Olga Turner, Assistant and Program Manager
Q: How has a 6 day a week yoga practice impacted your life and everyday resilience?
A: Regular 6 days a week practice changed my life on so many levels. It started with a lifestyle change - less partying, more sleep. Almost forceful discipline in the beginning eventually grew on me. With discipline came a more relaxed approach to life. No need to force things or act in a certain way. Just practice and all is coming.
Q: Tell us a bit about your first time taking a traditional mysore class with Aliya Weise & Kathy King . How long did you practice at ASD?
A: I practiced at ASD for about 6 months until the program closed. I remember my first class there so vividly - it was on a Saturday. Aliya led the chant and it just sounded so magical. The class itself was insanely difficult. I left the shala absolutely drained physically but feeling so amazed and happy inside. I knew there is no way back from that point.
Q: What is your academic background?
A: BA in Educational Studies and MA in Cultural Studies. I always see the world through a prisme of Cultural Anthropology. Culture does not mean only arts or crafts, it's the whole microcosm around us that has been created by humans. I always see the world through the prism of Cultural Anthropology.
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Kai Maciel, Owner and Teacher
Q: Why City Heights?
A: After looking around in Barrio Logan and Chula Vista, KY settled in CH where I live. Ashtanga and yoga practice are generally challenging to find in historically diverse communities, at least in Southern California. The Studio Lively location offered an incredible opportunity to be of service to my local community.
Q: What is gangster yoga life?
A: A unique approach to yoga and fitness lifestyle. A well rounded method to optimal health and function through ashtanga asana practice, chanting, personal training and nutrition planning. No fluff. No essential oils infused classes and definitely no "blossoming your anus up toward to Sun". Gangster yoga life is about keeping it 100 with yourself and everyone around you, no matter how close you think you are to samadhi.
Q: List 3 things you are also passionate about besides yoga.
A: Organic coffee, Africa and helping others.. Lifting heavy things while listening to the best gangster rap that has ever hit your speaker.
OLIVER DAVID, Guest Teacher
Olivier David first discovered the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in January of 2004. Starting in 2009 he went to Mysore, India to deepen his practice at the source of Ashtanga Yoga and has since then made annual trips to continue his studies with his teacher R Sharath Jois.
Olivier is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga after the examples and teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R Sharath Jois. In 2009 Olivier had the blessing and opportunity to start traveling and teaching all over the world. Sharing this amazing practice that has been passed down to him.
In 2015, Olivier was Authorized Level II to teach Ashtanga Yoga by his guru R. Sharath Jois in the tradition of Pattahbi Jois & Sri T. Krishnamacharya. In 2016 Olivier had the privilege to assist Sharathji in the KPJAYI shala in Mysore, India. For more pictures and information,please visit his website www.yogawitholivier.com.