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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 99 with Curious Monki Veronica Thai!

Veronica is a yoga teacher, podcaster and lifelong explorer.   She’s the host of the Curious Monki podcast – a yoga, spirituality and wellness based podcast designed to spark your journey of transformation.  She interviews yoga teachers, healers, coaches and great minds alike who are breaking ground to help others live heart led lives.  Her own stormy experiences taught her how to drop into her inner world and what it really means to “follow your heart”.  Now she works with intense optimism in her classes and podcast to cheer you on with the inspiration, tools and knowledge that you need to find and follow your own heart calling.

Check out more from Veronica at the links below!

website: curiousmonki.com or veronicathai.com (they go to the same place)
 
 
Instagram: @curiousmonki

Special thanks to Veronica for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Emily featured Yogi

Meet Pizza and Sushi Lover Emily Ochse!

 
What type of yoga do you like to practice?
 

Yin and Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The beach or my apartment

What do you like the most about practicing there?

At the beach I love feeling my body connect to the earth. At my house because I’m a complete and total homebody and love the comfort of being in my own space.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try my best to apply being mindful and aware in all things. When a stranger is rude to me for example, instead of simply reacting and thinking of how this person has affected me in the present I try to assess where this person’s negativity may be coming from and if there is something I can do to help them. Every week I list things that make me uncomfortable or give me anxiety and I try to force myself to overcome as many of them as I can in order to grow. Oh and being as ‘green’ as possible.

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

A plane ticket to somewhere I have yet to go that I can reach before the world ends and a bottle of a full-bodied Italian red wine.

What was your first experience with yoga?

A friend literally dragged me into a class when I had injured my right shoulder while lifting. By the end of the 60 minute class I experienced a break from the physical pain that my injury plagued me with and I was hooked after that.

What is your favorite food?

On the east coast, pizza. On the west coast, sushi!

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

King Pigeon

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

Spain!

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

Try it it’s life changing. Approach it with an open mind and without expectation. Lastly, try different teachers, studios, and styles until you find your yoga.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Marilyn Manson

Where else can we find you?

On IG my handle is @thelimberlinguist. My website is thelimberlinguist.com and my Facebook page is Emily CO Yoga.


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Benefits Of Yoga With Lili and Eddie From Kula Yoga San Diego!

My friends Lili and Eddie are on the show for a quick chat about yoga and the benefits of doing it! Love these folks and you will too! We come live and direct from the Kula Yoga studios in San Diego. Listen in and enjoy your day!

Also if you happen to be in the South Bay area and want to try yoga, Kula has a two week special and a 30 day challenge going right now!! Check them out!! KulaYogaSD


Special thanks to Lili and Eddie for joining me on the show. Until next time!

yamas and niyamas

Meet Yoga Teacher And Ahimsa Practitioner Laura Munday

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, vinyasa, restorative, sivananda

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Which studios?

Leo gym and Aylesbury Yoga Centre

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere! That’s what I love about Yoga, it can be practiced anywhere! I do love practicing outside though.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love feeling the Earth beneath my feet, the grass between my toes. This really helps me feel grounded and calm. I love breathing in the fresh air and feeling the breeze on my skin. It just makes me feel so alive!

Ahimsa

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try and bring the 8 limbs of Yoga into my everyday life. Just a few examples; Practicing ahimsa (non – violence) not only to others but to myself. Speaking kind words, sending out kind gestures. Practicing Santosha (contentment) by practicing daily gratitude and embracing all that I have. – just a few examples.
I also work with my breath.. all the time! In so many different situations. The breath is an extremely powerful tool.

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

I don’t spend enough time with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) as I should. I think if the world ended tomorrow I would have a family reunion and spend my last night with them, reminicing on old times, sharing good laughs, tears and love.

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

I’d say go for it!! What is stopping you?
Yoga is for absolutely everyone. No matter what age, gender, shape, weight.. ANYONE can practice yoga. 
I often hear.. ‘I’m not flexible or strong enough’ – and that is even more reason to give it a go! With a yoga practice, over time you will develop both strength and flexibility, but the amazing thing is.. is that this won’t just be in the body, but also in the mind.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram and Facebook : @lauralouiseyoga


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Donna Antonelli Presents At The OC Yoga Festival

Bikram Yoga Huntington Beach yoga school owner Donna Antonelli Demsey has been practicing Bikram Method Yoga since 2001 and has an extensive background in sports, health, and fitness. She became an avid practitioner of Bikram Yoga while studying under principal teacher Emmy Cleaves at Bikram’s Yoga College of India. Donna was certified to teach in 2007 in Hawaii and founded the Huntington Beach Yoga School in 2011.  She contributes to numerous teacher trainings, retreats, and continuing education seminars and regularly hosts events and workshops at the Huntington Beach studio.

Donna continues a daily yoga practice and attended classes throughout the pregnancy of her son. She enjoys getting to know students, living near the beautiful Huntington Beach shore, and spending time with her family.  She has traveled extensively, speaks several languages, and was formerly a French and German teacher.

Donna holds a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine.  She is certified in Bikram Method Yoga, Sacred Geometry Vinyasa Yoga, trained in Bishnu Ghosh Advanced 84 series,  and holds certifications in Inferno Hot Pilates and Buti Yoga.


For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Donna for joining me today!!


To share your thoughts:

Marina Davidson Presenting at the OC Yoga Festival

Marina creates a safe space for her students to dive deep, peel back the layers, and uncover what may have been hidden. Marina feels the mat is a place of self-discovery, self-reflection, and mindfulness, and a place where we meet ourselves and connect with the heart.

She found her calling in teaching and began teaching Yoga in March 2017. Teaching Vinyasa Flow classes that play with the dualities of strength and softness, effort and ease. Her current focus is on creating online content so her friends and family around the world are able to practice with her. Check out more from Marina HERE!

