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!
Medium heat/deep hips. Perfect for days when you really need to get centered, breathe deeply, build some nice heat, and open it all up! Nothing too crazy, just the right amount to release and remember who you are! If you're feeling anxious or you're dealing with racing thoughts or having a day with too much sitting, emailing and/or adulting, this is for you!
This is an advanced class but there are building blocks for every single advanced pose, so intermediate yogis are welcome! Get ready to breathe deeply and open your hips and hamstrings along with your shoulders and upper back, strengthen your core and get ready for hippie arm balances including koundinyasana 2 and grasshopper pose! Handstands with wide straddle variations are also in our mix today. And we end with Yoga Nidra in Savasana, so bliss awaits you! Take a little extra time for a deep savasana and see how great you feel after all that work!
An energizing, creative intermediate-to-advanced flow that will get you fired up and grounded simultaneously. This is a full-body vinyasa flow with a little sculpt slipped in along the way, so you can count on strengthening your abs, arms and butt, but also on breathing deeply and consciously. Chances to play on your hands and upside down, and a sweet savasana which you will earn! Enjoy, yogis!
If you're looking for an energizing, creative flow with a sprinkling of yoga sculpt here and there, tons of hip opening and core strengthening, and some fun with finding bandhas in your handstands, then you've come to the right class :) Intermediate students are welcome, I ALWAYS offer building blocks and variations, just please make sure you listen to your body and work smart! Enjoy yogis!
If you're looking fir an hour-long practice that has a good balance of energizing/heat-building and deep stress relief, look no further! We get to it pretty quickly with Series C variations to build heat, core strengthening to amp things up, hip opening to get ready for some fun standing balance poses, and arm balances and backbends before we cool things down. Lots of emphasis on paying attention to sensation and working with your own energy level. You can turn the heat up or down accordingly. This practice is not too much or too little, it is just right :)
Well, if you're looking to seriously open your hips every which way from Sunday, here you go! We are working our way toward a possible grasshopper pose, but whether that arm balance happens today, or you end up working the building blocks, you will 100% walk away from your mat with open hips and hamstrings and freed up energy! Core strengthening, chest-opening, arm toning, hamstring-loving good fun all the way through. But the hips steal the show. Enjoy, yogis!
Need to get moving? Get ready for a fun and creative flow with some sneaky but powerful core work, and some extra love for your butt! You'll feel this tomorrow and think of me (kindly I hope ;)) Fun warrior 3 variations, lots of love for your hips and shoulders, time upside down, deep breathing, a quiet mind and an open heart. Let's move it, move it together! 2 blocks may be handy!
We start with some grounding techniques and move into alternate nostril breathing. Once we're centered and ready to focus, we warm up with Series C variations and core strengthening. We give a lot of love to the hamstrings in this practice (you may want to have a strap handy) and do a lot of hip opening. We play with arm balances that include crow pose, side crow, firefly pose and bhujapidasana. Handstands are our inversion today, and there are building blocks for all levels. We end with some very sweet hip opening and a deep savasana. If you're looking for a mental and physical clearing out, this is for you! This practice is Intermediate/Advanced! Meaning it's an advanced practice but intermediate yogis are totally welcome and variations and building blocks are offered, just please listen to your body! Nothing should hurt.
Great for days when you have a good amount of energy but maybe not your maximum amount! Deeply open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, fire up the core, play on your hands, open your heart and walk away from your mat feeling great. Sound good? Let's do this!
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