Caitlin Vives Yoga and Reiki

Caitlin Vives Yoga and Reiki I am a 200RYT trauma-informed, anatomically focused yoga instructor and a Reiki Master, offering in-person, live-virtual, group, and private sessions.
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I lead trauma-informed, anatomically-focused yoga classes (group or private offerings for adults and kids), Reiki sessions for adults or kids (in-person or live-virtual format), oracle card readings, breathwork classes, and guided meditations.

Everyone deserves this, no matter their age. This is why all of my offerings hold this as a central goal.This is also on...
06/11/2024

Everyone deserves this, no matter their age. This is why all of my offerings hold this as a central goal.

This is also one of the reasons I am so joyfully aligned with Greater Washington Dance Center . Their core value of creating and maintaining a safe, accepting, inclusive environment in which every individual may flourish and grow is something that speaks to my heart, not just during 🌈 Pride Month 🌈, but every single day.

Happy Pride month to everyone in between, as well.You are seen.You are valid.You matter.🌈❤️
06/09/2024

Happy Pride month to everyone in between, as well.
You are seen.
You are valid.
You matter.
🌈❤️

So much of adulthood is stripping away the social conditioning and wants of others, and coming back into who we truly ar...
06/06/2024

So much of adulthood is stripping away the social conditioning and wants of others, and coming back into who we truly are... who we've always been. That true self always existed beneath the masking and performing and doing.

As we peel away these layers and rediscover ourselves, often, we find that we were deeply in tune with, if not simply aware of, this true self in our childhood but got lost along the way. That self was always there waiting to be freed.

♡Be your beautiful truest self, because there's no one else worth being ♡

I adore all of the yoga offerings I GET to teach, but private sessions are really where it's at. Everything is customize...
06/05/2024

I adore all of the yoga offerings I GET to teach, but private sessions are really where it's at. Everything is customized and tailored precisely to that individual practitioner to meet them exactly where they are and support them in attaining their personal goals. The differences experienced and made in private yoga sessions are phenomenal.

The leaps and bounds this spunky preschooler has made in the last nearly 8 months of weekly private yoga sessions have been the most gorgeous advancement to witness. Sheer joy, this kiddo. Kicking cancer and reaching goals with the most effervescent zeal imaginable.

I am so fortunate to GET to do what I do ♡

(Photo shared with permission)

Those who do not love, support, and accept you are not your people. Plain and simple. You deserve to be surrounded by lo...
06/05/2024

Those who do not love, support, and accept you are not your people. Plain and simple. You deserve to be surrounded by love, support, and acceptance for the person you ARE, not for the person others want you to be.

Be you and you'll find not only your happiness and your people, but yourSELF♡

You are beautiful just as you are. You do not need to carve off or hide away or ignore parts of yourself to be loved. Yo...
06/04/2024

You are beautiful just as you are. You do not need to carve off or hide away or ignore parts of yourself to be loved. You are the most gorgeous version of yourself in your truest authenticity. YOU are who you were always intended to be... no one else. Just you♡

Every body has a place in my yoga classes.Every body deserves the healing and release of reiki.Every body is welcome ♡
05/25/2024

Every body has a place in my yoga classes.
Every body deserves the healing and release of reiki.
Every body is welcome ♡

05/23/2024

Reiki is more than light and energy. It's healing. It's release. It's restoring. It's coming into alignment. It's coming back into the center of you. The you that exists beyond the shoulds and coulds, the musts and mustn'ts, the pains and traumas, the obligations and burdens, the boxes and roles. The eternal you. The truth of you. The love of YOU.

Receive insights, guidance, healing, and clarity as you move into wellness in all ways through reiki. You deserve it.

Your self is calling♡

DM me to inquire about scheduling your in-person or live-virtual reiki session for June.

