Our teacher for the month of September is Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, founder of Golden Bridge Yoga.
Gurmukh first began practicing in 1970 after meeting Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan and receiving her name, which means, “one who helps people across the world ocean.” After studying with Yogi Bhajan, she started teaching, and after the birth of her daughter in 1982, Gurmukh used her knowledge of Kundalini to launch a childbirth education program called “The Khalsa Way.” Now, with her husband Gurushabd Singh Khalsa, she travels the world bringing her amazing instruction to numerous students.
In 2002, Gurmukh founded Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles, and they later expanded with centers in Santa Monica and New York City. Golden Bridge Yoga promotes Gurmukh’s vision of developing a yogic community and inspiring students. They have been a valued wholesale customer of Barefoot Yoga since 2003 and offer many of our products, including yoga mats, silk eye pillows, zafus and practice rugs.
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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 23, 2014
This month we’re highlighting one of our favorite long-time customers, Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. When we were starting out more than 15 years ago, Barefoot Yoga was also based out of San Francisco, and we began selling our yoga mat bags at Rainbow Grocery in the early days. We’re happy to say that we’ve been working with them ever since!
Rainbow Grocery is a worker-owned cooperative that focuses on health, sustainability, and fair labor practices. They first operated in the 1970s as a bulk food-buying program for a local ashram. After establishing themselves as a non-profit organization, the co-op expanded their product selection beyond food, and became a sort of general store for the health and eco conscious consumer. Over time they’ve blossomed into a renowned Bay-area store with a great selection of vegetarian foods, bath and body products, housewares and gifts. They set themselves apart from chain health food stores by remaining authentic to their founders’ vision of locally sourced foods, community outreach, and providing a living wage to their worker-owners.
If you’re in the Bay area, visit Rainbow Grocery to check out their amazing selection of products including Barefoot Yoga eye pillows, yoga rugs, and yoga mat bags.
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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 16, 2014
Our teacher of the month for July is Farzaneh Noori, co-founder of Yoga House in Pasadena, California. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and has studied with a number of influential yogis in the process, including Tias Little, Paul Grilley and Jill Miller. She focuses strongly on the healing properties of yoga, and some of her most popular classes include Prenatal Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer.
Farzaneh began her Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer classes in 2012. After her own cancer diagnosis and treatment, she attributed her recovery in a large part to the practice of yoga, and wanted to share its healing benefits with others coping with the disease. The classes are offered free of charge as a service to the community, and over time attendance has blossomed from a few participants to 20 or 30 per class. According to Yoga House’s website, “Each class offers a synthesis of several natural healing modalities: restorative yoga; gentle yoga; breath work; meditation; and hands-on healing, all of which promote a state of deep relaxation which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself.”
Yoga House was co-founded by Farzaneh Noori and Bruce Schwartz in 1997 and they’re a valued long-time customer of Barefoot Yoga, offering our yoga mats, bags, eye pillows and more. To experience Farzaneh’s inspiring and healing classes for yourself, visit Yoga House in Pasadena!
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This post was written by Lauren on July 24, 2014
Excited for that first class but don’t know quite what to expect when it comes to etiquette? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts below to get in the know!
1. Try to get there about 10-15 minutes early (and don’t be late if you can help it!), and once you’re there, stay for the whole time. It’s disruptive to others to get up and go before you’ve gotten your Savasana in.
2. Don’t eat for 2-3 hours before class! This is an important one, even more so than the old “wait an hour after eating to go swimming”. If you eat too soon or too much before class, it’s possible you’ll experience nausea, cramps, or even vomiting (especially in a pose like prayer twist!)
3. Create an intention. Creating an intention before class and holding it during can help keep you centered and focused. Your intention can be anything from aiming to be more compassionate or kind to simply intending to be in the moment and not let your mind wander to what the next days holds. After class, reflect on both what you learned and how you feel. Awareness and reflection is key, in both expanding your practice and your mind.
4. Treat studio props with care and respect. After class, pick up and neatly put them away for the next yogi to use.
5. Be kind and gentle to yourself; don’t push it. Listen to what your body tells you and don’t strive for that perfect warrior pose if you’re body says no. It’s also helpful to let your teacher know about any injuries so they can help you find what works for you.
Need to stock up on some props before that first class? Come visit us at BarefootYoga.com to find everything you need!
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This post was written by Carolina on July 17, 2014
The name ‘Yoga Yoga’ came about from teaching two forms of yoga at the same time in a newly leased studio for owners Mehtab and his wife. This was in the year 1997, after sporadic practice before that of almost 20 years. A life crisis motivated them to delve into their beloved Kundalini practice and discover their passion for Ashtanga and Hatha yoga.
