PRACTICE

David Lynch, Meditation, and Yoga Gives Back

    Yoga Gives Back: How did you get involved with the practice of Transcendental Meditation? David Lynch: Sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s I heard a phrase, “True happiness is not out there—true happiness lies within.” This phrase had a ring of truth to it for me. But it is a frustrating [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Meditation|0 Comments

Meditation on the Ocean

Sunset over Santa Monica Photo by Jeff Skeirik/Rawtographer The word ocean is so beautiful that it is a mantra all by itself. Listen to the sound of it––Ooooohhhhh turning into shhhhnnnnn. It has a susurration* that lends itself to meditation, a variation on OM. The physical reality of the ocean is a great [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Meditation|0 Comments

Three Steps for Transformational Yoga

Many of us who have been attracted to any healing modality found that our journey began in the moment when we said one essential word, “Enough!” This moment becomes our springboard for change and our inspiration for transformational yoga. We all may have great ideas about how other people should change, but when it comes [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Speir Pilates in Santa Monica

Contemporary, cool, and clean, Speir Pilates exudes the vibe of a fully modern studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, white walls contrasting exposed black ceilings, concrete floors, and eight Pilates reformers. With limited class size (eight—one person per machine), the classes are already booking up after just a few months; so if you want to partake, make [...]

By | July 23rd, 2016|Pilates|0 Comments

Eckhart Tolle Living a Life of Presence

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Now and A New Earth. In this interview about Living a Life of Presence, he answers some of the most common questions from his readers and live audiences related to intuition, gratitude, and teaching young people mindfulness. LA [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Meditation|0 Comments

Embrace Change Shift Patterns

    One of the benefits of our yoga practice is the ability to embrace change and shift our samskaras, which are our unconscious patterns. It is a process that has been an important part of my own life. If you had blended my mom and dad into one person with the traits that caused [...]

By | July 9th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Reduce Road Rage with Yoga

Photo of Liz Arch by: David Young-Wolff Take Your Practice With You Driving on the freeway in Los Angeles often resembles a scene from the movie The Fast and the Furious. Fortunately, Yoga practice can help us reduce road rage. One memorable day, I watched a car in my rearview mirror come close [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment

Visiting Amma: Guidelines for Receiving Hugs and Meditating

If you've ever wanted to go see Amma, the famous hugging saint and spiritual teacher, but you haven't known just what to do, we have a set of instructions for you. Arrive! In Los Angeles, Amma’s programs are held at the LAX Hilton. Carpool, take public transit, cab, Uber, or Lyft, or drive yourself and [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Spirituality|0 Comments

Adding High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to Yoga 

My first introduction to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) was during track and field conditioning season in college. I incorporated the practice back into my regular training after completing college, dealing with a career-ending injury, experiencing a build up of stress from a hectic work schedule, and realizing that I had an unhealthy level of weight gain. I needed a holistic [...]

By | June 4th, 2016|Cross Training|0 Comments

WHY Music in Schools

Music, Mindfulness, and Movement Go to School “I learned how much power music has and that it affects so much more of the brain…it has so much power over your emotions. It makes you feel happy when you’re sad and it makes you feel energized and calm. Different music can have different outcomes. It’s really [...]

By | May 10th, 2016|Kids Yoga|0 Comments