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San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! Yoga for Military and First Responders with Karla Rodas

This gentle yoga class is to honor and support our Military Service Members, Fire Firefighters and Law Enforcement. Receive a 60 minute gentle yoga class to alleviate stress and promote relaxation. The intention is to bring awareness to the brave heroes that serve and protect us on a daily basis. Our Military and First Responders face unique challenges and situations in their chosen calling. This class is meant to connect these heroes with yoga and mindfulness: a bridge to finding peace and ease in their daily lives. All are welcome. No previous experience required. 

Karla Rodas , RYT-200 and Reiki Practitioner, is an ambassador of love and hugger of sweaty beings. It wasn’t always that way. She found yoga at the perfect time in her life. As a Navy spouse and mother of two sons, she was stressed out and wound tight when her husband deployed for many months at a time. With dedication to her new found practice and the help of her first teachers at Chula Vista yoga, she learned tools to help her in her daily life. Since her first 200-hr training, she’s completed several trainings and specializes in yoga for trauma/military communities, restorative-yin and yoga therapeutics for those suffering from chronic pain and injury. She offers REIKI + RESTORE workshops to support healing in the community. 

Through yoga and writing, her greatest hope is to help others self-heal and tap into their own inner beauty, strength and limitless potential, always with humor and love. Karla, a native New Yorker, now lives a chill California life, (thanks to YOGA), joined by her beloved husband Frank and two sons.

Check her website at La Vida Yoga con Karla

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San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! The Art of Relaxation: Yoga Nidra with Kitty Blincoe

1 hour of Yoga Nidra is said to equal 4 hours of sleep.

Please join Kitty Blincoe (@YogaKittyB)  for this powerful, meditative and transformational practice done lying on your back (Savasana). Let the mind and stress float away while discovering this visually rich, beginner friendly, guided meditation that participants have said feels like a “massage for the mind”. 

Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) is recommended for coping with effects of: 

  • Stress

  • Insomnia

  • PTSD 

  • Can Boost Creativity 

  • Can Increase Problem Solving skills

Kitty Blincoe is an ex-Fashion Exec who after many “mental moments” on and off the mat has transformed from a Type A Personality to a “Recovering” Type A Personality all because of YOGA.  Soul Whisperer, credentialed Yogini (E-RYT 500) and cancer survivor, Reiki Master, motivational speaker, Melt Method certified and Yoga Teacher Trainer are some of her credentials.  She is the creator of ReBoot: AromaReiki + Restorative Yoga Teacher Training and is a y4c – Yoga4Cancer Master Teacher.  She is ecstatic to call San Diego home after moving from the northeast two years ago.  Visit her at Sanctuary Z – a Sleep, Stretch and Stress Management space in Carlsbad, CA which she owns and where she guides those going through challenging times or looking for a mindset change to Success through Tranquility.  A free spirit who’s passion is helping others lighten their load through Awareness;  KITTY’S MISSION is Blending Eastern and Western modalities for a global mentality on wellness, daily life and contentment.

Yoga Nidra is like a “Facial for the Brain Cells” while being soothed by Kitty’s “mesmerizing voice”.  Bask in the warm bliss of reiki healers surrounding the class and taking this experience to a whole new vibration. 

Check out more from Kitty at KittyBlincoe.com

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San Diego Yoga Festival Presenter Nate Guadagni – Yoga and Qi Gong for Balance (ages 50 and up)

Nate Guadagni has been teaching yoga, qi gong and meditation full time for over thirteen years and is the founder of Bo Yoga®, a rapidly growing health and wellness system. His mission through Bo Yoga is to make mindful movement accessible to all people by providing innovative props and training techniques and adapting to student’s diverse needs.

He is the author of the book Bo Yoga: 7 Essential Values to Energize Your Life and has produced three DVDs: Bo Yoga for Beginners, Bo Yoga Basics and 5 Elements Qi Gong.  He has also created online courses and leads national workshops around the country.

He is a member of the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  His most recent training is Sarahjoy Marsh’s 500 Hour Yoga Therapy Program.

Website: www.boyoga.com
 
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Face Yoga with Koko Hayashi at the San Diego Yoga Festival

Koko Hayashi, founder and certified Face Yoga instructor at Skin Fit Gym was born and raised in Japan. Having practiced face yoga for over a decade and experiencing the benefits both physically and mentally, she decided to bring the practice to the United States in 2016. Skin Fit Gym offers classes in La Jolla/Santa Monica and online to provide access to clients all over the world.

Class description: 

Face Yoga is a natural alternative to botox or plastic surgery! Like your body, face has many muscles, but did you know that only 20% of the entire muscles are actively used by regular facial expressions? The idea of Face Yoga is to wake up those sleeping muscles, for anti-sagging. You will learn how to control your facial muscles, for wrinkle reduction as well.

More about Koko:

Born, raised in Japan and moved to the States in 2016, Koko has practiced face yoga for over a decade and experiencing the benefits both physically and mentally. She launched SkinFitGym.com to introduce the practice to the United States in 2017 and has offered classes online and at yoga studios in Los Angeles/San Diego. 

Face Yoga Instructor certified by Fumiko Takatsu, CIDESCO (international aesthetic license) holder, Author of “Less is More, Japanese Anti-Aging Secrets”

Title: Face Yoga Instructor at Skin Fit Gym

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 79 With Lainey Morse – The Real Goat Yoga

Lainey Morse has a unique story that not many people can relate to. An idea that started by a twist of fate in the back field of her farm, is now a World-Wide phenomenon and it’s growing by the day. When Lainey first combined the words goat and yoga for a simple event in the Summer of 2016, she inadvertently created a media whirlwind. Since then, life has been anything but simple. At one time, she had over 2,300 people on a wait list to try her newfound classes of Goat Yoga. Lainey has appeared in hundreds of media outlets around the World, including Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, National Geographic and many more. Lainey has been in Marketing & Business Development for over 15 Years and is now focused on expanding her Goat Yoga business and being the pioneer of using goats as therapy animals.

For more from Lainey and Goat Yoga click the links below!

Website – goatyoga.net

 

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Special thanks to Lainey for joining me on the episode. Until next time!

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 – 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.