Bethany Eanes is a mostly-Buddhist yogi dedicated to making you very uncomfortable.
Bethany’s class schedule
Bethany teaches public yoga classes at The Yoga Harbor, her studio in Old Town Torrance.
You can find a live class schedule here. (Note: Bethany will be out on maternity leave February through April 2018).
Read something that may make you angry, may make you cringe, but will hopefully make you think.
Find Bethany’s most recent published essays here.
More about Bethany
Bethany Eanes is a yoga teacher, writer, and owner of The Yoga Harbor in Torrance, CA. Life has taken her from a small town outside of Pittsburgh to the beaches of Los Angeles by way of St. Louis, where she met her favorite debate partner and turned him into her husband. She is equally enthusiastic about breakfast burritos and sausage dogs as she is parallel sentence structure and external shoulder rotation.
As a child, Bethany was always trying to fit in, but she regularly said or did the exact thing that made her stick out. People called her aggressive and opinionated, and they often asked her to just be nice. She chose yoga and meditation as a personal practice and career. It was a terrible match for such a prickly person.
In a mixture of self-acceptance and self-loathing, Bethany followed her path. Along the way, she picked up some compassion, maturity, and awareness. One day, a student told her, “The highest compliment I can pay you is you’ve made me extremely uncomfortable.”
Bethany realized her worst qualities, with a degree of intention, could be her best. She dedicated herself to being authentic, messy, unsexy, opinionated, and kind at the expense of being nice, accepted, and popular. Simply, she dedicated herself to being herself. She invites you to do the same.
Education & Qualifications
- B.S., History, Writing & Interdisciplinary Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis
- Registered Yoga Teacher, Mukti Yoga School
- Mindfulness for Transforming Trauma, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, InsightLA
- Props & Restorative Poses, Noah Maze
- Progression of Action in Backbends, Marla Apt
- Elephant Academy Apprenticeship, Elephant Journal
- Addiction Studies certificate, Glendale Community College
Connect with Bethany
- Find her blogging at The Yoga Harbor
- See what it means to focus on the distinctly unsexy side of yoga at @bethanyeanesyoga
- Give her a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
People who like to get uncomfortable:
I practiced with Bethany for three years at Namaste Highland Park and I am so very excited to see her opening her own studio in Torrance! Bethany is truly an inspiration — she brings intelligence, patience, strength, and joy to every class she teaches. In addition to being physically challenging, her classes are beautifully paced and I have always left feeling as if I have been told a story about my body, practice, or life in general (which is just another way of saying that Bethany has somehow mastered the art of teaching without even making you aware that you are being taught). – Brianna B.
Bethany is hands down the best teacher I have ever taken classes from. She is incredibly knowledgable about all aspects of the practice – from breath to body to alignment to philosophy. Her classes are fun, engaging and interesting, and I always leave them feeling refreshed, and like I learned something, and like I got my butt kicked (in a good way). She has led multiple teacher trainings, and has fostered an incredible community of professional and extremely knowledgeable yoga teachers. She is definitely a yoga boss, if there is such a thing. – Nora B.
Bethany is a great teacher. Her classes are challenging but layered for all levels, she will kick your butt and lift your spirits. Her flows are creative and fun. She watches her students closely and is a master at giving useful alignment cues and adjustments so you can feel safe practicing with her. Seriously, you are in the best possible hands with this lady. She also always takes the time to embed asana practice in the deeper context of yogic philosophy, and it is that focus on mind body and spirit that will keep you coming back to your mat, and to her classes. Plus, she really walks the walk, practicing what she preaches as it were and her anecdotes from her life experiences are relatable and sincere. – Emanuela G.