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 deep back-bending, heart-opening flow! Expect lots of shoulder, chest and upper-back opening, love for the psoas, hip flexors, quads and hamstrings, standing balance, twists, core strengthening, arm balances and inversions! When we are sweaty I will offer you options for kapotasana prep and drop-backs. We start this practice with grounding and breath and after a deeply heart-opening practice, I will lead you in yoga nidra in savasana. Intermeditae students are welcome - I give building blocks and options for everything along the way, just make sure you listen to your body and treat it with respect and compassion! This is a fabulous practice for days when you have a good amount of energy, and times when you feel you need a boost in courage or are struggling with situational depression. This will open you right up!
This is a deep, hip-and-shoulder opening flow designed to help you soften, release and open. We do lots of heat-building along the way. You may find yourself flying like a crow or a firefly, standing on your head or your hands, or opening your hips, shoulders, hamstrings and chest in ways that surprise you. Try to release your attachment to the destination, and just feel the freedom in giving yourself permission to be right where you are!
Yoga Nidra is translated as yogic sleep. Ideally, this is the state we find ourselves in when we surrender in savasana. We've moved all this energy around while practicing, and now we can find ourselves in a state of conscious awareness. Not quite awake, not quite asleep...right in that sweet space of just being. For many people though, the moment the body stops moving, the mind wants to start racing again. You can use this practice at the end of any and every session on the site to help you find the deepest savasana ever. You can also use this as a stand-alone meditation practice anytime you want to quiet your mind and calm your nervous system. Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation and a beautiful practice anytime you experience stress, anxiety, depression or insomnia. It has also been shown to help with PTSD. Enjoy this deep state of rest yogis <3
This is a steady, heat-building flow where we go deeper and deeper into the hips but we keep it casual. We're not trying to get anywhere, we're just enjoying the experience of practicing together, listening intently to what our bodies have to tell us, and seeing what unfolds. This is an intermediate flow, but we do play with some advanced poses without any pressure whatsoever, and with modifications offered so you can turn the heat up or down!
How open do you want to get? Asking because this practice will deeply open your hips and shoulders so we can play with some fun poses that include compass pose, eight-angle pose, every pigeon variation you can think of including Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, along with back bends, core work and opportunities to get upside down! We follow up this fun, deeply opening practice with yoga nidra in savasana. Give yourself some extra time to go deep and see what you find :)
This is a delicious, steady flow with moments of intense heat-building as we go deeper and deeper into the hips and hamstrings. Maybe you'll end up turning into a monkey, a lizard, a pigeon or a human who stands on your head! Maybe your backbends will feel incredible. No matter what happens today, can you cultivate a little compassion for yourself and patience with your process and your practice? You're going to be your own constant companion on this adventure, so let's make sure you're in kind company, shall we?
Hello, yogis! By request, here is a full-length class! 75 minutes of asana and 15 minutes of yoga nidra and savasana. The flow is full of hip opening and core strengthening so we can safely play with binds in bird of paradise and half moon. 6 minute abs because I love you and because you'll need them for koundinyasana 2, crow pose, and options to play with bhujapidasana and firefly pose, and a mashup of crow, firefly and koundinyasana if you like mashups like I do! If you're feeling frisky and want to work on wide straddles in your handstands, I give you tips and tools, or you can take an L pose or keep it restorative. Yoga Nidra in savasana so you rest deeply after working hard. Ready?
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!
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