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STUDENT AND TEACHER OF THE MONTH

For those of you who missed and are interested in learning about our previous students and teachers of the month.

August, 2013 Teacher and Student of the Month

Phyllis Henderson

Phyllis Henderson
Teacher of the Month
December, 2013

Class Schedule:
Yoga for those who think they can't do Yoga, Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

HOMETOWN
Reno, NV
Class description: My classes are focused on meeting student needs with special attention to doing yoga in a safe and accepting environment.  I am particularly interested in correct alignment, kinesiology, and the breath. 

HAPPINESS IS
Having a purpose in life.

GREAT YOGA MOMENTS
Traveling across the country, visiting yoga studios, discovering that I am part of a nation-wide community in which I am accepted everywhere.
 
MY HERO
My brother, who kept living in the face of terminal illness.

TEACHERS
Amy Weintraub, Peggy Cappy

FAVORITE POSE
Reverse Janu Sirsasana

OFF THE MAT PASSIONS
My three granddaughters

MANTRA
"Follow Your Bliss"  Joseph Campbell

Joyce Black

Joyce Black
Student of the Month
December, 2013

HOMETOWN
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN.  I lived in San Francisco for ten years, and moved to Reno in 1963, and had really come home.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE?
My daughter, Diane, gave me a gift of private yoga session with Kim Orenstein after I broke a hip.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOGA?
Our adaptive class, poses, people, and effects.

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE?
My great Yoga moments are having new life-long friends - two of which are four-footed!

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU?
My inspiring teachers have been Phyllis Henderson and Kim Orenstein; and also Linda who kept us going thru the summer.

IDEAL SUNDAY?
My favorite Sunday would be spent in the desert.

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
Four things that make me happy are friends and family, plants, animals, and rocks.

FAVORITE POSE?
My favorite Yoga pose is Bridge pose.

SUPER HERO TALENT? 
My super hero talent is appreciating almost everything - music, the sky, people, etc.

WORDS OF WISDOM:
"They can take everything except my heart and mind; those must be given away" - Nelson Mandela.

May, 2013 Teacher and Student of the Month

Anne

Meghan Ruiz
Teacher of the Month
May, 2013

Class Schedule:
Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Recovery, Mondays, 4 - 5:15 p.m.


HOMETOWN
Rapid City, South Dakota

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
mellow, heart-full, inspirational

HAPPINESS IS.... healthfulness in any and all forms ~ physical, spiritual, and emotional

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
(on or off the mat)

I attended a class at Wanderlust last year that was a powerful turning point and taught me a lot about the work of intentions. During a yoga nidra class with Rod Stryker, I turned inward to my heart's desire and the word "freedom" came up. I've been exploring and applying all the many meanings of the word ever since. It's been transforming and life changing.

YOUR HERO(s)...
those who identify their passion and act on it!

TEACHERS (don't have to be yoga teachers) WHO INSPIRE YOU
My children, my husband, other powerful women following their paths, Kathryn Budig, Shaelah Morris, Tiffany Cruishank, Kim Orenstein (of course!)

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK
Green juice or clementines when they're in season

FAVORITE POSE
I'm really loving handstands right now but a supported Sukhasana (easy pose) always feels great!

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS
Reading, hiking, adventure walks, crystals, jewelry making, henna, being with my children outdoors

MANTRA,  HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
"Love in such a way that the one you love feels free."
          Thich Nhat Hahn
Sherry

Daphne McCallum
Student of the Month
May, 2013


HOMETOWN
Born in Saltillo Mexico as my Dad was obtaining a Spanish degree at Univ. of Coahuila.  Grew up in San Diego, CA, lived in Northern CA before moving to Reno.  All of these places could be called my hometowns.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE? Three years ago my beautiful mother and a dear friend encouraged me to do yoga after having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and hospitalized for over two months (one month in ICU) due to a severe and rare allergic reaction to a medication. After two months of recovery at home, I took my first class at Yoga Loka.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE
The LOVE and appreciation of yoga, everything I've learned at Yoga Loka< from the most PRECIOUS and ENDEARING instructors,  the sincere and genuine friends I look forward to practicing with in class, the health benefits, the fresh and very comfortable perspective of life that transpires through yoga.

