Category Archives: 2019 TOUR STOPS

Making Ashtanga Yoga Accessible


Kino MacGregor, Ashtanga Yoga teacher and co-founder of Miami Life Center discusses how to make this notoriously difficult practice more approachable.

Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt recently caught up with Ashtanga Yoga instructor Kino MacGreggor at her Miami studio to talk about making this practice, famous for its difficult poses, more inclusive. Find out what one of the youngest certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers and co-founder of Miami Life Center had to say. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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How to Create a Morning Practice that Works for You

Live Be Yoga ambassador Lauren Cohen shares her tips for maintaining a personal practice even when living out of a suitcase.

Lauren Cohen says that her constant travel schedule as an ambassador for Live Be Yoga has informed and inspired her daily morning practice. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

Touring the United States as an ambassador for Live Be Yoga has been a whirlwind, filled with the full spectrum of feelings – from joy to exhaustion and beyond. Brandon and I are driving across the country, landing in a new city every week, living out of our suitcases and doing everything we can to create a sense of home in each new place.

At this point, we have established a rhythm and know the things we need to do individually to ground ourselves throughout this journey. I am continually reminded of my own humanity and the ways I occasionally react too quickly to less-than-ideal situations.

See also 3 Tips to Bounce Back from Burnout. 

One of the main conversations we keep hearing on the road is this idea of taking our yoga “off the mat. We heard this in our very first meeting with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, and it has continued to be an anchor throughout the tour thus far. When I initially agreed to the tour, I knew it would test me and my practice. It’s important to remember that we can only live our practice if we actually do our practice. This is a fundamental teaching shared in The Yoga Sutras: to reap the undeniable benefits of …

5 Yoga Poses to Overcome Burnout


Feeling exhausted and burnt out? Try this easy, do-anywhere sequence from Jules Hunt, founder of the blog Om & The City.

We met with wellness entrepreneur Jules Hunt of Om & the City in Austin, TX recently during our cross country Live Be Yoga Tour. She shared this simple practice and few tips to overcome fatigue and burnout. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

Watch also Jules Hunt’s 3 Tips to Fight Burnout. 

Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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How a California Yoga and Wellness Co-Op Builds Community

Through its co-op model and educational programs, Gather studio in San Diego aims to make yoga and wellness accessible to all.

Gather studio in Encintas, CA. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

I could feel it the moment I stepped into Gather in Encinitas, California – the simplicity, the warmth, the humility, the devotion. It permeated the air and the architecture, creating a sense of belonging. After walking along a short pathway on the side of the building to enter, I admired the open, light-filled space. I checked myself into class simply by writing my name down and choosing which form of payment I’d like to use to pay the teacher – cash or Venmo – on a sliding scale of $10 – $20. At Gather, it’s all about the yoga: there’s no distractions, no front-desk staff, no pressure to purchase anything and no marketing collateral. As I set up my mat, the teacher greeted me with a sweet smile and welcomed me to the space. I dropped right into my practice – this practice that has transformed my life and continues to inspire and awaken me, over and over again.

After speaking with Lauren Duke, the founder of Gather, it’s clear that she had a similar experience when she first walked into Yoga Swami 11 years ago, after moving from the Bay Area to San Diego. Duke discovered yoga, as many do, seeking a way to “quell her suffering.” She described her first class as equally intimidating and enchanting. That first savasana was the first time she felt truly present, and that sense …

Activate Your Truth and Abundance with These Empowerment Poses


Stephanie Snyder, the founder of Love Story Yoga in San Francisco, shares the spiritual philosophy of the goddess Lakshmi and how to apply her wisdom in your daily life.

San Francisco is a hotspot for yoga enthusiasts of all backgrounds. In all of the classes we visited, the class sizes were huge and the community was truly alive. We experienced first hand the strong sense of community and undeniable bond

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

With over 20 years as both a student and teacher of yoga, Stephanie Snyder has long expressed her passion for India’s mythology and how we can apply it to our lives. She led us through some simple poses that help you drop into your body, connect to your breath, and activate an inner sense of abundance and truth.

Read an interview with Stephanie Snyder here. 

Understanding both the mechanics of the pose and the spiritual philosophy behind it helps us have a comprehensive experience of what we are practicing and why. Only then we are open to the possibility of spiritual integration. 

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How Remaining a Perpetual Student Makes You a Better Teacher

Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandell and Janet Stone share their thoughts on integrating yoga philosophy into daily life, the importance of continuing education, and how a strong personal practice brings true wisdom.

Our Live Be Yoga ambassadors sat down with three master teachers like Jason Crandell (above) to discuss the most important themes in yoga today. 

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. 

I’m grateful to live and teach in San Francisco – a city where I can practice and study with various senior teachers on a regular basis. I was excited when the tour led us back to my hometown and eager to sit down with the teachers that have influenced me the most. Throughout our week in San Francisco, we spoke with Stephanie Snyder, Jason Crandell and Janet Stone, three teachers that have been instrumental in my own development as a student and teacher. And while each discussed a different topic, and provided different perspectives, each had the same common thread and core piece of advice for teachers today: to remain a perennial student above all else.

Here’s what Snyder, Crandell and Stone had to say about the most important conversations in yoga today and their advice for teachers navigating their personal path.

Stephanie Snyder is a master teacher based in San Francisco, CA. 

Stephanie Snyder

Making Yoga Philosophy Accessible and Integrated in Daily Life

Stephanie Snyder is known for her ability to teach yoga philosophy and make it relevant to students. “Making yoga philosophy accessible to the modern yogi is my favorite thing to do,” she said. “It’s time for the West to mature …

Got Burnout? 3 Tips to Help You Bounce Back


Jules Hunt, founder of Om & The City, shares simple ways to boost well-being after dealing with chronic stress.

The thing about the hustle is that it can lead to a grind. Earlier this year the World Health Organization officially recognized burnout as an occupational syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress and leading to energy depletion, increased detachment, and reduced productivity. While you can’t always control what happens at work, you can deploy a few principles to get your life force moving and feel present again. Here, the Live Be Yoga ambassadors sat down with Jules Hunt, founder of Om & The City and yoga and mindfulness teacher, for three simple tips to boost overall well-being. 

Watch also Why Your Spirituality Shouldn’t Define You

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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