga creates a sense of well-being and calm in both the body and mind. Through continuous practice, Katrina has experienced the powerful mental and physical benefits of yoga, both on and off the mat. Katrina teaches yoga throughout the Boston area and is a member of the dance company Round the Corner Movers. She continues learning and sharing this ancient practice of moving, breathing, and overall well-being.