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!
I posted something on one of my Facebook pages the other day about why it is young women and girls who are sexually assaulted often do not tell their parents, file a police report, or go to the doctor...
If you're looking for fun, I've got you covered! An energetic flow that focuses on hip and hamstring opening and core strengthening so we can play with pretty insects like firefly and dragonfly and also handstand wide-straddles! Lots of heat-building and core strengthening, but don't worry, there's a nice amount of deep, stretchy cool-down, too.
Feeling tension in your upper back, shoulders, chest, neck, jaw and forehead? Oh my gosh, this is for you! Build some heat with me, and let's get in there, release whatever you might be holding, and free up space and energy so you can get back to the business of being awesome!
Whether you've been on a plane for twelve hours, in a car, or just sitting at your desk for too long, this is for you! A mellow, steady flow to build some heat followed by lots of nice stretching for your psoas, hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders and chest! Yes, please! Supported bridge pose and supported shoulder stand followed by a nice hold in a wide straddle forward fold send you into Savasana feeling like yourself again, only better ;)
Series C kicks us off and then we open things up and dive more deeply into the hips. Skandasana and eka pada koundinyasana, bird of paradise, bound ardha chandrasana and single pigeon help you release anything you might be sitting on. We take time to turn things upside down, open the hamstrings and the heart, and work the core deeply. The foundation of everything is mindful breath, and pranayama is emphasized throughout. We can’t change the environment around us all the time, but we can change the way we respond to it. Guided savasana should leave you super relaxed.
Hips, hamstrings, shoulders and blanket abs are the focus, along with approaching your fear and working with it, and developing a breathing practice for those challenging moments in life (including the ones that happen when Waze sends you in circles for twenty minutes on a long car ride, and your daughter has to pee :)) Work it on the mat, so it shows up for you in the world.
If you're short on time but want something deep, targeted and thorough, this is for you! We build heat quickly and get right into the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, do a little twisting, back-bending and core strengthening, breathe deeply, get focused and start the day right! (I intended it as a morning practice, but you can do it any time you need a reset!)
Ready to play and wring yourself out at the same time? I’ve got you covered! Series C leads the way and then we head into shoulder, hamstring and hip opening with a twist :) The upper back and spine get some love, and we work the core so we have stability at the center. Inversions and a fun arm balance mash-up. Unroll your mat, this is a playful one!
Are you always rushing, maybe even through your yoga practice? Sometimes it's hard to slow down because we have so many places to be, things to do, and people counting on us, but self-care is the last thing to sacrifice! Take a little time for yourself with this steady, thorough flow where we'll open every major muscle group at a pace that builds heat, but also gives you enough time to be really curious about how you feel and what you need from moment to moment, and maybe even to be sweet to yourself. After the flow and standing sequence, we'll hit the floor for backbends, core strengthening and deep hip and hamstring opening with a special appearance by your friend and mine, the frog!