ANY  GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE (on or off the mat?)
On the mat....the realization that our bodies are truly amazing and that they do heal and can overcome many obstacles.  I never thought I could become so strong both mentally and physically on and off a yoga mat.
Off the mat....being blessed with a new nickname of "awesome yogi mom" from my family. Kim's Amazing Virginia City Retreats and Denise Barclay's Lovely Lake Tahoe Retreat.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU (don't have to be Yoga Loka teachers)
Meghan, Kimberlee, Denise, Chris, Heidi, Amber, Helen, Katie, Monica, Phyllis, Mary and any teacher at Yoga Loka! The teachers at YogaOne Studio in Cedarburg, WI and at Life Yoga in New Orleans, and my dear friend, Jane Steidel of Quincy Yoga.

IDEAL Sunday
Yoga class, attending mass, a drive/ hike to Tahoe or the Carson Valley with my husband/daughter, and sons (if they're in town).

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
My family, my pets, mountains, yoga, of course.

FAVORITE POSE
Triangle or Eagle

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS
Being immersed in nature, photographing nature, hiking, swimming in Lake Tahoe, listening to music, dancing, visiting my sons in Portland and New Orleans, spending time with my daughter in Reno, spending time with my pets (dogs, cat, rabbit, goats and sheep), teaching, exploring the raw, rugged beauty of our state of Nevada/road trips with my hubbie to the Ruby Mountains or Bridgeport.

SUPER HERO TALENT
Being a good mother, wife and friend.

MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
So many to choose from.  Here are a few:
Sutra 98
Be wildly devoted to someone, or something.....
Devotion is the Divine streaming through you....

"I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear." -
          Martin Luther King, Jr

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
Psalm 118

And in honor of my Dad...."VIVA MEXICO"

March, 2013 Teacher and Student of the Month

Anne Domagala
Teacher of the Month
March, 2013
Class Schedule: Mindful Flow, Sundays, 7 - 8:30 a.m.

Anne

HOMETOWN? 
Battle Creek, Michigan – cereal capital of the world!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
I would call them vinyasa style practices, linking breath and movement in order to center our attention in the present. I really consider yoga to be a chance to practice or train for life, because we can always choose come back to our breath and our bodies to help us be present for our experiences, both in and outside the studio. 

HAPPINESS IS…
Gratitude and presence.  Occasionally there are moments when it feels like I'm really present and all my faculties are engaged toward exactly what I'm doing. Hiking in the snow with my dog and my love, sitting in a sunbeam having coffee on a Saturday, even working at the computer or waiting in line. If my focus is all there, it returns me to how amazing it is to be alive and experiencing exactly that.

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
I figure any moment I have the opportunity to be practicing is pretty great! That said, sometimes a pose opens up in surprising ways, little "aha" moments that remind me I'm always learning. I love that.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS...
(COULD BE FAVORITE author or poet to read in class or something ....) Lately Wah, Jai Uttal, B Tribe, and a mix compiled by Ekhart Tolle have been in my rotation.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS...
Lots of things! Paul Simon comes to mind, and Pandora Radio stations which recently have included India Arie, Michael Franti, Deva Premal.

YOUR HERO(s)...
People who consistently demonstrate strength, wisdom and integrity in their actions, whether they're famous for it or not.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU 
My friends, family and students inspire me all the time. Gil Fronsdal is a Buddhist teacher whose talks I find helpful and relevant. In 2002, an Iyengar yoga teacher named Mitra in Santa Cruz really woke me up to the connection between mind and body, how our thoughts and patterns translate in our physical practice. Kim Orenstein has inspired me immeasurably through her wisdom and her creative, insightful instruction. Other teachers I am inspired by are Gary Kraftsow, Kathryn Budig, Karen Maezen Miller, Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK
 Something with protein like a breakfast wrap with egg whites, or toast with almond butter (I teach early in the morning!)

FAVORITE POSE(s)
Malasana, Urdvha Danurasana, Mermaid Pose

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS
Family, trail running with my dog, swimming, road biking, reading, writing, connecting with friends, travel, languages, learning new things

MANTRA, HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
"Only that day dawns to which we are awake."
          Henry David Thoreau
"Practice and all is coming."
          Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Sherry Kinney
Student of the Month
March, 2013

Sherry

HOMETOWN
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, but have lived in Reno,
Nevada since I was 10 years old.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE?  
 I began my yoga journey in 2000, when my only child son started college.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE?
My true love of yoga inspires me to continue my practice.

ANY  GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE?
I always travel with my yoga mat. Traveling with my mat has afforded me many opportunities to experience yoga with people from other cultures, as well as some pretty interesting locations! But, no matter where I am, the yoga community is always the same, very friendly and inviting. Even if you don't travel with your mat, try yoga in another country, I guarantee you it will be an unforgettable experience!