Today, they welcome their students to 4 studios in Texas to continue on their journey of self-discovery. They aspire to ‘make it for more people, for all people, to do yoga’. Their experiences with different forms of yoga gave them an appreciation of the benefits and beauty of each type of practice, and the people they attract. They embrace and strive for diversity in their teaching forms, focusing on their students. Teachers are encouraged to teach from their hearts and connect with their students in the spirit of yoga.
Yoga Yoga believes in yoga of action, elevating oneself so one may elevate others. They are active in the Austin community with free yoga classes for non-profit organizations, helping families in need and fund-raising for cancer, AIDS and other research. Their teachers volunteer their time to train and pass on the tradition of teaching to aspiring candidates.
Yoga Yoga offers Kundalini, Hatha, Flow-Based Hatha, Family, Relaxation, post and pre-natal, private and business classes. You can also enjoy their spa services at their Westlake branch.
Yoga Yoga has been Barefoot Yoga’s loyal client since 2003. We applaud and encourage them for spreading yoga. See our mats, rugs, blankets, bags, eye pillows and zafus in use at their studios.
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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 26, 2014
Our teacher of the month for June is Stan Woodman, co-owner of Kaia Yoga in Connecticut. Stan took his first yoga class in 1991, and eventually completed his 1,000 hour certification with Beryl Bender Birch. Stan’s practice is rooted strongly in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, but he sings the praises of various styles of meditation and yoga, including Restorative Yoga: “Targeted breath work—particularly that connection between the inhale and exhale—creates a rhythm in our nervous system, in our wiring, that settles the organs, increases blood flow, and re-energizes us.” (source)
Stan and his wife, Gina Norman, founded Kaia Yoga with an eye towards a holistic way of living, incorporating meditation, spa treatments, a café offering whole foods and juices, and yoga for people of every age, including prenatal and kids’ yoga.
In a mission to relieve suffering, they are also deeply involved with charitable work through the Kaia Foundation, which currently supports four charities directed mainly towards benefiting women and children.
Kaia Yoga has been a long-time customer of Barefoot Yoga, and offers a number of our yoga props, mat bags and eye pillows for customers in their boutique. Stop by one of Kaia Yoga’s three locations in Westport and Greenwich to enjoy the beautiful space that they have created, and flow through one of Stan’s amazing classes to develop your strength, flexibility and mindfulness.
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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 13, 2014
Our yoga studio of the month is YogaWorks, a valued Barefoot Yoga customer since 1999! YogaWorks founders Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller and Alan Finger opened their first studio in 1987. They shared their vast knowledge and love of yoga with integrity, quality and authenticity. With the demand for well-trained teacher, the renowned YogaWorks Teacher Training Program was created.
Now YogaWorks has 29 locations in California and New York and they are still expanding. Their mission is to bring everyone into the fold of yoga—honoring, embracing and guiding each student’s growth and fulfillment. YogaWorks has many styles of yoga under its roof like Mysore-style Ashtanga, Iyengar, Therapeutics and other signature classes with emphasis on excellence in teaching. They also offer pilates and pilates teacher training courses.
YogaWorks Studio at Santa Monica – Montana Ave
They have classes for beginner, intermediate or advanced students and take special pride in classes catering to children, seniors, athletes and those in need of physical rehabilitation. In addition to classes in the studio, they offer online yoga classes that you can stream at home. These online classes vary in levels and lengths so you can pick and choose when and where you want to practice and for how long.
Take note of their reward system. For every class you take, you can accumulate points toward perks like a yoga mat towel.
Check out the boutiques at most of their studios that features quality yoga essentials like Barefoot Yoga mats, rugs, mat bags, blocks and eye pillows.
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This post was written by Grace on May 21, 2014
The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a long-time wholesale customer of Barefoot Yoga and has carried a large variety of our products for over a decade. Located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Kripalu is a gateway to empowerment of the people and their communities through yoga. They provide transformative programs covering weight loss, healthy eating, Ayurveda cooking, detoxification, meditation, massage and bodywork, living with cancer or Parkinson’s disease and of course yoga classes for everyone.
Some of their unique workshops include CircusYoga (for adults and kids) or Mind over Medicine. Or create your own unique experience with their R & R retreats. You pick and choose which class or workshop you want to take, according to your wants and needs. Yoga classes are available daily but your schedule could involve a meditation class in the morning, nature walk in the afternoon and dance classes in the evening. You have a variety to choose from depending on your goals, whether its introspective soul searching, fitness celebration or just being present.
If you are unsure where to start, pick a theme from their user-friendly website to guide you. It gives you a list of classes or workshop that relates to themes like Yoga for Women, or Families and Kids.
Find Barefoot Yoga products such as Mats, Bags, Eye Pillows, Blankets and other yoga accessories and props.
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This post was written by Grace on April 25, 2014