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Monday Manifesto: Bloom

March 20, 2012 / Aaron

Special Announcement

March 19, 2012 / William

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Ta Da!!!

Yoga Belly’s Yoga Teacher Training program begins May 18th, 2012!!

Be a part of our first teacher training that embodies the creativity, joyous living,  and generosity of spirit that you have come to love about our studio!

Dive deeper into what you are passionate about!  Join Edna and William as they present a course that builds a solid foundation of yogic philosophy, asana alignment, and applied anatomy through an interactive approach to learning.

Whether you have thought about teaching yoga or simply desire to take your practice to another level, this course provides all the tools you need to create a true personal practice both on and off the mat.

We will have a FREE  Teacher Training  course introduction on April 21st at the studio.  Please keep a look out for more details coming up soon!!

From the Noobie: On Being Your Badass Self

March 15, 2012 / Aaron

I haven't been to class in two days, which for me, means I'm totally slacking. Which I do decently often. I hear it's because of the solar flares that we're all totally zonked.

Luckily, when I'm slacking, it's not hard to find inspiration to get back on my mat and rock out.

If you need some, try this.

Meet My Guru, Linda McGrath

March 14, 2012 / William

It was six years ago when I first met Linda on the first day of my teacher training. I was soooo nervous that day. I remember thinking, who the hell do you think you are taking teacher training with just a few months of yoga experience under your belt?? And I knew I was way over my head when Linda asked us to introduce ourselves and to lead the group in a sun salutation... Sun what?? Lucky for me, my bff Melissa, who was also there taking the course, whispered in my ear:  You know, inhale arms up, exhale forward fold, etc.   So with conviction there I was introducing myself, leading the group in the most horrendous sun salutation I'm sure they've ever experienced. Well Linda, meet Will Cristobal, your yoga diva in the training.

Linda was incredibly inspirational to me from the start.  Every class she led was challenging, dynamic, and fresh...  Her playlist was always funky!  I will never forget one class where Linda was jamming "YMCA" on the stereo and asked the class to take goddess pose with arms in the air and do the YMCA with her!  "That's for you, Will!," Linda shouted.   And that's when I found my calling.  I took that moment and ran with it.  I have become the dance music and shake your booty yoga teacher ever since.

It brings me soooo much joy to have Linda join us at the end of this month for a fabulous fundraiser workshop and give our Yoga Belly peeps a sample of where some of us Yoga Belly instructors (including Aaron, Jennifer, Kristin, Melissa, Wendy, and myself) get the goods.

Hope you can join us Saturday, March 31st at 2pm for Linda's donation-based power yoga workshop.  All proceeds will go to Insight World Aid (

Next week:  Girl chat with Linda.

Monday Manifesto: RWE

March 12, 2012 / Aaron


"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."


~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Spreading the Word (and the Love)

March 9, 2012 / Aaron

If you have even remotely considered the possibility of joining the national bone marrow registry, please keep reading.
I am speaking especially to you, my bi-racial/multi-ethnic brothers and sisters, since we, in all our genetically-complicated glory, are under-represented on the registry.
I am speaking especially ESPECIALLY to you, my fellow hapa honeys. Our DNA of mixed-Asian descent is particularly hard-to-find.
One of our Yoga Belly family members has a loved one who needs our help. It's as simple as that.
The process is not nearly as scary as I thought. My uncle donated bone marrow about 15 years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Sometimes, it can all be done without surgery. My uncle is half Korean, half German, and he ended up being matched with a woman he'd never even met before. After the donation, she took him to dinner, showed him pictures of her three kids, and thanked him for saving his life. To this day, he keeps a picture of the two of them framed on his mantle, and they exchanged letters every year. He says it was one of the most meaningful things he has ever done with his life.
If you're interested, please look into registering with the National Marrow Donor Program. Registering as a donor is as simple as a cheek swab. (You must be 18 years old to register.)
Whether or not you decide to register, please spread the word. More importantly, spread the love. It really does make a difference.
For additional information visit: for a swab kit
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Monday Manifesto: Be Awesome.

March 5, 2012 / Aaron Lingerie...

March 3, 2012 / Aaron

There's a very provocative, controversial, viral yoga video floating around out there with a woman practicing in just her lingerie. Whether you find it offensive or not, underneath it is a very beautiful and inspiring story. One of my favorite teachers wrote a great article to accompany that earlier this week in the Huffington Post entitled, "Stop Judging and Read."

It made me realize that sometimes we create our own opinions based on preconceived notions, experiences, morals, etc. We don't know what's going on in someone else's life when their practicing on their mat next to us (or in videos). We all have our own expression of yoga. We all have our demons. Celebrate each other's practice, and find your own expression of yoga to change your life.Down Dog

From the Noobie: Yoga and Running

March 1, 2012 / Aaron


Before I practiced yoga, I ran. I loved it, but once I found yoga, I took some time off to really focus on my practice, and I'm only now getting back into running again. I started a few months ago, and... I still love it. It's exhausting, it feels so GOOD to just get out in the sunshine and GO, and run hard until your legs ache and you're sucking wind into the deepest parts of your lungs...

...until the next day. When you can hardly climb stairs. And you get to your yoga class, and your IT bands are so tight, you can't twist your elbow to your knee and retain consciousness. And your ankles are so shot that you can't balance in eagle or warrior three for longer than a nanosecond (and even that is generous). And your hamstings... well. Who knows where they are.

Now, I know I'm not the first yogini to bring some running into my routine. Apparently, that's how Jennifer Aniston stays so smoking hot. But my question is, is there a trick to balancing them both? How do you all do it? How long did it take before you felt comfortable doing both, to the point where you didn't think one compromised the other?

Girl Chat With My Besty Giselle

February 29, 2012 / William

My gal pal Giselle is coming to Yoga Belly next Sunday March 11th to introduce our students to the world of Jivamukti Yoga. I recently asked Giselle to join me for a quick Q&A session for my blog this week. Giselle, thank you for being a sport and answering my Top 10 Questions...

1. If I had never taken your yoga class and only heard the music from your class playing somewhere, what kind of feel would I get?
Funky, inspired, and thought provoking

2. Do you have any personal heroes?
My grandmother was and is my hero. She endured a lot with tremendous grace and compassion. I have a few personal heros, one of them is Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of the Pretenders). My life changed when I first heard her voice in 3rd grade. She represents the feminine aspect of a rocker to me. She is an amazing musician, an activist and a rebellious spirit and plays from her heart, fearlessly. She's pushed the envevelope and I always gravitated towards these types of artists. Oh and Yoda!

3. What's your favorite comfort food?
Chips and salsa.

4. What inspired you to want to teach yoga?
My husband actually came up with the idea. I thought he was crazy.

5. What are you currently working on in your own personal practice?

6. If you're not doing yoga, what is your go to physical activity?
Trampoline baby!

7. Any thoughts on yoga being dangerous or bad for your body?
Anything can be dangerous if done unconsciously. Practicing mindfulness is key to a fruitful and long standing practice of any kind.

8. 3 words that describe you.
Spunky, passionate, and compassionate.

9. You can have dinner with any 3 people alive or dead, who would they be?
John Lennon, Tori Amos, and Jesus. (Mary Magdalene too if I could have 4!)

10. You stub your toe on the coffee table... You scream out _???_!!

Join Giselle Mari Sunday March 11 1:30-4pm for Jivatmukti Yoga Workshop. For details and reservations, click here.