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.
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!
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!