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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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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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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Deepening Backbends.

Deepening Backbends.

Lots of twisting in our warm up last night led us into some deep backbends.

My teacher, Dharma, always says, “3 is the bare minimum, 7 is better, and 10 is the best.” I usually shoot for 10 rounds of backbending in my own practice, and somewhere between 7-10 rounds of backbends in my classes.

The backbends are energizing! They lift us up! They help us to concentrate! And they also teach us to surrender. All of the intensity in the backbends brings your stuff to the surface — and then you get to practice letting it go.

We held a backbend pose recently with Dharma — when I was practicing with him in New York, for almost 40 breaths. At first, I kept fighting and pushing and resisting — but, finally, I just let go. I was still breathing, still in the pose, but not resisting — and something opened up for me. It took that really long hold for me to work through all that stuff that was coming up, all the fear and resistance and fighting. Sometimes you just have to hold the poses longer than you want to.

I love working with students on the full bow pose with the mama Kuka straps. Great work last night and this morning everyone! Thank you for your practice. Hard to make the transition to the full bow — but if you use the different length straps it’s not such a big jump. Over time you can get there. Slowly, one step at a time — and all is coming.

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Hot and Sweaty Shive Power Class in Port Orange

Hot and Sweaty Shive Power Class in Port Orange

Kicked things off at Kula Yoga Port Orange yesterday with a hot and sweaty Shiva Power class. I’ll be back at the Port Orange studio this morning at 9am for a Shiva Meditation class and at New Smyrna tonight at 6pm for a Shiva Power class. Look forward to seeing you there. Thank you to everyone who came to practice yesterday. Such an open and receptive group. 

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Working Hard During the Holidays

Working Hard During the Holidays

Just a couple of reindeer working hard on a Friday! This is one of my assistant’s — Ashlee Brooks. We are working on a shot list for next week’s photo shoot with David Romero. Grateful for Ashlee, who has been helping me edit the Shiva Yoga 200hr and 300hr Asana Manual’s, and has been assisting with a number of other projects this year.  Congratulations to Ashlee too, who finished my 200hr Shiva Yoga program in August, in Cabo San Lucas.  Way to go Ashlee! Proud of you.

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Otherwise, you are just warming up to go home!

Otherwise, you are just warming up to go home!

Deep Shavasana at the end of another hot and sweaty Shiva Power® class. I’ve been averaging 12 minutes in Shavasana to finish these classes and a short Seedless meditation after. It’s incredible to see the transformation in the students. I love watching most of them move into a yoga nidra state in their Shavasana. Shavasana is such an important pose. They are practice teaching a lot these last two weeks in our training and I am giving them all feedback to not shortchange their students and cut Shavasana short. I think — as new teachers, we all do this. We are so attached to getting in all the physically challenging warm-up poses that we sometimes forget about the most important parts of the practice altogether. Shavasana used to be one of those poses I thought was really weird when I first started practicing yoga. I used to wonder what we were doing. Were we supposed to just lie there and do nothing? Why? What was the point? I didn’t understand the pose at all. Now — I do a 45 minute yoga nidra practice almost everyday and I love it! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.  Make sure you make time for the deeper practices — Head Balance, Shoulder Stand, Backbends, Forward Folds, Twisting Poses, and Shavasana. Otherwise, you are just warming up to go home!

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