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Benefits Of Yoga With Lili and Eddie From Kula Yoga San Diego!

My friends Lili and Eddie are on the show for a quick chat about yoga and the benefits of doing it! Love these folks and you will too! We come live and direct from the Kula Yoga studios in San Diego. Listen in and enjoy your day!

Also if you happen to be in the South Bay area and want to try yoga, Kula has a two week special and a 30 day challenge going right now!! Check them out!! KulaYogaSD


Special thanks to Lili and Eddie for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 96 with Kitty Orient – Insight From A Yoga Studio Owner

Listen to what it takes to run and operate a yoga studio from Kitty Orient a Las Vegas/Minneapolis based yoga teacher who decided to take the leap into studio ownership. Often I hear people say they want to open a yoga studio without truly understanding what it requires from you in the day to day. Great episode if you think owning a studio is for you.

Kitty began her yoga practice in 2001 at Bikram Yoga in Minneapolis. She found that yoga was an excellent means to keep her body healthy, while helping to rehab many old injuries from a life of running, gymnastics, and other sports. She learned over time that relaxation through the breath work that goes hand in hand with a yoga practice was helping her sleep as well as keeping her mind clear and calm on a day to day basis.

After 4 years of personal practice, she knew she wanted to teach, and in 2005 Kitty completed her first RYT-200 certification for Hot Yoga through Corepower Yoga in Minneapolis. She began teaching in the fall of 2005. Over the next year, she completed her second RYT-200 certification for Vinyasa Yoga, as well as training to teach Yoga Sculpt. In 2012, Kitty completed her third RYT-200, and RYT-500 training in Brazil through Modo Yoga. She also completed Modo Flow training in New York City in 2014. Kitty is a graduate of Align Pilates’ Align Barre training, and has been teaching Barre classes since 2009.

Modo Yoga Las Vegas

Modo Yoga Minneapolis


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

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 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?

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?

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?

http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/
https://www.instagram.com/yogaonesandiego/
https://www.facebook.com/yogaonesandiego/
http://www.yogaonesandiego.com/yoga-teacher-training

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

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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Special thanks to Rutu for joining me this week. Until next time!

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!

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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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