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Christine Eisenschmidt, E-R.Y.T. 200, YACEP

Certified Feng Shui Consultant

M.E.L.T. Method Instructor

Yoga

     I was introduced to yoga in 1969 by my mother-in-law, Alta.  One day we watched a TV show entitled "Yoga for Health" with Richard Hittleman on Oregon Public Broadcasting.  We had fun rollicking around on her living room floor, and I became a regular viewer.   From Richard Hittleman I learned many of the basics of Hatha Yoga.
   My first "live" yoga class was at an ashram somewhere in the Poconos where I discovered that what I had learned on TV was being taught there as well.  This ashram was not close to home, so I did not return, but I continued to practice sporadically throughout the 70's. I always lived in rural communities, far from larger cities where yoga was being taught.  "Lilias, Yoga and You" replaced Richard Hittlemans's show on public television, making Lilias Folan my next teacher. 

     My yoga practice was intermittent for over 20 years. When the 90's arrived, my kids were teenagers and stress was taking its toll.  One day I tried to do a shoulder stand, and I could hardly breathe!  A rude awakening!
     In 1991 I learned about a yoga class in Scappoose.  This was the beginning of my serious yoga practice, which led to my becoming an instructor in 1993.
For eight years I was a self-taught teacher, taking classes in Scappoose with Gary Domby, D.C. and Evangelia O'Dell, and attending workshops in the Portland area, mainly at Holiday Johnson's Studio with Holiday and many guest instructors.  I also traveled to yoga conferences and seminars to expand my exposure to many teachers from a variety of disciplines. 

    Eventually, I took formal teacher training with Bob Smith and Ki McGraw of The Hatha Yoga Center in Seattle.  I earned my R.Y.T. (Registered Yoga Teacher) status in September of 2001 upon completion of their two year program.  After that training, I was drawn toward the style of TriYoga taught by Kali Ray, with whom I've taken over 100 hours of workshops.  My current status with Yoga Alliance is E-RYT 200, YACEP, which means I have over 1000 hours of teaching experience and I offer courses for CE credits (continuing education) to yoga instructors
       Yoga permeates everything in my life.  It has improved my strength, flexibility, and endurance. I embrace its values, do my best to live by them, and to share what I've learned with my students.

Feng Shui 

Chinese philosophy and Feng Shui have been long time interests of mine.  In 2008 I had an opportunity to study Feng Shui at the Emerald Feng Shui Institute in Seattle.  To me, feng shui is taking yoga into your environment.  Balance and harmony can be improved in our surroundings by cultivating awareness and applying feng shui principles.

M.E.L.T. Method

The MELT Method is the most recent addition to my practice and teaching.  Myofascial Release techniques had become a buzz in the fitness industry when I discovered the MELT Method online.  After reading Sue Hitzmann's blog I decided that I wanted to study with her and learn about her program.  MELT is a method of self treatment that goes far beyond myofascial release.  It works beautifully in conjunction with a yoga practice.  I completed my MELT instructor training in Spring of 2012.

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