Yoga Loka is proud to announce our new student and teacher of the month program. Through it you'll get to know a little more about our lovely Yoga Loka teachers than you might find in their bio. And it is always fun to get to know your fellow students.
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This month we bring you ...
Teacher of the Month
Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Recovery, Mondays, 4 - 5:15 p.m.
Rapid City, South Dakota
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
mellow, heart-full, inspirational
HAPPINESS IS.... healthfulness in any and all forms ~ physical, spiritual, and emotional
ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
(on or off the mat)
I attended a class at Wanderlust last year that was a powerful turning point and taught me a lot about the work of intentions. During a yoga nidra class with Rod Stryker, I turned inward to my heart's desire and the word "freedom" came up. I've been exploring and applying all the many meanings of the word ever since. It's been transforming and life changing.
those who identify their passion and act on it!
TEACHERS (don't have to be yoga teachers) WHO INSPIRE YOU
My children, my husband, other powerful women following their paths, Kathryn Budig, Shaelah Morris, Tiffany Cruishank, Kim Orenstein (of course!)
BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK
Green juice or clementines when they're in season
I'm really loving handstands right now but a supported Sukhasana (easy pose) always feels great!
Reading, hiking, adventure walks, crystals, jewelry making, henna, being with my children outdoors
MANTRA, HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
"Love in such a way that the one you love feels free."
Thich Nhat Hahn
Student of the Month
Born in Saltillo Mexico as my Dad was obtaining a Spanish degree at Univ. of Coahuila. Grew up in San Diego, CA, lived in Northern CA before moving to Reno. All of these places could be called my hometowns.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE? Three years ago my beautiful mother and a dear friend encouraged me to do yoga after having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and hospitalized for over two months (one month in ICU) due to a severe and rare allergic reaction to a medication. After two months of recovery at home, I took my first class at Yoga Loka.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE
The LOVE and appreciation of yoga, everything I've learned at Yoga Loka< from the most PRECIOUS and ENDEARING instructors, the sincere and genuine friends I look forward to practicing with in class, the health benefits, the fresh and very comfortable perspective of life that transpires through yoga.
ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE (on or off the mat?)
On the mat....the realization that our bodies are truly amazing and that they do heal and can overcome many obstacles. I never thought I could become so strong both mentally and physically on and off a yoga mat.
Off the mat....being blessed with a new nickname of "awesome yogi mom" from my family. Kim's Amazing Virginia City Retreats and Denise Barclay's Lovely Lake Tahoe Retreat.
TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU (don't have to be Yoga Loka teachers)
Meghan, Kimberlee, Denise, Chris, Heidi, Amber, Helen, Katie, Monica, Phyllis, Mary and any teacher at Yoga Loka! The teachers at YogaOne Studio in Cedarburg, WI and at Life Yoga in New Orleans, and my dear friend, Jane Steidel of Quincy Yoga.
Yoga class, attending mass, a drive/ hike to Tahoe or the Carson Valley with my husband/daughter, and sons (if they're in town).
4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
My family, my pets, mountains, yoga, of course.
Triangle or Eagle
Being immersed in nature, photographing nature, hiking, swimming in Lake Tahoe, listening to music, dancing, visiting my sons in Portland and New Orleans, spending time with my daughter in Reno, spending time with my pets (dogs, cat, rabbit, goats and sheep), teaching, exploring the raw, rugged beauty of our state of Nevada/road trips with my hubbie to the Ruby Mountains or Bridgeport.
SUPER HERO TALENT
Being a good mother, wife and friend.
MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
So many to choose from. Here are a few:
Be wildly devoted to someone, or something.....
Devotion is the Divine streaming through you....
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -
Martin Luther King, Jr
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
And in honor of my Dad...."VIVA MEXICO"