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU?
I have had many, many wonderful yoga instructors who have brought many different things to my practice. One that stands out in my mind is Sally Schuster. Sally shed light on why I have, and need to use, my strong legs! Denise Barclay and Larry Barclay brought me to Yoga Loka and I will be forever grateful to them for introducing me to Kim Orenstein.

IDEAL SUNDAY?
Yoga, followed by a long walk with my husband and then dinner with my son, his future wife, and granddogs!

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
My family, my granddogs, my friends and yoga!

FAVORITE POSE?
Ustrasana - Camel pose.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS? 
Gardening, hiking, cooking.

MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?  
"Change is not something that we should
fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be."
          B.K.S. Iyengar.

January, 2013 Teacher and Student of the Month

Mary Dugan, RYT
Teacher of the Month
January, 2013
Class Schedule: Foundations, Saturdays, 8:45 a.m.

Jen

HOMETOWN:
I was born and raised in Kansas, but now, home means Nevada!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES:
Friendly, welcoming, approachable, fun, respectful of everyone, with a little humor thrown in.  The perfect place for beginning students or for those who want to refersh the basics.

HAPPINESS IS... 
Being with my family.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS:  
I don't play music in class because it is distracting for me and because I have been in classes (not at the Loka!) where I had a hard time hearing the teacher over the music.  For savasana, I love to play the Out of Africa soundtrack.  It's HUGE music.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS:  
JT, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, Stevie, Adele, Van Morrison, the Beatles (naturally), Aaron Copland, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, B.B. King, Five for Fighting, Maroon Five, Tchaikovsky, Erik Satie, T.Swift (why not?) Dave Brubeck, and the list goes on!  For a long road trip:   show tunes!

YOUR HERO:
My mom

TEACHER(S) WHO INSPIRES YOU:  
My mom, my kids, my wonderful husband, and Sri Eknath Easwaran.

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:
Apple slices with MaraNatha organic peanut butter - it's the BEST!

FAVORITE YOGA ASANA:
Ardha Chandrasana

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS: 
gardening, lavender, cooking, bike-riding (I am not yet a cyclist), being with my family, West Coast Swing
 
MANTRA? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure.  Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will yield protection from the greatest fear.  - The Gita
 
To be born in love
Is to serve all beings and all creation.
Real lovers serve ardently, hopefully,
And in an ectasy of awe.
Look for the happiness
Of the servant of love-
All the joys of the world are nothing to it.   - Rumi
 
"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  - Albert Einstein
 
"These are the times in which a genius would wish to live.  It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.  The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.  Great necessities call out great virtues.  When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualitites which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the stateman." - Abigali Adams (from "John Adams" by David McCullough)     I would add, of the hero and the stateswoman, and the yogi!

Join Mary for a yoga class! She teaches Foundations on Saturday mornings at 8:45 a.m.

Sharon Rachuna
Student of the Month
January, 2013

Jen

HOMETOWN:  
Redmond, Washington

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE? 
I was looking for something to help me deal with cancer.  My dad has been doing yoga for a long time, and I could see the positive impact of his practice in many areas of his life.  My parents have always gently encouraged me to try yoga, but never did until I had cancer.  Now I see my parents' wisdom and wish I had started practicing yoga a long time ago…better late than never. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE?  Fellow yoga students and teachers.

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY:
Being with my family, playing at the beach, taking walks with my dog, and yoga.

FAVORITE POSE:
Marjaryasana (cat pose) and Bitilasana (cow pose)

SUPER HERO TALENT:
I have an internal compass or good sense of direction

WORDS OF WISDOM:
Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

June, 2012 Teacher and Student of the Month

Jen McClellan, RYT, CRYT
Teacher of the Month
June, 2012

Jen

HOMETOWN: Sparks/Reno, Nevada~Native Nevadan, born and raised.  I love our biggest little city for all four of the seasons she shares with us, having Lake Tahoe so close by, and how we are all once removed from knowing each other.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
Yoga Mondays are Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow style. The class incorporates lots of ujjaya breathing, with multi-level linking asanas;  creating an internal heat, and when they are done together fluidly, it becomes a dancing meditation. I also teach the Great 108 Sun Salutation Celebration which takes place four times a year (during solstices, and equinoxes, donations go to www.operationshanti.org). I team teach with Dr. Taylor Donovan during the Dynamic Anatomy Workshops that offer CEU's for yoga instructors and massage therapists. The newest class that I will be teaching will be the Sound Revival Meditation.  This class will include all eight of my crystal singing bowls and for 90 minutes sound therapy waves will provide a sacred space for self reflection.

