Is self-care first or last on your list?
Life places a lot of demands on us, and if you’re anything like me, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to do, achieve, be successful, care for the people you love, and look good while holding it all together.
Guess what? The only way to maximize your experience of life and feel good while doing it is to place self-care at the top of your to-do list.
This is what I’ve come to learn after many years of practicing yoga and meditation, teaching yoga and doing Thai yoga massage. True bliss, balance, harmony, and energy are deeply rooted in how you care for yourself. It is the cornerstone of wellness in your life, and allows you to give of yourself in the way you desire.
You deserve to feel good in your body and grounded in your life. You deserve to live to your highest potential. I am here to help.
My name is Sasha Stone and my business is Be Open Yoga. I am passionate about movement, meditation, bodywork, beauty, and creativity. Through Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, and my weekly offerings in my Wellness Wednesdays newsletter, I will help you to love your body and live a vibrantly centered life.
Everyday seems to be an important milestone and life is continuously transforming. I was born in Calgary, Canada to Trinidadian parents, and spent my childhood moving around between Vancouver Island in Canada, and Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt, with lots of incredible traveling along the way. The end of High School and University brought me to Toronto, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
It was in Toronto that I took my first yoga class, and as the story goes, it was love at first sight. I became interested in fitness at a young age and enjoyed working out for the feeling it gave me and the physical fitness. Yoga entered when stress was already starting to take its toll on my body, and in this practice I learned how to turn my attention inward and truly take care of myself. It was a revelation and a revolution.
After completing my Bachelor of Education, in 2003 I moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a High School special education teacher and as a program coordinator for a non-profit. During this time, my interest and studies in yoga deepened. I completed my first yoga teacher training through YogaWorks in 2008, which saw me through a divorce and a job layoff. Life was again taking on a new form!
Since the beginning of 2009, I have been continuously teaching and learning. I studied yoga with Shiva Rea and completed Level I of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University. That led me to my current teacher and mentor, Dr. Linda Lack, creator of The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind®, where I completed my Level II 500 hour training. I am also certified in Thai yoga massage, through Saul David Ray’s Ritam Healing Arts and from The Shivagakomarpaj School of Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I am blessed and humbled to work with incredible clients through my private yoga and Thai yoga massage programs. I also teach yoga at Liberation Yoga and a meditation course at my own studio space, Be Open Yoga. My life is enriched everyday through my work and my wellness practices, which I am thrilled to share with you.