Yoga is my passion. I'm like a yoga evangelist that can't wait to show you how "yoga can fix that." I love to practice and teach, and I hope it shows in each class. Although I do teach different styles, at my heart, I am a true, old school, get you super tired and sweaty Power Yoga fan. I love a class that leaves me completely exhausted, free of the crazy squirrel thoughts, and super sore the next day. I can't wait to see you on the mat soon!
“Hello! My name is Rebecca Ortega and I’ve been practicing yoga for 6 years. I believe yoga teaches us how to be our best selves and improves every aspect of our lives and those around us. I love having the opportunity to share yoga with my community! "
“Instructing all levels and all ages of students in yoga has become a passion for me. I enjoy working with my high school students, as well as my elderly students. I love seeing the benefits of yoga both physically and mentally to all levels of students. Watching my students progress and grow; seeing their peacefulness and inner beauty at the end of each class makes my job complete. I hope that I have the opportunity to see you glow and shine soon. "
“I collect quotations in a journal, but my favorite one at the moment is credited to Theodore Roosevelt - “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When we compare ourselves with others, on or off the mat, we are often no longer please or even satisfied with the progress that we have made or with the efforts we have exerted. When we focus, instead, on being okay with where we are in the present moment, our lives tend to be more satisfying and peaceful."
“Yoga motivates me and inspires me. I started practicing yoga 5 years ago and have seen yoga flow into other aspects of my life. It empowers me, challenges me, and pushes me. i love bringing that same attitude to my students and bringing it into the yoga studio. Without breath, yoga is just a bunch of funny postures. Always move. Always breathe."
"For me, yoga is a surprise that sneaked into my life as I was entering my middle age years. I love the vigor that it has brought to both my mind and body, at a time in life when vigor often is a diminishing factor. Teaching yoga to others has become a passion - it is almost magical to help people relax in a yin class, to share what could be a lifelong practice to children, and to lead others in their yoga practice. From turning upside down in aerial yoga, completely relaxing in a yin class, or being upside down in an aerial sling I look forward to the rigor and joy of each yoga class. Any day and any stage of life is perfect for pursuing a yoga practice! "
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
We could say, “Let each moment be the best moment of the day.” I think this comes through in my teaching style ... from breathing, pose building and the sweetness in control of transitions. I then add in playfulness balanced with intention to make for some meaningful and enjoyable moments."
"I like to challenge and encourage all my students. Yoga should feel good! My philosophy is if ya take the time to put on the spandex and show up, then let's make the extra effort to gain all the amazing benefits your yoga practice has to offer. At the end of your savasana, I want your body to say, "thank you, thank you, thank you!" If you want to flow, stretch, build strength, gain balance, and smile - come play and have fun with me on the mat!"
“To me yoga is a moving meditation and teaching yoga a way to share that gift of meditation, movement, and breath with others. I like to hold poses longer to add to that meditative vibe and to build strength to protect joints. Long held held balance poses are my favorite. Yoga teaching is Seva, a service or gift to others, but all it takes is a listening ear, a gentle touch and a smile. For in the words of Mother Teresa “Peace begins with a smile.”
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." Thich Nhat Hanh "Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the spirit within." Author unknown "Throughout my life, I have often and very kindly been told that I am an "encourager." My prayer is that I continue to carry that practice into every yin class I am blessed to share with others."
“I love how yoga is a platform to explore,express,work through emotional challenges and find a mirror of ourselves that we can smile and have fun with. My classes are very physical but I like to share my own personal journey with mediation, breathing, music, and dance. Over the course of a class I hope you feel a shift in energy, an un-peeling of a layer or recharge of your batteries to take with you off your mat.
"She has the sweetest voice, but her words are evil." I'm known for having challenging classes but I always teach by queuing and assisting alignment to keep the students safe. I can teach hot power yoga or aerial yoga to new students or ones that are stronger and more flexible than me. My yoga practice makes me feel like a total Rock Star and I love making my students feel like they are too!
“I am forever the student as my asana classes are about sharing what I am learning from my teachers and experiencing on and off the mat through a dedicated yoga practice. Yoga is not what you do but who you are. It is a discipline about letting our lives speak, living from a space of wholeness and infinite love”