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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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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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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Patrick McConnell

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The beach!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The tranquility of it all. The sand between my toes. The harmony between land and sea. The hypnotic repetition of waves rolling through. There’s nothing more peaceful than a sunrise or sunset yoga session on a quiet beach!

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My spiritual practice is just as important as my physical practice. I aim to implement unity, respect, equality, understanding, compassion, patience, empathy and love for all beings (to list a few) in my day-to-day actions. Whether it be living a vegan lifestyle, supporting a friend in need, or helping a stranger, I’ve found that there is a positive correlation between how I react to the world and how it reacts to me. Regardless of what kind of day I’m having, I’m always in control of my own smile!

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

I would indulge in my closest friends and family. If I could spend the last minutes with all of them, laughing, crying, sitting in silence…I’d be a happy man.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Seeing as how I just completed my 200 hour TTC, I’ve only taught one class, but man was it amazing! My students told me the class was both inspirational and incredible (brought tears to my eyes) partly due to my confidence, but also because I’m living proof that you don’t have to be naturally flexible to enjoy yoga. I’ll never forget the feeling of weightlessness I carried afterwards! I’m hooked and can’t wait to dig deeper into my teachings.

What is your favorite food?

Favorite food has to be a hearty, green smoothie!

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

I’d pose in downward dog with the camera shooting between my legs and capturing my big, goofy smile. I’ve found that people get so wrapped up in treating yoga as a competition that they often forget to laugh and have fun during their practice! Hopefully this picture would embody my work hard, play hard attitude.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I have many inspirations for teaching yoga, but the feeling of making a positive impact on people’s lives is more than enough for me. If I can help others tweak their daily routines to incorporate more awareness towards their health, their self, and eventually the world, I will have a lived a life fulfilled!

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

I would teach yoga in Byron Bay, Australia. It’s where I was first introduced to the practice, and I can see why so many teachers flock to this beachside paradise. With the ocean and forest only separated by a small town filled with tasty vegan eateries, it honestly is the perfect place to teach.

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

Probably farting in class hahaha. Those abdominal twists really get my stomach churning and there have been a few times where I just can’t hold it in! Luckily, it makes everyone laugh, so no one (hopefully) is harmed in the process.

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

Give it a shot! I used to be in your shoes! I used to think yoga was for wimps until some friends convinced me to go to a bikram class. With a lifetime of knee problems and inflexibility, I quickly realized that I had A LOT of work to do on my body and that this could be a lifelong long practice. I also had never felt so good after “exercise” despite playing sports, lifting, surfing and hiking my whole life. You never know, it just might change your life like it did mine!!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Odesza, Andrew Bird, and Tycho to name a few!

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

The biggest reward for me has been receiving feedback that I inspire my students and friends to try something they might not be comfortable with. It’s my dream to help people realize their full potential and teaching yoga is a perfect outlet to make that happen!

Where else can we find you?

Find me on Instagram @travelmanpat

Anything else you would like to add?

The main message I want to get across is that it’s never too late to start something you might be interested in, and don’t get discouraged if you’re not perfect from the start. Everyone was a beginner at some point of their life, but if you quit before you give it a go, you’ll never know where the adventure might have taken you!


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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 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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