An international yoga teacher with over 10 years of experience, Ali Owens is known for her innovative teaching style and ability to create a safe environment for students of all levels to learn and thrive. Praised for her mindfulness and approachable technique, her passion lies in leading international retreats. She loves to travel and create an experience for students to dive deeper into their practice while being immersed in a new culture.
Ali first tried yoga as a way to recuperate from her long days as a professional dancer. Not only did she discover that it improved her dancing, she fell in love with the way yoga deepened her awareness and unified the connection between her mind and body. She was inspired to share this powerful practice with others, so that they could lead lives filled with peace, empowerment, and wellness.
A wife, mother, world traveler, and nature enthusiast, Ali calls Los Angeles home, where she offers public classes. She is a contributing writer for YogaJournal.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and ChalkboardMagazine.com. When she isn’t teaching, Ali can be found dancing, cooking, giving back to her community, and spending time with her family.
This practice will emphasize the shoulders and hips, leading you into a deep, seated hip opener, double pigeon. It is a great, all around, feel good flow that is perfect for winding down your day and ending your week. If you are looking for a practice where you get to do a little bit of everything, this one is for you!
This practice focuses on deep hip and heart openers. We begin with sun salute c, also known as a moon sequence, which is great for quad and shoulder opening. Then we move into standing hip openers to prepare the body for flying pigeon. We will dance through inversions and backbends before wrapping it all up with one of my favorite poses, king pigeon. If you're new to any of these poses, we offer props and modifications to help you enter in and out of the poses. Enjoy after a long day or middle of the afternoon when you need a pick-me-up!
This practice starts off soft with gentle sun salutations and a warm up to get you connected to your body. After the opening sequence, we move into standing hip openers that require strength and stability in order maintain balance. We then enter into heart and quad openers that prepare you for King Pigeon pose. We wind down with seated hip stretches and a short meditation to connect you to your Anahata, heart chakra, sealing in your practice with love, devotion and gratitude. Enjoy!
In this evening sequence, we move through Surya Namaskra C, a salute to the moon. This salutation opens up the front of the body preparing you for deep backbends. Mid way through we will play with Pincha Mayurasana, forearm stand, a great inversion for those who feel comfortable in Dolphin Pose. A perfect flow for those who travel, have just ended a long day, or just need to feel your heart open! Enjoy!
This mellow 90 minute flow is perfect for opening up the front body and hips. We will move through sun salutes A & B to warm up the body while stretching into the quads and hips to prepare us for natarajasana, dancer's pose, and dhanurasana, bow pose. If you find yourself sitting or slouching for long periods of time, then this might be your ticket to re-energizing the body and opening up the shoulders.
In this practice, we touch on all areas of the body with an emphasis on the shoulders and neck. This class prepares you for inversions such as handstand and forearm stand. As we move throughout the flow, you are encouraged to be methodical in your approach and conscious during the transitions. We wind down for a long Savasana so you feel calm and blissed out at the end. Enjoy a daily dose of Om!
This practice focuses on releasing judgement and embracing one's self whole heartedly. A great man once said, "the highest spiritual practice is self observation without judgement" As we move throughout this sequence, we focus on becoming the observer to our breath and movements without attaching to a particular outcome. From this place of open awareness, we enter into the curiosity of it all and begin to find joy in the journey.
This class combines strength, stability and flexibility into one fluid flow, guiding you into standing Bird of Paradise. This is a hip, heart and hamstring opener that requires balance and focus. We will warm up the body, lengthening the hip flexors and building strength in the core so you feel well prepared to take on our peak pose. A great practice for any time of the day!
This practice focuses on the upper body. First we open and stretch all of the muscles along the upper back while building strength in the core to help you lift off into handstand! If you often feel tightness between the shoulder blades, upper traps or neck, then this practice is for you! You will also start to build the necessary confidence to stand on your hands or balance in headstand. This one is fun for all. Enjoy!
This practice moves through a series of neutral standing poses, preparing the body for inversions and deep backbends. When we find neutral rotation in the hips, it allows our spine to maintain good posture throughout the day. This is a great practice for any time of the day! Suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced. Enjoy and have a great day!