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Christine has a unique and enticing view of what it means to practice yoga. Christine shared her story of being "found " by yoga when she was in her late 20's. She gives enormous credit to two of her mentors, Barbara Ulmer and Joanne Snow. They were the trailblazers bringing Yoga to Fort Wayne and to her individually. Barbara and Joanne were some of the first Yoga teachers along with Sharon Warren and Teresa Thorne to truly bring yoga to the city of Fort Wayne in the 1960's and 1970's and who inspired her yoga journey. Christine believes that yoga finds you when you are ready .... She is passionate about meeting people where they are in their yoga journey. She understands her place is along side the student ; the beginning or continuing student. It is said, " when the student is ready; the teacher will appear". After years of practice under her mentor, she began to grow as a student. She became an apprentice and substitute teacher for classes. Her mentor, Joanne Snow , asked if she would consider becoming a yoga teacher and it’s from there that Chill Yoga was born.

About Chill Yoga

Interview From The Fort Wayne Review

Chill yoga is not your traditional yoga studio by any means. Chill yoga is less of a place (although they do meet at a location ) and more of what Christine brings with her. In fact, the name Chill Yoga is her first initial and last name put together. Before ever having a permanent location, Christine taught in church basements, community centers, schools, and wherever she felt led. Chill Yoga transcends the confines of a business model and is more of a way of life she continuously invites others into.

Christine does not fit the mold of other yoga studios. She invites others to come to class in their True form even if it’s in sweatpants and a bad attitude. Her yoga is about community vibe first and then practicing yoga to connect with one’s authentic self. Christine shared that class can look differently every time and might include meditation, poses, breathing, laughter, philosophy, Ayurveda , or even chatting with some tea in hand. She truly adheres to the mindset that we should hold our plans loosely ( go with the flow) and be present in the moment ( mindfulness) with whatever life brings to us.

A story that stood out to me was when Christine shared that she came to class one day and honestly shared she would like help teaching that day. The community of students taught the class together that day. To me this showed that her students don’t come to consume class but truly be present in every way as a unit. She believes that yoga is transformative no matter what age you are, what size you wear, or experiences you have had in life.

 
“ I want people to come in however they are feeling that day. Even if you just want to rest there the whole class, you can do it. It’s whatever you need it to be. It’s not ‘look at me yoga’. Come even when you’re having a bad day. It has a life of it’s own and everyone’s journey is different. Chill yoga is extraordinary in that it’s ordinary! In the way it came about, in the way the community practices, and the way that it embraces all aspects of the human condition, sweat pants and all.”
 

It wasn’t until 2017 that Chill Yoga settled into a permanent location on Saint Joe Center Road. She plans to use the space to cultivate a great community vibe, empower healing, practice resilience, create transcendent expansion, and help people connect with their authentic selves through true acceptance in a positive way through yoga and all it has to offer. Christine greatly respects the role models in her life and acknowledges the “women of wisdom” who passed on yoga’s tradition. In fact, she is extremely passionate about sharing yoga with college students. She not only teaches over 200 students a year at Purdue University, but also offers free classes year-round to college students at her studio. She believes that to truly embody all yoga has to offer; one needs to be ready for a lifelong journey as a student .

In my time with Christine, I was moved by her humble yet powerful nature. I myself am excited to go to class as soon as the pandemic allows her to begin classes again. It seems that her classes will challenge in ways other than just the physical and  challenge me towards healing and true mindfulness. Christine lives with an awe of all life has to offer and genuinely invites others into living in true joy and self acceptance while still admitting ; she has no doubt, her own sh*t as well.

She shared with me over and over again that it is her yoga practice that gives the space to courageously face her discomfort, pain, and trauma that life brings, while healing with the deep resilience that we all possess within reach and the ability to transcend it all.

“WHAT THE CATETPILLAR CALLS THE END, THE REST OF THE WORLD CALLS A BUTTERFLY.”
-LAO-TZU

Come As You Are

“COME AS YOU ARE, COME AS YOU WERE, AS I WANT YOU TO BE AS A FRIEND, AS A FRIEND,
AS AN OLD ENEMY
TAKE YOUR TIME, HURRY UP, CHOICE IS YOURS, DON’T BE LATE, TAKE A REST AS A FRIEND AS AN OLD MEMORY, MEMORY”
-NIRVANA

"I want people to come in however they are feeling that day. Even if you just want to rest the whole class, you can do it. It’s whatever you need it to be. It’s not ‘look at me yoga’. Come even when you’re having a bad day. It has a life of it’s own and everyone’s journey is different. Chill Yoga is extraordinary in that it’s ordinary! In the way it came about, in the way the community practices, and the way that it embraces all aspects of the human condition, sweat pants and all.”

- Christine Hill