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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 – Mallory MacInnis

 What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa and Restorative

Which studio/s do you teach at?

Kinfolk Yoga in Grass Valley, The Yoga Dive in Nevada City and Inner Path in Nevada City

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

My favorite place to practice yoga is outside on my property. I recently moved to Northern California and in the warmer months I enjoyed taking my practice outside amongst the trees.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I like being in the sunshine, or rising/setting with it. I feel like I connect deeper with my breath when I’m exposed to the elements and out of a confined space.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

For me, the whole point of getting on my mat is so that I can navigate life off my mat with grace and strength. Asana, meditation and pranayama are great tools for me to use anytime. When I practice I am honing these tools so when a situation arises, whether its frustrating, challenging or exhilarating, I have my practices to keep me grounded and level headed. Also, as part of the eight limbs of yoga, the yamas and niyamas support me as a foundation for choices I make. They are like my golden rules, so whenever I’m not sure about a decision I come back to these ethical guidelines. Yoga is a lifestyle and is so much more than being able to touch your toes.

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

I would indulge in community, good food, music and joy.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I remember the moment I first practice taught a sequence to some of the other students in teacher training. We were teaching Surya Namaskar with no special instruction, just teaching how it felt natural to us. I felt the power behind my voice. I felt for sure that this was something I could do and thrive doing. I knew I had things to share about the breath and the postures. A deeper understanding of this sun salutation sequence become clear to me. It was magical.

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

I would do sun god(dess). That posture represents such strength and stability to me. It is an earth element, root chakra posture. It feels like the embodiment of “from the ground up”. It’s the idea of setting your foundation first, helping yourself first and going deep inside to better serve the world outside.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I am inspired by all sorts of things to teach yoga. I get inspiration from students, and their stories. Sometimes my inspiration comes from a poem I stumble across, or the frustration I feel after spilling my coffee on my lap for the second time this week. I do my best to remain in the flow of life. Inspiration pops up all around me if I can be open to whatever is coming in and through. My mantra this past year has been “flow not fight”. I think when I stop the fight and accept exactly what is, creativity is given the green light to pour through.

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

I grew up in a rural area in eastern Canada. It’s the kind of place that needs yoga. There are so many places that need Yoga and it’s just not accessible. It would be meaningful to share the practice in places like the town where I grew up. Offering classes and language that are more reachable to the people in these areas. I think ultimately, teaching somewhere in the world where I’m making the most impact is what I envision for myself.

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

Sometimes I get embarrassed when I try to tell a joke while teaching and not one person laughs. I’ve heard pins drop after my (usually corny) yoga jokes. Jokes rarely land when everyone is just ready to move out of chair pose. That being said, my sense of humor is one of my favorite things about myself so the yogi joking isn’t going anywhere!

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

Not to quote Nikey here, but just do it. Resistance is never going to go away. Excuses are always going to come up. It’s up to the individual to take action and you can’t learn anything until you try. There are so many free classes online too! You don’t even have to leave your home.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Right now I’m listen to Imagined Herbal Flows – Floating EP. It’s the best!

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

I think the most rewarding thing about teaching has been the community I find myself surrounded by. I learn so much from all of these people. Yoga is so huge, and there are so many ways you can navigate its depths. Because I get to co create and learn from so many other people on the yogic path, I get to see other parts of the puzzle that I haven’t delved so far into.

Where else can we find you?

On instagram: @malmacinnisyoga 
On facebook: @malmacinnisyoga

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Caron Christison

What type of yoga do you teach?

Power, Vinyasa, and Restorative

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes

Which studio/s?

Highland Yoga and The Neighborhood Ballet

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

I love practicing everywhere that I teach and trying different studios around town/when I travel, but my home practice is sacred to me.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Self-practice gives me an opportunity to explore and connect to my body and breath in a way that’s really powerful for me. There’s something really special about knowing exactly how I want to move and feel.

The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?

Everything spicy – with dark chocolate for dessert

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

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Yoga has transformed my life in so many ways, and being able to share that and empower others to live their truth is such an incredible gift.

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

At a resort in Costa Rica

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

I don’t really get embarrassed! Whether I’m telling terrible jokes while I teach or falling out of a pose, I’m usually laughing about it. I really appreciate my humanness and try not to take myself too seriously.

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

There’s a style of yoga for everyone, and though it may take some time to find which one resonates with you, if you practice – it will change your life.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Sol Rising, DJ Drez, and a lot of hip hop instrumentals.

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

Having the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people. My students are a huge inspiration for me and it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of their journey both on and off the mat.

Where else can we find you?

@yogacaron on Instagram and Facebook

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 74 With Adam Hocke – Why Yoga is Important to You

Adam has been practicing vinyasa flow yoga since 1999 and has trained extensively with Jason Crandell. He offers precise, strong, and accessible classes to physically awaken the body and develop mindfulness both on and off the mat. His teaching is down-to-earth and direct, exploring traditional practices from a modern perspective. A native of South Florida, Adam spent ten years in New York City before becoming a Londoner. He teaches studio classes, teacher trainings, workshops and courses throughout London, and retreats across the globe. Additionally, Adam is a certified restorative yoga teacher. As a writer, Adam contributes regularly to magazines and web publications on yoga and blogs and podcasts at adamhocke.com
 
 Check out his podcast – Yoga with Adam podcast 
 
 

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