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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Michael Caldwell

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Fun filled, alignment based, Vinyasa Flow

 Which studio/s?

Yoga One

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere there is enough space to spread out and kick up into a handstand.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

When there is sufficient external space, I can focus within.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

For me, practicing yoga off the mat is the same as practicing on the mat. It’s definitely a practice and not perfect.
I try to remain as mindful as possible in the present moment. I try to be my best self as often as possible. I try not to push beyond my edge and rest when I’m tired. I try to laugh often, maintain a sense of humor and not take myself to seriously. I try to remember to breathe, particularly when stressed. I try to maintain alignment. The Yamas and Niyamas are a good resource.

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

Hugging my loved ones. Sharing memories. Telling silly jokes.

Chocolate or Vanilla?


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

My wife has been on the cover of Yoga Journal twice. So I suppose I would strike the pouting pose since they took so long to ask me.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Moving, grooving, meditating, breathing, centering, connecting and being with others in the present moment is so rewarding and inspirational. I always feel better after teaching or practicing.

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

I love the vibe at Yoga One. Tahiti sounds nice.

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

Once early in my surfing experience, I paddled out in the morning before yoga class and got tossed head over heels by the waves. I went through what my friend calls “the rinse cycle.” Lots of water got in my nose. Fortunately the same friend warned me that later in the day I might have a flush of water from my nose. He was right. Just as we began class and were centering, a gush of water poured out of my nose. Fortunately, the students had their eyes closed and there was a box of tissues nearby. Thanks to my friend Rich for the heads up. Otherwise it could have been even more alarming.

Waffles or Pancakes?


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

Try to engage your core and stand on the fence with just one leg, with your eyes closed, arms extended to the Universe, deep steady breaths in and out through the nose, mind rooted in the present, observing the arising and passing of sensation in the body while love warms your heart. If you can do that while on the fence, you probably don’t need to practice, you’re already there. If you can’t do that, get off the fence and give yoga a try. There is such a wide variety of yoga to choose from there is bound to be something you enjoy and which will provide benefit.

What music are you jamming to right now?

So much good music!

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

Helping people to be happier and healthier is super rewarding. Each class is a celebration of life. I love that.

Where else can we find you?


San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! Bowspring Yoga with Sarah Haughton

Bowspring is a global shift in the paradigm of yoga alignment. Bowspring is a powerful methodology of movement that encourages and strengthens the natural curves of our human bodies. Bowspring liberates our bodies to discover our fullest potential not only on our yoga mats, but in our daily lives. Bowspring is powerful posturing combined with pulsations of movement that will guarantee you a healthy spine, lightness in your body and a positive mindset for balanced daily living. It is required for a student to come to this class with an open, beginner’s mindset in order to fully benefit from all that Bowspring has to offer.

Sarah is the first certified Bowspring teacher in California, and has studied directly with Desi Springer and John Friend since 2012 to heal her body from over-use injuries caused by years of traditional yoga, while also to enabling her to be able to teach this powerful method to her community. Sarah is a part of the growing Global Bowspring community, and works daily not only on her own Bowspring practice but also on connecting with the growing global network of teachers and students. Sarah is proud to have opened the first Bowspring Yoga Studio in California, Yoga Bow.

Be sure to check out Yoga Bow and take Sarah’s class!!

Be sure to use the code YogiTones for a discount to the Festival!!

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Vinyasa Yoga: Dynamic Strength and Flexibility with Ryan Glidden with Live Music by Jonathan Coyle at the San Diego Yoga Festival

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility incorporates slower, longer holds with a faster flowing Vinyasa, moving fluidly from one pose to another. The class emphasizes stretching and strengthening of the legs, core and arms. This class is designed to improve flexibility, physical strength and general conditioning with highly specific cues. The sequence for the class will be created in real time based off of suggestions for attendees. This class will also be accompanied by live music from Jonathan Coyle.

For over a decade, Ryan’s passion has been to identify and learn the best services, methods and philosophies that support and nurture the health and wellness of human beings.Ryan has studied at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the CHEK Institute for advanced performance, the Metabolic Typing Education Center and Symmetry’s school for alignment therapy. He recognizes health as the balance and synergy of the human body’s many systems, reflected in the way we eat, move, breath, think, rest and surrender. Ryan is a 200-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ryan is the founder MOSAIC and the team lead for MOSAIC’s Health and Yoga services and is the creator and director of MOSAIC’s yoga teacher training program. Ryan is a regular contributor to Yoga Digest Magazine and the author of Good Being, Good Living: A Modern Model for Sustained Holistic Health.

Be sure to use the code YogiTones for a discount to the Festival!!

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 78 With Lisa Samuels – Building A Community

Lisa Samuels is a registered dietitian and 200hr RYT from Queens, New York.  She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching Hatha and restorative yoga for three.  Lisa truly sees how important and beneficial yoga is for the body,mind, and spirit.  However, she felt something was missing from the yoga world- a sense of community that not only loves, but embraces and welcomes everyone with open arms.  With that mission in mind, Lisa decided to open The Happie House, a community wellness center.  There, the aim is to free the body, mind, and spirit of toxic thoughts and behaviors, especially fear, through a vast offering of yoga classes, nutrition lectures and counseling sessions, and social gatherings.  The Happie House will be opening soon, and Lisa cannot wait to experience it with all of you!  Namaste! 

Instagram: @the_happie_house
Facebook: TheHappieHouse/

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 73 With Rutu Chaudhari – Confront Yourself

Rutu Chaudhari has been teaching mindfulness and yoga across Atlanta for over thirteen years. She holds a 2,000 hr teaching certification in Purna Yoga . Along with her extensive certification and teaching experience, Rutu has many additional hours of training in yoga therapeutics and meditation.

