Yogis Anonymous

Ally Hamilton

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!

Ally's Latest Classes

  • 57 minutes

    Slow Burn/Deep Hips

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 16, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    If you're looking for a class where we slow down, get grounded, use breath-work to release stress and build some very nice heat along the way as we go deeper and deeper into the hips then look no further. This is a deep-release session for your hips, hamstrings and shoulders and a real nervous system reset if you breathe deeply and consciously. Enjoy, yogis!

  • 94 minutes

    Get Grounded, Then Fly

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 12, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    I love a classic, 90-minute practice where we get to go deep. I know you might not be able to fit that in every day, but when you can, your whole nervous system and physical body will thank you. In this class we spent some time getting grounded on the front end with prananyama and other techniques to help the mind quiet. Then we got busy building heat, opening deeply (hips and hamstrings get extra love today) and going upside down. Yoga Nidra in savasana to send you floating off your mat. Enjoy, yogis!

  • 60 minutes

    Big Feelings Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 1, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This class is a response to two similar requests, one for a practice that would help if you're moving through grief, and another from someone who wanted a session to help when she's feeling "triggered AF." In all reality, every one of us will experience both of these big feelings (and a whole bunch more), so it's good to develop the tools that can help us navigate these waters with a little more grace and ease. It might seem funny that one class could be an answer to two very different kinds of feelings (deep longing, sadness, loss...and on the other hand, feelings of frustration or rage), but in truth, the same kinds of tools work for both of these, and ANY big feelings we face as human beings. It isn't all going to be pretty or easy, but this is why we practice, so we have solid emotional ground to stand on when it feels like the ground is falling out from underneath us. Expect some serious stretching for your quadriceps, hamstrings and shoulders. Deep core work, and a little "L" drill at the wall. This is all about calming your nervous system, but in order to practice, I had to give you some big sensations to work with. Lots of love, yogis!

  • 43 minutes

    Quick-n-Thorough

    By Ally Hamilton on Oct 24, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Short on time but really need a full-body flow, grounding, centering, deep breathing, energizing, hip-opening, shoulder-relieving, core strengthening, arm-balancing, inverting deep practice? I totally get it. Some days are like that and when I have days where I have less than an hour on my mat, this is the kind of practice I do! Hope you enjoy, yogis!

  • 65 minutes

    Quads Going On

    By Ally Hamilton on Oct 12, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Need an energy-shifter? Grab your mat and let's go! We start with a moment of grounding and breathing and then we're off! Spinal mobility, cat-cows, lion's breath, shoulder opening, standing balance, hip and hamstring opening, core strengthening, arm balancing, back-bending and lots of love for those quads! This is the Wild Card Monday class and you are always invited to join me live at noon PST over zoom. I send the link out in the newsletter each week. I LOVE seeing y'all in real time, getting to chat after class and meet your dogs, cats, goldfish and an occasional foul-mouthed parrot! Plus your other humans. Local yogis are also invited (you'll see various body parts of Bob's in and out of frame if you look carefully ;)) Enjoy, yogis!

  • 65 minutes

    Tortoise Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Oct 4, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Need a little push to come out of your shell today? Look no further! We get right to it in this flow, build lots of heat and dive deeply into the hamstrings! You'll also give plenty of love and attention to your shoulders, hips and core, but the hamstrings are our focus as we head toward all kinds of wide straddles right side up and upside down on our way to a possible tortoise pose and firefly pose. Enjoy, friends!

  • 66 minutes

    Happy Hips + Heart

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 28, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    The pace is steady, and good for days when you have a nice amount of energy. Maybe not your most energetic, but you're ready to move and open to the idea that if you start moving, you might find you have more energy than you think! The hips get extra love with yogic squat reps and other fun, and you can also count on upper back and shoulder opening. Enjoy!

  • 64 minutes

    Deep Stretch + Release Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 22, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A deep dive into shoulder, upper back and hamstring-opening along with quadriceps strengthening, lots of breath work and time to feel your feelings. Some fun focus-honing with standing balance, a little reminder not to take anything for granted, and as always, laughter along the way! A block and a strap may be helpful. If you're looking for grounding, opening and centering, this is it.

  • 52 minutes

    Mood Lifting Energy Boost

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 7, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    You'll get it all here! If you're looking for an energizing, mood-boosting flow, look no further. We start with some grounding and breathing and then we are off! A nice, fluid flow to get you warm and open and breathing. A little yoga sculpt tucked in to get your glutes and abs fired up. Deep hip, shoulder and hamstring opening and backbends to open your heart, too. Alternate nostril breathing to send you off feeling energized and balanced. All under an hour! A couple of blocks may be helpful.

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