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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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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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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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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Last Shiva Power Class with the Kula Yoga Community

Last Shiva Power Class with the Kula Yoga Community

My last Shiva Power class at Kula Yoga, in New Smyrna, was yesterday morning. It was a little bittersweet. We had so much fun practicing together all week. I will miss practicing with this Kula Yoga crew. I’m leaving for Orlando today, sad to go, but also feeling very inspired by the community here in Port Orange and New Smyrna. This community reflects so well on Jodie and Jackie Anderson.  You’ve created such a wonderful space here and attracted such a wonderful group of teachers and students. What a great group of yogis! I found everyone very open and receptive on this trip and it was so easy to teach your students all week. Thank you again for inviting me to come and share. Grateful for you both. Blessed that we have crossed paths and excited for the continued journey and future collaborations. Kula Yoga — I’ll see you in the fall. I’m back leading my 300hr Shiva Yoga Teacher Training which will be spread over September, October, and November. I look forward to seeing you then! I’m sure we will have some open classes and open up some of the workshops during the training too. It will be fun to practice with you all again.  Namaste.

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The Kula Yoga Community All Dressed Up!

The Kula Yoga Community All Dressed Up!

We had a really fun dinner on Saturday night! Nice to spend some time with this lovely Kula Yoga community. Fun to see everyone dressed up and not in yoga clothes too. 

A Kula is a family. I feel like I have several yoga families right now and I love connecting with these families as much as I love connecting with my biological family.

We are in a time where the things in our life that are supposed to help us connect to each other are actually making us feel more lonely and alone. I think yoga and the communities we create around our yoga practice can really make up for this lack of connection we feel in our modern world and this lack of community that is disappearing from our lives.

Do you have a Kula? Do you feel connected? Come to a yoga class and you’ll meet a whole lot of people on the same journey that you are on. You might make some new friends, you might find a new partner, you might find the sense of community and belonging that you have been missing.

Thank you, Kula Yoga community for a fun night out!

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Working on Opening the Hips!

Working on Opening the Hips!

A fun picture from our hip opening workshop on Saturday. Guruv Yoga in Orlando — I’m coming to teach all this week and we have a Hip Opening Workshop scheduled from 1-4 on Saturday, January 26th! Hope you can join me for the workshop. Let’s explore the hips together. This is a fun all levels workshop with lots of knowledge shared as well as time to practice and explore how things feel in your own body.

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Powerful Hip Opening Workshop!

Powerful Hip Opening Workshop!

We had a big hip opening workshop on Saturday at Kula Yoga in Port Orange. Thank you everyone for coming out to explore with me. I really enjoyed practicing with you and sharing some knowledge about how we can work with this area of the body.

Full range of motion in the hips will help protect the low back, the knees, create more balance in the body, and prepare the body to sit comfortably in seated meditation postures for pranayama or meditation practices.

We touched on a lot of additional things in this workshop too — from sequencing, to anatomy, to deeper philosophy and then tying these things all together. I love how each of these workshops goes in different directions depending on who is in the room and what they want to learn and focus on. This was a very open and receptive group and we got to cover a lot. Grateful to all of you for coming! 

This coming Saturday, January 26th, I’m leading another Hip Opening workshop in Orlando at Guruv Yoga. If you missed this week at Kula Yoga and you are in the Orlando area please join me there!

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Breathing and Pranayama Workshop

Breathing and Pranayama Workshop

Breathing and Pranayama Workshop last night at Kula Yoga in Port Orange! What a fun workshop, exploring — breathing, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and pranayama, with such an open and receptive group. I learn so much from everyone everytime I lead one of these workshops and I love going over the material again and again, and deepening my own practice knowledge.

Grateful to these students for bringing so much of their own knowledge and exploring with me. Thank you for letting me share these teachings with you. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.  Namaste.

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Shiva Meditation Class at Kula Yoga.

Shiva Meditation Class at Kula Yoga.

Shiva Meditation class this morning at Kula Yoga in Port Orange! Powerful way to start the day.

Pranayama, yoga nidra, and seated meditation.

What is yoga?

The stopping of the movements of the mind. When the mind is quiet, in the stillness, you get to experience the true nature of your Self.

What’s left over in the stillness when for a moment the body, mind, thoughts and ego have disappeared?

You!

Our next Shiva Meditation class is tomorrow night at 5:30pm at Kula Yoga In Port Orange. Last one of the week! Hope to see you there.

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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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How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is Your New Year Starting Off?

How is your new year starting off? Did you set intentions? What are you going to do differently this year? What seeds have you already planted that you want to see continue to grow? What are you ready to let go of and leave behind?

I returned to Los Angeles on Monday after a wonderful trip to Toronto and the surrounding area to see family and a few old friends and a very rejuvenating trip to New York to practice with my teacher Dharma Mittra and reconnect with some of the Dharma community.

I picked up a cold in Toronto and I’ve been fighting it since. It’s almost gone now but it was a bad one. It was kind of the physical manifestation of what I’ve been feeling a lot lately on a deeper level.

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My sister is a Chef!

My sister is a Chef!

My sister is a Chef. She whips up these incredible meals from scratch. So good and so healthy!

This was a vegetable soup she made us for lunch yesterday with a side of cornbread. 

What are you putting into your body? My relationship to food has changed so much since my yoga practice started. What we put into our body literally becomes us. That food you are eating is going to form the building blocks of the cells your body will create. You, literally, are what you eat.

Eating more mindfully is one of the things we can do to practice yoga off the mat.

This doesn’t just mean what you are eating but also how you are eating. Offering gratitude. Sharing your meal with others. Eating with positive thoughts and positive emotions. Focusing on enjoying your food. Enjoying the colors, the smells, the flavors. Really being present.

