#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Janine Glass

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Name: Janine Glass

Nick Name: J9

Hometown: Philly

Favorite Place: Any where with my boys AND tropical islands…Thailand and Bali to be more specific

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Favorite color: I don’t have just 1…I prefer rainbows!!!!

What’s your sign? Aries

Most embarrassing moment? When you get married and have kids I feel like embarrassing moments disappear and you learn to laugh and enjoy every situation! But one time in yoga class….

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Most empowering moment? About 3 years I attended an Advance Teacher Training in NYC. There was a specific moment when I was yogaing, of course, Where I realized my true path and really stepped into my own spirit authentically for the first time. Man, this was so empowering!

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? Japanese food is my jam. Could eat it 24/7

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I can make the best veggie spring rolls

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell. Gosh, there are so many! One of my fav adventures was with my hubby. We traveling to Thailand, Cambodia, and Bali for our honeymoon for an entire month. The last stop was Bali, where I taught at The Yoga Barn. The most magic I’ve ever experienced happened on that trip. It was the trip of a lifetime and I fulfilled a dream of teaching in Bali. I will be back teaching in Bali one day soon!

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When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? Hanging with all my boys, Bodhi too! Preferably on the beach on or by the water! Playing in yoga class with all my #yogafriends!

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How do you define yoga? Yoga is what YOU need it to be. Every time you arrive on the mat you get something so different.

Why do you teach? I teach for one reason. To help heal the hoop of the people. Yoga heals and there is so much wisdom and medicine that happens when we are on our mats. All humans can benefit from some form of the practice.

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What brought you to become an instructor? Yoga was and still is the thing that connects me to self and the universe. Yoga continues to heal and help me. When I took my first teacher training I knew yoga was my new journey and it makes me so happy and humble to share the practice, the space, and time with others! I left that teacher training quit my corporate job and started teaching immediately (thanks to Ducky Punch:)

What is your favorite song to play in class? That changes on the daily

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? Honestly, that so changes on the daily too. But I always love to invert!

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Memorable yoga moment? Arriving on the mat; yes that memorable moment when peace washes though every cell tissue of the body!

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) The roll…see attached pic #forrestyoga style:)

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What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? Yoga for Youth is a great non profit that literally saves children’s lives by bringing worthiness and happiness to children that have had a really rough start

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Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? www.JanineGlassYogaCo.com, #j9yogaco #forrestyoga Follow my social media to see update of all yoga happenings and my boys!

Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!) My workshop Unraveling the mysteries of the Neck, Shoulders, and Hips 8/27

#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Audrey Guedelekian

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Each month we bring a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminate their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class.

Name: Audrey Ann Guedelekian

Hometown: Glendale, CA.

Favorite color: Right now: Arizona Green Tea Turquoise

What’s your sign? Scorpio’

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?

– I was born left handed. Learned to write and draw with both hands later. Now I’m dominantly right handed. Can still do random things with my left

– I have my bachelors in fine art and am pretty awesome at drawing and painting

– I teach indoor cycling aside from yoga and AcroYoga

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Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.

I was practicing yoga with one of my mentors last summer. She had us in ustrasana (camel pose) it was a backbend that wasn’t my friend. She came up to me in the midst of the pose and placed one finger on my heart. She said push my finger with your breathe. It was a struggle but I felt some space open up. Coming out of the pose I felt so much emotion run through my body and tears fill up my eyes. It was the first time I truly lived in that pose. It doesn’t matter what emotion was attached to the tears but that this was one of the first very clear moments where I experienced yoga as medicine.  

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When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)

– doing Acroyoga at a park, or in a pool

– making giant bubble contraptions

– building my own hula hoops

– recently got into body building. Let see how long this phase lasts

– napping with the pup, Mochi

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How do you define yoga? Yoga is your relationship with yourself.

Why do you teach? It keeps me happy. I am lucky. People come to me feeling physical or emotional pain, and they leave relaxed and grateful is so fulfilling to me.

What brought you to become an instructor? Right after I completed college I was faced with a pretty emotional break up combined with the pressure of starting a career. Pain and change taught me a lot during that process and was the best thing to have happened to me because of what came after. I Decided to take a teacher training with a yoga therapist with no intention to teach. One thing lead to another and here we are. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Giving, receiving, connecting and co-creating.

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What is your favorite song to play in class? Lately it’s been anything by Kygo

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? Aside from inversions I love danurasana. Bow pose. It’s one of the few backbends that feel accessible to me.

Memorable yoga moment? Every time one of my students thank me after class for reaching them in some way through words or music or the yoga. That’s my favorite moment, every time.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) I have no real connection to places or things. The memories I have are connected to the people I had them with.

