Enhancing Fertility Naturally

Not only are The Green Yogi‘s teachers extremely knowledgable about yoga, many of them have other significant passions and professions. As their students we benefit from their other studies and research, especially when they prepare special workshops for us!

This Saturday April 19th from 4-6pm Chelsea Rothert is bringing her birth doula skills to the yoga studio to teach a 75 minute intentional yoga and meditation practice followed by a 45 minute discussion about how to enhance your fertility naturally. This topic is requested all the time and we are so excited Chelsea will be able to help both men and women to grow their families.

In addition to a wonderful yoga and meditation class topics during the discussion will include nutritional guidelines, herbs and supplements, lifestyle solutions, and ways to manage the stress of fertility issues.

If you are interested in learning more click here to register and we’ll see you Saturday!! Price: $20 early bird | $25 same day

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Bossa & Beach

Have you heard of Bossa Nova music? It originated in Brazil and is such a cool mix of samba with a sophisticated jazz twist.

Why am I asking? Because a fellow Green Yogi and native Brazilian, Vanessa Brina, was inspired by Bossa Nova music’s carefree, tender, spontaneous, charm and decided to create an elegant swim wear line that brings comfort, minimalism, and sensuality to beach culture, called Bossa & BeachThe bikinis are all handmade in Brazil with cuts that accentuate the body’s curves while still being comfortable. The prints are happy and the designs are exclusive. 

Vanessa and her partner truly created a fun line of swimwear that I think Green Yogis will love. Which is why I’m excited Bossa & Beach are offering Green Yogi Blog readers 15% OFF any item at Bossa & Beach when you use the promo code thegreenyogi through 4/30/14.

With summer right around the corner, and honestly it’s pretty much summer all year round hear in Manhattan Beach, these are the perfect suits to hit the beach in. You can custom select sizes and styles so you can mix and match just the way you were meant to, Bossa & Beach style.

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Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Do you remember this post Green Yogi teacher, Linda Baffa, wrote about all the benefits of  taking a teacher training? Teacher Trainings are wonderful if you want to become a yoga teacher, but they are also amazing for deepening your practice and enriching your life! You create genuine friendships, give yourself new perspective, and open yourself up to countless possibilities. The next training The Green Yogi is hosting is the 150 Hour Foundation Module that will be led by the wonderful and inspiring Chelsea Rothert.

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Specifically, the 150 hour training serves as the basis to a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification. It is based in a deep understanding of classic salutations, postures and breath-work while enhanced with an uplifting study of energetic flow. Trainees will receive supportive and honest feedback and develop a strong connection with their personal practice. Students innately “know” something is special in Mukti classes; this is feedback we receive from the many teacher trainees who decide to take our training. To us, this something special is the care we take in training teachers to not just obtain a certification, but to learn safety, creativity and intuitive teaching. Above all else, our teachers learn to truly give to their students, observing students in each class and ensuring they are safe, comfortable, cared for and enjoying yoga. Click here to sign up here!

Dates: April 25th – June 29th 2014

Wednesdays: 6:00-8:00am

Fridays: 7:30-9:30pm

Saturday: 3:00-8:00pm

Sunday: 12:15-5:45pm

Price: $2,100

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Earth Day Celebration

At The Green Yogi we like to think about our planet and how we can help it every day of the year, but isn’t it nice we all have a day specifically dedicated to our planet?

manduka is also a company that works with planet Earth top of mind, which is why we team up with manduka as often as possible! They sponsor our Yogis of the Month with generous gift bags and we provide our yogis with their blocks and mats to rent during classes. But I think what I appreciate most about manduka is along with their commitment to the environment is how well their products perform and function, better than any I’ve tried.

Which is why in honor of Earth Day we are celebrating with manduka all April long. If you bring in your old yoga mat you will get 20% OFF any manduka mat sold at The Green Yogi.

This year we will be donating all mats to Western Avenue Elementary in Los Angeles for their Youth Yoga Program!! Spread the practice of yoga to our younger generations and donate your yoga mat!


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France Yoga and Surf Retreat


Do you have a summer vacation scheduled for this year yet? If you’re looking for a getaway where you can really get away from it all – and, of course, return to your center, have you considered a yoga retreat?

I mention a yoga retreat because Green Yogi Master Teacher, Julie Rader,will be leading an amazing retreat on the coast of France June 21st – June 28th!

This retreat has it all (more photos below); international travel, accommodations at two private villas located on the protected coast of the Landes, 2 daily yoga classes overlooking the ocean, surf lessons at great surf spots with sandy bottoms, beautiful beaches to enjoy long walks and swimming, gourmet french meals, over 124 miles of bike trails boarded by pine trees ideal for long bike rides, premeir golf, local culture, a day of shopping in nearby San Sebastian, Spain plus ample wine&cheese tasting.  You will truly refresh yourself in the land of dunes and pines!

