Yogis Anonymous

Ally Hamilton

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!

Ally's Latest Classes

  • 47 minutes

    Wring Out Shine On

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 21, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Carve out some time that is just for you. Tune in, wring yourself out, breathe deeply and walk away from your mat feeling energized and open! We build heat with Series C, fire up the legs with crescent variations that lead to twists and eagle pose and eventually take us into side crow, koundinyasana 1 and dwi pada (grab a block if you're working toward side crow). Deep core work along the way, backbends, and then the juicy, stretchy stuff - lizard pose variations, hanumanasana, happy cow face pose and a savasana that is sure to be blissful. Enjoy!

  • 48 minutes

    All-Over Good Energy

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 15, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A fun flow where we build lots of heat in the hips and shoulders with flipped out dogs to fallen triangles, sun salute variations, 6-minute abs, standing balance, arm balances including koundinyasana II and flying pigeon, a little camel pose tutorial, and fun in handstands, all with my good friend (and yours) Adam!

  • 74 minutes

    Flow to Center

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 7, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    We build some nice heat with series C and dive deeply into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. The flow is full of twists and turns and playful transitions including arm balances and inversions. Pranayama is the focus throughout the class, so if you aren’t ready to breathe deeply, get ready! This is one of the most powerful ways to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. Backbends, hamstring opening and core strengthening as we flow, and a guided savasana send you floating off your mat.

  • 50 minutes

    Relax + Stretch Deeply

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 2, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    The pace is slow and steady. We build some nice heat with movements that open the spine, chest and shoulders and then target the hips, psoas, quadriceps, hamstrings and side body. Deep breathing throughout to calm the nervous system with long holds in half lotus variations. Twists to wring yourself out. Please have a block handy especially if you have knee issues. the hip-opening is deep and I want you to please listen to your body! This is a great practice for end-of-day or end-of-week, or for anytime you need to calm and center yourself and get a really deep stretch! Enjoy x

  • 67 minutes

    Come Home to Yourself

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 24, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Take some time to breathe and tap into that quiet, knowing part within you. We target the hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core in this flow, and turn things upside down for good measure. Wring yourself out with some twists and head into savasana feeling centered. When you're at home with yourself you can make yourself at home anywhere.

  • 71 minutes

    Focus Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 18, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, play with arm balances like koundinyasana 2 and flying pigeon, fire up your core, and take things upside down. Learn to stay focused in a world that is sometimes challenging and sometimes wonderful, but always interesting. This class offers many opportunities to do just that, as you will see :) Much love!

  • 62 minutes

    Goldilocks Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 11, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Not too hot, not too cold, this one is just right. The pace is steady, but we don't stop until there's enough heat to go deep! Expect to play with bakasana, baby bakasana, tittibhasana and bhujapidasana along the way, and also included are building blocks for tripod headstand, and wide straddle in a tripod headstand. Core strengthening, and options for deep hip and hamstring opening as we cool down. If you aren't feeling just right in Savasana, let me know in the comments :) And intermediate practitioners, feel free to take class, just have a couple of blocks handy, and listen to your body! Enjoy, yogis!

  • 75 minutes

    In a Yoga State of Mind

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 3, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    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!

  • 72 minutes

    Let's Monkey Around

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 27, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    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.

  • 20 minutes

    Meditation, Movement, Magic

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 22, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    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!

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