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When we choose to soften and listen in our life, we begin to open up to a deeper place within ourselves that is powerful on its own without pushing it in any direction by paying close attention we flow into be-ing. Giving ourselves permission to connect to our inner voice and surroundings takes passive action – it’s softer, more sensitive. This may be scary for some of us to allow the world to come to us but actually it takes us into parts of ourselves that may not be readily attuned. We all have this ability but it takes practice to see and be who we are. We have the freedom to ignore everything but if we take he time to soften, light a candle, say a prayer creating a sacred place we will uncover this grand energy that is closer to you than your breath.

Before you do you do your practice, I invite you to check in to see if you have the tendency to just push through and not listen to your body and perhaps you can deepen your awareness by creating a space to let the world come to you and receive.

CHECK OUT: Yoga Peeps on March 15th Lara Crestone interviewed me, bless her!

LULULEMON in Santa Monica this wed at 7pm till 8pm I am teaching class

Thank you Elsie for your sweet pics…

Sanskrit: Shakti – Energy, creativity, Ujjayi (triumphantly uprising)

Sequence: Level 1/2

All 4’s

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend

Samasthiti

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana

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Plank to Down dog to Plank to Downward Facing Dog to Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra

Downward FAcing dog to Uttananasana

Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutes

Uttanasana – Walk Hands to the Side for a Twist

Srya Namaskar with Upward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

Virabahdrasana One – Warrior One

Vinyasa to Second Side Warrior One

Down Dog to Uttanasana to Wide Uttanasana with Shoulder Stretch

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana

Crescent Pose with Arms Flowing Up and Back to Anjali Mudra 3X

Jump and Switch Second Side

Vinyasa

Downward Facing Dog to Vashistasana vashi.jpgvashi-stg1.jpg

Balasana – Childs Pose to Downward Facing Dog

Vira 2 – Warrior 2 to Uttitha Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2 back to Uttita Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2

Vinyasa

Down Dog with Twist Holding Shin or Thigh of Opposite leg

Virasana with Ujjai Breath virasana-wblanket.jpgvirasana.jpg

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – Pigeon Prep

Downward Facing Dog

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Hanumanasana – front splits (I said 2x but we didnt do it you can if you’d like) hanamanasana.jpgimg_1966.JPG

Downward Facing Dog to Uttanasana

Sukasana Twist then Fold Forward then Switch Cross and then Do Both Sides Again with Fwd Fold

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Knees to Chest

Savasana

Namaste!

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One word for Lisa is – Commitment! 40 days ago Lisa came to my class at City Yoga – this was her first and that is when she decided to partake in the 40 day for $140 program there. Looking at her I thought she has been doing this for many years it must of been her flexible mind and openness of being a healer that kept her in great shape. She came to all of my classes and was working through life’s challenges and eventually I could see she became lighter as she found her freedom to be Herself! A beauty for sure and what a lovely woman who has utilized her practice in such a productive way. You will definitely tap into her authenticity as she shares honestly from her heart. Congrats to her for sticking to 40 days and perhaps you will be inspired to take on such an awesome commitment for your personal growth. YEAH!

  • 40 Days: taken from the City Yoga Site which was also the flyer content. In many traditions it is believed that it takes 40 days to make or break a habit. If you do something for 40 days straight you can forge new neural pathways and fill in old, outdated ones. What have you always wanted to create in your life? What patterns aren’t working for you anymore? Are you ready to change? These questions apply to your whole life, however, yoga is one place where we can manifest change rapidly.
  • In Sikh Traditions it is used I also found a book that the Author Ilene Segalove who wrote a book about it.
  • Dr. Judith Orloff – she is a master of intuition
  • Chai Tea Recipe from Dr. Lad

PLEASE COME TO LULULEMON WED MARCH 7th @ 7pm FREE CLASS!

Photo Note: Lisa and I in a partner variation of Parvritta Janu Sirsasana with my puppy Mala and her fav bird toy

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Karma (Action) is a word some of us refer to everyday to explain a boomerang of events that happen from what we do. We may even see it when we are getting a cup of coffee/tea in the morning on the counter a “Good Karma” cup inviting up to leave a tip. I have read that most philosophical schools say that karma is action and from what we do there is a response to our choices, ramifications or reactions. But when I delved deeper, I learned about the Wheel of Karma talking about life which says that being in the body means you have more work to do that you didn’t do in the last life – I did not like this at all in some way it says that life is a punishment.

Today, I invite you to see how your life is a blessing and there is nothing to get out of but to go in and creatively step into your life, the world we want to live in by applying our intention with right action. I invite you to see that you did nothing wrong to be here but that the divine chose to be you and that you have the opportunity to enjoy being in this marvelous body.

Tantra offered me the perspective to see that we are not stuck in a yoga that is filled with dogma of what we have to do but that we choose what we do to create our life. Contemplate about life not being a set of rules to design your outcomes but that you can find your way to discover that many opportunities to change the way you are becoming even better using right action to live more fully on and off your mat.

