Gloria Marie Baraquio
Los Angeles, CA
" Lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu"
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- $7560 min
Growing up in Hawaii as the youngest of 10 children, I've been blessed with an abundance of love, laughter, music, sports, academics, spirituality, faith, and natural beauty. I believe this is why I choose Yoga as my life path, or why Yoga has chosen me. Yoga encompasses all of it.
Some people know me as a school teacher, an English teacher, and a Film Production teacher. Others recognize me from TV as a host, actor, or model. Some know me as a writer and producer. I am a sister, daughter, auntie, and loyal friend. I love to do all of it, and it reflects in my teaching/writing/producing/performing.
My greatest teachers are: my students, my parents, my siblings, and past lovers.
Places that changed my life: Puna and Wood Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii; Abadiania, Brazil; living in England and backpacking around Europe. India and Tibet, although I've never been there.
My wish and goal: peace and joy for all beings.
Yoga Hawaii featured on "Living Local"
Kids yoga in Hawaii public schools
Maria Villella on Jumpbacks/Jumpthroughs
Surya Namaskara A by Maria Villella
Deepening the Practice: A Journey Into You
Natalie F. August 7, 2013
Energetic, genuine, full of love and grace. Gloria was the first to show me how to truly love yoga. She is a favorite person of mine in all the land. I consider her my Lifelong Yogi Teacher, though she is off-island finding new adventures. "
Kahanu H. July 10, 2013
"Gloria taught private yoga classes at my house for myself, my husband and occasionally a small group of friends. She is a wonderful yoga instructor and an absolute joy to be around. We loved having her in our home and would always look forward to our weekly classes. Gloria is intuitive and sensitive to those around her, always adjusting to the mood and experience level of her students. We miss you Gloria!"
Zeny O. July 3, 2013
"Gloria is one of those people whom upon meeting make you feel inspired and spiritually uplifted. She is kind and gracious and her energy is contagious. I wish she was still in Hawaii!"
Walter P. June 26, 2013
"I've only had the privilege of being a friend of Gloria's for a little more than two years but, very few people have left a greater impression on me. She is compassionate, attentive, creative and an absolute master of her craft. I was dating someone older than myself at the time and I wanted an activity that we could do together that would bring us closer. Gloria drove up to the house and proceeded to create an interactive yoga routine designed specifically, on the spot, for our level of capability and flexibility. It was so fluid and effortless to follow her guidance, the routine became very easy to continue after just one session. I have taken several other classes with Gloria and I'm always surprised by the range of disciplines she has at her disposal and her ability to integrate them seemlessly and and present them in a totally digestible way. I use some of the insights and moves I've learned from her in my daily physical practices, to great benefit. All that being said, what impresses me most about Gloria is her courage. I always know that she has pressed herself farther and harder than anything she's asking of me and that gives me a sense of comfort and safety whenever we are working together.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Gloria for the novice as well as the most experienced seeker, she has something from everyone.
Aloha and safe travels."
Lee H. June 25, 2013
"Gloria was my introduction to yoga in Hawai'i. Her practice is clear, supportive, and full of heart. I learned new things each time I practiced with her, whether it related to poses or positions of mind. She continues to inspire my practice today, and I would jump at the opportunity to practice with her any time we are in geographic proximity. "
Lisa S. June 24, 2013
"Gloria is a wonderfully talented and dynamic teacher. Her devotion to others and yoga are contagious, and when she chants her vibration permeates the soul, leaving one wanting and craving more. I feel blessed to have known her for a short time and to have had her teach at my studio ,Yoga Loft Hawaii. Gloria comes highly recommended!"
S R. June 24, 2013
"I met and practiced with Gloria in Hawai'i back, hmmm, 6-7 years ago. Fast forward to summer 2012 in New York: after my morning practice I was thinking about Gloria and sent the following email to her. Sorry for sharing Gloria, but it pretty much sums up how amazing, beautiful, and wonderful you are.
Aloha e Gloria!
Looks like you're doing exciting, wonderful things, sharing your practice!
I've been thinking a lot lately about what a spectacular yoga teacher you are. Long ago, friends showed me yoga and even took me to a teacher they loved, but I didn't love it...I didn't even like it. Then, Connie introduced me to you and your class. I have been in love ever since. It has been 5 or 6 years and it's been a great journey...so far. Thank you for your wonderful heart, your inspiration, your compassion, and practice. I've had many teachers and learned many styles since your class. Not that this is a contest, but you have been the best!
