SMOGIs We Admire : Re-Blog from YOGASMOGA

Re:Blog from YOGASMOGA


Stacy McCarthy has been at the forefront of the yoga, fitness and health industries for more than 25 years. Through her business, Yoga Namastacy she’s developed a collection of best-selling DVDs, books, and trainings, and has contributed her expertise on yoga and health to countless media outlets and conferences.


“I believe in promoting a lifestyle of long-term health. Health is not defined by the number of hours you workout or the amount of calories you eat, but by the joy and fullness of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.” 


Stacy’s current teaching is in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya combining the alignment of B.K.S.Iyengar with the breath, focus and flow of Ashtanga. Her cutting edge classes are unique, as she uses a variety of techniques and tools for accessing and sustaining mental, emotional and physical well-being.


“My mission is to inspire people to take charge of their health and happiness by moving intelligently, adopting a plant-passionate diet, improving lifestyle practices, and learning to live and love like you really mean it.”


“It’s hard for me to believe that well into my fifties, I am asked to model and represent yoga clothes. Yogasmoga is so authentic and has a new paradigm on how the apparel industry operates. It’s made in the USA, so no potential of child labor, no synthetic dye, no photoshop of their models and so much more. They walk their talk, models of all ages, cultural diversity, size and shape.”


Thank you YOGASMOGA  for making me your first featured SMOGI!! It is truly an honor to be recognized as a valuable community member, and a representative of a company which I admire and love to wear!!

With Love + Namaste,


Bali Retreat Raises Funds for Charity

Local Residents co-hosting Bali yoga retreat as fundraiser
By Kristina Houck

Two local yoga instructors are teaming up to rase more than hope for City of Hope.

With City of Hope’s fifth annual Yoga for Hope set for June 13 at Petco Park, yoga instructors Stacy McCarty and Heidi Shurtz are planning a unique fundraiser to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs: For one week in July, the pair will be hosting a yoga retreat to Bali.

Bali yoga retreat“It really goes hand in-hand,” said McCarthy, who has liven in Rancho Santa Fe for 17 years. “Yoga for Hope and City of Hope connects, renews, inspires and cures. That’s much of what we’re doing on a retreat.”

Every year, McCarthy co-leads the master yoga class during Yoga for Hope. Having participated in the event since it first launched, she has helped make it the success it is today.

Last year’s event raised more than $80,000 for City of Hope, one of the nations leading centers for canter treatment and research, through more than 70 donation-based yoga classes and the fundraising efforts of participants.

“It’s so rewarding,” McCarthy said. “It’s Southern California’s largest yoga event. It’s a phenomenal thing.”

Scheduled to co-lead the class again this year, McCarthy has looked for new ways to raise funds for the event. In previous years, she has hosted donation-given yoga classes. This year, she and fellow yoga instructor Heidi Shurtz are traveling to Bali with a group of yogis July 12-18. A portion of the proceeds from the retreat will benefit City of Hope.

“We want to give back to our retreat members, but we also want to give back to the community and help raise awareness,” Shurtz said.

This is Shurtz’ third time hosting a yoga retreat to Bali. She and her husband, Jason Shurtz, lead retreats through their local business Yoga Retreats Bali.

A Carmel Valley native and Torrey Pines High School alumna, Shurtz has been a yoga instructor for more than four years. After college in 2010, Shurtz traveled to Bali, where she and her now-husband trained as yoga instructors for about three months.

“I was not expecting to come out of it wanting to change my career path,” said Shurtz, who has a degree in Landscape Architecture. “But I fell in love with teaching yoga.”

Now a Carlsbad resident, she returned to the island in 2011 and hosted her first Bali retreat in 2012, with another one the following year.

“I wanted to find a way to bring people to Bali,” she said. “It’s just such an amazing place. The impact that it had on my life was so profound [and I wanted others to be able to experience that].”

Although McCarthy has never been to Bali, she has traveled around the world and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. In 1991, she helped launch the original Frog’s Athletic Club in Solana Beach, bringing yoga classes to the health club the next year. She began teaching in 1994.

McCarthy and Shurtz met years ago at the Pacific Athletic Club, now Bay Club Carmel Valley, where McCarthy is an instructor and Shurtz is a member.

