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Meet Pizza and Sushi Lover Emily Ochse!

 
What type of yoga do you like to practice?
 

Yin and Vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The beach or my apartment

What do you like the most about practicing there?

At the beach I love feeling my body connect to the earth. At my house because I’m a complete and total homebody and love the comfort of being in my own space.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I try my best to apply being mindful and aware in all things. When a stranger is rude to me for example, instead of simply reacting and thinking of how this person has affected me in the present I try to assess where this person’s negativity may be coming from and if there is something I can do to help them. Every week I list things that make me uncomfortable or give me anxiety and I try to force myself to overcome as many of them as I can in order to grow. Oh and being as ‘green’ as possible.

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

A plane ticket to somewhere I have yet to go that I can reach before the world ends and a bottle of a full-bodied Italian red wine.

What was your first experience with yoga?

A friend literally dragged me into a class when I had injured my right shoulder while lifting. By the end of the 60 minute class I experienced a break from the physical pain that my injury plagued me with and I was hooked after that.

What is your favorite food?

On the east coast, pizza. On the west coast, sushi!

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

King Pigeon

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

Spain!

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

Try it it’s life changing. Approach it with an open mind and without expectation. Lastly, try different teachers, studios, and styles until you find your yoga.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Marilyn Manson

Where else can we find you?

On IG my handle is @thelimberlinguist. My website is thelimberlinguist.com and my Facebook page is Emily CO Yoga.


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Benefits Of Yoga With Lili and Eddie From Kula Yoga San Diego!

My friends Lili and Eddie are on the show for a quick chat about yoga and the benefits of doing it! Love these folks and you will too! We come live and direct from the Kula Yoga studios in San Diego. Listen in and enjoy your day!

Also if you happen to be in the South Bay area and want to try yoga, Kula has a two week special and a 30 day challenge going right now!! Check them out!! KulaYogaSD


Special thanks to Lili and Eddie for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Nikki Buckstead Leading Meditation Classes At The OC Yoga Festival

For Nikki, Holistic Life Coaching is truly a calling. Throughout her life, her central gift to offer the world has been to help people find their unique talents and become architects of their own lives.  For nearly 25 years she has worked in the nonprofit, behavioral health field, holding executive and advocacy roles. With each cause and program, she brings a deep passion to her work, always focusing on helping others succeed. Currently, she owns a successful Coaching and Consulting business in Huntington Beach providing both in person and online coaching, classes and workshops . Nikki is a Certified Life Coach,  Certified Meditation and Ayurveda Instructor through the Chopra Center for Wellbeing as well as Certified in Workplace Wellness Programs working with companies on employee health and wellness. She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and am passionate about teaching meditation – the antidote to stress – whenever possible. To find out more about Nikki, visit www.nikkibuckstead.com 
 

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Special thanks to Nikki for joining me today!!


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Jessie Brady Offering A Reiki Sound Bath At The OC Yoga Festival

Jessie Brady grew up in Southern California. She has a professional background as a designer and photographer. In addition to her creative business, she is passionate about holistic health and eastern concepts of healing. Jessie has been drawn to the path of working with subtle body energies for over 10 years and provides Yoga classes and restorative Reiki healing to the community. You can book private or group sessions through her wellness business loveandlightwellness.com.
 
 
What to expect from Jessie at the festival.
 
Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
 
Reiki Sound Bath
 
Gift yourself the opportunity to lay back and completely receive the restorative healing energies of Reiki and the rejuvenating benefits of Sound Meditation through use of Crystal Gemstone, Tibetan Singing Bowls and other instruments as you begin to free yourself from blockages and open up new possibilities for yourself. Throughout the class, Jessie Brady will offer Reiki healing to each participant, bringing energetic alignment to the subtle body as recipients rest comfortably supported. Nelda Alvarez will provide a beautiful sound bath and mantras to help you gain clarity, open your heart and release anxiety. This combination of these rejuvenating practices will leave you feeling nurtured and renewed in body, mind and spirit.

 
– Find a greater sense of grounding/centering from supported stillness
– Release stress and tension naturally
– Experience heightened mental clarity, sharper focus, activated internal energy in a controlled way
– Go spiritually deeper within, connecting more strongly to yourself and others
– Leave the Reiki Sound Bath from a place of ease, of flowing Zen

For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Jessie for joining me today!!


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Roaming Yogi Adventure Founders Kelly and Alice Chat ABout The OC Yoga Festival

Kelly and Alice founded Roaming Yogi Adventures, a bucket-list inspired yoga and adventure retreat company, in late 2016. From the volcanic tundras of Iceland to the jungles of Sri Lanka and all the way to the mountains of Peru, they have led groups of adventurous yogis to 4 continents in just 13 months, and they are just getting started.Their company message is that “when you explore the world around you, you can discover the world within you”. Whether they are off leading a retreat or teaching classes at home, their shared passions for mindfulness, yoga, and adventure always shine through.

Kelly’s teaching style stems from multiple aspects of her background and can be described as creative, athletic, and intuitive. Her classes focus on breath, proper alignment, and reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit. As a Reiki practitioner, she is passionate about guiding her students to reconnect with their life force energy and the power of manifestation.  Kelly’s goal is for her students to leave each practice feeling strong, open, balanced, and ready to live their best life. 

Alice also grew up active and involved in many sports, and has always been passionate about movement as both a creative outlet and form of therapy. Yoga has helped Alice connect with her inner guru and given her the tools and community to approach life more mindfully. Her intention with teaching is to hold space for students to do the same, and to inspire people to create their best lives. Alice is known for her ultra smooth vinyasa style, a perfect blend of salty and sweet that leaves students feeling replenished from the inside out. 

