Meet Your Staff: Rose Barkley

Rose is modeling some of our newest apparel from the Namaste Boutiques.

Featured here: Joah Brown black tank and Beyond Yoga high waisted leggings. Perfect to go from the studio to the street.

Each week for the next few weeks we will be highlighting one of our incredible Namaste tribe members! With so many inspiring, passionate folks working at Namaste we felt it was a crime to keep their shining personalities from the rest of the world.

Meet Your Staff: Rose Barkley

How long have you been at Namaste and what do you do here?
I started in August 2017 and I am the Assistant Manager at GL

Where did you grow up and how long have you lived in the Bay Area?
Originally from Kansas City, I gravitated to the Bay Area in 2013.

Favorite part of Namaste?
The community, daily practice of kindness, and seeing people’s bliss radiate after a yoga class or massage session.

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Best advice you have ever gotten?
Be true to who you are, everything else will fall in place.

How often do you practice?
Daily practice!

What is your favorite thing about yoga?
The experience of reconnecting with my own body and mind, finding connection through community and experiencing a happier more fulfilled self.

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What are your favorite self care practices?
Aromatherapy and a long steamy shower

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I teach yoga, run my on small business where I make soft goods and hang out with my fur children

We know you love our teachers equally – BUT whose classes do you take the most?
this is so tough…I honestly have been trying out anyone and everyone but totally dig Jaimi Patterson

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Meet Your Namaste Healer: Patrick Stockstill

Keeping a consistent wellness routine is more important than just feeling great, it truly keeps your body in working condition. Regular bodywork reduces stress, inflammation, stiffness, and blood pressure. Everything from your immune system to your energy levels improves when you allow for serious self-care time.

Our experienced and deeply knowledgeable healers work with each client to hear their specific needs and create treatment sessions customized for their body. Plus, with the help of cold-press, locally grown, adaptogenic oils from OmCali our therapists are well equipped to offer an experience of complete bliss and rejuvenation.

Since we are in love with each and every Namaste Healer we thought you may want to get to know them a little better too. We hope you enjoy this fun blog post series of Meet Your Healers!

MEET YOUR NAMASTE HEALER: Patrick Stockstill

Hi Patrick! Where do you offer your healing services? 
I offer my healing services at Namaste Yoga + Wellness Berkeley Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm.

How long have you been at Namaste?
Offering bodywork since September 2017, practicing since 2008 (with a long hiatus).

What type of healing modalities do you offer?
I am certified in Esalen massage, a deeply relaxing, full body integrative offering, and in Deep Bodywork, a slow, structural approach to deep tissue massage.

What inspired you to become a wellness practitioner?
I took my first massage class out of curiosity, but I immediately realized how powerful and necessary healing touch is in my life. I’ve discovered an endless journey of self-discovery and possibility as I connect with other people and learn new approaches to touch-based healing.

What are a few of your favorite self-care tips for the winter season?
I try to spend a good amount of time outside every day, even if it’s cold and wet. Natural light and air help me immensely. I also try to devote some time to pure self care, whether a massage, a yoga class, or time with a good book.

What does a typical day look like for you in regards to your personal self-care/movement practices?
I try to run most days, and I have had a steady vinyasa yoga practice for about 10 years. After acquiring some injuries in the last few years, I’ve been using weight training and rock climbing to strengthen and stabilize.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I have a young daughter, so parenting takes up most of my free time. I also love to cook and am always tinkering with my garden.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The amazing breadth of food available (which is, of course, dependent on the diversity of peoples living together here!)

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Natural Flu Season Remedies: Protect Yourself!

Sitting on BART hearing your fellow riders cough and sneeze can be nerve-racking – especially during the colder months of the year as this indicates the looming and ominous illness we all know as the common flu. There is a longstanding question of why the flu typically appears strongest during winter months and many studies have taken place to test this correlation. The term “influenza” is an Italian word that historians believe to have originated in the mid-18th century as “influenza di freddo” which translates to “influence of the cold.”

