Bala Yoga is thrilled to bring back good friend and power vinyasa teacher, Jonah Kest, for two inspiring workshops this December. Born into a yoga legacy under father Jonny and uncle Bryan Kest, Jonah now lives in LA and has quickly made a name for himself. He is dedicated to carrying on the lineage. His style of teaching is both Graceful & Intense. Students can expect a strengthening and challenging practice resulting in a quieter mind and better physical endurance.
Jonah will be leading our retreat to Mexico alongside studio owner, Mike Baiocchi in the New Year. These weekend workshops are a great chance to practice with Jonah and become familiar with his teachings.
SAT @ 11AM (FREMONT) – ASHTANGA REMIX
Human beings innately seek the balance of stability and variety. Within each of the ancient roots of Ashtanga there is opposition. Come explore the union of modern Vinyasa’s edgy transitions and the foundation we all know and love. Ashtanga Remix – a unique breath centered practice, where you will explore the link between standing and seated postures and the invigorating free flow of balance and inversion.
SUN @ 9:30AM (KIRKLAND) – VINYASA IMMERSION
In this 90 min class you will break through old habits and barriers that hinder you from connection and unconditional love! Each energetic sequence will explore hip and heart openers as well as inversions and twists. Jonah‘s incredible music and supportive stories and themes will wring you out – leaving you with a stronger body and calmer, less reactive mind. Join Jonah Kest for an entirely uplifting and wholesome vinyasa experience!!
Jonah Kest was born into a yoga legacy. With his father, vinyasa yoga pioneer Jonny Kest, and his mother, Milla Kest, as one of the first yoga business owners and yoga teacher training programs in the Midwest – he was destined to follow the path.
At the age of three, Jonah was walking the yoga room with his dad and shortly thereafter he began to learn the importance of a daily practice and evening meditation.
While his early interests included basketball, boxing and running track, it became very clear that strength without flexibility would be a hard path. His breath became the very partner that he sought in every activity, every relationship, every moment.
Enter Ashtanga Yoga.
At 17, Jonah trained under his father to become a teacher. His passion and grace was evident. His equanimity strengthened with a daily meditation sit and it was a natural evolution to teach. The mind-body connection influenced his life — sharing the practice changed it.
Today, Jonah is a well traveled ashtanga/vinyasa teacher whose classes are both graceful and intense. Impermanence, compassion and humility are just a few of the elements that Jonah seamlessly weaves through each healing practice. His plant based diet and love for creating raw, rich, vegan meals has also become a passion and healing modality.