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

  • 61 minutes

    Energize, Replenish, Restore

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 26, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This one has it all, friends. We start with some grounding, and a little reminder that whatever it is you're trying to do and be in this world, it's all going to flow more fluidly when you have a full tank! We quiet the mind and work with the breath to calm the nervous system, and then we're off. You can expect a very energizing flow with some yogasculpt along the way (grab 2 blocks!), you're definitely going to feel your heart pumping and a fired-up core and glutes to go with it. Once we have all that heat, we're going into the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Savasana is super sweet and well-earned. All in an hour! Enjoy, yogis!

  • 22 minutes

    Short on Time Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 18, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Here is a go-to practice for days when you're short on time but know you'll feel so much better if you breathe deeply and open every major muscle group! Everything flows better when you flow first ;)

  • 71 minutes

    Slow Shoulder Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Sep 8, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A perfect practice when you want to slow down, center yourself, and release tension from the shoulders, chest and upper back. The hips and hamstrings get plenty of love, but this practice is shoulder-focused. Deep, mindful breathing, longer holds. Inversions. Two blocks may be helpful. Guided meditation at the end. Treat this practice as a conversation you're having with your body, where the main question from moment-to-moment is, "Does this feel right?" Enjoy yogis!

  • 62 minutes

    Extra Sweet Heat Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 28, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Oh, hello there! Were you looking for an energizing, heat-building flow that would get your heart-pumping and open up every major muscle group with special attention on your hips, hamstrings and shoulders? Did I say hips? Did you want something extra to fire up your core and leave you feeling amazing when you're in savasana? Well, then, you've come to the right place! Woot!

  • 64 minutes

    Full-Body Freedom

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 15, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Perfect for days when you want to build some good heat, increase your energy, open deeply and release tension from every major muscle group! We do some extra fiery core and play with handstands if you're feeling it! A sweet cool-down leads us into a delightful savasana. Enjoy, yogis!

  • 88 minutes

    Inspiration Station

    By Ally Hamilton on Aug 5, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    If you want anything to operate optimally, you have to give it some attention, right? In many ways, we have all these expectations of our bodies...we want the body to do what we want it to do when we want it to do it! This practice is all about checking in and giving all of your major muscle groups some attention and love, along with your spinal health, your nervous system and your emotional body, too! We work at a steady, mindful pace, you are going to sweat (I snuck in a little yoga sculpt, you're welcome ;)), we will deeply open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and fire up the core, you will have opportunities to explore some more advanced poses if that feels right, you can decide to play on your hands and upside down ... but more than all of that, you'll have the chance to be in a respectful, compassionate partnership with your body!

  • 15 minutes

    French Quickie Stress Rx

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 31, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Beginner

    Bonjour, yogis! Can you hear those French birds chirping? Filmed in this beautiful garden in the French countryside of Hodent, this is a very short, grounding practice perfect for anytime you need a reset! We start with a little meditation to get grounded and move into some spinal awakening, a nice release for your shoulders, neck and upper back, deep breathing and then love for your hips, quads and hamstrings. If you've been sitting too long, if it's one of those days when you're starting to wonder how you're going to find the time to take care of yourself, fear not. C'est si bon!

  • 68 minutes

    Deep + Sweet

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 23, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This practice is for days when you have a moderate level of energy but really want to go deep. I vacillated between intermediate and advanced for this class. Intermediate people are welcome, but please listen to your body and don't force any of the deeper hamstring and hip openers! The pace is steady. We play with monkey pose (variations are offered of course) and when we're very warm there are options for marichyasana A or B. You will absolutely deeply open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders in this practice, calm your nervous system and quiet your mind, just move in a way that feels good for you! A block and a strap may be helpful.

  • 71 minutes

    Grounded + Open

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 16, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A practice for days when your head is spinning or you feel overwhelmed or anxious. We begin with grounding techniques and alternate nostril breathing. Pranayama is emphasized throughout the practice along with longer holds, and deep hip, hamstring and shoulder opening. If you want to feel both grounded in your heart and open in your body, this is for you.

  • 93 minutes

    Full Body Fabulous Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Jul 8, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Intermediate-to-advanced here, friends! We play with advanced poses like cow-face pose, grasshopper and an eagle/handstand mashup, but options are offered for everything, so intermediate students looking to keep growing...this is perfect for you, too! Sneaky and not-so-sneaky core strengthening throughout to get you fired up to play on your hands. Breath-work but of course, a little yogasculpt woven in to build the heat and remind you of how strong you are...and Yoga Nidra in savasana because you earned it! Enjoy, yogis!

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