April Yogi of the Month Manhattan Beach: NICK JONES

Our Manduka-sponsored Yogi of the Month for April is Nick Jones! Nick has been a familiar face here in Manhattan Beach for over a year now and we look forward to seeing his smiling face everyday! Not only is he a yogi, he’s a student, personal trainer, high school basketball coach and server at a local restaurant! We’re not sure how he finds the time for everything, but we’re so glad to have him here at the studio in his free time.

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Congratulations, Nick!

NICKNAME:

Man Bun 

OCCUPATION:

I’m a full time student at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Kinesiology. I am a Certified Personal Trainer. I am a strength and conditioning coach for the boys varsity basketball team at Mira Costa High School. I also am a server and bartender at The Greenbelt restaurant in Hermosa Beach.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU:

I’m half English (British). My father’s side of the family lives near Manchester, England. Also, I’ve been told I’m a gifted shower singer.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY?

I have 4 favorite (influential) instructors in my life. Wendy, for her grace, alignment tips, and introducing me to Wall Wednesday. Linda, for her voice. Chelsea for her great energy. Matt, because he’s Matt.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?

I like to work on holding crow to tripod headstand back to holding crow again.

WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST?

Partynextdoor by Recognize ft. Drake would be nice to listen to while practicing yoga.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My family along with my close friends. I also am motivated to improve gradually in most aspects of my life. I also love the feeling of giving back and helping others (mostly athletes) with my experience playing college football and being a positive example for young men trying to progress in sports.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING & HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?

I have been practicing yoga for about 2 years now, it has helped me find a sense of calm that I lacked playing football and yoga helps me remember to enjoy and be aware of the moment. On top of that it is a great way to workout.

Thank you Manduka for sponsoring our wonderful Yogis of the Month!

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Q&A with Instructor Matt Rothert

Today we’re getting to know our instructor Matt Rothert. You’ll find him teaching Yin Relaxation here at The Green Yogi on Sunday nights from 6-7:30 PM!

Matt Headshot

Where did you grow up? My Dad was a businessman and moved our family where his job took us. So, I grew up in a unique combination of the deep south (Arkansas), the upper midwest (Michigan), the northeast (Connecticut) and the southeast (North Carolina).

What are your hobbies? Cooking, gardening, camping, water sports (body surfing, SUP, surfing), watching the sunset, writing.

matt rothert yoga instructor

How did you get started with yoga? I was going through a challenging time in my life and had this feeling that yoga was going to help me out of it. I went to one of Julie Rader’s classes at the Yoga Loft on a recommendation from a friend and was hooked. I loved the personal Spiritual aspect of the practice that I was able to connect to. Then I fell in love with the community. So many of our teachers from the Green Yogi today were just getting started too and we were all practicing together.. In one class you’d have Jamie, Wendy, Linda, Anne, Heather, Amy B and myself. It was so much fun and everyone was so nice and full of love and generosity.

What pose was most challenging for you to learn? Handstand. It is still a challenge for me, but a great lesson in persistence and practice.

What inspires you? Seeing other people transform their lives.

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What are your classes like? What’s your teaching style? My classes are happy and chill and hopefully inspiring. (Editor’s note: They ARE!)

What’s your favorite quote? “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” -Jesus

matt rothert yoga instructor

Want more of Matt? Find him on Instagram or Facebook, and check out his website, yogalovefood.com!

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Q&A with Instructor Amy B!

Today we’re chatting with Amy B., our fearless instructor here at The Green Yogi Manhattan Beach on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:30 am!

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Where did you grow up?

I was blessed to grow up with a wonderful family in Illinois. Eventually, I (very happily!) found my way to Southern California. I have developed a wonderful SoCal family over the years through teaching yoga, staying happy, being a cool friend and meeting inspiring people.

What are your hobbies? 

I’m athletic, so most sports…anything that is genuinely fun! Fun for me is about the people I am with, but hiking, yoga, music, playing with my French Bulldog, and making Kombucha Tea are all at the top of my list.  Recently I have been doing a lot of sound healing, learning about the different instruments like crystals, brass bowls, gongs and other sound tools used for what’s called a “Sound Bath”. Sound Baths are used to heal the body and deepen the mind’s ability to let go, meditate and heal. (Did you see the Super Bowl commercial with Jeff Bridges where he was sitting next to a person in bed and playing a brass bowl?  That was kind of like a sound bath!) (Editor’s note: Amy is actually hosting a sound bath this Saturday, March 21st here at The Green Yogi! Her and Fabian Rodriguez will use about 20 different instruments to help give you the sensation of deep relaxation. Jeff wont be at this event…at least we don’t think so…but you never know!)

How did you get started with yoga?

