Meet Your Teacher: Baxter Bell

Meet Your Teacher, Baxter Bell. He teaches several classes at the Namaste studios and is an integral part of our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, as well as the instructor for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging Course (and weekly classes!) we offer. He began teaching at Namaste shortly after the first studio opened on College Ave in the early 2000s! As a long-time instructor with quite a student following, we wanted to learn more about how he integrates his own practice into his life, how he came to teaching, his daily routines, and more. It’s more inspiring to see that, like ourselves, our beloved instructors are well-rounded individual with multi-faceted interests and passions.

Meet Your Teacher Baxter Bell YFHA Training

Q: What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

A: As a busy Family doctor at the time I first started practicing yoga, I was immediately drawn to and grateful for the stress reducing effects of regular practice, in addition to the obvious physical benefits of strength, better balance and improved flexibility.

Q: Which teachers have influenced your practice?

A: In my early days, I studied with Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Mary Paffard and Patricia Sullivan, all faculty at the then Piedmont Yoga Studio. I had wonderful retreat experiences with Patricia Walden, Erich Schiffman and a month long training in India with TKV Desikachar in 2005. And my local teacher for many years was Donald Moyer in Berkeley.

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

A: My practice has much more meditation time now than when I first started to practice yoga. I still enjoy and use my pose practice to maintain my strength, flexibility, balance and agility, as well as to address minor musculoskeletal issues that inevitably arise living in a human body. But as time goes on, I am finding the more subtle practices more essential to mental-emotional well-being and equanimity, breath work, sound work and meditation.

Meet Your Teacher Baxter Bell

Meet Your Teacher Baxter Bell

Q: What is your morning or evening routine that connects you to your self?

A: I love to meditate right out of bed in the am, when my mind and the world is still quiet. Then a leisurely asana practice afterwards as my schedule permits. I also love to steal away for an hour in the mid-afternoon for a balanced practice of poses, breath and meditation.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

A: I love to engage, educate and inspire my students, with a nice side serving of levity!

Q: What is something you wish your students knew?

A: I wear many hats — in addition to being a yoga teacher, I also maintain a complementary practice offering acupuncture and yoga therapy in Oakland. And I love playing music, being a life-long violinist.

Q: Can you recommend any inspiring reading or listening material?

A: I co-founded and have been a weekly contributor to the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, which is on sabbatical right now, but has over 1700 archived posts on just about any topic related to health, illness, injury and yoga. I have a wonderful book that I co-authored on the same subject, Yoga for Healthy Aging (Aside: You can find this book in the Namaste boutiques!). I also have a growing library of free yoga videos on my YouTube Channel, Baxter Bell Yoga!

Q: What are you involved with outside the studio?

A: I travel the country and the world, offering workshops and retreats on Yoga for Healthy Aging and similar topics. As mentioned above, I love to play music and love to gather with friends to have jams on a regular basis.

Q: What other movement forms help you to feel connected to yourself?

A: In addition to yoga, I find dance, especially Salsa, quite energizing, as well as playing tennis with my sweetie!

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?

A: The fascinating array of people that come from all over the country and the world to live, work and study here. I love the diversity of Oakland, and the proximity to so much amazing natural beauty.

Please join Baxter for a class or intensive soon!

Find Baxter’s weekly class schedule here. You can learn more about his Yoga for Healthy Aging Training and the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training beginning in September 2019 on our website.

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Meet Your Teacher: Sierra Wagner

Meet Your Teacher Sierra Wagner! Her heart-felt intention is to develop her students’ potential and help them to experience greater confidence and contentment. Her particular yoga leaning is toward Therapeutic Yoga, which is for anyone…and for everyone! But in particular, therapeutic yoga can be useful for those working with an injury or managing a health condition. Yoga therapy classes can serve your self-healing and help you do yoga safely. We are happy to share more about Sierra and her life both on and off the mat.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

I started taking Iyengar yoga classes at 13 and by 18 my mentor and teacher was encouraging me to teach, because I was fascinated with the possibility of healing myself and others with the tools. I love yoga and couldn’t imagine a better thing to do with my life.

