Routine

Happy December! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you and very much appreciate you for being a part of the Yoga Blend family! From an Ayurvedic perspective, we are in the midst of Vata season which is made up of the elements of air and ether with the qualities of light, mobile, cold, dry, subtle and rough. If we are not careful, this time of year can lead us to feel overwhelmed in our minds and rigid in our bodies. Taking the time to nurture ourselves through the practice of balancing opposites, we are Read the full article…

Pay Attention

Happy October! It’s good to be back in LA and seeing so many of you around the studio. A practice that I have been really been embracing, albeit with struggles, is that of paying attention. This quote is on my refrigerator in Nashville so I see it often: “What tools do we need to use? Only one. We’ve all heard of it, yet we use it so very seldom. It’s called attention.” -Charlotte Joko Beck Paying attention is really where the yoga begins and ultimately is what yoga is all about. We practice paying attention to the way our body Read the full article…

Commit

I hope you are have a great month so far! As I mentioned at the first of the month, September is Yoga Month which is a great time to commit or re-commit to your yoga practice. The past few weeks, I have been re-committing to my practice in a whole new way. If you saw my practice from the outside, it wouldn’t look like much. But from the inside, my practice is deepening in ways that I never expected and this is such a great lesson for me. Things aren’t always what they seem and when we attach ourselves to Read the full article…

Now

September is Yoga Month…a great time to celebrate and re-commit to this practice we all love so much. Speaking of commitment :)…the very first of the Yoga Sutras is ‘atha yoganusasanam.’ Over the years, I have heard so many different translations of the sutras and the one I heard most for the first sutra was, ‘now begins the practice (or instruction) of Yoga.’ Later, as I really started to dive deep into this handbook for the teachings of the Philosophy of Yoga with a teacher who studied the sutras in India for well over a decade, I begin to have Read the full article…

Yoga Month Challenge

September is National Yoga Month! Invigorate your practice, join us in September for our National Yoga Month Challenge. During the month of September, the more you come, the more you get! * Take 12-17 classes during the month of September and receive $24 off a class series or unlimited purchase. * Take 18 -26 classes during the month of September and receive $36 off a class series or unlimited purchase. * Take 27 or more classes and receive $42 off a class series or unlimited purchase. ~The person who takes the most classes during the month of September, in addition Read the full article…

Commitment

Hi! I hope you are having a great month so far. If you have chosen to embark on our monthly challenge and practice something new, I hope you are learning the true value of what it means to practice. Motivated by our Instagram Challenge, I started practicing the piano again just last week after a 30 year break and am already very excited about what I will learn about myself in the process. At the first of the month, I talked about how if we want to get better at something we have to practice. In Yogic Philosophy, practice is Read the full article…

Practice

Happy August! I can’t believe it’s already the 8th month of the year. I am currently up North for a Yoga Therapy Training and am deeply immersed in the practices and teachings of yoga. Although I have been at this practice for 20 years and opened the studio because I wanted to share these life-changing teachings, I am still fascinated by just how deep this practice goes and am always delighted by what I discover. When we do the holistic (body, breath, mind) practice of yoga, the benefits are numerous affecting all systems of the body. As an added bonus, Read the full article…

Freedom

Happy July! With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about Freedom and what it means to me. The 4th and final chapter of Yoga Sutras, the handbook for the Philosophy of Yoga, is about freedom (or kaivalya) which is said to be the ultimate result of a dedicated yoga practice. Freedom can be recognized and defined in so many ways and it is completely individual. For example, the more were practice deepening and lengthening our breath, the more freedom we have in our lungs to take even deeper and longer breaths. The Read the full article…

Mindfulness

I hope you are having a great month so far! I just attended the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research a couple of weekends ago and it was an amazing immersion of learning about the research being done in the field of Yoga Therapy. I was so inspired by the presenters and the work they are doing and am really glad I had the chance to learn from those on the cutting edge of Yoga Therapy and Research. The one thing that really challenged me was the incessant talking of the people in attendance. As someone who does a lot Read the full article…

Expectations

Happy May! I hope you are enjoying your Spring and the blooming of life all around. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about expectations. Over the years, I have often heard (and maybe you have too) that we shouldn’t have expectations when we practice. Yet, we set goals for our future and of course we want them to come to fruition. Which means we actually do expect something. One of my teachers used to say, “Yoga helps us to get comfortable with paradox”. And I couldn’t agree more. On the one hand, it is important that we show up to Read the full article…