I grew up in NYC and thought I'd never live anywhere else. I went to Columbia University, and began practicing yoga during my senior year with the incomparable Dharma Mittra. Fell completely in love with it and watched it change my life. Moved to L.A. in January 2001 to continue teaching and to explore the L.A. yoga scene. Realized I love being by the ocean and the mountains; never left. Had my son in November of 2006. Opened a yoga studio with my business partner Dorian Cheah in 2009, Yogis Anonymous, at the same time I had my daughter. Pretty much didn't sleep for a year, but wouldn't trade it for anything. Feel totally blessed to have assembled such an amazing, gifted group of teachers under one virtual roof. Used to say things like, "everything happens for a reason", but I've seen some things that are so incomprehensibly heartbreaking I don't try to wrap life up in neat little packages anymore. Do my best to witness what's happening around me, and to witness the way I respond. Believe in personal accountability, and in doing the work to get right with yourself. I think the natural state of all humans is love. It's not a scientific study, but I've birthed two babies into this world, and I think we arrive full of love, curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear, limitations and mistrust. I teach because yoga helps us unlearn those things, heal what needs to be healed, and return to our natural state, again, LOVE. I try to spread some wherever I go. Don't always succeed. When I don't show up the way I'd like to, I examine what happened and figure out how to do better next time.
When I'm not chasing after my kids, attending to the site, leading online courses, or sweating on my mat, you will find me writing away. My first book, "Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul", and my second book, "Yoga's Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace" are both available on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Third book is on the way!
The first time I saw a man masturbating, I was eight years old. I was in Central Park with my third grade class, and we were there to sketch. I’d wandered a little away from the group and found a pe...
The theme is nurturing yourself. A perfect practice for days when you feel low on energy but still want to build some nice heat and get a sweet stretch. Maybe you have a headache like I did while filming this, maybe you're fighting or recovering from a cold, or maybe it's just been a tough day! Can you give yourself what you need? Are you able to practice self-compassion? Explore these ideas as we move and breathe together and open every major muscle group. A nice savasana awaits!
Don't play small. Whatever you're doing, whether you're showing up for yourself or for the people in your life, whether you're showing up for your dreams or your yoga practice, take up space! We target the hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core. This is a feel-good flow that asks you to stay centered, to practice non-reactivity, and to know yourself. If that sounds good, grab your mat and let's get to it!
Have an hour to open and strengthen your shoulders, upper back and arms? Ready for some core strengthening, arm Balancing, hip opening, hamstring loving good fun? Want to know if you're ready to go from dolphin pose to forearm balance, and how to get there if so? Want other options if you aren't ready to kick up just yet? I think you'd better grab your mat! A block and a strap are helpful, but a book and a belt will do the trick ;)
If you have a moderate amount of energy and strength and a desire to deeply open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders, this is for you! A nice Series C flow builds some heat and then we open things up with plié into goddess pose or standing frog as the case may be. Headstand options, Backbends, core strengthening and then deep hip and hamstring opening lead to a yummy savasana. Ready?
A little grasshopper anyone? As ever, the destination is not the thing, it's the way we journey along. An energetic flow focusing on hamstrings, psoas, hip and shoulder opening as well as core strengthening. It could be that you work your way into the arm balance, or it could be that you work your way into a twisty bliss! You're guaranteed to feel open , centered and energized regardless. Much love, yogis!
A perfect place to begin if you're new to meditation, curious about it, or think it might be too esoteric for you. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, difficulty focusing and/or insomnia, this is for you!
Sometimes circumstances or other people make us feel like we ought to "play it small", but we aren't here for that! Work on a strong center, and expansion in every way. There's only one of you in seven billion people! Take up space.
The only constant in life is change. The more we contract from that reality, the more we suffer. This meditation is all about opening to change. We can't control circumstances, other people, or the weather, but we can work on the way we respond to what we're given, and see if we can trust, even when we don't understand. Life is a lot easier that way!