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!
We build a lot of nice heat in a fun flow that involves true love for the hips, hamstrings and shoulders. We fire up the core and play with arm balances. Once we're warm, oh my goodness do we open those hips. Virasana, half virasana, skandasana variations, monkey pose, double pigeon and a seriously deep savasana. You'll be wrung out for sure!
This flow targets the hips, hamstrings and core. We begin with some gentle twists and stretches on the floor to say hello to the hips and hamstrings, add a little breath of fire, and start the party with core work. Then we get on our feet for Series C, crescent pose variations, standing balance including eagle pose, standing splits and standing marichyasana, baby bakasana, lizard and pigeon pose variations, a quick headstand tutorial and then a well-earned savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
Heat-building for days when you have a good amount of energy and not a lot of time! Chaturanga push-up crunches, jump-switches and core strengthening get us nice and warm quickly, so we can play with standing balance like eagle pose, and then turn that eagle upside-down in a handstand if you're ready for that! Lots of love for the hips, shoulders and hamstrings, and some laughs along the way, too! Enjoy!
Perfect for days when you have a moderate amount of energy, but want a nice sweat and a deep stretch at a steady pace. Connect to your breath, center yourself, and listen to your body. There are opportunities for arm balances and inversions, but maybe today is a day where you'd be better to turn the heat down, you decide! Longer holds, lots of love for your hips and shoulders, core-strengthening and a little talk about svadhyaya, self-study. Use this time on your mat to observe not just what your physical body needs and wants, but also what your emotional body needs and wants from you. Lots of love, yogis.
Feeling a moderate amount of energy but looking for a nice boost? Grab your mat and join us for lots of core strengthening, standing balance, twists, arm balances, backbends, inversions and all kinds of fun. After you build that heat and fire yourself up, we'll cool it down with some deep hip and hamstring openers. Walk away from your mat feeling open, free and energized.
Short on time but want to fire up your core and really open your hips? Let's do this! Series A and C to get warm, serious core strengthening to turn up that heat, and some nice, deep hip opening as we flow with standing frog variations, hip-opening on your back, lizard pose with options to go deep and all kinds of fun!
Nobody can make you feel anything unless you let them - but if you let me, I'm about to make you feel lots of things! Tons of core strengthening, standing balance, bandha work, eagle pose, standing spilts, twists on our feet and in arm balances (a little tutorial in eka pada koundinyasana which you can turn into dwi pada and/or fallen angel), chaturanga pushup crunches, marichyasana on your feet, a tutorial in transitioning from crow pose to tripod headstand, and handstand work! The pace is steady, this is a practice that will gently and continually demand your focus as we explore the topics of how much we allow ourselves to be swayed by what's happening around us, how much we take things personally, and how much better we feel when we retain our center and our power. Sometimes you need to detox your body and your mind!! Enjoy, yogis!
This is a high-energy flow with tons of serious core strengthening and a lot of twisting, standing balance, arm balances, headstands and handstand variations. Definitely good for days when you have lots of energy to burn :)
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
If you want to sweat, have some fun, open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings, fire up your core, play with arm balances and inversions, open your heart, quiet your mind and land in a very sweet, meditative savasana then this is for you!