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 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 things up in neat little packages like that 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 and curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear and 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.
Don’t let the sweet, slow start fool you, because intense core work is just around the corner. We take that fire in the belly and head into Series C with variations, leading to skandasana, lizard pose, and koundinyasana 2. We play with crescent, eagle pose, twisted half moon, handstands and more twists to wring out any stagnant energy or ideas, and we open the heart with backbends. Inversions turn it upside down, and savasana is sweet, with a body-scan to take you deep. Enjoy the fluid movement, the heat building, the quiet mind, and the great energy of this class.
Series C so we can build some heat, and then deep into the hips and hamstrings we go. Love for the shoulders is also included. Great for days when you have low to moderate energy but really feel the need to open. Lizard pose, pigeon pose and mermaid/merman along the way. If you’re “sitting on anything” now, you won’t be soon ;)
Get into your hips in this sweaty flow, strengthen your core and your upper body, twist out what isn't serving you, and play with hippie arm balances and inversions. Start where you are with the more challenging poses, grab a block if you need one, and be patient with yourself, and curious about your process!
Hips, hamstrings and shoulders get the love! Back bends, core strengthening, arm balances and inversions along the way. I was full of stories, so if you like that, carry on, and if you don’t, carry on!! ;)
We dive into the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up the core, play on our hands and upside down, open the heart, and chill it out in hip-openers before Savasana. The theme is trusting yourself, being able to have faith in your perception, and your ability to discern what is real. A little conversation about “gas lighting”, vidya and viveka. Enjoy, yogis!
For days when you need self care and nurturing more than a butt-whooper. Series C leads us into really deep hip and hamstring opening, lots of long holds and deep breathing, and forward folds to calm the nervous system. Two blocks might be helpful but aren't necessary. Think lizard, frog and pigeon pose and lots of love for your hamstrings too.
Lots of heat-building with Series A, C (with variations to open the hips and shoulders), and B, to continue the hip-focus. Arm balances and core work and inversions, oh my! A little fun with handstand jumps (if you don’t have a bolster, a firm couch pillow should do the trick!) Let’s play!
Rolling through the normal ups and downs of life with more ease, strength and grace is what we're after, yes? Practice the reality that you are not in control of most things (including this sequence, haha), but stay strong and centered anyway, as we open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up the core, get on our hands, and play upside down!
When you're feeling low or anxious, just getting out of bed and on your mat can be a struggle, but there's no doubt that moving around, syncing up your breath with your movement, and gently opening the heart and hips will help to disrupt the cycle! Build just a little heat with me, and then open up the front and back of the body. Heart openers (backbends) help with depression, and forward folds are very calming for the nervous system, ESPECIALLY if you focus on breathing deeply, and exhaling fully. You are not alone. Let's do this together. Much love, and remember, feelings are not forever!