Notice how much more full you are and how much more fulfilling it is to turn off the TV or put down the phone and really take your time to enjoy your next meal.

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Beautiful Views from Temescal Canyon Trail.

Beautiful Views from Temescal Canyon Trail.

I’m getting over being sick the last week. It feels amazing! I was feeling so rough last week. My body completely shut down. I’ve been pushing pretty hard the last few months and traveling a lot. My sleep has been pretty disturbed, after hopping from time zone to time zone. This is from an hour ago on the Temescal Canyon Trail. I’ve been hiking the last few days to build up my strength again. Not sick anymore but my body is still feeling pretty weak. It’s been ages since I’ve been hiking too and it feels so good to be back in nature. I’ve missed these incredible views and soaking up the energy of the forest. It’s been a really good year. There’s been ups and downs. Plenty of challenges. And lots of big breakthroughs. I feel like this year I planted a lot of seeds. And I let go of a lot of things that have been holding me back. And I know what I want in 2019. I can see it clearly.

When you are in ignorance — you don’t know the patterns that you are stuck in. You can’t see the forest for the trees. But once you know, once things are revealed — you have a responsibility, and if you choose to stay living in the old pattern, knowing that it’s not serving you, you’re choosing to hold on to the past.

I feel like getting sick last week was the physical manifestation of a whole lot of stuff that I have been working through finally coming to the surface and I am so ready to let it all go. It’s time to move forward.

Offer gratitude. Set your intention. Concentrate.

I’m ready for this new year! Excited and open hearted. Ready for the challenge.  Ready for whatever comes.

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Until we meet again.

Until we meet again.

Our final day together! Lots of fun and laughter. Some silliness and play. I love how everyone comes together like a family on these retreats. It’s a really fun way to travel. Bittersweet to say goodbye. Good memories. This week on the retreat was really packed with activities, and at the same time it just flew by and the last day was suddenly upon us. A very special group and a very special place. Thank you everyone and thank you Maui, Lumeria, and all the wonderful people we met on the island, for hosting us and letting us soak up all the wonderful energy on the island. I feel tired but also refreshed and rejuvenated from this experience. I’m already thinking about the next one. Where will we go next? The feedback from those on our last few retreats is — Croatia, Thailand, Iceland, Cuba, or India! Where do you want to go? Look out for one of these destinations in the near future. Until we meet again.  Namaste.

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Traditional Hawaiian Bonfire Ceremony!

Traditional Hawaiian Bonfire Ceremony!

We had a very special Traditional Hawaiian Bonfire Ceremony on the last night of our retreat! Thank you to Makoa Quest for organizing and bringing us this experience. This was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. Hearing traditional stories about Maui and Hawaii, offering old patterns to the fire and letting them go, making a commitment to live the best possible life, setting new intentions, and a special Ava ceremony. Deep and powerful. And the words of the Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner aligned with all that we are practicing in our yoga practice. The truth is Universal. Grateful for this experience and to have been able to share it with my students. 🙏

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Reduce Tamas & Rajas. Cultivate more Sattva.

Reduce Tamas & Rajas.  Cultivate more Sattva.

Another Shiva Power class, on our retreat to Maui last week! Come into stillness. Concentrate. And breathe. Practicing asana reduces Rajas. Practicing pranayama reduces Tamas. Practicing concentration increases Sattva. This is Samkhya Yoga. This is Ashtanga Yoga. Reduce Tamas and Rajas. Cultivate more Sattva. Make the mind fit for concentration and ready for the higher Raja Yoga practices of concentration, meditation, and Samadhi. Ommmmm!

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You are already 'there'!

You are already 'there'!

Another amazing group dinner at The General Store in Hali’maile! If you go to Maui — Mama’s Fish House and The General Store are really great restaurants. Highly recommended! 👍😁 

I will miss these group meals and especially this wonderful group. It is the journey! Enjoy the moments. Enjoy the laughter and the shared times together. There is no ‘there’! You are already ‘there’! This is it. Breathe into it. These moments are special.

Thank you for sharing such a fun week with me in Maui! Lots of great moments. Lots of wonderful memories. How incredible is this life? I am missing all of you already and can’t wait for the next adventure. 🙏❤️

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Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui!

Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui!

Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui! We had the perfect balance of beautiful sunny days which allowed for lots of adventure and time to explore the island, and rainy, windy days where it felt great to be inside the yoga shala learning new things an deepening our practice. It was really fun to explore some deeper work on the retreat, as we might in one of my Shiva Yoga Teacher Training programs. We covered a lot in these workshops! From basic anatomy and asana breakdown, to sequencing, and understanding how yoga philosophy informs our yoga practice. Do you know the difference between the warm up and the deeper practices? My teacher’s would say that a lot of modern yoga is missing the bigger picture and the key elements that will allow you to experience a deeper connection to your Self, and really receive the full benefits of this incredible yoga technology. Make sure you are not just warming up to go home. 😂🤷‍♂️ Great work, Yogis! You were so focused in these workshops — we got to cover a lot in a very short period of time. 😁🙏👍

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Stand Up Paddle + Yoga!

Stand Up Paddle + Yoga!

We attempted to do a little yoga on the Stand Up Paddle boards. I have so much respect for the yogis who do this regularly and make it look so easy. It was really hard!!! Lol. What a fun day! Such a great group on this retreat. Almost everyone on the retreat was returning after having already done a previous retreat adventure with me and it was kind of like a reunion for a lot of us. So nice to see everyone and share another adventure together. Where are headed next?  Possibly Iceland, Croatia, Thailand, Alaska, or India. Stay tuned! Lots of fun adventures on the horizon! Don’t forget about the Elysia Yoga Convention next year in Greece too!

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