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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

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yamas and niyamas

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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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 95 with Anthony Davis – Not Everyone Enjoys Chaturanga

Today on the show Anthony Davis and I chat about some postures that might need a bit more attention and warm up before getting into them. Anthony left a comment about very common poses on a yoga teacher thread that really resonated with me and it was super cool to have him on to talk about it. Listen in to why leaving chaturanga out in your yoga class could be a good idea, because somebody in your yoga class doing chaturanga is not enjoying them.

Anthony is studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic, emphasizing in Sports Medicine. He was originally drawn to yoga during battles with alcoholism and drug addiction, when his sister dragged him to a hot power vinyasa class despite his reluctance due to withdrawal symptoms. This class totally transformed him, and for the first time in years a healthy and positive relationship to his own body was formed. Simple tools like breathing and meditation combined with intentional movement and a commitment to personal health and growth can radically transform anyone’s life. Yoga works if you work it. 
 
Since beginning a yoga practice in 2009, Anthony has completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training, become certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer with a Corrective Exercise Specialization. He has also taken many immersive workshops with world class teachers like David Swenson, Ana Forrest, and Rod Stryker, and been accepted to the Doctor of Chiropractic program at NWHSU where he will complete a Master’s in Exercise Science while getting his Doctorate. Education is the best thing one can do to enhance one’s own power and mastery of life. Giving it back through teaching is the practice of karma yoga which drives him. 
 
Want more awesome stuff from Anthony? Check out the links below!!
 
YouTube Channel
Instagram: @shapeshiftwellness
Facebook Page

Special thanks to Anthony for joining me on the show. Until next time!

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!

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 86 – An Evening With The Kula Yoga Fam!

Love and positive vibes is abundant when you hang with the Kula Yoga Family! Always a good time when we get together! This time I was able to record it so you could hear how great it is to vibe higher with the awesome people. Find your community and love them! Still looking for a community?! Kula is on 3rd Avenue in downtown Chula Vista. Come check us out, take a yoga class and soak in the good vibes!!

This episode we get into how loud you have to speak when teaching yoga and how your mom voice can help, Darek breaks down how to be an insta yogi when using peacock pose. Teaching tree pose the right way, baby grasshopper, giving que’s in Polish, helping beginners, how to say yoga in Spanish and much much more!! Listen in and enjoy your day!

Follow everybody on Instagram because they always have fun yoga stuff to follow along with and enjoy!

Darek Oktaba The Sun Watcher

Sonia with Upright Citizen

Kula Yoga SD

Paulina aka Pow Pow

After you follow them on insta, check them on facebook or drop in and take a class from one us!!

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Kula Yoga Website

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Special thanks to the entire Kula Yoga Family for joining me this week. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 77 With Amina Taha – Trust Your Journey

This episode features Amina Taha and she is awesome! We chat about teaching yoga of course but also how a direct message on Instagram can lead to business for you as a teacher, because it’s exactly what happened to Amina.
 
With a background in fine arts, fashion and philosophy, Amina’s approach to yoga is one that honors the harmony between the bodily movements in asana and the mind. After completing her masters in fashion design in New York, Amina relocated to Dubai at the age of 27 and attended a yoga class out of curiosity. Ever since then, she was drawn to how you can unlock layers of tension in your body through yoga and through freeing your mind.
 
Amina is constantly studying techniques, anatomy; exploring yoga fully, through her own practice and teachings of others. In June 2016, Amina has completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks, New York City led by Chrissy Carter. In July 2017, Amina obtained her 500 hour teaching certification under Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School. Amina believes that precise alignment and integrity in technique are integral for a lifelong asana practice, and encourages the cultivation of sensitivity and awareness to the body using the breath. Amina’s classes, privates and workshops are dedicated to opening the heart, strengthening and freeing the body from tension in order to be free in its infinite possibilities of movement without limitation.
 
