Ngugi Kihara

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 an International 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!

Ngugi

 

Practice On- Demand (One time purchase, lifetime access)

20 Min Body Scan Guided Meditation

Relax and let go. Bring your awareness back into your body, and allow my relaxing voice to guide you towards complete rest. 

5USD

75 Min 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.

20USD

45 Min Post Hike/ Run Vinyasa Flow

Come back to your body with this light breath-oriented flow for any time of day, or use it as an active cool down from your outdoor excursion. 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 prepares your body and mind well for your next outdoor activity!

10USD

60 Min Core 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.

15USD

 
 

More Offerings

Private/ Small Group Offerings

One-on-one virtual or small group family sessions to develop the foundations of yoga, pranayama and meditation towards building your personal practice and feeling more comfortable in public classes. Sessions also to improve an existing practice for individuals working towards injury recovery or specific asana goals.

 

Single Session: 150.00

4- Pack: 500.00

8- Pack: 800.00

Kids Yoga and K-8 School Health and Wellness Programs

Being a caring presence for children to enhance their lives with anxiety reduction techniques for
self- love and mindful living is my dharma. I act as a guide for students' curiosity towards
effective ways to learn how to manage stress. I follow strategies that support the development of social, emotional, and academic learning competencies with an open heart and mind to students individual experiences. 

Workshops, Retreats,Yoga Alliance 200- Hour Teacher Training Program

I am the co-founder of mizizi yoga, and we recently completed our last round of 2019 Teacher Trainings and retreats! See our gallery, testimonials and find more information at www.miziziyoga.com.

Livestream Schedule

Vinyasa

Wednesday 5:30- 6:30p.m

Friday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m 

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Testimonials

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

 
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