HAPPINESS IS....
Santosha: being content with what you have, right now in the present moment. 

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...(on or off the mat)
Some of my greatest yoga moments have been when I am teaching private sessions.  One on one is great way to connect with a student, couple or family.  I find that students are much more apt to further their practice in this setting. Many have tried poses that they would never dream of attempting in a group class and find themselves to be successful.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS...
I love to share all the flavors of Kirtan music in my classes.  Such as MC Yogi, Snatum Kaur, Girish, Dave Stringer, Donna DeLory, Orenda Blu, and an all time favorite Krishna Das. Kirtan is an important part of my yoga practice as music and mantras speak to me on many levels.  I was very fortunate to join Ziva and play flute with them for two years locally.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS...
Jack Johnson, Brett Dennen, World music and lots of Kirtan.

YOUR HERO(s)... 
Mahatma Gandhi for living the change in the world that we want to see.

TEACHERS (don't have to be yoga teachers) WHO INSPIRE YOU:
My favorite teachers have been: Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini whom are happily married with children and team teach beautifully together.  They provide a wealth of Ashtanga and Iyengar teachings to their students, along with amazing adjustments, and philosophy. www.mayayogastudio.com 

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:  
Raw Organic Superfood Smoothie: sunflower mylk, kale, berries, cacao, chia seeds. 

FAVORITE POSE:
All time favorite pose is Sirshasana (headstand), the king of all poses. This pose reduces any strain on the heart, improves the digestive system, promotes great concentration and balance. I love the feeling of being weightless while upside down. 

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
Having quality family time (including our 2 dogs and 11 chickens), loving on my beloved Taylor and two totally amazing boys Tanner and Tristan, hiking, biking, camping, gardening, crafting, laughing, and lots of glitter!!!

MANTRA,  HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM? 
Words of wisdom:  LOVE yourself unconditionally, so you can LOVE those around you more. When in doubt I ask myself.... What would LOVE do?  When you ask yourself this question, especially in challenging times you can usually simplify the situation. OM~Shanti

Join Jen for an Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Class on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

Louis Provencher
Student of the Month
June, 2012

Louis

HOMETOWN: 
Montréal, Québec, Canada (I am French Canadian)
 
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE? 
I needed a replacement to Aikido (I could not train anymore) and wanted a discipline that would keep me calm, flexible, and used abdominal breathing.  Yoga and Aikido (and other martial arts) share the same fundamental breathing technique.
 
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE? 
I continue training for three reasons: Yoga reduces my naturally elevated stress level; I find it critical to maintain and improve my flexibility and strength as I get older; and correct breathing is really important to me.
 
ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE (on or off the mat?): 
My first head stand was a big deal because it came naturally and my breathing rate slowed down immediately. I was not scared of falling because Judo and Aikido taught me how to fall and roll.
 
TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU (don't have to be Yoga Loka teachers): 
I have always trained at Yoga Loka.  I trained my first 4-5 years (more?) with Larry Barclay and he was pivotal to me finding my place in yoga because I could relate to his endurance-oriented practice. In that sense, I also relate well to Jen Mcclellan's Ashtanga training. I am really impressed with the four teachers I train most with today: Jen Mcclellan, Kim Allcock, Amber Jesch, and David Funk.
 
IDEAL SUNDAY
Ideal Sunday would always be in the wilds of the southwest USA (including Nevada) deserts, the Sierra Nevada, or the Rocky Mountains with my wife Laurel after getting up late. Because I can't always be out in the sticks, I like to start with the 8:45 am yoga practice, shop for groceries, eat, and then hike or cross-country (traditional) ski. Somewhere in the late afternoon, taking a nap feels really good.  I like finishing the day with NPR news and CBS 60 Minutes, and then go to bed early.
 
4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY: 
Spending time with my wife (we are both really busy), sleeping at least 8 hours per day, low stress, and yoga.
 
FAVORITE POSE: 
Head stand or down dog.  Not sure because I clearly "dislike" some poses, but like many.
 
OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
Backcountry hiking, conservation ecology science, cross-country skiing, camping, cooking and/or eating good food, reading mystery and science fiction novels, vacationing at my house in Quebec.
 
SUPER HERO TALENT: 
Not sure as I aim for moderation but I have a good memory for things that have a spatial context (alas not yoga pose names) and for details related to my scientific work. Some of my work colleagues think I have a photographic memory, but I do not.
 
MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM? 
Coming from an atheist, the Serenity Prayer would be a good start: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."  I still do not have that wisdom.
 
