A Radiant Life Yoga was established in 2010 in Los Angeles, California, as a place to promote the health, healing, and well-being of our students – in mind, body and spirit.
At A Radiant Life, we embrace all of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of yoga.
- Yamas: how we treat others
Non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, balance, non-grasping
- Niyamas: how we treat ourselves (together these are the 10 Attitudes)
Purity, contentment, austerity, self study, oneness with all things
- Asanas: postures
- Pranayama: breath control
- Pratyahara: turning the senses inward
- Dharana: concentration
- Dhyana: meditation
- Samadhi: super-consciousness
Practicing the asanas, or the physical poses that most in the West associate as defining yoga, is only one of the basic, first steps toward attaining the full mind-body connection. We incorporate Pranayama, or conscious breath, throughout each class to help our students trigger their relaxation response and turn their senses inward – Pratyahara, concentrating on listening to their bodies and tuning out the outside world – Dharana, to come to a place of silence and self-awareness in our final relaxation and guided meditation – Dhyana. It is through this silence that we begin to honor our bodies, our needs, our core being.
We practice a non-sectarian path to connect our physical, mental and spiritual awareness.
Our founder and director, Jackie Kubica-Aronoff, has been practicing yoga since 1997. However, it was after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005 that she began to use her daily yoga practice as a tool to heal her body. It was through that practice that she healed her mind and spirit as well. When she was first diagnosed with FM, she was unable to walk in the grocery store for more than 20 minutes; with patience and dedication, less than 4 years later she participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, completing a marathon in just over 8 hours. She believes that following any physical activity with her yoga practice was essential to regaining her health and freeing her from the daily pain associated with her illness.
Coming from her personal experience with chronic pain, and knowing how beneficial yoga can be to alleviate it, she was inspired to share that knowledge with others. She believes that no matter what your physical limitations, yoga can help you heal yourself – to realize your full potential, and to radiate that out into your life.
Jackie studied traditional Hatha Yoga and completed teachers training programs at the Rishi Institute in 2009 and at Rising Lotus Yoga in 2011. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 with the Yoga Alliance, and is Certified in Therapeutic Yoga. She is also a Level 3 Reiki master practitioner.