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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!

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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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Featured Yogi – Gina Caputo

 
 Are you a yoga teacher?

Yes

Where do you teach?

Internationally

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?

PASTA

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!!

Keep up with Lesa on Social Media!

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Or check out her website @ TheMixTechnique

 

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 40 With Michelle Fondin – Healing Process

Happy Friday!! Today on the show is author, speaker and experienced yoga instructor Michelle Fondin. We talk how to make a living as a yoga instructor, corporate yoga gigs, and how you can change lives through teaching yoga. In fall 2007, Michelle began studying with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and the founder and president of the American Yoga Academy, Claire Diab at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. In May 2008, Michelle became certified in the Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program as an educator. She earned her yoga certification through the Chopra Center’s 300-hour Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training Program; which complies with the Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT guidelines. In November 2009, Michelle earned her certificate in Primordial Sound Meditation instruction and became a Chopra Center Vedic Master. Take a look at what she has going on by clicking the links below. Have an amazing day and enjoy the show!!

Michelle’s website FondinWellness.com

Michelle’s Books and Programs

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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 26 With Sujantra McKeever – Specifics

Sujantra is the founder and owner of the Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio. He first became interested in hatha yoga as a young boy and used his practice of asanas (the yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) as a stepping stone into the “inner aspects” of yoga: concentration, meditation and contemplation.

Sujantra opened the Pilgrimage of the Heart studio in 2006. In each of his yoga classes, Sujantra offers the complete yoga experience by teaching all eight aspects of yoga and exploring the relevance of this ancient art in our modern lives. He teaches Beginning / Gentle Yoga; Yoga for Children and Hatha Levels I and II, which includes Sun Salutations, shoulder stand and headstand. He encourages students to practice both at home and at the studio.

Sujantra and Pilgrimage of the Heart are a great resource if you want to deepen your learning of  teaching yoga, below are some links from the show.

Free Meditation

Online Yoga Free Trial

Books and Guides from Sujantra

 

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 25 With Audrey Sarquilla – Keep That Feeling

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to episode 25! Today my lovely guest is Audrey Sarquilla, and she freaking rocks!! She started her yoga teaching journey in the jungles of Costa Rica, I know, AWESOME!!

Audrey’s greatest passion is connecting and building community as a conscious activist. As an Off The Mat Into the World local leader, she leads workshops and events to encourage yogis to be of service in their communities. Audrey is also the co-founder of One Love Encinitas, which unites yoga teachers based in San Diego, California to create change locally and globally. Through One Love Encinitas, Audrey is working to bring yoga teaching and opportunities to underserved communities.

Audrey is the founder of White Peacock Yoga School, and besides leading yoga teacher trainings and retreats, she empowers yoga teachers to grow their personal and professional practices. This episode is chock full of goodies for yoga teachers. Listen in enjoy!

Below are some links about the show.   

Richard Branson helps White Peacock Yoga get started

White Peacock Yoga Teacher Training

Retreats    These look Amazing!!

Also look for them on Social Media   

Instagram – @whitepeacockyoga

Facebook –  White Peacock Yoga

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