I love yoga, pure and simple. Like many people, it helped me change my life in tremendously positive ways, and the more I practice the more I realize how much is possible, and how truly awesome life can be. This is the gift I try to pass along with the yoga I teach.
Sometimes people ask me how long I've been practicing, and I'm never sure what to tell them. In some ways, I began practicing without even realizing it when I was about eight years old, when a doctor prescribed me a regimen of "exercises" to correct a mild case of Scoliosis. The doctor told me the exercises would be difficult and require a lot of discipline. Instead, I found them not that difficult and kind of fun... so I just kept doing them all through my teens and 20's, long after the Scoliosis had been corrected. It wasn't until I was almost thirty-five years old that I walked into a yoga class and realized I'd been practicing yoga all along, albeit without proper guidance. The timing turned out to be auspicious. I was looking to make some changes in my life, and yoga came calling. Within a month I dropped everything and went to Bali to attend an intensive teacher training, and when it was over I came home to LA and started teaching. Less than two years later I was named one of the top 30 yoga instructors in Los Angeles, which felt good, but what felt even better was that I'd found meaningful work that I truly loved, that kept me in good health and that introduced and connected me to an amazing community of dedicated, inspiring people.
I was trained at Radiantly Alive in Bali, where I learned that yoga is not simply a practice of poses, as I'd previously thought. It's a methodology that opens the door for people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy good health in body, mind and spirit, to live out dreams and explore passions, to be able to find joy in almost all things and peace in the rest, and to be able to share both with family, friends, peers and community. Simply put, I discovered that yoga is living at its best, and that it doesn't require any special amounts of wealth or enlightenment or anything else. It just takes practice. A continuous, committed effort to educate your mind, activate your body, uplift your spirits and face your fears, demons, shadows and weaknesses. Through my training, I learned to incorporate aspects of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Bhakti, as well as other disciplines, which I combine in the classes I teach to create a thoughtful blend of conscious movement designed to help people explore their edges safely, and ultimately move past them.
Teaching is a gift, and I feel very blessed to be sharing this passion. I'm eternally grateful to Daniel Aaron, the founder of Radiantly Alive, as well as the many other teachers I've encountered along the way in Los Angeles and beyond who have shined a light on this amazing practice and thus afforded me the pleasure of doing the same for others.
In the name of limitless possibility: Om... In the hope of abiding peace as one of those possibilities: Shanti... and in the spirit of unity, love and respect among all living creatures: Namaste.
Inversions can feel intimidating, but they don't need to be. It's all about taking things slowly and letting yourself feel the connections in the poses you CAN do in order to start moving into poses that have previously seemed unattainable. This practice will teach you some of the basics of going upside down, and help you build confidence to start feeling more comfortable with your head on the ground and your feet in the air. Enjoy!
The "macaco" is a challenging, dynamic movement that comes from the Capoeira tradition, but there's no reason why it can't be incorporated into a yoga practice. If you're feeling comfortable with wheel pose and looking to explore some different ways to move, why not check out the macaco and see if it's for you. Warning: You might have fun!!
In case the title of this class wasn't clear, this practice is all about shoulders -- stretching them, strengthening them and learning how to use them to make poses you can already do more stable, as well as how to work toward doing poses that are currently a little beyond where you are. Take your time, breathe deep and enjoy the journey!!
To all the people out there who either used to practice yoga and loved it but for one reason or another fell out of practice, or the people who have always wanted to start a yoga practice but for whatever reason have never made the time or have felt too intimidated to start, this practice is for you. Once you acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with the practice, you come to realize that Yoga is an old friend who it's always good to spend some time with no matter how long it's been. Enjoy!
When it comes to improving at anything, a lot of progress can be made simply by working hard. At some point, though, in order to continue getting better we have to begin paying closer attention to what we're doing and how we're doing it. This challenging, mindful practice encourages you tune in, take your time and look at the habits that might be holding you back from experiencing your full potential. Enjoy!
Arm balances can take a lot of work to master, but once you've got the hang of it they can become quite fun. Maybe the most fun arm balance of all is Tittibhasana. If you're looking to take your arm balance game to the next level, this practice will help. Enjoy!
When it comes to building strength and learning to arm balance, it would be hard to overstate the importance of learning to access and engage your core. This practice will show you a few simple moves you can do to help you build awareness of the various muscles that make up your core, as well as how to use them to create lift in arm balancing postures. Enjoy!