Meet Your Teacher: Hayley Ebersole

Our instructors are the heart and soul of our studio and they bring their wisdom, education, spirit, and artistry to their teaching. We always want to know who and what has influenced them, what their spiritual life is like, and what current things are inspiring them. Aren’t you curious too? This month we caught up with one of the newest faculty on our teaching staff, Hayley Ebersole.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

As I deepened my own experience of my body my life began to change in many ways including slowly healing from a lifelong struggle with eating disorders, anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia. The deeper I was willing to go with my yoga by creating a conscious lifestyle to support my practice and my growth, the more inner transformation and liberation I began to experience in the form of a greater kindness to myself and others, the natural blossoming of gratitude as the foundation for my choices and the arising of a sense of greater ease amidst the chaos of my urban life.

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts to share with us?

I’m a huge nerd with my head pretty consistently. Some of my favorites books are The Subtle Anatomy of Yoga by Tias Little, Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallace, Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain, Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin and anything by Pema Chodron. I have a webpage full of recommended books on my site.

As far as podcasts go I follow Reggie Rae and the Dharma Ocean Tibetan Buddhist lineage on the Dharma Ocean Podcast. I also love Liberated Body, Chitheads & Bliss & Grit.

Which teachers influence your practice?

Abby Tucker, Tias Little, Tara Judelle, Bo Forbes, Reggie Rae & Pema Chodron

Meet Hayley Ebersole

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?

At this point I understand that ‘yoga practice’ doesn’t mean “how many hours of asana do you do every week” but that…

 

I’ve felt liberated by releasing a strict idea of what a morning practice should look like. I visit my home altar in the morning and evening to take a few breaths in silence, I use oracle or tarot cards, dream work and ritual to make friends with my unconscious and the universal wisdom that lives there. I make sure to do as much physical movement during the day as is possible, whether that is my own yoga practice, an hour long meditative self bodywork session, a barre class or a long hike.

What do you want your students to know?

I believe in committing to the teachers and classes that make you feel the most alive. When we commit to our practice we are committing to living towards our fullest potential and we commit to coming to class in order to support each other on our unique paths towards that goal. We can only thrive in community.

What is your wellness routine?

I’m a huge fan of long, deliciously scented epsom salt baths while listening to podcasts and doing abhyanga, the ayruvedic practice of self oil massage. Not only is self massage a powerful way to heal, strengthen and support our physical health, mental ease and emotional balance but its a great opportunity to seal positive affirmations (some of my favorite “I accept myself exactly as I am” “I accept my body exactly as it is” “I am present in my body in this moment”) directly into your body.

Meet Hayley EbersoleWhat are some of your passions outside the studio?

Over the last few years nature has become my primary teacher. I’m involved with woman’s moon rituals and priestess circles that honor the importance of natures cycles, deepen my connection to transformative community and offer an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and challenge of living in a body. I volunteer as a companion to hospice patients because I’m fascinated by the final gateway of the human journey and it’s capacity to wake us up to what matters most in our lives.

 

Join Hayley on the mat! You can find her at our Rockridge studio on Monday and Wednesday mornings, 8:30-9:45am.

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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.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Sita Gita Aune

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.

East Bay Yoga Teacher Sita Gita Aune

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!

Join Satya for a class this week!

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Meet Your Teacher: Rachel Heron

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 Rachel Heron:

What is your name and when do you teach?
My name is Rachel Heron on I teach Wednesdays at 5:30pm at Namaste Rockridge!

How long have you been at Namaste?
I began subbing last year and now have two weekly classes!

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I starting practicing in 1992, and was incredibly moved by all aspects of this path. I knew right away that I wanted to teach asana, and share the love of embodied spiritual practice.

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
Tara Brach dharma talks and Jason Crandell’s yoga podcasts

Which teachers influence your practice?
Desiree Rumbaugh, Siri Petersen Cavanna, Abby Tucker, Sianna Sherman, Ana Forrest

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
I practice asana and/or meditation in some form almost every day. These practices have become the baseline of self-inquiry and self-care. Each day is different (of course), but it’s my way of awakening mindful awareness and physical/energetic vibrancy.

