Yogi Reads: Meditations from the Mat

by Olivia Cecchettini

Meditations from the MatMeditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

Summary: The 365 meditations in this book integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into our everyday lives. Each day the meditation begins with a quote from a wide range of beautiful souls that will touch your heart followed by more wise words from the authors to inspire self inquiry, self love, and service. Read it daily or a few entries at a time, whatever feels right in the moment, but take time to digest and let the words settle in deep.

Why I love it: I love this book for many reasons. First, I love quotes! The meaning of profound words changes daily based on my perspective, how I’m feeling and what I relate to in that moment. I love this because you can re-read the same quote everyday for a week and it will continuously have many layers to uncover and take in. Secondly, having something tangible like a book to connect me to body, mind and soul while I meditate is a powerful tool that keeps me feeling balanced and happy.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to bring more meditation into their lives. Whether it is two deep breaths with your eyes closed or 20 minutes in a seated position, you have to start where you are without judgment. Meditation is a place to stop, breathe and reconnect inward. As we begin to live our lives from the inside out, we create space for peace and healing to come forward creating more compassion and joy within.

I had this book for three years before I finished reading it all the way through, so take your time! Meditations From the Mat can be a great addition to your everyday ritual but it’s okay if that doesn’t happen. The book will always be waiting for you whenever you’re ready, and so will your cushion. Practice and all is coming. Light and love.

“In this free-spirited journey to the heart of yoga, Rolf guides us, through daily meditations,to finding the appropriate balance between standing firm and surrendering to flow—the key to peace of mind.”

- Beryl Bender Birch

OliviaCecchittiniOlivia Cecchettini
Contributing Writer

Olivia is a yoga teacher based out of San Diego. With a love for people, life, spirituality, reading, and, of course, yoga she spends her days connecting with students and nature. Getting outside whenever she can to enjoy all the beauty this life has to offer.

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How to Move On: The Yoga of Finding Your Way

by Laura McCorry

Wikimedia Commons Credit: Sudhir Viswarajan

Wikimedia Commons Credit: Sudhir Viswarajan

Comparison is the Thief of Joy 

I recently moved across the country from San Diego, California to a not-so-big town in Virginia. Whenever I think about my old life (as I’m starting to call it) I’m sad that I can’t take yoga classes at Yoga One and see all my old friends or go out to eat at my favorite restaurants.

The problem with moving is that you don’t have a network or favorite places right away, that takes time. And it would be unrealistic to expect one city to provide the same opportunities and experiences as the other. They are totally different beasts and the better I get at not comparing them, the happier I am.

Yoga teaches us to be present with what is. Who you were yesterday and who you want to be tomorrow don’t matter as much as the present moment and who you are today.

If You Want Something, Ask.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat at home feeling sorry for myself because I didn’t have plans to meet friends. Or how I’ve looked at my phone wanting to talk to someone but not wanting to bother them when they might be busy. These feelings come from a place of fear and breed inaction. It’s good to remember there are no prizes for toughing it out alone. When the going gets tough, ask for help and support from your friends and family.

Being present in yoga means examining your physical and mental alignment, making small adjustments as you encounter anything out of place. That ability to take stock and respond is key to emotional health off the mat. When you put fear aside and take responsibility for your own happiness and well-being, you become empowered to recognize and ask for what you need.

Look Up and Out 

When I’m struggling with something, really struggling, it’s easy to self-implode and only see the world from my own perspective. I always know this is happening when every time I talk to a friend, I launch into a Litany of Woes, a.k.a. everything that’s going wrong in my life.

You can break the cycle by seeking connection and community. Expand your awareness to the person in front of you (or on the phone, or at the other end of an email, etc.) Talk about your joys. Take a yoga class. Call your mom. Ask a stranger how they’re doing and wait for a response.

The reason more people don’t practice yoga in their living rooms is because we often crave community more than we crave the mental and physical benefits of yoga. Taking a yoga class unites our breath with the group and tells us that we are not alone. Finding a studio where they know your name and welcome you with a smile or a hug is priceless.

