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Ocean Yoga in Pacifica, California

Welcome to Ocean Yoga.

Our mission is to be a sanctuary that provides healing through yoga, massage and dance.

Ocean Yoga is a space where trained professionals teach yoga and belly dance and skilled therapists provide therapies through touch, enhancing the lives of all who come into our space.

We started building the studio in December 2007, with a team of friends and volunteers who worked long hours painting and cleaning, putting up walls, and creating the administrative infrastructure of the studio.  In January 2008, we opened our doors, and on March 28th, 2008, we held our grand opening party.

We are proud to offer a diverse and creative yoga program for all levels, a fantastic Belly Dance program; Massage Therapy and Reiki treatments, as well as a wide variety of workshops.  Our programs are led by experienced and knowledgeable professionals who take great pride in the services they offer.

Over the years, we have grown and changed, yet have stayed true to our core mission to create a space that serves as a refuge from the busy lives we lead.  Ocean Yoga would not exist were it not for the dedication of friends, family, investors, teachers, therapists, and our front desk staff.  We are grateful to our community for the love and support that have made us Ocean Yoga.

Namaste!


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Welcome to our Health and Wellness Blog!

Spring into Action: Get Grounded

As spring comes in full force and the days get longer and the world seems to get busier with the hustle and bustle and Memorial Day plans and BBQ's and life threatening to overload us with too much, I am reminded of the simple importance of grounding myself. 

Grounding can take place in many forms.

You could sit on a block, a chair, the seat of your car, close your eyes and feel your sit bones against whatever you are sitting on. Your spine lifting up. The texture of your feet on the floor or your mat, even if just for 30 seconds. 

You could simply bring awareness to your feet as you walk to your next activity/appointment, even if just from the parking lot to where you are going. What does it feel like to have your feet connect to the earth? To be aware of what it's like for your body to walk and move?

You could take three deep slow breaths, simply feeling how the inhales and exhales move in your body. Where do you notice sensation, what are you feeling?

In a world that often feels full and busy, I am amazed at the power of grounding- and how something as simple as just being aware of my body and what it's doing can totally shift my reality. 

One of my teachers has this saying she often repeats in her classes: "The body doesn't lie." The question is- are we listening to what our bodies are saying? I'll be honest- I'm not always listening. Sometimes I'll get halfway through a walk in the forest with my dog and realize i've barely even looked up at the amazingly tall trees around me, or smelled the air or soaked in the breeze. It's then that i feel each foot as i step, and I come back into presence- into awareness of the here and now.

So, if you feel the "busyness of spring" starting to creep in and take over, try out a few simple grounding practices. See if by simply shifting your awareness, you can shift your whole life!




Yoga All Around the World

Did you know one of our old yoga teachers, Amy Andrews, is involved with an organization called Africa Yoga Project? Africa Yoga Project is based in Nairobi, Kenya and started as one woman teaching yoga in the slums of Kenya hoping to make a change. 10 years later, this nonprofit is spreading yoga in a powerful way all across the African Continent.

Amy had the chance to help assist a teacher training taking place in Nairobi and shares her story here:


"Teacher training in Nairobi is called a Seva Safari. AYP does these nearly every month. Seva means service in Sanskrit. Seva Safari's (at least as I understand them) are a way to give back what we have, to connect with others, and to be of service for other people to create greater change in the world. So, the first few days of teacher training involved seeing and then being service in action. First, we went to outreach. Outreaches are community classes taught all over Nairobi by our AYP teachers. As part of their commitment to AYP, they teach 3 classes to people in need for free. It's a way for them to connect with community, and also to provide yoga to those who might not have the opportunity to learn it otherwise. The participants (and assistants!) piled on buses to see different classes and then spend some time at the teachers home to ask questions. Our bus went with Mary. We drove to Kibera (I believe this was the name), the largest slum in Kenya. We drove in on a dusty, uneven dirt road. Trash filled the "streets" and there were multiple places with piles of trash where there were simultaneously burn pits and also kids running around playing in it. The dump in Tijuana, Mexico, where I spent 4 spring breaks building houses in high school, immediately came to mind. So much poverty, and yet so many happy faces on the kids. I never felt unsafe at any point, more out of place. In Mexico, they are sort of accustomed to seeing white faces. In Kenya, some have never seen that color of skin before. The stares happened before we even got off the bus. 

We arrived at Mary's class, a large one room school house with a part cement, part dirt floor. There were probably 50 or more kids waiting for her and as soon as she arrived they started cheering and yelling as loud as they could! They knew the "yoga lady" had arrived. We watched as Mary laid out 4 large pieces of rubber (the yoga mat surface) for the kids, and they all filed in in their school clothes. Mary led them through a Power Vinyasa class (no easy task!) up through balancing, and then broke out into song, dance and games. The kids had so much fun, so many smiles, so much excitement was evident in the room. 

