YOGA SOL 2nd ANNIVERSARY – STUDENTS & TEACHERS SALUTE!
Yoga Sol celebrates its 2nd Anniversary next weekend! September is also NATIONAL YOGA MONTH – even more to celebrate!
It was just over three years ago that Garry and I began the journey to open Yoga Sol. From the beginning, we had the vision to build a premiere studio – the kind of studio where we would love to practice at as students. We began looking to build the studio in L.A., where I completed my teacher trainings and taught at three of my favorite studios. We first investigated Pasadena, La Canada, and Northridge. When we just couldn’t find the right location to build the kind of studio that we envisioned, we broadened our search to Orange County and finally settled on Yorba Linda – the community where Garry lived for over 15 years. Garry raised his three children here in Yorba Linda and was very involved in local sports – soccer, baseball and basketball coach as well as state certified soccer referee. We are so happy to now be closer to family and thrilled to be growing this “Yoga Sol community.”
We are quite thankful that we were able to build a beautiful studio and very grateful that we have assembled such a dedicated and gifted “Yoga Sol family” – staff, instructors and students! Our vision has always been to deliver a personal level of service where everyone feels personally connected to a vibrant energized community. The community is the passion and “Sol” of Yoga Sol and it is the aspect that I am the most proud of.
I think I comfortably say that Yoga Sol has the best student community! Just two years ago, many students came to Yoga Sol a little bit curious about yoga; many never having done any yoga at all. Some had read about it, some were inspired by friends and some were encouraged by their doctors or chiropractors. Two years later, many of these students are members with impressive consistent practices. Most of our students first came to Yoga Sol to find a physical practice – for strength and flexibility, but have discovered so much more. The components of focus, balance, mental clarity, and peace seem to really resonate with our students. Students are growing and advancing their practices. Most students find benefits from a variety of classes and instructors – from the most physically energetic Vinyasa Flows to the most tranquil Candle Light Restoratives. Students have sought out our workshops in an effort to deepen their knowledge.
Many advanced practitioners have also found us – some through a favorite teacher, some looking for a new yoga home or some who have recently moved to North Orange County. Whether brand new to yoga or a ten year practitioner, we are so thrilled to see people advancing their practices and finding more peace and joy in their lives…and isn’t that what it is really all about!
Many of our students wanted to share their love of yoga and brought family members with them. This is one of the best things about our community. We have mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, sisters, girl friends, basketball buddies and more! I think the fact that so many students come with someone they care about, helps them build a consistency in their own practice. I love the fact that our yoga community is friendly, people have a sense of humor and they genuinely enjoy sharing connections. There is also a powerful dynamic in practicing in community – I love the energy!
One of my greatest joys at Yoga Sol is working with our masterful teachers. I like to say that Yoga Sol instructors “teach” rather than “lead” and I am very proud of that distinction. I am always inspired by their skill and generosity in sharing the gifts of yoga. Every one of our teachers has advanced education and experience, and still they all continue to study all over the U.S. and abroad to advance their own knowledge. We all benefit when they bring back new inspirations from these master teachers.
Just take look at the recent rich teachings that our teachers have all brought back to Yoga Sol:
Amber Sanchez and Satya Yoga Teacher Training partner, Rita Sharma each bring well over 800 hours of yoga training and bring a wealth knowledge and rich creativity to their varied teachings. Amber’s true love of Ashtanga informs the integrity her exceptional flow classes.
Amy Valdez has completed Prana Flow study with Shiva Rae, just returned from Prana Danda Vinyasa training with Shiva Rae and Demetri Veliskakis and brings a beauty and grace to all of her classes. She generously shares her guitar and beautiful voice in her Sat 8am Vinyasa Class and will perform all three Anniversary classes next Sat. 9/13!
Anh Chi Pham holds Therapeutic Yoga Certification from Loyola Marymount University and continues Practicum with Amy Wheeler, PhD. She is also a Certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor, continuing study with Jill Miller and Sarah Court. Even more extended studies find their way into the elegant sensibility of her Flow, Gentle and Restorative classes.
Carrie Cowan studied this year with Tiffany Cruikshank and also ventured to the far east for Thai Yoga study. Her loyal students know that she’ll get you to do more than you thought you could, simply with her skill and contagious smile.
Christine Chiu just completed an additional 200 hours of study with Annie Carpenter (Smart Flow ®) and I always look forward to that perfect “intelligent challenge”.
Cosette Deza’s dance background comes through in the elegance and strong physicality of her popular Vinyasa Flows.
Monica Valdez just completed the first level of Loyola Marymount’s Therapeutic Yoga training and has wowed restorative students in some of her guest teachings. Her Tuesday night flow classes show her range as she takes her 7:30pm class to intelligent challenges (just ask all the guys who have become loyal regulars).
Nina Roberts continues to travel extensively to study with Dharma Mittra. Also a senior Registered Nurse, Nina brings compassion and inspiration to her Wed. 4:30pm Meditative Flow.
Noelle Sumaya now holds Therapeutic Yoga Certification from Loyola Marymount University. Noelle weaves this knowledge into her wide range of classes – energetic physicality in Hatha Flow, mindful awareness in Healing Yoga and blissful calm in Candle Light Restorative.
Rozanne Englehart completed an additional 100 hours of study with Annie Carpenter (Smart Flow ®) this summer. I love Annie’s Martha Graham dance and Iyengar influences and am anxious to weave more of these inspirations into my classes!
Tina Makris, holds Yoga Alliance’s highest level of certification (ERYT 500), directs the Anahata Yoga Teacher Training program, and is presently completing study to become an Ayurvetic Practitioner. Our newest class, Wed 7:30pm Tranquil Flow / Yin Inspired is shaping up to be one of Yoga Sol’s most popular classes.
I am also thankful to work with such a terrific desk staff – JoAnn & Jessica who have been greeting you and big welcome to Natalie and Marisa! Marisa, with a background as a Holistic Health Coach and Chef, will bring us a newsletter recipe feature beginning in October. Many thanks to Lisa who you’ll be seeing around the studio as student, for all of her help over the past two years. Occasionally, Garry will greet you and help around the studio, which is fun and helps those “yoga skeptical guys” feel comfortable.
Please join us on September 13th to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. Live music, courtesy of Amy Valdez & Natalie Macam with Tea & Teacups Tea and Beverly’s Best treats following – Amy’s 8am Vinyasa Flow, Noelle’s 9:30am Hatha Flow and my 11am Beginning Yoga.
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