HOW DO YOU APPLY YOUR YOGA OFF THE MAT? 
I apply breathing and meditation to my daily activities. The breathing comes easier than the meditation.

April, 2012 Teacher and Student of the Month

Denise Barclay, RYT
Teacher of the Month
April, 2012

Kim Allcock

HOMETOWN:
Not an easy answer.  I lived in a total of 20 places by the time I graduated High School. People ask, "Army brat?"  and I reply, "No, just a brat."  I spent the first six years in the mid-west, and the rest of the time in Arizona and California.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?  
I would borrow the title from Erich Schiffman's book, "Yoga, the spirit and practice of moving into stillness." My intention as an instructor is to foster a more unified experience of our bodies, minds and hearts.   We use the poses to notice our relationship to pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences as they are coming and going. Letting go of what we think and creating some space for our habitual reactions, to these experiences, not to happen.  This creates the opportunity to notice the union of the body, mind and spirit as opposed to our daily perception of them as separate.  This union is where you experience the stillness.

HAPPINESS IS...
spending time with loved ones and outdoors.

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
(on or off the mat)  
Not just one comes to mind.  For me yoga moments are cumulative and just when it seems like I haven't changed or learned anything from this practice of 16+ years, I notice "wow" that was a different response to a difficult situation. Response being the operative word.  As opposed to reaction.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS...
(COULD BE FAVORITE author or poet to read in class or something ....)
My latest favorite book to read from is Phillip Moffit's "Dancing with Life"

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS...
I like to mix it up and dance so . . . All sorts of music popular from the 50's to today including but not limited to - Snow Patrol, the Black Keys, Adele, and unfortunately I can't seem to keep up with the artists names anymore so lots of songs that I love, but don't remember who it is.

YOUR HERO(s)...
Gandhi and Pema Chodron

TEACHERS (don't have to be yoga teachers) WHO INSPIRE YOU  :
Phillip Moffit and Jack Kornfield

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:
It's more of a meal than a snack.  I love asian cuisine. Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.

FAVORITE POSE:
Sukhasana.  When the sutras were written only three of them mentioned poses.  They were meant to be poses that you could be still and meditate with comfort and ease.  The rest of the poses came about in the 1920's through the influence of European Gymnastics.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
Music and beautifying my home.

MANTRA, HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?  
Be the change you wish to see in the world.  A life long practice.

Join Denise for a class!
Mindful Flow - Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Gentle Yoga - Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Mindful Flow - Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Lisa Rogers
Student of the Month
April, 2012

Mike Mollenhauer

HOMETOWN:
I was born and raised in Reno and came back in 2002 after about 20 years away.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE?
It was pretty much on a whim to try a yoga class about 9 years ago.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE?
Yoga is now such a vital part of my life; I can't imagine not doing it! From the physical standpoint, it has helped me immensely. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and was almost at the point of immobility. Yoga was something I could do and it strengthened my knee joints to the point where I could be more active outside of yoga. The peace of mind yoga gives me is immeasurable; something about that mind/body connection and living in the moment, on and off the mat, improves most everything.

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE?
(on or off the mat)
I was hiking the Incan trail in Peru with my family about 2 years ago and one day was particularly long and tough, lasting about 12 hours. I had been known to start bellyaching in the past when times got tough but on this day, I was living in the moment and just "breathing it in." I really noticed a change in my behavior and I attribute that to the power of yoga.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU:
My first yoga teacher, Deborah (last name unknown) was in my life a short time but I feel so much gratitude for her starting me on this awesome journey. Denise Barclay feeds my soul with her mindfulness classes. I enjoy Katie Louvat's classes for her gentle approach leading to challenging places. I have to say I learn something from every one of my teachers.

IDEAL SUNDAY:
Going to Denise's yoga class (with or without my daughters), having brunch with my family, then a relaxing afternoon of crossword puzzle solving or gardening (depending on the weather).

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY:
My husband and best friend, Bill, my 4 kids, my pug, Cookie, and yoga

FAVORITE ASANA:
I try to view all poses with equanimity but I have to admit I always welcome Happy Baby pose and also Cat/Cow.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
My family, cooking, traveling, gardening, reading, puzzles, pugs

SUPER HERO TALENT?
Maybe it's because of my science background but I love to experiment with cooking. And that includes trying preparing pretty much anything. I'm grateful that my family are adventurous eaters!

MANTRAS? HAIKU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
As much as possible, live in the present.