When I was initially seeking out yoga teacher training, I knew I wanted my classes to be the safest, most inclusive, mos...
05/20/2024

When I was initially seeking out yoga teacher training, I knew I wanted my classes to be the safest, most inclusive, most welcoming, most accepting place possible for my practitioners. And so, I chose to pursue trauma-informed yoga teacher training.

What does a "trauma-informed" yoga class look like in comparison to one that's not? In my classes, these are some of the ways it manifests:

- I do not touch my students.
There are no physical adjustments. I solely use verbal and demonstrated redirections.

- I do not walk behind or in between students.
Practitioners always know where I am in the room. I will never invade their physical or energetic space during class.

- I do not only cue students to close their eyes.
I offer alternate options and communicate the acceptability of both choices.

- I do not cue certain postures.
Some asanas are broadly known to make many individuals feel vulnerable, and so I do not include those poses in my classes. Practitioners may practice them, of course, but I will not be ushering the entire class into that experience.

- I do not use certain words in my cueing.
As an anatomically-focused teacher, I seldom used pose names to cue students into postures, which means I am constantly using body part names to guide practitioners' movements. I am methodical in my word choices and body references.

- I do not use music, top lights, or scents.
I do not attempt to force or direct my practitioners' experience; it is theirs to shape and hold. Plus, people have a wide range of responses to music; what is calming to one is grating to another. Top lights and scents can trigger overstimulation, and so I avoid them

- I do not expect -- or even want -- my practitioners to do everything I say.
I empower my practitioners. I encourage the class to listen to their bodies first and to honor their body's needs.

- I do not make class serious.
I keep my classes casual. I ensure students feel safe to try -- and in that trying, maybe not succeed initially -- by maintaining a comfortable environment.

As a trauma-informed yoga teacher, I strive to create and embody the safest space possible for each and every one of my practitioners so that they may fully dive into their experience of self.

In today's 3pm yoga class, we will focus on grounding into the divine feminine. We'll move and breathe and be in our ess...
05/12/2024

In today's 3pm yoga class, we will focus on grounding into the divine feminine. We'll move and breathe and be in our essence, releasing all that which draws us away from our grounded and divinely guided selves.

Don't forget to pre-register at least 1.5 hours prior to class to secure your spot in the unique offering: GWDC.PUNCHPASS

05/09/2024

Come join us for a grounding, restorative practice that will give you not just calm and connectedness, but tools to center yourself. Because you deserve it♡

Don't forget to pre-register: GWDC.PUNCHPASS

Come join us for this unique yoga offering: 50% mindful movement, 50% anxiety- and stress-reducing techniques that you c...
04/27/2024

Come join us for this unique yoga offering: 50% mindful movement, 50% anxiety- and stress-reducing techniques that you can take into your everyday life.

Pre-registration is required: GWDC.PUNCHPASS

Did you know that yoga isn't just about asanas (postures) and breathwork? It's about the way we live our lives, in our i...
04/25/2024

Did you know that yoga isn't just about asanas (postures) and breathwork? It's about the way we live our lives, in our interactions with self and others, too.

Being true to yourself and clear in your truth is a way of practicing yoga. Not only is it a practice of the yogic tenet, ahimsa (non-violence/kindness) by expressing compassion and acceptance towards yourself, but satya (truthfulness) in being honest in your self-presentation and asteya (non-stealing) by not robbing yourself and others of the opportunity of experiencing the genuine you, as well. It also beautifully leads to santosha (contentment).

You deserve to live in your truth, be seen in your truth, be accepted in your truth, and be loved in your truth. You are worthy.

04/21/2024

I am a trauma-informed, anatomically-focused yoga teacher and reiki master from a lineage of mediums. My goal is to empower my clients with knowledge and tools that help each individual find the beauty in themselves and their day every day. DM me to inquire about scheduling your session ♡

50% mindful movement50% breathwork, vagus nerve techniques, and meditationThis Sunday 3PM class at Greater Washington Da...
04/21/2024

50% mindful movement
50% breathwork, vagus nerve techniques, and meditation

This Sunday 3PM class at Greater Washington Dance Center will empower you to to shift yourself from chaos to connectedness.