Which teachers have influenced you?

Katchie Ananda, Will Kabat-Zinn, Sean Feit-Oakes, Kathleen Generaux, Angela Farmer, Shiva Rea and Sarasawati Devi.

Meet Your Teacher Sierra Wagner

What does your yoga practice look like? How has it shaped your life?

Most days I spend about 20-30 minutes with yoga, myofascial release self massage and other forms of physical therapy and 20-30 minutes with meditation. I also go to a sangha to meditate about once a week.

I consider my volunteer work an essential part of my practice. I volunteer as an assistant specialized yoga classes, as well as for a non-profit based food distribution program.

I am also practicing my yoga everyday when I cultivate mindfulness in my relationship to myself and others.

Over time, my practice has changed a lot. I include much more of my life in my practice now than I used to. It can’t be separated from the daily life. It has grown steadily from not having a home practice at all for the first 10 years of my journey, into a steady home practice. I didn’t meditate much until I took my first yoga teacher training with Katchie Ananda, who is also a dharma teacher. These practices were also more sporadic for me at first but has since become a daily habit. I have devoted more time to meditating in times of grief or transition, and have found it so helpful.

Tell us about your yoga-related everyday habits.

I’ve started doing more meditation and restorative yoga at night instead of watching TV. Mornings almost always consist of a green smoothie.

Meet Your Teacher Sierra Wagner

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

It is the shift I see in my students, and sometimes even myself, from the beginning of class to the end. . .  from tension to relaxation, and dis-ease to ease.

What is something you wish your students knew?

The right way to do yoga is what makes sense to you. A teacher is there to assist you not tell you what to do. You must honor yourself over any instruction.

There are so many other things I would like my students to know, so I bring themes into my classes to help continue their expanding awareness.

What are some favorite non-yoga activities that are on your rader?

My friends and family are very important to me and I make sure to spend time with my community and support those around me whom I love. I enjoy traveling in nature, like going for hikes in the wilderness, riding my bike and feeling the wind while I’m on my scooter. My sangha is an important commitment that I prioritize. I also love dancing, hiking, giving and receiving Thai massage, and riding my bike.

What wellness books or podcasts can you recommend?

Food For Thought Podcast

Light On Yoga by BKS Iyengar

The Places That Scare You and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Meet Your Teacher Sierra WagnerWhat is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate by far. . . hands down!

Learn more about Sierra on her website Sierra Laurel Yoga, which includes information about the launch of her newest online program, Yoga for Aging Gracefully.

Please join her for her regularly scheduled public classes at Namaste. Click here to see her schedule and sign up online.

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Meet Your Teacher: Jill White Lindsay

Who do you listen to when your body needs a tune-up? Who helps you find modifications for poses when you are injured? It’s your yoga teacher of course, and we are so grateful to them for moving out of these challenging places more quickly. Jill White Lindsay is one such instructor. With a focus on therapeutics, she often comes up with solutions for her injured students or those with varying abilities and challenges. Therapeutic yoga, however, is not just for the ‘mature’ or injured, it is a practice every body can benefit from by going deep in a safe and healing way.  It’s a practice that helps to strengthen and stabilize but also unwind and restore. Take a peek at who Jill is on the inside, and check out her amazing programming coming up this year, including a Therapeutic Immersion and a 1-Month, 200-Hour Summer Yoga Teacher Training.

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

I find these 20-30 minute chunks throughout the day to play with and explore my practice. I practice what I teach: therapeutic yoga. And my practice has evolved as I have matured…I do not have the same practice that I did when I was 25, and I love that. The physical aspect of the yoga that I teach and practice is rooted in safety and sustainability, so it’s changed my life because I move in a wiser, kinder way both in and outside of the studio.

