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

  • 65 minutes

    Love Your Body + Chill Vibes

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 21, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    This is a deep, stretchy class that is all about loving your body. Chill vibes as we move sweetly and open every major muscle group. Perfect for days when you want to calm your nervous system, connect to your breath, practice compassion for yourself, and get a really deep, sweet stretch.

  • 97 minutes

    Twists + Turns

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 13, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Well, dang, aren't we dealing with endless twists and turns?!I KNOW it's hard but you know what helps? This! Get on your mat and strengthen your center so that whatever twists and turns are ahead, you're ready for them! You can count on lots of love for your hamstrings, hips and shoulders, core strengthening, and twisty arm balances including eka pada koundinyasana 1 and side crow. Tripod headstand and handstand variations and all kinds of fun. You realize we're getting through it don't you? We're not "going" to get through it, we are currently getting through it. It might not be pretty every minute, but we're doing it, and the more you practice for it, the easier it is! Grab your mat and let's do this together :)

  • 60 minutes

    Hip Hop We Don't Stop

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 7, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Hello, friends! If you're looking for an hour-long fun flow that gets your heart pumping, builds some nice heat and targets your hips...you've come to the right place! We have core strengthening along the way, arm balancing and inverting. The focus is on hip-opening and once we're really warm, I'll give you some options to take your bound angle pose (and your hips) to the next level. A block will be handy! Enjoy :)

  • 63 minutes

    Deep Hip Release

    By Ally Hamilton on Jan 1, 2022

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Perfect for days when you have moderate energy but really want to open your hips deeply. We build heat on the early side with Series C variations that target the hips, build more fire in the belly with core work, open the shoulders and upper back and then make a beeline for those hips. Hamstrings and quads also get lots of love along the way. This is a great evening practice, post-run, hike or bike session, practice to do during your cycle, or practice for anytime you want to calm your nervous system, breathe deeply and release tension. You will sweat, but the emphasis is on long holds and deep release.

  • 59 minutes

    Wild At Heart

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 24, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Yogis, this is an hour-long energizing flow full of twists, turns, and lots of prep for heart-opening. Your shoulders get extra love, and you have options for all kinds of deep hip opening, too. Expect to see eagles, monkeys, camels and happy cows along the way. Core strengthening to keep you centered and the inspiration to tune in to find what you're looking for!

  • 49 minutes

    Let's Get Right to It

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 14, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Do you have 49 minutes to take care of your physical and mental well-being? Let's do it! This is an energizing, twisty flow with lots of love for your hamstrings, along with core strengthening, standing balance and arm balancing, inverting, shoulder-opening good times.

  • 94 minutes

    Happy Open Hips Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Dec 7, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Lots of love for your hips in this flow that's all about using your practice to tune in and open up! Hamstring and shoulder-opening round things out, core strengthening gets you back to center, and playing on your hands is just good fun! A little arm balance mash-up, inversions at the wall or on your mat if you're ready, and whatever happens, the invitation to stay curious and practice patience and compassion! Feed what you want to grow ;) And this is an intermediate-to-advanced class so please listen to your body!

  • 92 minutes

    Wring It Right Out

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 28, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Attend to your nervous system! Treat your mat like a personal laboratory and see what's happening inside you today and what you need to find your center. This is a twisty, energizing flow that will help you wring out what isn't serving you and nourish the qualities you want to grow and offer up! We play with eagle pose and monkey pose right-side up and on our hands. A little tutorial about mulabandha and how to find it. Core strengthening, breath-of-fire, arm balances galore and many chances to turn the heat up or down. Enjoy, yogis! (Intermediate people welcome, just listen to your body xx)

  • 92 minutes

    Grasshopper Flow

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 21, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    This is a twisty, energizing flow where we wring ourselves out, get centered and fly! A block may be helpful. Expect core strengthening, arm balancing, hip, shoulder and hamstring-opening and lots of twists on our feet and on the floor. You may end up in grasshopper pose or you may explore a variation on the way there, just stay open and curious!

  • 51 minutes

    The Energizer

    By Ally Hamilton on Nov 15, 2021

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Need a full intermediate-to-advanced practice in under an hour and want to feel amazing when you're done? Look no further! We get right to it in this fun flow where we build heat quickly, fire up the core, play with arm balances and inversions, do some nice back-bending and end with all kinds of variations of bound angle pose and forward folds to leave you feeling super open and calm! You can turn the heat up or down easily, I offer lots of options, so please go with whatever feels right and give yourself lots of credit for making the time to take care of YOU!

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