Ally Hamilton was born and raised in New York City and thought she would never live anywhere else. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she began practicing yoga during her senior year. In 2001, she surprised herself and fell in love with Santa Monica, where she has lived ever since. Ally completed an English Major and a Psychology minor while in school, and thought she would be all kinds of things, from a ballerina or a veterinarian when she was a kid, to a lawyer or psychologist while in college. However, the practice of yoga changed everything in her life for the better, and decades later she can’t imagine having devoted her life to anything else. Ally has also written two books, one based on her popular blog, and one based on decades of yoga practice. She is currently working on her third book, a memoir. Ally is the mother of two, a son and a daughter who light up her life and blow her mind regularly. When she is not with her kids or writing, she is filming classes for this site, filming all the teachers on this site, or answering your emails. While she does not normally speak about herself in the third person, she thinks you should know she wrote this bio, and is honored and excited to have you here! Welcome.
Perfect for end-of-day practice, anytime you're feeling low energy, or when you're coming back from being under the weather like I am! This is a slow and steady session that will open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. The pace is slow, the holds are long, the breath is the focal point. Be kind to yourself, it's important :)
There’s not much time to rest in this sweaty, continuous flow that focuses on backbends and forward folds to bring you back to center. Speaking of center, the core work comes early, and we have fun with arm balances and inversions along the way. Your shoulders, hips and hamstrings will thank you, and hopefully all that motion leads you into a stillness that feels like home. Class includes a forearm balance tutorial.
Feel like a peace sandwich? We start with a short meditation designed to get you focused on your breath and the way it affects your nervous system. Then we flow, targeting the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and firing up the core. A nice backbend, hip and hamstring opening, and yoga nidra to guarantee a deep Savasana. Good stuff for your mental, emotional and physical well-being! I said it was a rise and shine practice, but you can do this anytime you need to hit the reset button. If you want to make this an evening practice, skip the core and do a restorative bridge pose :)
Shoulders, upper back, hips, hamstrings, twists, backbends, turbo blanket abs, inversions, juicy hip and hamstring openers, and Savasana! Can you breathe through intense sensation? Do it on your mat, and you can do it in your life when the stitches hit the fan (you’ll have to take class if you want to figure that out ;))
If you want to have fun while you work your asana off, look no further! Join in for this sweaty, flowing, hip-opening, core strengthening, arm balancing, inverting good time. Savasana is earned and awesome and so are you.
If you want it all but don't have a lot of time, this is your class! We build heat quickly and do lots of core strengthening. We use the heat to open the hips, shoulders, quadriceps, hamstrings and chest, and to wring things out with some nice twists. Savasana feels really good at the end :)
Dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, ignite your core and your inner fire, play on your hands and stand on them, and take it to the floor to open your hips, heart and hamstrings a little more. Get so involved in what’s happening with your body that you forget the details of your life for a little while—the responsibilities, ideas, roles you play and things you need to get done—so you can connect with the energy underneath all of that, which is the source of your joy, authenticity, inspiration and intuition!
Fire up your core, open your hips, shoulders, heart and hamstrings, get upside down, and remember, it isn’t about the shapes you make, it’s about the quality of your breathing and your state of mind while you’re in the shapes you’re making.
We can't control what happens around us, what other people will do, say or want, how they'll behave, or what situations may arise in our lives that we never could have planned for or seen coming. We don't have control over that, but we do have power, and our power lies in how we respond to what we're given, how we rise up and thrive regardless of what's happening around us. This class is all about finding your power. You can't control whether you have balance from one practice to the next, but you can work on breathing deeply on the days when you wobble, on developing a sense of humor about yourself and the human condition. Ready to get sweaty and give it a whirl?
Ever tell yourself you’re a mess, or you’re crazy or you’re an idiot? Words are powerful, and the way we speak to ourselves and think about our process has a huge impact on the way life feels day-to-day! Get on your mat and feed a loving voice. Pay attention to your inner voice as it comes up, and work with it with compassion and patience. Hamstrings, shoulders and upper back get lots of attention, and we take our centered selves upside down with handstand variations. Crescent pose sets you up for nice heart opening, and forward folds at the end balance it all out. Carry on!