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 single mom with two kids. 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!
This is a high-energy flow with tons of serious core strengthening and a lot of twisting, standing balance, arm balances, headstands and handstand variations. Definitely good for days when you have lots of energy to burn :)
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
If you want to sweat, have some fun, open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up your core, play with arm balances and inversions, open your heart, quiet your mind and land in a very sweet, meditative savasana then this is for you!
We build lots of heat in the shoulders and hips, fire up the core, play with flying pigeon, open the hamstrings and the heart, get upside down, and end in savasana together! If you have a good amount of energy and want to open every major muscle group, work on breathing through intense sensation, and shift your perspective with arm balancing and inverting, well, then...this is for you!
Well, I said this was going to be a 30-minute butt-whooper, but we were having so much fun it became a 42-minute butt-whooping session! If you want to rise, shine, energize, fire up your core, open your hips and shoulders and play with some funky arm balance mash-ups and transitions, then this is for you! This is a non-stop flow intended to get your heart pumping and your energy flowing. Once we're warm we'll play with a crow/koundinyasana mash-up and also have time to get upside down. This is a full, stand-alone practice, but you can pair it with a juicy deep stretch session if you have the time! Enjoy :)
This practice is all about opening your heart (shoulders, upper back, front body) and firing up your core! It is often the case that our deepest pain is also our greatest teacher, as long as we let the lessons open us and strengthen us rather than harden us and shut us down. You need a fair amount of energy for this flow, there isn't much rest built in! If you want to energize, open up and feel that fire in your belly, look no further! Lots of love.
Move with the ebb and flow on your mat so you can move with it in your life. Make the effort to find inner peace and strength, and then see if you can surrender the desire to control. Hard, I know, but worth working on!
Open every major muscle group, build a lot of heat, fire up your core with intense ab work, practice standing balance to strengthen your body and your ability to focus, get on your hands with options to get upside down, open your heart and your hamstrings, clear your mind, wring yourself out, have a few laughs, and take a nice rest all under an hour! You're welcome, ha!