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Kids Yoga – One Down Dog – Yoga for Your Little Ohm-ie

Starting an early yoga practice with your kid benefits them holistically and gives them the tools they need, within themselves, to thrive in a busy world. Grown-ups have all sorts of priorities and concerns on their plate, and kids do too! Kids live in a world where technology is at their fingertips, knowledge and information are accessible, and all sorts of messages are easily exposed to them. This overstimulation can be very distracting and can make it difficult for them to focus on a single task at hand, let alone all the things that are expected of them on the academic and social levels. With just a few moments of yoga and consistent practice, your little ones will develop healthy bodies, fuller breaths, brains geared up for learning, and the values that contribute to a happy life with their buddies!

Body

Kids yoga integrates their whole, entire body…from the crown of their head all the way down to their tippy toes!

  1. In asana, the physical practice of yoga, the use of simple yoga poses with kids helps with their balance, coordination, core strength, and flexibility.
  2. Kids develop better body awareness when they learn postures or play yoga games by identifying what body parts to stretch, bend, twist, lower, or lift.
  3. When practicing poses on both sides of their body, the right and the left side, yoga contributes to their overall motor development.
  4. By practicing how to sit and stand “tall” in yoga, kids can develop good posture.
  5. Yoga relaxes the body and prepares it for a good night’s sleep.
  6. In kids meditation, sitting in quiet for a few moments enables them to pay mindful attention to the workings of their other senses.
  7. When they feel good moving in their body, they can do more with their body! More sports, more dancing, more fun outdoor activities! A healthy body image and body appreciation can stem from a healthy yoga practice with your little one!
Breath

Practicing some breathwork or pranayama with your kids sets the tone for the class and helps them settle into the present, into the NOW.

  1. Depending on your kids’ moods, the right kind of breath will either calm and relax, or energize them!
  2. Simple breathing exercises prepare them for meditation.
  3. Taking a few moments to pay attention to their breath is a great way to stimulate their concentration, especially when they are doing challenging poses like balances or holding postures for a longer amount of time.
  4. A healthy breath means better circulation and more oxygen for the body!
Brain

Kids are constantly learning new things, and yoga helps with learning!

  1. Through mindful movements and focus, yoga can de-clutter your kids’ very busy brains, therefore increasing their attention span and improving comprehension.
  2. Yoga helps them retain information and improves their memory by learning postures through songs, yoga stories and yoga activities.
  3. By developing their motor skills on both sides of the body, yoga utilizes both sides of your kids’ brains as well!
  4. Kids yoga is all about using the imagination to create movement and shapes with the body. By practicing yoga, kids will widen the scope of their creativity and might even come up with creative ideas of their own!
Buddies

Yoga is also about relationships and how we connect with others. The values learned while practicing yoga teaches our little Ohm-ies beautiful things about themselves, other living beings, and how to live in this world together.

  1. Yoga games in class instill a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among your little one and his fellow students.
  2. The process of learning and practicing a yoga pose helps kids become more compassionate and helpful towards other kids who are also trying their best. There is never any competition in yoga…just a safe space where kids can practice, do their best, laugh it off, and try again!
  3. Being in a room with other kids of all sorts of personalities can improve their social and communication skills.
  4. Kids are allowed to feel what they feel, and mindful practice helps them acknowledge their emotions and puts them in a healthy place to deal with certain things in their own peaceful way.
  5. Yoga helps kids to embrace their uniqueness and unique skills, therefore instilling a sense of respect in our kids; respect for themselves, respect for other people, and respect for their surroundings.

 

Yoga fills you up with life, light, peace, and joy…and all of that spreads quickly as you share your yoga gifts with your little ones! Kids yoga benefits the grown-ups, too! Take some moments to simply have fun, be silly, color outside of the lines, play make-believe, be spontaneous, and let your inner kid shine!  Wouldn’t the world be an even more beautiful place if we all learned how to play nice? 🙂

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    #ODDlight Feature: Sofie Cohen

    Name: SOFIE (IM GONNA DO THIS WHOLE THING IN CAPS #SORRYNOTSORRY)

    Nick Name: SOF, SOF-MAGOF, SOFIECOH, SOCO, FIFI, GLITTER PRINCESS, VERY COOL RETAIL MANAGER AT ODD, TO NAME A FEW…

    Hometown: LAAAAA

    Favorite Place: OH BOY! I HAVE SO MANY FAVORITE PLACES! (Ok I won’t do this WHOLE THING in caps [but mostly I will]) I love everywhere all the time. I love LA, I love Griffith Park. I love any city near water! The Northwest! PARIS IS ALSO A SERIOUSLY WONDERFUL PLACE. One Down Dog is this cool place I go and everyone there is really cool so that is also one of my fave places. OMG HOW COULD I FORGET DISNEYLAND. WOW. Guys, I really love Disneyland.

