Angela's love for yoga began in 2003 after a car accident challenged her to find a way to rehab her knees.. Successfully rehabbing both knees her curiosity grew, realizing the powerful healing properties of yoga. Her interest led her to enroll in the Teacher Training with Yogaworks. She was drawn to this program because of their emphasis on anatomy, alignment principles, and proper sequencing. She was fortunate to have been paired with the very well respected, much loved, 'teachers teacher' Annie Carpenter as her mentor. She is now a strong believer as well as a student of Annie's "smart flow" yoga; a strong vinyasa flow yoga style that brings together intelligent sequencing with emphasis on safety, and proper alignment. This type of yoga strengthens tones and tightens the body, focuses the mind and allows the body to open in a safe and logical way.
Angela's classes are playful, fun and sweaty vinyasa flow sequences. Much more than simply stretching and strengthening, yoga enlivens and awakens every cell in the body creating muscles that work together harmoniously. Regular yoga practice improves posture, relieves stress, creates powerful core strength, and integrates the body and mind creating wellness in all parts of your being. Angela constantly strives to offer her students fresh perspective, creativity and inspiration in their yoga practice. She invites you to join her in a fun expressive exploration on your mat!
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
If you're looking for an energizing, core-strengthening, inverting party where you open your hamstrings and shoulders and strengthen and open your quads, calves, ankles and achilles tendon, well...look no further and grab your mat! And a couple of blocks and your sense of humor and let's play!
Want to understand how to approach your backbends safely? So much of it has to do with understanding the anatomy involved and building your foundation! Take a little trip opening the front side of your body deeply, but also strengthening your core and giving your back body lots of love so you are centered! And perhaps we'll end up in a forearm stand or scorpion forearm stand together! A block and a strap will be helpful but not essential!
Oh, hi there! Want to play with eagle pose in all kinds of ways? Me, too! This is a fabulous practice if you want to release those IT bands, get into your outer hips, strengthen your core, open your shoulders, chest and upper back, take care of your spinal health, get upside down, face your fear and have some fun! Who doesn't want that?! And we do it all in half an hour! Grab your mat and let's play!
Join me in the Practice Garden for an energizing flow that's all about the straddle! Work your inner thighs and outer hips to find stability and strength, fire up your core, and approach this practice with curiosity. A couple of firm blocks might help you find your handstand straddle, but whether you lift-off or stay right-side-up today, we're going to move, breathe, work and have some fun! You can expect lots of creative and powerful core strengthening mixed into our flow, an exploration of dolphin pose with the option for forearm stand, lots of inner thigh and outer hip engagement, frog hops, and a possible handstand straddle.
Fun with eagle pose! Get ready to open your outer hips with all kinds of eagle variations, maybe even in places you wouldn't expect like side plank! Opening the outer hips creates freedom in the low back and eagle pose is a wonderful way to explore the bandhas, open your chest and upper back, in addition to the hamstrings, hips and quads! Of course there are also options to play with eagle in forearm stand and handstand. If you're short on time but high on energy, this is for you!
Are you trying to find your handstand? Let me help you! This is a fun flow where we'll build lots of heat quickly and strengthen the core in all kinds of ways. Then we'll play with different gateway poses to get into handstand, and I promise you'll have fun. All you need are two blocks, focus, desire and a sense of play!
Double stag scorpion anyone? This is a deep, mindful flow. We don't rush, there is time to feel everything and strengthen! We open the shoulders, chest and upper back and open up the front body as well, with particular love for the quads. All this leads us to possible stag or double stag variations in forearm stand or handstand. Whether you get upside down or not, you will absolutely have plenty to do and feel, you'll release tons of tension from the shoulders and back and walk away from your mat feeling energized and open! Enjoy, yogis!
A flowing journey to awaken the spine and your energy! Backbends rule the day as we move from cat/cow variations into low lunge variations that target heart-opening. Crescent pose with more upper back, chest and shoulder opening, including fun with eagle pose and humble warrior. Once we're warm, we'll take the shoulder-opening and spinal awakening to the next level with wild thing and table top variations. If you're looking for energizing heart-opening, look no further! Enjoy, yogis!
This is a fun heat-building flow with lots of love for your legs! Long holds help to build strength, endurance and belief in yourself. If your legs don't shake at some point, I'll be very surprised! Options for handstands included, and we do break down side crow, but this flow is focused on your legs, not standing on your hands :) Enjoy!