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Yogi Tones Podcast with Jay Ojeda – They Need Me

My good buddy Jay Ojeda is on the Yogi Tones podcast for the first time! We talk about taking a training for the first time, playlist, working the core and giving feedback. He also uses much bigger weights than me in class and this training is gonna rock since we are doing it together!!

More about Jay Ojeda. And by the way this short bio will only be the tip of the iceberg of info on Jay. He is a 40 year old male, retired from the Navy, has two daughters, likes good food, great coffee and staying active AF. Most days you can find him at work, in a yoga class, or in Mexico, where he lives. Connect with him on IG: jayojeda_ or in real life or somewhere in San Diego. Be on the lookout for more episodes from myself and Jay while we do this training!


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

Interview with Andrew Gordon from Yoga Talk Pod

Andrew Gordon from Yoga Talk Pod interviewed me on his show! Was so nice to talk about some of the things I have been through to get where I am today. Listen in and enjoy!


 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 and Savasana Representer Marisa Wolfe

What type of yoga do you teach?

Thai Yoga Massage | Breath-based Yoga (Kripalu, Viniyoga)

Which studio/s?

Here, there, and everywhere.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

outside!!!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The connection with the world around me. It’s so easy for me to go inside myself and practicing in nature keeps me a little more connected to the world around me. I always learn more from the world around me than I expect.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Every minute, every day.

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

The best meal of my life with all my favorite beings.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Freaking out about a practice teach in YTT, then realizing that what I offered was a different experience than anyone would have with any other teacher and it was all good.

What is your favorite food?

Is it cliche to say chocolate?

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

Savasana. It’s not the most photogenic but it’s the most important and so under-represented.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Seeing the discoveries students make as they get to know themselves better. Helping people move out of pain and suffering into ease and joy. Experiencing these same things within myself is also what inspires my personal practice.

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

All places are good places 🙂

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

Not sure that any one thing stands out. Standing in front of a class in leggings has helped me to roll with whatever comes… and alot of stuff comes.

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

Don’t judge yoga until you have tried a few different teachers/styles. There is a yoga for everyone and it is worth the search.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Anything Puerto Rican!

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

I get to meet the coolest people and see them in their best moments.

Where else can we find you?

http://www.marisawolfe.com
http://www.facebook.com/marisawolfeyogamassage
http://www.instagram.cin/allyogamarisa
http://www.youtube.com/marisawolfe


 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 Guatemalan Tamale Lover Andy Ruano

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Ashtanga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At the shala

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I like the peace it gives me. A time to shut my mind off.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I meditate and pray. I try to practice the yamas and niyamas. Pranayama is a part of my morning ritual at work.

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

Being surrounded by my family.

What was your first experience with yoga?

I started yoga with p90x in my friends living room.

What is your favorite food?

Guatemalan tamales. Yummmm

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

Padmasana at the edge of an infinity pool.

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

Mysore India.

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

I would let them know it is ok to try new things and not like it. But you never know where love can sprout if you don’t try.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Lots of country.

Where else can we find you?

Theroamingyogi.com (website) @the_roaming_yogi (Instagram) or theroamingyogiboston (Facebook)


 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/practitioner in you!

Meet Yoga Teacher and Taquito Lover Ximena Nutria

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Advance, Soft Vinyasa

Which studio?

Taur Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Taur Yoga

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The people, the vibe and the other teachers.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try to be the best version of myself every time, take my time to breathe in difficult situations, I don’t jump to conclusions, nor assume stuff, I smile a lot and have a ready ear to listen to whomever needs to be listen without judging… but my most hard time is to be all this while driving and keep loving everybody even thou I don’t agree with their driving manners XD

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

Pizza, big-cocacola and netflix.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I had no idea of the world that I was entering to, how healing and fulfilling is to practice and share practice with others.

What is your favorite food?

TAQUITOS!

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

Hanumanasana or Standing split.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

To be there for others, as my teachers were there for me when I most needed someone, and a little but this fool/utopian idea we all yogis have, that if we all do Yoga all over the world, we can make this a place of peace and understanding.

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

Any where is awesome!

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

Guiding savasana, after I stopped talking to let the meditation sink in… the iPod started playing “call me maybe” … it was on shuffle XD

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

“Well, the worst thing it could happen… is that you fall in love with Yoga”

What music are you jamming to right now?

No music, only the “calm neighborhood” acoustics XD

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

As an only child, a not so popular kid and sort of the introverted teenager… I now find myself blessed with a lot of yogi sisters and all the people that go to the Shala and practice yoga, share their lives and give and receive a hug with enthusiasm… literally “Your vibe attracts your tribe”

Where else can we find you?

At the Alpino Sports Club
At the Gym 11:11 Fitness
At Inshala Yoga Studio


 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!

How To Find The Best Flooring For Your Yoga Studio

This entry was posted on January 16, 2015 by dollamur.

 

By Heidi Sonju

When opening a yoga studio, the process is daunting. There are so many options – from location, paint colors, lighting, hiring teachers and so on. However, choosing a yoga surface may be the most important decision you make.

Proper yoga flooring is an essential component to a positive experience. As an owner, there are multiple factors you need to consider such as comfort, cost, durability and the type of practice your studio will promote when choosing your flooring. This helpful guide will ensure you end up with the surface that fits your practice, values and budget.

Safety

When choosing a floor, safety should be your main concern. Yoga is practiced directly on the floor and should be free of all odors, nails and other defects.

More often than not, studios install flooring not designed for yoga use, such as carpet or wood. This leads to a variety of safety problems, including unstable and slippery footing, abrasiveness and minimal shock absorption. Not to mention the odor you will have with carpet and the splitting of the hardwood floors from extreme use, moisture and heat.

