Featured Teacher

Featured Teacher: Nicole Salvo

Why do you practice? Because I am a better person when I do. The whole day is different when I start my day with my practice: I make better choices, I have more space for other people, and I am usually just plain NICER (my sister will vouch for this one;). It is the catalyst for constantly evolving who I am and what I am here to do on this earth.

Why do you teach? Because it seemed like it would the best job in the world…and I was right, it is! I love observing and being a part of people’s journeys. Yoga is a never ending lifelong undertaking that is constantly peeling back layers, so to be able to help people along their path is not only an honor but it inspires me to keep going on mine.

Inspirations? I am inspired by mom…The woman is a go-getter. Also, my friend Val introduced me to Tara Brach’s podcasts on different subjects dealing with Buddhist meditation. These usually light me up when I need a little fire.

Who have you trained with? Kathryn Budig, Max Strom, Darren Main, Noah Maze, Taylor Hunt

What style do you teach? Vinyasa Flow

What’s your favorite food? Coconuts.

What’s your nickname? As many of them as you care to share. Schmicole, NikkiCoCo, Auntie Coco (reserved for my nephew and my friend Debbie’s twin girls), Coco, Cole, Salvo, Nic…. Just about every portion of my name you can break apart.

Do you own any animals? I adore animals--I basically grew up in a miniature zoo. At the moment, I am currently only the surrogate mother of my roommate’s cat, Adagio. I will someday have a miniature pig and call it Prosciutto.

What’s on your playlist right now? At the moment Father John Misty, Garth Stevenson, M83, my best friend Gia Margaret (always!), Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, Lauryn Hill, Fleet Foxes, Brandi Carlile, Third Eye Blind, some good old Elton John…the list goes on! Constantly falling in love with music.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory? Sweat.

What style influences your teaching? Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini,

Favorite yoga pose? Handstands & Drop backs…they taught me what it means to be present and to trust myself, and they are just plain fun. Also, I am currently in a love/hate affair with Supta Kurmasana in my Mysore practice. It’s the most challenging pose for me in the Primary Series, and although it feels near impossible for me still, I can’t wait for the day when my head just rests snugly underneath my feet.

Favorite quote?

 “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” –Joseph Campbell


“Leap and the net will appear”

What is your favorite TV show of all time? I’ve somehow lived without a television for the past 6 years. However, in times of crisis I do resort to Hulu for my “New Girl” fix. I wouldn’t say it’s the best show of all time…but it gives me a good laugh!

Your favorite item of clothing? Wunder unders… my closet is a scary world of unhealthy amounts of stretchy pants.

What did you want to be when you were little? A cowgirl

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be? Why? Definitely a bird. Not sure what species, but I would love to know what it feels like to fly.

Best trip you’ve taken, or dream trip you’d like to take? My trip last year to Thailand and India. I was away for about 6 months, and the experience changed my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot in my 25 years, so I always encourage people, if they have the urge, GO. There is always a way to make it happen.

What word describes you best? I needed a lifeline on this one, so I asked two friends and got the same word: Free.

What drives you every day? My practice.

Whom do you admire? My friend, Debbie. She’s a single mom, works so hard, constantly excited about life and never fails to light up a room with her energy and love.

What is your mission? To know myself completely, and to have compassion for all.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space…Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” –Albert Einstein

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you? My sister letting me live in her house for 4 months when I returned home from traveling. She is a mom, and very particular about her space and I know she swallowed her pride many times to give me the time I needed to get back on my feet. She was also there for me in some pretty low times…I don’t know where I’d be without her!

Fun fact about you? I have really long toes.

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Featured Teacher: Gail Spirit Sky

Why do you practice?
To find new ways to teach my students about restoratives.

Why do you teach?
Because I love to share ways to feel better on and off the mat.

Inspirations?
All my fellow teachers and the dedicated students.

Who have you trained with?
Many teachers over the years, but most often with Judith Lasater

What style do you teach?
Hatha yoga…and restorative yoga.

What’s your favorite food?
salads with rice and beans

Do you own any animals?
never had a pet

What’s on your playlist right now?
Deva Premal and Krishna Das

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
hearts of love

What style influences your teaching?
hatha with emphasis on meditation

Favorite yoga pose?
savasana

What are you reading?
I’m catching up on Yoga Journal magazines

Favorite quote?

