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!
Advanced yoga is not about the shapes you make, it's about the quality of your breath and the state of your mind while you're making shapes. A fun, sweaty flow that targets the hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core. Keep breathing!
Gentle twists and deep core strengthening start the party and then we take that fire in the belly into Series C with hip and shoulder opening variations, Skandasana and Koundinyasana too. We play with crescent legs and eagle arms, twisted half moon, handstands and monkey pose, heart opening, and a chance to monkey around upside down. A little talk about how yoga is not the shapes you make on your mat, it's who you are when you're at the post office, the bank, with your kids and so on.
Even if you only have 20 minutes, you can change your entire mindset, open your body, connect to your breath, quiet your mind, meditate and nurture yourself! This class was filmed live on the Yogis Anonymous Practice Page on Facebook, but also for your pleasure anytime you need a quick but powerful reset!
Would you balance in a car, could you balance on a bar? Would you fall and still be breathing, could you fall without much grieving? Throw a little Seuss into your mix as we breathe, flow, and fire things up. Intense core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting, along with a nice deep Savasana at the end.
Let’s get flowing with sun salutes, standing poses and arm balances that all target hip-opening. Pay attention to your breath, sensations in your body, and the quality you’re bringing to whatever variation of each pose you’re choosing. Strengthen your center and get upside down with ease. It took me the entire class to get one audible chuckle, but I did not give up, because laughter is the best medicine! Here we go!
Debating between intermediate or advanced for this one because the hip-opening is deep and I want those of you with knee issues to listen to your bodies! Please don't force anything. A nice steady pace to build heat as we open the hips more and more along the way. This is a well-balanced flow with core strengthening, backbends (they felt SO good) and a long tripod headstand, but there is no doubt the focus is deep hip-opening you'll feel for daaaaays. Marichyasana variations are the dessert we're heading toward, but there are a lot of delectables along the way. Enjoy!
Use your practice to approach your fear, avoidance, or tendency to “sit on” your rage…or your joy! Lots of upper back, shoulder, hip and hamstring opening, along with core strengthening, and plenty of time to play with arm balances and inversions. Who’s afraid? Great, let’s do it!
Open your upper back, shoulders, muscles across your chest, and space at the front and back of your heart in this flow that opens the front body and the back body (hi there, hamstrings), fires up your core strength, and kicks it upside down. Think eagle pose, standing splits, Eka Pada K 1, dwi pada, lots of twists, and handstands for fun. Cupid has nothing on you ;)
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou
This practice is slow, steady and deep. I came to the mat without a plan and did the practice I needed. If you want to deeply open your shoulders, upper back, chest, hips and hamstrings, this is it. I felt a lot of tension in my shoulders and upper back releasing as I moved, and I hope you will, too. I felt a lot of emotional tension release as well. I did talk openly about what's happening in the world right now in the context of heart-opening and the yoga of action. Two blocks are handy but not necessary. Love to all, may we be gentle with ourselves but resolute.
A medium-heat flow for medium-energy days! You'll get a nice deep stretch in this well-rounded practice, but you can turn the heat up or down depending on how you feel! Please be good to yourself out there. I know these are such sad and scary times, but it's so important to tune in, breathe, calm your nervous system, open your heart and then get back out there and see how you can work to make the world a more loving and peaceful place <3
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