    Favorite color: I actually don’t think I can answer this question. Color is so important to me. PALE PEACHY PINKS, PURPELY GREYS, MINTY GREENS, NAVY, GOLD??? HONESTLY HOW DO YOU EVEN CHOOSE?

    What’s your sign? ARIES! My bday happened!

    Most embarrassing moment? Oh man. IT STILL HAUNTS ME. I had the biggest crush on this boy named Michael when I was in 2nd grade. He was in 3rd grade and he was THE BEST ARTIST IN THE WHOLE CLASS. So, being the big flirt that I am, I asked him to draw something for me in my notebook. I handed him the notebook, but before he started to draw – he looked down at the page, got this strange look on his face, and handed me back the notebook. I looked down and I had accidentally given him a page that I had written “I <3 MICHAEL” ALL OVER. I never talked to him EVER AGAIN, and spent the rest of my elementary school days avoiding him.

    Most empowering moment? My early twenties have been full of empowering moments for me – but a year and a half ago (I can’t believe it was this long ago now) I was feeling really fed up with LA, and wanted a change. My boyfriend had just finished up his grad program, so we decided to move to our friends family farm before he got a big boy job. I got a lot of mixed reactions from people about it, left ODD, turned down some other really cool job offers, and moved to Southern Oregon to live in the middle of nowhere on 40 acres of land. I was there for 6 months. I made art, tried and learned so many new things, took care of animals, got dirty, drove a tractor, planted food, chopped firewood, built fires to keep warm, and honestly, I kind of found myself. It was just what I needed. I try really hard to bring some of the practices I learned there to my “new” life here – and now I’m in love with this city (and kind of myself???) more than ever.

    Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? Well, I just spoiled one of them – I lived on a farm in Southern Oregon for a lil bit.

    Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? Sometimes if I talk about horses for too long, I’ll start to tear up. I LOVE HORSES. I used to ride, but haven’t in ages. I just love em’.

    Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I went to Thomas Starr King Middle School which is just a stones throw away from our beloved ODD – so when you come to take class and see all the youth in their little white collared shirts and navy pants, I WAS ONE OF THOSE YOUTHS 🙂

    Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell. – First of all – I’ve never been all that interested in drinking, so turning 21 wasn’t all that exciting for me – BUT I turned 21 on Easter Sunday, which is hilarious enough as it is. On top of that, I went out to a gay club in Olympia, Washington (where I went to college) with the handful of my friends that were already 21, and it was literally just me, my friends and three other people at this place. The three other people were 1 guy and 2 girls, and they had brought a chair out onto the giant dance floor and the girls were taking turns giving this guy lap dances in the middle of this deserted bar while my friends and I danced around them acting like loons. They were completely unfazed by this – but I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. It definitely goes down as one of my favorite birthdays.

    When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? I have a side job as a member of an art installation team for my beautiful friend who designs large scale, amorphous BALLOON sculptures that take over buildings and spaces. You should all check out her Instagram @geronimoballoons because it is great and she’s hilarious (also you may see some pics of me running around every once and awhile!). I’ve traveled a bunch with her (I was just in Vancouver for a day!) so if I’m missing from the desk, I’m usually working on an installation! It is so fun and brings all of my favorite things together – its creative, its physical, and so satisfying to help create something on such a large scale that brings so much wonder and joy to peoples day 🙂

    How do you define yoga? ALL THE GOOD FEELS

    Why do you work at O.D.D.? Where do I even start? I sent a Jess an email after I quit a job that was just NOT working for me. I was exhausted and feeling really uninspired, and I wanted a job that was fun and allowed me time to explore other creative endeavors. I had been practicing here for a long time before I got the job, so I already knew about the magic, but I just fell super in love with working here. We’ve got such a wonderful, supportive and inspiring team of people – and it’s kind of a lovely thing when you have to pull yourself away from your job because you just wanna stay and hang out with your coworkers and all the wonderful people who walk through the door to take class. I’m surrounded by friends all day everyday, and how awesome is that? But mostly I’m really just here for the free yoga.

    What is your favorite song to hear in class? I mean, anything Beyonce always.

    What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? I really like upward facing dog! I always linger there. It feels good on my back, I feel strong because I’m holding myself up, and its just such a nice energy booster for me!