March, 2012 Teacher and Student of the Month

David Funk, RYT
Teacher of the Month
March, 2012

Kim Allcock

HOMETOWN:
I was born, raised and live in Reno. I love it here. I love the outdoors and so it's a perfect place to live. It's super close to mountains, lakes and wilderness areas. I can be on a trail within ten minutes from home.You can't beat it.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
My classes have developed into a free flowing, multi-generational, all- levels mixed bag.  It's super fun to teach such a diverse class.  Having long time practitioners and beginners in the same class really keeps things interesting. I get to learn from the students in every class.  I usually heat the room up a bit so we can all 'get toasty' together, do some sweatin' and flush away those toxins.

HAPPINESS IS....
For me happiness is love, family and friends, mountains, trail running, music, art, organic gardening, woodworking, yoga, books, travel, and everything else that makes me smile!!!

ANY GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
(on or off the mat)
There have been some amazing things that have happened thanks to yoga. Something that touched my heart recently was watching a student of mine, who has had some pretty bad neck issues, go up into shoulder stand. That was pretty powerful to me.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS...
The music I play in class is quite varied, just like the class itself. You could hear anything from Jack Johnson to Krishna Das to Led Zepplin. In one of my classes I think I even threw in an acoustic version of a Metallica song.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS...
My favorite music outside is just the same, a real variety. It really depends on my mood. When I'm getting ready for a run or a race, I usually like something to get me fired up. Tool, Metallica, something of that sort. When I'm in the shop woodworking I tend to go for Baroque chamber music. I also really love the Dave Matthews Band. When, I'm outside gardening or hiking, I let the birds make the music. For me, music really is one of the spices of my life.

YOUR HERO(s)...
As far as heros and teachers go, my life has been blessed with many. To me, a hero is someone who inspires or encourages me to do something I hadn't thought of before or who had the faith in me to dream big. When I see or experience a person who is extremely passionate about what they do, I am definitely inspired, be it a parent, an athlete, a musician or artist or friend.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU:
I think that often times, we come across people in our lives who teach us wonderful things that we never forget. They don't call themselves teachers or even view themselves that way but they touch our lives. I am extremely thankful for these people. I am so very grateful for the lessons I learn from every student I get to practice with during class. I'm not sure if they realize the teachings they offer but I try to express my gratitude in every class, both in words and striving to be the best teacher I can.

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:
For my post-yoga snack, I usually like to enjoy a coconut water or smoothie on the way home.

FAVORITE POSE:
really enjoy Bakasana. It's a fun pose to try and I really enjoy teaching it. It's really neat to see a students face light up with a huge smile when they 'take flight' for the first time. It's also inspiring to see someone 'crash' out of the pose, get back up and try it again. To me, thats yoga.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
My off-the-mat passions are listed in the happiness list. I love doing lots of things. I guess one more thing that could be added to my happiness list is a 30 hour day so that I could fit more into each day. I'm having a great time in this life of mine !!!

MANTRA, HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
Metta: loving-kindness meditation:

May ALL beings everywhere be happy
May ALL beings everywhere be healthy
May ALL beings everywhere be safe and
May ALL beings everywhere be at peace

Sometimes we say these beautiful words together in class really trying to be mindful of ALL beings, whether they be 2 legged, four legged, multi-legged or no legged, from human beings to microscopic organisms, truly ALL beings.

Suzanne Ross
Student of the Month
March, 2012

Mike Mollenhauer

HOMETOWN:
Reno

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING?
I started practicing in Katie Louvat's UNR class in 2000.  Who knew it would turn into a love affair??

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE?
I have lupus and struggle with lots of scarred connective tissue.  Yoga helps me keep one step ahead of it and helps me feel like I'm in touch with what's happening in my body.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE?
I want to maintain my flexibility and strength.  And again, stay ahead of lupus.  Oh, and learn to love Uktasana-maybe someday?

ANY  GREAT YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE
(on or off the mat?) 
I remember the class when Denise Barclay spoke about suffering and the causes of suffering, and she put it so simply, yet eloquently, that so many of us suffer because we have an expectation of how something is supposed to be rather than just accepting what IS.  It was a huge epiphany for me with regard to my lupus.  I came to accept what WAS that day.  It made so much sense.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU?
Denise performed my marriage ceremony, Katie has kept me on the mat for 10 years (I feel the love in what she does), Kim O. 'rocks' the mat and teaches me about body bits I never knew I had, Kim A. contorts me in ways I didn't know were possible, Amber lets me do hanumanasana even though it's among her least favorites, Jen makes me feel 15 again (until the next day when I can't move). Every teacher at Yoga Loka offers me some form of growth.  Most importantly, my classmates!  I am inspired by my classmates every day.

