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 single mom with two kids. 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!
Open every major muscle group, build a lot of heat, fire up your core with intense ab work, practice standing balance to strengthen your body and your ability to focus, get on your hands with options to get upside down, open your heart and your hamstrings, clear your mind, wring yourself out, have a few laughs, and take a nice rest all under an hour! You're welcome, ha!
A sweaty, intense flow where we open the hips deeply along with the shoulders, upper back and hamstrings, fire up the core and work our way toward dragonfly pose (aka grasshopper)! Modifications and building blocks are always offered. This is a fun, challenging flow that also includes some laughs along the way!
Get ready for a sweaty, fluid, fun flow where we open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and work with the idea of boundaries—respecting your own on your mat, and learning to create them calmly in your life where needed. Arm balances including crow pose and koundinyasana 2, flying pigeon (or perching pigeon as they say in the UK), and all kinds of other pigeon options to help you let go of anything you might be sitting on.
"Language... has created the word 'loneliness'
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word 'solitude'
to express the glory of being alone."
Get deep into the hips and shoulders and fire up your core as we flow and arm balance and invert ourselves until we lose ourselves and open to the quiet knowing within. The only thing to fear is never knowing yourself.
Deep into the shoulders, upper back and hamstrings we go! Inversions and arm balances and twists throughout, fun transitions and a lot of core strengthening built into the flow, and then targeted on the floor. Heart and hip opening once you're warm, and a very deep Savasana, which you will have earned.
This is an intermediate high-intensity flow with lots of heat-building on the early side. Please be ready to modify or put your knees down at any time (options given). Chaturanga push-up crunches and targeted core strengthening fire up your shoulders and abs. We use the heat to focus on opening the shoulders, upper back and chest with lots of behind-the-back clasps in a variety of poses, and twisting to wring out tension. Standing balances help us build endurance and focus. Breathe through moments of confrontation and see if you can soften around them so that you can do that off your mat as well. We work hard in this flow but don't worry, we also have lots of fun :)
Serious hip-opening leads the way, as does core strengthening. We’re heading toward astavakrasana, but along the way, we want to open the shoulders, chest and upper back so these areas don’t collapse in the arm balance. Of course, your hips and hamstrings get extra attention, and you know you need to werk that core! Feed the tendencies that strengthen and serve you, and starve the ones that don’t. Release the thoughts that were never yours, and open in the best way possible!
Perfect for the end of a tough day, times when you're feeling depleted and/or stressed out, end of a travel day, nights when you struggle with insomnia, or paired with a shorter vigorous flow (we filmed this after Rise, Shine, Energize). Sometimes we walk around as if we're supposed to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders or store tons of stuff in our hips, but it's always good to get that tension out of your body! Lots of attention given to the shoulders and hips. Enjoy x
(Props are nice if you have them, but you can make this work with a firm couch pillow, a stack of books and a tie or long belt from a robe :))
Oh my gosh did we have fun putting this together for you! This rise-and-shine has it all - hip, hamstring and shoulder opening, core and upper body strengthening, endurance-training mentally and physically, standing balance and arm balance and emotional balance! Can't think of a better way to start the day...and we had LAUGHS, too! Grab your mat and let's do this!