When I moved to Marina Del Rey I didn’t have any girlfriends in town. A new neighbor knocked on my door and invited me to join her for yoga at Brian Kest Power Yoga in Santa Monica. This was about 15 years ago and yoga wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now.  I realized over time (once I could touch my toes!) I was changing for the better. Needless to say, eventually I realized I was literally head-over-heals for this thing called yoga! I’m calmer, clear-minded, stronger, and more flexible now. Plus, the community is so great – I have tons of new friends because of it.

arm balances yoga

What pose was most challenging for you to learn?

Hands-down, handstand. I have so much respect for yogis who can do arm balances because I realize how much hard work and perseverance it takes to master them. If you want to master handstand, practice everyday. Slowly start to hold the pose for up to a minute. It’s like learning to walk; enjoy the falling and getting back up!

yoga handstand

What inspires you?

Growth. People and events that help us realize we’re never “done”. (Once we check one thing off our list, another inevitably pops up!)  Those who can deal with hard blows in life and still be inspired to move on.  Those who have had a charmed life and always have a smile and kind a heart.  Life inspires me. When I realize I can do better at something, I get up and do it.  Check out this Ted Talk if you need a dose of inspiration:

What are your classes like? What’s your teaching style?

My style is based around motivating, challenging and inspiring my students!  I use inspiration and knowledge to help you achieve a pose you may not have thought possible. I design classes to gradually help you get into a difficult pose through repetitive movements that open the body.  My strength is knowing what you are feeling and helping you get past any blocks you may have.  I think my classes are awesome. (Editor’s note: So do WE!)

I am a very diverse Master Yoga Instructor. I have over a 1000 hours of training in Vinyasa Power Yoga, Yin/Restorative, Meditation, Pranic Healing, Prenatal, Therapuetics, Chakra and energy work, Sound Healing and Athletic Yoga. It’s such an honor to have been The LA Kings Hockey Team yoga instructor during their 2014 Stanley Cup Champsionship season.

warrior poses yoga

What’s your favorite quote?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”― Dalai Lama XIV

Do you have any inspiring stories/moments from your teaching or practice?

The real joy is watching the daily growth of the people around me. A student of mine, Soo, learned Bakasana, an arm balance. She is pictured below at the age of 70. She started in my yoga classes a few years ago and within a year she mastered Bakasana.  It’s never to late to learn a new trick!  Soo is inspiring to me. She doesn’t only take my power yoga classes; you might even find her in a tabata class!  She reminds me that we’re never too old to act on our inspirations and GO FOR IT!

crow pose yoga senior

Want more Amy B? Find her on Instagram and Facebook, or check out her website at amybyoga.com!

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21 Good Deeds

In week 2 of the #GreenYogiChallenge, you’re tasked with doing a good deed. To help out, we’re sharing a list of positive things you can do for your friends, family, even strangers!

  • Get trained in CPR. You never know when you might need to save someone’s life!
  • Bring a basket of treats or some fresh flowers to a friend or a local nursing home.
  • Sign up to fundraise for a charity you care about.
  • Next time you’re shopping for groceries, buy some extra to donate to a local food bank or shelter.
  • Pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop or in a drive-thru.
  • Drive an elderly neighbor or family member to appointments, church, or a movie. Offer to do their grocery shopping.
  • Surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed.
  • Offer to babysit for a friend.
  • Donate blood.
  • Drop off magazines you’ve already read at a hospital waiting room. They can help make patients’ waits a little brighter!
  • When cooking or baking, make some extra to give to an older neighbor or a friend who doesn’t cook much. Or, cook a meal for friends with a newborn baby!
  • If you’re going on a long vacation, drop off your monthly public transit pass at a school or career center. They’ll pass it along to someone who can use it to job hunt or attend classes.
  • Volunteer for a charity that’s near and dear to your heart.
  • Donate used clothes and housewares to a local shelter.
  • Offer to take care of a friend’s pet when they go away on a short vacation.
  • Visit a nursing home and spend some quality time chatting with residents. Many of them don’t get visitors.
  • Next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of dog or cat food to donate to a local animal shelter. Bring some old blankets or towels to donate, too!
  • Put money in a parking meter you see is about to expire.
  • After finishing a book, donate it to a friend or a library.

Did you complete a good deed today? Share with us by commenting below – you may inspire someone else to follow in your footsteps and pay it forward!

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Q&A with Instructor Chelsea!

Today we’re sharing a Q&A with our wonderful instructor, Chelsea Rothert! You’ll find Chelsea teaching yin relaxation class on Fridays from 6-7:30PM, a power vinyasa class on Saturdays from 11-12:15PM, and a prenatal yoga class on Sundays from 11-12:15PM!

chelsea rothert

Where did you grow up? All over. I have a gypsy mother who floated us from place to place. I was born in Florida but lived most of my formative years in Toronto.