For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Marina for joining me today!!


To share your thoughts:

Nikki Buckstead Leading Meditation Classes At The OC Yoga Festival

For Nikki, Holistic Life Coaching is truly a calling. Throughout her life, her central gift to offer the world has been to help people find their unique talents and become architects of their own lives.  For nearly 25 years she has worked in the nonprofit, behavioral health field, holding executive and advocacy roles. With each cause and program, she brings a deep passion to her work, always focusing on helping others succeed. Currently, she owns a successful Coaching and Consulting business in Huntington Beach providing both in person and online coaching, classes and workshops . Nikki is a Certified Life Coach,  Certified Meditation and Ayurveda Instructor through the Chopra Center for Wellbeing as well as Certified in Workplace Wellness Programs working with companies on employee health and wellness. She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and am passionate about teaching meditation – the antidote to stress – whenever possible. To find out more about Nikki, visit www.nikkibuckstead.com 
 

For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Nikki for joining me today!!


To share your thoughts:

Jessie Brady Offering A Reiki Sound Bath At The OC Yoga Festival

Jessie Brady grew up in Southern California. She has a professional background as a designer and photographer. In addition to her creative business, she is passionate about holistic health and eastern concepts of healing. Jessie has been drawn to the path of working with subtle body energies for over 10 years and provides Yoga classes and restorative Reiki healing to the community. You can book private or group sessions through her wellness business loveandlightwellness.com.
 
 
What to expect from Jessie at the festival.
 
Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
 
Reiki Sound Bath
 
Gift yourself the opportunity to lay back and completely receive the restorative healing energies of Reiki and the rejuvenating benefits of Sound Meditation through use of Crystal Gemstone, Tibetan Singing Bowls and other instruments as you begin to free yourself from blockages and open up new possibilities for yourself. Throughout the class, Jessie Brady will offer Reiki healing to each participant, bringing energetic alignment to the subtle body as recipients rest comfortably supported. Nelda Alvarez will provide a beautiful sound bath and mantras to help you gain clarity, open your heart and release anxiety. This combination of these rejuvenating practices will leave you feeling nurtured and renewed in body, mind and spirit.

 
– Find a greater sense of grounding/centering from supported stillness
– Release stress and tension naturally
– Experience heightened mental clarity, sharper focus, activated internal energy in a controlled way
– Go spiritually deeper within, connecting more strongly to yourself and others
– Leave the Reiki Sound Bath from a place of ease, of flowing Zen

For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Jessie for joining me today!!


To share your thoughts:

Roaming Yogi Adventure Founders Kelly and Alice Chat ABout The OC Yoga Festival

Kelly and Alice founded Roaming Yogi Adventures, a bucket-list inspired yoga and adventure retreat company, in late 2016. From the volcanic tundras of Iceland to the jungles of Sri Lanka and all the way to the mountains of Peru, they have led groups of adventurous yogis to 4 continents in just 13 months, and they are just getting started.Their company message is that “when you explore the world around you, you can discover the world within you”. Whether they are off leading a retreat or teaching classes at home, their shared passions for mindfulness, yoga, and adventure always shine through.

Kelly’s teaching style stems from multiple aspects of her background and can be described as creative, athletic, and intuitive. Her classes focus on breath, proper alignment, and reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit. As a Reiki practitioner, she is passionate about guiding her students to reconnect with their life force energy and the power of manifestation.  Kelly’s goal is for her students to leave each practice feeling strong, open, balanced, and ready to live their best life. 

Alice also grew up active and involved in many sports, and has always been passionate about movement as both a creative outlet and form of therapy. Yoga has helped Alice connect with her inner guru and given her the tools and community to approach life more mindfully. Her intention with teaching is to hold space for students to do the same, and to inspire people to create their best lives. Alice is known for her ultra smooth vinyasa style, a perfect blend of salty and sweet that leaves students feeling replenished from the inside out. 

More from Roaming Yogi Adventures!

Facebook

Instagram

WEBSITE


For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Alice and Kelly for joining me today!!


To share your thoughts:

Meet Taco Lover And Yoga Faith Practitioner Jennifer Swets

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, YogaFaith

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

TriBalance Yoga Studio, Schaumburg, IL  

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I use my time on my mat to connect my mind, body and soul and I try to maintain that connection once I step off my mat. I am a homeschool mom of 4 kids so pranayama is key! My daily mantra is Inhale Peace; Exhale Chaos. As a person who for years was disconnected with their body due to trauma, yoga has taught me to trust my body and trust my movements. There is also a spiritual connection I feel during my practice and the connection I feel with God is strengthened once I roll up my mat and go about my day.

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

Snuggling on the couch with my husband and 4 kids

What was your first experience with yoga?

My first experience with yoga was 20 years ago in a gym at the YMCA. I remember the feeling of being still was foreign to me. My body wanted to get up and move but my mind knew this is what I needed, so I kept coming back.

What is your favorite food?

Tacos

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

Warrior II

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

Exumas, Bahamas

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

Lay your ego down and get on a mat. It is time that you will not regret. Don’t worry about what you look like, what you are wearing or if the pose looks like the one you saw on social media. Just connect with your breath and be in the present moment. Give yourself that gift.

Where else can we find you?

YogaFaithChicago Facebook

YogaFaithChicago Instagram

Anything else you would like to add?

Several years ago, I had an emotional and spiritual breakthrough on my yoga mat and since then my practice is my therapy and my time of worship, as well as my exercise. To me, yoga is a moving meditation. I also like to share my experience of how yoga helped me process my childhood trauma and is part of my healing journey.


 Check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

 Yamas and Niyamas Poster is complete! Grab one for you, your house or favorite yoga teacher!!