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Sandoval, Herb

Yoga Instructor

Herb Sandoval

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Herb Sandoval has been a dedicated athlete and student of movement since growing up in Colorado where he graduated from Colorado University. Over the next several years he lived at two ashrams, the first in Denver and the second in Los Angeles, thus beginning his yoga study in Kundalini yoga with Yogi Bhajan.


He made his home in LA by the late seventies, teaching at some of the main fitness studios committed to the study of body mechanics. Herb taught pilates at the Kim Lee Studio in Beverly Hills, and was an independent trainer at the Jackson Sousa Professional Training Group in Malibu. His work took him briefly to Chicago where he was the fitness director of The Heartland, a full-scale state-of-the-art fitness spa that he created with Kristin Olson, who is now director of Urban Yoga in Palm Springs. He also developed and founded his own system of one-on-one personal fitness instruction, THE SANDOVAL METHOD that later became SANDOVAL YOGA FITNESS – which is still going strong.


The late 1980’s marked a major transition and transformation in Herb’s career and his personal practice - when he was introduced to the yoga of B.K.S Iyengar. With its emphasis on alignment and muscular and structural body balance, Iyengar was a natural fit for Herb. Over the past two decades, as a student as well as a teacher, Herb has remained committed to the rigors of Iyengar yoga.


Beginning in 1987 he began to study with all the main senior Iyengar teachers across the United States and he has done so for the past twenty years. Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Dona Holleman and Gabriella Giubilaro are currently his most influential teachers. Herb himself teaches classes at YogaWorks, at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of L.A., at Santa Monica College- as well as maintaining a list of private clients.


A bio about Herb would be sadly lacking if it didn’t include a few words about his personality, for he possesses a unique combination of old-school athletic coach grit, coupled with a gentle yet zesty spirit. No matter what your age or physical condition you will feel welcome in his class: to work. You won’t be coddled; you will, however, be offered his tenacious focus and invigoratingly specific verbal instruction to help you get your body stronger, straighter - and freer.

 

sandoval_herb@smc.edu

(310) 434 - 8976