Bizi Yogi airs Tuesday 10 AM PST| 1 PM EST, exclusively on the KCOR Digital Radio Network. The show will explore holistic techniques and lifestyle choices that create vibrant health and lasting happiness. Each week we will discuss the latest trends and hot topics today that bring balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Valerie Okunami has found that it is possible to use her experience as a thriving media entrepreneur to emerge successfully in an entirely different field, in this case operating workplace yoga programs, yoga teacher training programs and effective healing programs that combine reiki and yoga.
Ms. Okunami began her media career in 1988 in Concord, Calif., as a sales executive for a local radio station. From there she moved to ever larger broadcast outlets until she joined the staff of NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento, California.
In 1992, she set forth on her own with her Okunami Media advertising agency. She has been flying under her own power ever since. The agency’s client list included world renowned museums, national corporations and local non-profit arts and entertainment organizations. She has served on the board of The Future Foundation, an educational non-profit organization providing scholarships to underserved families. She has also worked with the Red Cross, helping launch major fundraising events.
In 2005, the agency expanded to include publishing two national magazine titles, a Sacramento edition of Builder/Architect and MD News. In 2007, she founded CAPG Health magazine, a national healthcare magazine, of which she remains the publisher. The quarterly magazine’s circulation is growing as managed care gains more attention with implementation of the national Affordable Care Act.
All during her years of building her media operations, Ms. Okunami maintained a keen interest in health and physical fitness. As an undergraduate business major at Sacramento State, she worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. In 2000, yoga became a major part of her fitness regime and it grew in intensity until she found herself a certified yoga instructor teaching the practice and now training yoga instructors.
In 2009 she founded Okunami Workplace Yoga, creating and conducting yoga classes for employees at the workplace while teaching at a popular Roseville yoga studio and Health & Wellness center. Today, she and four teachers conduct 14 employer/employee-sponsored classes a week in the Sacramento area. Her clientele include well known international and national firms and government employees.
She also created a Registered Yoga Alliance School called Bizi Yogi. She trains yoga teachers in two yoga disciplines: 200 RYT Hot 26+2/Power Fusion program and 200 RYT corporate and chair yoga along with additional certifications in yin yoga.
Valerie has no plans of stopping now. She is also a Master Reiki practitioner and has created an effective healing program for people with chronic health issues.
Valerie teaches yoga because she sees the incredible transformation people make in their lives when they begin their yoga practice. They become healthier, more relaxed and more positive. They discover coping skills to handle the stress of day to day living and regain hope about the future. She sees improvement in students who have severe health challenges.
Valerie never forgets where she came from and is always grateful for all opportunities she has been given.
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Michael has been a student and practitioner of dharma for over 35 years. Incorporating his love of dharma, travel, photography, and exploration of world cultures and spiritual traditions, he has worked to develop multidimensional art forms and educational programs that help us better understand our world and its current state of affairs. Mediums that educate, inspire, and motivate people to take a deeper and clearer look into the human condition, to explore alternative ways of living thru non-violence, compassion and wisdom, and support concepts in which we can serve both world and spirit. This is done through his Journey To Awaken Audio Visual Educational Programs and Journey To Awaken Kirtan Experience singing dharma, chanting and music programs.
He is a founding member of the Dalai Lama Foundation, which began as an international organization supporting our shared global capacity for ethics and peace with the endorsement and advice of the Dalai Lama. The Foundation has evolved into a portal for the living history of the Dalai Lama. He has worked on numerous projects with Sacramento’s world class Crocker Art Museum as well as presenting at local colleges including California State University of Sacramento, Earth Day, Interfaith Service Bureau and a large number of churches, interfaith organizations, non-profit groups, yoga studios and dharma centers. He is currently on the Advisory Board at Sacramento's Lions Roar Dharma Center a local Tibetan Buddhist Sangha community in the tradition of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, as well as heading up their Singing Dharma Program.
Aside from his ongoing spiritual pilgrimages, studies, travel photography and audio visual programs, Michael’s educational presentations also include hosting and coordinating public events which have included luminaries such as Ram Dass, Swami Kriyananda, Maitreya Buddhist Relics Tour Project, Tibetan Monks and teachers from various monasteries and traditions including Sera Je, Gaden Ngari Khangsten and The Gaden Sharste Sacred Earth and Healing Arts Tours. Also included are Interfaith Dialogue, Music and Art programs and issues addressing gender-based violence. He is also a founding committee member of the Sacramento Vesak Budddha Day Festival.