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Meet Yoga Teacher – Dharma Shakti

What type of yoga do you teach?

Spiritual, Classical, Hatha, Vinyasa, Motivational

Which studio?

Yogalution Movement

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The Himalayan Mountains in a small village called Thakure.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The views, the fresh himalayan air, the strong himalayan mountain beneath my feet.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I strive to live by many of the yogic principles laid out in many texts, mainly the yoga sutras and the bhagavad gita
following the 8 limbs
practicing karma yoga – being in service to others, and using my gifts as service out in the world
practicing Jnana yoga – always studying yogic texts and spiritual teachings, meditation
practicing bhakti yoga – attending kirtans, playing kirtan and hosting satsangs, japa mantra, and keeping my own home alter and making offerings
Serving others is a huge one for me, so i also organized (11 years ago) a FREE yoga class that happens once a day/7days a week so we can make yoga accessible to all in our Long Beach Community

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

pizza – with regular gluten crust and real cheese!!!! extra cheesy !!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I taught my first class and thought every hated it. I was certain they hated it, because of the looks on their faces as they were practicing….i was a very young newbie, 23 years old, fresh back from the ashram in Grass Valley, Ca. i was a totally shy person, so i dont even know how i got through it… but i did.
when the students were all done with class and piling out of the room after savasana, i saw smiling faces, and was SHOCKED to receive Thank You’s and Hugs and words of gratitude for the class…. and i said “You liked it? Really?” they laughed and said, yeah, of course…. that was my first lesson in never gauge how the class is going by the looks on your students faces during their practice!!!! i was just relieved i got through my first class and no one got up and left during the class!

What is your favorite food?

vegetarian indian food!!!

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

Natarajasana – Shiva is the lord of yogis, so i would strike that in his honor!

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Seeing others heal and connect with their true self, and step into their authenticity and sense of personal empowerment!
I see so many people grow and heal and transform their lives for the better, and its honestly the best part of teaching!!!
knowing that people have chosen to be more heart centered and aware, and then send them out into the world, and back in to their lives!! Wow, to me, that is revolutionary!!!!

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

I love teaching yoga to the villagers of Thakure, Nepal. But if i could go anywhere in the world to teach, i would love to teach anywhere there are sincere souls who eat transformation in their lives.

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

I was teaching my weekend FREE outdoor class on a grassy bluff over looking the ocean. surrounded by 5 beautiful trees to give us shade.

I had been teaching this class for maybe 2/3 years now, and the number of students has grown to 60-75 every weekend. All eyes are on me. that’s a lot of eyes!
I was a new mom, so i had my 2 and a half year old son with me that day, as i did most saturdays ad sundays when I lead class on the bluff.
it was about half way through the class, i could see this interesting expression on the faces of the students gathered, one i hadn’t seen before. There eyes got really big, and some of them started pointing and said “LOOK” and as i turned around to see what all the commotion was about, i see my 2 and half year old son taking a pee on the tree just slightly behind me… in plain and obvious sight to all the yogis gathered out there for a class.
it was a bit embarrassing, but we all had a good laugh about it, and most importantly, my son wasn’t embarrassed, he was just answering natures call, IN NATURE, right behind me as i am teaching… ill never forget that moment!

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

If you are looking to redirect your life and its trajectory, get started! start simple, but get started!
If you want to feel better, do better, or be better in life… get on your mat and just practice!
like zig ziglar says ” you dont have to be great to start, BUT, you do have to start in order to be great”

What music are you jamming to right now?

Trevor Hall _ Fruitful Darkness Album

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

Again, seeing the change and transformation in the individual, and then seeing it trickle out into the community, the city, and the world !!!

Where else can we find you?

http://www.dharmashakti.com
instagram : @dharmashakti
facebook : dharma shakti
YouTube : Dharma Shakti

Anything else you would like to add?

“yoga doesn’t make your life perfect. It helps you perfect the way you live your life.” -Dharma Shakti


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Meet Yoga Teacher Malik Khalid

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa/Restore

Which studio?

Seviin Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

My house

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I’m able to light scented reiki blessed crystal infused candles when I flow.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My daily use of pranayama and mantras keeps me present and intentional as I combat negative forces throughout the day.

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

A yoga flow and glass of Veuve Cliquot.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

My first experience was teaching my co workers in our conference room. I was very nervous but I remembered that I was the expert and they were just following along to whatever I said.

What is your favorite food?

Fried Lobster Tail on a bed of Thai fried rice.

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

Bird of paradise

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I want everyone in the world to feel free. Yoga makes me feel powerful and limitless. When I finish practicing asana or pranayama I feel clean and new. So when I teach I want my students to leave feeling the same way.

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

On a desert island with a warm tropical breeze.