 We don’t laugh because we are happy in Laughter yoga, we are happy because we laugh.

-Dr. Kataria.

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
Treme

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
I did choose my own name 14 years ago…the Spirit Sky part…I was Gail Lynn Williams

Your favorite item of clothing?
yoga pants

What did you want to be when you were little?
a teacher

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
an eagle

Do you dream in color?
no, I live in color.

What word describes you best?
enthusiastic

What drives you every day?
Love

Who do you admire?
all my yoga teacher friends

What is your mission?
to relax the world, one savasana at a time.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Daily, my husband David does kind things for me…hard to pick one.

Fun fact about you?
I love to grow my own veggies.

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Featured Teacher: Jasmine Astra-elle Grace

Why do you practice?
I practice yoga for health, self-acceptance, compassion, devotion, and clarity of mind. I practice so I can teach from experience and I practice so that I may know my own true nature.

Inspirations?
As a leader you constantly have to find ways to be inspired. I find my inspiration on my yoga mat, in nature, spending time with my daughter, painting, music, reading a good book, watching a good movie, reading inspirational quotes and poetry, perusing pinterest, cooking with fresh quality foods, and being with friends. I guess I find inspiration in everything – I love life for all of it!

Who do you admire?
My family, especially my husband Jeremy Grace and daughter, Ella Grace. My business partners, Marcia Miller, Linda Oshins, & Martha Marcom. My friends and my students.

Who have you trained with?
Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, Matthew Darling, Cyndi Lee, Loren and Camille Roche, Doug Keller, Rodney Yee, Marcia Miller, Linda Oshins, Martha Marcom, Joanie Delph, Linda Chun, Taylor Hunt, and Hari Karin Khalsa.

What style do you teach?
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Meditation, Art & Yoga, Slow Burn Candlelight Yoga, Business of Yoga, Yoga for Runners.

Do you own any animals?
Yes, a stray, tiger striped, grey cat who showed up at our door. We named him Shadow. He is pure love and knows Reiki. 

What’s on your playlist right now?
I love music: Trance Dance, Sting, Crowded House, Amos Lee, Snatam Kaur, Rolling Stones, Black Keys, and Adele!

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
My Manduka Black Mat.

What style influences your teaching?
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Cyndi Lee’s Om Vinyasa.

Favorite yoga pose?
Urdhva Danurasana (Wheel)

Favorite quote?

Our thoughts create our world -- Buddha

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
I don’t watch much TV. By choice we don’t have cable/TV. I do like a good secret spy movie though!

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Jasmine Astra-elle Grace. I often tell people I married my husband for his last name not his good looks! That always gets a smile.

Your favorite item of clothing?
Lululemon Yoga Pants, of course – they are the best and last for a long time.

What did you want to be when you were little?
A healer/doctor.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
A horse or a snake. Different animals for different periods in my life. The horse is a symbol of strength, loyalty and perseverance. The snake represents transformation and change.

Backpacking or a luxury hotel?
Both, with no attachment to either. Just accept and enjoy what is. I recently went to Kripalu and stayed in a dorm with 20 others and it was fun.

What words best describe you?
Catalyst. Inclusive. Collaborative. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Spiritual.

Fun fact about you?
I collect mortars and pestles.

Why do you teach?
I teach to inspire a daily yoga and meditation practice and to help people feel more alive in their own body! I want us all to be more “awake” on and off the mat. I see yoga as a way to heal -- inside and out by helping us soften into accepting who we are, right here, right now.

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Featured Teacher: Jodi Patton

Why do you practice?
To bring balance to my life and to allow for a greater sense of relaxation and peace of mind.

Why do you teach?
To inspire in others those many and various gifts that I receive from daily practice.

Inspirations?
I am inspired by many of the great saints, masters and teachers; Patanjali, Hafiz, Rumi, Christ, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Ramana Marharshi, and many many others …. and also by children who innocently share simple Truths with me.

Who have you trained with?
Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Erich Schiffman, Judith Lasater, Gangaji, Hayakuten Inamoto, Tim Miller, Snatam Kaur, Tom Myers, Arthur Kilmurray, Doug Keller, Tara brach, Cindy lee, maryLou weprin. Trijang rinpoche, pema Chodron, wayne Dyer, louise Hay and rosalyn Breyere.

