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!
The pace is slow and steady so there's plenty of time to feel things deeply. This is a great practice if you're looking for something to help you hone your focus, breathe with intention, and open every major muscle group. There is core strengthening and there are opportunities for arm balances and inversions, but you are also welcome to turn the heat down if you need to! Enjoy, yogis! And apologies for the unedited beginning where we are joking around, but I figure a little behind-the scenes once in awhile is okay and this was the last class we filmed before the pandemic so I couldn't bear to delete it! :)
Hips, shoulders and hamstrings are the focus as we breathe, sweat and flow into spaciousness in body and mind. Core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting are part of the journey, as we play with the difference between engaging and gripping. This is a good practice for life, too!
Shake it up and shake it off. Special attention for the hamstrings, shoulders and upper back, and lots of twists as we travel. Practice non-attachment and open to the journey as it unfolds. Early core strengthening and heat building, and fun with handstands also included.
Perfect for days when you're short on time and high on energy, or when you're looking for a heat-building practice before something more yin and chill. We start with cat-cows and head into Series A and Series C with some nice shoulder, chest and heart-opening mixed in and some time in skandasana to say hello to your warming hips and hamstrings. We take it into 6-minute abs and follow that with reclined hip and hamstring opening. You'll connect to your breath, quiet your mind and open every major muscle group in half an hour, and that's good stuff! Enjoy, yogis :)
Find the joy inside the challenging moments! Remember that things we often take for granted are gifts. Open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up your core, play on your hands and upside down, and enjoy the ride!
A heat-building flow that leads to lots of deep hip-opening and the potential for lotus pose right-side-up and upside-down :) Derek's favorite 6-minute abs along the way and lots of deep breathing so you head into the world feeling strong, open and energized. I would have labeled this Advanced, but there are modifications offered every step of the way, so just listen to your body and enjoy, yogis!
Serious core, fun flow! Lots of chances to open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders, and build a serious fire in your belly as we arm balance and invert our way to sweaty bliss. Whether you stand on your head, hands or feet, how is your heart? Open that, and the rest will follow :)
What are you focusing on? I did this flow because I caught myself focusing on all the things I hadn't done last week instead of all the things I had done, and starting to beat myself up! Relate? Use the focal points (drishtis) to train your mind to focus on the things YOU choose so you can catch yourself when you start to spiral, pull yourself back to the present moment, and redirect your attention toward thoughts that will strengthen you! Where your attention goes, your energy flows, after all. Physically, this practice will build some nice heat, strengthen your core, and open every major muscle group! We play with a wide straddle on the floor, from a tripod headstand, and in a handstand. Enjoy!
Get your heart pumping with a sweaty flow and ample core work, open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders, backbend your heart wide open, and turn your world upside down. A little talk about how to love the difficult people in your life, and how to forgive yourself when you're the difficult one, as we all are sometimes :)
Where your awareness goes your energy flows. Use the focal points (drishtis) to train the mind to do one thing at a time, and give yourself the power to choose one thought over another. Hips, shoulders, and hamstring opening, core strengthening, arm balances and inversions.
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