Congratulations Ashlee!

Congratulations Ashlee!

Congratulations to my student, Ashlee! Ashlee completed her 200hr Teacher Training with me, at Baja Soul Yoga, in Cabo San Lucas last year. Ashlee recently completed her post training assignments and has now officially graduated and is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. Great job, Ashlee! Proud of you. Excited to see you begin your teaching journey. Namaste! 


I am in Cabo for the next 2 weeks, leading a 10 day - 50hr Intensive program. Baja Soul Yoga is also hosting my Shiva Yoga 200hr Teacher Training program again this summer from July 15-August 16!!! Want to join me in paradise for a month and take your practice to the next level?

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Preparing for 10-Day Intensive Workshop

Preparing for 10-Day Intensive Workshop

Breakfast with my student. Niya is hosting my Shiva Yoga 50hr Intensive at her studio Baja Soul Yoga. We start this Friday, February 15th with a very special Pranayama Workshop from 6-9pm! You can do the whole 10 day intensive, or the weekend of workshops, or just join us for a class, or a workshop when you are free. It’s going to be awesome! There is a meditation workshop, core workshop, backbending workshop, Hip Opening workshop, Arm Balancing workshop, a week of Asana Breakdown workshops and lots of Shiva Power and Shiva meditation classes!!! Looking forward to practicing with you Cabo San Lucas and Baja Soul Yogis!!! See you on Friday. Namaste. 

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Arrived in Cabo for our 10-Day Workshop

Arrived in Cabo for our 10-Day Workshop

I arrived in Cabo San Lucas!!! So excited to see this girl. Grateful for you, Niya. Thank you for inviting me to share again at Baja Soul Yoga!

Our 10 day - 50hr Shiva Yoga® Intensive starts this Friday, February 15th. Hope you can join us! You can also sign up for each weekend separately or individual classes and workshops. Are you ready to take things a little deeper? See you on your mat!!! 

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Sticking with Our Intentions!

Sticking with Our Intentions!

How is your year going? Did you set any intentions this year? Did you make some resolutions? What is shifting for you? What are you working on shifting in your life? Remember, it’s a practice. You can set the intention and head down the path and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out, or if you fall or fail. Just get back up and try again. Our journey is always forward. Sometimes it’s little baby steps. Sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back to steady ourselves. But it’s always forward.

I started the year off in New York, at the Dharma Yoga Center, practicing with my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to see Dharma and to start this year off in such a positive way. It’s been an incredible start to the year. My Dharma sister, Diana, hosted me in New York over NYE and we officially began the New Year with a Psychic Development Meditation practice. She also helped me get my diet back on track. I was eating such heavy foods over Christmas. Lots of sugar and lots of processed foods. I found out that I am a little gluten intolerant too and so I’ve cut gluten out of my diet. That’s been huge! I’m back on a plant based vegan diet and have been since December 29th. It’s definitely a practice eating only a plant based diet. I have had cheese a couple of times this past month. I always feel better when I am eating vegan, though. I was really hard on myself when I couldn’t keep my vegan diet going a few years ago. I think maybe I just wasn’t ready for it. It was a real struggle. It doesn’t feel like a struggle this time and I also am okay if I have an overwhelming feeling to eat something not vegan and I have to give in and do it. This whole journey is slow and step by step. I’ve never been a big fan of the “militant” vegans on social media who make you feel terrible for your food choices.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful year and I hope some of the things that you want to manifest in your life are happening. Stick with it. If you concentrate hard enough, you can make anything happen. Hope we can practice together again soon. Namaste.

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Congrautations Kristin!

Congrautations Kristin!

Congratulations to this wonderful yogi — Kristin Hughes! Who just completed her required post teacher training work and has officially graduated as a Shiva Yoga teacher. You rocked it, Kristin! So proud of you.

Kristin completed training with me at Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas last year. We have another 200hr teacher training coming up at Baja Soul Yoga this July 15- August 16. If you want to deepen your yoga practice, become a yoga teacher, or just make some big changes in your life this training could be for you. Check out the Teacher Training page of my website or go directly to bajasoulyoga.com to reserve your space. There is an early registration discount. Act now to save money and get the best price when you sign up.

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Goodbye Dubai and hello Cabo San Lucas!!!

Goodbye Dubai and hello Cabo San Lucas!!!

I’m here in LA for a week and then headed down to Cabo San Lucas for 2 weeks to lead a 50hr Intensive at Baja Soul Yoga! Join me in Cabo for the whole 10 day Intensive — with lots of Asana Breakdown. Excellent for teachers and those wanting to deepen their asana practice!  Or just stop in for a class, workshop, or one of the two weekends that are part of the intensive. Each weekend we have workshops on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday morning I will also be leading Shiva Power® classes. And Saturday and Sunday night I will be leading Shiva Meditation classes. It’s going to be awesome!!!

