Yochai received his 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 under Rudy Mettia (of Udaya and Santa Monica Power Yoga) and his 300-hour accreditation from Jules Mitchell (of Jules Mitchell Yoga and Udaya). He is certified to teach kids yoga through Shana Meyerson’s Mini Yogis teacher training accreditation and attended James Fox’s Prison Yoga Project workshop in 2012. In the spring of 2007, after more than four years driving a taxi on Long Island, NY, Yochai injured his right shoulder during martial arts sparring practice. Unable to move his arm and no longer able to drive a taxi, Yochai found his way back to Los Angeles, CA, to look for work, opportunity, and to heal himself.
Through a series of fortuitous events, Yochai came to Santa Monica Power Yoga’s donation-based studio. Still humbled by his injury, unable to perform sometimes the most basic yoga poses, Yochai diligently practiced yoga under the guidance and teachings of Rudy Mettia. Over the many months, Yochai noticed his shoulder’s range of motion improve incrementally slowly but nonetheless surely. But what was also noted, were the calming and centering aspects of the yoga practice itself. Yochai found himself becoming less reactive to his surroundings and impulsive in his actions; the practice of yoga provided the ability to find calm in the midst of chaos – a quality of living he’s searched for all his life.
Years later, in the Fall of 2013, Yochai moved to Atlanta with his 200-RYT accreditation to fulfill his desire to share the practice of yoga; to help others find calm amidst chaos; to find a center within oneself. And it is through the simple power of the yoga practice, that Yochai believes we can all restore our physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Yochai is an E-RYT 200 / RYT 500 yoga teacher, accredited through Yoga Alliance.