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Mike Peterson

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Location: San Diego, California

Ask me About: The biodiversity of San Diego County


Hobbies: Writing, reading, hiking, spending time in nature, and playing music


Book Recommendations: Braiding Sweetgrass, Do Your Om Thing, Living Your Yoga, and Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Favorite Asana: Pigeon or Downward-facing Dog

About Mike

Mike is a writer, nature enthusiast, and yoga and meditation teacher based in California. He is passionate about making yoga understandable and accessible, and bringing the practice to as many people as possible.

Mike found yoga a decade ago, though he started it as “just another workout.” Since then, the practice of posture, breath, and meditation has truly changed his life. He received his 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2020, and went back for another 300-hour training in 2021.

When he’s not teaching yoga, Mike is a public relations and marketing professional. He lives in San Diego with his wife.

Here are some beginner yoga poses that are great for those who are new to yoga:

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana): Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Keep your weight evenly distributed between both feet, and engage your abdominal muscles. Take deep breaths in and out, and focus on grounding yourself.

  2. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Begin on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Lift your hips up and back, keeping your hands and feet in place. Your body should form an inverted V-shape. Press your heels down towards the floor and relax your head and neck.

  3. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II): Stand with your feet wide apart, and turn your right foot out to the side while keeping your left foot pointing forward. Bend your right knee so that it is directly above your ankle, and extend your arms out to the sides. Look out over your right hand. Repeat on the other side.

  4. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana): Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Shift your weight onto your left foot and lift your right foot off the ground. Place your right foot on your left inner thigh, and press your foot into your thigh while pressing your thigh back into your foot. Keep your hands at your heart center or extend them overhead.

  5. Child's Pose (Balasana): Begin on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Lower your hips back towards your heels, and extend your arms out in front of you. Rest your forehead on the floor and take deep breaths.

Remember to always listen to your body and work within your own limits. If you feel any pain or discomfort, ease out of the pose or modify it to make it more comfortable for you.

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