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

I was in a packed class and the teacher cued handstand hops, I remember hopping up the first two times just fine but by the third time I got some hangtime and freaked myself out from the shock of actually being in the air and crashed into a few yogis. Everyone was cool about it and I just laughed it off and got back into the flow.

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

Yoga is for EVERYBODY! Every shape, skin color and size. If you fear starting in a group class find an online teacher and build your practice that way. Once you have a solid foundation venture off into group classes to push yourself and work on alignment.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Currently Mariah Carey’s new album and Sicki Mode by Thracian Scott.

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

Yoga isn’t in a lot of black neighborhoods so being a black male yoga teacher is important to me because I’m able to influence other people of color to try it.

Where else can we find you?

You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @MalikKhalidYoga and listen to my podcast Growin’ up Gay on all major streaming services.


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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Meet Yoga Teacher and Standing Leg Raiser Julie Gagen

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Postnatal, Hot yoga, Restorative, Power, Kids, Slow Flow, Meditation

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes, I am the owner.

Which studio/s?

Be the Love Yoga + Wellness

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At my studio 😉

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the community, the variety of classes, and how each class compliments the other.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I’m in year 4 of teaching and now offer between 8-12 classes each week, in addition to workshops and managing my studio. I also have two little kids (age 2 and 6). My work days can go all day and night. Life is busy. And I love it.

Compassion. Imperfection. Grace

Compassion is the practice I offer both to myself and my lifestyle. I am not perfect. I do not expect perfection out of my students, and I certainly don’t expect perfection out of my kids, but somehow I still have moments where I recognize I have held myself, my partner, or my community to a standard of perfection. 

That is when conflict appears. In the stuff. In the hard moments. When, even for a breath, I lose myself. 

And that is when, most importantly, I turn back to compassion for myself, compassion for all those involved, and give us all the grace to continue to be imperfect.

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

Laughter and family.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I had the good fortune of learning from a yoga school that had a well established community. In our final days of training we co-taught classes to a full 60-person room. It was MAGIC. I loved being in a moment where I could build off of what another teacher had started. I loved witnessing the excitement in the community as they got to experience the very first class their favorite teachers had lead. I loved building up the room to a place where someone else could take over. And I loved the ease that came from knowing that it was not all on me. And that we were in it together. Supported. Encouraged. Embraced. It was beautiful.

What is your favorite food?

Fresh pressed apple, beet, ginger juice.

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

Standing leg raise. No question.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

People. Witnessing the progression of their practice. Watching minor instructions land in their bodies. Seeing the physical shifts that occur when something that I say lands on their bodies.

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

Exactly where I am.

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

Teaching class with baby food all over my shirt.

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

What are you waiting for?

What music are you jamming to right now?

Hymns of Spirit by a Beautiful Chorus

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

I have always known that if I didn’t teach, I would never practice or invest in my body and self development the way I do BECAUSE it’s my profession. I am exceptionally grateful for a profession that requires me to take care of myself.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me and my team on the following channels: 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/betheloveyoga
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/betheloveyogastudio
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/bethelove
Website: http://www.bethelove.yoga


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Plant Based Foodie Ana Demaison

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha/ Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Gardens or cozy studios.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Nature contact or people’s energy.

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

I would stay with people I love, I would have a good conversation somewhere near nature and the sea.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Private classes with friends in a open space, and after that i teach for some people at studio in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil and classes in a Hotel for guests in IlhaBela – Brazil.

What is your favorite food?

Plant Based Food.

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

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Share with people a moment to think and feel their own breathing, share the inner sense of peace at the same time that you move your body, massage your organs and feed your mind without having to think about your concerns.

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

Here and now

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

My embarrassing moments always give me experience, that’s why they are so important. 
If i can handle with this moments, they are not embarrassing anymore.

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

Do it and surrender.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I always love to listen Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and Gayatri Mantra.

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

Do one more thing that I love by bringing awareness and heath-being to those who are looking.

Where else can we find you?

@aninhademaison
Facebook Ana Demaison Nutrição e Gastronomia Natural


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Home-made ice-cream Lover Carolyn Smith

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, yoga for stress and burnout, yoga for ME and chronic fatigue syndrome, yoga for addictions

Which studio/s?

The Drawing Room, Butleigh

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my new studio at The Drawing Room

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The studio has been designed for small classes of up to 4 people for me to teach yoga for mental health and recovery. It is part of a beautiful house looking out into a peaceful garden so I feel close to nature and get inspiration for my classes.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

By subtly sharing the principle of non-attachment when I see people putting themselves under huge pressure to achieve and acquire possessions and status.

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

Time with the most important people in my life; my two adult children.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Teaching free yoga taster sessions for colleagues I worked with while I was doing my teacher training. I’d expected that only one or two people would turn up however the class was close to overflowing with 20 people!

What is your favorite food?

Home-made ice-cream made with any type of berries. Blissful.

