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  • Yogacharya of the Month - October 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): Cody, what type of work were you doing before you became a yoga instructor? What inspired you to make the change? Cody Freas (CF): I've been teaching off and on for the last 7 years. Over the course of that time, Ive always fallen back on odd ball jobs to pay rent because unless [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month- September 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): What is your personal reason for starting and continuing your yoga practice? Shawn Carlington (SC): Honestly, I needed to get in touch with my spiritual self and get in touch with ME. That is also the reason why I continue to do it-it feels really good to me. Not to mention, I need [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - August 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month we are exploring yoga sutra 3.2: Meditation (Dhyana) is the continuous flow of consciousness toward an object. What are your thoughts on how this sutra, and meditation, can be incorporated into daily life? Andy LeRoux (ALR): Most people find meditation particularly useful[...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - July 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month we are exploring yoga sutra 3.1: Concentration is binding the attention of the mind to a single object, place, or idea. What are your thoughts on how this sutra applies to your practice and your life? Kristin Walsh (KW): Concentration in any task is a challenge because [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month - June 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month, we're looking at yoga sutra 2.50: Pranayama involves the regulation of the exhalation, the inhalation, and the suspension of the breath. When regulated by space, time, and number, they become prolonged and subtle. How has paying attention to your breathing helped you [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - May 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month we are focusing on Yoga Sutra 2.48: When posture is mastered there is a cessation of disturbances caused by dualities. What are your thoughts on this sutra? Danae Robinett (DR): Mastering a posture must never really be the goal, rather one can strive to feel freedom in [...]

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    Yogi Stars of the Month - April 2018

    Grace Yoga (GY): What are your personal reasons for starting and continuing your yoga practice? Aldo and Jane Ramon (A&J): We were interested in learning to relax and at the same time work on staying limber, strong, and independent to maximize our enjoyment in our senior years... Also, having [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - March 2018

    Grace  Yoga (GY): What inspired you to become a yoga instructor and how has your practice changed since becoming a yoga instructor? Celina Ngiam (CN): I started yoga in 2004 as a physical practice and to destress. As I started doing more yoga, I was amazed by the benefits. Yoga has increased the [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month - February 2018

    Grace Yoga: Leslie, can you describe your journey to yoga, what keeps you coming back, and how you live your practice? Leslie Trikha: What brought me to yoga 16 years ago was pain. Low back pain and sciatica, a by-product of ten years as a nurse caring for very sick patients. Nursing in the [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - January

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month we are focusing on Yoga Sutra 2.42: Contentment brings supreme happiness. What are your thoughts on how this sutra intersects with your yoga practice? Julie Stewart (JS): I think it's really interesting! Happiness is so fleeting and elusive sometimes. I think we easily [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month - November 2017

      Grace Yoga (GY): For the month of November, we're concentrating on Yoga Sutra 2.33: When the mind is disturbed by negative thoughts, one should dwell on their opposites. Diana, what are your thoughts on how this sutra connects to your yoga practice?  Diana Galaviz (DG): I believe that  [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - September 2017

    Grace Yoga (GY): Julienne, you say you fell in love with yoga way back in 2005, as a student. What inspired you to become a yoga instructor and how has your personal practice changed since then? Julienne Hernandez (JH): The more I practiced yoga and learned the postures, the more I wanted to share [...]

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    Yogi Stars of the Month - August 2017

    Grace Yoga (GY): Please describe your journey to yoga--your personal reasons for beginning (and continuing) to practice. Pat and Lilian (P&L): Several years ago and over the course of several years I (Pat) tried some yoga classes but didn't feel any connection. So I quit. Then, when we moved [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - July 2017

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month we are focusing on conscious breathing and Yoga Sutra 1.34: The mind is calmed by regulating the breath, particularly attending to exhalation and the natural stilling of breath that comes from such practice. How has conscious breathing had an effect on your yoga [...]

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    Friday Meditation -- May 26

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going!  Yoga Sutra 1.31:  Sorrow, despair, nervousness, and irregular breathing are the symptoms that accompany the distracted state of mind. Even in a river, water rushes and struggles around rocks and obstacles in its way.  Why [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month - May 2017

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going! Grace Yoga (GY): Please share with us how you came to find your Yoga practice with Grace Yoga. Linda Peters (LP): I came to find Grace Yoga through a friend in my Sunday knitting group who had recently discovered Grace Yoga as a [...]

