Meredith Redding (MA, LMFT) is a Los Angeles-based mind-body psychotherapist, yoga instructor, writer, actor, and proud puppy mama. Meredith views yoga as a profound, practical, and time-tested practice that teaches us to move through the slings and arrows of life with more grace and skill (humor, too :).
Meredith completed her formal 200- and 500-hour teacher training through YogaWorks in Santa Monica, studying under the expert eyes of Lisa Walford, Annie Carpenter, and Julie Kleinman. Meredith continues to study with Ally Hamilton and Daniel Stewart, both of whom (alongside her 3 year old cocker spaniel Delilah) are among her greatest spiritual teachers. Meredith is known for her practical application of yoga to address emotional and mental health, and teaches in elite treatment centers throughout Los Angeles. She is the resident yoga and meditation teacher at Psychological Care and Healing Treatment, an internationally renowned residential treatment center for depression and trauma. Meredith pioneered the mind-body yoga program for pregnant and parenting teens at New Village Charter High School in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. She continues to work with at risk youth as a therapist and teacher.
Meredith draws from a decade of dedicated yoga practice, along with 20 years of dance, movement, and theatre training. She completed her Masters in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2011, and draws inspiration from the works of Carl Jung, Jospeh Campbell, and Pema Chodron. Meredith's classes focus on using the physical practice to empower students to take up space, ground into the body, quiet the mind, and reconnect to a place of deep compassion for themselves and for the world.
Meredith's approach as a therapist and yoga instructor is rooted in somatic psychology, mindfulness, poetic imagination, and the belief in the innate capacity within all of us to become whole. Meredith is a lover of poetry, Woody Allen, and black tea. She tries not to take herself too seriously.
"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love." - Carl Sagan
Whether it's the breakup of a relationship, the loss of a friendship, a life transition, or an emotional wound rising to the surface, this sequence is designed to support you as you move through change and uncertainty. Develop the capacity to breathe through discomfort, soothe your nervous system, and keep your heart open even when moving through the dark. Use your yoga practice to remember, in your bones, the very fundamental truth that "Right now it's like this." It will change. And then it will change. And then it will change again. May you find peace amidst your pain.
At the foundation of happiness rests gratitude. Follow this meditation to strengthen the muscle of gratitude so it can move from being a thought to a feeling. That feeling resembles something like happiness. Program the mind to move from preoccupation with negativity, scarcity, jealousy, depression, fear, and unrest. Cultivate perspective toward your problems, and experience freedom from the ego's addiction to "more more more" with the exquisite experience of "enough."
Learn a simple focusing meditation to settle the mind into the present moment. If you are experiencing anxiety, catastrophizing about the future, regretting or ruminating about the past, this practice gives your mind a concrete task to bring you back to the here and now.
Metta- LovingKindness Self Esteem Meditation Cultivating friendliness & Self Love: A depression antidote. As important as your triceps, biceps, or hamstrings, "Metta" or Lovingkindness is a muscle essential to well being. Learn this transformational meditation to re-train the mind to adopt a more loving inner voice. No matter how critical or shaming your thoughts may be, like a muscle, Lovingkindness a can be developed, trained, and strengthened with consistent and dedicated practice. Ideal meditation to cope with feelings of depression, low self esteem, or isolation. May you be happy, healthy, and know peace.
A dedicated sequence to support overstimulated, overwhelmed psyches and nervous systems. Learn techniques to slow down racing thoughts, soothe muscle tension, catch your breath, and learn to ride the waves of anxiety with more ease and agency. Specific postures are introduced to ground and calm you and reconnect you to a sense of spaciousness even amidst the most constricting fear. There is a way through! Breathe.
Boundaries, Bullies and Breath. It is never okay to bully anyone, and that includes yourself. That includes your body. Use your physical practice to explore how you stand up for yourself amidst bullies, inner and outer. Ground into your body to identify and assert your boundaries physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Strengthening core work utilizing some pilates techniques prepares students to begin playing with inversions. We break down handstand and headstand to explore venturing into the unknown with compassion and courage and not the least bit of bullying:) Take up space!
Ground-and-go energizing sequence to wake up the body and breakthrough fatigue while still soothing any frazzled nerves or worried minds. We start in Malasana, low squat, and build the flow from that grounded, open place. We continue to open the hips and shoulders with a variety of bound lunges, and play with bakasana, the blueprint of all arm balances. Mindful breath-work integrated through every posture to cultivate presence and deep mind-body integration . We close with this compassion affirmation:
May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I know the beauty of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for the world.
Moksha Monday! To celebrate the Fourth of July we focus on the theme of freedom on a physical, mental, and energetic level. Moksha means liberation and it's what it's all about. Use this strong but accessible physical practice to liberate the body from constriction and unnecessary tension all the while focusing the mind to find space and freedom from it's relentless, redundant chatter. Starting in hero's pose we prepare the hips for a juicy standing flow with emphasis on internal rotation, chalk full of crescents, Warrior 1 and 3, and eagle variations with shoulder and heart openers. We leave time for cooling forward folds and some interesting restorative variations involving a strap to help emancipate the hips and hamstrings. Be free! "The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." Albert Camus
Sweet surrender. Explore forward folds from all angles, surrender to gravity to support decompression in the spine, lengthening through the muscles, and a stilling of the mind. Open the hamstrings, soften the heart:) Soothing sequences for overstimulated/stressed nervous systems.
Shrug a little. If you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, or maybe just tension from a tough day, this class is here for you. It features shoulder openers galore as we flow through eagle variations, exalted and humble warrior sequences, bound side angle and triangle poses, and liberated half moons. A challenging, playful flow to build heat and set the foundation to safely move into juicy heart-opening backbends. Meredith will keep you on your toes as she mixes up lefts and rights in the warm up---did she make a mistake or was it all intentional to keep you present? You decide! Emphasis on the exhale and softening the system out of a brace mode into a more supple, receptive, and open posture.