Meet Your Teacher Jill White Lindsay Therapeutics

Which teachers influence your practice?

Ganga White, Harvey Deutch, Janet Stone, Robin Gueth, and my dog Bowie.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

Once I really started deepening my personal practice, I couldn’t wait to share this art with others. Yoga has gotten me though the many storms of life: break ups, loss, illness and injury.

What is something you wish your students knew?

And it’s not just a physical practice…there’s so many other pieces that make up the art of yoga: breath, meditation, concentration, devotion, observances, etc.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

The relationships I get to build with my regular yogis is invaluable, and I enjoy showing various tips/tricks to help people lessen their pain or discomfort.

For The Wrists with Jill White Lindsay

with Jill White Lindsay This fun and simple exercise is great for lubricating and opening up the wrists and forearms via pronation and supination (Anatomy Nerd Alert! Pronation means a "side-to-side" movement, Supination means "rotating to face forward of the body"). This move is especially great if you work behind a computer most of your day, as it moves the congestion out from those distal joints.

Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

I will always love Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater and It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein.

What is your morning or evening routine?

I love to sleep, so I value my preparation for rest: during these colder months I get my heating pad going in my bed, I have my little face care ritual, then essential oils and then cuddle up with my hubby and my puppy.

Tell us a few of your favorite things:

Knitting, Book Club with my high school girlfriends, hip hop class at Hipline, Bay Area scenery, Bay Area FOOD, and logic riddles.

Join Jill for her regularly scheduled weekly therapeutic yoga classes: Mondays and Wednesday 4:30 at Namaste Berkeley, Tuesday 6:00pm at Grandlake, Thursday 4:30 at Rockridge and 10:00am at Grandlake.

Go deeper with Jill and join her for the upcoming 25 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Immersion from May 9-12, 2019.  Take your therapeutic practice to the next level. This is your opportunity to learn more about your body, the functionality of its movements and how to maintain a safe, sustainable practice.  This will be a great platform to ask questions from adaptations for injuries, to how to create a customized therapeutic home practice.

Jill will also be the Anatomy + Therapeutics instructor for our summer One-Month 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Learn more here.

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Meet Your Teacher: Dena Saedi

Our instructors are the 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 everyday life is like, and what current things are inspiring them. Aren’t you curious too? Meet your teacher Dena Saedi, who joined the Namaste faculty in September 2018 and specializes in Therapeutic Yoga.

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

I began experimenting with meditation in college. Over the years I discovered various practices until being introduced to yoga 20 years ago. 10 years later I had completed multiple trainings including a teacher training, all to simply deepen my own practice. Out of the blue I was offered my own class because a local studio manager, who knew my practice and heard that I had completed a teacher training, was in a bind to fill an open slot on the schedule. Once I started to teach I was so pleasantly surprised at the tremendous impact teaching yoga had on the quality of my practice. I was quickly hooked and already preparing for more training in yoga therapy.

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

Often I will reference Explain Pain by Moseley & Butler during my yoga for chronic pain classes and with privates. I love Joseph LePage’s Mudras book and the way it ties hand gestures to chakras, ayurveda, and the elements. Bo Forbes’ Yoga for Emotional Health speaks to my work as a yoga therapist in a very down to earth and intelligent way. My divination tool of choice is the iChing and I love to do readings for my friends!

Meet Your Teacher Dena Saedi CandidWhat is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

I love holding space for my students in class, I consider it an honor which I do not take lightly. There is so much noise in our daily lives that I consider yoga class a sacred time one carves out for oneself.

What are you involved with outside the studio?

I teach mind/body medicine (i.e. yoga) to groups and individuals with chronic pain at IPM pain clinics around the Bay Area, this has been my passion and expertise since I started teaching. I also work with seniors, and a year ago I learned there is a great need for movement and healing with seniors who are dealing with dementia. I now have several students with dementia who I see weekly for gentle movement, breath work and basically connection. I am also beginning a training in cranial sacral therapy.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?