IDEAL SUNDAY?
Sleeping in until something crazy like 0700, going to Kim Allcock's killer yoga class, brunch with the husband and then a trip to the dog park with my dachshunds.

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
Living in a healthy body, getting to spend time with my best friend, my husband (a rarity), doggie kisses, my crazy family, can I make it 5 and mention my yoga family?

FAVORITE POSE?
Ha! no secret there:  HanumanAWESOME-a!  Stretches every muscle down to a cellular level.  I'm crazy for that pose.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS?
Simple: loving my husband.

SUPER HERO TALENT?
Functioning with death-defyingly-low hemoglobin!!

MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
2 come to mind:  "Let's just hope for the best." and "Yoga is my dessert without the calories!" Sorry, nothing too deep there.

February, 2012 Teacher and Student of the Month

Amber Jesch, RYT
Teacher of the Month
February, 2012

Kim Allcock

HOMETOWN:
Proud Renoite, born and raised.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
My classes are a reflection of what I love about my own yoga practice: a coupling of precise movement and challenging effort. I love the balance of strength that yoga builds and the focus and effort it takes to be present in one's body. I love the revelation of presence that can occur when one realizes how the subtlest adjustments create more freedom in a pose.

HAPPINESS IS...
Acceptance. Finding the happiness in my life has not been a process of searching (well, at least not as much anymore) but one of looking inward and uncovering what is already and has always been there; knowing that there is nothing I can achieve or attain that will make me any more happy than I am already capable of being at any given moment.

ANY GREAT AMBER JESCH YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...
(on or off the mat)
Well maybe not a "great" moment, but an important one: injuring my shoulder and my hamstring. I learned so much from these injuries that really helped me in my own body awareness: both what I am capable of and what my limitations are. The process of healing them also made me more aware as an instructor of how to help my students challenge themselves and play with their abilities but in as safe a manner as possible.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY IN CLASS...
I love lively music, most albums by Brent Lewis and his Soulfood jams, Dave Stringer, Wah!, and when I can, I try to implement beautiful, alternative, epic music by Jonsi of Sigur Ros.
 
FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS...
Great musicians, catchy tunes, songs from my childhood, anything that inspires me…currently I am loving Diane Birch and Esperanza Spalding, amazing ladies with talent and voices that transcend musical generations and genres.
 
TEACHERS (yoga teachers or not) WHO INSPIRE YOU:
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, my parents, Charlie Lutes, Kim Orenstein, Jin Sung…thank you all…so much.
 
BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:
Snack? I like a whole meal of Thai food, specifically, a yellow curry with avocado and some veggie egg rolls.

FAVORITE POSE:
Well, my passion for back-bending aside, happy-baby pose has become one of my best friends. It's one of the few safe forward bends I can do (owing to the ole hamstring injury) but the more I practice it, the more deeply I feel it unwinding the inner depths of my hamstrings and hips.  

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
Traveling to foreign countries and learning foreign languages, spending time with my beloved, my family, my dogs, and my friends, and enjoying being active and lazy outdoors in the sunshine.

POEM:
All nature is but art, unknown to thee,
All chance, direction which thou canst not see,
All discord, harmony not understood,
All partial evil, universal good,
And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
One truth is clear, whatever is, is right.
            ~Alexander Pope

Jane Rakaczky
Student of the Month
February, 2012

Mike Mollenhauer

HOMETOWN:
Born in Omega, Ga (Georgia Peach) but raised in Winter Haven, Fl (Florida Cracker).

WHAT INSPIRED ME TO START A YOGA PRACTICE:
I was inspired to start a yoga practice after attending a series of yoga classes with Kim Orenstein at UNR.  Kim's knowledge of yoga, the body, the mind, the breath, and the connection they have inspired me.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE:
The positive changes I felt from the beginning and continue to feel: improved alignment, flexibility, breathing and health. I continue to grow and learn in my yoga practice. Yoga also introduced me to meditation which helps me to go inside myself and to stay focused.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU:
Kim Orenstein inspired me from the beginning and continues.  In addition I have been inspired by Denise Barclay, Katie Louvat, and Kim Allcock. 

IDEAL SUNDAY:
An ideal Sunday starts with my yoga practice, followed by breakfast. The day may be spent relaxing at home with a good book or spending time with family and friends.

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY:
1) Yoga, 
2) Family and Friends,
3) Interacting and helping people,
4) Walking, hiking and gardening.      

