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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Amie Meleshkewich

What type of yoga do you teach?

Power Vinyasa Flow

Which studio/s?

Flow to Fit Yoga, Southbury CT

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the Flow to Fit Studio, Southbury CT

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s like my second home. I feel very safe and comfortable there.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My mother has recently been diagnosed with cancer. My yoga practice has helped me deal with the stress of being the primary caregiver and to better handle this roller coaster ride of ups and downs with out losing my center. Practicing staying positive and present at all times has been a saving grace for me and for my mom.

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

I’d sleep outside and star gaze with my family. We’d talk and laugh about all the fun things we’ve done and places we’ve been until the sun came up.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

It was a free class to the public at the end of my 200hr YTT course. I was a nervous mess but I pulled it off!

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate (dark)

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

Grasshopper

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Stressed out people. I know yoga can help them feel better, be less stressed and therefore be better people. Better people make the world a better!

My favorite quote “yoga starts at the heart, spreads through your body, then to your family and friends and then to the whole world” – Mark Whitwell

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

I would like to teach yoga everywhere! I love to travel, my dream is to teach workshops all over the world someday.

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

I don’t really get embarrassed. I’ve made tons of mistakes teaching but I usually just laugh at myself, I don’t take any of it too seriously!

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

I tell everyone they should practice yoga. There is not a single person in the world that doesn’t stand to gain something from yoga. Not one.

What music are you jamming to right now?

EDM. Always. Not for my yoga classes though!

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

Leading my first 200RYT training this year and watching my students teach their first classes to the public. They all did incredible and I was so proud of them!

Where else can we find you?

Facebook – Flow To Fit Yoga
IG – @flow_to_fit_yoga
YouTube – Flow To Fit Yoga


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Yogi Tones Featured Yoga Teacher – Macy Graham

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha

Which studio?

hungryoga.com and Hungryoga at Ascent Therapy Clinic

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my yoga room at home.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s comfortable and convenient.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga brings awareness to my every day off the mat. It has allowed me to eat slowly and mindfully. I’m able to take deep breaths in challenging situations. I practice cleanliness, discipline, compassion, and living in the moment in my every day life. I’m better able to protect my energy, set strong boundaries, and follow my heart in my life because of the yoga practice.

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

I’d go skydiving with my husband.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I started teaching right after I received my certification in my hometown Atwood, Kansas. The local massage therapist let me teach donation based classed there for a few months. It was the perfect opportunity to jump into teaching with my training so fresh. I loved it.

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

Dancer

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga was the tool that pulled me out of a major depression, binge eating, and coping with alcohol. My darkness has truly became my light, and I’m so inspired to guide people along their own journey towards self-realization and creating a lifestyle they love.

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?

Well people fart in my classes all the time… hahaha! So I get embarrassed for them. As a teacher I remember being really embarrassed to speak my voice in teacher training.

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

Just do it. Give it a chance. Try different styles of yoga and see which one speaks to you. Also, find your teacher. Having a strong connection with your teacher is everything!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Izzy Bizu “White Tiger”

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

Helping people out of pain. I run a wellness program out of a physical therapy clinic so most of my private yoga clients are going through rehab or transitioning out of it. Seeing them feel relief after every session is pure joy. I also love teaching online and have created the Beginner’s Yoga Online Course and the Chair Yoga Online Course on hungryoga.com. It’s been awesome connecting with people around the world, and even back in my hometown. Through my private coaching programs I help women stop binge eating by teaching them mindfulness and the practice of slowing down. It’s all such beautiful work.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me at http://www.hungryoga.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube under @hungryoga.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga is something that I take off the mat. It has allowed me to let go of things that no longer serve me. The practice of yoga is how I re-learned how to be myself, and how I stay connected to my purpose. The deeper meaning behind @hungryoga is that “hungry” and “yoga” really do share my “y” or my “WHY”. The reason why I even have this account, this brand, this movement, is to help people to stay hungry for life. I have lived the struggle of hating on my body and not trusting my decisions around food. I have been in that shitty job that doesn’t allow freedom. I have felt like the victim to the reality I was creating. I have also done a complete 180 in my life where now I absolutely LOVE food and trust myself fully around the decision to eat whatever I want. I ADORE my job as a yoga teacher, mind body eating coach, and lifestyle designer. I HAVE the freedom I always desired. My “why” runs so deep within me to help other women do and feel the way they want to feel, and live the way they want to live. @hungryoga is my dharma.


