Run, Yoga, Run

I did my second marathon training run on Sunday.  Despite my fears, it was surprisingly EASY!!!  Although I’ve been doing Ashtanga three to five times a week, my 8.5 mile sunset run felt wonderful!  While my shoulders are usually tight, my upper back achy and my legs heavy and sore, these last two distance runs have been the opposite.  Light and relaxed.  All of the deep stretching in yoga is keeping my muscles loose, my body aligned and my core muscles strong. And... Read More

Point Dume Yoga Studio, Malibu

I just taught an intense Vinyasa Flow Level 2/3 Class at Point Dume Yoga in Malibu.  Lots of twisting, wringing out and detoxifying was happening in our toasty little studio.  The women in my class were lovely, hard-working and gracious.  I couldn’t think of a better way to start the weekend (and to sweat out those glasses of wine from last night). Some key poses for a  Detox Class: Simple Twist, Crescent Pose (Twist Variation), Padagustasana (Twisting Var.), Utkatasana... Read More

Can Yogis Run Marathons?

Long before I discovered yoga, I was a long-distance runner.  Running was part of my daily life.  It was my way to detox, to meditate and to challenge myself.  Then I experienced yoga.  I realized that like running, it demanded stamina and emotional strength while providing similar benefits, minus the wear and tear.  However, it seems that over the past decade I have rarely incorporated both into my routine.  I either train for a marathon or do Ashtanga five days a week. Until... Read More

Yoga Vacation in Los Padres

Our most recent Yoga Vacation was just outside of Santa Ynez.  It was a weekend getaway, perfect for a group of burned out Angelenos.  As quick of a trip as it was, we all had a blast.  So many beautiful people with such fun-loving energy!  We dined on home-made delights, sipped wine under the stars and breathed a lot of oxygen-rich air.  This trip was on the rustic side, as we slept in tents and dined in open-air around the fire.  But there was no shortage of relaxation... Read More