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

  • 61 minutes

    Flying Eagles Everywhere

    By Ally Hamilton on May 25, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is a great practice for days when you have some good energy to work with and want to deeply open your shoulders and hamstrings, wring yourself out with some nice twists, strengthen your core and play with some fun arm balances and inversions! Eagle pose was our friend all the way through and we played with it right side up, on our heads and on our hands. Try to practice non-attachment, make it all about breathing deeply, pick the variations that make sense for you, and enjoy!

  • 61 minutes

    An Rx Flow for BurnOUT

    By Ally Hamilton on May 10, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    If you're feeling burnt OUT, this is for you! This is a steady, deeply opening flow that gives extra love to the hips, but also opens the shoulders and hamstrings. You can turn the heat up or down based on how you're feeling. I give tons of variations on everything so you can back off, or explore more deeply. Backbends can be active or restorative, as can inversions. Hip opening can be reclined or right-side-up. What I truly want is for you to stay curious from moment-to-moment about how your body feels so you can respond with compassion and awareness. That's the cure for burnout and if you can do it on your mat, you can do it in your life!

  • 66 minutes

    The Full Monty

    By Ally Hamilton on May 5, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A true nervous system reset, perfect for days when you really need to come back to center, breathe deeply and center yourself. We begin with grounding techniques, intention-setting and breath-work, and a slow flow that truly syncs the breath with the movement. Once you're settled in and present, the heat and pace start to build. We play with standing balance (I had none, haha) and deep stretches for the hips, hamstrings and shoulders once we're warm. Then we play with inversions of your choice, including legs up the wall, the L-pose, building blocks to move into handstand with two legs together, or eagle pose upside down if you're ready. We end with more grounding so you walk away from your mat feeling the full effects of present-moment-awareness, an open body, mind and heart. Good stuff. Enjoy, yogis!

  • 92 minutes

    Core Center Point

    By Ally Hamilton on Apr 28, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    A strong core is essential for feeling grounded, open and comfortable in your own skin. This practice explores and strengthens a strong center so you can find balance in side plank, tripod headstand and traditional headstand and start to engage so you can lift your legs into inversions rather than use momentum.

  • 57 minutes

    Sweet Dreams Anytime

    By Ally Hamilton on Apr 22, 2023

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    This practice is in response to a member request! Katie was looking for a sweet, stretchy, end-of-day decompression kind of session that would calm the nervous system, release any tension from the day, and set her up for an excellent night of sleep. You can do this practice in the evening, or you can certainly do it anytime you feel the need for a deep release and nervous system reset. Two blocks are handy for restorative backbends. If you are doing this at night, feel free to practice in your pajamas and take savasana in bed! Sweet dreams, day or night, yogis xx

  • 16 minutes

    Lefkada Love Anytime

    By Ally Hamilton on Apr 15, 2023

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    Friends, I shot this class on the last day of my retreat to Lefkada, Greece! It was an impromptu shoot on my phone and there's ambient noise, but I am hoping with all my heart that the magic of this place travels through the airwaves to meet you right where you are! I am still buzzing from this retreat, from this place, and from those of you who traveled across the globe to practice with me and share this adventure! Cannot WAIT for the next one! This is an all-levels 16-minute re-centering quickie perfect for any time you feel like your thoughts are racing and you need some conscious breathing, opening and grounding! We use sensation to get centered, and then encourage nice spinal energizing and mobility with seated cat-cow variations, eagle arms and extra shoulder, chest and upper back love, seated twists, forward folds, hip and hamstring releasing and a fair amount of breath-work! I hope whatever time of day you do this, you re-enter your space with more inspiration, motivation and a touch of Lefkada in your heart!

  • 72 minutes

    Heart Wide Open

    By Ally Hamilton on Apr 10, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is a steady, mindful flow that targets shoulder, chest and upper back opening along with quadriceps and hamstrings to prepare for deeper backbends. Ustrasana is offered 3 times, and the last round you can play with prep for kapotasana, or if you're feeling open, you can move into full kapotasana (I'm healing a shoulder tweak so I did not opt in for that in this practice, but stay tuned :)). Regardless of how far you go, you will open deeply, and you may find more freedom in whatever backbends you do today, because the class is sequenced for that! We also fire up the core and head upside down. Guided Meditation/Yoga Nidra in Savasana.

  • 60 minutes

    Unleash Your Joy

    By Ally Hamilton on Apr 4, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is an energizing, joy-unleashing good time where we give lots of love to the shoulders, upper back and chest along with the hips and hamstrings. We do an eagle pose on our knees (a blanket may be helpful if your knees are sensitive), a standing marichi's pose, option for half lotus forward fold or tree pose, and little yoga sculpt when you least expect it, core strengthening, but of course, crow pose if you want to take me up on it, and some sweet camel poses to balance out. If you need to shake off a little heavy energy and unleash some joy, look no further, yogis! Enjoy xx

  • 76 minutes

    A Hip Delight

    By Ally Hamilton on Mar 25, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Hello yogis! This is a fun practice that will leave you feeling energized, open and grounded! Lots of love for all the major muscle groups with some extra goodness for your hips and hamstrings. Restorative backbends with deeper options if you like, time upside down, and Yoga Nidra in Savasana! Enjoy!

  • 72 minutes

    Deep Strength-n-Stretch

    By Ally Hamilton on Mar 17, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    I was in the mood for everything in this practice! A creative, sweaty vinyasa flow, some heart-pumping yoga sculpting mixed in, deep stretching and long holds to use all that heat to seriously open, followed by 15 minutes of Yoga Nidra in savasana. If you're also in the mood for all that deliciousness, let's do this!

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