Vytas Baskauskas

Ever since I can remember, I have been on the search for more, for something greater. Growing up in LA, I never truly felt comfortable in my own skin. I hungered for knowledge and growth through perspectives that differed from myopic western systems. After reading some Alan Watts and Krishnamurti my thirst grew stronger and, although I didn’t know it at the time, I began my path seeking out yoga. Some of my old friends had found yoga and invited me to classes with them. At first, I rejected the notion. My assumptions about yogis kept me away: there was no way I was going to start eating tofu, opening chakras and chanting to Gods I knew nothing about. Thanks to my persistent friends, I walked into a Bryan Kest class in the summer of 2000. His down to earth approach was exactly what I needed and I instantly resonated with the physical benefits of the practice. The practice was a perfect companion for my recovery: my body healed from the abuse of addiction, and my mind grew clearer. The high I had experienced with heroin was now replaced by calmness, balance and equanimity. My practice grew and I found another great teacher that gave me new insights and pearls. Govindas showed me the soul of yoga. However, my seeking did not subside. After finishing graduate school in mathematics at UCLA, I noticed that Bryan was doing a teacher training in Mexico. I wasn’t interested in teaching, but wanted to deepen my practice and travel. The training exposed me to new ideas, two of which I connected with immediately. The first was a 3-day Iyengar intensive with Lisa Walford. My analytical mind was intrigued by the depth of alignment instruction and precision she presented. I was hooked. In addition to intense physical practice every day, we meditated at the end of the evening for 45 minutes. This was the next step for me. Even though I had achieved great control over my body, I realized I had almost no control over my own mind. Meditation was the most challenging part for me in the training, and at the same time, the most rewarding. Today I practice asana regularly at home and try my best to meditate every day. My teacher Vinnie Marino helps me continue to learn better ways to teach and incorporate my yoga into day-to-day life. He is a wonderful mentor and friend. I have climbed but a few steps of the ladder and am working my way upward still. Every fault is an opportunity for growth and every day is an opportunity for life. I am lucky to have great friends and family to share the love with. Hope to see you as we follow the road to happy destiny.


A striking new idea applied to some traditional standing poses will free up your pelvis and allow you to make as much room as possible. S

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Sometimes when you only have 30 minutes to practice, it’s important to get in as much as possible without focusing on any one parti

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Sometimes when you only have 30 minutes to practice, it’s important to get in as much as possible without focusing on any one parti

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Yoga usually has two speeds: static holds and mindful vinyasa. This doesn’t have to be the case. Our bodies are designed to be expl

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Sometimes when you only have 30 minutes to practice, it’s important to get in as much as possible without focusing on any one parti

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Sometimes when you only have 30 minutes to practice, it’s important to get in as much as possible without focusing on any one parti

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When we work in our inversion practice, it is easy to strain and tense around the neck. That is never a good idea. This practice will add

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Our bodies are designed to do strong and explosive things on one leg. This type of work will strengthen the outer hips and help to suppor

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Where do you rest the weight in your feet? This class takes you through some traditional poses as we bring awareness to the lower leg.

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In this 30-minute class we work on creating harmony in movement through the sun salutations. The focus is on breath and seamless transit

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This class assists the internal organs in their detoxification process via twisting postures. Don’t eat before class.

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These 30 minutes are focused on getting strong in our center to support the range of motion we create in the practice.

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This 30-minutes sequence focuses on stretching the hips and hamstrings in order to create more freedom in the lumbar spine. This class co

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Often times it can take an hour or more to touch all the places in our body. This practice but it will do the trick when you don’t

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For this 60-minute sequence you will need a wall space, a strap and a block. Vytas incorporates use of the wall into some of our favorite

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This 60-minute class changes things up a bit. In this practice rather than saving all the yin for the end of the class, we will bookend w

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In this 60-minute class, shot on our ‘Living’ stage, Vytas guides through variations of Tree pose set amongst the trees.

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In this 40-minute class we work on several variations of Garudasana, eagle pose. A lot of the work in this pose is in the inner groins an

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This short practice is NON-STOP! There are no advanced postures but it will definitely get your heart rate up and strengthen your cardiov

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There are many ways to move our bodies. Backbending is one way that is unique to the practice of yoga. There aren’t many other ph
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This class will work toward an advanced posture called Visvamitrasana which takes a lot of openness in the hips and hamstrings. We will w

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Short Holds This practice is about moving the body in as many ways possible. Longer holds in postures allow for a lot of subtle refinemen

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To maintain or restore the normal spinal rotation, it is recommended that you practice a simple spinal twist once or twice a day. However

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A theme pose based class that is a variation of side plank that take both strength and flexibility. This class is tough but offers a lot

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Another Core Based class in which Vytas focuses on the knee to chest movement from a variety of different angles. You are taught the temp

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Plank position is something we visit almost every single time we set foot on our yoga mats. Although it looks simple, there are many diff

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CALEY ALYSSA
I practice to stay connected to my body, my mind, my community, and to stay inspired as a teacher. I teach because I hope to provide a space for others to feel the way my practice has made me feel: supported, nurtured, challenged, empowered, and confident! Happy people = a happy world. I’m inspired by my dog who loves unconditionally,
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