What style do you teach?
Hatha Yoga

What’s your favorite food?
Greens, pizza, tart cherry pie

Do you own any animals?
Yes, Tigger -- yellow tabby cat, 16 years old; Dickens -- American Water Spaniel, 10 years old; Peanut -- Yorkie-Poo, 3 years; Luci-Lu -- Morkie, 1 year old; and various fresh water fish

What’s on your playlist right now?
Adele, Beatles, Bob Marley, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eva Cassidy, Ingid Michaelson, Inner Voice, Krishna Das, Lorie Line, Matt Nathanson, Nancy Griffith, Ramsey Lewis, Snatam Kaur, Janis Joplin

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
Eye pillow

What style influences your teaching?
It may not be a style…but the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi influences my teaching…also, just moving the body in an open-minded and open-hearted way with breath inspires my teaching and my own practice

Favorite yoga pose?
Right at this moment, my favorite category of poses are inversions….going upside down is proving to serve me in my life right now. Though, my favorite poses change as my life changes.

Favorite quote?
“It is what it is.” and “I am That I am”

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
I don’t watch TV all that often. I suppose it could be Dark Shadows or Gilmore Girls or NCIS…..I really like the Food Network station too.

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Hmmmmm…..never really gave this much thought…..perhaps Lynnie or Evie

Your favorite item of clothing?
Skirts and dresses

What did you want to be when you were little?
A singer or a teacher

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
A puppy….they’re always happy!

What word describes you best?
Spiritual

What drives you every day?
Truth…love for life

Who do you admire?
My daughter

What is your mission?
To leave everyone I come in contact with…. a little lighter, with a bit or a lot of happiness….knowing that they are special.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Helped me realize that I am special.

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Featured Teacher: Mary Sinclair

Why do you practice?
I have to! I had woeful posture my whole life so I started experiencing pain early on, especially when I began doing massage therapy. I was all bunched up so yoga began to open me up and greatly helped me develop body awareness. Now it’s just a lifestyle choice.

Why do you teach?
Because I see the need! So many people have pain, some admit it and some don’t. I am not only motivated by pain but by aesthetics. I love beauty, especially natural beauty…especially the beauty of someone who is relaxed in themselves. It is a compelling quality! The human body is often presented in magazines, especially fashion mags in a very distorted, unnatural and rather grotesque way. This is not how we really look. I find it appalling and it has an impact on us, we unconsciously immitate it unless we are aware and make another choice.

Inspirations?
Well, the partners at Yoga on High have all been wonderful mentors and leaders to me for the past 11 years! And Jean Couch, one of my favorite teachers of all time. Jean dealt with a lot of difficult class time with her teachers to develop the lessons I learned from her. My Dad was a great teacher and my Mom is great with people. My parents always encouraged us to follow our own path. My siblings do their own thing as well.They all have been great influences on me. And my dear husband who is great with people and a real pro at his work in sales and marketing!

Who have you trained with?
Well, early on and locally it was Racquel Graham who most inspired my path with Iyengar yoga. That led me to come to work with Linda, Marcia and Martha. Once I got on with Yoga on High a whole world of wonderful teachers was opened up to me!! I think the first year of yoga on high was a whirlwind of study. I loved working with Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Barbara Benagh and Mary Paffard, Angela and Viktor, and of course my beloved Jean Couch! Also with Noelle Perez in Paris and her teachers at the Balance center in Palo Alto. I studied prenatal yoga in Seattle with Colette Crawford and in NYC with Mary Barnes. More recently I love Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine for meditation and I also really enjoyed the workshop I did a couple of years ago with Richard Miller and yoga nidra.

What style do you teach?
Balance/Aplomb and Prenatal- Iyengar influenced

What’s your favorite food?
I tend to crave Spanish and Mexican flavors. I think for a whole food it’s hard to beat the Avocado!
Do you own any animals?YES!!! I have a 7 year old Chihuahua, a 22 year old cat, a 7 year old cat and a 2 year old cat.

What’s on your playlist right now?
No playlist. But on satellite radio I tend to have it on 40’s on 4, Chill and NPR.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
A block!

Favorite yoga pose?
Savasana!

Favorite quote?
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve imagined! Thoreau

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
The Carol Burnett Show

Your favorite item of clothing?
Currently my Lucky jeans make me pretty happy!