What life lessons have you learned from your yoga practice? Share with us in the comments!


Laura McCorryYoga and Laura had an on-again-off-again relationship from 2004 until 2009 when they decided to move in together and there’s been no looking back since. Passionate about both yoga and writing, Laura loves to introduce others to the joys and benefits of yoga and healthy living.

Contact: laura@yogaonesandiego.com



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10 Reasons To Go To Yoga

Those of you who practice yoga regularly can probably think of 50+ reasons why you go to class but it never hurts to have some extra motivation handy. What would you add to this list?

10. You just can’t answer that email from your boss right now. You just can’t. 


9. You get to cross something off your to-do list that makes the rest of your list feel more manageable.

8. You secretly worry what your mat would say about you if it could talk. 

7. You’ll leave the house and see other adult humans. They might even hug you.

6. The yoga DVD you bought is currently serving as a coaster on your coffee table.

5. You had a terrible day and yoga is the light at the end of the tunnel making you feel like it’s all going to be ok.


4. You had an amazing day and you know that post-class bliss will put you over the top in the best way imaginable.

3. Because you promised yourself and those are the most important promises to keep.

2. You believe yoga pants should be worn to yoga class more often than lounging on your couch.

1. Because yoga brings out the more loving and understanding superhero version of you!


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5 Ways Acupuncture Improves Athletic Performance

by Christina Bird Ward

Creative Commons credit: Timothy Takemoto

Creative Commons credit: Timothy Takemoto

Physical fitness through exercise is an important part of every health routine. Whether you choose yoga, strength or cardiovascular training, sports, or other indoor or outdoor exercise activity, acupuncture can help you improve your wellness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Here are five ways that acupuncture can benefit athletes in particular:

1. More Energy: How many times have you planned on exercising, only to “skip today’s workout” because your day left you feeling drained? Acupuncture can help boost and maintain energy throughout the day, lessening the “afternoon crash” we often experience.

2. Better Sleep: Not only will better sleep give you more energy throughout the day, it also allows your body to properly repair itself during your slumbering hours. Insomniac patterns, including interrupted sleep and shortened sleep time, don’t allow your body to complete its restorative process. Acupuncture helps regulate your Autonomic Nervous System, allowing you to relax out of fight or flight mode. This will calm both your body and your mind, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.

3. Muscle Relaxation: After physical exertion, our muscles can become tight, restricting proper body movement and alignment. Acupuncture needles connect with the muscle fibers which allows relaxation along the entire muscle itself, extending beyond the area immediately surrounding the inserted needle.

4. Improved Blood Flow: Using ultrasound color doppler imaging, researchers have shown that Acupuncture increases peripheral blood flow in the body. Better circulation allows your body to receive the nutrients it needs to heal and also benefits muscle relaxation.

5. Pain Relief: One of the biggest detractors to regular exercise is pain. Whether it’s back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, or other acute or chronic injuries, pain can get in the way of your exercise routine. Acupuncture treatments can help alleviate these pains and allow you to get back on track with your exercise routine.

Book a private session or come to our Community Acupuncture sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 3-5pm. (Last appointment available is 4:30pm, treatments last 30-45 minutes, cost: $20.)

Have a question about acupuncture, massage or bodywork you want answered by an expert? Submit it to info@yogaonesandiego.com with “Blog Question” in the subject line.


Christina Bird Ward is an Acupuncturist in San Diego, CA. She believes that a healthful life begins with loving yourself completely, mind and body. Connect with Christina on Facebook at Christina Bird Acupuncture.

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Yogi Reads: The Four Agreements

by Olivia Cecchittini

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Don Miguel Ruiz

Summary: Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, “The Four Agreements” is a book that connects the reader to simple yet powerful tools that can transform their consciousness. Using everyday life concepts combined with a compassionate heart, Ruiz connects the reader to their own inner light. Each agreement moves out of the mind and into the heart space, taking readers from needless suffering to creating more joy, inner peace and freedom within their own lives. Here are the Four Agreements: 1. Be impeccable with your word 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. They are simple but if practiced with intention they can truly transform your life.

