When I try to describe what I do, it can be difficult and I find that other students talking about their experiences means more to someone who has never had a class with me. I asked a few people to write about what it's like for them at Girl on Fire Movement Studio, and here is some of what they had to say:
The classes mean a lot to me. I depend on them for my functioning in the way that we depend on food to live. They constantly challenge me even when I think that I have hurdled all the hurdles that there are. But the challenges are not so large that I give up; they are just the right amount to keep me moving forward on my journey and not discourage me at the same time. The classes are reworking who I am at a very fundamental level. They allow me to explore the real me that has been deeply buried underneath loads of crap from years of life. I am finding my true radiance and the part of my being that just is, without identifying with being a mother or an employee or any other descriptor that I could attach. They are igniting my passion for life and for other people. They are allowing me to soar to places I never thought possible in my personal and professional life. When we are done with class and we stand in a circle and imagine our higher, radiant selves, it is amazing the things that I have seen there. Things I would have never dreamed of imagining. Thank you, Christine, for giving me the opportunity to do this work, for believing that I could even when I did not. --Amy S.
The first time I ever had the honor of having Christine as a teacher was during one of her Yoga Dance classes. Within moments of being a part of that class, I began to smile. At that point in my life, I never thought I would smile again...not only did I smile but for the first time ever I was able to feel MY smile. That is a moment in my life I will never forget. Christine, her class, and her energy made me smile and I continue to smile thanks to her help. -- Elizabeth H.
2011 was the worse year I have ever experienced, mentally, emotionally and physically. I had been trying to work through all that was being thrown at me and at times I didn't know how I was going to get through it. Let alone get through it with a smile on my face, which was always important to me. As I was going through that process, I was reading Christine's blog and the things she writes about and the questions she asks us to think about helped put things into perspective and it helped me work through all the self doubt and ongoing noise I had in my head. When she announced she was going to open up her own studio, I knew I had to take her classes and experience what I was reading from her first hand. From the moment I walked into her studio I felt a calmness that I haven't had in awhile. Such peace radiates from her and from her studio. It's a place that I come to give my life a sense of stillness and it gives me the strength to face another week. No matter what happens I know I can recharge by being with Christine in her studio. She makes me feel safe. She does not ask more from any of us than what we are capable of giving at that time, but by her words she gives us the strength to be able to dig deeper and work through what we need to in order to become stronger and happier. Because of the goodness that is in Christine's heart, it has given me the joy of rediscovering ME. -- Patty N.
The kundalini yoga has opened my eyes, given me a much stronger centered self. I felt it after the first class! I do not know why, and do not dig into the spiritual side of the practice, but welcome its arrival! And dance is liberating. I truly feel as if I have had a massage after Christine's dance classes! Her classes have brought out my true essence, and in that safe studio space, I am willing to just let it go. --Joy C.
Christine’s work at Girl on Fire is not just about movement and physical exercise. It is that and much more. It is emotional and spiritual exercise as well. Since joining Christine’s intuitive dance class in October 2011, I have embarked on a journey of self discovery and emotional release. This class, and her teaching in general, awaken one’s spirit and have helped me tune into the very core of my being. On top of that I have discovered a passion for dancing and am surrounded by an amazing community of women at her studio. -- Julie G.
I started taking yoga dance to try and change up my workout and gain some more balance and flexibility. Little did I know that it would become the workout routine I enjoy the most each week. I joked at our first class that I would feel more comfortable with dim lights and a beer (which is particularly funny because I don't drink), but now I really don't even pay attention to the mirror or worry about anyone else paying attention to me in class. Being less inhibited, alone, is quite a gift. On the surface, it quickly became time for me to laugh at myself, enjoy a workout with music that inspires me, sweat a ton, and meet some wonderful new friends. But below the surface, I think it has given me more acceptance of my unique body and spirit. I certainly do not have a traditional dancer's body, but it is ok with me. Christine has created a safe place for me to move to music, be creative and find my own rhythm. I think all of these lessons have contributed to having more joy in my life (balance and flexibility) and not comparing myself to others. Amazing that dancing can have such an impact! --Beth N.
Coming to class has become a necessity for my mental health! I have done various forms of yoga for years, but kundalini-style yoga and dance/movement fused together is exactly right for me at this point in my life. I have been able to tap into a creative outlet and energy source that not only has been healing, but has helped me feel anchored throughout the stormy weather of life. I am so grateful for Christine's intuitive ability to hold a safe space for us and guide us to where we can feel completely free to be ourselves. --Sarah I.
After years of hearing how great this studio is, I finally decided to attend. Boy, was I happy I did! My guest & I took childhood dance classes and we hated it. As adults, we were the only people standing completely still on the dance floor. On our 1st day at Girl on Fire Movement Studio, we were invited to put on the extra bright pink tutus in the studio and how can you not start jumping around? With Christine's guidance we started moving our toes, legs, hips, arms...until before we knew it we were 'dancing.' I don't know how she does it - but somehow in the beautiful, funky and comfortable all-women studio with the guidance of Christine the room becomes filled with giggly (me) or "completely saturated in movements" (others), sweaty and healthy dancing women! I LOVE this place and so does my body, mind & soul. --Missy M.