The Yoga Sol Blog

Student Spotlight – Christine Han from Yorba Linda, CA

Rozanne: Congratulations! You are our Yoga Sol Student of the Month for April. From our understanding, you’re a relatively new yogi. What brought you to the mat, and what has kept you coming consistently?

Christine: I practiced yoga several times before when I was pursuing judo recreationally at Cal. After graduating, I left the States for a year of self-exploration in Oz and the U.K. Travelling as frequently as I did, I had spent a year in flux.  During that time, the only constant in my life was my Self. I returned home with a hunger for stability. Yoga brought me to a routine. Routine brought me stability, and stability allowed me to create a small measure of peace for myself.

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Christine Chiu Instructor Spotlight

Rozanne: Christine, can you update us on your continuing study with Annie Carpenter and Tiffany Russo and why their yoga teachings resonate with you?

Christine: My teachers, Annie and Tiffany, have taught me to slow down my practice and pay attention. We work hard in level one poses, but slowly and mindfully. This method has helped me feel grounded and supported, yet the nuanced instructions help me keep my focus steady. I truly believe slowing down the practice is beneficial for both newer students and those who have been practicing a while. For the new students, a slow practice allows him/her to learn how to set up the pose; for the seasoned student, the slow practice helps the student be with the pose, paying attention to how the nuanced alignment affects his/her breath and body. Most of all, When we work hard in the ‘easy’ poses, we can focus and peg our attention to the present moment, freeing us from our overactive minds.

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Anh Chi Pham Instructor Spotlight

Many of you know and appreciate Anh Chi’s extensive yoga education and the diverse aspects that she brings to each one of her classes. Whether it is Tuesday/Thursday 9am Hatha Blend or 10:30am Gentle Yoga, you know you will always learn something new and will walk away with a sense of renewal.  I am sharing our discussion below as Anh Chi talks yoga joy and philosophy.

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Dec 2016 Student of the Month – Bela Patel

Rozanne: You began your practice at Yoga Sol Studio all the way back in 2014! We’re so honored you’ve been such a loyal student of ours. How did you begin your yoga practice?

Bela: I started around the age of 5 trying to copy poses from an Iyengar yoga book my family had. I continued to dabble in classes throughout the years but have been more consistent since I have been at Yoga Sol.

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Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

paleo-pumpkin-muffins‘Tis the season for all things warm and spicy. These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are a great treat, whether for breakfast, or an on-the-go energy boost after a great yoga class. If you were lucky enough to stop by Yoga Sol on Small Business Saturday, then you even got a chance to try some of these yourself. (more…)

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Getting to Know Amee Patel!

Rozanne: We are so thrilled that you now have two weekly classes at YOGA SOL – Sundays 10:30am VINYASA FLOW INTERMEDIATE and Tuesdays 11am POWER HOUR! Both classes greatly reflect your background in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Can you tell us a little about your love for this type of yoga?  

Amee: I’ve practiced various styles of yoga and these variations of yoga asana (although both VERY different) are what keeps me coming back to my mat. My personal practice is Ashtanga which is a very regimented style in which you practice a set sequence of poses. I particularly love this since I can focus on my breath (pranayam) and gaze (drishti), allowing me to tune out everything else around me. The more I delve deeper into my practice, I am finding more enjoyment from keeping a steady breath than I am from the actual physical poses….something I have learned to carry with me throughout my day. On the other side, I love to teach and take classes in Vinyasa which actually stem from the Ashtanga system. I love to create new ways to move the body so that the flows become fun and challenging at the same time.

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Oct 2016 Student of the Month – Randi Finney

Rozanne: Congratulations! You are our Yoga Sol Student of the Month for October. You’ve been a consistent yoga practitioner for about 3 years now. What brought you to the mat in the first place, and what has kept you coming back?

Randi: In Nov 2013 I had a heart attack and my doctor told me I had to eliminate stress in my life. Since I couldn’t give up my divorce, teenagers, or job, I tried yoga. And it has been my life saver (literally!) ever since.

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Getting To Know Susan Sellers!

Rozanne: Rock ‘n’ Roll Vinyasa is such a unique type of class! What inspired you to create this type of flow? How is it different from a regular vinyasa?

Susan: A long time ago I received some fantastic advice; “Teach the class that you always wanted to take!” I have held onto that for a long time. I love music. I love all kinds of music. Sometimes while taking yoga classes my mind wanders and I constantly have a soundtrack running in my head. You would be surprised how often “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor plays in my mind, especially in a Warrior 3. Teaching and practicing to Rock n Roll keeps me challenged and sometimes I even get an air guitar solo. I think it is very similar to a regular vinyasa class, however, I do think that sometimes, the music makes it even more challenging.  Seriously, with Billy Idol asking you for a Rebel Yell, it can be hard to maintain balance. I also believe that Yoga should be FUN!  I hope that when people leave class they have laughed a little, and that they feel amazing about themselves and the incredible things our bodies can do.

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Chérie Life Cycle Celebrant®

Chérie is a Life Cycle Celebrant® graduate from the Life Cycle Celebrant Foundation and Institute.

Chérie’s passion for creating personalized ceremonies comes from her belief that a ceremony (or ritual) can be very healing for someone going through transitions in their life.  She believes “never miss an opportunity to celebrate life with a ceremony” which could include a Celebration of Life, a Wedding, a Baby Naming or Adoption, a Milestone Birthday, a New Home Blessing or even the Loss of a Job- these are just a few of the life events that a ceremony or ritual will celebrate.

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Nourishing a Healthy Heart – A Yoga and Nutrition Workshop

Yoga and Nutrition – Effective in Reversing Heart Damage

We have long known of the power of yoga and sound nutritional awareness in bettering health and wellness, but it was these words “reversing heart disease” that really captured by attention this year. Dr. Dean Ornish, recognized for his international scientific heart research, has documented proof that heart disease can be halted or even reversed simply by changing your lifestyle. His current best-seller is titled “Reversing Heart Disease”.

I am passionately drawn to this work, as I lost my husband to a sudden, unexpected heart attack last year. Garry unfortunately had a  hereditary predisposition, like many others. I want to see people make  positive changes for better heart health. The good news is that through knowledge, people can become proactive and actually reverse heart damage. The first steps are knowledge, awareness, and a commitment to making change in your health and wellness.

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