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Zip-lining Dubai!

Zip-lining Dubai!

Here’s an after pic from our zip lining adventure in Dubai! Janet Stone and I decided to go zip lining on our last day in Dubai, after the XYoga Dubai Festival was over. Thank you XDubai for this really fun experience. Thank you Sara Fakhouri for setting this up. It was a blast. I’ve never zip lined lying face down like Superman before. It was pretty exhilarating. And really cool to zip line off a building and fly through the middle of the city.

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Something in the water...

Something in the water...

There’s something in this Dubai water. Feels like I’m just floating and light as a feather! Thanks for the fun play session! Lol.

I posted this picture on social media and some people wondered if it was real. We had so much fun playing and creating this and other pics. The XYoga Dubai Festival had this booth set up with everything rotated 90 degrees, so you could do these really crazy and wild looking asana variations. You were lying down but when you take a picture and rotate the pic 90 degrees it looks like you are defying gravity. Pretty cool!

Either that, or maybe I have more siddhi powers than I often share. Lol.

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Day 2 at XYoga Festival in Dubai!

Day 2 at XYoga Festival in Dubai!

Incredible Shiva Meditation® class to finish day 2 here at the XYoga Dubai Festival. So grateful to be able to share this practice. 100+ yogis in attendance for a powerful and transformational experience. Thank you for coming, everyone! 

When the class finished all the students just sat there, in stillness, with big smiles on their faces. There was a peace and a calm that you could feel radiating from everyone in attendance. I told the students that this is what happens everywhere I teach this class. When the class is over — no one rushes out, there’s no where to go, nothing to do. It happens everywhere. The mind is quiet. Each students has a deeper experience of themselves. Maybe for the first time ever they feel a connection to something beyond the body, mind and thoughts. The mind has stopped saying, “What’s next? What’s next?”

I always feel so happy when I see the students sitting there peacefully after class. It reminds me of taking classes like this with my teacher, Dharma Mittra. We would all sit and Dharma would sometimes say, “Any questions?” There was almost always no questions. This was just like after my class today. I finally told the students what my teacher Dharma always says — “That’s it. It’s over. There’s nothing else.” Then he would laugh and we would all laugh, as we all did today after my class.

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Shiva Power at XYoga Dubai

Shiva Power at XYoga Dubai

There’s an incredible energy here in Dubai at the XYoga Dubai Festival! Perfect weather for our first day. A really wonderful group came out for my first Shiva Power® class and I enjoyed sharing some free time with the other teachers who have come from all over the world. It’s been a pleasure meeting and hanging with Janet Stone and Deepika Mehta. I have to say it’s been a pretty powerful experience so far. Thank you XYoga Dubai for bringing together all of us and putting on this wonderful event!

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First Day at Xyoga Dubai Festival was amazing!

First Day at Xyoga Dubai Festival was amazing!

What an incredible first day here at the XYoga Dubai Festival! Grateful to be here. Presenting along with some wonderful teachers including, Janet Stone, Davidji and Laura Sykora. I am loving the energy and receptiveness of the students. I taught my first Shiva Power® class. We did some pretty deep hip opening and I threw in a lot of fun advanced variations and a little bit of partner work. Thank you to everyone who came to this class. Day 2 I’ll be leading another Shiva Power® class at 8am and a very special Shiva Meditation® at 3pm. Can’t wait! Thank you XYoga Dubai for producing such a special event!

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Sharing my journey with Dubai Eye 103.8!

I had the opportunity to be on a popular radio show today on Dubai Eye 103.8 today and got to share about yoga and my journey! The hosts were really wonderful, funny, and asked great questions. It felt so good to be able to share a lot of knowledge about yoga, the benefits of the practice, and share my own story and yoga journey. Grateful for the experience! I hope the interview inspired a few people to get on their mat and try yoga. It’s definitely changed my life in a number of positive ways. 

Just Landed in Dubai!

Just Landed in Dubai!

After a quick stop in Los Angeles, I have arrived in Dubai for the XYoga Dubai Festival! It was a long flight but very smooth. I slept a lot. Lol. A day to rest and I’m excited to be presenting 2 Shiva Power classes and a Shiva Meditation class on Friday and Saturday at the festival. Looking forward to practicing with the students here. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are from — everyone can benefit from yoga. Quieting your mind and experiencing a deeper connection to your Self is Universal. Grateful to be here. It looks like a beautiful city. The people at the airport were so nice upon arrival. 

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Taking in Greece during the Elysia Convention

Taking in Greece during the Elysia Convention

Yogis! It’s that time again. I booked my flight to Greece yesterday. Want to come on an adventure with me? Join me at the 3rd Annual Elysia Yoga Convention, at the 5* Aegialis Hotel & Spa, on the Greek Island of Amorgos! The convention is March 28th - April 4th! It’s an incredible value! Accommodation, 3 gourmet meals per day, Island excursions, and full yoga program — all for one low price! There’s single, double, and triple occupancy available. I hope you can join me. Amorgos is a really special place. See you there!!! 

www.elysiayogaconvention.com

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Hip Opening Workshop with the Guruv Yoga trainees!

