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!
If you're looking for a practice to get grounded and open your body deeply, this is it. Even if you practice daily, there are going to be times when you feel tight, or have less energy or have to coax yourself to get on your mat. This is my go-to kind of practice for days like that when I really want to open my hips, shoulders and hamstrings, get my breath going and also free up my energy! It's a great kind of practice when you're dealing with anxiety and need to move to burn it off, but maybe don't have your maximum energy level available. We sweat, move and breathe our way into an open body and a quiet mind. And you may see some arms popping into frame here and there because this is the Wild Card Monday class which I teach over zoom and in person while I film for y'all! I think these classes have a little extra community vibe which is kind of magical. So welcome to the Practice Garden, so glad you're here!
This is a great practice for opening the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and firing up the core. We are working toward a possible eight angle pose as our peak, but whether you get there today or not, the point is never the destination, but rather the way we're opening to the journey! You will certainly walk away with a strong core, open shoulders and hips and your sense of humor intact! I film these classes on Mondays at noon PST and I zoom them at the same time, so you are welcome to join me and other members of our fabulous global community for some yoga in real time if you like! The link to join is always in the weekly newsletter :)
A great hip, shoulder and hamstring-opening flow where we breathe deeply and build heat with the intent to release tension. You will sweat and move, but this is a good class to do at the end of your day, when you're on your cycle, or when you really need to focus on grounding and opening. Restorative backbend options, lots of hip and hamstring opening and deep breathing will help to move through feelings of anxiety or depression and will be comforting on days when you might be feeling overwhelmed.
This is an energizing flow with lots of heat-building and attention to front and back-body opening. Twists, hamstring, shoulder and upper-back opening, psoas, quadriceps and hip flexors so you'll be ready for deeper backbends and core work before we get upside down!
This is a deep, twisty flow where we target shoulder, hip and hamstring opening, freedom in the upper back and targeted core strengthening so we can play with grasshopper pose (or the building blocks to move in that direction). There is also a breakdown of forearm stand and direction about how to know if you're ready for it. Lots of deep breathing and time to tune in and listen. Lots of breath work along the way, and Yoga Nidra in Savasana. If you want to go on a journey inward, grab your mat and let's do it together! Intermediate students are welcomed and encouraged. There are options for everything so as long as you listen to your body, it will be wonderful!
Want a flow that's centered around your abs? Here you go! A full-body flow that keeps bringing it back to your core so you walk away from your mat feeling super centered! And while we do a lot of heat-building and heart-pumping throughout, you can count on nice long holds in hip and hamstring openers at the end! It's gonna be coretastic!
Hello, yogis! This is an energetic practice with lots of heat-building and core work to make you nice and warm. You're welcome! With all that heat, we give the hamstrings lots of love and attention with variations of side plank that include one-legged side plank and extended hand-to-big-toe pose, but we also open things up with a wide stanced ardha hanumanasana and other goodies, along with active and restorative backbends to balance out all the back-body opening with some front-body sweetness. Enjoy every minute! (Intermediate yogis welcome just listen to your body!) A strap may be helpful.
So much hip-opening worked into this juicy flow that builds heat and gives you options for compass pose and eight angle pose, handstand hops and other fun variations. We're all being pulled in so many different directions, and this practice (and eight-angle pose) weaves in the idea of keeping your center strong as you handle everything with more grace, ease and breath!
This practice is focused on opening and releasing. We build some good heat, but we take our time doing it. There's a nice balance between dynamic flow and long holds so the heat we build and our deep breathing work in combination to help our bodies let go. The hips get a lot of love in this practice so that we can play with pigeon variations, half lotus, marichyasana options and lotus pose. A strap may be helpful. We end with Yoga Nidra in Savasana. If you're looking for something deep and thorough, this is for you. Intermediate students are welcome, options for all advanced poses are offered. Please listen to your body and enjoy!
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