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.
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.
Wake up your spine with variations on cat/cow and Series C. Open your shoulders, upper back and chest, hips and hamstrings. Fire up your core. Hone your focus with balance poses. Twist yourself silly and open your heart. End with forward fold hip opening and a sweet Savasana.
Your Rx for any time things feel out of control. Short, slow flow where we build just enough heat to open deeply. Anahata and hero's pose set us up for restorative backbends. Then we head into half bound lotus forward folding and marichyasana options. Deep opening for the upper back, shoulders, hamstrings and hips. Be sure to breathe deeply throughout. Mindful, steady and nurturing, this flow brings you into contact with that quiet, knowing part of yourself, and we need that especially when things are moving quickly around us. Much love to you and yours.
The ill-effects of too much sitting have been well-documented! Open your psoas, hamstrings, quadriceps and hip flexors, take care of your spine and your lower back, and improve your posture so you can breathe deeply! Take all that space back into your day.
Get up out of your chair and move a little! Wring yourself out physically and mentally with some very simple twists and a nice little flow to get your heart pumping just a bit, and the energy moving! Take care of your spine, strengthen your core, open your shoulders, chest, upper back and hip flexors, and release tension from your whole body. Then get back to whatever it is you're doing with more clarity (and joy!).