There are many theories as to why this virus is so common in the winter time versus other seasons of the year. These include things like lack of abundant sunlight, meaning a deficiency of vitamin D and melatonin which compromises the immune system’s ability to fight off illness, as well as various research explaining that the nature of the virus thrives in colder, drier climates than in warmer, humid ones. Flu season begins roughly around late October, peaks in January and February and can last as long as May in the Northern Hemisphere.

In order to understand this virus and how to prevent it, we must first understand what it is and how it spreads. Influenza is a viral, highly contagious respiratory illness that is easily spread through airborne transmission such as sneezing and coughing, close contact with an infected
person, or by touching a surface where the virus lie present.

So what are some natural, preventative measures we could take to help protect ourselves and others from this chilly and vicious illness? The good news: there are SO many!

Yoga being the amazing life elixir that it is, is one way to ward off this nasty illness. Various poses have physiological effects that strengthen the bodies ability to improve immune, adrenal, and nervous system function and keep us at optimal health.

These include poses like:
● Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall) – this inversion pose helps to increase circulation of lymph fluid throughout the body boosting the immune system;
● Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog) – a go-to pose that allows for circulation and energy boost;
● Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge), Matsyasana (Fish), and Bhujangasana (Cobra) – all of which are heart openers that allow for the decongestion of the lungs and sinuses.

Other tips include:
● Washing your hands with soap and warm water, often and for at least 20 seconds!

● Using a humidifier in your bedroom or house to create a warmer, more humid environment where flu cannot easily spread

● Choosing natural Green Tea as your morning kick instead of coffee so as to keep stress off your adrenal glands

● Get sufficient rest each night (8 hours)

● Stay hydrated! People tend to drink less water during colder times of the year but it is even more crucial to drink plenty of water especially during this time as it helps to keep the bodies organs lubricated and working at their full potential

● Warm lemon water in the morning is a great way to start your day and also helps get your digestion started (plus it tastes yummy!)

GET A MASSAGE! Research shows that getting a massage regularly can help to fend off sickness (HUZZAH)! As an immune booster, massage helps to lower the production of stress hormones like cortisol and maximize functionality by increasing production of good hormones like serotonin and dopamine leaving you feeling at your best!

Massage is a natural approach to stimulating your lymph system to help maximize functionality and thus decreases your chances of coming down with something nasty! It also boosts oxygen-rich blood flow and lymph circulation throughout your body allowing it to work more effectively and remove toxin build up.

Looking to stay healthy and feel your best? Try out our Intro to Wellness package that includes three 60 minute massages for $249 – $51 of savings and a great way to show yourself some love and care in the winter months!

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Rhiannon is a true, wild adventurer pursuing wellness at heart, and a total lover of life. Originally from the Rocky Mountains of Denver, she came to the Bay Area in 2013 to finish her degree in Psychology and feed her hunger for exploration. She is on a journey pursuing Yoga Therapy and has recently completed trainings with the Art of Yoga Project based in the greater Bay Area, and her RYT-200 hour certification in Yoga Therapy and Alignment in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Her passion for the world of wellness is something that is deeply rooted in her everyday endeavors and something she wishes to share with her community and the world! Time well spent to her means practicing and teaching yoga, meditating, writing, snuggling her kitties, cooking yummy, healthy food, dancing, backpacking, rock climbing, and traveling. To learn more about her journey, and for some fun inspiration, follow her on instagram @truewildwell!

Meet Your Healer: Rhea Borromeo

Keeping a consistent wellness routine is more important than just feeling great, it truly keeps your body in working condition. Regular bodywork reduces stress, inflammation, stiffness, and blood pressure. Everything from your immune system to your energy levels improves when you allow for serious self-care time.