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    Yoga Sutra of the Month -- May

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going! Welcome to May, Yogis! We have a new Yoga Sutra! Yoga Sutra 1.31: Sorrow, despair, nervousness, and irregular breathing are the symptoms that accompany the distracted state of mind. When we dwell in pain and sorrow, we cannot [...]

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    Weekly Wisdom -- Friday, April 28

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going! Is there something that you have been worried about? Something that has been causing you to stress and lose focus on other parts of your life? If so, is there something you can do about it? It doesn't have to be a quick and easy [...]

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    Weekly Wisdom -- Friday, April 21

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going! A Friday Meditation "Activity and inertia try to overpower consciousness, but consciousness pulls the mind toward concentration and the mind is fit to begin meditation.  The mind begins to find some concentration, but is pulled [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month - April 2017

    Grace Yoga (GY): This month, we are focusing on Sutra 1.1: Atha Yoganushasanam - Now begins our explanation of Yoga. In this Sutra, we take a step back and reset our minds, bodies and spirits so we can start at the beginning - where we aren’t clouded by all of the things we have learned since the [...]

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    Yoga Sutra of the Month -- April

    Like and follow us on social media to keep the conversation going! April's Yoga Sutra We will begin exploring the yoga sutras of Patanjali--dedicating each month to a new sutra.  In this way, we will deepen our yoga practice and continue to bring yoga into all aspects of our lives. Sutra 1.1: [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- February 2017

    Congratulations, Irina Cumberland! Grace Yoga: March 20th is the first day of Spring - signaling the time of year where we see so much growth and change. Fittingly, for our newsletter this month, our theme is "renewal" - and how yoga plays a role in allowing us to renew/rejuvenate ourselves [...]

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    Interview with Vivek Nautiyal: 108 Sun Salutations

    GY: Vivek, as you know (since you are teaching it), we are holding a special class to ring in the New Year - 108 Sun Salutations with Mantra Chanting on Dec 31st @ 9:30am (this class will be 75 mins and all levels of experience are welcome!). A sun salutation (surya namaskara) is a series of poses [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- December

    Congratulations, Phuong Hoang! This month, we are focusing the practice of 108 sun salutations - a vigorous practice that will be challenging yet greatly fulfilling, and will help us start the new year feeling accomplished with energy and grace. It seems as though this level of commitment in yoga [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- September

    Congratulations, Gloria Landholt! Please describe your yoga journey. I don't remember my first yoga class but I think it was in a gym; probably a vinyasa class. I thought of yoga as a stretching class to complement my gym exercises. Discovering much later that it was invented for meditation [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- September

    Congratulations, Dana Sweeney! Please describe your yoga journey. My introduction to yoga was in 2000 at a Bikram studio in Walnut Creek. I wandered in to take a class, having no idea what to expect (least of all the intentionally heated room). I repeatedly wondered at the beginning of class, [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- July

    Congratulations, Nicole Vargas! What is your personal reason for starting and continuing your yoga practice? I've never really had a problem eating healthy but I always dreaded working out. I knew how important it was to stay active but I somehow always found an excuse not to be. Working and being [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- July

    Congratulations, Kostas Aretos! Kostas, please tell us how you came to find yoga and what inspired you to extend your practice into teaching? I first found yoga on a trip to Spain in 2004; I was getting certified as a freefall skydiver, and noticed some experienced skydivers practicing yoga poses [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- March

    Congratulations, Malani Yabsley! Please describe your journey to yoga: Over the years, yoga has been a part of me, just not necessarily a part of my schedule. Long ago, I learned the importance of breath control. Breathing correctly has been a tremendous help with high-pressure jobs, and well, just [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- February

    Congratulations Karen Choy! What inspired you to become a yoga instructor? I see yoga as a tool in helping us discover our true nature, in uncovering our purpose, and in aiding our growth of becoming the highest forms of ourselves. I believe this ultimately leads us to become a more collaborative [...]