Why I love it:  I love this book because it is easy to read and simple to process but the affects of Don Miguel Ruiz’s words run deep. They continuously stay with me and bring me back into alignment time and time again even years later.

Recommended For: Anyone and everyone! We are all connected – as we deepen our understanding of ourselves, we create space for others to do the same. Our relationship with others is an outer reflection of our relationship with ourselves. As we surrender to the lifelong lesson of  healing, learning, and growing these simple agreements create mindfulness to live with integrity and joy.

Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


OliviaCecchittiniOlivia Cecchettini
Contributing Writer

Olivia is a yoga teacher based out of San Diego. With a love for people, life, spirituality, reading, and, of course, yoga she spends her days connecting with students and nature. Getting outside whenever she can to enjoy all the beauty this life has to offer.

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Have You Met an East Coast or West Coast Yogi?

Don’t get your yoga pants in a bunch!

It doesn’t matter where you practice, east coast or west, we all know that people who practice yoga are happier and healthier (and dare we say it?) cooler than the general population. Namaste, yo!

Copyright: Yoga One 2014

Copyright: Yoga One 2014

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Instructor Spotlight: Elka Haeckel

We’re excited to have Elka Haeckel share her experiences and passion at Yoga One. She is both a knowledgeable yoga teacher and a perpetual student (like most great yoga teachers).  Elka infuses her classes  with a fresh perspective and a contagious enthusiasm. See our full schedule here.

ElkaHaeckel1. What is your favorite style of yoga?

My favorite style of yoga depends on what I need at that moment. I’ve practiced yoga for over twelve years in many styles and modalities. Today, I practice what my body needs in that moment. Hatha Yoga is where I feel most connected with my body, breath and soul. However, I also love practicing Vinyasa Flow during Spring as that is the best time for detoxing and cleansing.

2. What first attracted you to yoga when you began your practice?

When I first started yoga, my goal was to “touch my toes” and be “flexible.” Then, after practicing for awhile, I realized that yoga was not about touching the toes, it is about the journey you’re on to get there.

3. What is your favorite yoga pose right now?

My favorite pose at this moment is Tadasana, also called mountain pose because you feel strong, stable and yet relaxed. Tadasana is the Mother Asana and the foundation of all other asanas (poses). I feel a strong connection with my body and breath when I am in Tadasana. One of my teachers once said, “show me your Tadasana and I’ll tell you who you are.” Tadasana tells the story of your life. It gives me a strong foundation to stay connected with the principles of my yoga practice: Sthira, Sukha (stability with ease). I love it!

4. What pose is still the most challenging?

I feel every pose is challenging because yoga is about being present within and not about how you look. I try not to get caught up in my ego regarding my yoga practice. I accept what my body can do and I honor all the poses with love and gratitude. If there is a pose that I am not able to manifest in a proper way, I let go of judgement and allow myself to surrender what is appropriate for me. The challenge of my yoga practice is to keep the integrity of the pose with the breath and awareness.

ElkaHaeckel5. If you were an animal, you would be: a horse, I love their calmness and at the same time their fastness.

6. Describe what yoga means in your life using just 6 words: SURRENDER TO THE MOMENT WITH LOVE!

7. What might your students be surprised to learn about you?

This is my little secret… I am a WonderWoman :) I am passionate about my career and I am in a constant mode of creating and manifesting new experiences for my students. My passion for teaching gives me strength and energy to keep serving others. I have also met with many shamans and healers on my path and I’ve embraced all the gifts that I’ve received from them. In my classes, I always bring the healing aspect so my students will never feel they are coming to a regular yoga class but rather to a healing and “juicy” experience.