Our experienced and deeply knowledgeable healers work with each client to hear their specific needs and create treatment sessions customized for their body. Plus, with the help of cold-press, locally grown, adaptogenic oils from OmCali our therapists are well equipped to offer an experience of complete bliss and rejuvenation.

Since we are in love with each and every Namaste Healer we thought you may want to get to know them a little better too. We hope you enjoy this fun blog post series of Meet Your Healers!

Meet Your Namaste Healer: Rhea Borromeo

Hi Rhea! Where and when do you offer massage? 
Rhea Borromeo, I work at the Grand lake location on Tuesday 10-3, Thursday 3:30-8:30p.m and Sunday 2:30-7:30p.m

How long have you been at Namaste? 
Joining the team recently, but been practicing massage since 2004.

What type of healing modalities do you offer? 
My style is a combination of Deep Tissue, Thai stretches, Acupressure, and Swedish. Hot stone, Lomi Lomi, thai herbal, and prenatal massages.

What inspired you to become a wellness practitioner? 
I had health concerns and I wanted a life filled with purpose. Massage Therapy was a beautiful way for me to become more connected to my body and how it can heal itself.

What are a few of your favorite self-care tips for the winter season?
Taking bath soaks filled with healing herbs and essential oils.

Can you share a favorite nourishing recipe for winter? 
My homemade Elderberry Syrup!

What are you involved with outside the studio? 
Making my own herbal infused oils, plant-based concoctions, herbal classes. kids school activities.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area? 
Nature

Anything else you want to share?
I am the mother of two beautiful wild kids.

Meet Your Teacher: Satya Gita Aune

Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.

We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!

Meet Satya Gita Aune:

What is your name and when/where/what do you teach?
My name is Satya Gita Aune and I teach Vinyasa, Hatha, Therapeutic, Yin, Restorative.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I wanted to share and facilitate for others the total magic I experience both physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Which teachers influence your practice?
Sharon Gannon and David Life from Jivamukti NY.

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
Dancing through life, flowing with the breath supports me to come into the present moment in my body. Sensing and being present to my experience, letting my consciousness hold my practice with an attitude of love, care, and curiosity.

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What is something you wish your students knew?
The magic of being embodied. Treating the body as a temple and living life as a prayer.

What is your favorite morning routine?
Morning: Sipping a cup of warm coffee or tea while journaling, study inspirational books, meditating, shower, yoga practice. Getting ready for the day to be of service and shine the light.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
Getting to teach and inspire my student’s awareness of self-care and self-love, see them realizing them self in a deeper way, laughing and being creative.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
Deeply engaged in a mystical school called Diamond Approach, offering spiritual counseling and bodywork, energy work and hands-on Inquiry, dancing, playing music, hiking, traveling.

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What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
Diversity, creativity, and the physical bay.

Anything else you want to share?
I am passionate about teaching yoga and inspired to share the love. That has been my work for past 25 years!

Winter Recipes: Rhea’s Elderberry Syrup

Looking for delicious, nourishing, and supportive recipes for Winter? We have it covered. We went straight to the experts, our Namaste Healers and Teachers, and have curated some of their favorite tonics, treats, and tinctures to take while we wait for the season to warm back up!

Rhea’s Elderberry Syrup

A simple Elderberry syrup is perfect for the fall and winter seasons with changes in temperatures and shifting energy patterns can make us vulnerable to colds and the flu. Elderberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, Iron, and flavonoids.



To make the syrup, combine the berries and herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Allow to cool then strain the berries and herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Bottle in sterilized glass.

Meet Your Teacher: Sean Feit Oakes

Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.

We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!

Meet Sean Feit Oakes:

How long have you been at Namaste?
4 months

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I was on Buddhist retreat in India and they wanted a yoga practice on the retreat but there were no yoga teachers around. I volunteered, and it turned out to be easy and pleasurable. Coming from both Insight Meditation and vinyasa Yoga lineages, it became a core part of my work to emphasize embodiment for the meditators and mindfulness and concentration for the yogis. I started teaching in both forms around the same time, and they have always woven together for me.