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? #acrocousins @audreyannyoga

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COME TO THE ACROYOGA WORKSHOP – 6/16/16 – 2-4pm  – Audrey and her cousin Allen – beginners, no partners needed.

#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Ellina Kim

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Each month we bring a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminate their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class.

Name:  Ellina Kim

Nick Name:  Elle or E.K.

Hometown: Los Angeles

Favorite Place:  My bed with my dogs.IMG_0349Favorite color:  pink and gold

What’s your sign?  Cancer

Most embarrassing moment?  It was when I was demo-ing a peak pose and ended up almost falling on my face and a good student of mine commented, “So she is human.”

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Most empowering moment? When I opened up my own yoga store in Culver City, Maitri Yoga Store.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I grew up in the Happy Days house.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I was on a couple episodes of Full House.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I own a cool yoga store in Culver City, Maitri Yoga Store. Maitri means “loving-kindness”in Sanskrit.

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Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.

I like telling people how I manifested my now fiancé. I was ending a frustrating relationship when I decided to write down what I really wanted in my future partner and then began to chant in Sanskrit mantra that attracts your ultimate masculine partner. After chanting for a couple weeks and then stopping to take a break, I met Bryan after a transformative yoga teacher training in Guatemala and fell head over heels with him. I knew after our first chat after yoga class that he was the real deal. I had manifested my future husband. (Let me know if you want that mantra 😉 )

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When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? If I’m not at the studio, I’m at Maitri Yoga Store. If I’m not at Maitri, I’m probably hanging with my dogs and fiancé. If I’m not doing any of those, I’m most definitely sleeping.

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How do you define yoga? Yoga is defined as union with God and the self. I interpret this definition to be that yoga is the practice of aligning with your higher-self which the higher-self is an aspect/reflection of God. We would call this a state of bliss/excitement/love. So that being said, Yoga=the practice of following your bliss.

Why do you teach? I teach because it feels good to make others feel good. Not a super philosophical reason other than, I love it when I get to connect with others.

What brought you to become an instructor? I never intended to teach although I was open to it. I became an instructor through synchronicity. It was presented to me.

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What is your favorite song to play in class? I don’t have one because my music always changes!

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? Right now, my favorite pose is Yoganidrasana because I think it’s funny looking and makes me want to fall asleep.

Memorable yoga moment? A memorable moment was when I was taking a class with one of my favorite teachers and she told us to stand still in Tadasana and like magic, utter stillness was felt through the whole body. It was an amazing moment of internal and outer peace.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) My favorite is a block. Not only can you use it for restorative postures but it’s a great tool to strengthen the body and play with handstands. Very multipurpose.

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? Any animal non-profit is something I’m all about!

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags, or happenings you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? @ellinayoga #ellinayoga #growyourpractice @maitriyogastore

Come to my workshop! – Law Of Attraction – 3 Fridays starting 6/16. Let’s manifest what matters to you!

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Restorative Yoga with Samantha Akers

Restorative Yoga; What is it and why should we practice? Cant I just lay down and rest at home?

This is what I asked 17 years ago before taking my first class.

In this busy culture and time that we live in, a restorative practice is more important than ever. Restorative poses support or should support our entire systems; body, mind, spirit and energy. Using props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, and sandbags (which she will be bringing) we prop the body so that it is completely comfortable in long held, peaceful asana postures.

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Our nervous systems are in some state of flight or flight almost all of the time, even when we are resting, we might be anxious or over thinking – leading to a bit of high alert in the body and mind. Restorative yoga is a deliciously relaxing practice. We are supported in each posture for several minutes, while learning to follow their breath with mindfulness techniques.

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With in minutes, the nervous system begins to relax, we gain a sense of spacious joy and release. In the workshop, we will be practicing cooling poses, readying the body and mind for the hot summer months. You may find you sleep better, breath better and feel more general positivity, just after one class!

Restorative Yoga healed me, supported me through chronic pain, fibromyalgia and Lymes disease. It is a powerful tool that will kindly and gently support and heal anyone that is ready to melt into themselves and develop friendliness towards their own hearts.

 

Interested in Restorative Yoga Teacher Training?

Taking a training in this style of yoga is vital for teachers to begin to see where students need that support and how to fill the space so that they can completely relax and let go, nourishing their nervous system into blissful and healing rest. This practice keeps dis-ease as bay, helps with sleep as well as mental disturbances such as anxiety and depression.

