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 Cherie Carson aka Siri Gian Kaur (Cherie’s Spiritual Name)
How long have you been at Namaste?
Since 7th Heaven was integrated into the Namaste family – before that I was with 7th Heaven for over 15 years.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I love to move. I have always been a dancer and Yoga was part of my practice. I became a teacher because I love to teach.
Your favorite self-care practices?
Water therapy, massage, meditation.
What is your morning routine?
Meditate/chant before breakfast.
What are you involved with outside the studio?
Integrating the practice of yoga in my real estate career. Helping someone find their home is a first chakra experience. Finding a foundation, the temple for the body. I practice being in the neutral mind and being present for my clients. I also am Artistic Director of UpSwing Aerial Dance Company. It is my other passion in life. I teach a yoga based warm up. We have classes for Girls Who Fly and Teens Who Fly and Adults as a way to empower, move through fears and bring out the creative self.
How often do you practice?
What is something you wish all of our students understood better?
How absolutely amazing Kundalini Yoga is!
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
The open-mindedness and diversity
Cherie Carson (Siri Gian Kaur), certified with the Kundalini Research Institute, has studied Yoga since 1986. Her background includes experience in Hatha, Sivananda, Kripalu, Yin and Kundalini Yoga traditions. Cherie is also a performer and choreographer whose training has included understanding body mechanics through kinesiology, Pilates, Tai Chi, Dance Therapy, Alexander Technique and Sat Nam Rasayan. Cherie has also created a meditative style of Water Yoga. Her meditation practices are influenced by the Kundalini Yoga tradition of Yogi Bhajan as well as her studies in Zen philosophy and creative visualization.