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

  • 65 minutes

    Tortoise Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Oct 4, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Need a little push to come out of your shell today? Look no further! We get right to it in this flow, build lots of heat and dive deeply into the hamstrings! You'll also give plenty of love and attention to your shoulders, hips and core, but the hamstrings are our focus as we head toward all kinds of wide straddles right side up and upside down on our way to a possible tortoise pose and firefly pose. Enjoy, friends!

  • 66 minutes

    Happy Hips + Heart

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 28, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    The pace is steady, and good for days when you have a nice amount of energy. Maybe not your most energetic, but you're ready to move and open to the idea that if you start moving, you might find you have more energy than you think! The hips get extra love with yogic squat reps and other fun, and you can also count on upper back and shoulder opening. Enjoy!

  • 64 minutes

    Deep Stretch + Release Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 22, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A deep dive into shoulder, upper back and hamstring-opening along with quadriceps strengthening, lots of breath work and time to feel your feelings. Some fun focus-honing with standing balance, a little reminder not to take anything for granted, and as always, laughter along the way! A block and a strap may be helpful. If you're looking for grounding, opening and centering, this is it.

  • 52 minutes

    Mood Lifting Energy Boost

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 7, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    You'll get it all here! If you're looking for an energizing, mood-boosting flow, look no further. We start with some grounding and breathing and then we are off! A nice, fluid flow to get you warm and open and breathing. A little yoga sculpt tucked in to get your glutes and abs fired up. Deep hip, shoulder and hamstring opening and backbends to open your heart, too. Alternate nostril breathing to send you off feeling energized and balanced. All under an hour! A couple of blocks may be helpful.

  • 67 minutes

    Hips, Twists + Breath

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 30, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Calling all grasshopper-curious yogis! This is a twisty, centering flow with lots of standing balance that includes standing marichyasana, lots of twists and upper back-opening, hamstring opening, and core strengthening as we make our way toward Grasshopper pose! You may or may not get into the pose today, but I offer variations for those who need to start at the wall with a block, those ready to come off the wall, and those ready for flight :) You will open your hips, hamstrings, shoulders and upper back, strengthen your core, and have fun along the way no matter what else happens! A block will be helpful for those working toward the pose.

  • 62 minutes

    A Flow to Get Going

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 24, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A perfect flow for days when you need to get moving! We start with grounding and then we get grooving. A little breath-of-fire and some gentle twists get the party started. The shoulders, chest, upper back, neck, jaw and face get some serious love, as do the hips, hamstrings and quadriceps. We strengthen the core and play with tripod headstand or the building blocks to get there. More hip-opening to follow, and then a sweet, sweet savasana! Sometimes you just need to get your body moving to free up energy, quiet your mind, open your heart and get back to whatever you're doing with more presence and focus. If that sounds good, this is for you! 2 blocks may be helpful to lift the floor up.

  • 1 minutes

    Welcome to the Yogis App!

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 18, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Beginner

    Hello yogis!! Here's a little teaser video you will see on the NEW Yogis Anonymous APPS when they go live...which will be soon! I've been working on these apps (one for iOS, one for Android) for quite a while now and I could not be more excited to offer you another way to enjoy the benefits of your membership to this unbelievable global yoga community! We are SO grateful to get to meet you wherever you are and share the many gifts of a consistent yoga practice. Rest assured I will make sure you know when the apps are live in the App Store, and I hope you will enjoy ALL the new features - I only mentioned a few here! Love to all xx Ally Hamilton

  • 61 minutes

    Flying Hips

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 18, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This pigeon flies...but if you aren't ready to fly, this pigeon will show you how to use blocks to start to build the strength and engage where you need to, to play with balance and counter-balance, and to keep breathing while you do it! Enjoy!

  • 69 minutes

    A Flow to Open

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 12, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    If you're looking for a practice to get grounded and open your body deeply, this is it. Even if you practice daily, there are going to be times when you feel tight, or have less energy or have to coax yourself to get on your mat. This is my go-to kind of practice for days like that when I really want to open my hips, shoulders and hamstrings, get my breath going and also free up my energy! It's a great kind of practice when you're dealing with anxiety and need to move to burn it off, but maybe don't have your maximum energy level available. We sweat, move and breathe our way into an open body and a quiet mind. And you may see some arms popping into frame here and there because this is the Wild Card Monday class which I teach over zoom and in person while I film for y'all! I think these classes have a little extra community vibe which is kind of magical. So welcome to the Practice Garden, so glad you're here!

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