I could tell you a lot of things about me, but probably the most important thing I can share with you is that I feel really at ease in my own skin, and it wasn't always like that. I've been practicing yoga since my senior year at Barnard College. I used to struggle with anxiety, depression, debilitating migraines and body image issues. I used to be attracted to people who couldn't love me in a way that felt good. I used to be attached to stories about how things should be, or how people should behave or what other people should do, say, want, need or feel. Life is not like that anymore. Yoga is not a magic bullet, it's a process of discovering what is really true about you, and a letting go of anything that isn't. It's an art form that teaches you how to listen deeply not just to your own intuition, but to the people in your life, without gripping the steering wheel with your sticky fingers, white-knuckling your way through it all. It's an acceptance of the impermanence of everything, in a way that inspires you to live each day fully and to love with your whole heart. Not everything in my life is perfect. I have faced some real heartbreak along the way, as we all have. I've lived enough and seen enough to know better than to use phrases like, "everything happens for a reason." Some things just happen, and our job is to rise up and grow beauty from whatever it is life puts in our path, and sometimes that is really, really hard. Everything good, real and true in my life, everything that flows and is fulfilling and rewarding comes directly out of my yoga practice, and it is one of my greatest joys to share the tools, ideas and practices that have helped me create a life I love. I'm a mom with two kids and an amazing husband. This site is my third child, and I'm thrilled you've joined me and this incredible group of teachers I'm so privileged to know and share with you. Every teacher on this site is passionate, down-to-earth and committed to her and his yoga practice. Everyone here wants to share, support you and inspire you to keep unrolling your mat, even on the days when it's tough. Especially on those days! If you like some reading along with your asana practice, I've written two books, "Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul" and "Yoga's Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace", both available on Amazon, Book Depository, and wherever books are sold. If things go well, my third book will be finished soon. I'm very hands-on with the site, and if you have any questions, need some guidance, or simply want to connect with me, please reach out!
Wanna work hard today? Let's do it! This is a challenging, sweaty flow where you can expect deep hip, hamstring and shoulder opening, core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting, all while having a good time! There are fun standing frog variations, flipped dog to fallen triangle flows and other hidden treasures along the way!
This is a practice that is all about calming the nervous system. We start with meditation and alternate nostril breathing to tune in and calm the nervous system. Then we move into some very gentle stretches and movement all designed to bring the focus into the body so we can quiet the mind. Whether you're having a day where your mind is racing, you're dealing with anxiety or insomnia, you need a gentle practice before bed. or you simply need an immediate nervous system reset, this is for you.
If you're looking for a sweaty, challenging practice with lots of standing balance, twists and turns, core strengthening, time to play on your hands and head, and all kinds of fun, look no further! We have time in crow pose, tripod headstand, handstand options during and after the flow, monkey pose, love for your hips...the only thing there isn't a lot of in this flow is rest! (But you can always pause your video ;)) Enjoy yogis!
We start with alternate nostril breathing and then dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. 6-minute abs happen early so you're connected to a strong center as you play with standing balance variations, like ardha chandrasana with a different focal point or no hands on the floor, and arm balances like flying pigeon. It's an intense practice with some long holds and time to feel your feelings and work your practice. Enjoy :)
If you're looking for a shorter practice that will deeply open the shoulders, hips, chest and upper back, and also fire up your core, look no further! We start off with some cat-cows and Series C, take it into serious core work and preliminary hip-opening, then get back on our feet for some dynamic flow with series B to build extra heat, and then find our way into several deep shoulder openers, front-body openers (virasana with lots of options) and back bends, and finally head into pigeon variations that you can choose from based on how you're feeling in your body, but including King Pigeon II if that feels right! Enjoy a deep practice with lots of time to breathe deeply, quiet your mind, and open your heart!
Did I say Fiery? Just making sure you saw that! We work hard and play hard in this sweaty flow that keeps coming. Lots of core, hip, shoulder and hamstring opening, opportunities to play with arm balances like flying pigeon, handstand help, backbends and a nice rest when you're done! Please note, we filmed this class right before I replaced the sound system, so I do cut out in a few places, but took the class myself and it's pretty minimal and not at all hard to follow, so I'm publishing :) I hope you enjoy!
We build a lot of nice heat in a fun flow that involves true love for the hips, hamstrings and shoulders. We fire up the core and play with arm balances. Once we're warm, oh my goodness do we open those hips. Virasana, half virasana, skandasana variations, monkey pose, double pigeon and a seriously deep savasana. You'll be wrung out for sure!
This flow targets the hips, hamstrings and core. We begin with some gentle twists and stretches on the floor to say hello to the hips and hamstrings, add a little breath of fire, and start the party with core work. Then we get on our feet for Series C, crescent pose variations, standing balance including eagle pose, standing splits and standing marichyasana, baby bakasana, lizard and pigeon pose variations, a quick headstand tutorial and then a well-earned savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
Heat-building for days when you have a good amount of energy and not a lot of time! Chaturanga push-up crunches, jump-switches and core strengthening get us nice and warm quickly, so we can play with standing balance like eagle pose, and then turn that eagle upside-down in a handstand if you're ready for that! Lots of love for the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, and some laughs along the way, too! Enjoy!
Perfect for days when you have a moderate amount of energy, but want a nice sweat and a deep stretch at a steady pace. Connect to your breath, center yourself, and listen to your body. There are opportunities for arm balances and inversions, but maybe today is a day where you'd be better to turn the heat down, you decide! Longer holds, lots of love for your hips and shoulders, core-strengthening and a little talk about svadhyaya, self-study. Use this time on your mat to observe not just what your physical body needs and wants, but also what your emotional body needs and wants from you. Lots of love, yogis.