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One word for Elsie is – Authentic! I have known Elsie for five of her 35 years on this planet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her YEAH!!!! And I must say our connection becomes deeper all the time as we grow and share together – she is a great friend, teacher and student. Elsie is always true to herself and takes time to steep in her heart before she makes choices to take action. I love her for all of her inspiration as she is who taught me how to do a podcast (rockin yogitechy) but kept space for me to teach myself as well. Sharing yoga with her is one of my favorite things to do. Her students are lucky to have her healing heart and conscious mind to guide them in their practice.

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Being responsible and taking care of our bills, our car, our bodies is part of yoga and action. If we ignore what we have to do then when we want to experience other delights in life there can be difficulty and even a disconnect without the foundation being cared for. Nitya karma is exactly that keeping all the ducks in a row, being accountable which the universe does all the time. Kaamya karma is where we play with what we want to do (desire) within the support of these boundaries. One is stability which offers freedom to express as the other opens us to explore the wonders of life with its duties and desires.
Traditionally the definition can be read through these links: Nitya Karmas and Kaamya Karmas.

How I am using these words is in relation to our everyday life outside of Hindu life which translates quite nicely. This was how I was taught by my teacher, Dr. Douglas Brooks.

Links: Elsie’s Yoga Kula , High Road Tee’s (in photos) , Yoga Chocolate

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Sanskrit: Karma – action , Prana – life force

Sequence Level 2:

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog Splits


Ardha Uttananasana

Sun Salutations also known as Vinyasa

Crescent Pose


Utthita Parsvakonasana


Ardha Chandrasana to Trikonasana

Prasarita Padottonasana with Clasped Hands Behind You into a Twist to Each Side


Pada Hastasana – Hands Feet Pose

Hasta Padangustasana padagusprep.JPGpadagusprep.JPGpadagus.JPG



L-Pose at the Wall –


Balasana – Childs Pose

Baddha Parsavakonasana – Bound Extended Side Angle Poseimg_1954.JPGimg_1955.JPG

Downward Facing Dog

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep – Pigeon Prep

Downward Facing Dog

Anjaneasana Thigh Stretch – Low Lunge with Thigh Stretch img_1956.JPG

Dhanurasana 2X – Bow Pose

Parsva Dhanurasana

Parvritta Balasana – Twisted Childs Pose img_1957.JPG

Extended Childs Pose

Navasana – Boat Pose –


Ardha Navasana – 1/2 Boat Poseimg_1962.JPG

Setubhanda – Bridge Pose

Supta Padangustasana



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One word for Bobbi is – Heart! I enjoy whenever she comes to class because when I look at her, she has the most open heart and smile on any given day as she thrives on the teachings of yoga. She is an amazing photographer who took all the pics for my site and also took the pictures for my wedding. I love how she sees the world and really uses yoga in her everyday making life more meaningful. Being from Australia she is able to enjoy the opportunites that America offers along with how LA is one of the best places to practice yoga.

Yoga makes her feel beautiful and I love how she shares with us a deeper part of herself in our conversation about the practice of yoga.

photo taken at City Yoga in West Hollywood

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Happy New Year! With 06 behind us and now 007 in front of us we are standing facing the unknown. We take what we know (our habits, fears, loves, patterns) into the new year hoping to do things better or differently. Samskara’s are patterns/imprints that you are born with, impressions you created and show up like groves in a record playing again and again. It’s up to us to step into the yoga and make better choices through contrast while we apply our willingness to be better on our mats and off the mats. We explore how we move and take ourselves out of the comfort zone to the unknown creating the known in a new way.

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Anusara Termonology

Please watch this for an audio explaining the 5 Principles Of Alignment

  • Muscle Energy – An embrace of the skin to muscle, muscle to bone. We hug into the midline creating stability honoring ourselves and keeping the body safely engaged.
  • Inner Spiral – A spiral flow of energy that begins at the center arch of the foot and moves up the leg taking the thighs back and widening them. Third component is broadening which makes more space.
  • Organic Energy – From the core we extend and expand lengthening the bones without loosing the muscle engergy
  • Calf Loop – Energy flows from the back of the ankle up the calf muscle and goes fwd to front of down to the front of the ankle and back through

Sanskrit: Anajali – offering Svadhyaya – self study

Sequence Level 1-2:

Sukhasana – Easy Posture

Tadasana – Mountain

Urdvah Hastasana – Upward Stretching of Hands

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend
Lunge with hands inside the foot back leg stays lifted if not able to lower knee to floor

Downdog to Vinyasa = Plank Pose – Chattarungadandasana – Cobra- Downdog



Vinyasa with Cobra /Upward Facing Dog

Crescent Pose Then to a Twist Variation of Parvritta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Extended Side Angle


Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Utthita Trikonasana – Triangle

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon

Parvritta Ardha Chandrasana – Twiste/Revolved Half Moon


Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand

Uttanasana or Balasana – Child Pose

Standing Hip Opener – img_1922.JPG img_1921.JPG

Eka Pada Galavasana – Stage One img_1924.JPG img_1926.JPG Stage Two

Down Dog


2nd Side

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – Pigeon Prep

Then to Thigh Stretch img_1927.JPG

Down Dog

Anjaneasana – Backbend Lunge

Down Dog

Ustrasana – Stage One img_1928.JPG img_1929.JPG Stage Two

Setubandha – Bridge Pose

Urdvah Danurasana -Upward Facing Bow

Supta Padangustasana with Leg Out to Side and Twist Across Body

Knees to Chest



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