My name is Ali. I am a Yoga teacher, movement enthusiast, spirit junkie, nature lover and arts advocate. My passion lies in empowering people to lead their best lives – full of love, joy, abundance, and purpose.
From a young age, I danced. Dance is what ignited my passion for yoga. I had no idea how my life would change as a result of my first yoga class. My original impetus to take the course was to be able to relax and unwind from the long days of training while I was studying dance in the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA. What I discovered was a deeper connection to my breath and a genuine interest in the philosophy of the practice.
Yoga followed me into the corporate world. After graduation, while I was a full-time marketing professional for the Greek Theatre and the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, working with the Nederlander Organization, I simultaneously, I enrolled in a 200 hour Teacher Training in Santa Monica.
My classes are taught in an engaging and challenging Vinyasa flow, uniting movement with breath in a continual sequence. This allows for the release of tight muscles facilitating both stretching and strengthening the entire body for increased health and mobility. The intention of each class is to bridge the gap between the mind and body so you experience the present moment. My classes are fun, challenging, and uplifting with well-thought out sequences that emphasize intelligent alignment.
This fun and engaging vinyasa flow targets the core, shoulders and inner thighs to build strength and stability in the upper body, preparing you for handstand. We will flow through a series of sun salutations before working into standing hip openers, twists and inversions. Suitable for all levels! Come with an open mind and a willingness to play upside down.
This energizing flow prepares the body for Visvamitrasana - a pose dedicated to the Sage Visvamitra. This basis for this pose is side plank with one leg in a deep hip opener and spine into a twist! It's a rather complex pose but we will move through a series of asanas to warm you up and help you balance. A great practice for building strength in the upper body while opening up the shoulders. Enjoy!
During this sequence we will start with a moon salute sequence to open up the chest and hip flexors before moving into strengthening hip openers. The peak is one of my favorite arm balances, baby Bakasana! If you're someone who travels quite a bit or finds yourself sitting for an extended period of time, then this practice might just be the medicine to medicate the soreness you feel in your lower back, shoulders and neck. Enjoy!
The heart chakra is associated with the element of air, thus this is a breath based practice that focuses on opening up the chest and lungs. We will move through a series of vinyasas to warm up the body and stretch the shoulders, making our way into FULL locust, a heart opening inversion that strengthens the back muscles. Anahata means unstruck, alluding to the belief that there is a place within you that is pure consciousness, awareness and love. Join in as we connect to this vital energy center and feel empowered to take on our day with open arms. Enjoy!
This class was designed to help you detox and transition into a new season. Oftentimes, spring is associated with spring cleaning and it's not only a great time to clean out that closet but also a good time to clear away all the debris we have been carrying in our bodies through the winter months. You might feel congested and tired during this shift so we will focus on opening up the upper back, hips and shoulders, preparing you for a beautiful standing balance, Bird of Paradise and inversion, Pincha Mayurasana. Enjoy!
This practice will open up your shoulders and hips while strengthening the core and chest so you feel well prepared to take on Grasshopper Pose, an arm balance that includes a deep hip opener and twist. When we feel open and connected to our hearts, we feel a lightness in the body that allows us to fly free. Enjoy!
A great flow to practice toward the end of the day to de-stress and unwind. We will energize the body and move through a series of standing poses before dropping into twists and heart openers. This is a balanced practice that includes lots of yummy stretches so you feel rested and restored from a long day. Enjoy!
Diving into the element of EARTH, this practice is to help you feel grounded as you move through your day. We will work with standing poses that help develop stability in the body while learning the optimal alignment for the lower legs to carry the weight of the upper body, adding to a healthy and happy lower back. All levels welcome!
The second chakra is associated with the element of water and is located in the pelvis. This charka is all about going with the flow of life, embracing change and doing the things that bring you joy. In this practice we will move through a series of sun salutes, hip openers, and heart openers to prepare the body for pigeon pose, bow pose and various variation of side plank pose. This is an all levels flow perfect for the evening or winding down from a long day.
This intermediate practice leads you into one of the most universal arm balances, Bakasana, Crow Pose. We will move through a series of sun salutes and hip openers to warm up the shoulders and body as we take flight on our hands to experience the exhilaration of trying something new! Suitable for all levels.