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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Karen Pierce

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa Krama (Yoga for Everyone)

Which studio/s?

YogaSpace

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Out in nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Connecting with the earth, sun, moon and elements.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

How do I not? Life is seamless.

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

Call the kids and go for a walk with hubby & dog.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I came to yoga through Transcendental Meditation in my teens. Little did I know that 8 years later, I would be teaching my mother meditation techniques to help manage her pain during the dying process. It ended up being a huge gift to both of us. The physical yoga came after and I was also teaching group aerobics & step. I had a personal practice so was attending yoga classes as a student. At one class, the teacher didn’t show up so they asked me to cover in a pinch. The teacher never came back and it became my class. I’ve been teaching ever since.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza

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

Bird of Paradise or a Split

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The first hand experience of years of consistent practice. This was a very gradual process. Here I am with a 54 year old body which is still strong and flexible. Linking body-breath-brain is so natural in my daily movement now that very few things frazzle me. Plus the years of mindfulness have given me clarity of mind and a level of intuition that I didn’t have in my younger years. It has been truly transformational and that inspires me to share the gift of yoga (all 8 limbs) with others.

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

Anywhere and everywhere. I love to travel.

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

I was teaching in a gym and had a pretty good following with 40-50 regularly showing up. I had 2 really young children at the time, was teaching a lot of classes and was really tired. I pre-recorded all my meditations so I could share in the group experience with my class. Someone was gently tapping me when I realized the meditation was over and everyone had left class except for the kind student who decided to wake me up!

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

Many people still think yoga is about twisting yourself up into a pretzel pose – physical gymnastics. Yet there are 8 limbs to yoga, not just asana (yoga poses). There is a yoga for everyone. Find the right yoga for YOU!

What music are you jamming to right now?

That’s a hard one. I put my music on shuffle so it could be Ashana or AC/DC, Charlie Puth or Iggy Izalea, Pitbull or Poison, MC Yogi or MC Hammer, Keith Urban or Flo Rida, Clannad or Sanskrit chants. Usually, all of them!

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

Over the years, I’ve watched so many of my students become yoga teachers. One in particular stands out…I offered free yoga after school to the local teens. There wasn’t much to do in our town and a lot of teens got into trouble. A couple of girls started coming. At the time, these girls were heading down the wrong path. Since I wasn’t their parent, school teacher, clergy, or a paid instructor, I became their non-judgmental sounding board. We’re talking everything from “can you teach me to do headstand” to “what is syphilis”? Then they started bringing their boy friends….so the “old lady” could kick their ass. Many years later, one of the girls showed up in a class and said that 2 of them went on to become yoga teachers and she was continuing on with her yoga therapist training like me. I have been so blessed with great teachers of my own and students who have taught me to be a better person and a better teacher. After 20 years of watching students become teachers, I decided it was time for me to offer my own Yoga Teacher Training which is a unique blend of Yoga, Shamanism and Ayurveda. Watching these teachers-in-training really embody yoga and all it represents is so rewarding and also humbling.

Where else can we find you?

My website: InnerSpacesbyKaren.com
Social media: facebook.com/karenjpierce
Yoga Teacher Training: yogaspace-ct.com/classes/training/
My children’s yoga book: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Bear-Youngsters-Karen-Pierce/dp/1559718978/ref=sr_1_sc_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1528854395&sr=8-6-spell&keywords=yogabear

Anything else you would like to add?

I am 500 e-RYT, Registered Yoga School and Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance, a certified Yoga Ed instructor, a Professional Yoga Therapist, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I have received sacred rites as a guardian and keeper of the earth (pampa mesayok) as well as a medicine woman (alta mesayok) through a lineage of light carriers and Q’ero Shaman of Peru blending Science with the Sacred.

As a professional organizer and shamanic energy worker, I help people create sacred spaces, clearing the mind, heart and clutter. I am also the author of Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters – a children’s book published by Northword Press (2004) and Co-Contributor to Yoga in America (2009).


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Meet Yoga Teacher and Western Colorado Lover Adriana Elmes

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa

Which studio?
 

