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 learning something new, nothing is more valuable than mastering the basics. This practice will move you slowly through several of yoga's foundational poses, taking time to let you absorb the mechanics and feeling of each posture and transition. Whether you're brand new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you can always benefit by spending a little time on the basics. Good luck... and enjoy your practice!
Growth means change, and more often than not change is hard. This challenging practice asks you to lean into the discomfort that is an inherent part of getting stronger, becoming more flexible and deepening your ability to concentrate -- the keys to accessing your full potential.
Getting "better" at yoga is more often than not a matter of simply slowing down and taking the time to explore some of the basic poses on a deeper level. This class is an opportunity to do exactly that. Let the familiar become new again with this mindful practice designed to help you discover what you may not have realized you've been missing!
Like it or not, we all have wounds, and the less we pay attention to them, the more they tend to get the best of us. Let this practice help you take ownership of your own healing first by noticing what's there, and then working through it with patience, determination and creativity.
It's one thing to build core strength; it's another to learn how to use the strength to begin to move in new ways. This practice is designed to help you do both. No previous experience required... just a desire to get stronger and a curiosity about your own potential. Enjoy!
Never jacked your mula before? You're missing out. Don't worry, it's good clean fun, and if you want to master handstands and other arm balances, it's the key. So roll out that mat and dive on in! You're guaranteed to come out stronger and more capable than before, and you'll probably end up smiling a fair amount too.
Time to go to work! Don't worry, though. In yoga, the work is always done in a way that's meant to leave you feeling good... otherwise it's not yoga. Shoulders, core, hamstrings, hips - they all need constant attention, otherwise they get stiff or weak or both, and who wants that? So get out your yoga hammer and let's break it down!
The essence of yoga can be summed up in one word: Devotion. Dedicating ourselves with single-minded focus to whatever it is we wish to accomplish is one of the simplest things we can do to cultivate peace and joy within ourselves, and also achieve our goals. And yet it's also one of the most challenging things for most of us to do. The good news is, it just takes practice, and that's what this class is all about!
If you're like most people, backbends are tough. But if you can understand the mechanics of doing them properly, they feel amazing and can open up all kinds of possibilities in your life and practice. This class will help you figure out how to engage deeply through your shoulders and core in order to help you move deeper into your backbend practice. Go slow... and enjoy the journey!
Jeff Bridges once said of the magic of making movies, "The deeper you dig, the deeper it gets." Turns out, it's the same with yoga. Grab your headlamp and shovel and find out what magic is lurking in the depths of your being with this slow and powerful practice!