Rutu is the Director of Atlanta’s top yoga teacher certification program, through which she has certified over 60 teachers. She is the owner of a thriving yoga studio in Atlanta called All Life is Yoga.Rutu is also the Executive Director of The Dharma Project, whose mission is to bring self-care practices to public servants and the communities they serve. She is currently participating in the Civic Women’s Fellowship, awarded by Center for Civic Innovation and Sara Blakely, to receive mentorship and leadership training for The Dharma Project.

See more from Rutu on her website – A Life Is Yoga

Follow Rutu on IG @alllifeisyoga and Facebook Page

If you are in the Atlanta area stop in at All Life Is Yoga and take a class!

Also please take a look at the Dharma project, here is an amazing video they did for that project.

They have a fundraiser happening as well. If you can help in anyway, here is the link.

Using Walls To Build Bridges

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 69 With Andrew Gordon – Call From The Goat Yoga Guy

Andrew Gordon is back on the show! This time we talk goat yoga and the other interesting opportunities that yoga studio owners get, this episode we stay pretty focused on goats. Great episode if you want to get into goat, or any kind of animal yoga. Andrew started practicing yoga in 2002 and fell in love right away.  After working 10 years as a radio host and getting his Masters in Education, he turned to yoga looking for an answer and a purpose. Yoga helped him lose 60lbs and lower his cholesterol/blood pressure from life-threatening numbers, to optimal health. As his practice grew, a friend encouraged him to do Yoga Teacher Training. The decision to do the training changed him forever.  Listen in to what he has to share about goats and how this can fit and work within the yoga studio!

Follow Andrew and Yoga Moves You 




All the photos (except the one of Andrew) were provided by Lainey Morse from Goat Yoga.Net

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 68 With Michelle Fondin – How To Run A Successful Yoga Business And Not Go Broke

Michelle S. Fondin is the author of The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda: An Easy Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle, Help! I Think My Loved One Is an Alcoholic: A Survival Guide for Lovers, Family, & Friends, and upcoming books: Enlightened Medicine: Your Power to Get Well Now and Chakra Healing for Vibrant Energy (New World Library, 2018). Michelle ran The Ayurvedic Path yoga studio from 2008-2015. She has taught at Deepak Chopra’s workshops and writes for Chopra Lifestyle. Michelle teaches yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda at her home studio.

Save thousands of dollars, jump ahead of your competition, and thoroughly understand the business of yoga before you begin in Michelle’s new book. Every bit of business knowledge she acquired over the past decade, is in this book. She spared nothing so you can excel. From the best marketing strategies, to building a solid client base, and an unbreakable reputation, you will get to appreciate teaching yoga instead of getting caught up in the trial and error of the first years in business.

Grab her new book!

How To Run A Successful Yoga Business And Not Go Broke – Lessons From A Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur, And Modern Hippie

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Featured Yogi – Gina Caputo

 Are you a yoga teacher?


Where do you teach?


Studio owner? Where is your studio?

Yes, the Colorado School of Yoga in Boulder, Colorado

Favorite place to practice yoga?

In my tiny home studio (our guest room!)

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I can move at the pace that serves me best and focus on the nuances that I’m most interested in on any given day. Quietude.

What was your first experience with yoga?

There was an older woman in one of my college classes and she asked the teacher if she could start every class with a little yoga. He said yes and the rest is history!

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Besides meditation, service to others, activism, constant vigilance about my environmental footprint and a deep love for Nature.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?


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

Bhujapidasana because it’s so ridiculous and always good for a laugh.

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

Right now I’d like to roll out my mat in front of those who are working to rebuild after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and see if I can help them breathe a little easier if just for a moment.

What inspires you to practice yoga?

That it is an inward journey activated by our physical being. That we use the gross to access the subtle. That movement reminds me of how grateful I am to be alive. That the work I do on the mat translates into and improves my life and relationships off the mat.

 What music are you jamming to right now?

I just got back from teaching in Iceland so Bjork is top of the playlist!

Where can we find more from you?

Website – ginacaputo.com

Facebook – yoginiontheloose

Instagram – @yoginiontheloose

Twitter – @yoginigina

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 47 With Stephen Beck – Serving A Purpose

Today on the show is Stephen Beck of Yoga Loft in San Diego. He has an amazing story and plenty of goodies to share about yoga teaching. He goes into how precious and juicy giving a private session can be and how nice it is to see people find their soul and heart. He started teaching yoga because he had to fill in as a sub in his own studio when teachers didn’t show up and that eventually led him to become certified. He also talks about a new idea for yoga teachers and practitioners called Destination: Light and is truly something to get excited about. Enjoy the show and your day!!

Stay up to date with what Stephen has going on with the links below!!

Yoga Loft Facebook

Yoga Loft Website

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 42 With Lesa Green – Value Your Worth

Lesa Green rocks! Since the age of two, Lesa has trained in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She added Hip Hop to her repertoire in high school and Modern dance in college. She has won numerous awards from dance competitions and has been able to create award-winning pieces of choreography. She feels extremely fortunate to have trained at The Ailey School in New York (home of The Alvin Ailey Dance Company) in 2001. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from UCSD (2003), Lesa has choreographed for Southwestern and Grossmont College, various San Diego musical productions and The La Jolla Playhouse, directed multiple competitive dance teams and continues to perform locally.  During this time, she also diligently pursued her desire to become a certified personal trainer and teach Yoga (falling in love with Yoga at the age of 18 and continuing to practice ever since). She received her CPT certification in 2007 and completed her 200 HR Yoga teacher training certification under the tutelage of Kathy Lee Kappmeier in 2008.  Listen in to what Lesa has to say about teaching yoga, you’ll be glad you did!!

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