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

Viparita Karnak to promote subtle, gentle yoga and inclusivity.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

In my previous career as a mental health social worker and senior manager, I was dealing with high levels of stress and kept striving to achieve more and more. Yoga changed my life. It reduced my level of stress, gave me the confidence to start teacher training at the age of 45 and then give up my secure, well paid job. I know yoga works and it can change other people’s lives too. That’s what inspires me.

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

In a small clearing in a forest at dawn. I just need to find it!

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

Trying to sit down on a block without looking when teaching a large class; I sat on the back of the block, overbalanced and ended up on my back with legs in the air!

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

Those of us who practice yoga don’t need research findings and evidence about the benefits of yoga. Although they are important, we know it works from our own experiences. If you’re curious, give it a go.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I’ve recently realised the importance and beauty of silence and have exchanged music for space and tranquility.

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

Students telling me that the yoga has helped them to become calmer, reduced their anxiety and improved their sleep. Students realising that asana is only the beginning.

Where else can we find you?

Drinking tea with Jade who owns the house and tea room where my new studio is based, working towards our aim of an inclusive community hub in our rural village.

Anything else you would like to add?

Unbeknown to me, in 2017, Jade, who owns the house where my studio is based, less than half a mile away, was also planning to change her life. She wanted to create something very special for the local community. A local resident who attended one of my classes visited her tea room and saw the potential. She linked Jade and I and within days, Carolyn Smith Yoga at The Drawing Room Butleigh was born!


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Savasana Representer Marisa Wolfe

What type of yoga do you teach?

Thai Yoga Massage | Breath-based Yoga (Kripalu, Viniyoga)

Which studio/s?

Here, there, and everywhere.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

outside!!!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The connection with the world around me. It’s so easy for me to go inside myself and practicing in nature keeps me a little more connected to the world around me. I always learn more from the world around me than I expect.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Every minute, every day.

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

The best meal of my life with all my favorite beings.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Freaking out about a practice teach in YTT, then realizing that what I offered was a different experience than anyone would have with any other teacher and it was all good.

What is your favorite food?

Is it cliche to say chocolate?

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

Savasana. It’s not the most photogenic but it’s the most important and so under-represented.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Seeing the discoveries students make as they get to know themselves better. Helping people move out of pain and suffering into ease and joy. Experiencing these same things within myself is also what inspires my personal practice.

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

All places are good places 🙂

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

Not sure that any one thing stands out. Standing in front of a class in leggings has helped me to roll with whatever comes… and alot of stuff comes.

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

Don’t judge yoga until you have tried a few different teachers/styles. There is a yoga for everyone and it is worth the search.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Anything Puerto Rican!

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

I get to meet the coolest people and see them in their best moments.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.marisawolfe.com
http://www.facebook.com/marisawolfeyogamassage
http://www.instagram.cin/allyogamarisa
http://www.youtube.com/marisawolfe


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Taquito Lover Ximena Nutria

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Advance, Soft Vinyasa

Which studio?

Taur Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Taur Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The people, the vibe and the other teachers.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try to be the best version of myself every time, take my time to breathe in difficult situations, I don’t jump to conclusions, nor assume stuff, I smile a lot and have a ready ear to listen to whomever needs to be listen without judging… but my most hard time is to be all this while driving and keep loving everybody even thou I don’t agree with their driving manners XD

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

Pizza, big-cocacola and netflix.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I had no idea of the world that I was entering to, how healing and fulfilling is to practice and share practice with others.

What is your favorite food?

TAQUITOS!

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

Hanumanasana or Standing split.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

To be there for others, as my teachers were there for me when I most needed someone, and a little but this fool/utopian idea we all yogis have, that if we all do Yoga all over the world, we can make this a place of peace and understanding.

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

Any where is awesome!

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

Guiding savasana, after I stopped talking to let the meditation sink in… the iPod started playing “call me maybe” … it was on shuffle XD

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

“Well, the worst thing it could happen… is that you fall in love with Yoga”

What music are you jamming to right now?

No music, only the “calm neighborhood” acoustics XD

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

As an only child, a not so popular kid and sort of the introverted teenager… I now find myself blessed with a lot of yogi sisters and all the people that go to the Shala and practice yoga, share their lives and give and receive a hug with enthusiasm… literally “Your vibe attracts your tribe”

Where else can we find you?

At the Alpino Sports Club
At the Gym 11:11 Fitness
At Inshala Yoga Studio


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Maria Giovanna Marchetto

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Science of Self, Hatha, Yin

Which studio/s?

Street Gorilla and privates.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Silence, connection to my inner child so I can explore more and better my practice, freedom from fear.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice yoga 24/7 even when I am groceries.

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

Bath at the sea or ocean.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Dealing with an overdose drugged girl 17 years old on the street of New York , lower east side on Sunday morning.

