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Meet Yoga Teacher – Dharma Shakti

What type of yoga do you teach?

Spiritual, Classical, Hatha, Vinyasa, Motivational

Which studio?

Yogalution Movement

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The Himalayan Mountains in a small village called Thakure.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The views, the fresh himalayan air, the strong himalayan mountain beneath my feet.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I strive to live by many of the yogic principles laid out in many texts, mainly the yoga sutras and the bhagavad gita
following the 8 limbs
practicing karma yoga – being in service to others, and using my gifts as service out in the world
practicing Jnana yoga – always studying yogic texts and spiritual teachings, meditation
practicing bhakti yoga – attending kirtans, playing kirtan and hosting satsangs, japa mantra, and keeping my own home alter and making offerings
Serving others is a huge one for me, so i also organized (11 years ago) a FREE yoga class that happens once a day/7days a week so we can make yoga accessible to all in our Long Beach Community

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

pizza – with regular gluten crust and real cheese!!!! extra cheesy !!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I taught my first class and thought every hated it. I was certain they hated it, because of the looks on their faces as they were practicing….i was a very young newbie, 23 years old, fresh back from the ashram in Grass Valley, Ca. i was a totally shy person, so i dont even know how i got through it… but i did.
when the students were all done with class and piling out of the room after savasana, i saw smiling faces, and was SHOCKED to receive Thank You’s and Hugs and words of gratitude for the class…. and i said “You liked it? Really?” they laughed and said, yeah, of course…. that was my first lesson in never gauge how the class is going by the looks on your students faces during their practice!!!! i was just relieved i got through my first class and no one got up and left during the class!

What is your favorite food?

vegetarian indian food!!!

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

Natarajasana – Shiva is the lord of yogis, so i would strike that in his honor!

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Seeing others heal and connect with their true self, and step into their authenticity and sense of personal empowerment!
I see so many people grow and heal and transform their lives for the better, and its honestly the best part of teaching!!!
knowing that people have chosen to be more heart centered and aware, and then send them out into the world, and back in to their lives!! Wow, to me, that is revolutionary!!!!

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

I love teaching yoga to the villagers of Thakure, Nepal. But if i could go anywhere in the world to teach, i would love to teach anywhere there are sincere souls who eat transformation in their lives.

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

I was teaching my weekend FREE outdoor class on a grassy bluff over looking the ocean. surrounded by 5 beautiful trees to give us shade.

I had been teaching this class for maybe 2/3 years now, and the number of students has grown to 60-75 every weekend. All eyes are on me. that’s a lot of eyes!
I was a new mom, so i had my 2 and a half year old son with me that day, as i did most saturdays ad sundays when I lead class on the bluff.
it was about half way through the class, i could see this interesting expression on the faces of the students gathered, one i hadn’t seen before. There eyes got really big, and some of them started pointing and said “LOOK” and as i turned around to see what all the commotion was about, i see my 2 and half year old son taking a pee on the tree just slightly behind me… in plain and obvious sight to all the yogis gathered out there for a class.
it was a bit embarrassing, but we all had a good laugh about it, and most importantly, my son wasn’t embarrassed, he was just answering natures call, IN NATURE, right behind me as i am teaching… ill never forget that moment!

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

If you are looking to redirect your life and its trajectory, get started! start simple, but get started!
If you want to feel better, do better, or be better in life… get on your mat and just practice!
like zig ziglar says ” you dont have to be great to start, BUT, you do have to start in order to be great”

What music are you jamming to right now?

Trevor Hall _ Fruitful Darkness Album

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

Again, seeing the change and transformation in the individual, and then seeing it trickle out into the community, the city, and the world !!!

Where else can we find you?

http://www.dharmashakti.com
instagram : @dharmashakti
facebook : dharma shakti
YouTube : Dharma Shakti

Anything else you would like to add?

“yoga doesn’t make your life perfect. It helps you perfect the way you live your life.” -Dharma Shakti


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Meet Yogi Megan Nagy

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

vinyasa, yin, hatha

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

AHIMSA in Toronto

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The community, the atmosphere, the care and consideration given to the sequencing of each class.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Practicing yoga, and slowing down, increases my mindfulness and brings a sense of calm to rest of my life.

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

so.much.chocolate + family hugs

What was your first experience with yoga?

I played volleyball in college and upon graduating received a professional contract in France. I moved and was the only English speaker on my team. I also didn’t know any French before going. (I’m from Saskatchewan so it was only required learning in junior high.) Needless to say, I was extremely lonely; and went through a huge transition to being comfortable with myself and eventually enjoying my alone time. I had attended a few yoga classes throughout college but only understood it as a workout. I began a regular practice, in my apartment in France, and it truly brought me back from the darkest I have ever felt. It is now one of my most coveted practices for my mental health. 
The town I played in was small and had no studios. I went to Paris on a weekend off, sought out a studio that had English speaking classes, and proceeded to cry throughout nearly the entire class. I tried my best not to distract the group, and I’m so grateful that the teacher and students allowed me to be in that space. I’ve cried in classes since, and am always in awe of how gracefully the instructors and practitioners handle it. 
Counter to that breakthrough; I took a class in Germany and the instructor was very playful and fun. We began the class by intertwining our fingers with our toes and stretching our feet for a while before standing. I loved that and it was another “click” moment for me, in that I realized that yoga didn’t have to be deep and heavy all of the time.