How did you get started with yoga? I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii at the time. I remember taking my first class and found myself crying. I felt so much gratitude flowing through my heart. Gratitude that I had made this bold move to such a beautiful place, gratitude that I had found a practice that seemed to make my heart burst open, and gratitude that I was simply alive. I bought a monthly unlimited package after that very first class, and never looked back from there.

Chelsea Rothert

What pose was most challenging for you to learn? Seated Meditation. The physical asanas are all challenging in their own way, but nothing challenged me more that just sitting quietly and learning to become still. I am what most people would call a “busy-body.” I am always on the go, planning, doing, thinking. So the idea of sitting with no purpose other than to simply be was and is still the most challenging pose for me today. However it is also the most rewarding one of all.

What inspires you? People inspire me. I love people. I love that we all come from somewhere, that we all have our own stories, and yet that we are all so alike. I am continually inspired by the people I meet on and off the mat everyday.

What are your classes like? What’s your teaching style? My teaching style is unique to me. I refer to it is “Chelsea flow” because I teach according to how I feel that very day. Some days are vigorous and tough and other days it is simple yet strong. I am a true believer in the importance of both the Yin and Yang energy. It think it’s important to sweat, move, and be challenged, however, it is equally important to be still and to hold poses so that we can learn how our bodies and minds react to the stillness…

Chelsea Rothert

What’s your favorite quote? The pose begins the moment you want to come out of it.

What are your specialties? I specialize in prenatal yoga. Along with being a yoga instructor, I am also a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. Pregnant women and the miracle of birth will never cease to amaze me. I have been fortunate to witness quite a lot of women bring their babies into this world – mostly all of the Green Yogi staff in fact :) -and nothing compares to the rawness and the wholesomeness that this particular experience brings. I truly believe that providing women with the tools and empowerment to birth naturally is my calling. It is my passion for sure! (We’ve just started a Sunday 11:00am Prenatal class at the studio. Come check it out!)

Want to learn more? Follow Chelsea on Instagram and Facebook!

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Green Yogi of the Month, Berkeley: Tabetha Peavey!

We are so excited to honor Tabetha Peavey as our Manduka Sponsored Yogi of the month for March! Tabetha has been with us at The Green Yogi since we first opened, and she has taken over 100 classes! She inspires everyone in the Green Yogi Tribe with her calm demeanor and warm smile. We are honored to have you in our yoga family, Tabetha!

Congratulations, Tabetha!

Congratulations, Tabetha!

OCCUPATION: Law Student at UC Berkeley

FUN FACT ABOUT ME: When I was 12, I taught Mark McGrath how to operate a jet ski. I wasn’t a fan of his music and I could tell he was bummed.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY? 

This is a difficult question because all the instructors have their own strengths that make each of their classes so distinctly enjoyable. But, my favorite instructor would have to be Megan Spencer King. Besides her incredible effervescence, I find Megan’s classes really fun because of how nuanced and thoughtful she pushes me to be about where my body is, what it’s doing, and what it can do.

WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

To move. When I’m not at The Green Yogi I’m usually sitting in a classroom or at a desk in the library. Yoga gives me the time to connect with and enjoy my body. When I’m overwhelmed with work, school, or family, yoga helps remind me how, under just about everything else, I am so lucky to have a moving, healthy body. And that reminder always feels huge.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?

I like chair pose, but only because we’re always being asked to smile when we’re in it. It seems silly, but it really does help.

WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST?

Pretty Thoughts by Alina Baraz & Galimatias

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

I’m inspired by strong women. And to me that means being inspired by virtually all women. Women are all so strong and it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE? 

I’ve been practicing for about 2.5 years. My body has changed a lot but the biggest change has been learning that my limbs will absolutely hold me up. I’m no longer afraid of trying things and testing my strength. This new confidence makes practicing so much more fun and reminiscent of being a little kid again. This adds a ton of joy and personal satisfaction to my life.

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Manhattan Beach Yogi of the Month: Charles Schacht!

Another month, another Yogi of the Month here in Manhattan Beach! For March, we’re honoring Charles Schacht. Last we checked, he had taken 1,217 hours of class here at The Green Yogi! Pretty incredible if you ask us. Thank you, Charles, for sharing your practice with us!

Congratulations Charles!

Way to go!

OCCUPATION:

Electrical Engineer, Software Engineer and struggling entrepreneur.

NICKNAME:

Charlie

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU:

This is my second time as Yogi of the Month. Namaste. He was also honored in 2012!

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY?

All are great but I’ve been enjoying Tamal’s classes. I like how he mixes cardio and core with the yoga.

WHAT’S YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

Better mind, body and health.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?

Crow pose; it’s what I’m working on perfecting.

WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST?

I like all the songs played at The Green Yogi because they are off the beaten path. I wish the instructors would share a playlist of all the songs they play. (Great idea! We’ll definitely try to make that happen!)

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Happy people. I need all the help I can get!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?

Over two years now.  My back feels beautiful and that’s a good thing.

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