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We move so very much, we must balance with rest. TheraYoga Method training in this modality will teach practitioners to guide a skilled practice with alignment, breath work and guided meditation. Learning the subtle art to teaching, along with the science of stretching and the fascial system will enhance teachers ability to be in the top of their field of yoga therapy as it is a growing need for our population. Plus, we have so much fun playing with props and learning about one another’s bodies!

Read more about Samatha Akers, her background, her work, and what you will get from her coming 2 hour workshop AND her weekend training at the end of July.  –  Sign up and ask questions – http://onedowndog.com/events-workshops

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#ODDlight Teacher Feature: Ducky Punch

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Each month we bring a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminate their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class.
Name: Ducky Punch
Nick Name: Effie, Nula, Nools, Duck
Hometown: CORK
Favorite Place: Kauai Hanalei…can I have two places, if so Nepal….
Favorite color:  On me…RED, on a front door it’s Yellow, Blue for the sky and when swimming Turquoise.
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What’s your sign? Pisces
Most embarrassing moment?  Ohhhh I still blush, Too many…seriously…way to many….I’ll tell you when the next one happens!
Most empowering moment?  Receiving my Masters in Neuroscience on a Wednesday and flying to San Francisco the next Saturday….woohooo roll on new life!!
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?  I LOVE POI  (Spinning fire)….Just keep your distance..I’ve a lot to learn !
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I went hunting on a very stubborn and feisty shetland pony, named cowslip, when I was 10. I though I was going to die.
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Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
Can’t think of any !   (We think this is because all of Ducky’s life is magical, funny, adventurous…)
When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?  At the beach of course, in an infra red sauna, traveling to remote places, sipping tea, detoxing, drumming,  giving cranio-sacral therapy to my nephews, sprouting seeds, playing table tennis at the Hammer museum, studying the psoas, chatting to donkeys !
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How do you define yoga? One of the many great teachings that has the potential to guide you straight into your heart, expose your innate compassion, transform and enhance the quality of your life.  SATNAM to that !
Why do you teach? That’s an easy question.  It’s sounds like the stereotypical answer but it is the truth. I get to see the best of people when I’m teaching. The good, the bad, and the gritty, but it’s authentic and real.  Yoga simply works, there is medicine in the poses that is unique for us all. As students practice they connect deeper and deeper to themselves and theres such a sweetness in that. Yoga invites us to shed our fears and inspires us to let our true nature shine. It’s an honor to teach and see students transform. So thanks to you yogis for giving me that gift.
What brought you to become an instructor? Pure fluke!  I was a science nerd with a wild side that was hidden under a shy veneer. I had a dream of going to med school but was not totally enamored with the direction the profession was taking. While figuring out my working life I decided to take a few months off to learn more about yoga because I loved it. Bit by bit, favor by favor, friends asked me to step in and teach and the rest is history !
What is your favorite song to play in class?  The one and only inspiring, uplifting and crazy talented Kendrick Lamar and his song  “I”  Introduced to me by my friend ET
Favorite line in the song besides “I love myself”  is “how many times our potential was anonymous”
What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? 
First of all they’re all my favorites because they all build upon each other.  Like the meaning of yoga they are better united/yoked.  But if i had to choose a pose that will never fail to yield incredible benefits, it would be dolphin. Our lifestyle has most of us gravitating to a slouched position and dolphin is such a good chest opener. it also opens our armpits :)))
“If you open the armpits, the brain becomes light. You cannot brood or become depressed.” — BKS Iyengar
I love armpits !!
And just to check your really reading this////
“never hold your farts in, they travel up your spine, in to your brain and that where shitty ideas come from”

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Memorable yoga moment? Just getting to take class!
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What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)
I get this question a lot. and it always reminds me of a line from the movie “Once we were warriors”. At the end of the movie one of the main characters was asked by his brother if he was going to get his Maori tattoos and he said no bro, I wear mine on the inside. I feel the same, I wear my yoga on the inside too. But I do have a meditation space. My personal sacred space that is a home to some special items that I do love to have nearby when I meditate.
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
Yoga for youth, is an amazing organization that offers Kundalini yoga to incarcerated youth in LA. Training with Krishna Kaur was one of the most heart wrenching and warming experiences I’ve ever have had. These kids in everyday life are treated as if they are worthless so to have someone believe in them, see them, respect and teach them to recognize their inner beauty (I know this sounds blablahish ) boy do they shine bright ! Seriously “no mud no lotus!”
I have so much respect for Heifer international. It is one of my all time favorites too!
Are there any things you’d like to promote or links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to share?
My workshop! 5/14 – 5/15. Bring your bodies. Bring your questions. Anatomy workshop – Body Love.
@ducknormal on instagram – #duckypunch is me and a bowl of punch with rubber duckies!
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