Several times since moving here I both went skiing and sailing within a single weekend, this makes me giddy. I have always loved San Francisco to visit, but now that I live here when I find myself at an outdoor gathering in January, spending time in Marin Headlands, or hiking in the Oakland Hills I pinch myself that this is home.

Meet Your Teacher Dena SaediDena Saedi teaches Therapeutic Yoga on Friday mornings at 8:30 at Namaste Rockridge. Dena has worked as a yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and yoga teacher for chronic pain populations, seniors, cancer survivors, and veterans for the last decade. She has been a practitioner of yoga since 2000, and meditation since 1990. It is her belief that yoga has an incredible power to heal, indeed all of yoga is a doorway in. Learn more about Dena on her website.

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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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Feel Your Unique Moving Body

Yoga Teacher Q+A with Ada Lusardi

Ada teaches weekly public Hatha Level 2-3 class on Saturdays at Namaste Berkeley from 8:00-10:00am. Every first Saturday of the month includes myofascial rolling, so don’t miss out on that. We caught up with Ada on her intentions and inspirations for the year ahead.

 

Q: Did you make any New Year resolutions or intentions? If so, can you share with us?

A: Each year I set an intention for what I hope to impart to my students for that year. This year I want them to feel the uniqueness of their bodies move, specifically how their joints are shaped and are meant to move. This is different for every individual. Once this way of feeling is honed in the asanas we can make the best choices for ourselves and reduce the risk of overuse and injury by moving in concert with the shape of our bones. The science of human anatomy, once learned, never goes away as we’re living every moment in its’ glorious expression.

 

Q: Will your practice be useful in these intentions / resolutions? If so, how will you use it?

A: My practice on the mat is where my teaching is born. Moving from my natural architecture is the foundation of my personal practice and teaching.

 

 

Yoga Teacher Q+A with Ada Lusardi

 

Q: Do you have any inspiring advice or quotes for our students in the new year?

A: “The greatest thing we can do is to help someone know they are loved and that they are capable of loving.” ~ Fred Rogers

 

Q: Can you recommend one inspiring book or podcast?

Q: Can you recommend any nice winter self care rituals?

A: I use my neti pot daily, especially when traveling, and use a homemade sea salt and sesame oil scrub in the shower a couple times a week to keep my skin glowing.

Everything starts with the feet and how we connect to the ground. Watch and try this mini foot exercise with Ada  to connect with the feet before practice.

Yoga Teacher Q+A with Ada Lusardi

Check out some of Ada’s other advanced offerings at Namaste:

Yoga Teacher Q+A | Anatomy Training with Ada Lusardi  Yoga Teacher Q+A | 300 Hour Training with Ada Lusardi

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Slowing Down to the “Slowest Part of Me”

Q+A with Ken Breniman

Ken Breniman teaches weekly Gentle Yoga classes at our Grand Lake and Berkeley studios.

Q: Did you make any New Year resolutions or intentions? If so, can you share with us?

A: My intention is equanimity and it is a ‘carry over’ from last year as it was profoundly powerful in guiding me through the twists and turns of life.

 

Q: Will your practice be useful in these intentions / resolutions? If so, how will you use it?

A: I practice a tonglen meditation. It is a Buddhist tradition in which one breathes into the suffering or discomfort (i.e. impatience, callousness, anger, jealousy) and transmute the energy with the out breath which honors the complimentary force (i.e. patience, compassion, forgiveness, comparison). It is quite the powerful meditation and helps me find equanimity.

Q: Do you have any inspiring advice for the new year?

A: I have been singing the chorus from the Karen Drucker song “Gentle with Myself” which goes “I will only go as fast as the slowest part of me.” I find this quote to be chuck full of wisdom in honoring the youngest or most tender parts of self that might otherwise get overlooked in the fast paced society we live in. The song reminds me how important self-compassion is in my on-the-mat and off-the-mat practices.

