In my experience, there are very few people walking this earth who are aware just how good their body is designed to feel. Most of what I have learned about yoga has come through experiencing and paying attention to how I live and move in my body.
Mishiah Crute Yoga ia a Private Practice. I teach individuals and small groups yoga and / or meditation. I hold karma classes as often as possible for local businesses and taught weekly classes at Queen City Yoga Center from November 2019 - March 2020 and am now working to bring my classes to my clients virtually - roll out set for April 1, 2020.
I have a very diverse background and past lives (in the figurative sense), as in I was a process improvement specialist in one, and a Certified Assistant Project Manager in another.
Growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian ... or a fire lady... either way, I was having 100 kids. Reality unfolded a bit differently. I am a licensed esthetician, I’ve taken the LSAT a few times - once with vertigo (157). I’ve waited tables, bartended, had brief stint in finance, human resources and industrial psychology.
I’ve always taken personal interest in health. I grew up a sick child with a sick mother. Medical jargon resides comfortably within my vocabulary. I like to take things apart and put them back together. It is important for me to know how things work - the human body is no exception. If I, or a friend, have a medical issue of any kind, my first order of business is to google. I crave knowledge and I am designed to heal.
My background in in process improvement pushes me to locate root cause in all problem solving situations - this skill is specifically valuable when assessing clients’ habitual movements and holding patterns; aka - why we move the way we move, why we stand the way we stand, and why we sleep the way we sleep.
My degree in cognitive psychology is useful when outlining client movement and behavior modification. There is an unconscious education of the body trained by trauma - both physical and emotional. Trauma, we now know, slowly erodes space and range of motion. We come into this world as fresh, mushy, highly flexible mounds of clay. When we do not practice daily movement of our bodies and stretching of our minds, this impressionable state is typically survived by our youth.
My specific work as a yoga instructor is motivated by my inclination and talent for healing. I listen to my clients, I evaluate their history of trauma and how various emotional or physical life events may have stored fear in the body. Stored fear can result in repetitive and chronic reactive tension. Because the reaction IS repetitive, slowly, fascia will cement unnatural holding patterns in the muscles. This is the parental threat “if you don’t quit making that face its gonna get stuck like that” - but it's your body and you're in pain.
For example, If you break your ankle falling off of your bike, the body remembers the emotional trauma long after the physical bone has healed. Every time you get back on the bike the body will unconsciously recoil while you ride. Above all, the body learns to protect itself.
The muscle recoil surrounding that trauma may eventually decrease, but fascia will nest in the muscles that remember the triggering event. Slowly the nest will constrict the muscles, straining the attachments and pulling bones out of alignment. Ultimately interfering with gait, posture and sleep.
When the body must choose between gradual restriction of motion in the long run or loosing seconds on response time in the short run - the body will prioritize response time, every time.
We are a sum of our habits. Sedentary life will literally freeze tissues in the shape of a couch. Injured knees may be physically healed, but perhaps the pain still lingers for fear of re-injury. The tension born of that fear could be enough to undermine faith in all physical capabilities.
What this all means is that, yes - I teach a physical practice, but it is the meditations on mindfulness, focus on the mat and attention practiced off of the mat that support my clients’ in truly gaining strength after physical or emotional injury.
Online Classes go live April 1!