Proper flooring provides your clients enough space to move freely on a slip-resistant platform to ensure stability in more advanced poses. Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) has applied these ideas to its new yoga flooring system. The easy-to-install, wall-to-wall surface maximizes studio space with an anti-skid layer to ensure clients’ hands and inversions do not falter.

Dollamur yoga flooring is available in ½”, ¾” and 1” thickness to create a superior shock-absorbing platform useful for clients trying inversions or older clients with joint issues, yet photo 1meets the aesthetics need for hardwood.

Sanitary and Cleaning Considerations

Your yoga floor should be chosen with cleaning and sanitary considerations in mind. Having a surface not easily and thoroughly cleaned can result in a multitude of problems. Such issues include mold, fungi, odor and increased possibilities of contracting STAPH infections.

The floor should not absorb water nor stay wet for long periods of time. Look for a surface that allows for evaporation and features anti-microbial properties. Finally, be sure your flooring does not release particles, filaments or harmful outgases. The goal should be to provide a dust-free, less toxic and hypoallergenic yoga practicing environment.

Style of Practice

If you practice Bikram or hot yoga, you need a floor that can withstand the heat nor expand or contract with higher temperatures. Also, make sure your flooring system will not separate in the heat, which can cause bubbling and cracking on the yoga mat surface.

Durability

When choosing a flooring system, the largest deciding factor – other than general cost – is value. Are you getting what you paid for? Is the surface environmentally-friendly? Does it have a special design or surface texture? Does it come with a limited product warranty? It is important to get answers to these questions before moving forward.studio

Time to Shop

Knowing what you are looking for in yoga flooring is very important. This guide is designed to point you in the right direction and help find the perfect surface for your practice, priorities, lifestyle, values and budget.

Happy shopping and, as always, “Namaste.”

About Heidi Sonju

Heidi is a certified ACA Fitness personal trainer and the Yoga Manager for Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur), the largest global manufacturer, and distributor of high-performance competitive sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, MMA, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and other activities. Dollamur mats are proudly made in the USA.

To contact Heidi: [email protected], 651.600.4279.


Grab a copy of the Yamas and Niyamas poster to hang up in your studio! It will look good next to the new flooring!!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Maria Giovanna Marchetto

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Science of Self, Hatha, Yin

Which studio/s?

Street Gorilla and privates.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Silence, connection to my inner child so I can explore more and better my practice, freedom from fear.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice yoga 24/7 even when I am groceries.

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

Bath at the sea or ocean.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Dealing with an overdose drugged girl 17 years old on the street of New York , lower east side on Sunday morning.

What is your favorite food?

Vegan Thai and Japanese, sometimes raw. Raw desserts.

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

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Students, the caring of sharing what I know, feel and my practice. At one point you have to start teaching, it’s just an extension of the practice. Come naturally.

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

New York

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

Practicing handstand fell on my chin, or at the very first I remembered I farted suiting final poses and felt so embarrassed.

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

Keep doing it. The more you do it, the more everything becomes clear and unrevealed infinite openness.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Chill soft electro music

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

See my students growing physically mentally and spiritually of course. Become more aware of their body and their presence in this world.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram @maryjanemg_ or Facebook MARIA GIOVANNA MARCHETTO


 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!

Featured Yogi and Vegetable LOVER Vuslat Cin

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa & SUP – Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere by the seaside or on the sea with my sup board.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the blue of the sea and the different currents of the sea. With the sup board I love how challenging it can be and being connected with the nature is magnificent.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice flow yoga and meditation anywhere I am comfortable with.

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

LOVE

What was your first experience with yoga?

For years I thought I do yoga with the asanas but then I just realized yoga was not about what I do it was the moment and being in that moment so yoga is already happening now🙏🏻

What is your favorite food?

Vegetables

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

Heart Opener

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

New Zealand

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

There are so many different yoga types that needs to get discovered.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Shelter – Levi Patel

Where else can we find you?

Instagram: vus1at
Facebook : Vuslat Cin


 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/practicioner in you!

Yogi Tones Podcast – Finding the Real Guru with Kat Da Silva

Today on the show is Kat Da Silva and we have some fun. Talking all things including yoga certifications and how you really don’t (kinda sorta) need one to teach yoga. People you wouldn’t expect to drop into a yoga class, who the real guru is, also farmers markets and how they can be a great place to spread your yoga love!!

Kat is a Passionate & Active Member of her Community – She knows no other way than Being the Change – being a Kickass Mom, Daughter, Sistah, Friend, and Human. She spends her time creating memories with her 12 year old son, teaching and living mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment through yoga, meditation, and other tools of self-reclamation. Kat finds deep pleasure in guiding her students in unlayering their stories and blocks, either on the mat or off, and holding the light while they discover their power, their peace, and the freedom of owning their bodies, their minds, and ultimately their lives. Kat believes in the power of community to create change and so she gives back by co-organizing events such as the Conscious San Jose Festival, serving in her local neighborhood committee driving anti-litter and beautification initiatives, and actively participating as a member of the Be the Change Collective. Kat’s future projects include bringing hope, guidance, and empowerment to moms through her Root to Rise Yoga & Lifestyle Coaching practice. Ultimately, Kat envisions a world where women heal, feel empowered, and see themselves wholly and deeply, allowing those around them to be just as deeply touched, loved, and transformed.



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

Sequencing Your Yoga Class With Nikki Krause

Nikki and I talk all about sequencing on the show today, Nikki is a regular guest on the show and always brings the goods! She breaks down different ways you can use sequencing in your yoga class. Tons of gems in this one if you are looking to build a solid sequence for your students.



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