Yoga V in Grand Junction, CO

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Outside, Western Colorado has wonderful spaces for yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Being in nature, being able to gaze off into the mountains

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I feel the program I have developed, Ashtangasana, is my way of helping yoga studios grow. Not only do I sell Yoga Teacher Training Programs to studios but I also have programs that support the business aspect of a studio, through Eka Groups and Eka Summit. I feel yoga is such an important part of the community. Each person leaving the studio is a little kinder, calmer and their next interaction might brighten someone’s day because of that class. If I can help studios be financially viable, they can stay in business and serve the community for years to come. I feel I am helping make their community a little better. And that all becomes exponential!

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

Ice cream, vanilla cake and a great bottle of wine

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I was a manager at a health club (20+ years ago) and they wanted to add a yoga stretch class. I had just finished my YTT. I had never intended on teaching, the introvert that I was. Being given that nudge has allowed me to teach for 20+ years, develop a Yoga Teacher Training business, and help Yoga Studio’s develop their business skills through my Eka Programs.

What is your favorite food?

a fresh baguette, butter and jam. And a hearty bowl of soup!

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

Wild Thing, it’s fun and playful

What inspires you to teach yoga?

What inspires me to teach is watching students at the end of class, and the effect of that yoga class. The fact they “showed up” and as a result are grounded, happy, post yoga bliss, I feel makes the world a better place. If this class resulted in them being kinder or more patient to the next person they interact with, I have help make two people smile that day!

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

Here, I love Western Colorado!

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

I don’t get embarrassed, I just laugh. When I mess up the second side of a flow, I tend to giggle and thank the class for reminding me. I think my classes appreciate that I don’t take things too seriously…..”it’s just yoga!”

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

Try a few teachers and a few styles. And if you do that and it still doesn’t connect, it’s okay!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Dixie Chicks

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

Watching students explore poses and find the playfulness in poses. As adults we lose that playfulness and yoga taps back into that!

Where else can we find you?

Facebooks- adrianaelmes or ashtangasana
ashtangasana.com
ekayogacommunity.com – online yoga forum for yogis and studio owners


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Meet Yoga Practitioner and Vegan Mexican Foodie Cristhiane Morineau

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Kula Yoga studio in Chula Vista

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the feeling of peace, strength and confidence every time I practice. Kula yoga has the best community, I feel like I’m surrounded by family every time I’m there.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I’m more aware of myself and of how I go about my day. I remind myself to be grateful, patient and try new things!

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

Spend it with my kids! Maybe sleeping under the stars or by the ocean.

What was your first experience with yoga?

At one of the local gyms. I never really got into it until I started practicing at Kula yoga. I loved it and never looked back since.

What is your favorite food?

Vegan Mexican food

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

Mountain pose

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

Tahiti

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

To try it! Yoga is for everybody … I always share my experience with friends and encourage them to step outside the box.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Jarabe de palo

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga has truly changed my life. I’ve gained so much from starting on this journey, I didn’t expect to see so many changes inside and out. I feel calmer, stronger and more confident. I’ve also found an amazingly supportive and loving group of people! I’m excited to continue my practice and see where it takes me.


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Marina Davidson Presenting at the OC Yoga Festival

Marina creates a safe space for her students to dive deep, peel back the layers, and uncover what may have been hidden. Marina feels the mat is a place of self-discovery, self-reflection, and mindfulness, and a place where we meet ourselves and connect with the heart.

She found her calling in teaching and began teaching Yoga in March 2017. Teaching Vinyasa Flow classes that play with the dualities of strength and softness, effort and ease. Her current focus is on creating online content so her friends and family around the world are able to practice with her. Check out more from Marina HERE!

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Special thanks to Marina for joining me today!!


