Embrace the Darkness

Happy November! I hope you had a wonderful Halloween full of tricks, treats and magic! The season of change is upon us. The weather is changing (especially here in Tennessee) and the nights are growing longer. This weekend we will set our clocks to standard time and fall back into more darkness. In the past, I have struggled with this time of year. Although I was born in November, I am a child of the summer. I thrive in the warmth and the light. The cold makes me shiver and the dark makes me question. Everything. And therein lies the Read the full article…

Ahimsa

Happy August! I hope all is well and you are finding the time to do the things you love in the midst of all that is happening in your life! I am always contemplating new ways to enhance my practice and this month it is through one of the 8 limbs of Yoga. The 8 limbs are the foundation for creating a life filled with more discernment which is the ability to accurately understand something. With accurate understanding we are able to make better choices which is very important for living a healthier and happier life in this ever expanding Read the full article…

December Featured Teacher: Jamie Ford

We are so proud of each & every one of our Yoga Blend teachers. This month, we featured our resident sound specialist, Jamie Ford! What brought you to Los Angeles?: Modeling – I started when I was 15 years old driving back and forth between 29 Palms and L.A. I finally moved here right after high school. Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Sound Workshop in Seattle What’s something your students don’t know about you?: I was a gymnast growing up Favorite places in LA: Too many to choose from! Yoga Blend is definitely one of the Read the full article…

November Featured Teacher: Kellie Smith

At Yoga Blend, we are so very proud of the amazing teachers who invest their time & energy at the studio. Each month we feature different teachers, so you can get to know them better. This month we speak to Kellie Smith, who just got married last month. Congratulations Kellie! Hometown: Orlando, Florida.  Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Got married!  What’s something your students don’t know about you?:   I overcame fear and expressed my authentic self when I came out of the closet at age 30. Dream vacation destination: Do I have to pick just one? Read the full article…

November Featured Teacher: Bekah Turner

At the core of Yoga Blend are our amazing teachers. Each month, we feature a couple of teachers so you can get to know them better. This month, we speak with Bekah Turner, teacher and General Manager of Yoga Blend:  What brought you to Los Angeles?: Yoga Blend! I dropped out of community college in Oregon to move to Burbank when the studio first opened in 2005 after Christy and I met at a training in Santa Barbara the summer before. We had an instant soul connection and when she shared her dream for the studio, I knew it was an Read the full article…

October Featured Teacher: Jennie Stubblefield

Get to know the amazing teachers at Yoga Blend! This month, we chat with Jennie Stubblefield. Be sure to take a belly dance class with her, because she is pure dynamite in person 😉 Hometown: Temple City, California  My favorite place in LA is… Wi Spa in Korea Town Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: Deciding to retire from the spa industry after working as a Massage Therapist for the past 21 years to start my own business, and getting married. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?: Continuing to build my wellness business. Read the full article…

October Featured Teacher: Jo Levey

At the core of the Yoga Blend experience are our dedicated, passionate teachers. This month, we feature JO LEVEY! Hometown: LA Native!  My dad and I moved to Burbank when I was 10 years old, and both my parents still live within a couple minutes of Yoga Blend!  I’ve always been proud to call Burbank my home base 🙂  What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? Continuing to work on my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and hopefully transferring from Valley College to University! My favorite place in the world is… My favorite city that I’ve Read the full article…

September Featured Teacher: Laura Haug

At the core of the Yoga Blend experience are our dedicated, passionate teachers. This month, we feature LAURA HAUG! Hometown: Bonne Terre, Missouri.  What brought you to Los Angeles? I moved to LA in July 2006 to pursue working in the film industry. The majority of my time in LA has been spent working in Post Production. My favorite place in LA is… I love driving through the mountains and along the PCH to get to Zuma Beach. It’s my go-to place. So peaceful and relaxing for me. Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: I quit my Read the full article…

September Featured Teacher: Kim Neer

At the core of the Yoga Blend experience are our amazing teachers. This month, we feature KIM NEER! Hometown: I grew up in Bainbridge, Ohio, a small town just outside of Cleveland. What brought you to Los Angeles? I came to Los Angeles 3 years ago after spending a year exploring South America.  I had decided it was time to return to the US but I didn’t want to live in Ohio or Chicago where I had previously been living, so I chose Los Angeles because my best friend from childhood was living here and we had always hoped we’d get Read the full article…

August Featured Teacher: Courtney Sauls

Hometown: Houston, Texas. What brought you to Los Angeles? I moved to Los Angeles from New York to pursue acting 8 years ago this month! My favorite thing about LA is… This little place called Yoga Blend. Ever heard of it? It has the best people and I always leave feeling wonderful. It literally changed my life. Most memorable thing I did in the last 12 months: I went to the Sundance Film Festival this year to support a film I was in! It was the first time I’ve ever seen myself on the big screen! It was AWESOME! Favorite food: Read the full article…

August Featured Teacher: Susan Quon

What brought you to Los Angeles? I’m a native daughter of Los Angeles. My grandfather came to California in the 1890’s to work on the railroads in Northern California, Sacramento or the “2nd City” as it was known to the Chinese contract laborers. San Francisco was the “1st City.” Dad came to Los Angeles with his cousins to work as cooks at the resorts of Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Hemet, and the San Jacinto Valley. Mom shortly followed. My favorite thing about LA is… the Hollywood Bowl. Music, stars overhead, picnics with good friends and family. A great evening out. Favorite Read the full article…

July Featured Teacher: Sommer Thome

Yoga Blend, Burbank

Hometown: Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. What brought you to Los Angeles? My husband was splitting his time between Vancouver and Los Angeles and we finally decided that it make the most sense for us to make the big move to L.A. I remember as I was packing up boxes and going through stuff that I came across a journal from when I was about 16 years old.  Leafing through the pages I came across multiple entries about how much I wanted to move to California.  So, even though it may have been Rich’s career that brought us here, Read the full article…

July Featured Teacher: Darby Orr

Yoga Blend, Burbank

Hometown: Dallas, Texas. What brought you to Los Angeles? I came to Los Angeles as a staff Songwriter/Producer for Sony Music. Geez, back in 1993, I think. My favorite thing about LA is… that for such a large city, there’s a healthy dose of nature to be found nearby. The Beach, mountains and desert are quick and easy destinations. My least favorite thing about LA… would be the lack of rain and big thunderstorms. Perpetual summer does get monotonous. I like dynamic weather. I’m really looking forward to… a quiet year ahead to concentrate on writing new music. And yes, it Read the full article…

June Featured Teacher: Vicki Howie

Yoga Blend, Burbank

Throughout the year, we feature the amazing individuals that make up the core of Yoga Blend: our teachers! This month we get to know Vicki Howie: My hometown is: Chicago, IL/Seattle, WA What brought you to Los Angeles? I came to the area to open a comedy club in Santa Barbara in 1993, back when I was doing professional stand up comedy, and a couple years later headed south to Los Angeles. Cat person, or dog person?: Dogs. Hands down. Favorite season:  Summer. Dream vacation destination: I’d love to do a tour of the most sacred sites in the world. Read the full article…

June Featured Teacher: Tracy Sosa

Throughout the year, we feature the amazing individuals that make up the core of Yoga Blend: our teachers! This month we get to know Tracy Sosa:    What brought you to Los Angeles? I came to LA in 1988 to pursue a career in modeling and to live with my mom.  I was not cut out for modeling, but loved being here and so I stayed! How did you find yoga? I found yoga when I thought my head was going to explode.  I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to accomplish a lot of things, and after my Read the full article…