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
I still love Vanda Scaravelli’s classic, “Awakening the Spine” as a book about yoga that weaves together reflections on postural practice and some of the more meditative or philosophical concepts about yoga. I have been deeply inspired and challenged in my ideas about yoga by Matthew Remski’s research and writing, and for beginners in contemplative practice, I recommend my teacher Jack Kornfield’s overview of spiritual life, “A Path With Heart”.

Which teachers influence your practice?
My first formal teacher was Joshu Sasaki Roshi in the Rinzai Zen tradition (1993-99). In 1997 I started Ashtanga with Larry Schultz and Alice Joanou, Authentic Movement with Bill McCully, and postmodern dance with Keith Hennessy and Kathleen Hermesdorf. I did yoga teacher training with David Moreno in the Bihar tradition in 2007, and the Spirit Rock Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation program with Anne Cushman and Jill Satterfield. My Buddhist teachers have been Jack Kornfield, Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Theravāda & Insight Meditation), Anam Thubten (Tibetan Mahāyāna), and Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā). In 2008 I started studying trauma resolution and systems theory with Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence®), and have been strongly influenced in my recent work on the integration of trauma, mindfulness, and yoga by Dr. Stephen Porges.

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
Recently my practice looks mostly like parenting and providing for my family, which means that the “practice” part of it consists of mindfulness of emotions, speech, and actions, as well as the maintenance of my energy through attempting to balance work, sleep, physical exercise, and family connection time. The best formal practice support I have right now is prānāyāma, which changes my energetic state quicker than meditation can. When I get a chance to sneak away for some actual āsana, it’s fantastic, and brings me back to myself. It’s always done that, and it’s why I kept with it. Yoga, Buddhism, and inner inquiry saved me, slowly, from being an existentially depressed loner. Now I’m an existentially curious philosopher with better relationships and coping strategies. And I look forward to years of unfolding further along this path.

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What is something you wish your students knew?
I wish students knew more deeply that they’re not alone in their struggles, and that way more is possible in life than mainstream culture, including yoga culture, suggests. I wish teachings of renunciation and liberation were more common in the Yoga and Buddhist communities, so that these gorgeous practices wouldn’t be reduced to surface interventions that help people survive our current inhumane social systems but don’t uproot the systems themselves, either from global power or from our own hearts.

What is your morning or evening routine?
Morning: up before dawn awoken by a toddler saying “Mama, Papa!!”, sitting and Refuge Puja while our boy nurses, then playing with him and making breakfast while his mama sleeps some more. Evening: after everyone goes to sleep, if I’m not exhausted, I get some quiet time to drop into my body. I do whatever feels good.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
The relationships that form as a class or practice space becomes consistent, and how those consistent communities and practices start to affect people’s lives in real and meaningful ways. I love deep discussion about the implications of practice and the teachings on people’s lives.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
I teach Buddhism, Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® in various places, including Spirit Rock. My main work is individual sessions for yoga and meditation practitioners where we work in various ways to deepen practice, including counseling, trauma resolution, subtle bodywork, and inquiry. Other than work, I try to write as often as I can, and the rest of my time is for family.

What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
A slow, intuitive vinyasa is still my most grounding movement practice, but I also love running as a meditative energy practice, and my long-time deep movement home is the postmodern dance form Contact Improvisation.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
It’s my home! I grew up here, and I don’t have a favorite thing specifically, though the main thing that makes it hard to move away is the depth of connections I have made over the decades. I’m grumpy about the Bay Area nowadays and can barely afford to live here anymore, but nowhere else feels like home, and that’s still a precious, subtle feeling.

Anything else you want to share?
I want to offer my blessings to everyone who calls Namaste home, and say that I’m thrilled to be bringing my teaching work here. I’m excited to meet many of you over time, and to contribute whatever I can to deepening the practice and study being offered at the studio.