What did you want to be when you were little?
a Vet.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
a LION!!

What word describes you best?
Playful

What drives you every day?
Growth, transformation, evolution

Who do you admire?
Anyone who is willing to look at themselves and learn and grow.

What is your mission?
To help people slow down to both know themselves and their own best rhythm.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Accept me

Fun fact about you?
I can do a killer mouth trumpet!

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Featured Teacher: Taylor Hunt

Why do you practice?
My life with yoga is better than my life before it.

Why do you teach?
Teaching helps me be a better student.

Who have you trained with?
Sharath Jois, Tim Miller, Matthew Darling, Rolf Naujokat, Laruga Glaser

What style do you teach?
Traditional Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois

What’s your favorite food?
Sushi

Do you own any animals?
Yes, a doberman.

What style influences your teaching?
My daily practice influences my teaching.

Favorite yoga pose?
The pose I am currently working on, Kapotasana. I’m trying to befriend it right now.

Favorite quote?
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
-- Rumi

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Taylor seems to fit.

Your favorite item of clothing?
My Northface jacket

Backpacking or a luxury hotel?
Neither… Mysore, India. It’s sort of luxury compared to the rest of India; Kind of like backpacking compared to the U.S.

What word describes you best?
disciplined

Who do you admire?
Anyone who has kids.

What is your mission?
This is my mission…..

“Living beings are without number;
I vow to row them to the other shore.

Defilements are without number;
I vow to remove them from myself.

The teachings are immeasurable;
I vow to study and practice them.

The way is very long;
I vow to arrive at the end.”

-vow of the bodhi sattva

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
For my birthday, my wife had our spare bedroom converted into a room for me to practice yoga. It was equipped with new wood floors and a picture of Pattabhi Jois on the wall.

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Featured Teacher: Jennifer Gebhart (aka “Bubbles”)

Why do you practice? To calm my mind and feel great physically.

Why do you teach? To help people physically, mentally and spiritually.

Inspirations? Nature, people, books, my students.

Who have you trained with? Rodney Yee, Cindy Lee, Doug Kellor.

What style do you teach? Hatha, therapeutic, Vinyasa and Power Yoga.

What’s your favorite food? Anything from Figlio.

What’s your favorite yoga accessory? my mat, it is thick and comfy.

Favorite yoga pose? Trikonasana.

Favorite quote? “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” I think Henry Ford said this.

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? Bubbles.

What did you want to be when you were little? A world traveler. Funny thing is, since having children, traveling makes me anxious.

Backpacking or a luxury hotel? Backpack and then a luxury hotel.

What word describes you best? compassionate

What drives you every day? Finding and fulfilling my purpose in life, and helping people.

Who do you admire? Teresa Dowd, one of the founders of Homeless Families Foundation. She never took no for an answer.

What is your mission? To help people to feel at ease in their bodies, to share a laugh or two or more and to help my children find their purpose in life and love them unconditionally.

Fun fact about you? I love to dance!

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Featured Teacher: Correna Starbuck

Why do you practice? To find the best version of myself.

Why do you teach? in hopes to give people a taste of the joy that yoga has given me.

Who have you trained with? The wonderful staff at YOHI.

What style do you teach? Ashtanga and prenatal.

What’s your favorite food? Butter, it makes everything taste better!

Do you own any animals? One senior kitty.

What’s on your playlist right now? Beacon by Matt Duncan, Form by Polica and Gypsy by Garden and Villa

What’s your favorite yoga accessory? A small purple block.

What style influences your teaching? Fun and sense of adventure. Is that a style?

Favorite yoga pose? The Kurmasanas. I love the jumping/lifting challenges here. Plus it’s such a great reminder of bit by bit, breath by breath.

Your favorite item of clothing? At this moment it is a vintage tuxedo jacket that I snagged from the thrift store. Next week, who knows!

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be? A sparrow. Little, friendly and curious but also happy to fly around on my own.

Backpacking or a luxury hotel? Luxury hotel, hands down!

Who do you admire? My grandmother. She had an everyday meditation practice in gardening and quilting that I still find inspirational.

Fun fact about you? i can snap with both hands. i just recently learned this is a thing!

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Featured Teacher: Marcia Miller

Join Marcia Miller for her open Hatha Level 3 class or one of several upcoming Holiday Restorative workshops.

