FROM THE MAT

FROM THE MAT: Charlotte Munn

Here’s the official rundown on Charlotte Munn (from LinkedIn): Charlotte is a Yoga Educator of body, brain and spirit solutions for human beings. She has been a full-time teacher since 2009. Awakening the Truth through Yoga is her greatest joy! Charlotte is a master facilitator of both the heart and science of Yoga, and isContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Charlotte Munn”

FROM THE MAT: Lonni Hawkins Rivera

“Yoga has made me a better human being. Life is always richer and sweeter after yoga. I love the challenge of bringing my mind, body and spirit in alignment. Everyday is different and new. I show up to my mat each day open to growth and discovery.” Although Lonni is in love with all theContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Lonni Hawkins Rivera”

FROM THE MAT: Karla Perez

“I come to my MAT to honor my body for its patience and resiliency. After breaking my foot 3 months ago, I’ve waited for this moment patiently. Knowing that when I returned to my MAT everything would be as it was before my accident. “ Karla is a creative soul who continues to find newContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Karla Perez”

FROM THE MAT: Katelyn Hollenbeck

“Crow pose is my favorite because it is the most challenging for me. I have done yoga on and off for many years now and I’m still trying to perfect this position. I still need a block to balance but getting my feet off the ground is a huge victory. It is something I canContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Katelyn Hollenbeck”

FROM THE MAT: Cambree Doll

“King pigeon is my favorite pose because it stretches so many areas of the body at once and is such a great heart opener.” “I come to my mat daily so I can check in with myself on all levels…mind, body and spirit.  So many things I learn about myself on the mat transfer directly toContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Cambree Doll”

FROM THE MAT: Jennifer Oliver O’Connell

“My favorite go-to these days is called Gate Pose, or Parighasana in the Sanskrit. Between age (I’m 54), menopause, and a more sedentary life, I feel the need to stretch, as well as strengthen, and Gate Pose is a wonderful way to do both.” Now, because Jennifer is a bonafied anatomical BOSS, of course thereContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Jennifer Oliver O’Connell”

FROM THE MAT: Jasmine McKenzie

“I’ve got all sorts of fav poses (as I’m sure most peeps do) but I’m choosing Devaduuta Panna Asana / Fallen Angel. It’s a peaceful inversion, where we get to play with balance and breath. Showing up to my mat is like coming home. It is where my mind settles and my spirit soars.” *Jasmine McKenzie is an actress,Continue reading “FROM THE MAT: Jasmine McKenzie”

FROM THE MAT: Malaika Butoyi

Hi! I’m Malaika of Malaika Vida Yoga. I have been a yoga teacher and meditation coach in Los Angeles for the last 10 years. Here’s me doing Titibhasana – Dragonfly pose – on my friend Hunter’s shoulders. Sharing my yoga with a friend, aka Acro Yoga, has been an unexpected blessing of recent years. AContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Malaika Butoyi”

FROM THE MAT: Synovia Jones

“My preferred exercise is the Sumo Squat. I have a love/hate relationship with it because it hurts, but it does amazing things for your inner thighs and glutes. You can do them anywhere, with or without weights, and even improvise and hold pretty much any object to increase difficulty.”    Synovia Jones is a chefContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Synovia Jones”

FROM THE MAT: Keric Morinaga

“My two highest intentions for practicing yoga are consciousness and bliss. I love modern yoga shapes that are physically demanding and mentally challenging because these poses push me to learn more about myself (consciousness) and they’re also super fun (bliss).” “I think of the yoga practice as a metaphor for life. Each pose represents anContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Keric Morinaga”

FROM THE MAT: ALEJANDRA PULIDO

“Half Pigeon is my favorite pose. I chose it because besides opening my hip flexors, it is deeply emotional for me. It never stops challenging me to completely surrender and breathe. In fact, the first time I did, I cried. I realized that all the emotion I store on my hips can begin to healContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: ALEJANDRA PULIDO”

FROM THE MAT: Micki Searight

“This is my favorite yoga pose. Three legged dog. I love this pose because I feel strong when I’m doing it. I’m focused and present. When I raise my leg, and use my entire body and all my breath to hold it there I feel invincible. I show up on my mat because I deserveContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Micki Searight”

FROM THE MAT: Elisa Vazquez

“Four limbs on the mat. Fingers gripping, heels pushing down, arms and neck extended. Core pulled in to the spine, straightening and elongating with each breath. Hips high, chest low, pushing and pulling at the same time. And just four limbs on the mat.Downward facing dog is one of the first poses that I triedContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Elisa Vazquez”

FROM THE MAT: Nicole Gaitan

“Honestly, pain is what has brought me back to my mat. This pandemic has uprooted any since of normalcy in my life since before March. Thankfully, I still have a job when I know so many people do not. But my lack of daily scheduled movement that I used to religiously abide by has goneContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Nicole Gaitan”

FROM THE MAT: Brian Scott Gross

“What a year! Good or bad, 2020 showed me what I’m made of… and plank pose is a physical manifestation of my constant negotiation with movement and stillness. Even when it looks like I’m holding still in plank, I’m still breathing and making the smallest shifts in muscle and joint engagement. I learn something newContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Brian Scott Gross”

FROM THE MAT: Adila

“Thanks to my big sister, I’ve been working out for as long as I can remember…13 years old, to be exact. I was a spindly preteen who probably needed every calorie I had, but there I was, jumping and kicking in sync with Janet Jones as we did The Firm every morning. I did thatContinue reading “FROM THE MAT: Adila”

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