Kali Sampson Alexander: Making the “woo-woo” approachable while inciting positive change on and off the mat
A beloved Los Angeles based yoga teacher, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, wellness expert, and mama of three, Kali has the unique ability to make the “woo-woo” approachable to the yoga novice, fence-sitters, seasoned practitioners, and the everyday Jill and Joe. Her capacity to apply her knowledge of ancient Eastern modalities and make them relevant and effective for contemporary living in a Western world creates a unique synergy that resonates within a modern lifestyle. As staff acupuncturist for Altamed Health Services she works alongside medical doctors in the treatment of infectious diseases, pain management, and emotional imbalances. Applying her knowledge of energetic channels, esoteric and gross anatomy, as well as practical mother wit, Kali’s yoga classes are marked by creativity, community, strategic effort, and smart practical application to help her students build a sustainable yoga practice that endures a lifetime. She has been featured in the Huffington Post’s Moms Change the World, Yoga Journal, MANTRA Yoga + Health magazine, USC Annenberg’s Neon Tommy, the web-series Yoga Intervention, Elephant Journal, The Daily Quirk, Journey of Possibilities podcast, LA Beez, and was honored with the 2013 Leimert Park Legacy Award for her contribution to the community in the areas of health and wellness. In 2012 she created Yoga Classes for the Masses–a project to take yoga to untraditional communities to reach people of all ages, stages, shapes, and sizes. She holds both a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level and has studied with master teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa systems. She credits her personal practice and studies with Purusha Hickson, Pagan George, and Jorgen Christiansson as her primary influences.