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

Tree- something non-intimidating and approachable. Something to represent the growth to come.

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

Bali – someday! The classic yoga dream.

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

When you are experiencing resistance, it usually means you are expanding. Look at beginning something new from this point of view and get ready to grow! I love empowering people to take ownership of their development. I know the effect that the commitment to take positive steps toward physical and mental health (ie: their yoga practice) will have on their life at large, and that’s an exciting shift to be a part of.

Where else can we find you?

@megannag_y on all social media


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher Malik Khalid

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa/Restore

Which studio?

Seviin Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

My house

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I’m able to light scented reiki blessed crystal infused candles when I flow.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My daily use of pranayama and mantras keeps me present and intentional as I combat negative forces throughout the day.

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

A yoga flow and glass of Veuve Cliquot.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

My first experience was teaching my co workers in our conference room. I was very nervous but I remembered that I was the expert and they were just following along to whatever I said.

What is your favorite food?

Fried Lobster Tail on a bed of Thai fried rice.

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

Bird of paradise

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I want everyone in the world to feel free. Yoga makes me feel powerful and limitless. When I finish practicing asana or pranayama I feel clean and new. So when I teach I want my students to leave feeling the same way.

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

On a desert island with a warm tropical breeze.

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

I was in a packed class and the teacher cued handstand hops, I remember hopping up the first two times just fine but by the third time I got some hangtime and freaked myself out from the shock of actually being in the air and crashed into a few yogis. Everyone was cool about it and I just laughed it off and got back into the flow.

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

Yoga is for EVERYBODY! Every shape, skin color and size. If you fear starting in a group class find an online teacher and build your practice that way. Once you have a solid foundation venture off into group classes to push yourself and work on alignment.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Currently Mariah Carey’s new album and Sicki Mode by Thracian Scott.

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

Yoga isn’t in a lot of black neighborhoods so being a black male yoga teacher is important to me because I’m able to influence other people of color to try it.

Where else can we find you?

You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @MalikKhalidYoga and listen to my podcast Growin’ up Gay on all major streaming services.


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet Yogi and Handstander Kira Fox

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At home

What do you like the most about practicing there?

At home , I love having my yoga teacher come and teach me. I’ve been working with her for years. She knows me well and I feel comfortable trying new things and she pushes me to become stronger and more open in a healthy way. Every time we practice , my day is much better and I leave the mat feeling great.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Yoga isn’t just a physical practice. It’s a way of life. I try to use my yoga skills to be more patient and calm. When something challenging or stressful arises, I take a moment to breathe and gather my thoughts. I remind myself of the big pictures which helps me see the situation more clearly and rationally.

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

Dinner with my family.

What was your first experience with yoga?

My mom brought me to a yoga class.

What is your favorite food?

So many options to choose one! I happen to love macaroons and chicken.

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

Handstand.

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

Bali! I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little.

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

Try it ! And then try again. There’s no down side in trying. If you never try you never know. I also would encourage someone who is on the fence to try more than one teacher and class. Each person is unique and there are many types of classes and teachers that you may connect with and enjoy. And If Yoga doesn’t speak to you and after trying you decide it’s not your thing, at least you tried!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Coldplay

Where else can we find you?

@trendyandbendy on instagram

Anything else you would like to add?

A little background about me – I am 19 years old. I am a certified yoga teacher. I’ve been teaching for 4 years now and am still learning everyday. I love yoga and want to share it with others.


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Yogi Tones Podcast with Sara Szunyogh – Why I Teach Yoga

Sara Szunyogh is back on and we get into it! I love chatting with Sara because she keeps it real about the yoga teaching world. Being around Sara is truly motivating and I always come away with new insight as a yoga teacher. Listen in and enjoy the truth Sara provides into yoga teaching and life in this episode!

Check out these fun links Sara mentioned and stay up to date with what she has coming up!

Her website – Spicy Gypsy

Jules Febre – @hiphopasana

Marni Task – Indulotion

Shannon Werner – Relevate Life


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     If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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

Yogi Tones Podcast with Lauren Robinson – Gut Health Phase 1

Lauren drops by to give some insight into phase 1 of the gut cleanse. Check it out and enjoy!
During the Activate Phase (10 days) of the  30 cleanse we will fuel up with vegetarian, whole food supplements (vegan available) to ensure we are getting all the essential vitamins and minerals. We will begin to Activate the gut motility by inviting therapeutic grade digestive enzymes in during mealtimes. We will support the body’s natural detoxification process by including 1 drop of lemon essential oil in water and by taking Zendocrine, a detoxifying supplement with cilantro.
This 10 day phase is very nourishing and supportive to the system. The next phase the is the Renew phase, where we do a dive deeper into cleansing and detoxing.
Note: This cleanse is recommended 1–2 times a year.
1. Drink plenty of water (recommended ½ of your body weight in oz.)
2. Exercise at least 3 times a week
3. Refrain from processed foods
4. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables
5. Avoid eating late
6. Choose natural cleaning and personal care products
7. Diffuse essential oils
8. Support your body’s natural defensive functions by taking Lifelong Vitality Daily
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Welcome health & vitality in 2019!

