My yoga classes aim to awaken inner resources for personal healing and to bring students into alignment with their full potential to thrive both on and off the mat. I balance precise asana instruction and alignment with intention, breath, flow, meditation, and music in classes carefully themed to deepen the student's understanding of yoga.
My classes are infused with love! I focus on the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit while guiding everyone to work at their own pace in a safe, playful, and transformative environment. I encourage students to cultivate authentic self-worth, experience presence in their entire being, and tread the path to higher consciousness.
Central to my teaching is a belief that the more people learn to be present to themselves, the more they are likely to become present to their communities and the greater world. My prayer and vision is that we all rise up and become the light and healing our world so dearly needs.
I received my 200 hour Certification from Center for Yoga in 2004, participated in the Work-scholar Program at Esalen Institute in 2006, and earned my B.A. from Naropa University in 2007. My Major was Traditional Eastern Arts with a 1,000 hour Yoga Teacher Training Concentration; my Minor was Somatic Psychology. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing with a 550 hour Massage Certification. That same year I lived at a wellness center in Auroville, India where I taught yoga and dance. In 2010 I received my professional training to practice Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I graduated from Sofia University in 2013 with my M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology and a Specialization in Transpersonal Life Coaching. In 2014 I produced a yoga DVD titled The Yoga of Food: A Whole Person Approach to Eating and in 2016 I produced a meditation CD titled Body Love, Soul Purpose. In 2017 I went on to co-found Body Love, Soul Purpose as a community organization with my good friend Rachel.
I currently practice and teach in Los Angeles and lead retreats worldwide. I love the LA beach community and live in El Segundo with my partner Josh.
In Sanskrit Purusha means The Witness and it’s one of the goals of our practice: to cultivate presence and awareness with whatever is arising. In this session try being an open, non-judgmental witness to any sensations, emotions, and thoughts that surface while using the breath as your anchor for staying calm and grounded.
What to expect: Cat cow, low lunge, 1/2 splits, Series A, warrior flow, warrior 2, reverse triangle, triangle, half moon, wide leg forward fold, twisted triangle, pyramid, side plank, dancer’s bridge, L pose at the wall, crow, core work, bridge, happy baby, seated forward folds, spinal twists, and savasana.
This is a gentle practice that will help you connect to your breath while opening your hips and heart. It’s perfect if you’re in the mood for a deep stretch and some mental relaxation.
You can expect a lot of encouragement around deep breathing as well as sukhasana, cat/cow, down-dog, low lunge, lizard, single pigeon, reverse table top, bridge, happy baby, janu sirsasana, paschimottanasana, spinal twists, and savasana.
Enjoy, yogis! xo Josie
What to expect: a present-moment body scan, intention setting, sukhasana, cat/cow, plank warm up, sun salutations, crescent/warrior flow, bow pose, hip opening, forward folds, fish pose, 1/2 happy baby, spinal twists and savasana. Enjoy!
Be with your intention, your breath, and your body, practicing patience with keeping your awareness to what’s present.
What to expect: a gentle warm up, Series A, humble warrior flow, crescent, warrior 2/3, reverse warrior, simple twist, side plank, dancer’s bridge, standing splits, core work, pyramid, camel, inversions, bridge/wheel, thread the needle, forward folds, final spinal twist & savasana. Enjoy, yogis! xo
The deeper you breathe, the better you will feel when you step off the mat. Focus on self-care while honoring your experience in the moment.
What to expect: a gentle warm up, Series A, sun salutations, dancing warrior, humble warrior, crescent, warrior 3, standing splits, triangle, half-moon, dancer’s bridge, supported shoulder stand, hip and heart opening, forward folds, spinal twisting, and savasana. Enjoy, yogis! xo
This is a well-rounded vinyasa flow session.Your goal is to stay focused on your breath and sensations in your body while staying calm through the fire and challenges of the practice. Enjoy!
What to expect: intention setting, cat/cow, down dog, sun salutations, warrior 1/skandasana flow, easy twist, side plank, dancer’s bridge, half moon, triangle, exalted warrior, pyramid, warrior 3, standing splits, malasana, crow, core work, inversions, camel, virasana, fish pose, thread the needle, happy baby, spinal twists and savasana!
Practice mindful awareness: being present on purpose while holding space for whatever arises with openness, kindness and curiosity.
What to expect: Cat/cow, sun salutations, crescent/warrior 1 flow, humble warrior, triangle, half moon, extended side angle, dancer’s bridge, bird of paradise, pyramid, reverse triangle, stranding splits, reverse table top, hip opening, forward folds, twists, and savasana!
This practice supports health, wholeness and balance at every level of your being. Use the rhythm of your breath as the foundation of the practice. Be open to whatever arrives with curiosity, kindness and non-judgment. You can expect intention setting, cat-cow, series A, a warrior flow, extended side angle, half moon, wild thing, malasana, navasana, reverse table top, inversions, bridge, happy baby pose, thread the needle, forward folds, spinal twists and a restful savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
This is a well-rounded vinyasa practice that will guide you through a gentle warm up, a heat building flow sequence and a relaxing cool down. In each asana see if you can soften the struggle - whether it be physical, emotional or mental. Meet any intense sensation, emotion or negative thought pattern with the breath and with a positive intention. See what naturally begins to shift, strengthen or release on its own. Enjoy!