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 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.