The Yoga Sol Blog

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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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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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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Getting To Know Becca Silverman!

Rozanne: Becca, we are so thrilled to be seeing more of yoga at Yoga Sol with your Tuesday 4:30pm Vinyasa Class and more to come in the new year! Can you tell us a little about how you came to yoga?

BeccaI was first introduced to yoga when my sister, Rachel, opened up her own yoga studio. I was hooked instantly and loved how happy I would feel after each class. 

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YOGA FOR WINNING GOLF AT YOGA SOL

With Yoga For Winning Golf, I am able to combine two things that I am truly passionate about – yoga & golf! My husband and Co-Owner of YOGA SOL, Garry Haverland and I are holding a Yoga For Winning Golf workshop Sunday October 11th 1pm at YOGA SOL.

For those “yoga skepticals”, let us tell you more…

When you think about it, golf requires so many of the things that are also the key focuses of yoga – Flexibility, Strength, Stamina, Balance, Mental Focus, Confidence and Stress Reduction. In fact, if you look at just about any swing flaw (lifting up, reverse pivot, coming over the top, casting, inconsistency), it almost always ties back to a limitation in the physical body. If you are a golfer, you have probably invested a tidy sum of money on the latest technology – the finest equipment – cutting-edge clubs, the newest golf balls, professional swing instruction. All good, but think how dramatically you might improve your game with an improvement in fitness. A strong, stable body that is fluid and flexible creates the foundation for a healthy, injury-free golfer. Lack of flexibility can limit range of motion and can cause loss of balance. This results in reduced power and accuracy. Power, balance, and weight transfer all depend on shoulder, hip, and spinal flexibility. (more…)

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Dalai Lama Speaks in Anaheim – City of Kindness – Yoga Sol is There

Yoga Sol instructors Christine Chiu, Monica Valdez and I had the special opportunity to hear world leader, the Dalai Lama speak last month in Anaheim at the Honda Center.  Powerful, moving and truly a meaningful experience!

Christine and Monica paint wonderfully descriptive pictures below – I echo – and just share a few of my takeaways:

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Getting To Know Johanna Kirk

We are truly thrilled to welcome Johanna Kirk to Yoga Sol’s permanent staff with her Monday 9am Hatha Flow mixed level class – a truly beautiful class! Johanna brings a wealth of rich international education and teaching experience – from multiple dance disciplines, to anatomy, to yoga. I share our conversation… (more…)

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Does Your Health Insurance or Employer Pay for Yoga Sol Membership? (or even a portion)

How exciting is this… I just found out that my health care provider, Anthem Blue Cross, reimburses up to $400 per year toward Yoga Sol expenses with my particular plan! (more…)

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