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    Yoga Stars of the Month -- February

    Congratulations to our Yogis of the Month - Bo Smith and Jessy Keiser!  How do you manage to incorporate a yoga practice into your busy lifestyle? Jessy: Yoga is important to me so I've made it a priority to make time for it each day even if it's just 15 minutes. I also teach yoga, so it's [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- January

    Congratulations, Anjlee Khatau! I discovered the practice of asana (yoga postures) and meditation on my path to heal from postpartum depression and anxiety. I never intended to teach! However, after completing my 200 yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Institute I have never looked back. I have [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- December

    Congratulations, Susan Bianucci! I am a San Francisco native that moved to Millbrae with my husband Frederick in the mid-1970's. I was very proud to serve on the Millbrae Oversight committee for Millbrae's new library. I am a long time member of the Friends of the Millbrae Library and current Board [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- December

     Congratulations, Vivek Nautiyal! Vivek, after five years as a yoga practitioner, what inspired you to become a yoga instructor? I started to have a strong feeling of wanting to share the things I experienced when practicing yoga with others. I was fortunate enough to live in Rishikesh where there [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- November

     Congratulations, Joe Hunziker! First of all I feel quite humbled and honored to have been requested to share my yoga experiences with the devotees of Grace Yoga Studio. I took my first yoga class after experiencing a surgery related to my passion for long distance running in December 1987. It was[...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- November

    Congratulations, Erin Kennedy!   Erin, what inspired you to become a yoga instructor? Even though I have 700 hours of teacher training and countless hours of study and practice, I never intended to teach! After practicing yoga for some time, I realized I needed something to help deepen my [...]

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    Interview with Dr Vera Packard, Executive Director of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

    Breast cancer is the number one cancer in women in America, with as many as 240,000 new diagnosed cases each year. Breast cancer casts a wide net and is widely covered by our media with good reason. However, the month of October can often overwhelm empathizers with a sea of think-pink, non-profit [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- September

    Congratulations Misty Scholz! What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?  I look at it the other way around. Yoga inspires and supports the rest of my life. I found yoga at the age of 18. I have returned to it throughout my life for many reasons, from the joy of pregnancy to the pain of [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- September

    Congrats Jessica Soriano! How do you manage to incorporate a yoga practice into your busy lifestyle? Many people who work at the  desk or behind a desk can do yoga poses when they're not in the studio. To "keep up" with my yoga practice I sneak in a few poses whether I am sitting on my chair [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- July

    Shannon, you come from a background in Psychology & Criminology. What inspired you to become a yoga instructor? I started practicing yoga in college and approached it as a means to de-stress, as well as help alleviate a knee injury. But the more I practiced, it became less about those things, [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- July

    Kevin's playful energy stays in the studio far after he leaves. His bright smile and commitment to his practice serves as a shining example of how beneficial the practice of self-care can be. Kevin is kind, thoughtful, and welcoming to those around him. His support of Grace Yoga is received with [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- June

    Congratulations Susan Bowen!    Susan has brought a bright new perspective to our community of grace yogis. Her innovative techniques pair yoga and therapy to help students along the road to recovery. We are grateful to take this journey of outreach along side her. We thank Susan for her continual[...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- June

    Congratulations Kathleen Kimura, MBE!      Kathleen has been steady with her practice since her start at Grace Yoga studio. She has since offered us a captivating presence, engaging conversation, and a soft, yet discernible enchanting scent. One of which has sparked many lively conversation [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month -- May

    Congratulations Patty Dobson! Patty has a keen ability to bring insight and loving instruction to her classes. Her concern for the complete well being of her students is evident from first interaction. Patty's gentle adjustments allows her students to meet challenges head on, without fear. We are [...]

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    Yoga Star of the Month -- May

    Congratulations Maria (Marita) Marquez!  Maria is a beautiful soft light spirit. She brings that spirit with her wherever she goes. We are lucky to have such a kind, thoughtful and communicative student within our walls. We have seen such an incredible improvement in Marita since she started her [...]

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    Yogacharya of the Month

    Congratulations Deanne Thomas!   Deanne brings a special light into the studio. She keeps our walls humming with laughter; while she educates and improves the lives of others. She shows her students a understanding, empathy and kindness, which reminds us all to be accepting of our own conditions. [...]

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    Yogi Star of the Month

    Congratulations Heidi Weinstein! Heidi simply oozes personality and presence. She has graced our studio for the past few months and has brought a fresh new outlook in to our yoga haven. Although her full hectic schedule tries to steer her away from her mat, her resolve keeps her coming back every [...]

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