 

Swan Dive with Intention

A short practice with Ken Breniman for when you are confronted with grief.

Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Monday, December 3, 2018

Q: Can you recommend one inspiring book or podcast?

A: “Die Wise” by Stephen Jenkinson

 

Q: Can you recommend any nice winter self care rituals?

A: Sensory Deprivation or Float Tanks are a great way to warm and relax the body. It is like a 60-90 minute long savasana (corpse pose) and some people describe it like floating in the ‘void’ or returning to the womb. Please note: some folks newer to floating need to confront their discomfort with smaller and/or quiet spaces. It is the ultimate mini-hibernation for cold weather!

 


Catch Ken on Monday, 10-11:30am, Gentle Yoga at Grand Lake or Thursday, 5:30-6:45pm, Sliding Scale Gentle Flow at Berkeley

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Teachers Talk: Inspired Winter Rituals for Self-Care

Our goal this year is to inspire you in your yoga evolution.

Each of us will take our own journey, follow our own twisted path to becoming better or kinder people, feeling more presence in our bodies, tapping into a more sustainable practice, or simply finding inviting self-care rituals.  Since winter is the season of compromised immune systems, and the new year provides us the opportunity to dive back into our daily routines with gusto, we thought it was time for some self-care.

We asked our teachers to share their favorite winter rituals.

Ada Lusardi

I use my neti pot daily, especially when traveling, and use a homemade sea salt and sesame oil scrub in the shower a couple times a week to keep my skin glowing.

Inspired? Find Ada’s classes here.

Skeeter Barker

Wrapping up warm and going to the ocean with a hot flask of tea.

Inspired? Find Skeeter’s classes here.

Ken Breniman

Sensory Deprivation or Float Tanks are a great way to warm and relax the body. It is like a 60-90 minute long savasana (corpse pose) and some people describe it like floating in the ‘void’ or returning to the womb. Please note: some folks newer to floating need to confront their discomfort with smaller and/or quiet spaces. It is the ultimate mini-hibernation for cold weather!

Inspired? Find Ken’s classes here.

Rachel Heron

  1. REST.
  2. Eliminate sugar after the holiday abundance of treats.
  3. De-clutter spaces, get rid of extra stuff and enjoy the spacious beginning of a new cycle.

Inspired? Find Rachel’s classes here.

Naushon Kabat-Zinn

I take baths a lot. I put epsom or other salts and essential oils and float, rest, soak, and zone out. Its very very nourishing.

Inspired? Find Naushon’s classes here.

Elana Morgulis

A weekly sea salt or epsom salt bath. Particularly at the end of the week as a way to cleanse your physical and energetic body of stress and tension taken on during the week and start the weekend fresh and clear. Baths have a way of relaxing the muscles, yet create a feeling of lightness. A ritual I love to do at the end of the bath is to let the all the water drain while still lying in the tub and feeling that all stress and energy that no longer serves me is draining from my body with the bathwater. Then rinse off with a cool shower.

Inspired? Find Elana’s classes here.

Rosy Moon + Jill White Lindsay

Ahbyanga — the practice of  self massage, is fantastic for not only healthy, soft skin in the winter months, but helps with circulation and hydration.  If you run cold like I (Jill) do, use refined sesame oil and massage the entire body before you shower, then rinse off excess oil. After, you’ll feel like you’re wrapped up in a warm cocoon of healing!

Inspired? Find Rosy’s classes here and Jill’s classes here.

Margi Young

Be kind. Always. If that leaves your realm of possibility, get onto your mat or meditation cushion or go outside and do lions breath, or eat chocolate, or call a friend, or do whatever you can do to re-boot. Try again. Kindness.

Inspired? Find Margi’s classes here.

Thank you to our teachers for the wisdom they so willingly impart.  

