Where does the word Arlùnviji come from?

Where does the word Arlùnviji come from? Arlùnviji is a word I created 20 years ago while gazing at the beauty of an egg shaped moon. I was in awe as I could see the moon transforming and blossoming fuller right before my eyes. I was reminded of how we are always in the process of movement and constant change, shedding and becoming full in new ways.

This word has been with me over the years and I finally decided to do a little research on it. To my pleasant surprise I learned it has some interesting origins. It just so happens to be a colorful combination of two cultures rich with values that resonate with the essence of what we offer at Arlùnviji. Creativity, dance, playfulness, knowledge, energy, healing, spirit, art, consciousness, passion and community.

• Lùn comes from the Latin root meaning Moon
• Viji is the Hindu word for Victorious

As it turns out, this made up word Ar-lùn-viji loosely translated means Victorious Moon!

The moon is fluid and holds both aspects of the masculine and feminine.  The moon absorbs and reflects the light of the sun. Therefore, it is both active and receptive which is a great symbol for moving the body, healing and empowered transformation.

Arlùnviji reminds us that there is an art to conscious transformation, that we can be in relationship with the inevitable changing forces of life and that we can create the results and life we desire. On your journey towards a fuller more victorious life we can assist you at Arlùnviji in the art of transforming your body and being!

Looking forward to moving with you!


Nikki Alstedter

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Teacher Bio: Chantel Wagon

Chantel Wagon

Chantel Teaches Pilates and Da Vinci BodyBoard

Why I love To Teach:
I teach for joy and community. With a busy day job in Finance, teaching Pilates allows me to access my creative side and to share my passion for health and wellness whilst creating authentic mind-body connections.

Pilates Certification at Pilates Sports Center, Jikiden Reiki Certification with the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.

My Teaching Style:
My style is flexible, focused and from the core. I will adapt to whatever your body needs on the day. I care about the quality of your session and will keep you present in the work. I believe core is king; I will help you to connect to and move from your deep core.

My Group Classes Are:
Challenging, flowing, results oriented, fun!

Specialized Areas of Expertise:
Beginners, Athletes, Teens, Pre/Post Partum, Males, You!

Words to Describe Me:
Intuitive, compassionate, focused, finance geek!

My Favorite Things:
I am happiest when I am active and outdoors, whether it be hiking, running, walking my dog at the beach or trying a new class – I like to keep it moving. The farmers market is also one of my happy places; there’s nothing better than feeling the vitality of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition is a key part of that. When I need to rest and
recharge a little, you’ll find me at the spa!

Classes I Love To Take:
Pilates, Da Vinci BodyBoard, Yoga, Boxing, Bootcamp, Circuit Crossfit… it’s all about balance!

I am fascinated by the mind-body connection, I believe the body wants to thrive and that healthy
movement can help to heal mind, body and soul. I love learning about our amazing, smart, incredibly forgiving bodies.

I am inspired when I see the body start to recover from injury or dysfunction. There is so much to learn, from a
physical, emotional and energetic perspective, and that inspires me to continue to teach and in doing so, learn.

Phone: (973) 722-2152

Email: chantelwags@yahoo.com

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Teacher Bio: Bryanna Cross

Bryanna Cross

Bryanna teaches Pilates

Training/ certifications:
Classical ballet at the San Francisco ballet, 200-hour Yoga Certification, Pilates Certification at Pilates Sports Center

My teaching style:
Hands-on and individualized while always centered on connection of breath and healthy movement. I also enjoy using visualization to enhance understanding of anatomy.

My group classes are:
Focused on accessibility for a variety of clients. Anyone with any amount of experience can walk in and learn something, get stronger, and feel better. Emphasis is on building stretch, balance, mind-body connection, flow of movement and breath.

Specialized areas of expertise:
Injuries, athletes, dancers, everyone!

Words to describe me:
Detailed, energetic, centered, friendly, and laughs at my own jokes.

My favorite things:
Dancing, long walks, hiking, beach days, interior decorating, learning, my dog!

Classes I love to take:
Creative movement dance classes, ballet, acting, Pilates, Vinyasa yoga, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Franklin Method®, and foundation training.

Learning about the human body, hearing people’s stories, nature, art, dance, live music, and my mom!

Phone: (510) 305-0861

Email: bryannajcross@gmail.com

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Teacher Bio: Sierra Heller

Sierra Heller

Sierra Teaches Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis

Why I love To Teach:
I love to share my passion for movement with others. Also, I enjoy learning from my clients and furthering my knowledge of the mind to body connection. I enjoy the unique traits that each individual brings to a session and work specifically on an individual’s goals.