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     If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

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

Photo by Agence Producteurs Locaux Damien Kühn on Unsplash

 

Meet Yoga Teacher and Standing Leg Raiser Julie Gagen

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Postnatal, Hot yoga, Restorative, Power, Kids, Slow Flow, Meditation

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes, I am the owner.

Which studio/s?

Be the Love Yoga + Wellness

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At my studio 😉

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the community, the variety of classes, and how each class compliments the other.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I’m in year 4 of teaching and now offer between 8-12 classes each week, in addition to workshops and managing my studio. I also have two little kids (age 2 and 6). My work days can go all day and night. Life is busy. And I love it.

Compassion. Imperfection. Grace

Compassion is the practice I offer both to myself and my lifestyle. I am not perfect. I do not expect perfection out of my students, and I certainly don’t expect perfection out of my kids, but somehow I still have moments where I recognize I have held myself, my partner, or my community to a standard of perfection. 

That is when conflict appears. In the stuff. In the hard moments. When, even for a breath, I lose myself. 

And that is when, most importantly, I turn back to compassion for myself, compassion for all those involved, and give us all the grace to continue to be imperfect.

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

Laughter and family.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I had the good fortune of learning from a yoga school that had a well established community. In our final days of training we co-taught classes to a full 60-person room. It was MAGIC. I loved being in a moment where I could build off of what another teacher had started. I loved witnessing the excitement in the community as they got to experience the very first class their favorite teachers had lead. I loved building up the room to a place where someone else could take over. And I loved the ease that came from knowing that it was not all on me. And that we were in it together. Supported. Encouraged. Embraced. It was beautiful.

What is your favorite food?

Fresh pressed apple, beet, ginger juice.

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

Standing leg raise. No question.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

People. Witnessing the progression of their practice. Watching minor instructions land in their bodies. Seeing the physical shifts that occur when something that I say lands on their bodies.

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

Exactly where I am.

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

Teaching class with baby food all over my shirt.

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

What are you waiting for?

What music are you jamming to right now?

Hymns of Spirit by a Beautiful Chorus

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

I have always known that if I didn’t teach, I would never practice or invest in my body and self development the way I do BECAUSE it’s my profession. I am exceptionally grateful for a profession that requires me to take care of myself.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me and my team on the following channels: 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/betheloveyoga
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/betheloveyogastudio
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/bethelove
Website: http://www.bethelove.yoga


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

2019 San Diego Yoga Festival

Are you coming to San Diego Yoga Festival in March?!

Less than two months away and I am so excited for this FUN and healthy epic 4 days of nonstop yoga!

Check out the changes, additions and all the epic offerings happening at this event on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, on the map below including an entire Kid’s Yoga Center sponsored by Hapa Yoga & Fitness offering family and kids activities throughout the weekend for free, an epic sound dome (fitting 20 people) offering profound and intimate sound healing sessions from various sound tools and instruments, Yoga With Shawna’s Reiki Clinic offering $1 a minute healing sessions, a free smudging and affirmation center to get blessed or inspired as you check in to the event and free surf lessons!!!! All of this right on the beach in the epic, Imperial Beach, with nonstop yoga and healing classes on our huge beachside stages or the workshop area!

GET YOUR TICKETS!!! Volunteer if you can’t afford it!!! Be a vendor or sponsor! Come together :!

 

 

Details on all of those options: www.sandiegoyogafestival.com

We are looking for yoga teachers! Fill out the Teaching Form to get pick a yoga class near you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Plant Based Foodie Ana Demaison

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha/ Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Gardens or cozy studios.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Nature contact or people’s energy.

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

I would stay with people I love, I would have a good conversation somewhere near nature and the sea.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Private classes with friends in a open space, and after that i teach for some people at studio in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil and classes in a Hotel for guests in IlhaBela – Brazil.

What is your favorite food?

Plant Based Food.

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

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Share with people a moment to think and feel their own breathing, share the inner sense of peace at the same time that you move your body, massage your organs and feed your mind without having to think about your concerns.

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

Here and now

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

My embarrassing moments always give me experience, that’s why they are so important. 
If i can handle with this moments, they are not embarrassing anymore.

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

Do it and surrender.

What music are you jamming to right now?

I always love to listen Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and Gayatri Mantra.

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

Do one more thing that I love by bringing awareness and heath-being to those who are looking.

Where else can we find you?

@aninhademaison
Facebook Ana Demaison Nutrição e Gastronomia Natural


 If you are looking to teach more yoga classes, join our facebook group HERE! We have classes open to sub and available on a regular basis all over the United States!

 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!