By Mary Paffard Yes, I know it’s common parlance in many pilates and yoga classes. This term is used as a kind of blanket command that will get the deeper abdominal area engaged. But does it? Most folks respond by activating an area of the upper abdomen, sometimes hardening around the diaphragm, and rarely glimpsing […]
As the seasons shift from winter to spring, I gaze at my garden and feel the start of a new beginning. Luckily, I have an amazing partner by my side who is ready to sow the seeds of success. First things first, we need to decide what will stay and what will go. This is […]
Yoga is great for getting your morning starting. It is centering and gets your body active. One of the best yoga routines for starting your day is the Sun Salutation. Consider a recent article for Cleveland.com titled “‘Sun Salutation’ yoga movements to help awaken mind and body (video).” According to Kristel Hartshorn of Cleveland.com, “The […]
How many times have we seen it in the movies? The hero or heroine is in or nearly in the clutches of an evil thing beyond imagining (a fire-breathing, gold-obsessed dragon, for example, or an asthmatic cyborg gone bad) who wishes nothing but his or her painful demise. But then at the last possible […]
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Bio. BORN: Maryland CURRENT TOWN: Costa Mesa, CA OCCUPATION: Changin’ lives one down dog at a time Website Colleen came up in the world of professional dance and found yoga as a necessary addition to a routine of self-care. She teaches with a keen eye for alignment and the desire to reveal the inherent beauty […]
Bio. BORN: Miami, Fl CURRENT TOWN: Aliso Viejo, CA OCCUPATION: Wife, Mother, Spiritual Warrior, Student and Teacher of Yoga follow on facebook Nikki has been exploring the joy of “being in your body” all her life. She started as a dancer and then as a yogi. Teaching her students the power of being present has […]
Bio. BORN: California CURRENT TOWN: Oakland OCCUPATION: Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher website Lisa is a KPJAYI level II authorized teacher who has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for the past 11 years and been teaching Ashtanga yoga for 9 years. She has taught Mysore style classes, led classes and workshops in the United States and […]
Bio. BORN: to smile, to learn, to laugh, to teach, to love CURRENT TOWN: Berkeley, CA OCCUPATION: Lifelong student and teacher of yoga follow on facebook Lighthearted, fun, and passionate, Chrissy radiates positivity. She teaches her classes using her wide-range of life experiences and the extensive knowledge she gained in her 18 years of yoga study. She […]
Bio. BORN: A hopeless romantic somewhere near the ocean CURRENT TOWN: North Orange County-ish OCCUPATION: Helping others to find their inner joy follow on facebook Deeply motivated by his curiosity in exploring consciousness, modern philosophy, and various ancient wisdom teachings that surround the idea, Tim began practicing Yoga at the age of 18. He relates […]
Bio. BORN: To see the beauty in everything CURRENT TOWN: Gratitude OCCUPATION: Yoga teacher / Professional Portrait Photographer As Studio Director for You & the Mat in Oakland, Mari, together with key members of the management team, runs the daily operations. As a yoga teacher, Mari’s (Marilyn) teaching has evolved into an intelligent, yet organic […]
Bio. BORN: CURRENT TOWN: San Francisco, CA OCCUPATION: website Stacey Lee is a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is an authorized Level 2* instructor who has had a daily ashtanga practice for over 15 years. In 2004 she began with the first of many extended trips to Mysore, India, and received Guruji’s blessing […]
Bio. BORN: North Carolina CURRENT TOWN: Oakland, CA OCCUPATION: Yoga Teacher Follow on Facebook We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S. Eliot An experienced SmartFLOW® teacher, Anna is a dedicated student of Annie Carpenter and a […]
Bio. BORN: Buffalo, New York CURRENT TOWN: Dana Point, California OCCUPATION: Yoga Instructor follow on facebook Lesley is known for her inspirational teaching style as she infuses her meditative and flowing Vinyasa classes with yoga philosophy, concise technical alignment, and some heart-felt humor.