Steph Wood’s Adaptogenic Morning Tea

Earlier this month we interviewed Namaste Teacher Steph Woods and asked her about her favorite morning routine. When we found out her rise and shine ritual includes a delicious cup of adaptogenic tea we knew we had to share the recipe. What are adaptogens all about? According to the wellness site Well+Good, Adaptogens’ biggest superpowers are that:

They protect the body from the toxic effects of stress, which is arguably the gnarliest health issue of our time.

They might seem totally of-the-moment, but the term was actually coined by the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Health way back in 1947—referring to a class of herbs and mushrooms that offer heavy-duty support for the body’s natural resistance to “adverse influences,” explains Ric Scalzo, the CEO and founder of Gaia Herbs (you might just call him adaptogens’ head cheerleader).

Those influences include anything that taxes the body, from illness to working out (like when you don’t take your rest days) to straight-up stress.

Pretty awesome right? So let’s get into it. Below is the recipe for Steph’s morning tea. If you are worried about using the exact brand, don’t stress. You can find a variety of options out in the world or at your nearest health food store. Mix it up by adding fresh turmeric, ginger, or cinnamon too!

Steph Wood’s Adaptogenic Morning Tea:

  • Coconut creme or coconut milk
  • Boiling Water
  • Nutmeg
  • And a little (about a half or full teaspoon each)
    of the teas below. The teas are from a company in Australia called Superfeast and I absolutely love them.

So simple and quick. Imagine sitting down in the morning with a fresh cup of tea to start off your day with gratitude, mindfulness, and nourishment!

Steph Wood's Adaptogenic Tea with SuperFeastSteph Wood's Adaptogenic Tea with SuperFeast

Meet Your Teacher: Elissa Buchman

Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.

We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!

Meet Elissa Buchman:

What is your name and when/where/what do you teach?
Elissa Buchman–I teach Vinyasa Flow at Namaste Grand Lake on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 – 8 AM

How long have you been at Namaste?
I was subbing at Namaste for about a year and a half before I began teaching regular weekly classes at Namaste Grand Lake in January.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Elissa Buchman

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I think I need to answer that question in three parts. Part one is, of course, that I loved yoga and wanted to share it with others. Part two extended beyond my reverence for the practice: I am a lifelong learner, a voracious reader, and a writer. Teaching yoga allowed me to creatively mesh those things together in a way that could actually make a difference in people’s lives, whether that was through providing someone a little bit of relief for 60 minutes or a whole lot more.

Part three is less flattering, but also deeply human: I wanted love. I saw how loved my teachers were, and I wanted in. I was 20 years old, lost and unsure of where I wanted to focus my vulnerable array of passions and interests. Teaching yoga, with its seemingly endless rainbow of external validation and love, seemed like something I could get behind.

Looking back, I don’t see any of those desires as negative or even misguided. Through my teaching and my practice, I have indeed found my passion and focus in life. Though it didn’t take long to realize there was no rainbow of admiration at the end of the teaching rainbow, I have absolutely found love through the extraordinary communities and connections I’ve been able to form with others.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Elissa Buchman

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
One word: Yogaland! Andrea Ferretti happens to be the wife of my teacher Jason Crandell, but she’s a badass, amazing woman all on her own. I listen to the Yogaland podcast religiously and love how it inspires my teaching and my practice. She interviews all sorts of yogis, yoga teachers, and wellness professionals who leave no stone unturned when it comes to the world of well-being.

Which teachers influence your practice?
Every single teacher I’ve ever taken has influenced my practice whether they’ve been my cup of tea or not, and I’m not just saying that! Though my primary teachers are Jason Crandell, Sean Haleen and Annie Carpenter, I make it a point to escape the echo chamber of my tried-and-true favorites and explore all kinds of other teachers and styles that keep me fresh and inspired.

