Toni Maconi

New Fairfield, CT
United States

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A lifelong journalist, I spent more than 30 years working in the newsroom of a daily newspaper and was looking for a way to ease stress. In 2008, I took my first yoga class. In 2014 I completed teacher training at Yoga Culture in Danbury, specializing in Vinyasa yoga. Longing for a way to incorporate prayer into teaching, I began taking Holy Yoga classes with Beverly Steiger in New Fairfield, CT. I became a Holy Yoga instructor in the spring of 2015.  I also became certified in Chair Holy Yoga so that I could teach adults with special needs as well as senior citizens, and currently finishing my Masters program in yoga through Holy Yoga International. I lead Gentle, Flow, Chair and Restorative classes at Holy Yoga of Connecticut, as well as Chair classes for adults with special needs at Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco, NY. In the fall of 2015, Beverly Steiger and I opened Holy Yoga of Connecticut in New Fairfield.
 
I see yoga as a source of calmness and peace, and it has taught me how to stay focused, whether I am on my mat or in my garden. I see common themes between yoga and the Franciscan lifestyle of simplicity that I embraced more than 30 years ago. There is no conflict. The values I hold dear — nonviolence, truthfulness, integrity, moderation, kindness, compassion — are all values instilled in me as a child and embraced as a Secular Franciscan. Yoga deepens all these beliefs. I also view yoga as a moving meditation — an organic way to enter more fully into prayer. My time on the mat is my time with God.  As an instructor, I see yoga as a unique gift. I offer it with love, gratitude, generosity and a full heart.
 
“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Small things, great love — this is how I try to live my life, this is how I try to live my yoga.

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