Certified Gyrotonic Method Level 1 Instructor, Certified Gyrotoner Instructor, Gyrokinesis Method Level 1 Pre-Training and Foundation Course, Gyrotonic Method Level 2 Pre-Training

My Teaching Style:
My teaching style is individualized, patient, hands on, detailed, and focused on intent movement to create a meaningful connect to the body.

Specialized Areas of Expertise: Dancers, Athletes, and all those who enjoy movement!

Words to Describe Me:
Passionate, Dedicated, Hard-working, Determined, Self motivated, Responsible

My Favorite Things:
Ballet, pilates, yoga, and various types of movement! I love to spend time at the beach, go for a swim, bake healthy treats and cook also! I cherish spending quality time with friends and family!

Classes I Love To Take:
I love to take Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, ballet, yoga, and pilates classes!

I am inspired by seeing the positive impacts movement has on not only an individual’s body but also their lifestyle and quality. Additionally, I am inspired by professional dancers I work with on a daily basis and the amazing and tremendous capacity and abilities the human body has.

Phone: (970) 749-4766

Email: sheller152@gmail.com

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Teacher Bio: Julie Ramsey

Julie Ramsey

Julie Teaches Gyrotonic

Why I love To Teach:
I have a love for anatomy and physiology and I love to share this information with clients as they work through various issues with this movement modality. I love to see the progress that each client makes through every session, this work is magic and to see how people transform is very inspiring!

Gyrotonic Method Level 1 and 2, Gyrotoner, Jumping Stretching Board, Explorations into the Extremes with Abel Horvath, CPR, EMR, Pre-med sciences

My Teaching Style:
I prefer to watch the client move prior to starting various movements on the equipment so I can prepare each session with maximum benefit for each client. There are so many movements to choose from with the various sculptural machines. I like to plan ahead so each session runs smoothly, caring to the needs and wishes of each client and their goals. I love communication and having an open dialogue with each client so I am aware of any physical limitations or challenges.

Specialized Areas of Expertise:
I love working with athletes as well as people who may be recovering from an injury or illness. My first intention was to go to medical school, but when I found Gyrotonic, I chose to take a different path. Realizing that I could use this method to help people, I chose not to become a doctor.

Words to Describe Me:
Compassionate, focused, detail oriented, passionate, creative, forward thinking, patient, strict.

My Favorite Things:
Nature and hiking long distances alone, riding horses, traveling the world, dancing tango, food and eating healthy, moving my body, friendship and music.

Classes I Love To Take:
Not only do I love taking dance classes and Gyrotonic courses, I love constantly striving to increase my mental capacity for learning. I attend courses regularly in anatomy, physiology, psychology, various sciences, as well as having a master’s degree in art and dark room film photography.

Nature, movement, change and transformation, art, the creative spirit, and the sharing of one’s abilities and skills with the world in order to make this place a more beautiful place for all living things.

Website: www.jeweltonekinetics.com

Phone: (415) 685-6010

Email: jeweltonekinetics@gmail.com

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The Art of Attention

How did you start your morning today? Did you roll over, grab your phone, and check your messages like I did? Shouldn’t we be checking our bodies’ messages first?

Whether or not we choose to listen, our mental, physical, emotional and
spiritual bodies are in constant communication. Over-scheduled as we are, our workouts can often feel like our only chance to hear the conversation!
But what if we could incorporate more moments of mind/body consciousness throughout the day? These micro-meditations might just have the power the change us, inside and out, through the life-giving power of attention. When we don’t pay attention to the different aspects of our awareness, it is easy to get caught up in the familiar web of rhythms, movement patterns and coping mechanisms that do not serve us. Every time you notice your internal experience spiraling toward negativity, stop the tape and record a new message that aligns more closely with who you are becoming.

So how exactly do we flip the script? The average human being thinks 20,000 thoughts a day. That’s 20,000 opportunities to retrain the brain for change. The first step is to establish a baseline for where you are now. That could take the form of a to-do list for the mental realm, a feelings inventory for the emotional realm, or a detailed body scan for the physical. As your options become clearer, notice how your will to choose becomes stronger. If you like the results of your choice, whether it is a positive thought or pleasant sensation, express what has changed out loud, and with gratitude! Your nervous system will use your verbal feedback to reinforce the new neural pathways you are forming. This is the cutting edge theory of neuroplasticity, the process of changing the architecture of the brain to support you in consciously creating the life you desire!

