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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I grew up in the Sonoran desert of Tucson, Arizona, lived in England for many years and found
home near Hermosa Beach.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I trained in theatre and music at the GSA Conservatory in Surrey, England.  While there, I was introduced to the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, the Lessac method and began to practice yoga as a weekly exercise. I fell in love with its holistic approach of uniting body, breath, mind and spirit together in one practice.
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Awareness.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
My spirit animal must be the Wolf, because I love to roam this world, family and connection mean
everything to me and though I don’t (usually) howl at the moon, singing is my life’s inspiration. 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Elgin, Illinois.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I was training to run a marathon and started boxing and swimming a couple days week to cross-train. The owner of the boxing gym suggested I try yoga. I did, and hated it. I couldn’t wrap my head around the art of slowing down. 3 years later, l gave it another try and loved it. The rest is history. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Resilience.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Chips and salsa.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Brookline, Massachusetts! Two years ago I ventured all the way to the other side of the country...and it's been love ever since.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I've been a dancer my entire life, and yoga was first introduced to me in my training at a young age.  However, it wasn't until I was in recovery from anorexia that I rediscovered the practice at a studio in my hometown and found the piece of the puzzle to health, happiness, and strength that I hadn't even realized was missing.
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Healing.
What is your spirit animal?
An ocelot :)


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Where are you from?
I was born in San Mateo, California. When I was around five years old, we moved to the Philippines where my family is from and that's where I grew up! 
How did you get into yoga?
A few years ago back home in the Philippines, I was fascinated by the flow arts and started learning how to spin fire (poi) as movement meditation. Being a part of the local flow arts community there, it wasn't long until I was practicing other things like surfing and yoga which all go hand in hand. I first tried yoga at a retreat in 2010, and there began my humble beginnings as a yoga student. It wasn't until moving to Los Angeles in 2014 and finding my practice again (after going through some life-altering experiences) that I felt this essential need to deepen my personal yoga practice and do something to help other people. I made the decision to obtain my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2015, and haven't looked back since. :) 
In one word, describe what yoga means to you.
Freedom.
What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is my adopted rescue dog, Summer! We share the same silliness, love for sunny days and cuddling. We also share some anxieties from past trauma, so we are helping each other heal...all while making the most genuine, happiest memories together. She's my best friend. :)


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I am from the South Bay, and have lived in Redondo Beach/Hermosa Beach for 9 years.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I stumbled upon Soho during a Friday evening walk through Hermosa Beach some years ago, and was hooked with my first class!
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Harmony
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
a dolphin


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Denver, CO
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
After being told by my doctor that I had to quit my corporate job in Chicago, due to its affect on my health, I picked up and moved to California. The moment I arrived, I decided I needed to make some friends, and find a way to exercise that would be kind to my beat up knees and bring some flexibility to my tight hamstrings. So I decided to join a yoga studio and that is when my yoga love affair began!
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Healing
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
A t-rex because I have a big smile and awkward t-rex is my go to dance move


