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BIOS

April (Sutara) Tucker, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP

April Tucker is co-founder of Eka Loka Yoga and Wellness. April is a Long Beach, CA native, receiving her first yoga teacher certification for children in 2007 and professional level 500-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) in Costa Rica. April is also a certified Pranassage® practitioner and Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist.  She received her Sanskrit name, Sutara, by her gurus at NYI during graduation.  The name means "holy star" and carries deep personal meaning to April as she aspires to continue shining and reflecting the light of others.  April has had the privilege of studying under Hayward Coleman, Amba and Brahmanand Don Stapleton, Ph.D., Ann Hunt, Jenny-Sauer-Klein, David Swenson, Dharma Mittra, Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D., Larry Payne, Ph. D., Lori Rubenstein-Fazzio, DPT, as well as many others.

April has taught and developed yoga programming as a professor of Hatha Yoga at various colleges, created yoga, social outreach, and nutritional programming for youth at non-profit organizations, churches, and public schools and recently created and directed a 50-hour Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program for a benefit corporation.  She graduated with dual degrees in May 2016, earning an MA in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and an MBA in Sustainable Business at California Lutheran University (CLU).  She is currently a post-graduate student in clinical Yoga Therapy at LMU.  April is also a finance/accounting professional, former volunteer Director of Finance for the Project Management Institute (PMI-4C), business consultant and curriculum editor for Peace Guardians, as well as a professional chef, teaching cooking classes at the Ojai Culinary School at the historic Lavender Inn. She is a mother of four (almost all grown) children and enjoys sewing, traveling, and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and camping with her family.  

Rob Tucker, RYT 200

Rob Tucker is co-founder of Eka Loka Yoga and Wellness and works professionally as a Senior Program Analyst for a mid-sized company in Chatsworth, CA.  Rob began teaching in the fitness industry as a Spin instructor in 2007 and completed his 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training (IYTT) with Ann Hunt Yoga and the Nosara Yoga Institute in 2010.  He is an avid cyclist and enjoys hiking in the mountains.  Rob’s love of sports and yoga has inspired him to combine the two fitness modalities to help athletes enhance a chosen sport by extending endurance and flexibility necessary for continued activity and prevention of injuries. 

 

Rob is looking forward to completing a 500-hour professional level yoga teacher training within the next two years to expand his knowledge base and deepen his personal practice.  Rob expresses that IYTT was one of the greatest experiences of his life that has deeply changed how he views himself and the world around him.  In 2011, Rob became certified in Pranassage®, an energy bodywork modality, which was also co-taught and assisted by his wife, April.  One of his favorite experiences teaching yoga has been creating partner yoga flows with April and believes it is their mutual interest in yoga that continues to support their intimacy and interests in social justice and action.

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