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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Charlene Hammersen

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha Vinyasa & Yin

Which studio?

Yonah Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

I love to practice in the woods whenever possible!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love being immersed in nature, so combining yoga into that environment is like a dream come true.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice yoga off the mat the same way that I practice yoga on the mat… With understanding and intent. I am only human, so sometimes I get ahead of myself and fall on my face, but I get back up and try again.

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

C H O C O L A T E

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

My yoga teacher training was a 5 week program, and the first weekend there, my teachers told me that I had to teach my first class the following weekend! I had to invite 8 people over to there center and teach an hour class. I only made it through about 10 minutes before I choked up and had to wave my teacher in to finish. I was SO nervous, but looking back, it was one of the best things for me. It taught me a lot of confidence.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate! Duh!

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

Tree Pose

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The possibility of sharing what the yoga practice does for me on a daily basis.

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

Probably right here where I am. There is so little yoga in the area that I live in, that this is a perfect place for it.

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

Probably the first time I taught a class, and couldn’t finish because I totally spaced out.

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

The hardest part is getting there.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Deep Blue Sea – Grizzly Bear

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

When I see people roll out of Savasana, and seeing a little more peace in their eyes then when they walked in.

Where else can we find you?

Sautee Studio, Cleveland MMA & CeNita Winery.

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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Darek Oktaba

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Which studio/s?

Every Body Yoga (Santee, CA) & Kula (Chula Vista, CA)

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Lifetime Fitness (Schaumburg, IL)

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Floors, Mirrors, Lights, Heaters!

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

So many hours on the mat that no time left for “off the mat”. Living green’ish and enjoying little things.

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

Indulge? Haven’t thought of that one. Need to create “indulge list” instead of “bucket list”. Haha.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Both

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

Something calm. Something from back bend category.

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

Kyoto

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

Nothing extreme happened. Mixing left side with right doesn’t count.

Waffles or Pancakes?

Waffles

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

Come to my class.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Grunge

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

Feedback(s)

Where else can we find you?

I am active on Instagram as @thesunwatcher. The feed is not 100% yoga oriented. I figured until I have my own studio I stay off-line. Maybe I should change that thinking…

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Michael Caldwell

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Fun filled, alignment based, Vinyasa Flow

 Which studio/s?

Yoga One

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere there is enough space to spread out and kick up into a handstand.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

When there is sufficient external space, I can focus within.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

For me, practicing yoga off the mat is the same as practicing on the mat. It’s definitely a practice and not perfect.
I try to remain as mindful as possible in the present moment. I try to be my best self as often as possible. I try not to push beyond my edge and rest when I’m tired. I try to laugh often, maintain a sense of humor and not take myself to seriously. I try to remember to breathe, particularly when stressed. I try to maintain alignment. The Yamas and Niyamas are a good resource.

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

Hugging my loved ones. Sharing memories. Telling silly jokes.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

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

My wife has been on the cover of Yoga Journal twice. So I suppose I would strike the pouting pose since they took so long to ask me.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Moving, grooving, meditating, breathing, centering, connecting and being with others in the present moment is so rewarding and inspirational. I always feel better after teaching or practicing.

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

I love the vibe at Yoga One. Tahiti sounds nice.

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

Once early in my surfing experience, I paddled out in the morning before yoga class and got tossed head over heels by the waves. I went through what my friend calls “the rinse cycle.” Lots of water got in my nose. Fortunately the same friend warned me that later in the day I might have a flush of water from my nose. He was right. Just as we began class and were centering, a gush of water poured out of my nose. Fortunately, the students had their eyes closed and there was a box of tissues nearby. Thanks to my friend Rich for the heads up. Otherwise it could have been even more alarming.

Waffles or Pancakes?

Pancakes

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

Try to engage your core and stand on the fence with just one leg, with your eyes closed, arms extended to the Universe, deep steady breaths in and out through the nose, mind rooted in the present, observing the arising and passing of sensation in the body while love warms your heart. If you can do that while on the fence, you probably don’t need to practice, you’re already there. If you can’t do that, get off the fence and give yoga a try. There is such a wide variety of yoga to choose from there is bound to be something you enjoy and which will provide benefit.

What music are you jamming to right now?

So much good music!

