Teacher Feature: Christine Saladino

Favorite part of teaching yoga? 
It’s a tie between: a) the energy created in the space when students are breathing in unison, it is a powerful experience to witness and be a part of. b) That moment in savasana when you scan the room and physically see the tension of the students melt away.
Where did you grow up? 
Northwest Indiana (20 min. outside of Chicago) ~ yes, that’s why you sometimes hear that Midwest accent. ;)
What are your top 3 hobbies? 
Recently I’ve loved the relaxing aspect of art journaling, creating inspiring and useful blog posts on YogaTwistOnLife and until I finish advanced teacher training, reading all things yoga related has been my primary hobby.
Favorite piece of art? 
My husband and I have recently completed a few workshops where we create a masterpiece (or mimic a masterpiece) with our own imagination and artistic perception. It was a great bonding experience to create together and I love looking at how different are pieces are when complete; a great reminder that we are each unique with a form of beautiful expressions inside.  Of course we do have them hanging on the wall side by side.
Favorite food? 
Recently becoming vegetarian my favorite foods have completely changed; opening my eyes and taste buds to amazing flavors that can be created with Kale and chickpeas (you actually can make so much more than just hummus). Hands down anything with pesto, and I’m in heaven.
Favorite quote? 
Over the last 6 months I’ve heard this quote repeated, well I suppose it’s more like a poem, by several yoga teachers post savasana and a yoga-teacher-mentor forwarded to me probably knowing that I would love it. It’s amazing, simple, inspiring:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.by Marianne Williamson.
Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD? 
My husband’s cooking!!! I tell him this every time he makes me dinner, there really is no place that provides a more healthy and delicious meal (I know, I’m completely spoiled). 2nd favorite is currently: Boundary   Road ~ ask the chef for their vegan meal not on the menu ~ it’s Amazing!
Favorite yoga pose and why? 
My go-to-practical pose that almost always calls me is Lizard, a gentle hip opener where I feel a bit soothed after a long day, the runner up is Wild Thing which is a delicate and beautiful backbend feeling free and light.
Favorite holiday? 
Christmas, I love the idea of creating special moments and experiences with family, reminisce of Christmases past when decorating the tree with heirloom ornaments and the ‘excuse’ to put life on hold a bit to have gatherings of friends and family. Plus the lights just create this soft, glowing feeling inside.

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