    Memorable yoga moment? I had always been really scared of inversions, I still am kinda, but not that long ago I was in one of Courtney’s classes and she had us go to the wall to work on headstands. In the past I’d usually skip it and do legs up the wall, but this one day I decided to try it – and to my surprise I did it! I felt so COOL and strong and it was awesome! It inspired me to try out other things in classes that I normally wouldn’t have tried and that’s really the stuff of life, ya know?

    How did you first hear about One Down Dog? My parents used to work with Jessica’s husbands clothing line Cotton Citizen back in the day! I had just moved back to LA after graduating from college up in Washington, and my mom told me about it. I had very minimal yoga experience, and to be totally honest I still to this day don’t know what inspired me to try it out. That sounds bad – but seriously I was NOT a yoga person. Or at least, I didn’t think I was – but the SWEAT and SCULPT classes got me hooked and I’ve never looked back!

    What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? STAND WITH PP! They do so much amazing work, and they gave me an IUD for FREE which is amazing and I’m just so grateful for them.

    Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? You can follow me on insta @sofiecoh if you wanna see watch me debate how many selfies is too many selfies/see pictures of my parent’s 90 pound Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Fezzik. You should def be following @onedowndog if you’re not already DUH and I already said this but I’ll say it again, my balloon mama @geronimoballoons is fab.

    Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!) OH I DONT KNOW YOU’RE ALL GREAT AND I LOVE WORKING AT ODD AND GETTING TO MEET SO MANY COOL PEOPLE! Thanks for making all my dreams come true!!! KTHNXBYE.

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      Yoga Post-Baby // The Practice of Ahimsa

      Giving birth to a child changes everything. Obligations, priorities, boundaries, emotions, what you thought you knew about love and other big “life” concepts, and of course, your body. Whether it’s your first baby or seventh, introducing a new person into your family who needs you 24/7 requires a shift and can be a very emotionally challenging and demanding experience.

      With the mental and physical stress of new parenthood, it makes sense that a yoga practice (asana, meditation, pranayama/breath work, and philosophy) can be helpful and add to quality of life. But especially if you already had a yoga practice before having a baby, it becomes clear right away that the yoga is different post baby.

      First of all, there is the issue of time. Taking care of a little one is demanding, and when you barely have time to sleep, who has time to do yoga? And then there is that body that can sometimes feel like a stranger’s body.

      Here’s the thing about time, with a shift in perspective, we can realize that time is actually on our side. It took your body 10 months to cook your precious little one, and however many hours/days to get them out. So how can we possibly expect our bodies and minds to completely adjust or go back to “normal” (whatever that means) quickly? The key to shifting your perspective on time is patience.

      Consider these basic body facts:

      1. Before pregnancy the uterus is the size of an orange and sits deep in the pelvis. By the end, it is the size of a watermelon and fills up the space from your pelvis to your lower ribcage. Everything else has to just shift up and out of the way. It takes a uterus about six weeks to shrink back to orange size, which is pretty incredible considering how long it took to turn into a watermelon.

      2. Your body secretes hormones like relaxin to soften the ligaments in the body, specifically to soften the ligaments around the sacroiliac joint (found in your low back) and the pubic joint (at the front) so that the bones can shift to make space for baby. This can cause low back, pubic, and hip pain and discomfort. Your body continues to produce these hormones until 4 months after breastfeeding is stopped. So say you breastfeed for six months, that means your body is making hormones to loosen everything up for 20 months in total, almost two years!

      3. During pregnancy your abdominal wall stretches (duh) and to compensate your body makes new muscle cells to make the abdominal muscles longer. It can take your body up to two years to recover from that process.

      Find more one our instagram

      To recap, a lot of shit goes on in your body to make that baby! And for all of that to happen, it takes time on both ends. So yeah, patience is a virtue.

      Not only patience though, but this: KINDNESS. And that’s where yoga comes in. The first yama (from the yoga philosophy of an eight limbed path) is ahimsa – which translates to mean non-harming, non-violence; aka kindness, compassion, and all that good stuff. The yoga practice teaches us about the importance of ahimsa towards all living things, and you yourself, a living thing, is not exempt from that!

      So when practicing yoga in your changed body, a useful lens can be that of ahimsa, abstaining from violent and harmful actions and thoughts. That includes how you treat your own body. When a baby is born, it is normal feel an overwhelming desire to want to protect them, take care of them, keep them from harm. They are brand new and vulnerable, and of course that is essential. When a baby is born, so is a mother. And during that process, you too are vulnerable, raw, and new. So why not baby yourself too? Practicing kindness towards yourself is a part of in turn being kind to your baby.

