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Yoga teachers from all walks and styles give you a peek into their world.

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

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Daniel Lumley

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Forrest Yoga

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes.

Which studio/s?

Back To Balance.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In my home space.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It is private, so I can explore poses for as long as I like without disturbance.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Conscious breathing and acting with positive intentions.

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

Given that I have already indulged in many of the things that most people would answer, it would be time with my family.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Being terrified to stand in front of a class of students, to teach wrist stretches for my teacher.

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

I’d sit with my legs crossed.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The transformational effects that it has had on my life.

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

Africa.

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

Breaking wind, when in a yoga class, is still always a bit of a shock.

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

It may transform your life and it may Not, but you will not know if you don’t give it a try.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Reggae artist Turbulance.

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

The individuals who really get it and make positive lifestyle changes because they embody the practice.

Where else can we find you?

Facebook: RECOVERYYOGALTD
Instagram: RECOVERYYOGALTD 
Twitter: @Wolverineyogi
YouTube: Recovery Yoga
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Anything else you would like to add?

I started practicing yoga after 13 years of drug & alcohol addiction. For as long as I have been practicing yoga, I haven’t used drugs or drank alcohol; 7 years.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Joyce Slaughter

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha

Do you teach at a studio?

Fitness Club

Which studio/s?

Rockfit Fitness Center in Rockford, MI ( and sub at other locations)

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

On my yoga mat 😉

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The act of stepping onto my mat is an act of reverence for me. Whether I can practice for 3 minutes or 90, taking a seat on my mat changes my energy. Calms me, centers me.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

The first time I was introduced to the yamas and niyamas, I was smitten. This set of “rules” that can be applied broad or narrow to any given situation. I loved them more than I loved the asana. (And I really love the asana). 

Meditation. It’s my force shield. I am still working on having a daily practice. I see immediate results in all aspects of my life when I practice. Yet somehow this has been the most difficult for me to instill and maintain as a daily ritual.

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

All the things. Doritos, cheese, cheesecake, pizza, milkshakes. Or maybe a green smoothie. It could really be anything that sounds good that day.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

A friend I met at my TT studio offered space at her studio and arranged for some of her students to attend class with me so I could finish my practicums for certification. I had taught demos before and even a few classes, but this was the first time non-friends rolled out their mat and looked to me for guidance.

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

I looked up a history of covers and the ones that spoke to me the most were the peaceful ones – sukasana, virasana. meditative.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The memory of how I felt the first time I stepped on the mat inspires me to hopefully give that gift to others. 

I was blessed to have my first teacher be an absolutely amazing teacher. Her patience and grace was exactly what I needed at the time. I truly believe that very few other teachers would have connected me with yoga the way she did.

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

A cozy quaint little studio with a tight knit kula. I love the sound when the community has practiced together enough times that their breath becomes one as they move in unison. Or maybe some tropical island somewhere warm 😉

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

As a teacher? The dreaded forgotten second side. I think we’ve all been there? 

As a practitioner, when a teacher hollered at me from across the room in a studio with very defined cliques…. everyone turned and stared. Her behavior was unprofessional and rude. But it was also a great lesson.

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

I usually ask them why they haven’t tried a class yet. When I know what their hesitation is, I can help remove that obstacle

What music are you jamming to right now?

Deva Premal. Cheesy, I know. Danielle LaPorte recommended all things Deva a few years ago and I got hooked. Imagine Dragons, my kiddo recently discovered them so of course we jam them all the time now. Johnny Cash. My hubby’s favorite. And at the time I write this, it’s Christmas so we are jamming all the bouncy Christmas sounds.

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

Seeing the person who was new to yoga when they walked into the class leave with a big smile and knowing that they will be back on the mat soon.

Where else can we find you?

Just yoga: @driftseedyoga on Facebook and Instagram (website coming soon) 

Just me: @driftseed on Instagram and Twitter

Everything else ~ MosaicStarfish.com – More content coming in 2018 about all things. 

Starfishwarriors.wordpress.com – Where I talk about food, fitness, and life with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune of the thyroid) 

I’m on Google+ and a few other places, as well but I don’t regularly update them.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Caron Christison

What type of yoga do you teach?

Power, Vinyasa, and Restorative

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Which studio/s?

