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A Snapshot of Aricha

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Aricha  grew up in Eugene, Oregon, playing in dirt, her nose in a book, unafraid of the rain. Since her first yoga class at the age of 18, she found that practicing yoga opened dimensions for her that she hadnʼt even dreamed of; whatʼs more, she had found a union of grace and strength between body and mind after years of struggling with anorexia.

Aricha is a RYT 500 – having received formal yoga training at Yandara Yoga and completed 600 hours of yoga and natural health education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, specializing in Yoga Nidra. She enjoys leading slow and relaxing classes – infusing classes with Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative styles. As a teacher, Aricha yearns to nourish joy, vibrance and clarity in all whom she is blessed to have in her company. Find out more about Aricha in our mini-interview:

Where are you from?
Eugene, OR!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
Veggies roasted in bacon grease on a bed of kale with a side of Yumm sauce.

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Both– a smooth dark roast coffee Bulletproof style with extra butter or my standby, peppermint tea.

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I enjoy spin classes, travel, reading, thrift shopping and gardening.

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
When I was 18 I lived in Jackson Hole, WY and sold cowboy boots and hats–of which I had no knowledge!

Where do you draw inspiration?
Traveling, being in nature, and literature – especially poetry.

What is one of your favorite books? Why?
100 Years of Solitude because of the richness of the magical realism genre.

Three songs you love:
In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins,
Soy Yo by Bomba Estereo,
Love The Life You Live by Midnite.

Favorite yoga posture?
Hanumanasana

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice yoga because it helps me be mindful, dissolve stagnancy in my body and live with an open heart. I teach it to share practices that promote a sense of freedom and grounding in a chaotic world.

You can catch Aricha at our special monthly Yoga Nidra events.

Hanging with Nikki:

Where are you from?
I am from Sandpoint, Idaho. It is a beautiful small town located in Northern Idaho

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Tea. I drink a wide range at home depending on the season and weather. However, if I go to a cafe I splurge and get a Chai Tea Latte.

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I love anything outdoors and I absolutely love to be on the water. So camping, swimming, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, etc. I also have a 160 pound Great Dane/St. Bernard that keeps me on my toes and always provides a great dose of fun!

What is one of your favorite books and why?
Mysteries or thrillers are my favorite genre and it might not be my favorite book, but The Hannibal Lecter Series was one that I will always remember. They are very suspenseful and SO SCARY!

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
I wouldn’t call it crazy, but I worked for a theater in college and there was always this collected chaos that took place during the set-up/tear downs and also between each set. People running around everywhere to get everything into place, which looked like madness, but was actually quite organized.

Where do you draw inspiration?
Nature!!

Where in the world would you like to visit on your next vacation?
Belize! To go scuba diving at The Great Blue Hole

Three songs you love:
Sideways by Santana
Atlantic City by The Band
The Stable Song by Gregory Alan Isakov

Favorite yoga posture?
Trikonasana aka Triangle Pose. I love the length of the limbs and the beautiful angles it creates!

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice because I love the connection between body and mind, and the energy it creates within and I teach because I simply want to share that beautiful energy with others.Mudra Yoga

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Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Eugene!

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
I love tea and tea lattes! You might find me drinking tea at Townsends reading, writing or chatting with a friend 🙂

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I love to dance, swim, hike, and ride my bike!

What is one of your favorite books and why?
The Four Agreements is an incredible book I would recommend to everyone! The book talks about making agreements with yourself to ensure happiness and peace. The content is simple yet incredibly deep and relatable. The book is full of epiphanies.

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
Probably filing paperwork at my dad’s auto mechanic shop.

Where do you draw inspiration?
Right now I am feeling very inspired by my time living in an intentional community at a retreat center in the jungle of Hawaii. I am inspired by the nice weather and striving to spend time close to the earth, eating fresh whole foods as much as possible and finding the simplicity in life.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
Yoga in the morning, swimming in the sunshine, eating yummy snacks in the grass surrounded by lovely friends!

Three songs you love:
The Moon and Sun by Trevor Hall
Opening by Wah
Boomerang by Jidenna

Favorite yoga posture?
Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward facing bow pose)

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I started practicing yoga because it made me feel amazing. I completed a 200 hour training because I was wanting to deepen my personal practice. I was encouraged to start teaching right away and quickly found that holding space for others to breath and move and find peace was inspiring and rewarding. I have found yoga to be preventative medicine for the mind body and soul, and because it is a practice there is always more to learn and room for growth!
Mahalo!!