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!
If you're looking to deepen your backbend practice or understand backbends more deeply, look no further! We warm up the spine, open the shoulders, chest, upper back, quadriceps and hip flexors and play with all kinds of backbends! King Arthur makes an appearance, and you might find yourself in kapotasana or kapotasana prep! Regardless of where you end up, backbending practices have a unique energy! They are great for times when you need a boost of confidence, or are working with depression. There is such a shift in energy when you focus on opening the front body and leading with your heart! Enjoy yogis! (This is intermediate/advanced, but if you listen to your body and back off when you need to, intermediate practitioners will be fine :)) Enjoy, yogis!
I filmed this class in response to a number of people who expressed they're struggling with motivation! I get it. We're in a strange set of circumstances and it's been this way for almost a year! It isn't easy and some days are harder than others, but I know there are some things that work! Changing your environment, shifting your perspective and working with your breath, it is possible to unlock energy you didn't know you had! I intended for this to be a shorter class, but once I got going, I felt so good I didn't want to stop! Join me for some breath-work, hip, hamstring and shoulder-opening, core strengthening, arm balancing fun. A surprise inversion at the end, too! We've got this!
If you think you can't get a LOT done in 24 minutes, grab your mat and hit Play! This is an energizing burst of fun that is sure to get you out of your head and into your body quickly! We start off with cat/cow and Series C, but move into a heart-pumping chair pose to goddess pose to chair pose flow that will open your hips and make you say Oh. My. Quads. 6-minute abs included because I know you love them, backbends, and all other manner of fun awaits you. Enjoy! Breathe! Rest after ;-)
Hello, friends! This is the perfect practice for days when you have a moderate amount of energy and want to move slowly, feel deeply and really open your shoulders, side body, and especially your hips! This practice may or may not lead you into Horse Face Pose, Vatayanasana. The mythology around the pose is that you are taking the shape of the horse Vishnu (embodied as the avatar Kalki) will ride to bring peace, compassion, sanity and abundance back to earth. Wouldn't that be nice? In order to find the pose, half lotus has to be comfortable for you! If it isn't, please skip the pose! A blanket under your knee may be helpful. Enjoy, yogis!
Ready for some fun? This is a deep, hip-opening class where we get right to it! A fun mandala-making beginning followed by heat-building and core strengthening leading up to compass pose, and eight-angle pose! An all-over feel-good flow with special love for your hips, sure to energize you and also bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
A perfect, very short practice for days when you're really short on time but want to get in your body, move, breathe, open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders, fire up your core, release anxiety and get back to whatever you're doing with more clarity, ease, focus and peace!
This is a slow flow/deep stretch class perfect for days when you have a moderate amount of energy but really want to open up. We build some nice heat early with Series A and C variations that include lots of extra love for the hips, hamstrings and quads and then we move into some really deep hip openers. Please have a block or two handy, or anything solid that you can use to "lift the floor up" for poses like reclined hero, where it might make more sense for you to stay upright. We do work hard on the front end, so I would not call this a gentle yoga class, but the end is all about deep release in the hips, and also release of stress and anxiety. Breathe deeply, friends, we'll get through it all together!
Happy New Year! New year, new alternate set :) Welcome to the magic garden where you get to weed out what doesn't serve you and nurture the things you want to grow! We did some nice heat-building with Series A and C variations, a chance to play with koundinyasana II, opportunities to root down and reach for the sun with bird of paradise, core work (but of course) backbends, hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing throughout! A little mermaid even showed up! Sending you and yours lots of love and wishes for a very Happy New Year where we spend lots of time together playing in the Magic Garden! So grateful to be on this journey with all of you!!
Great for days when you have a moderate level of energy and really want to slow down and tune in. The more you breathe into this practice, the more the mind quiets and you can accept the invitation to release tension. You can turn the heat up or down on this one, with options for standing marichis, bird of paradise and tripod headstand with wide straddle or lotus legs (or you can be in a supported headstand with a block), and backbends can be active or restorative as well (please have a block handy)! Enjoy, yogis! Sending you and yours tons of love xx
We get to the hip-opening quickly here with fun series C variations that include lots of squats and lizard poses along the way, standing marichyasana if you're feeling open, 6-minute abs, bakasana, bhujapidasana and tittibhasana options, grasshopper pose (and the building blocks to start moving toward it if you aren't there just yet), tripod headstand or handstand with a wide straddle, backbends and forward folds and a super sweet savasana. This class packs a lot of punch in a relatively short amount of time and it's guaranteed to leave you with open hips and a great big smile :) Enjoy! (A block or two might be very handy!)
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