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
That place you left your wallet in- El Segundo.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
A torn ACL, thanks soccer *kissy face*
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Breath.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Kuddly koala.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, so I know that I need an ocean breeze to survive. I’ve dug some really deep roots in the westside of Los Angeles, and I’m so, so content.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
Let’s set the scene: It’s 2012. I stumbled into a hip hop yoga class in Santa Monica that, apparently, Reese Witherspoon swore by. I could barely stand on one foot, and my first thought was, “okay, challenge accepted”. While I was initially hooked by the physical aspect of the practice, it quickly became so much more. Yoga made me feel at home, and I knew that it was going to become a big part of my life. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
HONESTY.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
A cat. Definitely a cat.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Originally Southern California, but I did spend some years in Albuquerque, NM growing up. 
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
My first experience with Yoga was at school where I took a Pilates/Yoga Health class. I enjoyed the physical challenge but it wasn’t long before I realized how It brought peace and faith back to my world. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Serenity
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Dumbo Octopus (plz look it up if you have never seen one). 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I am French Canadian and have enjoyed a travelling family life until returning to Redondo Beach for good-it's our favorite place!
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I was invited to a class by a friend. I dabbled for years until I found a practice that's a true contribution to my body, mind and soul; it became clear to me that I needed more yoga, to live it, share it and be it, both on and off the mat.
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Possibility.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
An Eagle.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I've lived in Beautiful Hermosa Beach for 31 years and I’m from this glorious Universe… or am I?
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
My Mom started doing yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois when I was 15. My Mom was so hip and awesome so of course I wanted to do what she was doing.
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
LOVE.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? 
A Lion! But I always wanted to be a Giraffe.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I am a California girl, born and raised.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
My first yoga class was at a gym right after my (now 18 year old) son was born. It was so hard to hold down dog, I thought yoga was so weird and it wasn't for me. Around 2007 I suffered from TMJ, anxiety, and what I used to call funks (depression). Yoga helped me out with that and then I just became hooked on the yoga medicine.
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Connection
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
I have always been a ladybug. All is well.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Ojai, California
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I got into this beautiful practice by traveling India!
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Balance
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
African Serval Cat 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m a South Bay native beach girl!! 
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I had been suffering from back injuries for a couple of years, and my doctor started talking about the possibility of surgery, which I really did not want to do. At that time I was dancing, and talked to my ballet teacher about it. He recommended that I could try Yoga or Pilates. So I decided that my ballet teacher knew best, and went with Yoga. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU
Connectivity
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
 A cat dolphin combo. 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
El Segundo, CA
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
As a dancer, I have always loved movement, but yoga made me fall more and more in love with it. At first I just wanted to get stronger and more flexible for dance. Now yoga is ALL OF THE THINGS. Sorry for yelling. I got excited. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Recharge
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
A wolf. Specifically a white wolf. Mostly because that’s what I pretended to be the most often as a kid. And because they seem awesome.

 

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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Boone, North Carolina
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
It all started in 1998 when I thought my mom’s yoga mat was really comfortable.  It’s been love ever since.  
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Unite
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Does Simba count?


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Portland, OR
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I was a dancer in high school and have always loved moving my body.  I took a class at a gym during this time and must have liked it enough to continue because I haven’t stopped since. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Collectivity.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Squirrel 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Puerto Rico
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I was going through a dark time in my life as my son had been diagnosed with autism.  I could not sleep, think, work or really do anything and I was very depressed.  A friend asked me if I wanted to do yoga at 5:30am and I said yes since I didn’t sleep much.  After the class my body felt very tired with the kind that would send you into a big deep sleep,  my head was very quiet and I felt an imense amount of peace in my heart; so much that I thought that if I could share just a tiny bit of the yoga and the peace that I would have the opportunity to make this world a better place.  So I did!
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Peace
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Owl?  Butterfly? 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
From a creature that incapsulated beauty and bravery. A bold gypsy woman crafted from the brightest of Stars. You too though. So, we are the same. Its science.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
My Mother. From the far corners of the youngest parts of my memory, yoga in the backyards of wherever we were growing up at the time. Its been a habit of our life.
IN ONE WORD DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU. 
Connection
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
It can’t just be one thing! There’s just no way. 
Bee’s, Elephants and Ants, because I admire their strength, loyalty, community and strong life purpose. I find myself stalking these mighty beings frequently. But Sloths and Sea Creatures bring me to my knee’s and put slaty ponds in my eyes. Nature, nature is my spirit Animal. The End


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Venice, California
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
My first yoga class was with Shiva Rea at Sacred Movement in Venice....I was immediately hooked! I worked as a professional backing singer for 15 years, and I developed a consistent yoga practice by Shiva's transformative blend of global music, breath, and conscious movement. Her passion for the lineage of yoga introduced me to Ashtanga and Iyengar, and later, Kundalini. 
IN ONE WORD DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU. 
LOVE!
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
A dolphin. Sharing the water with dolphins while I swim or surf on my longboard is a perfect day.


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Long Beach California
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
After i graduated from college in 2010, i was in desperate need to find something meaningful, something positive-- and yoga just somehow found me. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Grounding.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Elephant. 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Montpellier, France.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I started yoga as a way to workout & fell in love with the spirituality and the connection that it brought me. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Union.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
a witty monkey. 


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
This go around, Palos Verdes, Right here in the South Bay.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA? 
I had an amazing boss whose wife is a yoga instructor. He dropped off a membeship to a yoga studio she worked at on my desk and said, "You would like yoga, check it out." It was. love and intrigued curiosity all at once. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
LOVE.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
A fish... or a unicorn, can I pick two?


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Torrance, CA.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOGA?
I got into yoga as a way to heal my body and maintain sanity while in college. 
IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE WHAT YOGA MEANS TO YOU.
Medicine.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Ru Paul, because she embodies charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.