Highland Yoga and The Neighborhood Ballet

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

I love practicing everywhere that I teach and trying different studios around town/when I travel, but my home practice is sacred to me.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Self-practice gives me an opportunity to explore and connect to my body and breath in a way that’s really powerful for me. There’s something really special about knowing exactly how I want to move and feel.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Everything spicy – with dark chocolate for dessert

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

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga has transformed my life in so many ways, and being able to share that and empower others to live their truth is such an incredible gift.

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

At a resort in Costa Rica

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

I don’t really get embarrassed! Whether I’m telling terrible jokes while I teach or falling out of a pose, I’m usually laughing about it. I really appreciate my humanness and try not to take myself too seriously.

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

There’s a style of yoga for everyone, and though it may take some time to find which one resonates with you, if you practice – it will change your life.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Sol Rising, DJ Drez, and a lot of hip hop instrumentals.

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

Having the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people. My students are a huge inspiration for me and it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of their journey both on and off the mat.

Where else can we find you?

@yogacaron on Instagram and Facebook

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Rosie Christian

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinysasa

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Yes? Which studio/s?

Samadhi Center for Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Samadhi or outside

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love practicing at Samadhi because it feels like home to me. The ambiance is so warm and welcoming. At Samadhi I can truly rediscover and be myself.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try to constantly remember that we are all one.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

I’d still eat a healthy meal. That is when I truly feel my best. My body is my temple and it should be treated as one. I would eat a ton of mixed veggies, a protein, and some tea before bed. 🙂

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

My first time teaching yoga was a surreal experience. I was hired to teach yoga in the jungles of Costa Rica to volunteers from all over the world.

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

Infinity Pose

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I want to bring people to heal and love.

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

I would love to teach to people who need yoga the most anywhere in the world. People who would not receive yoga teachings otherwise.

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

I once walked into my EVENING yoga class welcoming everyone with a huge, “Good MORNING, everyone!”

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

AnyBODY can practice yoga, male, female, toe-toucher or not. Yoga is truly for anyone and if you’re scared or intimidated, just take a leap of faith…you will be glad you did.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Twiddle. Such positive music!

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

It is an incredibly rewarding feeling when people who have been reached by my offerings connect with me later and tell me how much their lives have been changed because of yoga. My favorite rewarding experience was when a friend reached out to me 2 years after I taught him his first yoga class. He said, “I may have forgotten the yoga poses you taught that class but I will never forget your words that help me in my most trying times in life, ‘If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.’”

Where else can we find you?

My Facebook page is Root with Rosie Yoga and Nutrition

Visit my website: rootwithrosie.com

Anything else you would like to add?

My goal in life is to teach people how to live happy and healthy lives through Yoga and Nutrition. In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, I am also a Nutrition Therapist and I have found that the two work very well together in order to reach optimal health.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Lisa Samuels

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, Restorative

Do you teach at a studio?

Not currently because I am in the process of opening a studio!

What is the studio called?

The Happie House!

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Right now, I love practicing at home.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I have big windows that let me feel like I’m in the trees. I feel as though I can also move deeper into my practice when I’m left to explore my strengths and weaknesses on my own.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try to have a smile and/or a kind greeting for everyone I meet. I think yoga makes us more aware of the world around us and the other beings that surround us. We don’t know each other on a surface level, but we are all connected, and so I try to keep in mind that everyone has their own story and is going through different things. You never know how much one smile or one kind “hello” can mean to a stranger.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I started doing private chair yoga sessions with an elderly woman who was 94. I was so nervous that one wrong move or adjustment would cause permanent damage, but she was great. She was mostly sedentary, so she always told me she enjoyed our lessons because she felt open and more limber afterwards.

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

Natarajasana- Lord of the Dance Pose!

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I’m driven by the world’s desperate need for a kind, peaceful community. There is a lot of hate in the world, but there is also a lot of love, and I think as teachers, it’s part of our responsibility to cultivate environments that reflect that. Everyone in the world deserves kindness and respect.

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

I could be happy teaching anywhere!

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

I was demonstrating a pose once, and my pants ripped! I had to finish out the class with a huge split down the center of my pants lol.

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

I try to remind everyone that there is no such thing as being “good” at yoga. The whole point of going to a class is to improve our health, musculature, and state of mind. Wherever you are right now is not good, it’s GREAT.

What music are you jamming to right now?

My favorite bands are 311 and Slightly Stoopid– I am always jamming to them!

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

I love when my students tell me after class that they felt so zen, centered, and relaxed. That is my only goal as a teacher, to help my students realize that turning off the noise from their daily lives is not only important, but it is necessary for their wellbeing.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram: @the_happie_house

Anything else you could add about yoga?

