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Yoga of Los Altos - Find ease and balance in your relationships through yoga

Find ease and balance in your relationships through yoga

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Chocolate covered strawberries, red roses, candy hearts, workouts, these are just a few of our favorite things about Valentines day. Wait…did we say workouts? Yes! Couple workouts! Working out with your special someone has been shown to be an amazing way to share new experiences and also grow together in your relationship. So, to get into the spirit this valentines day, we’ve interviewed some of our favorite couples at the YoLA studio. See what they have to say about their journey practicing yoga and starting a couple workout together!

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Kristina and Tony

Kristina and Tony have been together for 13 years and married for 10.  Kristina had already been practicing for 5 years when they met.  Tony joined her for a few classes early on but he didn’t catch the yoga bug then.  It wasn’t until 4 years ago when Tony was recovering from his 2nd ACL repair in his left knee that he decided to step on the mat. He hasn’t stopped practicing since!  Kristina and Tony moved to Los Altos from Nashville in 2014 and they were excited to find a beautiful studio so close to their home. They both come from athletic backgrounds and like to enjoy a strong Vinyasa class together.

How does yoga fit into your relationship/what role does it play?
Yoga is something we both really enjoy and it makes it that much better to share our practices.  It’s fun to encourage each other and help one another work through challenging poses.  We also try to take yoga off the mat and remind us to keep calm, breathe and stay present when life is very chaotic.

What is your typical routine after a yoga class?
With our busy schedule, Saturday mornings are typically the only day we get to practice together.  We often run out of the studio to our girls’ swim practice, basketball game or whatever other activity they may be involved.  We cherish those 90 minutes!

What advice would you give for those starting a couple workout?
Tony’s tip:  Find something you get out of yoga and something you can give to your partner through your practice.
Kristina’s tip:  The beauty of yoga is that something can be gained from every class for every body which allows for couples with different skill levels, flexibility and interest to hopefully find enjoyment in a shared class/practice.

What’s next? Is there a new yoga class you’d like to try?
Exploring a yoga retreat as a couple, especially somewhere near a beach.

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Kristin and Rusty

Kristin and Rusty have been married for 39 years, and they started practicing together about 3 and a half years ago. They like to practice in the Iyengar style and are devoted to Birgit Reimer, so as a couple they came to YOLA to practice with her. Kristin had been to YOLA previously with other teachers.

How does yoga fit into your relationship/what role does it play?
Yoga plays a huge role in our lives because of the time we spend practicing, which is a lot, the time we spend studying the yoga scriptures, the time we spend discussing what we have learned, etc.  It is an activity that has really helped unify our relationship.  Plus there is no competition in yoga, so that is helpful too.

What is your typical routine after a yoga class?
After class we usually drive home and discuss what we practiced and how we feel, then depending on the day have a quiet lunch or dinner and fall asleep or take an afternoon nap.

What advice would you give for those starting a couple workout?
My advise would be to find a teacher that you both love and respect, to focus on your own practice and not what your spouse or partner is doing next to you, if they are next to you, and to just have fun.   Appreciate that some poses come to one or the other at different times, do not be discouraged if you partner finds one pose easier than you do.

What’s next? Is there a new yoga class you’d like to try?
We are devoted to Birgit, so if she decides to try a new class we would certainly do that.  We are both interested and practice and teach Yoga Nidra, which is a relatively new practice for us.

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Anna and Oz

Anna and Oz met in 1978 and have been married for 33 years. They have been practicing yoga for more than eight years. Anna was going to a massage therapist who recommended that she try some classes at Yoga of Los Altos. After practicing yoga for a few weeks, she no longer felt the need for those expensive massages! Oz was having some back issues and got a set of exercises from his doctor to do at home. Anna looked at them and said, “These are yoga poses. Why not try a class with a real teacher?” He tried it and was amazed at how challenging it was. Practicing yoga resolved his back pain.

How does yoga fit into your relationship/what role does it play?
Yoga is one of the interests we share.

Do you have a favorite style of yoga that you like to practice together?
Although Anna mainly practices Iyengar and Oz likes Vinyasa flow, we both enjoy Birgit’s Yoga for the Back class on Thursday evenings.

What is your typical routine after a yoga class?
After attending different classes on Saturday mornings, we often go for an easy hike on Saturday afternoons.
What advice would you give for those starting a couple workout? Try lots of different classes to see which instructors/style appeals to you.

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Laura and Timon

Laura and Timon have been together 28 years, married 22 years.  Laura started yoga 17 years ago, and Timon started 5 years ago.  He has been joining Laura for Rebecca Snowball’s class pretty regularly and occasionally has done some other classes.  Laura does a couple other classes a week on her own, all at YoLA. She practiced yoga in Palo Alto for several years until she discovered YoLA in 2004.  She tried Rebecca’s Vinyasa class and was immediately engaged by her radiance, loving kindness and her excellent teaching.  Her expertise in alignment was particularly helpful to Timon who started yoga after some back issues.

How does yoga fit into your relationship/what role does it play?
At first it was hard for me to share my yoga time, friends and even teacher; I felt a little invaded.  I was persistent about maintaining the boundaries that make class a better experience for me, and now Timon flows right along beside me, though he has to arrive earlier than he would on his own!  We enjoy the time together, the shared experience and the yoga community.

Do you have a favorite style of yoga that you like to practice together?
We prefer Vinyasa with a focus on alignment, so we can enjoy the flow of energy but continue to work on our bodies’ alignment in the poses.  Really nice combination.

What is your typical routine after after yoga class?
We shower and zoom off to work!

What’s next? Is there a new yoga class you’d like to try?
Laura has started classes with Annika and Krassi the past few months and has really enjoyed their unique versions of Vinyasa, ways of teaching and engaging.  Timon joins her for those classes when he is able.

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