"What do you do for your yoga practice?"
This is a question I receive often from both beginners, intermediate, and even advanced yogis. Everyone is always looking to improve themselves, yoga is no exception, and neither am I.
If I have the opportunity to get on my mat in class at Studio Barre & Lounge, where I teach, I am always going to take it. I especially love anytime I can get up at 6AM to flow. But with Tribu Contracting and babies and more - that isn't always an option. For the most part, I do my own thing. I have my own flow and movements that I love and I try to change it up depending on what my body needs, taking inspiration from all sorts of places. Most of my yoga practice is pranayama and dhyana, breath and meditation, followed by asana and movement - which is to say, a lot of it happens off my mat. However, when I'm not doing my own wiggly thing, here is where I go for practice or inspiration when I am at home.
You maybe don't know about Carling other than being the side kick of the oh-so-popular Patrick Beach. Let me say this just once, she is not the side kick - she is the main event. While not as flashy as other yogis in the public eye, Carling is possibly my favorite out there. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook, she has a Youtube channel, she writes a blog that is fantastic, and, of course, you can check her out on Codyapp. Before you ask, I don't make money if you click that link. It would probably be better if I did, but I'm just letting you know where I go to practice. Restore & Rejuvenate is one of my favorites that she does. I just love a teacher that gets into Yin. I have yet to try the Yin & Yang, but that's next on my list. Yoga isn't all about getting upside down, guys.
Daniel Scott & Lauren Matters
Speaking of getting upside down, I have been a big fan of Daniel Scott for a long time. His Youtube channel was what inspired Mark and I to get into Acro years and years ago. We even own some of his Codyapp classes. And Daniel recently got together with Lauren, who I potentially love more than him. Lauren is a lot of my recent inspiration, specifically through instagram. I just love the style and flow and shape of her, not just physically but soulfully. She doesn't look like so many of the yogis on the front of magazines, but has so much grace and light to her. I love it. And I love the two of them together. Great pairing for great Acro.
One of my original inspirations in yoga, I used to follow Briohny Smyth religiously. I have since let go of some of that idolization and now just practice with her on Codyapp and let the rest go. My favorite is Ladder Flows, they will kick your butt, but also center you. However, if you ever saw the Equinox video featuring her, you might want to check out The Sequence classes.
Oh Acro, you woo me. I discovered Yoga Beyond maybe two or three years ago. I primarily follow them on Instagram, but I get so much of my inspiration from these two magic makers - especially Claudine. Many of my transitions stem from watching them create on their mats on Youtube & Instagram - to attend one of their Teacher Trainings would be a great gift, and I don't necessarily always agree with teacher trainings.
"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”