  

Why do you practice? To stay humanly divine or is it divinely human? I want to live a life of freedom, service and joy and yoga seems to help.

Why do you teach? It’s how I learn and serve. There is nothing more satisfying than supporting someone in finding more peace and strength in his/her life.

Inspirations? The wide sky, my favorite trees (they seem so wise and patient), so many incredible yogis and poets who have gone before, my students!

Who have you trained with? SO many great teachers over the years—do you really want the list? Swami Satchidananda, BKS Iyengar, Ramanand Patel, Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer & Victor van Kooten, Richard Freeman, Aadil Palkivalha, Judith Lasater, Jean Couch, Noelle Christians Perez, Mary Schatz, MD, Tom Myers, Roger Cole and many others. Thanks to them all.

What style do you teach? eclectic hatha

What’s your favorite food? Fresh corn on the cob, garlic (how I met my husband)

Do you own any animals? A beautiful black cat that just returned to us after being gone for 4 months. Yay, Zappa.

What’s on your playlist right now? I’m hooked on Lama Gyurme and Brazilian Dance music.

Favorite yoga pose? I love so many of the arm balances but for resting give me viparita karani any day.

Favorite quote? “I just want to be fully alive, even if it kills me.” Kevin Eigel This one makes me smile every time.

What is your favorite TV show of all time? the Wire

Your favorite item of clothing? The first sweater I made that fits me!

Backpacking or a luxury hotel? I must admit I do like a bed at night these days but not a luxury hotel—too boring. I like a hotel with a dedicated owner who can help me understand the place where I have traveled to.

What word describes you best? I asked my husband and he said, “competent, friendly, steady.”

What drives you every day? A passion to fulfill my dharma—to be myself in the fullest sense of that. Which may end up being no one in particular—stay tuned.

Who do you admire? People who know how to say yes and give of themselves, but also know when to say no.

What is your mission? to see the beauty in everyone (including myself).

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you? The thing that popped into my mind was something Martha did for me. My first darling daughter died after 3 days of life. I had her at home in a wonderful yet challenging birth. Once she was gone no one thought to ask me about the birth but Martha. She courageously gave me the opportunity to talk about that powerful experience even though I was devastated by loss. This was one of so many kindnesses that I have received over my life from many many people.

Fun fact about you?  I’m always reading at least 10 books at the same time—many by my bedside and others on CD in the car.

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Featured Teacher: Gail Larned

Join Yoga on High teacher Gail Larned for a variety of open classes, including Hatha Mixed Level, Hatha Level 2, Modified Primary.

    

Why do you practice?
I practice because it keeps me centered and makes me a better teacher. We teach from what we know, so practice is important.

Why do you teach?
I can’t imagine not teaching. I’m constantly humbled by students who say my classes have changed their lives. I teach to help people find santosha and peace in their lives and bodies. I teach because I must.

Inspirations?
Nature, trees, my daughters. Georgia O’Keefe.

Who have you trained with?
I’ve been blessed to have studied with so many awesome teachers. Guruji, Rodney Yee, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Cyndi Lee. And Marcia Miller, my first serious teacher.

What style do you teach?
My background is Hatha, but from the time I first tasted Ashtanga, I was hooked. So, I teach both styles.

What’s your favorite food?
Crab. My grandson’s fav too. He’s 6.

Do you own any animals?
We have Ruby, our calico kitty. We’ve had Black Labs, but are currently dog-less.

What’s on your playlist right now?
Crosby, Stills and Nash’s first album. I’m a child of the Beatles. I love all the old rock n roll. Krishna Das, Bob James and David Sanborn. I also enjoy classical music, esp. piano.

Favorite yoga pose?
easy pose -- Paschimottasana hard pose -- Ardha Chandrasana

Favorite quote?
“Practice and all is coming” Pattabi Jois

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Santoshi. I love the concept and it has a nice ring to it.

Your favorite item of clothing?
My cowboy boots that are falling apart.

What word describes you best?
Optimistic

What drives you every day?
Going out there to see what’s going to unfold.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar and Emmanuel’s Book III

Who do you admire?
Barack Obama

What is your mission?
To be Love in the world.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
That’s a hard one. There are so many angels in my life. I’d have to say my husband for sticking by me through the hard times.

Fun fact about you?
I’m a direct descendent of Lady Godiva.

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