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Cori Martinez

Owner, Teacher & Teacher Trainer

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are friendly, reflective and nosy (Should I say: curious?)

My perfect meal is healthy and prepared with love by someone else

Coffee or tea? Tea and a sip of coffee. Or two. Or three. Ok, I drink coffee now

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at Trader Joes, Mochi Yogurt, a playground, a Thai restaurant, a coffee shop

I highly recommend forgiveness and time in silence

I am thankful for a lot. For starters: When my daughter climbs into my bed before the sunrise and goes back to sleep

I hope for success and peace

I love dark chocolate with coarse chunks of sea salt, being near the ocean, and laying in a hammock

I’m scared of not being good enough

Yoga has taught me a new understanding of God and therefore a sacred appreciation of my life

I am inspired by the dedication of so many yoga students. Also by the kindness and generosity of others

Three words to describe my teaching style are detailed, fluid and inward (But it does depend on the day!)

One of my favorite yoga books is Light on Life by BKS Iyengar

Music you might hear in my class Krishna Das, Girish, and Deva Primal chanting. Ziggy Marley and other reggae, Eddie Vedder, Sting, Dispatch, Counting Crows, Cowboy Junkies, plus classical or instrumental guitar or drumming. Lately, a lot of silence

My Yoga experience includes meditation, pranayama, self inquiry practice, being married, having a child… being human. About fifteen years of yoga practice, over ten years of teaching and now a teacher of teachers. Practice and/or trainings in various styles/traditions: Bikram, Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Forrest, Psychology of Yoga, Tantric Yoga Philosophy…. You can study and do a lot of yoga in fifteen years!

Dana Overby

Teacher

Emily Taggart

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are sweet, sassy and compassionate.

My perfect meal is made from fresh ingredients and shared with loved ones.

Coffee or tea? Espresso in the morning, tea for the rest of the day.

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at usually somewhere in Midtown – either on a long walk with my dog and husband or enjoying the company of friends over delicious food and drink.

I highly recommend long walks, deep breaths and moments of silence.

 I am thankful for every moment of my life.

I hope for a life surrounded by loved ones and to never forget how lucky I am to live the life I have.

I love life.

I’m scared of clowns, alligators and not being good enough.

Yoga has taught me to slow down, live life one moment at a time, and not take myself so seriously.

I am inspired by the potential of every moment and every human being.

Three words to describe my teaching style are mindful, playful and simple.

One of my favorite yoga books is Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates

Music you might hear in my class Thievery Corporation, Kronos Quartet, Lucinda Williams, Girish, Feist, Philip Glass, Krishna Das, U2, etc. (Every now and then, when the time is right, Led Zeppelin shows up, too.)

My Yoga experience includes some awkward introductions when I was a teenager. Years later, I found a regular practice that spilled off my mat into my whole life. I am a lifelong student and teach to share the gifts I receive from my practice and experience. I’ve completed two 200-hour teacher trainings, most recently at Asha Yoga. I frequently write about my experiences with yoga and what inspires me on my website, yaynamaste.com .

Kate McKinney

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are soft, creative, 85% optimistic and 15% Chicken Little (The sky is falling, the sky is falling, what do I do? Answer: Yoga!)

My perfect meal is anything that doesn’t have canned peas or hominy or liver or anything that resembles these three things!

Coffee or tea? Both

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento having dinner at Selland’s, agonizing over what to purchase at Three Women and an Armoire, or out in Rancho Cordova teaching yoga at my yoga studio: Body Investment Studio

I highly recommend not taking any recommendation that doesn’t feel authentic to you

I am thankful for it all

I hope for all those who feel hopeless

I love my husband, ‘Skinny McKinney’

I’m scared of a little bit of everything, anything and nothing at all!