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

Helping people to be happier and healthier is super rewarding. Each class is a celebration of life. I love that.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/
https://www.instagram.com/yogaonesandiego/
https://www.facebook.com/yogaonesandiego/
http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/yoga-teacher-training

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Santha Krishnasamy

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Kids, Youth, Hatha, Gentle flow and mostly sustainable yoga. Love to teach Prenatal.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Mountains and in the trails.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Fresh air, mindfulness for balance and beyond breeze practicing deep into yourself.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Constant awareness of body sensation before any kind of emotions trigger. Yoga off mat helps me explore that little space thats available in our freedom between action and reaction. Yoga off the mat is my most favourite one as this helps me one day at a time to reach Equanimity.

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

Serving a client at my tech startup Serve a yoga entrepreneur with my start up AudSPer Teaching a class of sustainable yoga and practicing on my arm balances. Every day is a new day.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Immense happiness when I was given an opportunity to share what I learnt over several years.

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

A calm Sukhasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

When I realized framework of our body is the perfect tool to make ourselves better human and we don’t need to look for something outside within that framework. 

I have been practicing yoga since I am 6 years old. After my multiple disc prolapses, fused spinal cords and knee rehabilitations at an younger age, my yoga practice took a tremendous change to suit my body needs and over the period of time in my own self practice, I realized that practicing yoga is very unique for each individual and the poses cannot be written on a paper as every body is designed different and so every individual practice is unique, that’s exactly when I was inspired to teach sustainable yoga.

Being a technologists, when I indulge in my deep passion towards yoga I find a way to balance between two integral part of life between the craziness and calmness and this is what I want to spread across the world, technology and yoga can make everyone’s life better from here.

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

Makes no difference, every place is a unique experience.

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

Sometimes when I miss to mirror.

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

Talk to them to understand from their perception and help them move out of the obstacle.

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

Practice my own yoga better, win-win.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.yogaillam.ca
https://audsper.com (founder)
https://innovills.com (co-founder)
Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/santhakrishnasamy/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/audsper/

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Katie Fanning

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa

Which studio/s?

Honor Yoga Princeton

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the studio with my inspiring community!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Being around others who are like-minded and keep me motivated.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Actively reminding myself to breathe and practice self love. When I came to yoga, this was the gateway that allowed me to be patient and kind to myself. Whenever I am feeling down on myself or anxious, I remind myself to see it as an opportunity to love myself more and forgive myself for living outside the present moment.

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

Chocolate duh!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

When I graduated, part of the requirement for completing the 200 hour training was teaching two donation classes. Most of the people there were family and close friends. It was very intimidating at first but once the words started to flow, it was super humbling and allowed me to share the gifts I had learned through my own practice.

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

Handstand

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Sharing and giving back all of the beautiful lessons I have learned by having the courage to step onto the mat!

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

California

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

I mix up my right and left almost every class. One time a student suggested I should get socks with the L and R on them so I knew which side I was calling when teaching!

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

The hardest part is stepping on your mat. Once you are there you never regret showing up!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Beautiful Life by Lost Frequencies

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

Creating genuine connections with others!

Where else can we find you?

lifeomstyle.com and on Instagram @kfann7.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Lauren Gray

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, Anusara

 Which studio/s do you teach at?

The Yoga Shed Wickham

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At home

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Peace and quiet, and my dog (even if she is better than me!)

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Smiling whenever I can, spreading the message of ahimsa.

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

A slow restorative yoga practice to music, chocolate, wine, pizza and a midnight drive to look at the stars.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Teaching a free yoga class to a group of people staying at the same hostel as me in Hampi, India, about a week after I graduated from Himalaya Yoga Valley.

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

A smile.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Giving people the tools they need to feel their absolute best.

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

Hampi, India. The most beautiful place on Earth!

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

Well I mean we’ve all farted in class.. but I’d probably say in my teacher training when I got told off for saying ‘bum’ too much.

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

All I can say is try it! 
‘Yoga puts into perspective what words cannot’

What music are you jamming to right now?

Some old school Jamiroquai

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

Watching people float out of class with a great big grin on their faces, DEFINITELY!

Where else can we find you?

lg-yoga.com
Facebook

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga has given me happiness, a sense of healing, hope, peace and quiet, a broader mind, a lighter heart and a bigger capacity to love.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Eva Sklaver

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa Flow and Restorative

Which studio/s do you teach at?

