Posing with Alyssa Gaustad

Alyssa Gaustad practicing on the pedestrian bridge above the California Incline/PCH. Photo by David Young-Wolff What motivates you to maintain a regular practice? I need it! It definitely brings out a better version of myself and makes my interactions and communication with family and co-workers smoother and more effective. I always feel better [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment

Breast Cancer, A Journey of Strength

Photo of Szilvia Gogh by David Young-Wolff. I did not choose to have breast cancer. However, the choice I do have is how to go through my journey. I could have been depressed when hearing the news. After all, I had a horrible year leading up to my diagnosis. All in one year: [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Yoga Therapy|0 Comments

5 Poses for In-Flight Yoga

Sophie Jaffe demonstrating meditation photographed by David Young-Wolff Practices for airline flights (or any cramped quarters) When we’re ready to go on retreat or vacation, we’re ready! We’ve prepped. We’ve packed. We’ve boarded the plane. Yet the experience of actually flying can leave us cramped and cranky, just the opposite of being ready [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Yoga|0 Comments

Your Brain on Yoga

  Karly Treacy practicing yoga. She is wearing clothing by Elektrix Love. Mat by Maji Sports. Photo by David Young-Wolff. Hair and makeup by Dawn Sorenson Undoubtedly the most cited aphorism in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is the second: yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodah. Although numerous translations of these four words have surfaced, I’m partial to that of [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Yoga|1 Comment

Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Yoga Therapy??

Teachers Lainie Devina and Holli Rabishaw shot by Jeff Skeirik The term Golden Age refers to a period of time when flourishing and abundance happens within a specific community or society. The Golden Age of wisdom was around 400 BCE when Socrates charmed the West with profound discourses and The Buddha illumined the [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Yoga Therapy|3 Comments

How to Engage the Pelvic Floor

  Karly Treacy teaches how to strengthen the pelvic floor. Clothes by Elektrix Love. Mat by Maji Sports. Hair and Makeup by Dawn Sorenson. Photo by David Young-Wolff.   The key to a strong core is in strengthening the pelvic floor. You may have heard cues in class like “Engage your pelvic floor.” [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Cross Training|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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