I hope you are well and wish you all the best!
Love you lots!
Maya S. June 24, 2013
"Gloria is a wonderful yoga teacher who graced my studio, Yoga Hawaii in Honolulu, with her presence. Her students consistently mentioned her compassion, care and the sense of fun and play she brought to all of her classes. You won't regret taking a class with Gloria!"
Sey P. July 25, 2012
"One day I was lucky to be able to attend a yoga class with Gloria because she was graciously subbing for someone else. I knew I had to take the opportunity to experience a yoga session with her. My gut instinct told me so. And I'm so glad I did - Gloria is so present. She is accepting. She is empowering. She saw that I could do it before I knew I could. I read somewhere that a master can see before the student does. And that's just what she did. Thank you, Gloria, for seeing me as I was and instilling the confidence in me that I needed in that moment!"
Denys K. July 22, 2012
"I've been going to Gloria's aerial yoga class at the Still and Moving Center and her "Deepening the Practice" workshop at Yoga Loft and I enjoy her instruction style so much! She is enthusiastic and her energy is contagious. She makes me WANT to learn more about yoga. I think the one thing that makes her different is that she believes in her yoga practice in a very real way--it's hard to describe in words but she helps you to realize that your practice is YOURS to get what you need and want out of it. The only regret I have is I found her only a couple of months before she moves to Boulder!! I would have loved to grow my own practice with her guidance and encouragement!"
Leanne N. September 15, 2011
"First off, whoever would have thought that I'd be able to do a headstand?!? I am consciously taking the lessons that Gloria has taught me and brought it into my everyday life. I am so appreciative of having found Gloria's class. Learning to breathe, being able to challenge myself...Gloria is also very aware of everyone's different levels and pushes when needed but also reminding you not to overdo it. Thanks Gloria! :)"
Joel L. January 18, 2011
"I was doing weight training at a gym in Hilo, Hawaii. Gloria was guiding Yoga sessions twice a week at the gym. I was embarrassed at first to join the group. Gloria quickly made me feel at ease as a beginner. My son, a teenager at the time, was seriously training with weights. He began doing Yoga too on alternate days from weight training.
Gloria is very sensitive to each person’s progress as well as the general mood or energy of the group. She knows her stuff and gives detailed and careful instructions to make sure the postures, breathing, and movements are done safely and correctly.
The gym had a sound system. She played mixed CDs of her own selection of music that I enjoyed too.
Denny R. January 6, 2011
"I have known Gloria for over 5 years and have been attending her various yoga classes for almost as long on my trips to the big island. I have been practicing yoga for about 8 years both in Alaska and in Hawaii and my experience with Gloria and her instruction has been excellent. She absolutely knows what she is all about with regard to her teaching and skill, and she has all those intangible qualities of a great teacher. She is compassionate and teaches that in her classes. She is loving and that shows always. She is enthusiastic and I can honestly say that I have never felt better at the end of a yoga class than I have at the end of some of her classes.
If you like classes that will put a smile on your face, challenge you physically, and leave you far happier than when you walked through the door, look her up!!
Lyla M. January 6, 2011
"I have been practicing yoga for a few years, and Gloria has stood out as one of the most attentive and present instructors I have ever had. She has a gentle voice making her students feel comfortable. She gives clear instructions on poses and takes her time to adjust for proper alignment, which I feel is very important to not get injured. She often reminds her yoga students to be engaged at all times, making ones personal practice more solid and challenging if one chooses to do so. I would highly recommend Gloria as a yoga instructor, and feel that those who have the opportunity to experience her class will not be disappointed.
Lynda P. January 6, 2011
"I have been an Iyengar student for 15+ years and took Gloria's class in an effort to explore new yoga options. She is inventive, inspiring, and one of the best teachers I have ever experienced. She adds so many different types of yoga to her class (vinyasna, ashtanga, iyengar, dance...)to keep it fresh and alive. I am always sore in a new place, rejuvenated and energized. Gloria knows how to keep it new, safe and appropriate and beneficial to everyone in the class. Very committed, always professional and positive, Gloria is a great way to start or end the day!"
Kahanu H. December 22, 2010
"Love taking Gloria's classes. She is a great teacher and a joy to be around. :)"
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