Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Michelle Kronenberg

Michelle Kronenberg

Our yoga teacher of the month is Michelle Kronenberg.

I was so fortunate to meet Michelle back in 1996, while breakfasting at the home of Nagaratna after practicing yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India.  What was most apparent when I met her was her sense of humor.  She was hilarious.  A New Yorker living in LA, and deeply immersed in a yogic journey of discovery.  She was completely in touch with all the humorous elements of her upbringing and her new-aged pursuits, and made fun of herself better than anyone else.  As I got to know Michelle a little better, her dedication to the practice of yoga and meditation was inspiring, as were the many profound insights she had to share.

Almost 20 years later, Michelle is a premier yoga teacher in Malibu, California.  Her passion and commitment to yoga are “the real thing.”  “This is what I do, this is my life,” she says.

Michelle brings a deep and diverse range of knowledge and experience, mixed with lightness and joy – to her classes.  Michelle has an Ivy League education of yoga training and it shows in her teaching.  She lived in India for a year and studied with Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of yoga. In Pune, India, she also studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, the creator of the Iyengar system of yoga. Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Erich Schiffman, Lisa Walford and Guru Singh are more notable teachers from whom she has learned. Most recently she spent a month in Italy studying with Donna Holleman, an Iyengar-influenced teacher who has created her own system.

Her classes can be strong and yet incredibly precise. She never teaches the same sequence. “I teach for the moment,” she explains. “I want my students to come away from my class more aware and more centered, sharper and clearer,” she says. Her classes are laced with humor, “just so we don’t get too serious” during the practice.

“I use my practice to sharpen my mind and there is a freedom that comes from that,” she says. “It gives me respite from the unending chatter of the mind. That is what I share in my teaching and that is what I hope people leave my classes with. I hope they take that philosophy off the mat into their lives.”

“My life has been devoted to the path of self-discovery and yoga on so many levels.” She admits that it is not always an easy path, “but it is an amazing reflection for me to see myself and where I am in my life. In order to maintain my centeredness and bring myself back to a place of openness and self love, I use my sitting practice.”

As for her teaching, she notes, “I love to teach. I love the detail. I love seeing people come into their bodies and wake up. As a teacher you can see people start to breathe and feel truly alive. For me, the studying, practicing and teaching of yoga awakens a sense of presence, and the feeling of being present encourages my heart to soften and open,” she says. “When I live from my heart, I feel greater love and compassion for myself and others. My hope is that my students feel this as well.”

Michelle Kronenberg’s yoga schedule.

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This post was written by David on February 11, 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Kathy McNames

Our teacher for the month of November is Kathy McNames. Kathy is the founder, owner, and director of Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Kathy McNames

Kathy began studying yoga in California with Analisa Cunningham in 1983, and continued her studies after moving to Vermont in 1988. Her first experience with astanga was at Omega Institute in 1995, at a workshop with Beryl Bender Birch and Thom Birch. She has been a student of Beryl’s to the present day and has continued her study of astanga with various astanga teachers.

Currently she describes her teaching as “half the ashtanga traditional route, and half ‘see what happens.’” She very naturally balances her classes in this way, passing on her reverence to the ancient practice, while creating great spaces for her students to create and explore.

Kathy’s passion is always evident, whether pointing out yoga’s relevance in daily areas of life, or applying firm adjustments using hands, feet, body and soul. She gives you everything she has, and it makes her classes memorable.

Kathy is one of the most beloved and well-known teachers in the Northeast and travels extensively with her husband and son, bringing Yoga Vermont to lucky students everywhere. Visit Kathy at www.yogavermont.com or by email at kathy@yogavermont.com, and if you have chance, visit her on the mat.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on November 11, 2013

Yoga Kickstarter Program
MyYogaPro

Do you love yoga? Then you should definitely check out this Kickstarter project:
MyYogaPro

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 28, 2013

Yoga and Meditation on the go

Airport Yoga Room

No matter how seasoned a traveller you may be, traveling is stressful. Whether for business, vacation or the holidays, here are some airports that offer a yoga or meditation room for de-stressing:

  • San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2, CA
  • Burlington International Airport, VT
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, TX
  • Albuqurque International Sunport, NM
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport, NC

If you have a long layover or some time to spare, these are great opportunities to stretch those sore muscles, get the blood circulating again and find your inner zen, before the next leg of your flight.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 21, 2013

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Doug Swenson

Doug SwensonOur teacher of the month for September is Doug Swenson. Doug has been a student of yoga since 1969. He is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet, and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. He has written several books: Yoga Helps, The Diet that Loves You Most, Power Yoga for Dummies, and Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow.

Of the many great yoga teachers I have been so fortunate to study with over the last 25 years, Doug stands out as one of the most lighthearted. His knowledge and experience is extensive, and he delivers it with such humor and passion, that his students are inspired to float and fly through a rigorous yoga practice like children at a playground.

When he is not in South Lake Tahoe, Doug can be found in many corners of the world, teaching and training students in one of most all inclusive, creative yoga forms available.

Visit Doug at his website http://www.sadhanayogachi.com, and plan a trip to see him for a happy, and potentially life-changing yoga experience you will carry with you forever.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 25, 2013

AIReal Yoga

Our honored friend and customer AIReal Yoga in Ventura, California offers a high-flying spin on traditional yoga classes, using Barefoot Yoga Mats. AIReal Yoga is a form of yoga using a swiveling hammock as a tool to help balance, assist in correcting alignment, deepening stretches and inverting without compressing the spine. It can be beneficial for beginners and advanced yogis alike, and people love it for relieving tension and stress as well as building core strength.

AIReal Yoga AIReal Yoga

For more information about this unique style of yoga, visit their website at www.airealyoga.com, and for more information about Barefoot Yoga’s eco-friendly mats, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Mats, Yoga Studios

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 20, 2013

Objects of Meditation: Yoga @ MOHAI

Yoga Class at MOHAIEvery Saturday in September, teachers from 8 Limbs Yoga will be conducting morning Hatha yoga classes at MOHAI. This will be held at the Grand Atrium and all levels are welcome. Doors open at 8:10 am (closes at 8:40, so don’t be late!). Free to all unless you want to explore the museum after the class, in which case, the usual museum fees will apply. Bring your own mat!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 10, 2013

Beginners Gentle Yoga Class by Second Wind Yoga

Our friends at Second Wind Yoga studio in Agawam, Massachusetts offer step by step yoga instruction and small class sizes, perfect for new yogis. To get an idea of their accessible instruction style, they offer a free video for yoga beginners, accompanied by gentle Native American Flute music.

Second Wind Yoga Video

We were excited to spot one of our own Mysore Practice Rugs being used in the video!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 3, 2013