I watched the participants as this all happened- shy at first, not sure what to do or think. So, my team leader Laura and I jumped in. We assisted some kids in poses and then we practiced with them. The participants slowly joined in, and by the end, we were all playing games with the kid in a circle. One of them even led the kids in a game, and it was so fun to see him open up and lead.  I had my first thought of "that guy is going to be an amazing yoga teacher!" After games, we all sat on the floor in a circle. I remember being sandwiched between two kids, making faces and smiling. Mary had us all close our eyes, reach forward, and try to grab someone else's toes. Everyone giggled. We did it until we all had a hold of feet beside our own and then Mary said, "Ok, now we are family." My heart burst at those words- looking around this circle of varying skin color, all sharing yoga and community and laughter. We lay down next to the kids for savasana, final rest, and I remember laying there, on a dirty mat, my head on a dirty dirt floor, holding dirty kids hands, and feeling so much peace. So content to lay right there and just BE with these kids. It was a magic moment.


After outreach, we went to Mary's old house, a two room cement building, no electricity, very dark. We talked about how often, the last thing someone in Kenya will do is spend money to buy a bigger place. They are content with small space and don't need more. Such a distinction from the frame of mind the United States. Mary was gracious and kind to all of us. We stepped outside when it got too hot and that is when the stares really began. I had probably 25 kids in front of me open mouth staring at my face and my tattoos. I asked my friend Irene how to say what's your name and tried engage the kids. They wouldn't even answer, they just stared. It took a good ten minute before I got anyone to interact with me. That too, was a strange feeling. I got a true taste of what being a minority feels like. 

Watching Mary that day, I thought about the 75 other trained AYP teachers who are out in their communities, their homes, doing the same kind of work. Allowing people who might never have a chance to experience the healing power of yoga to experience it. Allowing people to see how yoga builds strength in mind and body, cultivates inner peace, and builds community. This is the REAL and AMAZING work that AYP is up to, and it was truly an honor to experience and be a part of. 

The following day, the whole team went to a school for children who had gotten into trouble in their lives and had left their families to stay and rehabilitate. We painted the schoolhouse and built and stained desks for the kids. The amazing part of this day was the connections. As soon as we started working, every student in the place came out and wanted to help, wanted to work alongside us, was happy to do so. We spent most of our day connecting with and being a part of the community being built amongst troubled kids."

Being of service all comes back to connection. We can work hard. Sweat. Teach yoga. Paint school walls. Build desks. Volunteer. Give back in the community. Pick up trash. All of it centers back around connection to others. Around simply giving our full attention to  the people and the things in our lives. There's a raw, intimate feeling that comes from service based in connection. A sharing of hearts, no matter the age or the skin color. We humans are really all much more alike than we think... and as I connect with people and allow my walls to drop, I see it. I see I am not alone- I see I can let people in, I can let people see me, I can live authentically into who I am- and doing this allows others to do the same. 






How Yoga Benefits YOU!

We really loved this article. It's simple, straightforward and offers great explanation as to why yoga is for EVERY BODY and how it can be beneficial. Enjoy the read, and let us know what you think. Click the title to open the link.Emily 1547

The Power of Self Care

A really great article to reminder us of the power of taking care of our selves as the seasons change and our lives begin to shift. Find some time and make space for YOU today. ♥ Click on the title above to be directed to the site. 

Sthira, Sukha, Asanam.

In yoga the aim is to find balance between effort and ease, sthira sukha. I've always been high on the effort side, and not just in yoga, but in life!

Ive been known to "power through" things. I do remote work and teach yoga and care for my dog and take on challenges of doing 100 handstands a day and meditate daily and set goals for myself.... All at 110%. The list goes on. These things are all well and good, however with no ease to balance it out, I burn out easily. I get drained and can't figure out why. I wonder why all my efforts seem to make me so tired. It's all effort and no ease! When I'm 110% in effort, I'm 110% in unworthiness, in needing to do things to prove myself and who I am. I'm 110% about me and my concern for looking good.

So... How to find balance? How to balance out effort with ease? For me, it starts with awareness. Meditation helps. Observing my mind helps. When I feel that "go,go,go," that push to do it all, I stop, I pause, and I drop it all to do something just for me. I play piano and sing. I draw a bubble bath. I talk a long walk in the woods and leave my phone behind. I sit and read all afternoon. It's in these moments I find that inner pace in knowing I am no less worthy when I do these things... That in fact, I am worthy just as I am. ❤

I believe we all probably tell ourselves we are unworthy, and it breaks my heart because it is such a lie. Know you are worthy, you are loved, you are amazing, just as you are. And if you can't see it, see if you can balance sthira sukha. See if from a balanced place, your inner peace and love can shine light into the dark places.

Namaste, sweet friends.


Sthira Sukha
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