What is something you wish your students knew?
That sitting still for just 5 mins a day can be life-changing.

What is your morning routine?
Sit for 30 minutes, 15 mins of flowing sun salutes, 15 chaturanga push-ups!

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I love sitting with people in stillness and silence. I love being able to guide us into potent deep and non-verbal spaces.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
My husband Bill, 12-year-old son Jai, giving bodywork and counseling sessions.

What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
Anything that gets my heart pumping. I love it all and do it all.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
Easy access to nature, beauty even in my urban environment, and ease of getting around by bike.

Anything else you want to share?
Practice is my passion. I feel most blessed to be sharing this passion with my students and clients at Namaste.

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Meet Your Teacher: Sita Devi

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 Sita Devi:

What is your name and when/where/what do you teach?
Sita Devi. I teach vinyasa and power vinyasa and lead kirtan at Namaste Rockridge and looking forward to starting classes at Grand Lake next year.

How long have you been at Namaste?
2 months

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Seva: selfless service.

Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
I love the calm app. Awesome daily meditations and nighttime sleep stories. Best wellness app hands down.

Which teachers influence your practice?
Govind Das, Bryan Kest, Janet Stone

What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
My practice is constantly evolving and transforming. I was a dancer and performer for many years and yoga was my rock, my foundation. Yoga reminds me how precious every moment is. It is my greatest teacher.

What is something you wish your students knew?
The Beatles were Hare Krsnas.

What is your morning or evening routine? (whichever is your favorite..or both!)
Dinacharya, my morning practice consists of 10 minutes of meditation, oil pulling and abhyanga.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
Hearing, “this is exactly what i needed” after class. Helping people heal.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
Nature, Retreats, Festivals, Travel.

What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
Ecstatic Dance

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
Everything.

*Monday, Friday, and Saturday classes begin January 1, 2018!

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Namaste Teachers: Meet Naushon Kabat-Zinn

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 this 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 Naushon Kabat-Zinn

How long have you been at Namaste
I have been at Namaste since the beginning… 11 years!

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I first fell in love with yoga when I was a teenager and then did a teacher training when I was 20 just to deepen my practice. After I finished my training, I taught my first class the very next day! I never thought I would be a full-time yoga teacher, but it felt like my true calling in life, and I couldn’t argue with what felt right.

Best advice you have ever received relating to your practice?
“Seek teachings everywhere”

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What are you involved with outside the studio?
I love to cook, share meals with friends, and spend time near, in, and on the ocean.

How often do you practice?
Everyday, in some form or another. Sometimes my practice is meditation and yoga, sometimes just meditation. Sometimes its a few poses, sometimes its a 2hour practice. And all of life is practice.

Absolute favorite asana?
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

What is your favorite thing about yoga?
Coming home to my truest self.

What is your favorite part of the Namaste community?
My students! They inspire me every day!


Check out Naushon’s sweet sequence on our blog for integrating a short morning practice into your routine and join us Sunday at Namaste Grand Lake for Fall in Love with Yoga: Bringing Your Practice Home Workshop!

Naushon_Kabat-ZinnNaushon has been a student of yoga since she was a little girl. Her challenging, yet compassionate Power Vinyasa classes are a wonderful way to cultivate strength, serenity, flexibility and balance.  Inspired by her studies with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Baba Hari Dass, and the teachings of Vispassana (Insight) Meditation, Naushon’s all levels classes emphasize the linking of movement with breath, cultivating our ability to be more fully present and awake in our lives, and navigate the challenges that arise with more grace and kindness.

“I have been teaching for the past 13 years. For me, yoga is life-saving. It grounds me when I feel disconnected, overwhelmed, and stressed out, and gets me back in my body when I feel stuck in my head. But mainly, yoga gives me perspective, reminding me to wake up and enjoy this beautiful life that I have been gifted…to realize that this moment, right now, is enough.”

Please visit naushonyoga.com for more information about Naushon’s workshops, retreats and booking private sessions.

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