Beyond the Mat: How Our Teachers Serve

ON July 10, 2019
Yoga and Service | Ada Lusardi

Our teachers inspire us every day with their words, their wisdom, and their flows. Did you know that many of our teachers also do inspiring work out in the world with various populations of people? As part of our Yoga and Service series, we are highlighting the work our instructors do to take their practice off their mats. May we all follow their leads and be of service to the greater world.

Ada Lusardi

“I volunteer teach a weekly class for a local non-profit in service to seniors who wish to stay independent and connected in their later years.  There are several folks in their 90’s in this group. Can you guess which ones? I am inspired to the point my heart nearly bursts!  I learn so much about my future and the future of my younger students by working with these beautiful wise beings.”

See Ada’s class schedule.

Anne Koller

Yoga and Service | Anne Koller

“I have taught at The Healing Well in the Tenderloin for over two years.  When I teach in the mornings on Tuesdays, they drive my theme for my Tuesday night class at Namaste.  I tell Namaste students about what people are going through and talking about at The Healing Well in our meditation and art circle. We open with an emotion share, meditation, art expression, art share, mosaic creation and closing chant of sat nam.”

See Anne’s class schedule.

Sierra Wagner

“Those areas where we notice we have capacity and capability are where we have surplus to give back to our community. ”  Watch the video below to see where Sierra chooses to put her energy. You can view Part I of her video here to learn more about how Sierra describes the relationship between Yoga and Service.

Ask Your Teacher: How do you take your yoga off the mat?

Yoga and service are intimitely connected. In this Part II video with Sierra Wagner, she shares how she specifically serves our greater community. Check out Part I to get the big picture on how yoga and service are connected.

Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Wednesday, July 10, 2019


See Sierra’s class schedule.

Vickie Russell Bell

Ask Your Teacher: How do you serve?

Vickie Russsell Bell teaches through a nonprofit to individuals with Parkinson's, offering the practice of yoga to an underserved population, and making a big impact.

Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Vickie shares her yoga knowledge with a group of people with Parkinson’s and tailors a practice to fit their needs. These efforts are supported by PD Active and the Yoga Dana Foundation, a nonprofit that supports yoga in underserved communities.

See Vickie’s class schedule.

Satya de la Paz

Her sliding scale classes for People of Color at Namaste are striving to create a safe space for yoga for this underserved population of people.

Ahimsa, or Non-Harming

Why is Yoga for People of Color relevant and important today? Join Satya for her weekly offering at Namaste Grand Lake.

Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Monday, January 21, 2019


See Satya’s class schedule.

How do you, or how would you like to, serve the greater good? Comment below!

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