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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!


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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!

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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


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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


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

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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Meet Bo Yoga Teacher Nate Guadagni

What type of yoga do you teach?

Bo Yoga®

Which studio/s?

DAYA Foundation in Portland OR – http://www.dayafoundation.org

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

DAYA Foundation

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Sarahjoy Marsh my teacher there is incredible.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I love to meditate and be in intentional community. I also find that being in Nature inspires me to bring out my yoga practices. Yoga philosophy is also so relevant to my everyday life I find endless ways to reflect and be more aware in my actions and interactions.

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

A romantic dinner and evening with my wife, Roya 🙂

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I was training at a yoga studio for about 3 months and suddenly the teachers all had to go out to of town for a meeting with their teacher. Since I was a super dedicated student, they asked if I could teach one of the classes. I wasn’t ready, but once the class started I felt completely at home!

What is your favorite food?

Panang Curry – yum!

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

Yoga Journal doesn’t put men on the cover so it will never happen, but if it did I would do Savasana or a Restorative pose. We need more nourishing poses these days in my opinion.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Making yoga more accessible. Seeing students who say they didn’t feel welcome in “regular” yoga classes or who felt that it wasn’t for them finding their sense of belonging in my classes. Also hearing the stories of students finding health and wellness. Recently on a retreat, a student who I worked with one year ago showed me that through practicing Bo Yoga with her Balance Bar she was able to recover from two frozen shoulders! This makes me fly over the moon!

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

In a zero gravity chamber… it would be so fun to try things out with a whole new set of rules!

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

Recently I have become much more away of the etiquette around touch. I came from a system where touching students was a given and I have since been using informed and constant consent as the rule. However I once tried to adjust a student’s head lightly in Savasana and he said loudly “don’t touch my head!” while everyone was relaxing. I thought that since I had a long relationship with him that I didn’t need to ask, but I realized that I always do.

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

Realize that there is a HUGE range of classes, teachers, styles and methods to yoga. Try out as many as you can and get recommendations from your friends. Be clear about what you want from yoga and talk to the studio manager about which class would best fit your needs. Just because you tried one yoga class doesn’t mean you understand the whole range that is available. It’s likely that you won’t connect with the first several classes or teachers – keep looking until you find the right one!

What music are you jamming to right now?

DJ Taz – amazing music for yoga, qi gong or just chillin!

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

Being able to make significant impacts in people’s health, wellbeing, relationships and lives. Yoga is truly a powerful vehicle for love, care, awareness, strength, relaxation and more. I have felt blessed to be able to offer this full time and be able to travel and meet so many inspiring people on the way.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boyogaofficial/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boyogaofficial/

[email protected] – Hit me up!

Anything else you would like to add?

If you want to get a gift pack with resources to better teach Boomers or those over 50:

– Stock photos of older yogis
– Book recommendations to teach Boomers
– Qi Gong course to supplement your yoga classes
– Bo Yoga Exercise Guide

Text: BOOMERS to the number: 44222


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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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Meet Metal Class Yoga Teacher Laura Orso!

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa and Yin

Which studio/s do you teach at?

I sub at 3 Oms and teach regularly at Flow Motion, Coreworks, Bellingham Fitness, Fitness Evolution, and the YMCA.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

3 Oms

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Quality of teachers, community and spiritual vibe, long standing roots in the local yoga community.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

The most probably remembering to breathe. I have anxiety so I try very hard to stay in tune with what I’m doing, mainly my breath.

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

Go skinny dipping in the lake.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

During my certification we had the opportunity to teach some community classes at a studio. My first class I felt like I did horrible but I didn’t let it dissuade me.

What is your favorite food?

Pasta

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

Flying Pigeon

What inspires you to teach yoga?

It’s helped me so much in so many ways. Physically with back pain, mentally with anxiety, and opening me up more spiritually. I hope to help people in anyway I can, even if it’s just a little bit.

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

Bali

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

Probably when I was spotting a student going from flip dog into wheel and I totally failed and they hit their head. She was fine and laughed it off but I was mortified.

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

Try it! And try different kinds. You may like flow classes, or maybe more stationary like iyengar. Or you want something to make you sweat or you want to hold some yin postures for a while. Give it an open mind and an honest try.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I teach a Metal Yoga class a couple times a month so building those playlists has been really fun. Loving Monolord and Pallbearer right now.

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

Seeing my students progress. Not just physically in postures but mentally and emotionally.

Where else can we find you?

Website- lauraorsoyoga.com

IG – @lolobearleo

Facebook – lauraorsoyoga

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for taking this time to learn about me :).


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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Tyra Prosser

What type of yoga do you teach?

Astanga, Power Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Hot and Restorative

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere outdoors, that does not have many mosquitoes.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

My favorite thing about practicing in nature is that you connect more to your surroundings and it’s a good reminder that we need to stay grateful for this beautiful Earth we live on.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I am constantly talking to myself. I give myself little pep talks or carry a mantra whenever I feel off balance and need to re-grounded. I try every day to pick up at least 3 pieces of trash, try to help anyone who needs help when I pass by, and practice more in my bliss body (which means being happy! smiling while I practice and bringing joy into all that I do!)

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

Call or fly everyone I could out to have one more big celebration. And there would be cake!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

The first time I taught I was all over the place. I was doing great at the beginning and then my ego took over. I forgot half of the class and then just started to circle back to what we already did. The best part of the class was that no one knew I “messed up.” It came with time and practice to be where I am today.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Mediterranean

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

Mountain pose (with a big smile!)

What inspires you to teach yoga?

My inspiration for teaching is my students. When I can bring a smile to someone who isn’t having a great day or teach them something new in their practice, it’s so rewarding.

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

Maldives, Morocco, Mediterranean, Australia and Amsterdam

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

Where to begin… I have fallen so many times on my face trying to show my students how to get into a certain pose. I had the opportunity to lead a power class where I dressed up in a long blonde wig for a hairband theme class. Little did I know some students in my class are in a very famous rock band. My whole goal in teaching is making everyone feel welcome and get a little silly when we start taking ourselves to seriously.

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

Bend your knees and breathe! We all have to start somewhere and flexibility is not the main purpose of movement in pranayama.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Childish Gambino

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

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher is seeing my students grow in their practice. I love when they take something that I have said and quote it back to me a few weeks later.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and onthematwithTyra.com

Anything else you would like to add?

Do not give up. You might have gone to a class or practiced a style of yoga that was not to your liking. But don’t give up. Try on another style or teacher. Surround yourself with only positive thoughts when you are practicing and laugh at yourself when you “hiccup” in class.


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