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Meet Taco Lover And Yoga Faith Practitioner Jennifer Swets

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, YogaFaith

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

TriBalance Yoga Studio, Schaumburg, IL  

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I use my time on my mat to connect my mind, body and soul and I try to maintain that connection once I step off my mat. I am a homeschool mom of 4 kids so pranayama is key! My daily mantra is Inhale Peace; Exhale Chaos. As a person who for years was disconnected with their body due to trauma, yoga has taught me to trust my body and trust my movements. There is also a spiritual connection I feel during my practice and the connection I feel with God is strengthened once I roll up my mat and go about my day.

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

Snuggling on the couch with my husband and 4 kids

What was your first experience with yoga?

My first experience with yoga was 20 years ago in a gym at the YMCA. I remember the feeling of being still was foreign to me. My body wanted to get up and move but my mind knew this is what I needed, so I kept coming back.

What is your favorite food?

Tacos

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

Warrior II

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

Exumas, Bahamas

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

Lay your ego down and get on a mat. It is time that you will not regret. Don’t worry about what you look like, what you are wearing or if the pose looks like the one you saw on social media. Just connect with your breath and be in the present moment. Give yourself that gift.

Where else can we find you?

YogaFaithChicago Facebook

YogaFaithChicago Instagram

Anything else you would like to add?

Several years ago, I had an emotional and spiritual breakthrough on my yoga mat and since then my practice is my therapy and my time of worship, as well as my exercise. To me, yoga is a moving meditation. I also like to share my experience of how yoga helped me process my childhood trauma and is part of my healing journey.


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Meet Metal Class Yoga Teacher Laura Orso!

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa and Yin

Which studio/s do you teach at?

I sub at 3 Oms and teach regularly at Flow Motion, Coreworks, Bellingham Fitness, Fitness Evolution, and the YMCA.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

3 Oms

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Quality of teachers, community and spiritual vibe, long standing roots in the local yoga community.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

The most probably remembering to breathe. I have anxiety so I try very hard to stay in tune with what I’m doing, mainly my breath.

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

Go skinny dipping in the lake.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

During my certification we had the opportunity to teach some community classes at a studio. My first class I felt like I did horrible but I didn’t let it dissuade me.

What is your favorite food?

Pasta

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

Flying Pigeon

What inspires you to teach yoga?

It’s helped me so much in so many ways. Physically with back pain, mentally with anxiety, and opening me up more spiritually. I hope to help people in anyway I can, even if it’s just a little bit.

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

Bali

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

Probably when I was spotting a student going from flip dog into wheel and I totally failed and they hit their head. She was fine and laughed it off but I was mortified.

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

Try it! And try different kinds. You may like flow classes, or maybe more stationary like iyengar. Or you want something to make you sweat or you want to hold some yin postures for a while. Give it an open mind and an honest try.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I teach a Metal Yoga class a couple times a month so building those playlists has been really fun. Loving Monolord and Pallbearer right now.

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

Seeing my students progress. Not just physically in postures but mentally and emotionally.

Where else can we find you?

Website- lauraorsoyoga.com

IG – @lolobearleo

Facebook – lauraorsoyoga

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for taking this time to learn about me :).


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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 – Katie Fanning

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa

Which studio/s?

Honor Yoga Princeton

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the studio with my inspiring community!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Being around others who are like-minded and keep me motivated.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Actively reminding myself to breathe and practice self love. When I came to yoga, this was the gateway that allowed me to be patient and kind to myself. Whenever I am feeling down on myself or anxious, I remind myself to see it as an opportunity to love myself more and forgive myself for living outside the present moment.

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

Chocolate duh!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

When I graduated, part of the requirement for completing the 200 hour training was teaching two donation classes. Most of the people there were family and close friends. It was very intimidating at first but once the words started to flow, it was super humbling and allowed me to share the gifts I had learned through my own practice.

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

Handstand

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Sharing and giving back all of the beautiful lessons I have learned by having the courage to step onto the mat!

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

California

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

I mix up my right and left almost every class. One time a student suggested I should get socks with the L and R on them so I knew which side I was calling when teaching!

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

The hardest part is stepping on your mat. Once you are there you never regret showing up!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Beautiful Life by Lost Frequencies

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

Creating genuine connections with others!

Where else can we find you?

lifeomstyle.com and on Instagram @kfann7.

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