Lomi Lomi Anyone?

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Have you heard of a Lomi Lomi massage? Have you experienced one?

While I have heard people refer to this style of massage, the opportunity to receive one eluded me.  Mostly while on vacation,  I would try to seek out one massage, and when asking for the Lomi Lomi they were always booked.

For my self care routine incorporating a monthly massage is paramount for my back to release tension and to be more malleable.  While actively seeking a therapist with whom I vibe, I believe I have found her - and during our first session she mentioned she also offers…..yep - you guessed it - Lomi Lomi!  

Well, that was it, that is all I needed to know - and as soon as my first session was complete my next session booked with her was a Lomi Lomi massage.

Living in the desert in Arizona is a bit far from the amazing Hawaiian Islands, however, today I was whisked away to a Hawaiian beach and experienced the ocean breezes during an amazing full body massage.  The experience was phenomenal, and I am completely humbled and full of gratitude for having this opportunity.

 Vonda & Kari  Kari Flink - Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.  You can schedule with her through Cerbat Chiropractic @ 928-718-2225.

Vonda & Kari

Kari Flink - Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.  You can schedule with her through Cerbat Chiropractic @ 928-718-2225.

Performed for centuries in Hawaiian Temples as a rite of passage, this full body massage felt like my therapist embraced me in her arms while she moved in rhythmic waves of motion sending deep relaxing sensations throughout my body.  My body was able to fully let go while my spirit was renewed and restored.  

I am so thankful for this day, and for having met Kari!  

I would highly recommend one if at all possible, you will have no regrets.

Self Care…it's a 'real' thing!

What do you do for your self care?

Self care is a 'real' thing that I am finding completely necessary in order to be in service to humanity.  The picture with this post is a few years old, seems like a bit of a long minute to wait for another day to relax!  However, I'm sure I have had days with no appointments or To Do Lists, sometimes upon reflection it may seem like it has been years.

Today was a day that NOTHING was scheduled on my calendar, I had to check it a few times before I realized there was nothing forgotten - this was real.  For me cleaning and straightening up my home gives me time to simply be in the moment, so as I lingered in my pj's I managed to make a few days worth of green smoothies, wash the bedding, steam clean the floors (after Eufy vacuumed - which I will share was the BEST use of $200), did an amazing online yoga class with one of my favorite yogis, Kelly Heath, took a long shower, ate a giant salad and relaxed with some creative computer time.

Somehow, self care for me today was not having a schedule. I do have the occasional massages, hikes, jacuzzi times - but for me today simply meant being in my home.  Taking the time to reflect on what I have accomplished and what I am up to, this time has helped me to fully embrace the day!

What can you do to create a little self care for yourself?  Creating the space on our daily/weekly calendars is a great place to start!  Even if we don't have anything scheduled, creating the time for something or nothing at all is beneficial - something will unfold and you will be glad you had the time to be present for it. 

Humble Beginnings

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Where to start?  Vonda (me) found yoga in 2005, my personal trainer at the time handed me Journey Into Power (dvd) by Baron Baptiste, and suggested I give it a try to help with my flexibility.   

My personal trainer became a close friend, we ventured out in 2006 to see Baron Baptiste in person - in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado - where we indulged in an All Day Immersion and were barely able to walk the next day.

Fast forward to 2010, my friend wanted to become a Certified Baptiste Teacher.  At this time I was really loving the experience of yoga and what it was bringing to my life not only through the physical poses but the meditation and self inquiry were intriguing to me.  As we headed off to Hilo, Hawaii (sounds exotic doesn't it?) we were so excited to have a whole week of boot camp style yoga with our teacher, Baron!  After a week in what we fondly called the 'plastic bubble' (a quonset style building they had so conveniently wrapped in what seemed like plastic wrap to keep our bodies even more wet with sweat) we were blessed to have the tsunami warning and were able to stay an extra day to recover before heading home.  The tsunami didn't happen, thankfully!

I was hooked, I began sharing yoga classes with my family and friends (a total of one girl friend and my oldest son at the time) followed up by heading to Level 2 in August of 2010.  I was headed towards becoming a 200 Hour Certified Baptiste Teacher.  

Through my 16 month process of becoming certified I found a mentor in Las Vegas, NV., Zeek Vincent.  Zeek is a Certified Baptiste Teacher and helped me navigate all the pieces to move towards my certification. When I began sharing yoga at the local Day Spa, Zeek supported me in building our community through specialized workshops. Eventually leading to him sharing his love of yoga in his own Teacher Training program - Zflow Power Yoga.

This 6 weekend intensive was presented during a very hot Arizona desert Summer with 9 participants - for the most part the entire yoga community in our town.  About 3 weeks from graduation Zeek mentioned the grads may want to teach.  Definitely took me by surprise, so I asked them…they said YES!  By the time graduation happened we had totally renovated a small downtown space from top to bottom, created a full schedule and opened our doors October 1, 2013.

Fast forward to 2018, we are celebrating 5 years in service to our community.  We have hosted four 200 Hour Certified Teacher Trainings with 34 graduates, we currently have 14 teachers and 30+ classes on our weekly schedule.  Stop in and say hello, we welcome you with open arms!