“I began practicing yoga before my acting class, preparing my body and mind for focus. This led to a sense of being so true, that I began to see the lines blur, between myself and the character, between what is real and what our mind preconceives. I could not pretend anymore, only be; and the character was just another part of me I was getting to know. This is the compassion was born and continues to expand. This is the art of letting the ego die, so that at art can truly live. I will never cease to be a student.” – Kali Ray Torres
Kali Ray Torres has been teaching yoga to children and adults throughout the Phoenix Metro area over the past ten years. She began to teach yoga for At One Yoga in 200 and soon extend into private studios, public and charter schools as well as Scottsdale Parks and Recreation centers. Her earliest experience with mind/body integration started at nine when she began the practice of Transcendental Meditation(TM). At eighteen, her mother gave her a book on yoga and it was her introduction to what soon became the foundation for her life path as well as a catalyst for profound freedom on may levels. Less than three years later, in the summer of 2000, she began to study Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga. As an avid artist of many mediums including singing, painting, writing, and acting, Kali Ray fell in love with the art of yoga, deeply rooted in the universal principles of alignment founded by John Friend as Anusara Yoga. Providing a playground for deep exploration and place to drop into stillness, Kali Ray’s classes are centered on alignment within the form as well as the formless, where the physical unites with the essential and one’s practice becomes the art of compassionate surrender to grace. Kali Ray currently teaches classes at Lifetime Fitness and Life Power in Scottsdale as well as private sessions and workshops throughout Phoenix.
Kali Ray extends deep gratitude to the great teachers who have paved the way for living the daily yoga in a modern world: Pattabi Jois, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, and all whom have continued to share the wisdom of the ages, as well as recent teachers Prem, Shiva Rae, John Friend, and Jordan and Martin Kirk.