Knekoh Frugé has been practicing Yoga in one form or another for over 30 years.
It all began in 1983 when a moment of kismet brought her to a Louisiana State University class simply titled “Movement”. Incorporating an eclectic blend of Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and more, that class opened to her the discipline and beauty of profound energy work and set her on a lifelong journey. Led by Rick Nye, all these years later, Knekoh still considers him one of her most influential teachers.
After arriving in California in 1985, Knekoh sought this profound energy work where ever she could find it: Tai Chi in the Park with the elders in San Francisco, Yoga classes at San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, a San Francisco Buddhist Temple and even friends living rooms where they’d gather in a circle and share asanas, the ultimate inspiration for Yoga Circle Downtown’s name.
Knekoh loves that Yoga can be at once empowering, calming and inspirational. She counts among her influences the stillness of Sivananda, the athleticism of Astanga and Pattabi Jois and the breath and energy of Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini. Over the the last 17 years, she has had the honor of teaching at multiple yoga studios in and around the Los Angeles area and throughout the country. She has been privileged to serve as a Yoga consultant for the wellness show “The Doctors,” The City of Hope Cancer Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Equinox Fitness Centers and countless business’ throughout Southern California looking to improve the office environ via on site Yoga.
Knekoh dedicates Yoga Circle to the late Peter “Hutch” Hutchison, her friend and teacher whose Joie de Vivre and childlike wonder taught her to live each moment as if it is both your first and last.
A long time practitioner of Hatha Yoga, meditation, and herbal medicine, Rob Zabel is a devoted yogi and healer. Rob infuses every class with his focused energy, in depth knowledge, and a hint of philosophy. Whether showing new students the joy of Yoga, leading chants or lecturing on yogic scriptures, his smile is ever present. Trained at Los Angeles’ own Loyola University, and certified to teach in three different Yogic styles, his studies have brought him into contact with some of the greatest living teachers. Knowing himself to be blessed to have experienced the light of Yoga, he is now devoted to bringing that light to every receptive soul. Learn more about Rob and preview his upcoming album “Mohan Das” at www.samveda-yoga.com.
Jaletta Kalman’s Yoga journey began many moons ago at the age of 9 when she began practicing JKA Shotokan Karate. In her Karate practice she learned the art of connecting to the earth and allowing the life source energy (Prana in Yoga, Qi in Karate) to flow. After walking into her first Yoga class, she knew she was home. She was struck by the similarities in these two art forms: the synchronized breath, the gaze point, the strong core, the spinal alignment and even the foot stance were all too familiar. Yoga reminded her of her lineage. A place not only to get a good workout for her body, but also a wonderful space in which to cultivate connection, reflection and honesty in our daily lives. In Jaletta’s class, expect encouraging and easy to understand cues along with hands on alignment adjustments and unique modern music.
A classically trained ballerina with teachings continually inspired by the evolution of her personal practice – Maya Ashley focuses on foundation followed by exploration. Seeking strength and grace in thought and movement she travels on this yogic path and invite any and all to courageously join her. Understanding that no destination is guaranteed, she steps on the mat finding peace and beauty in the JOURNEY. In her classes, Maya strives to provide a safe haven for practitioners – a space to explore untapped energy through asana, breath work and meditation. She says, “My heart goes out to my teachers and my teachers” teachers. Thank you for paving this path with light and love.” Follow Maya on Instagram: @MayaFarOut or check out her website: www.mayafarout.com
A Los Angeles native, Mary LeGassique fell in love with Yoga when she was only 17 years old. She was drawn in by its transformative effects on the body, mind and emotions. Since her first class she knew she wanted to share yoga with her community as a powerful tool for healing. And for the last 10 years she’s been doing just that. She enjoys sharing uplifting, heart opening sequences that facilitate the circulation of energy throughout the body, that center the mind, that open the heart. In her spare time Mary loves cooking vegetarian meals, taking walks in nature, practicing her Spanish skills, surfing at the beaches of Malibu, traveling, and riding her bike.
After taking her very first class Jacqui Estrada knew Yoga would be a part of her being, her passion, her life forever more. Originally from the Philippines, Jacqui moved to United States to pursue her childhood dream, a career in Fashion. But after only a few years in Fashion Design she knew something was missing. Her heart called for more and Yoga answered. A downtown dweller, she is a lover of art, ballet performances and vintage finds and her teaching style reflects that same eclectic love of classic beauty. Her classes are creative, incredibly energetic and lots of fun, just like Jacqui. Follow Jacqui on Instagram @jacquisassy
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