What is your favorite food?

Vegan Thai and Japanese, sometimes raw. Raw desserts.

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

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Students, the caring of sharing what I know, feel and my practice. At one point you have to start teaching, it’s just an extension of the practice. Come naturally.

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

New York

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

Practicing handstand fell on my chin, or at the very first I remembered I farted suiting final poses and felt so embarrassed.

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

Keep doing it. The more you do it, the more everything becomes clear and unrevealed infinite openness.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Chill soft electro music

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

See my students growing physically mentally and spiritually of course. Become more aware of their body and their presence in this world.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram @maryjanemg_ or Facebook MARIA GIOVANNA MARCHETTO


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Karen Pierce

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa Krama (Yoga for Everyone)

Which studio/s?

YogaSpace

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Out in nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Connecting with the earth, sun, moon and elements.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

How do I not? Life is seamless.

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

Call the kids and go for a walk with hubby & dog.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I came to yoga through Transcendental Meditation in my teens. Little did I know that 8 years later, I would be teaching my mother meditation techniques to help manage her pain during the dying process. It ended up being a huge gift to both of us. The physical yoga came after and I was also teaching group aerobics & step. I had a personal practice so was attending yoga classes as a student. At one class, the teacher didn’t show up so they asked me to cover in a pinch. The teacher never came back and it became my class. I’ve been teaching ever since.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza

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

Bird of Paradise or a Split

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The first hand experience of years of consistent practice. This was a very gradual process. Here I am with a 54 year old body which is still strong and flexible. Linking body-breath-brain is so natural in my daily movement now that very few things frazzle me. Plus the years of mindfulness have given me clarity of mind and a level of intuition that I didn’t have in my younger years. It has been truly transformational and that inspires me to share the gift of yoga (all 8 limbs) with others.

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

Anywhere and everywhere. I love to travel.

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

I was teaching in a gym and had a pretty good following with 40-50 regularly showing up. I had 2 really young children at the time, was teaching a lot of classes and was really tired. I pre-recorded all my meditations so I could share in the group experience with my class. Someone was gently tapping me when I realized the meditation was over and everyone had left class except for the kind student who decided to wake me up!

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

Many people still think yoga is about twisting yourself up into a pretzel pose – physical gymnastics. Yet there are 8 limbs to yoga, not just asana (yoga poses). There is a yoga for everyone. Find the right yoga for YOU!

What music are you jamming to right now?

That’s a hard one. I put my music on shuffle so it could be Ashana or AC/DC, Charlie Puth or Iggy Izalea, Pitbull or Poison, MC Yogi or MC Hammer, Keith Urban or Flo Rida, Clannad or Sanskrit chants. Usually, all of them!

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

Over the years, I’ve watched so many of my students become yoga teachers. One in particular stands out…I offered free yoga after school to the local teens. There wasn’t much to do in our town and a lot of teens got into trouble. A couple of girls started coming. At the time, these girls were heading down the wrong path. Since I wasn’t their parent, school teacher, clergy, or a paid instructor, I became their non-judgmental sounding board. We’re talking everything from “can you teach me to do headstand” to “what is syphilis”? Then they started bringing their boy friends….so the “old lady” could kick their ass. Many years later, one of the girls showed up in a class and said that 2 of them went on to become yoga teachers and she was continuing on with her yoga therapist training like me. I have been so blessed with great teachers of my own and students who have taught me to be a better person and a better teacher. After 20 years of watching students become teachers, I decided it was time for me to offer my own Yoga Teacher Training which is a unique blend of Yoga, Shamanism and Ayurveda. Watching these teachers-in-training really embody yoga and all it represents is so rewarding and also humbling.

Where else can we find you?

My website: InnerSpacesbyKaren.com
Social media: facebook.com/karenjpierce
Yoga Teacher Training: yogaspace-ct.com/classes/training/
My children’s yoga book: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Bear-Youngsters-Karen-Pierce/dp/1559718978/ref=sr_1_sc_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1528854395&sr=8-6-spell&keywords=yogabear

Anything else you would like to add?

I am 500 e-RYT, Registered Yoga School and Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance, a certified Yoga Ed instructor, a Professional Yoga Therapist, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I have received sacred rites as a guardian and keeper of the earth (pampa mesayok) as well as a medicine woman (alta mesayok) through a lineage of light carriers and Q’ero Shaman of Peru blending Science with the Sacred.

As a professional organizer and shamanic energy worker, I help people create sacred spaces, clearing the mind, heart and clutter. I am also the author of Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters – a children’s book published by Northword Press (2004) and Co-Contributor to Yoga in America (2009).


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Meet Yoga Teacher and Western Colorado Lover Adriana Elmes

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa

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
ashtangasana.com
ekayogacommunity.com – online yoga forum for yogis and studio owners


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