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 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 things up in neat little packages like that 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 and curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear and 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.
Deep into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings we go. Core strengthening, arm balances and inversions along the way. A little talk about our inability to save other people, samskaras, and the need for each person to arrive at his or her own "enough"!
Sweet Series C opens the front and back body, and helps us build enough heat to deeply open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. The pace is slow but steady--this is not a "stretch and relax", we will work, but it's also not a butt whooper. It's a Goldilocks practice, "just right"! Pigeon variations and hamstring love included! Expect to open every major muscle group, connect with your breath, and enjoy your Savasana!
Go deep into the hips and shoulders and work your core as we flow and fly through a sweaty practice. A little conversation about how to love the people who are sometimes hard to love, while still taking care of ourselves!
Sun Salutes and a dancing warrior flow lead the way. A standing sequence that targets the hips, shoulders and hamstrings comes next along with balance poses and a little twisting. We use the heat to open the hips, hamstrings and heart, and fire up the core. A full-body practice that opens and strengthens every major muscle group, and leaves you feeling A-OK! Much love yogis, wherever you are, you are welcome here <3
We target the upper back, shoulders and hamstrings while we fire up the core and play with arm balances and inversions. A talk about attachment--being attached to the people we love is part of the human condition. Being attached to handstands is not ;) Much love!
Hamstrings and shoulders are the focus as we flow, breathe and build heat with Series C, balancing poses and core strengthening. Kick it upside down with monkey pose and eagle pose, and take a well-earned rest for savasana.