I think a lot of people are intimidated by yoga, especially because it seems to be a tight-knit, closed-off community accessible to the few who can balance on one finger or stand on their head. While I have respect for the traditional aspects of yoga, it’s become my mission to expand yoga’s meaning into one that goes far beyond that. I think it needs to be shown that you can still be who you are and be a fantastic yogi, even if you don’t necessarily “follow all the rules” or turn into a flexi-straw.

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Marla Pinski

 Where do you teach yoga?

24Fitness, St. James Plaza, Coronado Shores

Favorite place to practice yoga?

Any Place!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The Accessibility

What was your first experience with yoga?

Im a Type A personality. Prior to Teaching Yoga I was a Personal Trainer. 
I had a infant and no Child Care except for at the Gym. That day the ONLY class offered at that specific time was a YOGA class. I reluctantly took it because I needed a break. During that Class I thought yo myself ” This is what I have been searching for my whole Life. I fell in Love.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Letting Go of my Ego as often as I catch myself. Experiencing the “moment” without changing it. Detaching from people, places and things.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese, Red Onions and Balsamic Vinegar.

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

Savasana

If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?

My Paddleboard

What inspires you to practice yoga?

The though of being Sane rather than Insane.

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

It’s your Birthright…give it a chance unless you have other plans.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Chris Tomlin

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Lesa Green

 Where do you teach yoga?

Southwestern College, Grossmont College and Mesa College.

Favorite place to practice yoga?

Bikram Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

That was my first real connection to Yoga at age 18.

What was your first experience with yoga?

My first experience was at age 16, falling asleep in an 8am Yoga class I attended with my mom. 

At 18, a friend of mine (who now teaches at Bikram’s) told me to try this class with her. Wearing full Dance pants and a long sleeved shirt, I think I received a double dose of heat therapy but I connected with it. And I never stopped. I knew I needed to train in Yoga.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Either at Bikram or CorePowerYoga. Something about the heat. I love it. If I don’t make it to a studio, I practice at home.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Korean BBQ, spaghetti, any of my moms cooking but most definitely Lumpia.

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

Natarajasana-Dancers pose.

If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?

India, of course! But also right in the middle of the Brazilian Rain Forest.

What inspires you to practice yoga?

The ability to zero in on my breathing, challenging my body and mind to do asanas that maybe felt impossible before and putting the world on pause during my practice.

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

I would ask them what they feel they need. People who are hyperactive or have high pressure careers might need a power Yoga so they don’t feel “bored” or that Yoga is “too slow”. And people who have previous injuries/limitations may need to start with a restorative Yoga so as not to feel overwhelmed. I would tell them that connection to the style and instructor are important before writing Yoga off completely. I believe that EVERYONE can benefit from Yoga. Experiment and take different styles with different instructors to discover the best fit for you.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I’m watching The Legoland Batman Movie! But if I was listening to music it would be some sort of Dubstep or TrapHouse.

Where else can we find you?

My website is: TheMIXTechnique.com

My socials (IG, Twitter, FB) are all:
@TheMIXTechnique

Yogi Tones Featured Yogi – Anne Joseph

Are you a yoga teacher?

yes, ERYT500, C-IAYT (yoga therapist)

Where do you teach?

Copley-Price YMCA, Peninsula YMCA, North Park Rec. Ctr.

Favorite place to practice yoga?

home

What do you like the most about practicing there?

privacy to work on difficult poses, to meditate

What was your first experience with yoga?

The VERY first was 1975. I was practiced at gymnastics, yoga was too slow. I was frustrated. I wanted to move. I was ignorant of what yoga was, what it could do for me.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I do my best to practice Yamas & Niyamas, the ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path; the observances and restraints. I read Swami Rama of the Himalayas on meditation and mantra, Swami Veda Bharati, his successor on Lifestyle of a Sadhaka. I organize and attend Sutra Study. I meditate on the Full moon with all people across the globe.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Hopefully something satvic

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

Tadasana – ‘TA DA’

If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Any park setting

What inspires you to practice yoga?

Knowing that we are all one, that each of us has Karma, and that we are all going to die. I want to be ready when it’s my turn.

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

Come with me to A Gentle Way Yoga.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Corelli’s Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (my Christmas music)

Where else can we find you?

My website is under construction…
MedYogaTherapy.com
New Blog is coming soon…