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.
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!
Once you've learned the basics, it's time to start digging a little deeper and building YOUR practice. This means applying your curiosity, patience and intelligence to explore different possibilities in order to discover the poses and ways of moving that will be most effective for you as you grow and change and your needs evolve. This practice is intended to get you started on that fascinating and neverending path. Enjoy!
Sometimes going further requires slowing down. This practice is all about taking time to investigate some of the subtler dimensions of the body and mind in order to understand ourselves on a deeper level and thus allow for new possibilities both on the mat and off.
If we want to learn to swim, there comes a point when we have to wade into slightly deeper waters. And so it is with yoga. Eventually we have to build on what the basics have taught us and move into more challenging territory. This practice is designed to introduce you to some of what lies beyond the basics and give you the tools to wade out with confidence.
An intense practice designed to help you build strength and gain confidence in your arm balances and inversions. As the saying goes, "Grip it and rip it!" Just don't forget to breathe deeply and move mindfully!
Few things feel more exhilarating in a yoga asana practice than learning how to lift yourself up. This class will move you toward building the shoulder and deep core strength required to master arm balances and inversions. Slow and steady... and doing it over and over and over is the name of the game!
Only have a little bit of time to get on your mat? No problem. This practice is designed for yogis on the go! Take as little or as much as you like. It's actually 4 shorter practices rolled into one. Part 1 moves you through some gentle warm ups, connecting breath with movement. Part 2 moves into some core work, but if you don't have the time or energy for that, you can skip to the 30 minute mark and get into the deeper stretching and balance work in Part 3, and when you're ready you can work on your headstand and then cool it down in Part 4. Enjoy!!