Yoga has taught me and continues to teach me to soften; to soften my judgments of myself and others, to observe and accept what is, whether I like it or not, and in this process of accepting reality as it is, I am able (albeit sometimes not right away) to let go of the ‘should of, could of, would of and if onlys, and find space in compassion for my thoughts, my actions and perceptions, my body, other’s thoughts, reactions and perceptions, and the situation at hand

I am inspired by my mom, meditating, God, the universe, the way things always seem to work out regardless of x, y, & z

Three words to describe my teaching style are smooth, nourishing and accessible

One of my favorite yoga books is Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

Music you might hear in my class ranges from Michael Franti and Spearhead to The Royal Philharmonic to Donna De Lory to Florance & the Machine

My Yoga experience includes a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training program with Cori Martinez, E-RYT and owner of Asha Yoga, as well as an additional three month mentorship program under Cori’s guidance. I truly believe if you allow yourself, you can learn something new every day. You never stop being a student. I find joy in continually immersing myself in inquiry, journaling, books and discussions about yogic philosophy and the body, specialized workshops, and taking classes from a variety of other teachers in order grow as a student and in turn as a teacher of yoga

Kristine Clark

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are friendly, enthusiastic and energetic

My perfect meal is depends on the season. I love veggies stir-fried, grilled, roasted, and love entree salads with fish, chicken or tofu

Coffee or Tea? Both. I don’t need coffee, however, I lived in Italy so a cappuccino has been a habit.

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento on my cruiser bike, at the Co-op, Fusion Yoga Studio, walking my dog, and practicing yoga everywhere

I highly recommend finding balance and moderation in everything we do in life. I see so much suffering from too much or not enough of something. I say, love more

I am thankful for yoga. I don’t know how I would be if I didn’t have the teachings to help me along my journey and freedom from suffering.

I hope for all people to realize we have choices and that we can chose to live in the moment and see the amazing opportunity we have on this beautiful planet, and once we get it, help others to be happy

I love people, yoga, pets, movement, healthy food, travel, being in love

I’m scared of not much, maybe injuring myself

Yoga has taught to me the concept of living in the moment and that the root of my suffering is thinking too much and talking too much

I am inspired by happy people, they come in all shapes, ages, race, creed, color

Three words to describe my teaching style are diverse, creative and heart-opening

One of my favorite yoga books is Jivkamukti

My yoga experience includes workshops, retreats, classes, trainings, and lectures. For the past 11 years, very few days have gone by without a yoga experience. Yoga is an integral part of my life. I am open to all spiritual practice and experiences. I have been teaching full time since 2008

Linda Wagner

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are energetic, enthusiastic and happy

My perfect meal is roasted root vegetables and salad

Coffee or tea? Tea please

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at Green Acre’s Nursery

I highly recommend making your own salad dressing

I am thankful for a thousand daily blessings

I hope for Eka Pada Rajakapotasana without making groaning sounds

I love nature and music

I’m scared of snakes (love spiders)

Yoga has taught me patience, self awareness and to accept my own limitations

I am inspired by people’s abilities to overcome impossible odds

Three words to describe my teaching style are clear, compassionate and humorous

One of my favorite yoga books is Light On Life by B.K.S. Iyengar

Music you might hear in my class an eclectic mix of Sting, sitar, world, jazz and more

My Yoga experience includes 10 years teaching with a focus on the Anusara style.  I use that extensive knowledge to help guide students through the Foundation series at Asha every month.

Maya Kini

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are…curious, passionate, driven.

My perfect meal is…a picnic (mt. tam cheese, fresh bread, figs, red wine and chocolate)

Coffee or tea? Both 

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at…my studio or the Sunday farmer’s market.

I highly recommend…swimming in phosphorescence

I am thankful for…friends that make me laugh until I cry

I hope for… an open, elastic mind with which to greet the world.

I love…looking at my daughter while she sleeps.

I’m scared of…losing my sight

Yoga has taught me…to move from my heart

I am inspired by…cities, song, color, dance, bees, the desert, and all the words we have fashioned to describe these things…

Three words to describe my teaching style are…dynamic, inquisitive, compassionate

One of my favorite yoga books is…”The Mirror of Yoga” by Richard Freeman

Music you might hear in my class…breath and movement and Hallelujah in all its forms.

 

My Yoga experience includes, 15 years of practice including Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, making art and realizing the transformative potential in all material 

Robert Halworth

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are genuine, benevolentlyribald, and neverlackadaisical (that’s three words, right?)

