I grew up in NYC and thought I'd never live anywhere else. I went to Columbia University, and began practicing yoga during my senior year with the incomparable Dharma Mittra. Fell completely in love with it and watched it change my life. Moved to L.A. in January 2001 to continue teaching and to explore the L.A. yoga scene. Realized I love being by the ocean and the mountains. Never left. Had my son in November of 2006. Opened a yoga studio with my business partner Dorian Cheah in 2009, Yogis Anonymous, at the same time I had my daughter. Pretty much didn't sleep for a year, but wouldn't trade it for anything. Feel totally blessed to have assembled such an amazing, gifted group of teachers under one roof. Used to say things like, "everything happens for a reason", but I've seen some things that are so incomprehensibly heartbreaking I don't try to wrap things up in neat little packages like that anymore. Do my best to witness what's happening around me, and to witness the way I respond. Believe in personal accountability, and in doing the work to get right with yourself. I think the natural state of all humans is love. It's not a scientific study, but I've birthed two babies into this world, and I think we arrive full of love and curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear and limitations and mistrust. I teach because yoga helps us unlearn those things, heal what needs to be healed, and return to our natural state, again, LOVE. I try to spread some wherever I go. Don't always succeed. When I don't show up the way I'd like to, I examine what happened and figure out how to do better next time.
For days when you need self care and nurturing more than a butt-whooper. Series C leads us into really deep hip and hamstring opening, lots of long holds and deep breathing, and forward folds to calm the nervous system. Two blocks might be helpful but aren't necessary. Think lizard, frog and pigeon pose and lots of love for your hamstrings too.
Lots of heat-building with Series A, C (with variations to open the hips and shoulders), and B, to continue the hip-focus. Arm balances and core work and inversions, oh my! A little fun with handstand jumps (if you don’t have a bolster, a firm couch pillow should do the trick!) Let’s play!
Rolling through the normal ups and downs of life with more ease, strength and grace is what we're after, yes? Practice the reality that you are not in control of most things (including this sequence, haha), but stay strong and centered anyway, as we open the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up the core, get on our hands, and play upside down!
When you're feeling low or anxious, just getting out of bed and on your mat can be a struggle, but there's no doubt that moving around, syncing up your breath with your movement, and gently opening the heart and hips will help to disrupt the cycle! Build just a little heat with me, and then open up the front and back of the body. Heart openers (backbends) help with depression, and forward folds are very calming for the nervous system, ESPECIALLY if you focus on breathing deeply, and exhaling fully. You are not alone. Let's do this together. Much love, and remember, feelings are not forever!
Serious Flow, serious core strength. We aren't messing around! Get ready for full boat and half-boat, breath-of-fire, dolphin plank and many other goodies. Use the heat to play with arm balances and inversions, and chill it all out with deep hip, shoulder and hamstring opening. Savasana is a just dessert!
Open every major muscle group, targeting your hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Wring yourself out, play with a little side plank, fire up your core, open up your heart, and head into some nice deep hip openers. Then, relaaaaaax.
Want to get right to it? Me, too. Get into your hips and hamstrings from all possible directions as you breathe deeply. If you want to really chill but also deeply open, this is for you. Perfect for before bed, days when you have little to no energy, times you're fighting insomnia, getting over a cold, or just want to open your hips like never before.
Sometimes you have to unlearn a way of thinking or being, an idea that you have, or a coping mechanism that may have served you at one time but is now blocking you. Get on your mat, and sweat, breathe and move as you feed the tendencies that serve you, and erode the ones that don't!
Overcome perfectionism in this challenging but fun flow focused on hip & shoulder opening, arm balancing, core strengthening, & inverting. The theme emerged as I had to excuse myself to run to the ladies room, & as I screwed up the sequence. Years ago, I would have kicked myself. Today, we laugh together, & all works out in the end. If you have a loud inner critic, ignore it! Feed a loving voice.
Hips, hamstrings and shoulders get the love in half an hour! Center yourself, breathe, fire up your core, open your heart and every major muscle group. Tune in, take stock, create peace, kick ass. Namaste.