FAVORITE POSE:
I don't have one favorite pose but twists, back bends (heart openers), head stand and shoulder stand are my favorites.

OFF THE MAT PASSIONS:
To carry the benefits I receive on the mat off the mat and to help others.

SUPER HERO TALENT:
If I have a Super Hero Talent, I must have misplaced it.

MANTRAS?, HAI KU?  WORDS OF WISDOM? 
Those of you beginning your yoga practice and those of you who have been practicing stay with your practice.  You will continue to grow and learn, and the benefits will be amazing especially as you get older.

January, 2012 Teacher and Student of the Month

Kim Allcock, RYT
Teacher of the Month
January, 2012

Kim Allcock

HOMETOWN:
I was born in vancouver, BC, grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and moved back to Vancouver and then to Edmonton Alberta for college and graduate school before finding my way to Reno. Much of my family lives in Vancouver, so that's where feels most like home to me.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?
I would say 'Adventurous', or maybe 'Playful'. I like to create sequences that lead students somewhere they don't usually go, and to use awareness of one's own energy to support both alignment and flow of poses. I like to invite my students to explore the edges of their practice with a sense of curiosity and humor. 

HAPPINESS IS.... s
Balance. Finding the 'tipping point' in an arm balance, the combination of effort and ease in any asana, the ebb and flow of breath, the interaction of self and others, the pure contentment when your thoughts pause and you are fully engaged in the moment.

ANY GREAT KIM ALLCOCK YOGA MOMENTS TO SHARE...(on or off the mat)
My 'great yoga moment' is my introduction to Yoga. Years ago I spent one wonderful New Year's eve on Bowen Island in the Georgia Straight with some good friends, and on New Year's Day one friend lead a short yoga practice. I was utterly amazed, enthralled and entranced; I could imagine no better way to begin a year. I've been practicing ever since.

FAVORITE TEXT TO READ IN CLASS:
'The Radiance Sutras', a new translation of the Vinjana Bairava Tantra  by Loren Roche. It is beautiful and captivating, reminding us that we are part of the Divine and that we experience it in every moment.

FAVORITE MUSIC TO PLAY OUTSIDE OF CLASS:
I like a bit of everything. Americana, Canadiana, world folk. Current favorites are Idan Raichel and Niyaz

TEACHERS (yoga teachers or not) WHO INSPIRE YOU:
Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Sean Corn; people who live what they speak with compassion. Also, everyone I practice with at Yoga Loka, students and instructors alike. I learn so much each time I teach or practice!

BEST AFTER YOGA SNACK:
I always look forward to late Summer/early Autumn in Reno when some of our students bring clusters of fresh home-grown grapes to share with all at Yoga Loka. Best after yoga snack ever!

FAVORITE POSE:
Ooh, tough question. For sheer joyful exuberance, Hanumanasana. I love Sirsasana, Urdva Dhanurasana and Savasana too.

OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS:
Family: I have four wonderful children and an amazing husband. Art: I am also a henna (mehndi or mehandi) artist, and I love to decorate all sorts of things including people. Nature: I have a Ph.D. in plant ecology and although I'm no longer working in that field the natural world is still a source of fascination to me.

MANTRA:
"Hrdyamayi Ahamamrte Amrtam Bramhani" Let my life force be linked to my heart, let my heart be linked to the truth within me, and let that truth be linked to the Eternal.
Mike Mollenhauer
Student of the Month
January, 2012

Mike Mollenhauer

HOMETOWN:
Reno, NV

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A YOGA PRACTICE?
I realized after a hernia operation how weak my core was and thought it would be a perfect way to gain strength and also gain flexibility I had been missing.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRACTICE?
I realized what a great total body/mind workout it was and how it made me a happier person, better skiier and also made my time on my bicycle more enjoyable.

TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU (Yoga teachers or not...):
All of the "5:30 p.m. Yoga Loka teachers"  they all bring different things to my practice and myeline which keeps it interesting and fresh.

IDEAL SUNDAY:
Yoga in the morning, skiing for a couple of hours,  a bicycle ride, then a home made dinner with my parents.

4 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY: 
Good food, exercise, good friends, traveling to new places. 

FAVORITE YOGA POSE: 
Do I have to pick one? I like Warrior II and also handstand.

OFF THE MAT PASSIONS:
Bicycling (both road and mountain) and downhill skiing 

MANTRAS? HAI KU? WORDS OF WISDOM?
Everybody dies, not everyone lives....Die living the life you want to lead.

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