My perfect meal is curry

Coffee or tea? Definitely coffee

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at Sacramento Pipeworks, Temple coffee, Bangkok Thai

I highly recommend Not wasting your time doing something you don’t love

I am thankful for this precious human life (thanks mom), all my wond-R-full Lama’s (Garchen Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Traga Rinpoche, Anam Thubten Rinpoche, Lama Gursam, Swami Satyanada, Barbara Du Bois, Doug Swenson)

I hope for, hope is only a halfarsed, I’d rather DO or see others DO

I love everything as if all had been my mother in a previous life, in my best moments and eventually at all times

I’m scared of not much

Yoga has taught me to be not scared of much and to DO RIGHT NOW

I am inspired by those who aren’t scared and who do what they love

Three words to describe my teaching style are slowly meditative at first then intensely flowing to relaxingly indulgent

One of my favorite yoga books is A Systematic Course on the Tantric Techniques of Yoga & Kriya by Swami Satyananda

Music you might hear in my class Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Massive Attack, Bonobo, Damien Marley

My Yoga experience includes all of the proceeding if you have read this far…may all beings benefit

Sandra Gutierrez

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are loving, compassionate and genuine

My perfect meal is homemade, veg and full of love

Coffee or Tea?: Tea

Other than Asha you might see me around Sacramento the Co-Op

I highly recommend doing something out of the ordinary every day.

I am thankful for interconnectedness and the ability to be open to change.

I hope for everyone to experience inner peace, love and presence and to know that is who they authentically are.

I love meditation, long talks about life, love, connection, spirit and discovery, becoming aware of what makes me smile, dancing, outdoor music festivals, food, tea, chocolate, colorful socks and a good book.

I’m scared of microwaves!

Yoga has taught me how to slow down and be present

I am inspired by those who love to learn and equally by those who love to teach

Three words to describe my teaching style are calm, mindful and accommodating

One of my favorite yoga books is anything written by Rumi

Music you might hear in my class kirtan, reggae, nature sounds or your neighboring yogi engaged in mindful breathing.

My yoga experience includes: 200-Hour RYT at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas in Classical Hatha Yoga as taught by Swami Vishnu Devananda in January 2011. Upon my return I completed a Mini-Yogis training for children. Initially, I started out sampling Bikram and Power Yoga and landed softly into Asha Yoga for a ten day trial in 2009, fell in love, and have been practicing asana here ever since.

Sarah Langford

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are open, loving and grateful

My perfect meal is hummus, avocado, cherry tomatoes and seaweed flavored rice cakes

Coffee or tea? Coffee!

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at Asha, it’s my second home

I highly recommend smiling, even when you don’t feel like it

I am thankful for a job I love

I hope for living a long, healthy and happy life

I love my friends and family, and extending that circle

I’m scared of not being good enough

Yoga has taught me to love my life

I am inspired by a good book, a long hike, and people who live with love

Three words to describe my teaching style are challenging, accepting and joyful

One of my favorite yoga books is A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom

Music you might hear in my class Ratatat, Girish, Alma Desnuda, Donna De Lory, Jane Winther, Deva Premal, Lotus, Snatam Kaur, Moby, Emancipator

My Yoga experience includes…
An unwavering dedication to being a student resulted in a very consistent practice with several brilliant teachers for many years. My desire to teach and give back the gifts I received inspired me to DIVE head first into home study and Teacher Training workshops and programs. Now, as a teacher, the integration of a home practice gives me my own voice. I have a Masters in Nutrition Science and a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles in body, mind and soul! This is all part of yoga for me.

Ashley French

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are thoughtful, optimistic, tall.

My perfect meal is anything that ends with a piece of cake :)

Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento walking my dog at McKinley Park or cruising around on my bike.

I highly recommend taking a walk outside every day.

I am thankful for the transformation yoga has brought to my life and my posture.

I’m scared of poor health and disease.

Yoga has taught me how to love myself unconditionally.

I am inspired by pretty much everything! When I’m in need of inspiration, I never have to look very far.

Three words to describe my teaching style are smooth, relaxed, explorational.

One of my favorite yoga books is Light on Life by BKS Iyengar.

