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!
A sweaty and challenging flow with lots of twists and turns along the way, love for your hamstrings, hips and shoulders, heat-building and core-strengthening, a little tutorial for those of you working on your side crow, and some tips for heading toward kapotasana if you're ready! A conversation about Garuda and why it never goes well if you shrink yourself to make other people feel comfortable, and lots of laughter also included. Intermediate practitioners welcome, lots of options to turn the heat up or down as needed, just please listen to your body!
Well, we didn't stop moving very much at all, but we had a lot of fun filming this class for you! Want to really feel your outer hips? How about those adductors? We get it all with lots of fun along the way, so get ready to work and sweat, but also get ready to laugh! You might find yourself in flying pigeon, or dragonfly. You may end up in a handstand. You might say to yourself, how did I get here? This is how we do it, one practice at a time!
If you're looking for something intense, energizing, steady and fun, look no further! We did lots of heat-building, core strengthening, hip, shoulder and hamstring opening and side-body stretching to get ready for bird of paradise, bound ardha chandrasana, koundinyasana 2, crow pose, headstand, firefly pose, forearm balance (with building blocks to get there!) and so much more. We also laughed. Unroll your mat and let's have some fun! A block and a strap are helpful for some but not necessary.
Lots of forward folds in our flow so we can work with the idea of a solid foundation and strong center. If you can't trust yourself, how can you have faith that you'll be able to rise to the occasion when life asks, or release situations and people when the nudges are there to move in a different direction? Open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Play with balance and strength. Fire up your core. Get upside down if you're ready. Surrender to a deep savasana. Trust yourself, and release your grip where you can.
If you want all kinds of intense core work interwoven throughout your practice, this is for you! Lots of fun and creative ways to build that inner fire and then play with balance! You'll want to have a lot of energy for this one, yogis, and a good sense of humor, too. You're welcome in advance, bwahahaha.
Hips, shoulders and hamstrings get some love as we spin ourselves inside out and upside down. Try not to be so attached to your mat or the way that you're facing! Think outside the box, shift your perspective and have some fun as we fire up the core and fly.
A fun flow that targets the shoulders, upper back, hips and hamstrings, includes six-minute abs and a tutorial on dolphin pose with a strap and a block, when it makes sense to play with pincha prep, and when you're ready to head into full pincha mayurasana (forearm stand). Enjoy!
Breath-of-fire leads the way along with six-minute abs. We do some nice reclined hip-opening and head right into Series C with variations. Once warm we head into the hips more deeply with lizard pose with deeper options, and then add some upper back and shoulder opening along with other variations in our high lunge variations. Breath-work to get you centered, love for every major muscle group, an open heart and quiet mind, and all in half an hour! You can follow it with a deep stretch class if you have time, or not!
Wanna work hard today? Let's do it! This is a challenging, sweaty flow where you can expect deep hip, hamstring and shoulder opening, core strengthening, arm balancing and inverting, all while having a good time! There are fun standing frog variations, flipped dog to fallen triangle flows and other hidden treasures along the way!
This is a practice that is all about calming the nervous system. We start with meditation and alternate nostril breathing to tune in and calm the nervous system. Then we move into some very gentle stretches and movement all designed to bring the focus into the body so we can quiet the mind. Whether you're having a day where your mind is racing, you're dealing with anxiety or insomnia, you need a gentle practice before bed. or you simply need an immediate nervous system reset, this is for you.