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Meet Yoga Teacher and Western Colorado Lover Adriana Elmes

What type of yoga do you teach?


Which studio?

Yoga V in Grand Junction, CO

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Outside, Western Colorado has wonderful spaces for yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Being in nature, being able to gaze off into the mountains

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I feel the program I have developed, Ashtangasana, is my way of helping yoga studios grow. Not only do I sell Yoga Teacher Training Programs to studios but I also have programs that support the business aspect of a studio, through Eka Groups and Eka Summit. I feel yoga is such an important part of the community. Each person leaving the studio is a little kinder, calmer and their next interaction might brighten someone’s day because of that class. If I can help studios be financially viable, they can stay in business and serve the community for years to come. I feel I am helping make their community a little better. And that all becomes exponential!

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

Ice cream, vanilla cake and a great bottle of wine

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I was a manager at a health club (20+ years ago) and they wanted to add a yoga stretch class. I had just finished my YTT. I had never intended on teaching, the introvert that I was. Being given that nudge has allowed me to teach for 20+ years, develop a Yoga Teacher Training business, and help Yoga Studio’s develop their business skills through my Eka Programs.

What is your favorite food?

a fresh baguette, butter and jam. And a hearty bowl of soup!

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Wild Thing, it’s fun and playful

What inspires you to teach yoga?

What inspires me to teach is watching students at the end of class, and the effect of that yoga class. The fact they “showed up” and as a result are grounded, happy, post yoga bliss, I feel makes the world a better place. If this class resulted in them being kinder or more patient to the next person they interact with, I have help make two people smile that day!

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Here, I love Western Colorado!

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

I don’t get embarrassed, I just laugh. When I mess up the second side of a flow, I tend to giggle and thank the class for reminding me. I think my classes appreciate that I don’t take things too seriously…..”it’s just yoga!”

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Try a few teachers and a few styles. And if you do that and it still doesn’t connect, it’s okay!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Dixie Chicks

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Watching students explore poses and find the playfulness in poses. As adults we lose that playfulness and yoga taps back into that!

Where else can we find you?

Facebooks- adrianaelmes or ashtangasana
ekayogacommunity.com – online yoga forum for yogis and studio owners

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