Pre-registration is required: GWDC.PUNCHPASS

Gratitude... it's more powerful than you might think.Regularly incorporating gratitude practices has been shown to posit...
04/19/2024

Gratitude... it's more powerful than you might think.
Regularly incorporating gratitude practices has been shown to positively impact both mental and physical health. It's a free, accessible, doable approach to improving your life experience.
What are grateful for today?

Come experience a unique class offering at Greater Washington Dance Center  Sundays at 3pm. Connect with your mind, body...
04/18/2024

Come experience a unique class offering at Greater Washington Dance Center Sundays at 3pm.
Connect with your mind, body, and breath, all while learning anxiety management techniques to take into your everyday life.

"You can't pour from an empty cup", we hear it all the time. But how do you fill your cup?Take time to discover what rev...
04/14/2024

"You can't pour from an empty cup", we hear it all the time. But how do you fill your cup?

Take time to discover what revitalizes and nourishes you mentally, emotionally, physically, energetically. Then, find ways to implement that nourishment into every day. It doesn't have to be anything big or extravagant... just small daily practices that remind your whole self that YOU matter too♡

I adore all of the offerings I get to lead, but the Sunday class is one of my favorites. I can't say I've ever attended ...
04/11/2024

I adore all of the offerings I get to lead, but the Sunday class is one of my favorites. I can't say I've ever attended any class like it.

It's a class split in half: half is yogic movement (trauma-informed and accessible meeting each practioner where they are to provide them an empowering experience) and half is breathwork, vagus nerve work, and reclined/seated meditation with a focus on providing practioners take-away tools that they can utilize in their daily lives.

I. Love. It!

Come join us (Pre-registration is required: gwdc.punchpass)

Some moments are hard.Most are mundane.Some are wonderful.All are fleeting.No matter what you're experiencing now -- tou...
04/10/2024

Some moments are hard.
Most are mundane.
Some are wonderful.
All are fleeting.

No matter what you're experiencing now -- tough, delightful, or something in between -- know that it will pass. Another moment will soon follow, and all you're experiencing now will be a memory.

Let it♡

04/09/2024

Breath work. It's my jam. Why?

It's free. It's accessible. It's always with us. It's incredibly powerful in this sneakily easy way. It's often almost imperceptible in practice. It just works!

Come join my Sunday 3pm and my Wednesday Wednesday 5pm yoga classes at Greater Washington Dance Center to learn self-calming breathwork techniques that you can take into your everyday life.

Whether it's the beginning of a new habit or a surrendering of old ones, the start of a new routine or the packing away ...
04/05/2024

Whether it's the beginning of a new habit or a surrendering of old ones, the start of a new routine or the packing away of a no longer resonant one, a step towards brave opportunities or a move away from worn ones, a welcoming of a burgeoning relationship or a departure from a waning one, or something else entirely that is calling to your heart and soul to commence or subside, welcome it. Trust it. Allow it. Be open to what your inner wisdom already knows.
You deserve the magic of the new beginning ♡

You are seen. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are accepted just as you are♡
03/31/2024

You are seen. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are accepted just as you are♡

Do you have a book that you revisit time and again for guidance and clarity? I do! Deborah Adele's "The Yamas and Niyama...
03/28/2024

Do you have a book that you revisit time and again for guidance and clarity? I do! Deborah Adele's "The Yamas and Niyamas" yogic text is my resource when I'm seeking that tangible advice.

I have read and reread the book in its entirety a handful of times, but now I often turn to it differently. I grab the book, center myself, ask God/Spirit/The Universe for guidance and flip to a page blindly. Each and every time, it is a poignant segment to which I open the book. It astounds me still.

Yesterday, the book and divine wisdom brought me to Satya (truthfulness) and this incredibly relevant text.

♡May you live authentically and truthfully so that you and all those around you may benefit from your glowing vitality♡

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