Find more from Amina @aminatahayoga.com
IG – @aminahtaha

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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 Podcast Episode 62 With Fanny Spencer – Remove The EGO

Fanny Spencer began practicing yoga six years ago, and yoga slowly revealed more than a physical activity to her, but a way of life. Yoga enabled her to calm her mind and connect with her body and the people around her. In moments when she felt most confused, uncertain or lost, returning to her mat always brings clarity. In a pursuit to deepen her practice, she completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training with the greats Amanda Winkler and Taryn Vander Hoop at Om Factory New York.

Find more from Fanny on Instagram @curlie_flow

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Featured Yogi – Briana Randall

Are you a yoga teacher?

Yes

Where do you teach?

Yoga General – Decatur, GA / Active Sol Yoga – Atlanta, GA

Favorite place to practice yoga?

Active Sol Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The sense of community. Over the 2 years I’ve been practicing there I’ve come to know most of the instructors and practitioners pretty well. The teachers are both knowledgeable and down to earth, and everyone is there to support each others’ practices both on and off the mat. During my time there I’ve really been able to build an amazing support system that goes way beyond asana.

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

Bali looks absolutely beautiful!

What was your first experience with yoga?

I was introduced to it in 2014 by the guy I was dating at the time and practiced a little with him, but in 2015 I really committed to a daily practice by purchasing Travis Eliot’s Ultimate Yogi DVDs and participating in his 108 day challenge. From there I built a daily practice and began trying different studios and styles of yoga.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga is so much more than physical. I try to take the inward focus, sense of calm, and teachings that I get from my asana and meditation practices and apply them to the real world when life really starts to get challenging: when I’m stuck in terrible 5 o’clock traffic, when one of my clients just isn’t ready to put in the work, when the entire day/week/world seems to be falling down around me I cultivate that focus and put it to use.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

waffles and tempeh bacon

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

padmasana

What inspires you to practice yoga?

The idea that the best is yet to come. Seeing my progress over the last 3 years has been amazing! Knowing that I’ve been able to take this practice, these physical postures and use that awareness to pull me out of the depths of the worse depression I’ve ever known. It drives me. Accomplishing physical poses will never not feel fantastic, but knowing that I’ve put in the work and commitment to making my life better is truly inspiring. Sometimes you have to be your own savior.

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

Just hop in there! There is something for everyone in the practice. Try different studios and different styles of yoga, each one has something beautiful to offer. And the sooner you let go of preconceived notions of how you’re supposed to look or your level of flexibility etc., the sooner you can unlock a whole new world of physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

What music are you jamming to right now?

The King Arthur: Legend of the Sword soundtrack! And I’ve recently discovered Sofi Tukker and I’m quite smitten

Where can we find more from you?

You can check out my website at brirandallfitness.work and of course find me on Instagram randallbriana

Featured Yogi – Amanda Limon

Are you a yoga teacher?

Yes

Where do you teach?

Bloom Yoga in Ranch San Diego

Favorite place to practice yoga?

Buddhi Yoga

What was your first experience with yoga?

I had practiced on my own but my first real yoga class was a week before my teacher training. I figure I had to go to a real class before I went into teacher training. I can’t remember my first experience but I do remember that first class. I felt amazing after and was excited to learn. Never thought I would teach yoga.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I found yoga to help with stress so I use a lot of my life practice just being calm and relaxed. Instead of letting things bother me right away and getting angry, I can relax and just know I don’t have to give a shit all the time.

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

Eka pada koundinyasana (I had to Google that)

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

I never pick the food to eat.

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

Anywhere green with a waterfall. Must have a waterfall.

What inspires you to practice yoga?

Instagram inspires me. Silly as it sounds, I follow a lot of inspiring people and seeing their creativity make me way to get down and flow.

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

I wish I would of found it earlier, save me from heartache and pain. I’d give anything to get back the years I spent too stressed out to enjoy. But then again stress is what causes grey hair early and that’s trendy right now, choices my friend…choices

What music are you jamming to right now?

Indie house music

Where can we find more from you?

Amandalimonyoga.com