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.
Directing your energy is key if you want to be present for yourself and the people in your life, and also if you want to get things done! Use the focal points in your physical practice to train your mind to do one thing at a time, so the next time you cross paths with a "hater", you don't get sidelined for long!
End of a long day? dealing with insomnia? Just need to nurture yourself? Wonderful, let’s get to it. A very moderate amount of flow—just enough to build a little heat so we can deeply open the shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Lots of forward folding to calm the nervous system, and a guided yoga nidra at the end. Try savasana in bed, and get ready for sweet dreams.
Series A and Series C nice and easy to build some heat. Variations that open the shoulders and upper back, some sweet twists, a backbend (restorative or active) and then super-deep hip and hamstring opening including monkey pose, half frog, reclined hero pose, and double pigeon.
Hamstrings, hips, shoulders, twists, inversions and blanket abs! A little conversation about how to connect the spiritual aspects of the practice with the physical part, and how sometimes we really need to unlearn and relearn!
Don’t let the sweet, slow start fool you, because intense core work is just around the corner. We take that fire in the belly and head into Series C with variations, leading to skandasana, lizard pose, and koundinyasana 2. We play with crescent, eagle pose, twisted half moon, handstands and more twists to wring out any stagnant energy or ideas, and we open the heart with backbends. Inversions turn it upside down, and savasana is sweet, with a body-scan to take you deep. Enjoy the fluid movement, the heat building, the quiet mind, and the great energy of this class.
Series C so we can build some heat, and then deep into the hips and hamstrings we go. Love for the shoulders is also included. Great for days when you have low to moderate energy but really feel the need to open. Lizard pose, pigeon pose and mermaid/merman along the way. If you’re “sitting on anything” now, you won’t be soon ;)
Get into your hips in this sweaty flow, strengthen your core and your upper body, twist out what isn't serving you, and play with hippie arm balances and inversions. Start where you are with the more challenging poses, grab a block if you need one, and be patient with yourself, and curious about your process!
Hips, hamstrings and shoulders get the love! Back bends, core strengthening, arm balances and inversions along the way. I was full of stories, so if you like that, carry on, and if you don’t, carry on!! ;)