I am now a Certified “Yoga for All” Teacher!!! I don’t know if you can tell but I’m more than just a little bit excited about this. As a Yoga teacher I want to assure that any’body” that comes in for a yoga class feels comfortable regardless of the body they’re in.
It was extremely important for to find a training from people who were well respected within the Yoga community and have specific knowledge in the practice as it applies to people who didn’t fit the Yoga “mold”. Although I had to wait for the training to become available in the Fall, You can’t get much better than Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes!!! Their training is only offered twice a year and it was completely worth the wait!
Dianne Bondy is an author, motivator, educator, yoga teacher, and creator of Yogasteya.com. Yogasteya is an online yoga site dedicated to celebrating students of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Our motto is “No Yogi Left Behind.”
Dianne has had over 1000 hours yoga training in different modalities such as yoga therapeutics, restorative, and Anusara Yoga. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at 500 hour level and is the Director of Eastside Yoga School. You can read her column The Abundant Yogini at DoYouYoga.com.
Amber Karnes is a ruckus maker, RYT-200 yoga asana teacher, and a lifelong student of her body. In Amber’s classes and workshops, students of all shapes and sizes will find tips, tricks, and modifications to make yoga asana work for their unique body, instead of being squished into poses for the sake of form over function. She emphasizes safe alignment and mindful transitions, and guides each student to honor the body they bring to the mat today, while being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power. She received her certification from Anna Pittman in 2011 and is grateful to her many wonderful teachers.
Amber is a big fan of “yoga in non-yoga places” and often teaches free, accessible classes in her community. She serves on the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team and Women’s Power Space Advisory Council. Amber seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the mat. She blogs at bodypositiveyoga.com.
I feel so much more confident in my ability to teach knowing I have so many options to offer my students. I want my students to feel comfortable no matter where they are in their practice. In addition, I am now part of a wonderful community that truly cares about making Yoga accessible to everyone.
This training was a labor of love for me. I truly care about offering Yoga for All Shapes, SIzes and Abilities and am over the top about this certification!
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
– Maya Angelo
Don’t just survive the week – Thrive through the week! Guiding people through a compassionate practice that is filled with some laughter is always in my plan. Join me this week and allow your mind, body and soul the chance to thrive!
Yoga, is amazing! I know, you may think I am a bit biased but I have benefited greatly from my Yoga practice, I feel calmer, stronger, healthier and more energetic. In addition to the physical benefits, the connection of mind, body and soul are indescribable.
If you’re not looking to go that deep, that’s ok. If you’re simply looking for a form of exercise, that’s easy on the body and helps you get healthier – Yoga is it!
There are so many health benefits and I simply have not found another form of exercise that can compare to the overall benefits of a regular Yoga practice.
Studies have shown that a regular Yoga practice helps to lower your blood sugar levels, lowers LDL levels (but cholesterol), boosts HDL levels (good cholesterol), helps with blood circulation, lessens pain and stress and increases energy levels.
You don’t have to stand on your head or fold up like a pretzel to do Yoga and it’s never to late to begin your Yoga practice. There is a yoga class to meet everyones fitness level and needs. Come out and try one of my classes or if you’re not in the area, look for a studio near you.
Ok, Orange County – I hope you’re ready because I certainly am!
I am pleased to announce that I now have a Yoga class
for every member of the family!!!
In addition to my regular class at Yoga Squared every Saturday at 7:00am , I now offer a Kid’s Yoga class every Tuesday at Once Upon a Storybook. Kid’s classes begin this Tuesday, September 5th at 4:00 pm.
I am delighted to be able to offer a kid’s yoga class, which will include a mindfully based storytime and yoga.
I have several sub dates on the calendar this week at Yoga Squared, so there is no excuse! I’ll look forward to seeing you and your kid’s on the mat!
Here’s the schedule for the week.
Tuesday, September 5th:
8:30 am – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared
4:00pm Kid’s Yoga at Once Upon a Storybook
Wednesday, September 6th:
6:30 pm – Grounding Flow at Yoga Squared
Thursday, September 7th:
3:30 pm – Kid’s Yoga at Yoga Squared
Saturday, September 9th:
7:00 am – All Levels Flow at Yoga Squared
Yoga Squared is located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780
Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 17th St C, Tustin, CA 92780
Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, bring the kids to a fun welcoming environment learning the skills of mediation and yoga at Once Upon A Storybook in Tustin.
I believe every “body” NEEDS yoga and if we can introduce Yoga to our kids at an early age, they will will better off because of it! Yoga helps kids learn coping tools to deal with the emotional, social and the physical challenges our kids face today.
The class will begin with a yoga or mindfulness-related story and move onto Yoga. Your kids will not only learn the physical postures (poses) breathing techniques, balance and meditation but more importantly self acceptance, mind and body connection as well as social and community awareness.
Kids will need their own yoga mats, if you don’t have one, we have arranged for you to purchase one at a discounted rate at Branch & Stone in Old Town Tustin. Kids Yoga mats are $15.00 plus tax.
When: Classes will begin Tuesday September 5th from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th Street, #C Tustin CA, 92780, in the Enderle Center.
Cost: $60 for 6 weeks – Call or email Once Upon A Storybook to reserve your spot. Email: Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us or Phone: 714-669-4377.
This class is best suited for kids 5 and older. Kids under 4 may participate with a paying, participating parent.