8. Do you have any words of wisdom or advice for new students?

Life is about unconditional love and it starts within. Love yourself just the way you are right now, with no conditions or judgements. Yoga will give you tools to increase your awareness and appreciation for everything you have. You learn to respect your body with love and care. You become ONE with all!


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Slow Down to Be Present

Seals at La Jolla Cove, 1/30/13“You’re missing out on LIFE!” the woman next to me sharply stated as I finished typing a text message into my phone. We were standing at La Jolla Cove where I went for my morning walk before class. 

It was a rude awakening, but she was right. What I missed while staring at my iPhone was a baby whale emerging for a brief moment right in front of where I was standing. I have been swimming in those waters for over 5 years and have never seen whales in the cove! Luckily, he resurfaced and I got a second chance. It was a beautiful moment.

I turned my phone off and continued looking around as I walked. This time I noticed a group of seals huddled together on a rock basking in the morning sun, a family of pelicans cleaning their wings and a hummingbird pausing in mid air as if to say “hello.”

With all our attention being pulled in many directions, it has become more and more difficult to just be present and notice what is happening NOW. Yoga and meditation help bring us back to all we really have: this moment, this life. Staying in the past and worrying about the future only creates stress and dis-ease. The way to peace is PRESENCE and the path to presence is by SLOWING DOWN, one breath at a time.

Join me for my upcoming Advanced Yoga Anatomy Course at Yoga One where we will explore the true healing power of Yoga.

In the meantime, turn off your ringer, check email one less time a day and take a yoga class!

To your well being,

Rachel Krentzman

anatomy flyer 8.2014

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Become ONE: Yoga One Teacher Training

We are one month away from our Yoga One Teacher Training Summer Intensive!! Wohoo!! There are still spots available, call 619-294-7461 to reserve yours today. The course dates are August 13-30, 2014, more information at Yoga One

Our teachers are getting ready to welcome the new class of aspiring yoga teachers and yogis who simply want to deepen their understanding of this amazing practice -

will YOU join them?


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The Most Loving Decision

by Laura McCorry

note to selfI wasn’t exactly friendly and outgoing when I was a kid. That was my sister. I was the kid who would rather sit in a corner and read a book than socialize with people, even people I liked. So it took me a long time to figure out how to make good friends and how to resolve conflict in relationships.

When faced with a difficult problem, I would go to Mom and she would ask me one question: “What’s the most loving decision you could make?”

There’s almost always a clear answer to that question. It could be apologize for being rude to an uncle. Or forgive your sister for breaking your toy. Sometimes it meant stick up for a friend at school even though it won’t score you points with the popular kids.

My mother is the type of woman who does everything. She worked a full time job, helped us with homework and made dinner every night, plus a bajillion other things I was too young to pay attention to. She takes care of her dogs and kids and husband – sometimes everyone except herself.

And I know she’s not alone. Our culture tells us that being busy is the highest measure of success. People brag about how little free time they have to show how well their job is going or how much they’re involved in their children’s lives. And these are good things!

But having a full schedule isn’t the same thing as being fulfilled.

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Forever is composed of Nows.” In other words, we are what we habitually do and feel. Yoga teaches us to be present with what is. Not what we want our lives to be like or how we think they should be. Stress begets stress and love begets love.

I didn’t realize until I was an adult and had been practicing yoga for several years that sometimes, the most loving decision is to take care of yourself first. 

When we learn to habitually create inner peace, then all of our outward efforts will be filled with peace as well. Go to yoga. Have a cup of tea. Dance in the kitchen. Take a deep breath. Take five deep breaths. Repeat one of my favorite mantras:

I have enough.
I do enough.
I am enough.

Laura McCorryYoga and Laura had an on-again-off-again relationship from 2004 until 2009 when they decided to move in together and there’s been no looking back since. Passionate about both yoga and writing, Laura loves to introduce others to the joys and benefits of yoga and healthy living.

Contact: laura@yogaonesandiego.com


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