When my flight got cancelled in mid-March and I had the choice of scrambling and waiting on hold with my airline to book another ticket back home, I chose to stay. I chose to quarantine on the Big Island. Every two weeks, I kept pushing my date of return. This time gave me the opportunity… Continue reading Pratyāhāra: The Fifth and Often Forgotten Limb of Yoga
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are a collection of 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. In Sutra 1.14 the practitioner is invited to practice regularly, earnestly and consistently. With attending to the practice this way, it becomes firmly grounded. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or this is your first… Continue reading Practice Foundations Workshop at One Down Dog
One Down Dog in Silver Lake holds a monthly inversion lab and with great excitement I will be moving us through some drills to get us upside down. Do you have an aversion to inversions? You are not alone! Let us deconstruct the practice of going upside down during this 90 minute workshop. By bringing attention to… Continue reading Inversion Lab at One Down Dog Silver Lake – October 27th, 2019
I have found it very helpful to set the tone for my week and especially my day with my morning mindfulness practice. In short, I begin with a seated meditation, followed by reading and writing. I prepare breakfast and coffee and mindfully engage with the process of eating. I receive a daily article emailed from… Continue reading Appreciating Every Season with Mindfulness
A key component of our spiritual progress is reliant on the communities that we are a part of. This work, if done alone, can be very daunting and often a lonely venture. Throughout the years, I have learned that sitting, becoming vulnerable and breathing in community is one way of cultivating joy and tapping into… Continue reading Mindfulness Monday’s: Cultivating Joy in Community
Things are never what we expect. I had not imagined the experience I would have, arriving without prior research or a plan, as I agreed to an opportunity to visit the state of Kerala in India. It is usually my modus operandi to go on a whim, but this time it was to another level.… Continue reading Kerala Rising, CGH Earth Thriving: Sustainable, Responsible and Eco-Friendly Tourism in India
The guest, in Indian culture, is highly regarded and to the westerner receiving this level of attention and pampering could often prove to be uncomfortable. Today, more than twenty staff members, including doctors, yoga teachers, and chefs saw me off as Mr. Pramod, the driver who I got the privilege of driving with, picked me… Continue reading Mr. Pramod, My Bachelor Driver!
How lucky to be alive another year. The last year has been an introspective year where I have been deciding and discerning where to prioritize my energy and love. Instead of writing publicly for my blog, I have brought on a daily individual reading and writing practice. I have spent a lot of time learning,… Continue reading Birthday and Pride Donation Class at One Down Dog for LA LGBT Center – June 9, 2018
Description: Armen Menechyan, a Los Angeles native who considers Barcelona his second home, will be returning to La Shala Barcelona and offering an all-levels extended vinyasa flow with a workshop emphasis on going upside down on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 4:00PM. After last years successful “A Heart Opening + Mindful Practice” workshop, it is with deep… Continue reading Flow and Fly: Inversion Workshop at La Shala Barcelona
Not a yoga retreat, an experience.