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!
Attend to your nervous system! Treat your mat like a personal laboratory and see what's happening inside you today and what you need to find your center. This is a twisty, energizing flow that will help you wring out what isn't serving you and nourish the qualities you want to grow and offer up! We play with eagle pose and monkey pose right-side up and on our hands. A little tutorial about mulabandha and how to find it. Core strengthening, breath-of-fire, arm balances galore and many chances to turn the heat up or down. Enjoy, yogis! (Intermediate people welcome, just listen to your body xx)
This is a twisty, energizing flow where we wring ourselves out, get centered and fly! A block may be helpful. Expect core strengthening, arm balancing, hip, shoulder and hamstring-opening and lots of twists on our feet and on the floor. You may end up in grasshopper pose or you may explore a variation on the way there, just stay open and curious!
Need a full intermediate-to-advanced practice in under an hour and want to feel amazing when you're done? Look no further! We get right to it in this fun flow where we build heat quickly, fire up the core, play with arm balances and inversions, do some nice back-bending and end with all kinds of variations of bound angle pose and forward folds to leave you feeling super open and calm! You can turn the heat up or down easily, I offer lots of options, so please go with whatever feels right and give yourself lots of credit for making the time to take care of YOU!
When you get on your mat you have the opportunity to be in a respectful and compassionate conversation with your body. Your mind may have ideas about what it wants your body to do, and your body is going to have feedback. The idea is to listen and to be in a loving partnership with your body - that's when it will truly open and strengthen for you! So as you go from shape to shape, ask your body, "Does this feel right?" and then listen and respond. Maybe you'll go deeper, maybe you'll back off, but whatever you do you'll be creating an environment of trust and deep listening as you open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, strengthen your core, open your heart and possibly stand on your hands! Ready?
Do you live with a loud inner critic? It's exhausting, isn't it? Wanna stop doing that now? This practice is for you! The session opens with a short talk about the pain of living with a voice in your head that is shaming and unrelentingly critical and the tools you need to erode that voice and start developing and strengthening a voice that roots you on! Life. Changing. We do this work in the context of a well-rounded flow that opens and strengthens every major muscle group! Good for your body, mind and heart :)
This is a deep hamstring-and-hip-opening journey that may or may not lead you into astavakrasana (eight-angle pose). This pose has us moving in all different directions! You need open hamstrings, hips and shoulders, you need a fired up core. You need to be ready to play with balance and counter-balance and maybe even fall on your face or your asana a bunch of times along the way! But more than all of that you need an open mind and the willingness to play. Ready to move and breathe and see what happens?
*Please note! There are advanced poses in this flow but there are also tons of variations and building blocks to help you explore where you are now, and how you might move your edge a little bit! And there is Yoga Nidra in savasana, so no matter what happens you'll walk away from your mat with bliss in your heart <3
There are roughly 7 billion people on earth, but only one YOU!! Isn't that amazing? You have something particular to offer this world that only you can, but sometimes people doubt themselves! Relate? This practice is about getting out of your own way so you believe that what you have to offer is valuable and needed! If you're looking to stoke your creative juices, this is for you! A little breath-of-fire, core strengthening, twisting, balancing and getting on our hands and maybe upside-down. The whole time we'll work with the feeling of being rooted, trusting ourselves and then shining it out!
Practice begins with a 3-minute talk about the importance of self-compassion. If you are a Type A perfectionist by default and live with a loud inner critic, my goodness this is especially for you! Please set the intention to replace any negative inner talk with a voice that roots you on as we move and breathe and make shapes together! We give lots of love to the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, fire up the core and then give extra love to the hips when we're warm. This is a feel-good flow that's all about cultivating compassion and developing a loving and respectful relationship with your body, and perfect for days when you have a moderate amount of energy! Once we can be compassionate with ourselves, we can do that for other people with a different kind of insight.
How are your shoulders and hips right now? How are YOU? How's your heart? If you're looking for a flow with a very sweet pace where we start with grounding and breathing and then very deeply open the hips and shoulders...look no further! Make deep, conscious breathing and the desire to be present with yourself and all you feelings the focus of this practice and I promise you will feel a huge energetic shift whether you take me up on opportunities for standing marichyasanas, fireflies, arm-balance mash-ups and inversions...or not! Yoga Nidra in savasana will leave you feeling blissful, too <3
The theme of this class is present-moment awareness! How present are you feeling in your life from day-to-day? Do you feel like you're sucking the juice out of life? Are you able to be present with your own feelings and truly know yourself? When you eat, are you tasting your food? When you're in a conversation, are you listening, or waiting for your turn to speak? This practice will help! We move mindfully, and as we make shapes I will gently remind you to observe how these shapes feel in your body as you breathe. Set the intention to stay curious! If you can do this for yourself, you'll be able to do it for other people, too! It's such a gift to be able to listen deeply and respond with presence, awareness, love and patience.
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