I grew up in NYC and thought I'd never live anywhere else. I went to Columbia University, and began practicing yoga during my senior year with the incomparable Dharma Mittra. Fell completely in love with it and watched it change my life. Moved to L.A. in January 2001 to continue teaching and to explore the L.A. yoga scene. Realized I love being by the ocean and the mountains; never left. Had my son in November of 2006. Opened a yoga studio with my business partner Dorian Cheah in 2009, Yogis Anonymous, at the same time I had my daughter. Pretty much didn't sleep for a year, but wouldn't trade it for anything. Feel totally blessed to have assembled such an amazing, gifted group of teachers under one virtual roof. Used to say things like, "everything happens for a reason", but I've seen some things that are so incomprehensibly heartbreaking I don't try to wrap life up in neat little packages anymore. Do my best to witness what's happening around me, and to witness the way I respond. Believe in personal accountability, and in doing the work to get right with yourself. I think the natural state of all humans is love. It's not a scientific study, but I've birthed two babies into this world, and I think we arrive full of love, curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear, limitations and mistrust. I teach because yoga helps us unlearn those things, heal what needs to be healed, and return to our natural state, again, LOVE. I try to spread some wherever I go. Don't always succeed. When I don't show up the way I'd like to, I examine what happened and figure out how to do better next time.
When I'm not chasing after my kids, attending to the site, leading online courses, or sweating on my mat, you will find me writing away. My first book, "Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul", and my second book, "Yoga's Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace" are both available on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Third book is on the way!
The first time I saw a man masturbating, I was eight years old. I was in Central Park with my third grade class, and we were there to sketch. I’d wandered a little away from the group and found a pe...
Short on time? One of those days where you’re spinning or spiraling mentally? Hit the pause button, grab your mat, and let’s get breathing and moving for a few minutes. Just enough to get you out of your head and into your body, to breathe deeply, to open up physically, and to head back into your day (or night), with more clarity, ease and connection. Thanks, yoga!
30 Mellow-ish Minutes to an Open Heart
Great for days when you have a moderate amount of energy (it didn't end up being as mellow as I promised in the intro, but still not an a$$-whooper). Major shoulder, upper back and heart opening, complemented by hamstring and back body opening. Lots of cat/cow variations get us nice and loose and create a free flow of energy. You decide if you want to do restorative or active backbends (I did restorative and two blocks are helpful in that case). A very yummy flow that will leave you feeling great in a short amount of time!
A little description of what this latest Yoga for Busy Moms Series is all about! I designed these sessions so you could do them in order for days when you have the time (and hopefully those are the majority of the days :)), but I also understand as a mom of two, a business owner, and a human being who's trying to show up for herself and all the people in her life with the best I have to offer, sometimes you have to take what you can get! So I designed these so you could do any or all of them as stand-alone sessions :) Much love to you, mamas.
Just standing poses! Whether you're taking this session as part of the whole series, or doing it as a stand-alone, take this time to connect to your breath, and get comfortable standing on your own two feet. Sometimes when we spend much of our time caring for our little people, we forget that we have an identity of our own! Come to center and remember who you are, that way you're showing them what it looks like to be inspired and in touch with the truest part of yourself!
Backbends and Core! If you're doing this as part of the whole practice, then you're warm enough to pick active backbends if you want them, otherwise, please do restorative backbends (options provided, 2 blocks are helpful!) Then we're going to fire up the core, oh joy! Nothing like a fire in the belly when you have little people counting on you, and a desire to show up for yourself and for them with the best you have to offer!
Dessert! Hips, Hamstrings and Savasana. If you're building your own flow today, this is the chill part! Can be done as a stand-alone for a yin session if you're in need of something restorative and chill, or you can do it as part of the whole practice. Much love, mamas!
Short on time but want a thorough flow, deep stretch, core work, backbends, hip and hamstring openers, and a chance to connect with your breath? Yes, please! Series C, skandasana, standing marychyasana, hanumanasana, pigeon variations, upward facing wheel, and, wait for it…Savasana!
Series C leads the way and we ride it into some deep hip and hamstring opening, balancing poses, deep core work, and eventually dragonfly pose. We turn things upside down and work on keeping our hearts and minds open in the midst of a world that can be hard to comprehend sometimes.