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 virtual 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 life up in neat little packages 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, curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear, 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.
When I'm not chasing after my kids, attending to the site, leading online courses, or sweating on my mat, you will find me writing away. My first book, "Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul", and my second book, "Yoga's Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace" are both available on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Third book is on the way!
Shoulders, upper back, hips, hamstrings, twists, backbends, turbo blanket abs, inversions, juicy hip and hamstring openers, and Savasana! Can you breathe through intense sensation? Do it on your mat, and you can do it in your life when the stitches hit the fan (you’ll have to take class if you want to figure that out ;))
If you want to have fun while you work your asana off, look no further! Join in for this sweaty, flowing, hip-opening, core strengthening, arm balancing, inverting good time. Savasana is earned and awesome and so are you.
If you want it all but don't have a lot of time, this is your class! We build heat quickly and do lots of core strengthening. We use the heat to open the hips, shoulders, quadriceps, hamstrings and chest, and to wring things out with some nice twists. Savasana feels really good at the end :)
Dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, ignite your core and your inner fire, play on your hands and stand on them, and take it to the floor to open your hips, heart and hamstrings a little more. Get so involved in what’s happening with your body that you forget the details of your life for a little while—the responsibilities, ideas, roles you play and things you need to get done—so you can connect with the energy underneath all of that, which is the source of your joy, authenticity, inspiration and intuition!
Fire up your core, open your hips, shoulders, heart and hamstrings, get upside down, and remember, it isn’t about the shapes you make, it’s about the quality of your breathing and your state of mind while you’re in the shapes you’re making.
We can't control what happens around us, what other people will do, say or want, how they'll behave, or what situations may arise in our lives that we never could have planned for or seen coming. We don't have control over that, but we do have power, and our power lies in how we respond to what we're given, how we rise up and thrive regardless of what's happening around us. This class is all about finding your power. You can't control whether you have balance from one practice to the next, but you can work on breathing deeply on the days when you wobble, on developing a sense of humor about yourself and the human condition. Ready to get sweaty and give it a whirl?
Ever tell yourself you’re a mess, or you’re crazy or you’re an idiot? Words are powerful, and the way we speak to ourselves and think about our process has a huge impact on the way life feels day-to-day! Get on your mat and feed a loving voice. Pay attention to your inner voice as it comes up, and work with it with compassion and patience. Hamstrings, shoulders and upper back get lots of attention, and we take our centered selves upside down with handstand variations. Crescent pose sets you up for nice heart opening, and forward folds at the end balance it all out. Carry on!
If you're looking for a workout for your body, but also for your mind, look no further! We deeply open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings and fire up the core. We take the open body and strong center into optional arm balances and inversions, with building blocks to accommodate wherever you are in your practice and in your body today. We practice the ability to focus on one thing, to stay calm when we feel challenged and to work with the nervous system to stay curious and engaged with what's happening right here, right now. We end with a little alternate nostril breathing to send you back into the world feeling balanced.
Stay tuned into your breath, and find your focal points so you’re taking in less information from the world around you for a little while, and more from the one within you. That way you can figure out how to practice today, in a way that will strengthen and nurture you. It’s the same skill you use when you go to a busy restaurant with a friend, and want to focus on your friend, and not the chaos around you. It’s the same ability we need to choose one thought over another, and to decide what we’re going to focus on. Hone your focus as we open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, play with arm balances and inversions, fire up the core, open the heart, and head into savasana feeling open!
Get into every nook and cranny with a sweet start and head into a heat-building flow that targets the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Take your pigeon for a ride and then fire up your core, open your heart, and turn your world upside down with straddle handstands. Chill it out with more hip opening and a delicious Savasana. A little talk about developing the strength to open to reality as it is, which is not always as we'd like it to be, and to come back with love.