Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.
Meet Bethany Hobbs
How long have you been at Namaste?
I have been at Namaste for over 2 years.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher– I’ve always taught– and yoga changed my life, so I wanted to share that with others. It came about very naturally.
Your favoriteliterature on yoga or meditation?
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss, Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg, The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar, to name a few.
Your favorite self-care practices?
Sleep, prayer, burning sage and cedar, essential oils, taking walks.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up, make coffee (with real cream), climb back in bed with my coffee, and write. I love the quiet. It helps prepare me to teach.
Absolute favorite asana?
Supta virasana or reclining hero pose.
Bethany Hobbs fell in love with her first savasana in 2003, and her life hasn’t been the same since. She has been committed to her yoga practice for over a decade, first under the tutelage of Rached Malouf in San Diego, and, later, her mentor Alice Joanou in Oakland, along with many other incredible yogis and healers in India and Oakland (including herbalist Atava Garcia Swiecicki and therapeutic yoga teacher trainer Antonia Fokken).
She is currently diving into the depths of tarot card and archetypal healing studies with local artist Guillermo Galindo, and has recently broadened her teaching horizons by offering wheelchair yoga classes to seniors. She weaves her background in holistic and self-empowered healing and wellness into all of her classes, whether restorative or flow.
Bethany’s classes hold space for the wholeness of each individual through breath, alignment, ritual, and joy.