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

  • 69 minutes

    Fun Freeing Focus Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 28, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is a flow that opens every major muscle group. We start with a little grounding and meditation, and move into a flow that's all about focusing on how you feel from moment-to-moment without attachment or agenda. You can expect lots of spinal mobility, shoulder, chest, upper back, hip and hamstring opening. Standing balance and arm balancing and inverting because nothing makes us focus like a good balance pose, and because they're fun when approached with curiosity. Enjoy, yogis! Being able to focus is not just fun, it's also freeing!

  • 73 minutes

    The Garuda Twist

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 17, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is a fun, creative, twisty, energizing flow where we play with our friend Garuda in all kinds of ways! Expect shoulder, upper back and chest opening. Expect tons of love for your hamstrings and a visit from a special monkey! Expect to fire up your core so we can explore side crow (and I have you covered if it's hard for you!), eka pada koundinyasana 1, dwi panda, handstands with monkey and eagle variations, and a guided meditation at the end, along with a very quick story about Garuda, the gods, his mother and a snakepit! The moral of this story is you're going to feel great, and remember not to shrink yourself for anyone! Enjoy yogis! This is an advanced practice but I gave building blocks for everything, so intermediate yogis are welcome and encouraged!

  • 72 minutes

    Wide Open Hips + Mind

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 9, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Oh hello yogis! If you're looking for a deep hip and hamstring opening flow with lots of core work, arm balances and inversions, here you go! Lots of heat-building and mindful sequencing so you're prepared to play with poses like bird of paradise, koundinyasana 2, compass pose, astavakrasana, wide straddles in tripod headstand and handstand, and some deep poses that dive into those hips once we're warm. Guided meditation in Savasana xx Intermediate yogis welcome, please listen to your body!

  • 89 minutes

    Happy 2023 Practice

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 4, 2023

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Welcome to a new year! We work with the idea of beginning again, or starting where you are! There's so much freedom and power in recognizing we can begin again at any time :) This is a juicy flow where we aren't in a rush. We start with grounding and a short meditation and then we start to move, breathe deeply and open! The hips, hamstrings, shoulders, chest, upper back and neck get tons of love, we fire up the core and play upside down. Monkey pose is on offer right side up and upside down (I did tweak my shoulder last week and had to modify a couple of things but it won't slow you down ;)) Wishing you the very best 2023 and sending you tons of love. SO grateful to be traveling with y'all!

  • 61 minutes

    Hip Focus

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 29, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is an all-over feel-good flow with a definite hip focus. Perfect for days when you've been sitting too much (or feel like you might be "sitting on" some feelings)! We get the energy moving and the heart pumping and then we make a beeline for those hips (and hamstrings and quads). Don't worry, we're also going to open the shoulders, chest and upper back, but we're giving lots of extra love to the hips today! Options to play upside down in active or restorative ways. Stay hip, my friends.

  • 64 minutes

    Center Point

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 24, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    This practice is all about coming back to center. We start with grounding techniques and tune into the breath. We build heat and you will find core work is interlaced throughout the practice. Once we're nice and warm, we will play with traditional headstand. Pro tip I meant to mention but didn't: if you are comfortable in a headstand but new to lifting the legs rather than bending your knees or taking a little "hop" working in a corner might help you feel secure! Enjoy!

  • 60 minutes

    Open + Energized

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 9, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    If you're looking for a fun, creative flow where we play with dropping any agenda or attachment and simply staying curious about what it...look no further! This practice will get your heart pumping and your energy, too. We open the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulders, and upper back, we fire up the core, and we get upside down. Two blocks and a bolster may be helpful but aren't necessary. All you really need is an open mind and a desire to feel great!

  • 60 minutes

    Arm Balance Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 1, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    A fun flow where we build heat and deeply open the shoulders, chest, hips and hamstrings and fire up the core so we can safely play with arm balances including crow pose, bhujapidhasana, firefly pose, flying pigeon, and dragonfly! Building blocks included and two actual blocks may be helpful!

  • 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!

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