– Jamie Skinner

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Creating Space for the Spark of Life

After injuring my back in 2006, I stopped going to the gym because working out on machines hurt too much. Soon after, I gave birth to two beautiful babies two years apart, and fitness just wasn’t my focus. My exercise was limited to walks with a double stroller, and breastfeeding was my cardio. Then there came a day in August, three years ago. It was my daughter’s birthday party. I remember laying exhausted, at the end of it, in a bounce house, wearing a beautiful, flattering dress that had received compliments all day. If you had asked, I would not have said I wanted or needed to lose 100 pounds. I didn’t feel bad about myself. I had just thrown an amazing party despite a record heat wave, and I felt accomplished and happy…in pain, exhausted–dehydrated even–and yet satisfied as the party wound down. I felt so good that I could imagine, feeling even better – way better than I had felt in a long time, better than I had ever felt before. I watched my children dancing and bouncing and I could sense their joy. I tried, but I just could not move like they did, at least not for longer than 30 seconds, and that just wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to feel lighter and stronger. I wanted to move with ease and grace like a ballerina. I wanted to move wildly like my three-year-old did, with my whole body, my whole being, like a prayer. I knew to do that, to feel that, some things would have to change. It was just a glimmer in my eye, but it got me to the gym, and when I found that machines still hurt me, it was the spark that kept me looking for what did work for me: Nia, Pilates, and belly dance. I didn’t know where I was going yet, but I knew I was on my way.

– Jamie Skinner

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Balance is Bliss

The spring equinox is one of two days of the calendar year in which dark and light, day and night, are exactly the same length and perfectly balanced. In ancient times, and still in cultures throughout the world, the spring equinox is celebrated as the start of the new year, as the natural world “wakes up” from its winter slumber. Tender green shoots and deceptively delicate flowers emerge improbably through snow and ice, signifying a time of new potential. Opportunities for new growth, beauty, and abundance abound.

Our bodies want to follow this natural time, and so when turning from a period of deep rest and resourcing to brisk and decisive action, how do we find balance between the two extremes, between motion and rest, work and play, darkness and light?

Moving in nature is my way of finding harmony. On the days I feel rushed off my feet, I go to the beach. I stand balanced on the rocks among the shore. Surrounded by the constant crashing waves, I feel a part of something larger than myself. Reassured by their rhythm, echoed in my heart and in my breath, I remember to follow my body’s wisdom. When I feel stuck, I walk in the woods. I listen to the birds’ singing. I watch them build their nests. Alert and awake in the moment, I am at ease, trusting that the path, not the destination, is my true purpose, and everything will unfold beautifully, as long as I continue building the life I desire with joy and grace.

– Jamie Skinner

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Moving From the Heart

The electromagnetic field generated by the heart is is five thousand times stronger than that of the brain, and more than half of the cells that make up the heart are neural in structure, just like those of the brain. Research shows that it is the heart, not the brain, that is first impacted by events and new information, and that the heart takes the lead in relaying information to the brain and the rest of the body. So if we think of the heart as a gatekeeper, what do you we want more of? What should our gatekeepers let in? If the heart is doing our filtering for us, make sure the heart knows what love sounds like. If we want love to be our story, teach your heart to filter out what does not serve whenever possible. Let us keep attuning to the frequency of love, not fear.

 -Jamie Skinner

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Just Breathe

Death_to_stock_photography_bonus_floral_6A human being takes an average of 23,000 breaths each day. We do it without a thought, every day, simultaneously accomplishing all the other tasks of modern life. To live is to breathe, but can breathing better help us live better?

Breathing better has been shown to improve circulation, immune function, digestion and cardiovascular health. Conscious breathing also enhances energy and calms the mind. When we deliberately breathe quick, shallow breaths, it is difficult to avoid a feeling of anxiety, no matter how relaxed we felt before. When our mind is anxious our breath quickly becomes shallow. The energy follows the breath, and the breath follows the energy, as the saying goes. So when we partner consciously with our breath, we tend to approach life with a calm, joyful grace that allows us to live more fully in the present moment.

The moment our adorable infant selves speak our first words, we have begun the practice of conscious breathing. The modern human is uniquely blessed with advanced linguistic ability, thanks to the evolvement of an expansive chest cavity that allows the diaphragm, a plunger-shaped, powerhouse of a muscle, to move unencumbered through the intricate intercostal muscles that, along with the ribs, form the chest wall. Our anatomy and cognitive ability give us the potential to express ourselves – not just with words – but with songs, and yawns, and sneezes, and, my personal favorite, laughter.

Poor posture, whether caused by stress, prolonged sitting, inactivity, injury, or other aspects of living a modern life, can create structural obstacles to the free-flowing expression of our breath. As we stengthen and remove obstacles through our movement, we create new pathways to the breath, following it with ease toward our most vibrant self.

-Jamie Skinner

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