Moving back home to LA has been an adjustment on various dimensions. I was lucky to land back in LA with a cushion and support by staying at my parent’s home for a few months. Of course, this space, which I was able to call mine and should have fit right in, no longer felt like it 100% was. Within a few months, I found a place in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, where I began to slowly establish my little corner. The past two months have been about adorning my new space with things that please my eyes and permit me to feel comfort in the space I am in. During this process, I have equally strove to adorn what’s inside with beauty and love. The spaces we create internally and externally are vital for happy living. At least, that’s what I like to believe. We spend most of our days in our working and living spaces. The difference of being in a physical place where you are unhappy with can have detrimental effects on your mood. Likewise, how we decide to spend our precious free time whether that’s going to the gym, a yoga studio, travel destination, a bar, shops, etc. greatly matters too.
On February 21st, I had the chance to practice with Trane West in a beautiful space hosted by AustereCo in Downtown LA. Austere, invites companies that sit on the leading edge of design, fashion, beauty, hospitality, technology and entertainment and creates a place for them to showcase themselves to the world. As I entered a space where my favorite furnishing design style was being featured, I was in pure bliss. Merchandise from midcentury LA was being featured this month.
midCenturyLA imports furniture from Denmark and Sweden for sale in United States. Their items range from unique, high quality items such as credenzas, dining sets, and lounge seating to examples by renowned designers of the period such as Hans Wegner, N.O. Moller, Erik Buck, Arne Norrell, Kai Kristiansen, Arne Vodder, Illum Wikkelso, Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen, Peter Hvidt, Orla Morlgaard-Nielsen, Yngve Ekstrom, Ib Kofod-Larsen, Johannes Andersen, etc. These two companies had clearly found a harmonious relationship as they had collaborated in marrying their design concepts to provide those who entered a feeling…well, a feeling that was hopefully subjective and personal, but one that instilled aesthetic fulfillment and joy, in whatever shape or form.
Every now and then I try to take myself out of my comfort zone of the studio I regularly practice at. That initial feeling of “new space anxiety” I find very frustrating, but at the same time invigorating. So when my friend from high school hit me up on Facebook and invited me downtown for what was cleverly marketed as FlowMosa, I thought it was a genius idea and I wouldn’t want to miss it. How can anyone refuse some yoga, followed by some delicious mimosas? I know the traditionalists out there have probably stopped reading this post by now. What do you mean not having a cold pressed juice, coconut water or herbal tea, but instead re-toxicating yourself with blood orange mimosas post flow. Quite honestly, it hit the spot.
So if you’ve gotten my drift, FlowMosa was not happening within a yoga studio, but in this unique space with a fun twist (yoga pun intended). I had no idea where I was going. I just knew that I was on 9th and Hill in the Jewelry District of Downtown LA. Sometimes I blindly put my trust onto others and show up with zero expectations. Upon entering this loft space, my eyes went immediately to the mid century furnishings and retail products laid out cleverly all over. Then, I saw the functional barbershop towards the end of the locale. I was in love and so happy I walked in with no expectations.
Being a mid century fan and attempting to bring some of that style within my own home, I clearly felt that I belonged here. As we went into our one-hour flow and sweat profusely, I could not get my mind to just shut. I was thinking about the concept of space and how important it becomes when one tries to seek comfort and peace. Many years ago, I might have picked up my mat and left, as the space had deviated from my “typical” idea of a yoga studio. But today, I didn’t want the flow to stop. Of course, I wanted the “mosa” part to begin, but that was just the added bonus I had to be patient for.
When I asked Trane how he got the idea for FlowMosa, he stated, “DTLA has been and is continuing to experience a revival. I wanted to create a class that celebrated the community at the center of these amazing changes and allowed for collaboration, communication and connection amongst its members. Austere, an exciting, new Scandinavian design space in DTLA, with its inviting interior and emphasis on innovation, was the perfect partner to achieve this goal with.” As human beings we seek to situate ourselves in spaces, forming a hopefully symbiotic relationship with that area. What we give the space with our human input we hope to receive equal if not more fulfillment when being in its presence. That space we create doesn’t always have to be physical or tangible. The best example of that is the internal space that one creates with the practice of yoga.
After getting all heated up with the Flow and a glass of mimosa, I came home and wanted to create the space my lovely yoga instructor Ducky Punch created for me on Thursday evening. With a strong focus on shoulders, arms and hips, this week she took us into Svarga Dvijasana, or bird of paradise (see video).
I was still in awe that my body had gone there. With some free time, I thought I’d try to bring my body to that point again. I wasn’t able to fully get there, but so glad my body was now capable of going to this new place. I got to the pose, but it sure felt different at the studio. I truly believe that the space and time I dedicated was meant for that moment and there is nothing wrong with not going back to that same spot.
It was so great getting into a reflective mood over this concept by taking myself out of my normal Saturday morning routine. I am a huge believer that personal space provides comfort, calmness, happiness, and at times contrary emotions. There are moments during my evenings and weekends, when I sit down, cherish and I am so grateful for the space I have created for myself. On thinking about this, I ask myself the power space has over our mind. Why do we sometimes choose to remain in certain situations when it no longer serves us? How do we build the courage to create that new space or alter it? Sometimes it is just the little things that we alter around us, that provide us with the greatest positive result. So, I urge you to do something different and to move things around and shake that foundation that you think has served you, but no longer does. Don’t be afraid about the outcome, but be proud of the courage you’ve built to “be the change”.