Teacher Feature ~ Beth Day

Beth teaches Lamaze Prenatal Yoga as well as Hot Flow.

Favorite pose and why:

Headstand.  I love inversions in general, but headstand helps me feel so grounded and centered and at the same time childlike and playful.

First introduced to yoga:
When I was in high school, (20 years ago) my mom bought 3 VHS videos - Power Yoga 1, 2, and 3 by Bryan Kest.  I practiced in my living room and learned those videos by heart.  Sometimes I find myself using phrases or cues from the videos when I teach today.

10 words or less on why I love yoga:
Yoga is a powerful way to access my higher self.

How does my practice make me stronger:
The focus on the breath - constant and calm even in the midst of challenge or difficulty has impacted every area of my life.  When I find myself in one of life’s many difficult moments, I always know I can get through it with the breath.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio:
I ground myself when I hold my children and breath deep. 

Advice to beginner yogi:
Just. Show. Up.  Keep coming and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a week, a month, a year, 5 years.  Just keep coming.

Mantra or intention:
I can do hard things.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor:

Yoga instructors never fall. 

One healthy food I swear by and why:

Dark leafy greens - kale, spinach, Swiss chard.  They make you feel alive!

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Teacher Feature ~ Judy Moss

Judy teaches Hot Flow every Friday 6 am.

Favorite pose and why?   Savasana at the end of practice.  It's a chance for my body to absorb the practice I just did and allows my mind to settle and become centered. 

First introduced to yoga?  I went to a Bikram yoga class in San Francisco with a friend because I was looking for a good cross training program. It was only after moving back to AR that I went to a vinyasa class and fell in love with the practice of yoga and all that it is.  

10 words or less on why I love yoga?  It's a constant living, breathing practice of balancing the mind and body.

How does my practice make me stronger?  It makes me stronger by keeping me grounded in my center.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?  Meditation is a big part of my life along with taking time to care for myself.  My family also keeps my feet on the ground and we spend most of our time together. 

Advice to beginner yogi?  There is absolutely NO such thing as being bad at yoga.  The only thing that yoga requires is that you show up for yourself. Yoga is for EVERYbody. That's it...there is no "type" and you don't have to be flexible to begin yoga. 

Mantra or intention?  Be here in this moment and honor the body

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?  How much goes into bringing a class together.  It's a balance to make the class both accessible and challenging while holding space for the practitioners. 

One healthy food I swear by and why?  Smoothies.  It's easy to throw in fruit/vegetables and protein without having a heavy meal.

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Teacher Feature ~ Greg Johnson

Greg teaches Hot Flow every Wednesday 5:15 am.

Favorite pose and why? 
Inversions - they help relieve pain in my back.

First introduced to yoga?  My wife had been a yogi for a few years and always invited me to go with her. I finally gave in when I got a running injury.  Been hooked since the first time!

10 words or less on why I love yoga?  Makes me mentally stronger by focusing on breath and drishti.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?  I run and have a personal practice I try to stick to at home.

Advice to a beginner yogi?  Breathe and don't worry about what everybody else is doing.  Focus on what you can control on your mat.

Mantra or intention?  I get to decide what I see in the mirror!

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor? That we know everything and we're all hippies.

One healthy food I swear by and why? Apples, replace that mid-afternoon snack with an apple and it will fill you up for hours.

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Teacher Feature ~ Heidi Kaurin-Smith

Heidi teaches Begin every Wednesday night at 7 pm.

Favorite pose and why?
Child's pose with a block under the heart.  It immediately reduces stress as an act of surrender.

First introduced to yoga?
After the birth of my twins, yoga helped strengthen my abs and low back, helping me recover from pregnancy and carrying around two growing babies.

10 words or less on why you love yoga?
It creates a strong connection between mind and body.

How does your practice make you stronger?
Through asana my body teaches my mind what is going on in the background of my thinking life.  I can digest my issues while strengthening muscles.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?
Morning quiet time - first thing out of bed.

Advice to beginner yogi?
Everyday! Small commitments over time can show big shifts.

Mantra or intention?
Don't move the way fear makes you move.  Move the way love makes you move.  Move the way joy makes you move.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?
The have it all together or figured out.

One healthy food you swear by and why?
Eggs - great source of protein

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Teacher Feature ~ Jim Hey

Jim teaches Warm Slow Flow every Saturday at 10:15. 

Favorite pose?


Half pigeon.  It's an amazing pose to let go and relax.  If you hold the pose long enough, your entire body and mind releases.

First introduced to yoga?

On a whim, I dropped into a class at a local gym.  After the first clas, I went up and hugged the teacher.

10 words or less on why you love yoga.

The feeling I have after a practice.

How does your practice make you stronger?

My practice has taught me how to relax my mind and focus, reducing stress and making me stronger.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?

I work at reducing external stress as much as possible.  The biggest change I've made towards this is to avoid violence in movies and TV.  I seldom watch the news.

Any advice to the beginner yogi?

Listen to your body.  Do what feels right and don't give up.

Favorite mantra or intention?

I am good.  I am peaceful and at ease.  I am happy.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

That I am calm and in control.  Both take continuous work.

Name one healthy food that you swear by:

Avocados.  I love the way they taste.

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