Walking the Talk with Ayurveda and Yoga
While there is no preaching coming from the lips of Christina Carlin, owner of the Ayurvenda Massage and & Yoga Institute, in Naples, there is definitely a lifetime of personally practicing what she teaches. Indeed, Carlin’s life and lifestyle align perfectly to create her calling card for the yogic principles that she teaches one-on-one to her students.
Carlin’s practice of the art and science of classical yoga takes place on and off the mat. Dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit, she uses the breath and body to foster an awareness of an intimate connection to the unified whole of creation. Practicing the eight limbs of this ancient art—universal morality, personal observances, asanas, breathing exercises, control of the sense, concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness, devotion and union with the divine—is the foundation of Carlin’s life of balance, equanimity, peace, good health and harmony.
A love affair with yoga and many years of a consistent daily routine of meditation, breathing exercises, body postures, a neti pot to cleanse her nasal cavities, dry brushing to assist the lymphatic system in carrying away toxins, and abhyanga, a form of ayurvedic massage considered an act of self-love, helped Carlin to slowly create the environment she is content to peacefully live in.
“I follow my heart and do what I love, which includes my profession as a massage and therapist, ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher. Every day, I’m on a mini-vacation in my garden sanctuary, where I grow my own organic food and medicinal plants that I use in my ayurvedic facials and panchakarma treatments. I swim, ride my bike and do non-competitive activities that bring me joy. I adore being outside in nature. I keep my living environment serene by spending time in silence or with like-minded friends and acquaintances that can enrich me and I them. My life is simple but very happy,” explains Carlin.
Expressing gratitude for the good fortune of having a conscious clientele that likes to learn and engage in things that improve their health and help them grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually, Carlin says, “My approach is not to overwhelm students by asking them to do things they aren’t capable of. They benefit more from being introduced to new teachings a little at a time. This makes lifestyle changes more manageable.”
In walking her talk and living according to what she teaches, as well as providing quality treatments and care, Carlin is modeling a meaningful personal and professional life; one of contentment and joy that her students can create for themselves. “They can see that it is not impossible to have this kind of life, even in today’s chaotic world,” notes Carlin.
The Ayurveda Massage and Yoga Institute is located at 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. A107, in Naples. To schedule a lifestyle consultation or for more information, call 239-450-6903.Edit ModuleShow Tags