Ahimsa La Grange Student Spotlight: Christina DeCillo

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Meet Christina DeCillo
Studio Manager, Instructor, & Forever Student
Ahimsa LaGrange

What do you do when you are off the mat?  
Off the mat I work as a chiropractic assistant, working with patients on therapies and therapeutic exercise (aka: insurance billable yoga).  I sing whenever I get the chance - usually in the car or at karaoke, and I am the proud mama of three amazing children, ages 27, 25, and 21.

What's your favorite thing about this studio?
Its sense of “home.” After spending 200 hours here last fall and winter in instructor training, the LaGrange studio became my home.  It is warm and inviting and exudes fabulous vibes.

What’s your favorite type of yoga class and why?
Yin and Hatha are my favorites because both allow for deep meditation and stretch, as well as the opportunity to slow myself after long work days spent in constant motion.

What is your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Ohmygosh!  I could write a novel, but to be concise - Keep coming.  Don’t give up. Feel in your body. Whatever you do  do on the mat, let it be enough.

What has your practice given you?
Serenity, calm, sanity, and joy.  I began practicing yoga following tragedy and falling into some bad habits, both physically and mentally.  My practice of yoga and meditation help keep me true to myself, my head in the right space, and my body healthy.

What is your favorite pose?
Broken toe, and adho mukha svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) followed by any pose I struggle with.  Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon) at the wall - working to come away from the wall.

What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
Joyful, compassionate, loving

Have you made any changes in your life as a result of your practice?
I am learning to Live my life and follow my joy, rather than work my life and squeeze in joy here and there.

If you were to have a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted who would they be?
Glennon Doyle - without question.  She has made a huge impact on my life and through reading her books, I’ve learned to be my true self and just go be a warrior!

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