• Yoga Fun for Children

    Yoga Fun for Children

    Come stretch, bend and have fun! Put on your comfy clothes and join me at the 2017 Yoga Expo, Yoga Fun for Children on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center at 2:25 p.m.

    I have been teaching dance for over 20 years and since becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor this year, I want to celebrate by teaching kids. My goal is to make it fun and help children learn the beginning steps of yoga.

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  • Staying Connected

    “Sometimes you have to look back to see how far you’ve come.”

    Although I haven’t been blogging for a while…don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. There have been major transitions in my life. With the career, fitness, and everything else ever-changing, I still get excited about Little Giant Life. I’m still writing for We All Grow Latina Blogger Network and I’ve become more active via Instagram.

    Blogging is a business and it always keeps me on my toes. The face of blogging has changed and has become a multi-functional way of keeping up with trends and making money. It’s not about writing the 500-word article. It’s all about content! Currently, I’m brainstorming how to be more effective to you without burning myself out.

    The major update in my life is the journey to becoming a yoga instructor. My friend Amanda Smith took some incredible pictures of this next adventure. The day was inspiring and emotional. She is amazing! Please read the story here.

    After a two-year break from teaching any type of class, I’m back to teaching a yoga class at Athleta this Sunday! I don’t know where else I’ll be teaching next, but I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

    Thanks for always being there and know that I do what I can to inspire you. Here’s hoping your Holidays are filled with peace and love.

    Thrive. Move. Be happy!

  • Deepening My Mind, Body, and Most of All My Soul

    It has been a very, very, busy, few weeks. Work has been far more intense than expected. However, I am excited to announce my latest adventure. But before I do, I’ll go back just a bit. I have been a dance teacher for the past 20 years and stopped (for now) about a year and a half ago. With the change of work/teaching life, I couldn’t do both. Teaching dance is a highly skilled art form which does a lot of damage to the body. As a result, I have experienced some physical ailments. But I don’t let it stop me.

    ¡El ejercicio es todo!

    I’ve always loved teaching and always saw myself teaching something other than dance. For the past 8 years or so, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a yoga teacher. And now the time has come!!!

    This weekend I will start my yoga teacher training and I’m beyond excited! The schedule fits my busy lifestyle and it has come at a great time! I invite you to follow my journey and hope you become inspired to do what you love to do! As everything in life, there is a process. I want to show the good, the bad and the realness of it all. So, follow me here and on Instagram for the progress.

    Namaste.

    Photo by: Creative Convex

  • Body Activation

    Michele Kadison is one of my favorite dance teachers! I had the pleasure in taking her contemporary jazz class in Florida. Not only was it exhilarating, she knew body alignment down to a science. As picky as I am in choosing a dance or fitness class just right for me, Michele is one of those teachers where I relish taking her class.

    Her latest venture is Body Activation.

    Why Body Activation?
    I created Body Activation from my dance warm up, which was a part of a contemporary Jazz class that I taught for over 30 years. I noticed that dancers who took classes with me were able to heal their injuries while strengthening their core muscles and thus were becoming much more efficient in their use of movement. I realized that this would be a perfect fitness protocol for anyone wishing to maximize their movement potential, whether for performance, sports, or for simple daily motion.

    Body Activation is designed for the body in motion, helping people achieve a sense of ease as they discover a greater range of movement. The technique helps people develop healthier physical habits through exercises that yield deep and immediate results. Through releasing tension and unblocking stressed areas in the body, my students feel refreshed, lengthened, toned, mentally sharpened, and full of revitalizing energy.

    Can Body Activation benefit a non-dancer? If so, how?
    Body Activation is designed for the non-dancer, as well as anyone who wishes to heighten and maximize their physical potential. The technique is easy to follow and includes many exercises that repeat in order to create a type of biofeedback, whereby the body remembers the movements and positions in its quest to feel better. Because every exercise is designed to affect the body on a deep level, students feel immediate results: core muscles strengthen, the lower back and hips become more flexible, joints become more supple. And because circulation increases due to creating more room inside the body, there is an immediate sense of well-being, inner balance, and mental clarity.

    There are many fitness fads with fancy marketing. What advice would you give someone to cut through all that noise?
    No matter which fitness protocol attracts you, make sure that the teacher has experience working with the body. S/he should have a quantifiable background in fitness, dance, or yoga, with a deep understanding of how the body functions anatomically.

    As this person will be responsible for making sure you get fit with great results and no injuries.

    With so many teacher-training classes out there, it is easy for a person to pay the required fee, put in the time, and emerge with a certificate. This does not mean that s/he has the experience and intuitive qualification to care for you properly. Like you would with a doctor or lawyer, look at the credentials!

    A woman with tattoos on her back is stretching with arms overhead.

    Photo Credit: Yingli Xu

    What is your goal with Body Activation?
    My goal is to create global awareness about the efficacy and beauty of this technique. Once someone has taken even one class, s/he is usually convinced of Body Activation’s power to uplift and heal the body, and how this in turn affects the mind and spirit.

    I hope to develop teacher training classes for seasoned and experienced dancers and fitness practitioners who wish to teach Body Activation. My ultimate desire is to create a franchise so that Body Activation classes can be available to people around the world.

    What inspires you to keep dancing?
    I was born with dancing in my blood. It is my lifeline and my joy. When I dance it is a form of making love, connecting with the music, connecting with the universe … an ecstasy I give to myself and share with others. Body Activation is an extension of this joy.

    Michelle Kadison is smiling in front a white wall.

    Photo Credit: Malik Meuthen

     

    For information on booking Body Activation for a workshop or other event, you can contact Michele at: info@bodyactivation.net

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    Featured image by Francesca Mey.