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For more info about the festival go to the WEBSITE

To purchase tickets Go HERE

Special thanks to Alice and Kelly for joining me today!!


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Sharon Belknap Talks About Creating The Yamas and Niyamas Poster

Sharon Belknap the amazing artist who created the Yamas & Niyamas poster has a chat with me about how it came to be, from start to finish. I personally could not be happier with the finished product!! Grab a 8×10 or 14×11 for your studio or just about anywhere you can be reminded about Yoga’s ethical guide to living. 

If you want an awesome artist reach out to Sharon!

WEBSITE – Sharonbelknapdesign.com

  Also Included is a sheet to show supportive essences for each Yama and Niyama!!

Special thanks to Sharon for joining me on the show. Grab your poster HERE!

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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Meet Yogi Tiffanie Luellen!

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Hatha Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the park

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Being outdoors makes me feel more connected to nature and everything around me. It reminds me that everything has it’s place and purpose.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

It depends. I teach yoga in the workplace class that’s usually done in a chair.

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

I would throw a big party and surround myself with family and friends.

What was your first experience with yoga?

I don’t remember my first yoga class but I remember my first hot yoga class. I was not practicing yoga regularly but was familiar enough with it. Apparently, I showed up to an intermediate level and I was struggling to keep up. Midway through the class the instructor said the next pose was a headstand, the lady next to me kindly told me to just lay on the mat. I felt so relieved. I didn’t realize she had been watching me and was more attuned to what I was doing than the actual instructor. I proceeded to lay flat on the mat the remainder of the class.

What is your favorite food?

French Fries

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

Pigeon Pose is my favorite pose.

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

Somewhere close to water, maybe Santorini Greece or Cape Town South Africa

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

Try it, you might like it.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Cardi B

Where else can we find you?

jaionascloset.com
IG – @jaionas_closet_yoga


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Yamas and Niyamas Poster is complete! Grab one for you, your house or favorite yoga teacher!!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Tyra Prosser

What type of yoga do you teach?

Astanga, Power Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Hot and Restorative

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere outdoors, that does not have many mosquitoes.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

My favorite thing about practicing in nature is that you connect more to your surroundings and it’s a good reminder that we need to stay grateful for this beautiful Earth we live on.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I am constantly talking to myself. I give myself little pep talks or carry a mantra whenever I feel off balance and need to re-grounded. I try every day to pick up at least 3 pieces of trash, try to help anyone who needs help when I pass by, and practice more in my bliss body (which means being happy! smiling while I practice and bringing joy into all that I do!)

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

Call or fly everyone I could out to have one more big celebration. And there would be cake!

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

The first time I taught I was all over the place. I was doing great at the beginning and then my ego took over. I forgot half of the class and then just started to circle back to what we already did. The best part of the class was that no one knew I “messed up.” It came with time and practice to be where I am today.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Mediterranean

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

Mountain pose (with a big smile!)

What inspires you to teach yoga?

My inspiration for teaching is my students. When I can bring a smile to someone who isn’t having a great day or teach them something new in their practice, it’s so rewarding.

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

Maldives, Morocco, Mediterranean, Australia and Amsterdam

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

Where to begin… I have fallen so many times on my face trying to show my students how to get into a certain pose. I had the opportunity to lead a power class where I dressed up in a long blonde wig for a hairband theme class. Little did I know some students in my class are in a very famous rock band. My whole goal in teaching is making everyone feel welcome and get a little silly when we start taking ourselves to seriously.

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

Bend your knees and breathe! We all have to start somewhere and flexibility is not the main purpose of movement in pranayama.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Childish Gambino

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

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher is seeing my students grow in their practice. I love when they take something that I have said and quote it back to me a few weeks later.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and onthematwithTyra.com

Anything else you would like to add?

Do not give up. You might have gone to a class or practiced a style of yoga that was not to your liking. But don’t give up. Try on another style or teacher. Surround yourself with only positive thoughts when you are practicing and laugh at yourself when you “hiccup” in class.


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Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 95 with Anthony Davis – Not Everyone Enjoys Chaturanga

Today on the show Anthony Davis and I chat about some postures that might need a bit more attention and warm up before getting into them. Anthony left a comment about very common poses on a yoga teacher thread that really resonated with me and it was super cool to have him on to talk about it. Listen in to why leaving chaturanga out in your yoga class could be a good idea, because somebody in your yoga class doing chaturanga is not enjoying them.

Anthony is studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic, emphasizing in Sports Medicine. He was originally drawn to yoga during battles with alcoholism and drug addiction, when his sister dragged him to a hot power vinyasa class despite his reluctance due to withdrawal symptoms. This class totally transformed him, and for the first time in years a healthy and positive relationship to his own body was formed. Simple tools like breathing and meditation combined with intentional movement and a commitment to personal health and growth can radically transform anyone’s life. Yoga works if you work it. 
 
Since beginning a yoga practice in 2009, Anthony has completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training, become certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer with a Corrective Exercise Specialization. He has also taken many immersive workshops with world class teachers like David Swenson, Ana Forrest, and Rod Stryker, and been accepted to the Doctor of Chiropractic program at NWHSU where he will complete a Master’s in Exercise Science while getting his Doctorate. Education is the best thing one can do to enhance one’s own power and mastery of life. Giving it back through teaching is the practice of karma yoga which drives him. 
 
Want more awesome stuff from Anthony? Check out the links below!!
 
YouTube Channel
Instagram: @shapeshiftwellness
Facebook Page

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