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!
Open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, play with arm balances like koundinyasana 2 and flying pigeon, fire up your core, and take things upside down. Learn to stay focused in a strange world. This class offered many opportunities to do just that, as you will see :)
Deep hips and hamstrings, lots of shoulder opening, core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting. How far forward to you have to shift in order to lift? Are you willing to fall on your face (metaphorically), or is fear keeping you stuck? Grab a bolster or pillow, and work with your fear if so!
If your energy is finite, then it makes sense to be mindful about where you spend it, and upon what! Sometimes we get caught up in someone else's story, even a total stranger, and lose all sense of center. You can allow strangers on the road to raise your blood pressure, or not so much! You can give an entire afternoon to someone else's drama, or you can stay focused on your own life! Join us as we get really sweaty and flow through a sequence that targets the hips, shoulders and core. You'll get to play on your hands and also upside down if you want to, I just ask you to stay focused on your calm, steady breath and your own wild and beautiful heart :)
Have an hour to get your sweat on AND quiet your mind and open your heart? Then this is for you! We build heat quickly and use the heat to open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings, fire up the core and play with all kinds of balance. A little talk about knowing yourself, feeling your feelings and opening to reality as it is, which sometimes involves releasing an old vision and opening to a new one.
Tons of heart and hamstring opening, core strengthening and inverting in this session, where we talk about growth opportunities, and the always-important question: Who am I going to be in this situation?
A full practice where we didn't have to edit out or rush through anything, including the laughs! Sun salutes A, B and C all with variations, deep hip, shoulder and hamstring opening, core strengthening, arm balancing, inverting good fun with time to hone your focus and your ability to be less reactive and more responsive.
The pace is slow and steady, but we go deep. You'll want a nice amount of energy for this one as we build heat and head into the upper back and chest with intention and focus, and give attention to the hamstrings and back-body as well so you leave your mat feeling centered and balanced. We work our way toward forearm stand, so please have a strap and block handy. The conversation is about releasing the picture in your head of How Things Should Be, and opening your heart to how things are. Sometimes you have to release one vision to make space for the adventure life has in store for you, which takes trust and bravery. Ready to open?
By request, here is a flow for you mamas in the homestretch of your pregnancy, a time when you want to ease up on inverting and get that baby headed into ready position! LOTS of squatting (we'll be resting in malasana instead of down dog), and we'll open those hips from every direction. Hamstrings and quads get lots of love, too, with nice plié squats (you may not be calling them "nice" while we do them, and you may want a chair handy if balance has become an issue :)). Camel pose opens the heart and it's great if you have a block and a bolster ready for savasana, or you can use a couch pillow, too! Wishing you and your baby the very best!
P.S. This is also a great practice for when you have a headache and don't want to send the blood rushing to your cranium ;)