My Yoga experience includes… My first time doing yoga was in a small studio in Brooklyn circa 2008. I was that person who thought they were too inflexible to do yoga. My sister loves reminding me how I exclaimed to her after class, “my body just isn’t made to move that way!” Here I am 6 years later, moving that way and teaching others to do the same. Being in competitive sports my entire life left me inflexible and plagued with injuries – so for me, finding yoga felt like coming home. It offered the physical and mental challenge I loved about competitive sports but nurtured and healed me all at the same time.

I completed a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training program with Cori Martinez in March of 2014 and have since dived head first into teaching. Being able to share the gift of yoga with others has been one of the greatest blessings in my life! I teach yoga because I want students to be in the best possible position mentally, physically and spiritually when life presents its inevitable ups and downs, allowing them to have the greatest possible positive effect on themselves, others and ultimately, the world.

Heather Breault

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are happy, relaxed, fun.

My perfect meal is I love tacos! I could have tacos every single day. I like corn tortillas and looove to add guacamole too. Veggie or meat, I’m up for either. Whoever invented the taco is a genius!

Coffee or tea? I love coffee, but it makes me feel too nervous so by default I’d have to say tea. I have green tea, honey and unsweetened almond milk on most mornings these days.

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at the movies, Paesano’s or the Co-op.

I highly recommend meditation (it’s awesome), Sherlock (TV show), and the Clairsonic (battery-operated facial cleansing brush) is a miracle worker!

I am thankful for my health, family, friends and all the happy moments in my life!

I hope for a time when I have no fear, no worries and can truly think of others before myself.

I love a really good nights’ sleep and delicious, fresh food.

I’m scared of so many things! Spiders scare me, things not working out how I want them to scares me and anger is the scariest!

Yoga has taught me to start to honor my body and listen to the wisdom that it holds instead of drowning it out with endless chatter in my mind.

I am inspired by most everyone, each person has their beautiful and unique wisdom. I am deeply inspired by my teachers who are amazing and wise.

Three words to describe my teaching style are fun, challenging and balanced.

One of my favorite yoga books is The Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali.

Music you might hear in my class Very eclectic! I like 80′s and 90′s, hip hop, oldies, fold music and mostly anything that makes me feel happy.

My Yoga experience includes I started practicing in 2011 in San Diego at a Bikram yoga studio. I have done teacher trainings in the following styles: Zuda yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Lady Niguma Yoga and with Shiva Rhea, Rusty Wells, Sarah Powers and more. I have a daily meditation practice as well, that I started about six years ago.

David Ezekiel

Teacher

A little about me...

Three words that describe me are positive, thoughtful, gypsy.

My perfect meal is rice and dahl.

Coffee or tea? Coffee when I’m drinking caffeine; herbal tea when not.

Other than Asha, you might see me around Sacramento at Pipeworks Rock Climbing or Plumb Café & Bakery for vegan food (I do eat meat though).

I highly recommend spending hours in nature with your favorite friend or standing next to a giant singing bowl while it vibrates every cell in your body.

I am thankful for the moments I remember to see the world as an atomic vibrational illusion.

I hope for a worldwide awareness where there is no judgement on the evolution on consciousness for all beings (guess that’s a chicken or the egg concept).

I love wild animals and untamed hearts.

I’m scared of sharks in the ocean and otters in the river.

Yoga has taught me various levels of awareness.

I am inspired by people who have grasped a greater capacity to trust their being.

Three words to describe my teaching style are thoughtful, energetic, deep.

One of my favorite yoga books is The Autobiography of a Yogi, seems to change every time I’ve read it.

Music you might hear in my class whale sounds, M83, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, RAC Remixes, The Black Keys, Tina Turner, Pharrell, Blood Orange, St. Lucia, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, synthy/bassy indie stuff and sometimes it sounds like a gay disco club via Donna Summers.

My Yoga experience includes training in Power Yoga (Rudy Mettia and Travis Eliot), training in Tantra Yoga (Rod Stryker), some mornings spent in Kundalini and some months spent in Astanga. I taught in various studios and multiple styles around Los Angeles. Yoga was a physical stress release, a mind rest, a meditation, and an awareness expanding practice; now, it certainly has escaped the confines of the mat and even meditation. Now, it just watches everything a little more curiously and a lot less biased.

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