Yoga in Palo Alto, CA
E-RYT Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer | K-8 Wellness Provider | Lululemon Ambassador
I'm from Nairobi, Kenya, and came to the States in 2007 as a Student. I found yoga a few years later when it was the cool thing that people at my climbing gym would go to. I was drawn to Vinyasa Yoga, mostly as a workout. I was learning how my body works in a new challenging way, but also discovering a different understanding of myself. A few months in, it wasn't fun all the time. Through my brilliant teachers and mentors in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was starting to dig into deep imprinted patterns stored in my mind and body that I'd never known of or understood, and that exploration was harder than ANY pose. The inner work was the treasure. I'm so grateful for how it emotionally broke me open and it has been a growing journey ever since. It opened the door to this wisdom of the mind- body connection, and an openness to the individual and universal consciousness. It gave me a sense of clarity in my day to day choices, and far from perfect, the practice helped me slowly piece together a previously disconnected life.
About 5 years into a steady yoga routine paired with meditation and a personal practice it was time to take a teacher training. It had improved my life in so many ways and I needed the instructional setting and holistic approach that I could share with the community that I love so much. My passion quickly expanded away from the studio setting to K-8 schools, after-school programs and teaching boys in the juvenile system. This is with the intention of helping them create a safe path towards stress management and building proper self- care practices that they could apply in real life. I'm currently a Wellness Teacher at The Primary School in East Palo Alto, CA which integrates education, healthcare, and family support services to improve outcomes for underserved children.
Additionally, I am the co-owner of Mizizi Yoga, a Registered Yoga School, and we offer various workshops, Yoga Alliance 200- Hour Teacher training and yoga retreats throughout the year.
I'd love to know about you and your yoga practice, or any questions you have about me. Feel free to contact me, or I hope to see you in class!
Run and Recover Program
Thank you for being here! In your membership is a library of practices that benefitted my running this past year. Begin now with a 3-day FREE trial! Each month, you receive a new yoga based class to support: Running and core strength, balance, injury recovery/ prevention, and a full active recovery yoga flow for runners. In the year March 20-21, I unexpectedly ran over 1000 trail miles in the Bay Area. It was so incredible learning about where I live on foot, but I also went through injury, a mindlessness in my approach to running, and a hard time balancing my running and yoga time, which is why I make this. For me, finding all these exact resources in one spot was harder than I thought it would be, and took an overwhelming amount of hours on the trails and back on my mat to build an integrated yoga practice for runners. When it is time, I am hopeful we can all get out and run socially in 2021!! Until then, I am grateful for you here, and I hope this benefits you along your journey! Do keep in touch, and let me know how it is going!
Practice On- Demand (One time purchase, lifetime access)
60 Min Twist Focus Vinyasa Flow
A full practice for the body and mind. Flow through various twisting postures as we safely explore the tight areas in the lower back and outer hips. Our practice includes some core strength and arm balance options for Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) and Koundinyasana 1. We wind down with gentle counter-poses that float you lightly off into savasana, awaken ready to move off your mat with clear intention.
45 Min Hips and Hamstrings Opening Vinyasa Flow
Come back to your body with this breath-oriented flow for any time of day. Includes stretching from the toes to the hamstrings, with a minimal-impact practice that remains low to the ground. This class aids in down-regulation of the nervous system, healthy recovery of the muscles and joints, and leaves your body and mind well cared for!
45 Min Shoulder Opening Vinyasa Flow
Relax your mind and ease the weight off your shoulders. Begin with a simple meditation exercise, and mindfully explore traditional asanas with arm variations to support range of motion around the shoulder joints. There are no upward to downward dog transitions in this practice, but feel free to add your own! Cool down with hip openers and light backbends to unwind after a day on the computer, and move on to your day bright and upright!
ON-DEMAND CLASS PACKAGE
When you purchase the class package, you get immediate lifetime access to all of my non-member on-demand offerings, including:
20 min Body Scan Mediation
45 min Hip and Hamstring Opening Vinyasa Flow
45 min Shoulder Opening Vinyasa Flow
60 min Core Strengthening Vinyasa Flow
60 Min Twist Focus Vinyasa Flow
75 min Full Body Vinyasa Flow
60 Min Core Strengthening Vinyasa Flow
Strengthen your intention with this active and sweaty, core focused flow. Begin with core stability drills, uplift with sun salutations, energize some more core, and move through an active standing sequence to strengthen the front, sides and back of the abdomen. If you only have 60 minutes to move your entire body and breath, and return to a calm and grounded mental space at the end, this practice is for you.
75 Min Full Body Vinyasa Flow
One of my go-to's when I need an "A little bit of all everything" flow. This is a full vinyasa style practice, that follows mostly traditional poses and sequence. We begin and end with guided breath awareness, and an arching intensity from simple to complex poses. Introduces twists, and standing twisting balance poses, which are helpful is stabilizing the core and eliminating lower back pain.
My wife and I just had our first baby, Tara, and I am on leave. Will be back teaching soon!
Ngugi doesn't just remember our names, he remembers our bodies, our practice--what we are struggling with and striving towards--he tailors his adjustments and instructions in a way that encourages each of us to really do the work. His meditative guidance helps me leave it all behind- Lauren
Ngugis' teaching has a beautiful balance of philosophy, strength and anatomy. Though his practice isn't for the faint of heart, he offers a mixed level of options for every student. He always has an extensive warm up to ensure your body is ready. Even when he offers advanced poses he does so in a light hearted way which always makes me feel safe to play around. He’s especially skilled in hands on assists and meditative queuing to bring the class back to their breath. I’m lucky enough to say he helped me become a yoga teacher myself by guiding my YTT - Ashlee
Do you know what it’s like when you meet someone and it just clicks? This feeling of meeting a person who is genuinely human and with whom you connect immediately. Well, this is Ngugi. Right from the very first time I took his class, he gave me the positivity and reassurance I needed. for more than a year now, this is with the same smile on my face that I go to Ngugi’s class, and that I will, for as long as I can - Guillaume
When I went to Ngugis' class, the first thing he said to me was said how nervous he was. I love how present and open and emotionally available he is, and it shows in how receptively he leads a practice. He has a beautiful energy and is a fantastic instructor, and always has a few challenges up his sleeve - Jen
After a frantic work week, I came to his Friday Vinyasa practice. I'd only been to two of his classes, but still he greeted me by name, welcoming me into the space. And not just me, he knew everyone's name. The recognition was gentle, unassuming, and created a lovely environment to begin our practice with. We all felt it. - Tyler
It is always such a perfect class with Ngugi. Conditioning, strength, stretch, balance and lots of fun. He offers a traditionally focused flow and offers you space for meditation or additional practice depending on how you feel that day, without any judgement. One day during practice, I thought to myself, "I really love this!" - Amy