Bodyscapes Fitness and Evolve Fitness

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Laughing Lotus, YogaWorks, JP Yoga Center

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The teachers

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I have string home practice. I try to take my yoga off my yoga mat in many ways…but I think I’m short, bringing the awareness that a strong yoga practice offers into the world and hopefully contributing to healing the world.

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

Time with my family

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Teaching kids yoga

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

I think I would go for something simple, like lotus pose with my hands in prayer, to leave the ego out of it.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Bringing something I’m incredibly passionate about to others.

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

France, Bali, Tibet, Spain, Greece, Armenia

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

When I forget which side we are on 🙃

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

Do it!!! There are so many advantages! It will change your life!

What music are you jamming to right now?

I mostly use acoustic. I love Kevin Paris!

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

There are so many!
The people I meet, seeing my students grow their yoga practice, growing my own teaching, finding my voice, loving what I do!

Where else can we find you?

[email protected]cowgirl.yogini

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Mallory MacInnis

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa and Restorative

Which studio/s do you teach at?

Kinfolk Yoga in Grass Valley, The Yoga Dive in Nevada City and Inner Path in Nevada City

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

My favorite place to practice yoga is outside on my property. I recently moved to Northern California and in the warmer months I enjoyed taking my practice outside amongst the trees.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I like being in the sunshine, or rising/setting with it. I feel like I connect deeper with my breath when I’m exposed to the elements and out of a confined space.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

For me, the whole point of getting on my mat is so that I can navigate life off my mat with grace and strength. Asana, meditation and pranayama are great tools for me to use anytime. When I practice I am honing these tools so when a situation arises, whether its frustrating, challenging or exhilarating, I have my practices to keep me grounded and level headed. Also, as part of the eight limbs of yoga, the yamas and niyamas support me as a foundation for choices I make. They are like my golden rules, so whenever I’m not sure about a decision I come back to these ethical guidelines. Yoga is a lifestyle and is so much more than being able to touch your toes.

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

I would indulge in community, good food, music and joy.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I remember the moment I first practice taught a sequence to some of the other students in teacher training. We were teaching Surya Namaskar with no special instruction, just teaching how it felt natural to us. I felt the power behind my voice. I felt for sure that this was something I could do and thrive doing. I knew I had things to share about the breath and the postures. A deeper understanding of this sun salutation sequence become clear to me. It was magical.

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

I would do sun god(dess). That posture represents such strength and stability to me. It is an earth element, root chakra posture. It feels like the embodiment of “from the ground up”. It’s the idea of setting your foundation first, helping yourself first and going deep inside to better serve the world outside.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I am inspired by all sorts of things to teach yoga. I get inspiration from students, and their stories. Sometimes my inspiration comes from a poem I stumble across, or the frustration I feel after spilling my coffee on my lap for the second time this week. I do my best to remain in the flow of life. Inspiration pops up all around me if I can be open to whatever is coming in and through. My mantra this past year has been “flow not fight”. I think when I stop the fight and accept exactly what is, creativity is given the green light to pour through.

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

I grew up in a rural area in eastern Canada. It’s the kind of place that needs yoga. There are so many places that need Yoga and it’s just not accessible. It would be meaningful to share the practice in places like the town where I grew up. Offering classes and language that are more reachable to the people in these areas. I think ultimately, teaching somewhere in the world where I’m making the most impact is what I envision for myself.

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

Sometimes I get embarrassed when I try to tell a joke while teaching and not one person laughs. I’ve heard pins drop after my (usually corny) yoga jokes. Jokes rarely land when everyone is just ready to move out of chair pose. That being said, my sense of humor is one of my favorite things about myself so the yogi joking isn’t going anywhere!

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

Not to quote Nikey here, but just do it. Resistance is never going to go away. Excuses are always going to come up. It’s up to the individual to take action and you can’t learn anything until you try. There are so many free classes online too! You don’t even have to leave your home.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Right now I’m listen to Imagined Herbal Flows – Floating EP. It’s the best!

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

I think the most rewarding thing about teaching has been the community I find myself surrounded by. I learn so much from all of these people. Yoga is so huge, and there are so many ways you can navigate its depths. Because I get to co create and learn from so many other people on the yogic path, I get to see other parts of the puzzle that I haven’t delved so far into.

Where else can we find you?

On instagram: @malmacinnisyoga 
On facebook: @malmacinnisyoga