We’re always interested in learning more about our team of presenting yogis.  Who are they really?  What do they do when their not on their mat?  What do they eat for breakfast?  Really  – all the important things. When we ask our presenters these questions, my conclusion is…they’re just like you and me.

Our series of favorite things kicks off with colors and hashtags.  Have some of your own to share?  Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section below.



Favorite color: Dark Grey

Favorite hashtags:  #socalledpresident

Favorite Yoga Pose: Pincha Mayurasana

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Padmasana: hurts knee

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: Being with my family


Favorite color: pink & orange

Favorite Yoga Pose: I have a deep love for backbends because it took me so long to feel like I wasn’t going to die in them!

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: I don’t think there’s a single pose that I can honestly say I dislike!

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: I am obsessed with podcasts! I listen for hours when I’m home doing work, learning about everything from psychology to politics to bugs!


Swami Nirmalananda:

Favorite color: orange – as swamis wear the color of fire

Favorite hashtags: #svaroopayoga

Favorite Yoga Pose: the seated pose, right now it’s Sukhasana.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: I love them all! But they’re not all easy…

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: connecting with another person



Favorite color:  red

Favorite hashtags: #yogalove #yogalife #yogateacher #nourish

Favorite Yoga Pose: Pigeon. My relationship with this posture has really transformed over the years. It’s went from being a pose where I fidgited and fought to to one where I can drop in and truly release.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Utkatasana This pose is never truly comfortable for me. I prefer to move in it than be static. Makes it more fun.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: Dancing, sex, eating good nourishing food.



Favorite color: kelly green

Favorite Yoga Pose: Right now it is downward dog hanging off the Iyengar Yoga sling on my wall in my pink yoga room.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Parivrtta ardha chandrasana. I have never been able to experience a sense of ease in this shape. It is all dis-ease.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: Listening to astrology, cuddling my sugar bear little boo baby and my wife, and eating lots of delicious food.


Lauren & Erik

Favorite color: Lauren – Burgundy, Erick – Green

Favorite hashtags: #attherootofit #loveinatinyroom #loveinatinykitchen #catsinatinyroom

Favorite Yoga Pose: Eric – Triangle, Lauren –  I would bring downdog and headstand with me to a deserted island if she had to choose.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Lauren -scandasana. What does it really do??

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: Walking, Hiking, & Camping. Just generally being out doors and traveling.



Favorite color: black

Favorite hashtags: #danahotyoga #luvdhy #practice #yogaeverydamnday #dowhatyoulove #blessed #practiceandalliscoming #dontbeanassholeyogateacher

Favorite Yoga Pose: Half Moon, Ardha Chandrasana. I love the feeling of expansiveness.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Can’t pinpoint a “least” favorite. I do believe the poses that you don’t want to do are the ones you need the most.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: Binge watching!  I love to get in to a great show. I enjoy spending time with my family, and seeing my three kids happy.



Favorite color: Green

Favorite Yoga Pose: Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle). There’s a grace and an openness to it that feels so expansive.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III). One of those poses that just doesn’t let you get away with being bendy. You have to be strong first, then flexible.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity:  Archery has so many parallels to yoga. The focus, the breath, the alignment.  It’s a quiet practice that puts you in a meditative state of mind.



Favorite color: green

Favorite hashtags: #yemayawinsagain #samarahwinsagain

Favorite Yoga Pose: Too hard to decide favorite. currently focused on hanumanasana and handstand.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: my nemesis poses i usually practice until they shift, and i appreciate them immensely. twisted triangle is a recent one.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: laughing… wait this happens often for me in yoga



Favorite color: purple

Favorite hashtags: #dhyanayoga

Favorite Yoga Pose: Chakrasana (Backflip)

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: None. It was super hard to think of a favorite pose, but this question is impossible.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: I love going to Barre classes with my girlfriends so much I even took the Soul Body Barre Training last year and have been teaching it since the Fall, too!



Favorite color: blue, no .. maybe black? its slimming

Favorite hashtags: #morethanasana #whatveganslooklike #tattooedyogi #tattooedandbeautiful #veganfortheanimals #yogainspiration and of course #headstandsforhunger

Favorite Yoga Pose: Probably wheel . Ive always loved that pose. Its like a heart explosion. When you can get in that one with comfort, its like christmas.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Upward Plank Pose is defiantly one of my least favorite, not really sure why. I love my backbends, but this one, its never been comfortable for me for whatever reason.

Favorite Non-Yoga Activity: hiking with my dogs


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