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 virtual 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 life up in neat little packages 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, curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear, 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.
When I'm not chasing after my kids, attending to the site, leading online courses, or sweating on my mat, you will find me writing away. My first book, "Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul", and my second book, "Yoga's Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace" are both available on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Third book is on the way!
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Stay tuned into your breath, and find your focal points so you’re taking in less information from the world around you for a little while, and more from the one within you. That way you can figure out how to practice today, in a way that will strengthen and nurture you. It’s the same skill you use when you go to a busy restaurant with a friend, and want to focus on your friend, and not the chaos around you. It’s the same ability we need to choose one thought over another, and to decide what we’re going to focus on. Hone your focus as we open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, play with arm balances and inversions, fire up the core, open the heart, and head into savasana feeling open!
Get into every nook and cranny with a sweet start and head into a heat-building flow that targets the hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Take your pigeon for a ride and then fire up your core, open your heart, and turn your world upside down with straddle handstands. Chill it out with more hip opening and a delicious Savasana. A little talk about developing the strength to open to reality as it is, which is not always as we'd like it to be, and to come back with love.
If you're looking for a continuous flow that raises your heart-rate and keeps you moving mindfully, look no further! Great for days when you're high on energy and low on time, and want a good sweat followed by a deep stretch at the end. You'll earn it!
Don't shrink yourself for anyone, you aren't here to be small! That's our theme as we flow and open, paying particular attention to the upper back and shoulders, wringing things out, getting upside down if you want to, and enjoying a little group energy. Backbends, core strengthening and inversions, deep hip and hamstring opening for the cool down. Savasana is super sweet, and so is this crew!
Hips, shoulders, hamstrings and core are the focus as we flow, twist and turn. A deep, challenging class where we talk about how to strengthen the tendencies that serve us, and erode the ones that don't! Lots of arm balances and inversions, but also the invitation to take it easy if you need to!
Ready to rock? Get centered with this energizing flow that includes lots of core strengthening and chances to get on your hands (and head ;)). Work in partnership with your body, and it will open and strengthen for you. Breathe deeply, connect to your intuition, and move in a way that feels good in your body. Savasana is sweet and deep!
Wanna feel great right now? Me, too! Grab your mat and let's open up the hips deeply (think marichyasana, lotus and kurmasana variations), target your shoulders, hamstrings and side body, do some nice twisting and fiery core strengthening, connect to your breath, bring yourself to center, open your heart, turn your world upside down, and ultimately know yourself better so that when you head out into the world, you can be aware of what you're bringing to every situation!
Want to open your hips and shoulders in a serious way? Grab your mat and get ready for a challenging, fun flow where we build lots of heat quickly, fire up the core, do some arm balancing and inverting, and then use the heat to open the shoulders and hips deeply and mindfully. Remember to breathe and listen to your body!
In each pose, we want to ask ourselves, where can I engage more, and where can I surrender more? The same holds true for life. We can't save other people, or control what they do, say, want or need. Those are places where we need to let go with love. But, we can work on the way we respond to what we're given, and we can be accountable for our own contributions to any situation or interaction--that's where we might engage more. Explore this concept in a sweaty, rigorous and fun flow, and detox til you find your joy. It's in there!