This retreat starts at 1650euro. You can find more information and register at: muktiyogaschool.com

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Green Yogi of the Month! Kara Bryden

Kara Bryden

Meet manduka sponsored and Green Yogi of the Month for April, Kara Bryden! Kara is one busy lady and we are honored she uses The Green Yogi to help herself let go and find balance between working hard and living well. Read on to Be Inspired.

OCCUPATION:  Pediatrician and Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor UCLA Medical Center

NICKNAME:  Growing up, “Kar-Kar,” At work, “Chief,” At home, “honnies,” (yes, its plural…not sure how that evolved!)

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU:  I’ll admit, I had to solicit this from several of my peeps.

Brother: That your bat mitzvah theme was skiing

Best Friend: That you’ve had the same best friend for 30 years

Best Friend’s Husband: That you’ve travelled to some of the most exotic and best surf spots with your husband

Co-worker: That you keep a positive thoughts jar next to the candy bowl, to feed both body and soul

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY?  I have enjoyed so many classes at Green Yogi, but for me, its Tamal. For some reason I have always liked a challenge, especially when it comes to exercising, and Tamal always brings it. I just can’t pry myself away from his classes; they just hurt so good! His singing during savasana is so rewarding and allows for the most emotional and reflective sessions I’ve ever had.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE? Anything involving twisting. I love twisting. Heart openers feel delicious as well. There’s nothing like a good old Up Dog.

WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST?  Florence and the Machine, You’ve Got the Love

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?  I have so many role models for different reasons, but the commonality among them seems to be insight; both internally and externally. Having the ability to go internally and reflect is so powerful and benefits not only yourself, but everyone around you. People who can apply the same principle to those and situations around them have compassion and empathy, which are two qualities that truly inspire me.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?  I have been doing yoga off and on for 14 years. A year after I moved to El Porto, the Green Yogi opened its doors! I went frequently then and restarted about 9 months ago after a long stretch of running. I was drawn back to yoga because I wanted to dial down the intensity in my work out and for its meditative benefits. Yoga has improved my life in more ways than I can describe. It has aided me in accepting myself, in keeping focused and calm while I studied for my Pediatric board exam, in reflecting, and in realization of things I had tried to suppress. Whether it was the long holds, the words of the instructor or even during savasana, every practice touched my soul.

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Extra! Extra!

Read all about it! The Green Yogi Berkeley was featured in the Berkeley High Jacket recently. This is the first time, we know of at least, that our studio has been reported on in a high school newspaper, and we think it’s pretty awesome!

As yoga becomes more and more prevalent in adult practitioners lives it only makes sense our younger generations are going to jump on the yoga mat too. Personally, I started practicing yoga in college, but what I would not give to have started earlier. Especially in those awkward, self-doubting stages of junior high and high school!

Thank you for the shout out Leyla Farzaneh, we hope to see you and your fellow Berkeley High Jackets soon in class! (read Leyla’s story below or click this link)

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The Green Yogi Opens on MLK

The recently opened yoga studio, The Green Yogi, located conveniently on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, gives off a relaxed vibe with an unmistakable infusion of hipness. This atmosphere is accentuated by the wide windows and a floral scent emitted by the candles throughout the lobby.

The Green Yogi held its inaugural class on Saturday, January 18. Owner Mary Strong is excited to spread her business to the Bay Area from its first location at Manhattan Beach. She knew she had found the perfect spot the minute she walked into the building that would become The Green Yogi. “It had all the elements I was looking for and that same peaceful, happy feeling I had when I walked into our first studio in Manhattan Beach,” said Strong.

Strong began doing yoga as a collegiate and professional athlete to become more flexible and heal injuries and soon she was hooked. Strong taught yoga throughout her career as a broadcast journalist but finally decided yoga was her primary calling a couple of years ago. Vinyasa yoga (the style she teaches) combines power, endurance, and core strength with flexibility and cardiovascular health.

The studio specializes in power vinyasa yoga but also has candlelight yin relaxation classes in the evening several times a week. The classes incorporate music for a high-energy practice and are accessible to yogis of all ages and levels.

The Green Yoga prides itself on its environmental friendly practice. Strong commented, “We want to inspire people to not only practice yoga but think about how their actions affect our planet when they’re off the mat.”

The French glass doors and windows are recycled from salvage yards around Berkeley and the company is completely paperless, using iPads to check guests in.

“We really want this to be a sanctuary for people, a place where they can feel taken care of,” Strong said. “Our goal is to take yoga to a new level and really see our guests and get to know their personal journey.”

She also emphasized her goals of creating the feeling that The Green Yogi is a family.

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