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!
This is a super gentle practice for days when you just want to stretch, release and open. Maybe you're feeling low energy, you might be on your cycle or fighting a cold or just needing a practice that's all about nurturing yourself and calming your nervous system. Lots of deep, mindful breathing, just enough slow flow to approach the shoulders, hips and hamstrings with the desire to release any tension - physical or emotional. We end with a soothing meditation. Be gentle with yourself. Sending you love, yogis.
This practice is all about breathing through intense sensation. This is the way we practice for breathing through intense emotion, including grief, loss, longing, the fear that can arise around change, and all the other "big" feelings we go through as human beings. The pace is mindful and steady and you can expect long holds in some poses so we can practice breathing and staying open even as we're experiencing some of those big feelings! Lots of hip-opening once we're warm - standing frog variations lead to frog on the mat, along with options for intermediate to very advanced hip openers (please listen to your knees and do not do anything that hurts!) This class was in response to a request - please know I LOVE requests! Enjoy, yogis, and keep breathing.
Did someone say legs? Also see: feet, ankles, calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, glutes and core strength! If you want to focus on grounding, opening, strengthening and feeling like you can really stand on your own two feet and trust in your resilience, this is for you! We give a lot of love to the toes, feet and ankles before we head up the legs toward the glutes and core. Deep, conscious breathing is the name of this game. You're going to feel your legs and butt for days, in all the good ways! Enjoy, yogis!
If you're short on time but want to breathe deeply, get present, build a fire in your belly and open your hips and hamstrings deeply, look no further! We pack a lot into this short practice and you may even find yourself on the way to kurmasana (tortoise pose) by the end! Please don't force a thing, though, just move, breathe and be good to you!
This is a Slow Flow/Deep Stretch class that's all about consciously deciding to slow down so we can feel more! If you are a Type A go, go, go kind of person, I relate! 30 years of yoga helps a lot, as do practices like these where we get really curious about the journey instead of racing toward the destination! This is also a great practice if you have a moderate amount of energy but really want to open deeply, or if you are practicing toward the end of the day and want to help your nervous system relax and release. We do work and you will sweat, we just work slowly and steadily. You can expect to open your shoulders and upper back, strengthen your core, target hip and hamstring opening (hello bowing goddess and revolved half frog and frog pose!) and breathe deeply throughout. Enjoy, yogis!
If you're looking for something super deep and fun - fast! - look no further. We do lots of heat-building on the early side, give the hips a lot of love, fire up that core (hello 6-minute abs you love), and fly! Koundinyasana 2, bhujapidasana, firefly pose, eight-angle pose and a wide straddle upside down. Of course we do lots of shoulder-opening along the way and our constant companion is deep, conscious breath. Couldn't decide between intermediate or advanced for this one - strong intermediate yogis are welcome, just listen to your body, have blocks handy and remember you can pause the video to work on a pose anytime!
If you're looking for a deep hip-and-shoulder release mixed into your well-rounded flow, look no further! If you've been sitting too much, we target all the areas that long to move! The shoulders, chest, upper back and neck, hip flexors and psoas, the quads and hamstrings, and of course, the all-important spine! You will find that you release energy you didn't know you had and find fluidity in your breath and in your body. A block might be handy, but isn't necessary. Enjoy, yogis!
By request, a flow for days when you're really short on time or struggling to focus, but want to get in your body and breathe, open every major muscle group, strengthen your core, take care of your spinal health (but also your emotional and mental health!) and then get back to the business of being awesome!
I had two variations of this sequence planned because I wasn't sure how much energy I had to work with - a high energy and a moderate energy version. This is NOT the moderate energy version :) This flow targets the outer hips and hamstrings. Think eagle pose, cow-faced pose, monkey pose, ardha badha padma paschimottanasana, lotus pose and more! I got a little emotional talking about the myth of Garuda and the idea that we should never shrink ourselves to make other people comfortable, thus the title of this class! I wavered between intermediate and advanced once again, but I offered modifications for the advanced poses, so please just listen to your body and enjoy this ride!
If you're looking to deepen your backbend practice or understand backbends more deeply, look no further! We warm up the spine, open the shoulders, chest, upper back, quadriceps and hip flexors and play with all kinds of backbends! King Arthur makes an appearance, and you might find yourself in kapotasana or kapotasana prep! Regardless of where you end up, backbending practices have a unique energy! They are great for times when you need a boost of confidence, or are working with depression. There is such a shift in energy when you focus on opening the front body and leading with your heart! Enjoy yogis! (This is intermediate/advanced, but if you listen to your body and back off when you need to, intermediate practitioners will be fine :)) Enjoy, yogis!
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