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Meet Yogi and Japanese food lover Sonia Tabor

 

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Kula yoga in Chula Vista

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The sense of community. Great space with love, art, and awesome instructors. If feels like home. It’s a place where I feel like family!!! It always feels so welcoming and a great space to practice. Kula means community and it surely has that vibe.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I think that off the mat is where the real practice starts. I practice with my kiddos, my husband, my friends, and family. Being mindful of what I eat and what I speak. Being flexible and understanding and allowing myself to make mistakes. Practicing flexibility of the mind, patience, and understanding. Although I am not perfect, I try to remind myself of these things. And ultimately I practice by enjoying the most beautiful luxuries the universe offers, like breath-the ocean-hugs and kisses-music-art-and movement.

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

hugs and kisses and laughter with my family and friends, especially my husband and two kiddos (Londen and Austin). also in a cup of delicious coffee and vegan pastries

What was your first experience with yoga?

when I was a kid I thought Yoga was a religion!!! I didn’t understand it. Then as an adult, when I was pregnant with my son Londen I read about it and found out it would be very beneficial for me. I went to the store, bought a yoga DVD and my journey began with a home practice. I felt amazing and needed more so I explored a few studios and fell in love with my practice and yoga asana so much that I took a 200 hour teacher training. I wanted to share my amazing life changing experience that practicing on the mat offers.

What is your favorite food?

I love Japanese, and Mexican! especially vegan hibiscus or cauliflower mole tacos

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

probably a warrior pose… maybe Warrior 1

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

somewhere at a beach like Nosara Costa Rica- Bali is next! woo hoo!!!!

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

Yoga is for everyone. It’s a practice where we learn to bend so we don’t break. its great for the body and the mind and it can be life changing. As I can only speak from my personal experience as a practicing yogi and yoga instructor the changes I have seen and been a part of have been amazing. It enhances flexibility, strength, and reduces anxiety. My favorite side effect is the way the body looks and feels as a consequence of that Vinyasa flow.

What music are you jamming to right now?

The Cure- Catch! i love my 80’s new wave.

Where else can we find you?

you can find my on IG as soniasana_yoga and soniatabor_mua 
and through my vintage shop upright_citizen_studio

Anything else you would like to add?

As long as we’re breathing we are doing yoga. I try to remind myself to take conscious breaths. When we are on the mat we get in to twists, binds, and we get to see the world upside down- changing our perspective. The beauty of it is that we can get out of the twists and binds pretty quick- its just a matter of a decision and live through it!! this is a great way to go in to things remembering that this too shall pass. 
Also… YOGA IS FUN


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Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere

What do you like the most about practicing yoga?

I’d love to practice more often in studios with others but due to my busy life I mostly practice at home, whenever I get the chance … I’m a mom and full-time (and commuting) worker… you can imagine!

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga has changed my life in so many ways… yoga is in my mind and heart at all times.

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

Hugging and kissing all my loved ones.

What was your first experience with yoga?

My first class was ahaha…shocking! I was just looking for some physical exercise to wake up my body, left for so many years without any training and stressed by wrong postures (working on pc … many hrs a day!), but I found much more…I had no idea! I clearly remember the end of my first class…in savasana. My mind was working a lot and skiing…are you serious? do I have to stay here, laying down and breathing (of course i breathe!) without doing anything? for so long? … I was impatient for it to finish… but that feeling became an awareness … I realized I needed it, I felt better and never left yoga anymore.

What is your favorite food?

Fruit, no doubt!

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

Me on the cover? ok ok let’s just pretend: wheel pose.

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

Indonesia probably…I’ve been living there and have great memories.

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

Don’t overthink … Just give it a try without prejudice and with the mind opened to possibilities… there’s nothing to lose!
(i’m sure there’s a lot to gain…)

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes! I always say ‘if you want you can make it’ … because the real power is in mind. 
My recipe is: get inspired, set your goal, work for it AND enjoy the whole journey!

Meet Paulina Plascencia, Kula Yoga Teacher And Hibiscus Taco Lover!

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Kula Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The students, the instructors, the space. You can feel the good vibes when you walk in the door. The space feels welcoming, everyone is friendly. We are like family.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

It’s usually with the reverse camera on my iPhone on video mode, lol. I practice yoga off the mat on the daily, I work in the medical field and patients can be- not very patient. They should be called ‘impatient’-just saying. 
However, because I practice yoga I have learned to be mindful and compassionate. I learned to flip the negative to a positive and it works most of the time. I practice the mantra “think kind thoughts of yourself, and of others. Speak kind words of yourself and to others & have kind actions towards yourself and onto others”.

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 was your first experience with yoga?

Definitely NOT what I was expecting. Previously to trying yoga for the first time I was an avid gym goer. I was always at the gym 2-3 hours a day, sometimes. I enjoyed lifting weights, doing cycle classes, turbo kick, HIIT. I did it all! When I went to my first yoga class, I was so shocked that I couldn’t touch my toes, I couldn’t lower and hold my body weight in what is called a chaturanga, without flaring my elbows. I most definitely could not sit my hips to my heels in a “resting pose” called child’s pose. I believe I got a 10 day pass- I only went 2-3 times then I came to the conclusion that yoga was not for me. I went back to the gym, back to my comfort zone. Back to where I was great at everything I signed up to do. Fast forward a year later I went back to this yoga studio and I fell in love with Yoga! I couldn’t stop, I learned so much about myself. I even learned- that looking back to when I first went to yoga, my ego was the one that stopped me from wanting to return. My ego didn’t like the feeling of not being good at yoga. It was difficult to see how everyone else around me moved majestically on their yoga mats and I couldn’t even touch my toes. I have now been practicing yoga for 3 years, going on 4 in October and I love it. I am a yoga instructor, but most importantly I will forever be a yoga student.

What is your favorite food?

Jackfruit Birria Tamales & Hibiscus Tacos & COFFEE!!!

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

Kasyapasana Lotus plank! this pose is so awsome! I think it’s my favorite pose.

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

Oh man, the Himalayas in India.

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

I would ask them what is it exactly that is stopping you? Most people respond that they don’t do yoga because they are not flexible. If this is your reason: You are not going to gain flexibility by not coming to yoga. Did you know that you stop aging when you start yoga? It’s true. You gain mobility in muscles, tendons, ligaments that we usually don’t move. You gain strength, balance and you so much about your self. What do you have to lose? If money is an issue Kula Yoga has a great deal for new students: 2 weeks of yoga for $20.00. If you walk by the yoga studio and grab a flyer you get $5.00 off making that 2 weeks of yoga for $15.00. It cant get any better than that! oh wait yes it can; Yogi-Tones & I teach there.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Ituana– You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Where else can we find you?

IG @_pow__pow_
Facebook
yoga alliance
FiitZ

Anything else you would like to add?

I currently teach at Kula Yoga on Wednesday #PauHour at 7:00pm. 
Yoga is not a competition otherwise, we would be in the Olympics. 
Yoga is a self practice, practice not perfect!