“We wanted to have an experience where people who practiced yoga with us have more time, so we can really deepen our connection,” said McCarthy, who holds private classes and wellness retreats through her business, Yoga Namastacy, which launched in 1999. She is also a yoga teacher and faculty member at Mira Costa College and offers classes on SpiroFit, a live, on demand, online fitness network.

“It’s a very bonding and very spiritual area, where they will get away from their everyday life and also deepen their connection with their inner selves. We’re their to foster and cultivate that.”

The one week retreat features daily yoga classes, and cultural excursions. Up to 20 spots are available.

“Being in a place like Bali lends itself to a transformative, deep and emotional experience,” Shurtz said.

“It’s also a place to reconnect and refocus,” said McCarthy, noting that husbands and wives, as well as mothers and daughters, have signed up for the retreat. “Yoga does that.”

Single occupancy rates are $3400 and double occupancy rates are $2600 per person. Group discounts are available for 3 or more people.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit City of Hope. The last day to book is June 1.

“Time for yourself,” Shurtz said. “It’s important to take care of yourself.”

If you really want to go, make it happen. You won’t regret it.

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Stacy McCarthy: Rancho Santa Fe Review

It’s no stretch for Rancho Santa Fe yoga instructor to ‘give back’

Stacy McCarthy runs her own yoga studio and is also a MiraCosta College faculty member. ‘I’m most proud of making a difference,’ she says. Photo by Kristina Houck
By Kristina Houck

As one of North County’s most prolific yoga instructors, Stacy McCarthy doesn’t just teach yoga, she lives the yoga lifestyle.
Selfless service, or seva in Sanskrit, is an important concept of yoga — one that the Rancho Santa Fe resident practices daily.
“When we give and we give from the heart, there’s nothing more gratifying than that,” McCarthy said.
Although it’s home to the San Diego Padres, hundreds of San Diego yoga devotees transform Petco Park into a giant yoga studio every year.
To raise awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs, McCarthy co-led a master yoga class in June during City of Hope’s fourth annual Yoga for Hope at the downtown San Diego ballpark. Having participated in the event since it first launched, she has helped make it the success it is today.
This year’s event raised more than $80,000 for City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading centers for cancer treatment and research, through more than 70 donation-based yoga classes and the fundraising efforts of participants.
“It’s been so rewarding to watch this event grow,” she said.
McCarthy’s connections in the yoga world have definitely helped.
With more than 20 years of teaching experience, it’s a network she has developed since 1991, when she helped launch the original Frog’s Athletic Club in Solana Beach.
In 1992, McCarthy brought yoga classes to the health club, recruiting Dominic Corigliano to teach the first classes. Corigliano quickly became her mentor.
“I’ve just lived and breathed yoga since then,” said McCarthy, who began teaching classes in 1994. “It’s been my passion ever since.”
In the years that followed, enrollment in the yoga sessions increased, and McCarthy worked her way up through management at Frog’s. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 1997. After a corporate merger and acquisition, she decided to open her own business.
“It was kind of a desk job, so it did not fit my nature,” explained McCarthy, who has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Colorado State University. “Since then, I’ve slowly built my business. I’ve done just about everything there is to do with yoga.”
Yoga NamaStacy launched in 1999. In 15 years, McCarthy has taught thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers. She’s released five “Yoga Body” instructional DVDs and is the author of “Transformational Teaching Through Yoga Adjustments,” published in 2012.
Besides holding private classes and wellness retreats, McCarthy is a yoga teacher and faculty member at MiraCosta College. She also teaches at Bay Club Carmel Valley and offers classes on SprioFIT, a live, on-demand online fitness network.
“I’m most proud of making a difference, making people feel like they’re becoming the best version of themselves — not through me, but through the introduction and practice of yoga,” McCarthy said. “It’s the yoga that makes a difference in their lives. I’ve just been the fortunate one to introduce it to them, or be their teacher.”
Whether it’s through her business or volunteer work, McCarthy said she is “blessed” to share yoga with others.
In addition to Yoga for Hope, McCarthy has held a number of Doga Yoga classes with her Bernese Mountain dogs, Lily and the late Buddha. Event proceeds have benefited the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
“I’ve always felt that when you’re blessed to do what you love to do, you need to give back,” McCarthy said. “If I’m available and someone asks me to do something to help their cause, I always say ‘yes.’ It brings me as much joy as anything else.”