Meet Your Instructor: Kanna Toguchi

Kanna Toguchi

photoKanna turned to yoga when she hit rock bottom, disconnected with a plethora of ailments, and found a safe haven through her practice. She is a certified 200 Hr yoga teacher with over 500 hours of advanced training in yoga therapy from The Samarya Center. It is her intention to be a guide in a process which embraces the uniqueness of each individual; offering a space for the spheres of the mind, body and spirit to coalesce and communicate harmoniously. She is nourished from sharing her passion of yoga as a therapeutic healing modality and the symbiotic relationship that is generated through teaching; thus empowering people with tools to awaken to their own Truth and Divinity.

Above all, it is Kanna’s intention to impart the great importance of love for the Self and the innate capacity of the body to heal, restore, and renew itself.  Through movement she infuses the philosophy of yoga, meditation, and poetry, which are the touchstones in her life to light the sacred fire of Love. She looks forward to being in the Flow with you!

 

In addition to teaching, Kanna has a deep passion for health and wellness and is a Reiki practitioner, Reflexologist & Thai Yoga bodyworker. She offers healing in a safe and supportive container out of her private practice, Awakened Heart Wellness.

 


When you aren’t at CFit, what do you do?
Giving Thai Yoga bodywork! I love love love bodywork and have been one longer than I’ve been a teacher. It’s a merging of acupressure, restorative yoga, breathwork and deep rhythmic compression which can aid in releasing physical/mental/emotional tension, increasing flexibility, joint mobility, healing for chronic pain & increased body awareness. Super delicious for body, mind and spirit!

 
 
How did you discover yoga and what do you love most about it?
I stumbled upon it at a gym and had a vivid memory of how I felt in my body afterward…centered and at peace…it was sublime! Suffice it to say, at this time my practice was intermittent and the focus rested heavily upon the physical aspects. Then, a roll over car accident, unresolved trauma, terrible break-up, and some years later lead me to dive heart first into the deep end of yoga to heal what I felt was broken.  This brought all the jewels; learning to be with and love myself, which is a ongoing process. What I love most about yoga? Oh boy, SO many things! If I had to say one (or 2) thing(s), it would be that it continues to provide me with tools to live in this sometimes crazy world as a human and understand myself and others with more compassion and gratitude.
 
 
 
What’s your favorite way to spend a day or night off?

Reading, gallivanting outdoors on a hike, hunting for treasures in a thrift shop, laughing with friends and family, watching a vintage film, or cooking a yummy meal at home.

 

What is something not many people know about you? 
I used to work in legal and fashion industries.

 
If you could instantly master any skill/superpower/talent/knowledge, what would it be?
To fly! Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with flight and birds. The fluidity, strength and grace are awe inspiring.
 
 
What are you most passionate about in life?
Connecting with people!! Though I’m an introvert, I love people; understanding, engaging and connecting with others in and outside of my communities! I always end up learning how someone I know is connected to someone else and so on. This big world is actually quite small and it’s such a comforting reminder that we’re all in this together.
 
Any good movies/books/bands/foods/discoveries lately that you’d recommend?
While I don’t watch much TV, my partner recently introduced me to Blacklisted.  Not a new show but boy is it good! The intrigue, suspense, plot twists and witticism from James Spader have definitely captured my attention! How did I not notice him in the 80’s? Guess I was too caught up with the rest of the Brat Pack.
 
 
What else would you want to share with people about you or your class?
The philosophical aspects of yoga have helped me immensely as far as daily life is concerned and that, for me, continues to be the biggest yoga we practice. While the physical asana is important, since I’ve woven meditation and philosophical aspects of yoga into my practice, it has truly fed me from the inside out. Also, I’m not a teacher who can do all the crazy shapes that some can and I’m okay with that. As a former dancer & athlete, I was super competitive, but now the only person I compete against is myself. Every time I’m unable to get into a shape or push too hard, I’m reminded to meet myself with loving kindness and lean further into acceptance that it’s okay not to arrive in some grand “pretzeley” pose.  In the end, what matters is showing up and making the effort! Thus, it’s my intention to create a safe, supportive container for all to explore movement in their bodies, as well as navigating the internal landscape, which offers many mysteries. It’s truly a joy for me to share what has and continues to help me. I hope it will for you too!

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