Opening doors & supporting a great cause!
Athleta at Crocker Park with Stacy Nunney of Blue Moon Yoga Strongsville
We think it is great when companies like Athleta open their doors to the fitness community and allow for free or donation-based classes in their space. This week we were heading to their Crocker Park store on a quiet Sunday morning. We strolled down the promenade inhaling the faint scent of flowers tumbling out of planters all along the sidewalk. It was a lovely, sunny day for a yummy yoga class…you get the vibe right?
We were greeted by Stacy Nunney from Blue Moon Yoga and immediately felt her peaceful and kind energy. She has been studying energy centers in the body since 14, meditating since 19 and practiced asana since 25. Those many years of dedication to the mind/body/soul practices could be felt in her demeanor and the way she moved about the room.
Stacy led us through various yoga poses not unlike ones we have been through before. However, there was a difference in this particular class. It had to do with the energy that flowed around the room, the gentle way we were guided through each pose, the softness and gracefulness that was encouraged as we reached to the sky and grounded down through our feet on our mats. This class was also a donation based class with the funds going to the CF Foundation. This choice of charities being close to Stacy’s lifetime experiences. The story she told us behind her choice was so touching that not one person in the room didn’t feel grateful that this kind of compassion is alive and well in the yoga community. She later told us that she loves witnessing people unfold and that she teaches simply from her heart center. Yea, Stacy we feel your sincerity, your passion, your heart and are the better for it.
Our crew got to know Stacy Nunney in the following interview, now YOU can too!
1. Tell us about your passion and why you decided to teach yoga?
My passion roots in yoga. I have studied energy centers in the body as early as 14 yrs of age. I have been a daily meditator since 19 and though I wasn't as dedicated as I have been the last 6 years, I've practiced asana since I was 25. I have always been drawn to aspects of breathing deeply as a healing tool and found that teaching all aspects of yoga was my calling. Teaching and owning my own studio has been such a gift. I decided to do both because I love it and I love witnessing people unfold. I teach simply from my heart center.
2. What would you say your "style" of teaching is?
My style of teaching is inspirational and down to earth. I relate to my students by really seeing them and their needs. I truly believe in softness in strength and strength in softness. The two truly go hand in hand to be balanced. Yoga allows you to feel alive in your strength and grace in your softness. My teaching is warming, considerate and community driven. I teach from real places that have moved me in my life and within that I feel my students trust and find my teachings to be honest and relatable. I'm always learning from my students and teachers before me. At the end of the day, I want yogis to feel seen and loved.
3. What is your favorite yoga pose or flow and why?
I love all balancing poses, but if I had to choose 1/2 Moon. I love that its a heart opener as well as a balancing pose and that you are able to embellish or just stay rooted. I love flowing from 1/2 Moon to Eagle. Coming from this big heart opener to a very focused view of the self in Eagle. Both require love and acceptance...strength and softness.
4. Why did you choose the CF Foundation as your charity for the donations?
I choose the CF foundation to donate to because when I was pregnant with my daughter my husband and I found out that we were both CF carriers. To say it lightly we were devastated and really road on faith that we'd be ok whatever the future had in store for us. We waited to find out if our now 6yrs old daughter had CF through blood work after she was born. Her results came back that she was ok. She is a 1 in 4 case that she was not a carrier and does not have CF. I can't even begin to describe the release I felt that day when we found out the news. But, unfortunately all stories are different endings and I wanted to give back to families that need the money for treatments and to help support the CF Foundation in research. Blue Moon will continue to support this great foundation in other opportunities through classes teachings and fundraisers.
5. What is CF?
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients. Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. - from the CF Foundation Website