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Meet Your Teacher: Lucid Dawn

Lucid Dawn has been practicing since 1994 and was inspired to share her joy and wisdom with friends as she began her teaching journey.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

Yoga has supported me on all levels of life, professionally as a performer/ artist/ designer & mentally/ emotionally in all ways… It is not something i can keep to myself.. My teaching began to seep out into everything I do until people were asking me to teach for real and I had to get official.

Which teachers influence your practice?

I have been influenced along my path by Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Desiree Rumbaugh, Abby Tucker, Suzanna Sterling and more…So much grace and inspiration – and sisterhood in weaving other teachings into the practice! I am grateful for the work of Hareesh Wallis and Christopher Tompkins for bringing so much non-dual Tantra alive here and now.

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

I share all that i can – the way that it arises … I trust the way the shakthi flows through me and that I am alive to be a voice of reflection and informed practice. I study anatomy and ancient text as well as modern synthesis of things. Yoga has affected EVERY aspect of my life and improved them all. Mostly now the practice is its own teacher to me – I learn so much just by being in it and listening – new knowledge arises from within regularly – things I may have read in books and heard from teachers over the years – but now it arises from the prana, from my bones, drops in from the divine.

What is something you wish your students knew?

That they are absolutely allowed and encouraged to be ALL that they are – that NOTHING is wrong with them. I am not here to fix them–they don’t need to be fixed. All of our perceived brokenness, struggle and awkwardness is just here for us to learn and grow through.

What is your morning routine?

Asana Mantra Meditation w/ mudra, writing often, abhyanga (self-oil massage) if i have the time, at least 1-2x a week.

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

I am pretty new to finding Podcasts but i do love The Yoga Healer – an ayurveda & yoga podcast.

Books! Oh! i could carry on endlessly there – but a few must haves:

Tantra Illuminated by Hareesh Wallis

Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga series by Ray Long

Light on Life by BKS Iyengar

What are you involved with outside the studio?

Music! Dancing! Theatre/ circus! Family! Nature! Travel! Event co-ordination, production, MC’ing, priestessing, ritual & ceremony creation and leading, energy healing, cooking, studying, reading, writing – poetry, songs, books (soon to come!), love notes..;), community building, world bridging, reclaiming traditions, & activism wherever however possible.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?

My favorite thing about the Bay Area is the level of health consciousness here, the level of spirituality and how most often there is an openness to difference, uniqueness and freedom of self expression. As a self identified freek / queer /ecstatic being, i have never felt more at home anywhere else – i feel it is my/ our work to ripple out the blessings of this area, that more people might feel at home wherever they are!

Join Lucid for public classes at Namaste:

Monday / Wednesday 4:00-5:15pm at Namaste Rockridge

Thursday 12:00-1:00pm at Namaste Rockridge

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Meet Your Teacher: Domonick Wegesin

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 Domonick Wegesin:

How long have you been at Namaste?
10 years

What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Yoga helped me face my fears of not being enough. I have always loved to teach, and realized I would love to teach something that had been so impactful in my own life.

Your favorite literature on yoga or meditation?
The writings of Pema Chodron and Mary Oliver.

Which teachers have influenced your practice?
David Goulet, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Richard Rosen, Dylan Werner

How often do you practice?
Daily

What is your morning or evening routine?
Morning pranayama and chanting with my husband. We start each day in sync, every breath for the first 30 minutes of the day in tandem.

Your favorite self-care practices?
Hiking in Nature, soaking in our hot tub under the trees and sky, dancing, yoga.

What are you involved with outside the studio?
Crazy about our Schnoodle, love to dance.

Absolute favorite asana?
Wild Thing – love it’s beauty, curvilinear form and heart-offering expression.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The people who are the most accepting of any place I’ve ever lived.

Anything else you want to share?
So grateful to be in the Namaste Community to have a place to share the teachings of yoga and meditation. Thankful for Kimberly and her vision.

Also check out Domonick’s upcoming programming:

Yoga for Anxiety Series, begins Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, begins Wednesday, September 19, 2018

 

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