This month we welcomed back Luba Gloukhova to the Yoga Garden SF team!
Luba regularly subs classes at Yoga Garden SF. Get to know her below, and sign up for her classes here!
Tell us about yourself! What are some things that your students might not know?
I’m originally from Kiev, Ukraine and I’ve been living in the Bay Area for almost 30 years. I love exploring that which challenges me — from pure math to olympic weightlifting to meditation to motherhood. I’m a major foodie and love exploring everything San Francisco has to offer. Let’s grab a bite together! I’m a techie and love all things data — from the latest, sexiest feats of deep learning to the messy trench-work of cloud computing. I’m a new mom and am passionate about sharing yoga and meditation with other moms and moms to be. It’s an amazing gift to be able to weave these practices throughout pregnancy, labor & delivery and everything that unfolds thereafter!
How did you become interested in yoga?
I started practicing yoga shortly after college. My knees gave out after a couple of years of chasing rolling fog through the hills of Berkeley. I could barely walk and yoga was one of the few physical activities that didn’t hurt my body. I got hooked and, ultimately, it healed my body!
Tell us about your yoga journey. What style did you start in and with whom do you study now?
I got lured in by one of those 30 day offers at YogaSource Palo Alto. I started with the practice formerly known as Bikram with Johnny… who, last time I checked, still teaches there. He’d play George Strait, lead us through postures with his joyful, boisterous southern twang and give the most amazing forward fold adjustments. During a work trip to NYC, I checked out the Union Square Jivamukti studio where my eyes were opened to a world of yoga beyond the asana. I was fascinated by what my classmates were reading, eating and thinking. I dove head first into yogic scriptures and raw vegan cuisine. Although I had been meditating for longer than I had been practicing yoga, my physical practice was light years ahead of my spiritual development. Being very type-A, I gathered all of my bravado to check out what was described as the most challenging yoga class in the Bay Area. That was how I met my mentor, Shastri, who has greatly influenced my physical practice, spiritual growth and the way that I approach teaching. For the past several years, I’ve been practicing more and more with Rod Stryker who, along with my experience at Dhamma Kamboja and with the work of meditation teacher Rupert Spira, influences the undercurrents of my teaching.
My mentor, Shastri, encouraged me to both “treat life like a game” and to “start each act with a prayer so that nothing in life is mundane.” My classes balance structure and play, ease and effort. With curiosity, I explore the nooks and crannies of the everyday to find new, inspiring perspectives.
Another week long residential retreat at Spirit Rock sometime in the next 6 months, hopefully!