One of the hidden gems I came across while living abroad was www.yogaglo.com based in Santa Monica, CA. If you haven’t heard of it or used it, I would love to be the one to introduce it to you, as did a colleague of mine who worked at the International School with me. If you’ve found it challenging finding a studio that meets your needs or plainly you are on a budget, this is the site for you. If you are from or live in Los Angeles, you know that there is a plethora of studios and outstanding teachers to choose from. When I moved to Barcelona, I was having an extremely difficult time finding a class that took my practice to the other level. At the same time, budgetary restrictions prevented me from signing up at the one studio where English was spoken. So, I discovered yogaglo at it’s incredibly affordable monthly price of $18, after a two week no commitment, free trial period. With it’s selection of top notch instructors, a drop down menu of style, level, duration, and specific body use, it was the best personal tailored yoga class in the city of Barcelona.
You might think doing yoga online is not as powerful and I couldn’t have agreed with you more before. I do agree that the group energy is necessary and the adjustments that most (if not all) of us need, is not available. However, what I noticed with these streamed or recorded videos is that the instructors would make an extra effort to verbalize the instructions with clarity, as well as, demonstrate it effectively. If you are a beginner, you are urged to start at the beginner center, which would guide you according to your needs. I could also argue that the one on one approach, almost felt like private training. As an intermediate yogi, I felt that I had the best of all worlds. I could roll out my mat in my living room or pack it up while traveling and start doing a class from instructors like Dice Iida Klein, Annie Carpenter, Jo Tastula, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller, Noah Maze, Taylor Harkness, amongst many others. Having the option to choose the length of class is what I took advantage of most, especially during those rushed days. Some mornings I shamelessly did a 15-minute class, which also served its purpose. In all honesty, I couldn’t be more grateful to this web based yoga service. YogaGlo was the avenue I took to continue my yoga practice as I could not find an excuse, which was related to time or money. It was accessible, in more ways than one.
As I start my yoga teacher training in less than a week, I can’t think of a better time and a better city to be doing it in. A few months ago I was unable to find the reasons why I was in Los Angeles again. These days I just tell myself that this is where I need to be now and a reason is not necessary. Isn’t it reason enough that I am near family and friends? Perhaps, the reason is simply to be in warm weather with beautiful palm trees.
I really think that there are various reasons as to why I am here? I cannot negate the fact that LA is the place where I have the ability to practice with master teachers, including many of those individuals listed above, and I am so grateful for that. As I finish typing this up, I will be on my way to join Dice Iida Klein and Briohny Smith from www.bryceyoga.com at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks for a 2-hour Flow and Fly session. If you haven’t seen some of the outstanding photos and videos of these two, I invite you to a quick image and video search, but I’ll include a few of my favorites.
I’m not going to lie. I am a bit anxious for the advanced level sesh that I’ll be a part of and the fact that I get to practice “live” with the master of zombie handstands. If you haven’t seen some the following videos they’ve produced for Equinox, you are in for a treat. If you’re not inspired to go upside down and inside out, I’m sure you can appreciate the beauty and ease of how these two flow together.
I am out the door to finally put a real face to the name and person I met behind the screen and practiced with for about six years. Im in LA for new adventures and a journey that includes my passion for yoga, with my passion for travel on hold for a bit. In less than a week, I start my 200 hour yoga training that has me with anxious anticipation and extreme excitement. In the next two hours, I don’t expect to be a handstand expert, but I hope to make a good progress toward it. As days pass and I slowly near my one-year mark of moving back to the states, there is so much more clarity as to why I am here and this brings a huge smile on my face. #NamasteBitches
Update: Post flow sweaty pic with the fantastic duo. What a terrific way to spend my Saturday morning.