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heartfelt journeys end. New ones begin. NEW WEBSITE

Dear Pack Your Mat Family, When I began this blog in 2016 in the midst of deep longing for happiness, ease and belonging, writing became the avenue in which I processed life. Through writing and through your continuous interest in what I had to write, I was shown so much hope and love. In that… Continue reading heartfelt journeys end. New ones begin. NEW WEBSITE

Asana · Yoga

Midsummer Homecoming: A Virtual Retreat with Ducky and Armen

  We are delighted that you are considering to join us for a half day of movement, breath, meditation and some community love. You have everything you need. Come as you are. The day is curated with a balance of deep movement, meditation, breath work, heart-centered conversations and a restorative practice to help you tap… Continue reading Midsummer Homecoming: A Virtual Retreat with Ducky and Armen

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Pratyāhāra: The Fifth and Often Forgotten Limb of Yoga

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

Los Angeles · Yoga

Practice Foundations Workshop at One Down Dog

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

iyengar · Los Angeles · Love · Wellness · Yoga

Inversion Lab at One Down Dog Silver Lake – October 27th, 2019

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

LGBT · Los Angeles · Love · Meditation · Spiritual · Wellness · Yoga

Mindfulness Monday’s: Cultivating Joy in Community

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

human interest · Lifestyle · Spirituality · Travel · Wellness · Yoga

Mr. Pramod, My Bachelor Driver!

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!

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Birthday and Pride Donation Class at One Down Dog for LA LGBT Center – June 9, 2018

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

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New Year. Same Badass You.

ody policing and shaming has NO space in my classes nor at the places I choose to work. As someone who has worked for many years on making sure I get to a place of physical, emotional and mental well-being, triggers of fat shaming especially do not serve me. To be able to accept the beauty that is me and the “enoughness” that is me requires that I stay grounded around people and  communities who do the same. In a city that generally does otherwise, find a space that values you as you. So friends, as you step into your new year routine, remember that you are beautiful the way you are. You are enough the way you are. You are welcome to my classes the way you are. May this year be one of authenticity, joy and grounding for us all.