Hip Opening Workshop with the Guruv Yoga trainees!

Hip Opening workshop yesterday at Guruv Yoga Dr. Phillips in Orlando!

The students in this picture are working on putting poses into families of similar poses.

Yoga philosophy tells us there are as many poses and pose variations as there are people. Some texts describe the potential for 8,400,000 different asanas. We also learn from the ancient yogis that there are archetypal poses — and really only a handful of “categories” of poses or pose families.

When you break down the asanas and look at the anatomy it becomes easy to see there are only so many ways to move each joint. That really limits the number of actual poses that are really different than other poses.

Fun workshop yesterday!

Please join me today at 1-4pm for an Arm Balancing workshop! Exciting to build on what we covered today.

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Meet my new friend Jack

Meet my new friend Jack

My new friend!  This is my buddy, Jack. I’m staying with him and his family here in Orlando this week. He’s a very special guy. Thank you, Jack, for opening your home to me. And thank you, Annette. It’s been such a pleasure being here. You are a very special and kind person. Grateful for you. 

Jack is an old dog. He’s not very lovable sometimes. He doesn’t see very well and he doesn’t hear very well. So, he’s mostly in the dark. That must be a scary place to be. He gets startled a lot and he’s losing his mind a little too. A lot of the time Jack barks at you and growls. He doesn’t mean anything by it. He’s just scared. It must be scary to be in the dark.

I tried practicing lots of love and kindness and compassion towards Jack even when he wasn’t being very lovable. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I think he opened up a little while I was staying with him and Annette.

Just because someone is angry with you and barks at you or growls at you it doesn’t mean you have to bark back them. You can still practice loving them and being kind and compassionate and maybe they will open up a little.

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Demonstrating Kukkutasana.

Demonstrating Kukkutasana in my Arm Balancing workshop yesterday at Guruv Yoga Dr. Phillips in Orlando! This is a challenging pose for me. I’ve been working with a shoulder injury the last two months and this was the first time in this pose in a while. I had a lot of fun playing with the students yesterday in our workshop. It was definitely a hot and sweaty one with lots of focus on the core, shoulders and the arms. A strong group came out and we were able to work on some challenging poses and advanced transitions. It was great to practice with you, everyone! You all did a great job! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

Shiva Meditation with the Guruv Yoga Teacher Trainees!

Shiva Meditation with the Guruv Yoga Teacher Trainees!

Our last Shiva Meditation practice yesterday with the Guruv Yoga Teacher Trainees! Such a pleasure to work with this dedicated group all week. We have had a big week of Anatomy, Asana Breakdown, Philosophy, Yoga Sutras, and Shiva Power classes & Shiva Meditation classes. Grateful to Tymi Howard for allowing me to contribute to this program and share these teachings.

I am here at Guruv Yoga Dr. Phillips for 2 more days. Today - 1-4pm - we have a Hip Opening workshop and tomorrow - 1-4pm - we have an Arm Balancing workshop. Hope you can join me for one or both of these weekend workshops! Have a great weekend, everyone. 

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Anatomy Breakdown at Guruv Yoga.

Anatomy Breakdown at Guruv Yoga.

I had so much fun teaching anatomy yesterday afternoon at Guruv Yoga in Orlando! Thank you Tymi Howard for inviting me to be a part of your teacher training program. Great group of students! Really open and receptive and hungry for knowledge. Going to be some great teachers coming out of this program. I’m back with the trainees on Thursday (tomorrow) for more anatomy and applied anatomy. Lots of asana breakdown. I love breaking down the poses so we can better understand what’s going on in the body in each pose. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow everyone! Have a great day with Tymi today.  I’m leading an open Vinyasa class at 9:30 tomorrow too. Please join me if you are free. You don’t have to be in the training program to come to the class. Look forward to practicing with you.

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Finishing last week at Port Orange with Handstand Workshop

Finishing last week at Port Orange with Handstand Workshop

We finished our week at Kula Yoga last night with a Handstand workshop! These Handstanders worked their butts off. Lots of Asana Breakdown, to better understand the work needed to find balance in the middle of the room. Lots of playful exercises to emphasize different muscles in the body and wake up areas that needed waking up. Lots of work on the core and the shoulders.

Handstands are advanced arm balances. They are great warm up poses for advanced students. They build strength in the shoulder stabilizer muscles and the core. They help students build confidence. And they are a lot of fun!

I had fun practicing with all of you last night. Next time I come back we are going to do the plank competition too!  Lol.

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