Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Gurmukh Kaur KhalsaOur 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

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Farzaneh Noori

Farzaneh NooriOur 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

Yoga Studio of the Month:
Yoga Yoga

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.

Yoga YogaToday, 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

Soulshine Music & Yoga Tour Comes to Seattle

The Soulshine Tour with Michael Franti and Spearhead is coming to Seattle’s Marymoor Park this Friday, June 27! This yoga-inspired tour includes a 90 minute yoga practice accompanied by acoustic music from Michael Franti. The yoga will be geared towards yogis of all skill levels, and led by renowned yogi Sean Corne. After yoga, you’re in for a treat with a concert featuring bands and DJs, including Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall, and many more!

Soulshine Tour

Tickets are on sale now! For yoga mats and supplies to amp up your practice at Soulshine and beyond, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 25, 2014

Yoga for the Solstice in Seattle

As part of the Fremont Fair solstice celebrations this weekend, there will be a Yoga for the Solstice event on Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 am!  Local instructor Laura Yon will lead a solstice-inspired, yoga practice geared towards yogis of all levels, complete with summer sun salutations.

Yoga at the Fremont Solstice Fair

There will be yoga prizes up for raffle at the event, including one of our very own Barefoot Hybrid Eco Mats.

Pre-register for the class to reserve a space for you and your mat on Sunday!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 20, 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Stan Woodman

Stan Woodman

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

Yoga Studio of the Month:
YogaWorks

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

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

Honorary Yoga Teacher of the Month: Emma Watson

Yes, you did hear that correctly! One of Hollywood’s brightest stars isn’t just a pro in the acting world; she’s a certified yoga teacher, too!

In recent interviews, the talented actor has shared that after graduating from Brown University she would like to make extra time to pursue what she’s passionate about, including yoga as well as painting and theater.

Emma Watson

It takes discipline practicing yoga in daily life, not to mention while filming amazing movies and traveling the globe! It goes to show that you can make time in life for the truly important things.

To make a little more time for yoga in your life, check out Barefoot Yoga to get started!

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This post was written by Carolina on April 10, 2014