Sanskrit: Dharma: personal duty or the architecture of what is (Buddha taught it as truth), Seva: selfless service, Biga: seed
Sequence Level 1:

Balasana – Child’s Pose

All 4’s to Cat/Cow Pose

Down Dog

Straight leg lunge to Crescent Pose Prep

Plank to Salabasana then Cobra – Bhujangasana/Upward Facing Dog

Uttanasana up to Tadasana

Uttanasna to Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II then to

Ostrich pose w/hands clasped behind back img_1769.JPG

Vinyasa

Uttitha Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Down Dog to Uttanasana to Samasthiti

Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand tn-4.jpgtn-1.jpgtn-2.jpg

Down Dog to Trikonasana

Parsvottonasana

Down Dog

Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior I to

Parvritta Parsvakonasana – Twisted Side Angel Pose

Downward Facing Dog

Pigeon Prep with Thigh Stretch

Agnistambasana – Fire Log Pose img_2005.JPG sweet elsieimg_2004.JPG (sickled foot)

Purvottanasana – Table Top Pose 2X

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Setubhanda – Bridge Pose or Urdvah Dhanurasana – Upward Facing Bow(pics on the way with blanket)

Sukhasana Twist – Easy Seated Pose with Twist

Janu Sirsasana – Head to Knee

Agnistambasana – Fire Log

Balasana – Childs Pose

Savasana – Corpse

Namaste!

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One word for Elena is – Poetic! When I was in NYC I had time to take an inspiring yoga class at Vira Yoga with friend and teacher Elena Brower. Amazing how energy is different in NY and LA, in NY on foot moving with people, LA in cars separate from others – what a different dance on the coasts. In class we moved our bodies and went deep into our breath focusing on our back body. It is crucial to listen, slow down and receive boy am I happy for that reminder.

Happy 5th Birthday to Vira Yoga which is really exciting to be part of and auspicious to share my 5th year of teaching with. Now Elena is a wife, mother, teacher and business owner together we hear how yoga helps her to listen and how she experience’s the world moving towards her.

fun note: I had my camera but the battery was dead. Yeah! for technology and camera phones thanks to Boru for taking this sweet Tree Pose @ Vira


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The yoga of Patanjali offers us Yoga Sutras including the 8 limbs of yoga. Within these 8 limbs are the Yamas (social interaction with others) and Niyamas (interaction we have with ourselves). There are 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas making them kinda like the 10 commandments of yoga. For this class I focused on 3 of the Niyamas – Tapas (effort), Svadhyaya (self-study) , and Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender to the divine). In life we mostly do, effort and forget to feel the connection to something bigger but when we take time to reflect or study we can see where we are with both. In yoga effort is important to get to the mat keep your arms strong in down dog but to leave space to soften even surrender to this greater energy. Through self-study on and off the mat using scriptures or any books that take you deeper one can see there tendency and make a choice to see balance of these actions.

Links: NYC – Vira Yoga , Elsie’s Yoga Kula, The Spiritual Tourist by Mick Brown

Sanskrit: Chin mudra or Om mudra

Sequence Level 2 :

Downward facing dog with split and twist

Straight leg lunge

Down Dog

Uttanasana

Urdvah Hastasana

Shoulder opener hands clasped behind back then fold fwd to Uttanasana

Plank to Vinyasa

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Utthita Parsvakonasana – Stage one elbow on knee , full pose hand to floor outside bent leg  or bounded variation-img_1954.JPG

Vinyasa going thru Chattarunga back through to Down Dog

Trikonasana

Prasarita Padottonasana – hands clasped

Uttanasana

Malasana – (garland) to Bakasana – crane also known as crow bakasana.jpg

then back to Malasana

Uttanasana

Samasthiti

Vinyasa

Plank to Vashistasana – vashi.JPG

Down Dog

Parsvottonasana to Parvritta Parsvottonasana (w/blocks or not)

Down Dog

Vashistasana – second stage leg lifted or with tree pose legs- vashistg2.jpg

Down Dog

Eka Pada Rajakapostasana – pigeon prep then to a Twisted variation img_1793.JPG

Down Dog

Anjanasana Thigh Stretch – img_1956.JPG

Setubhanda – bridge pose

Urdvah Dhanurasana 2X

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Baddha Konasana

Trianga Mukha Paschimottonasana

Sukasana

Meditation

Savasana

Namaste!

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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

Uttanasana

Ardha Uttananasana

Sun Salutations also known as Vinyasa

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Vinyasa

Ardha Chandrasana to Trikonasana

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

Uttanasana

Pada Hastasana – Hands Feet Pose

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Uttasana

Samasthiti

L-Pose at the Wall –

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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 –

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Ardha Navasana – 1/2 Boat Poseimg_1962.JPG

Setubhanda – Bridge Pose

Supta Padangustasana

Meditation

Savasana

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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

Uttanasana

Tadasana

Vinyasa with Cobra /Upward Facing Dog

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

Vinyasa

Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Utthita Trikonasana – Triangle

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon

Parvritta Ardha Chandrasana – Twiste/Revolved Half Moon

Uttanasana

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

Uttanasana

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

Savasana

Namaste!

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One word for Kira is – Generous! I had the blessed opportunity to take X-mas weekend off in Ojai with my husband and puppy at the Lavendar Inn and had a blast hangin with Kira. (thanks to Lara from Yoga Peeps who suggested I interview her..) Ojai has made an impact on Kira’s life on and off the mat. It has taken her deeper into herself, the relationship to yoga and life in a small town.

We shared stories and practiced in her sweet studio which she allowed us to do for both days – sweet huh? I also stopped in their store Bhavantu at Lulu B’s ran by the cool Catherine Nation – a fashion yogini as well and ate at her husbands cafe Iron Pan – it’s worth just a drive to chow down fantastic eats.

Links:

  • Lulu Bhanda’s – great pages inside click on Channel Yoga to see some great videos of Yoga

Sanskrit words:

Guru – teacher or weighty one Savasana – corpse pose Ashtanga – means 8 or referred to 8 limbs of yoga along with it being a style of yoga Asana – pose or posture of your heart

Photo: Kira and I in partner navasana (boat pose) in her sweet studio…


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