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
Yesterday, my yoga practice looked like a powerful 90-minutes of chaturangas, arm balances, and inversions. Today, I rolled around awkwardly on my mat for 15 minutes in ways that could only vaguely be likened to asana, then proceeded to halfway relax into a 2 minute Savasana interrupted by my vibrating cell phone. Point is my practice changes all the time. Currently, it’s a pretty balanced combination of home practice and attending public classes, but had you asked me a few month ago my answer would have been entirely different. Yoga has made me both more disciplined and less rigid all at once. I am wholly committed to practicing yoga in some form or another for the rest of my life but know that what that practice looks like will remain in constant flux.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Elissa Buchman

What is something you wish your students knew?
If your yoga teacher asks you in the beginning of class to “set an intention for your practice” and you draw a blank, this one is my go-to: I am a human, humans make mistakes; I am allowed to be human and make those mistakes on my mat. The world can be harsh, and capitalizing on failure as a tool for growth is a privilege we don’t always get to take advantage of in our day to day lives without serious consequences. When you get on your mat, the world has essentially given you a blank canvas, a bunch of paint, and a blindfold to throw on. Don’t be afraid of making a mess–you may be pleasantly surprised at what you’re able to create, or at the very least have a good laugh in the process.

What is your morning or evening routine? (whichever is your favorite..or both!)
Oh, wow. My answer to this could not be more mundane. The only things I do every morning or evening with enough frequency to call it a “routine” is brush my teeth, change my clothes (either into or out of my pajamas,) and possibly look at pictures of french bulldogs on Instagram.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
The ability, and arguably the necessity, of wearing so many hats! As a teacher, I get to be a poet, a creative thinker, an academic and a scientist. It’s like someone found an old manifesto from my childhood entitled “What I Want to be When I Grow Up” written on bright pink construction paper, then handed it back to me as an adult and said, “go for it.”

East Bay Yoga Teacher Elissa Buchman

What are you involved with outside the studio?
This has changed hugely for me in the last six months. Right now, I’m in the early stages of becoming a clinical psychologist. And by early stages I mean, EARLY. I’ve only just submitted by applications to doctoral programs, and am currently enrolled in a few fascinating prerequisite courses before I begin the processes of getting my degree. Aside from that, I’m usually immersed in some sort of teacher training program, reading a wonderful novel, or watching a terrible Netflix horror film with my girlfriend.

What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself? *
Yoga [asana] Though my yoga practice is not always asana-based, when it comes to movement, asana is my kryptonite.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, which I understand makes me somewhat of a unicorn (thanks, rent control!) I love the diversity, the culture, the people, the passion, the nature, the yoga, and my mom, who still lives in Oakland (if you met her, she’d probably be your favorite thing about the Bay Area, too.)

Meet Your Teacher: Marina Guastucci

Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.

We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!

Meet Marina Guastucci:

How long have you been at Namaste?
2 months

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Yoga helped me overcome a decade-long eating disorder and continues to help me with a lifetime of body image issues.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Marina Guastucci

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
The Tao Te Ching is my go to. It’s simple, potent & accessible.

Which teachers influence your practice?
Abby Tucker and her amazing ability to weave together yoga & earth wisdom practices has been my primary influence for the past 4 years. Before that, Rod Stryker & Bryan Kest were the teachers from whom I drew a lot of inspiration.

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
Right now, it’s practical and sporadic (I have a two-year-old). I used to practice asana every day, but it’s very much in a state of ebb and flow, and I’m okay with that. I squeeze in movement when I’m able to, and meditate more than I ever have before. My practice is my time to feel my body separate from my daughter. It’s very personal and intimate.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Marina Guastucci

What is your morning or evening routine?
In the winter, at night, I take baths with salts and essential oils and either read or watch TV.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I love the stories that emerge from the this embodied practice. Each week is an opportunity for my students and me to co-create and experience life on our mat.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
A lot of hiking and toddler wrangling.

What is your go-to movement that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself? 
Hiking and being in nature.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Marina Guastucci