      On the mat, go slow. Pay attention, do what feels good. Sometimes it can take a while to start listening again after such dramatic shifts, but remember, time is on your side. Come to the workshop 4/8/16 2-4 pm in our Silverlake location, the edge of Los Feliz.

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        Spring Cleaning – Yoga Cleanse with One Down Dog

        Yoga cleanse time! Spring is the perfect time to a cleanse both physically, spiritually, and get rid of a lot of shit… from your closet. East Los Angeles – check out what One Down Dog has to spring into Spring!

        108 Sun Salutations & Yin Yoga – with Courtney and Bobbi – body yoga cleanse

        Seriously – 108 Sun Salutations. Welcome the sun and cool it down with some yin. Yin & Yang has never been so much fun. Bring 2 mats.

        Saturday March 25th Silverlake  6:15-8pm. onedowndog.com/workshops

        Expect us to go downstairs for french fries and friends after!

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        Saturday’s 108 Sun Salutations workshop

         

        CHakra Tune Up Meditation Series – with Adam – spiritual yoga cleanse

        Part of your regular class package so you’ll need to pre-register to save your spot! You’ve missed the Root Chakra but jump in on ANY week. (follow us on Instagram to not miss a beat!)

        Each week will have an affirmation to match the chakra and a bija mantra. Chakra meditation –
        MONDAYS – Silverlake location (on the edge of Los Feliz) 7:15pm Starting March 20th

         – Muladhara chakra (root chakra) –

        “I am strong, stable, secure, and peaceful. ”

        LAM

        – Svadhisthana (sacral chakra) –

        “The universes creative energy flows through me.”

        VAM

        – Manipura (solar plexus chakra) –

        “My power source is the living universe, and unlimited.”

        RAM

        – Anahata (heart chakra) –

        “The more I give, the more I open myself up to receive.”

        YAM

        – Vishudda (threat chakra) –

        “What I speak, I manifest.”

        HAM

        – Ajna (third eye)

        “My intuition leads the way.”

        Aum

        – Sahasrara (crown chakra) –

        “I Am limitless.”

        Silence

         

        CLOTHING SWAP/Donation Drive April 9th – Physical/Karimic Yoga Cleanse

        We are doing our favorite clothing swap and ending it with a donation drive with our Resister Sisters & Allies. Bring re-usable bags for donation. Bring any gently used clothing for swap/donation – please make sure at least one of these items you bring is on the list below.

        Eagle Rock – Sunday April 9th –
        SWAP – 7:30 – 9pm
        DONATION DRIVE – 9 – 10pm (organize left clothes into appropriate donation channels)

        SWAP for an hour and a half. Donation organization. Deliver the next day!  If you’re interested in being involved in donations Downtown on Monday comment here or get in touch! Any clothes leftover from the swap and not added to donations for the Downtown Womens Center will be donated in bulk to appropriate shelters and Out Of The Closet.

        Downtown Women’s Center Wishlist –
        • T-shirts
        • Pants
        • Jackets & Sweaters – larger the better.
        • Shoes – especially large sizes.
        • NEW SOCKS
        • NEW bra’s & Underwear
        • Rain / Waterproof clothing
        • Gloves
        • Tote bags & Rolling luggage
        • Sleeping Bags
        • Bed Linens
        • Food
        • Personal Hygiene & Medical items
        • GIFTS – they celebrate residence birthdays – any extra goodies like bathrobes, grocery store giftcards, birthday decorations will be set aside for the residents.

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          #ODDlight Teacher Feature Essence Wall

          Name: Essence Wall
          Nick Name: E-Love / e – Rock / Thundercat
          Hometown: Made in LA, Raised by NY.

          Favorite Place:
          The moment. and of course the beach.

          Favorite color:
          BLACK or RED

          What’s your sign?
          Aquarius Sun / Virgo Rising / Gemini Moon

          Most embarrassing moment?
          I’m not too sure I have one. I stay livin’ in 2nd chakra and when I’m not I just laugh at my damn self. maybe when I was younger though…. I do remember that time as a girl when I liked boys and used to get teased about my raspy sort of deep voice. The first time I called my junior high boyfriend he didn’t believe it was me and kept asking his homeboy (who he assumed I was) to stop playin’ and to stop acting like it’s his girl. he truly thought his school friend was prank calling him instead of me. But today I usually get either a compliment, told I have a radio or bedroom voice and every now and then get asked if I’m ok or just woke up. LOL

          Most empowering moment?
          I have empowering moments all the time. I do feel most empowered when I’m teaching from my heart and I can feel the room receiving the offering. Or when I’m DJ’ing and people are gettin’ there life on the dance floor. I feel most empowered when I am living freely, embracing each and every moment of life with gratitude. Being thankful and being my true self is empowering.

          Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
          I’m secretly super tech savvy. I actually have no idea why because I’m not in love with tech stuff but I happen to be fcukin genius at it.

          or

          I was pulled over once for accidentally driving through a red light while naked behind the wheel. HAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAA….

          Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
          I recorded and released an album that’s available on iTunes and other places, which had me living and touring locally in London for a year performing it. I have a music video and err thang!

          Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
          I cannot be chased. Like seriously. I can’t play tag, or hide-go-seek or deal with feeling like someone is running after me. If I feel like I’m being chased I will run so fast, so far, I won’t stop and won’t even know where I am. I’ve done it. And most of the time it’s been when playing with friends. I’ll be out! GONE!!!!

          How did you hear about ODD?
          I found out about ODD through Brianna. I was teaching at Exhale Venice, ran into her when class was over and she remembered me from DJ’ing/Teaching with Laughing Lotus NY. She asked me what I was doing at Exhale and I told her I moved to LA but on the east side and then she suggested I check out the OOD Fam because she thought it would be more my tribe. And she was SO right!!! The west side is beautiful but not my energy flow (accept for the beach of course). Then she hit me up a couple of months later saying ODD was hiring if I was interested and I was. With $40 to my name I showed my ass up real quick, in a hurry to Jessica’s class and introduced myself and the rest is history. Exhale had just closed a few weeks after Brianna and I saw each other. I was barely keepin’ afloat in LA. The struggle was real!


          Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
          SO I love to travel. it’s my most favorite thing in the world next to music, love and yoga. And they all happen to go together thankfully. So I’ve been to Thailand a couple of times and the very last time I went alone for a month. SO exciting. I decided it would be a journey of temple hopping and island hopping. Funny part is my one of my two moms decided in order to feel safe while I was traveling I needed to email her everyday with a different family member name in the subject line so she knew it was me and my email wasn’t hacked. That was fun.

          Now Thailand is an awesome place to move around for cheap but you travel enough and it adds up. In one month I traveled by car taxi, tuk tuk, motorbike taxi, 10 hour bus ride, 2 hour choppy cameraman boat rides, multiple long tail boats, ferries, mini van bus drop offs, 6 flights, plus the motorbike rental my last week in Koa Tao which I got hit and swiped on. Don’t cry Argentina, I’m still here. BUT the guy who hit me didn’t look back and kept it rollin’. Tourist! Now anyone and everyone who’s been to Thailand will tell you it’s cheap but A) don’t break, steal or ruin anything and not to come back with a “Thai Tattoo” and they aren’t talking about the ink in your skin. Problem wasn’t how he hit me but where it happened. I was at the top of a VERY steep dirt/rock/road hill. So when this dude swiped me I clinched my hand breaks with hopes not to move too much but my wheels slid, then I lost my balance, swiveled a bit and BOOM hit the dirt sliding down hill, head first with my motorbike on top of me. And before I could feel anything all I could think was I hope this bike is NOT fcuked up! Other tourist saw it and came running to lift the bike up and help me. Once they did I was looking at the bike stressed out and these folks were like “Hunny, ARE YOU OK????” “You’re bleeding, let us get you to a hospital.” and immediately I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

          All I could see was a trillion-million Bahts (Thai Money) I didn’t have added on to what ever this bike was going to cost now that one side was beyond visibly scratched up with the mirror falling off. This bike was like $4 a day but now, I couldn’t even imagine. I hopped my bike down hill, parked it and figured I needed to fix myself up. I had blood running from my shoulder, my knee and my ankle. I walked into the store next to my bungalow resort and right away the sweet older guy working there was like “you need hospital.” I was like “thanks, but no thanks, I’ll be okay” and said ”But do you have peroxide and bandaids???” He was like, “go to hospital.” And I said, “Sir I’m fine, please show me where your peroxide and bandaids are….PLEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSEE!!!!!” Finally he sent me in the right direction, I got what I needed, then scooted my way to my bungalow where I proceeded to be my own doctor as I inner screamed my way through pours of peroxide to clean up my wounds. It was rough but I did it and since it was early in the morning I stepped out all bandaged up and took my ass to my fruit lady, got my favs (pineapple, coconut and mango) and scooted to the chayhad (the beach). I just wanted to enjoy my beautiful day and be thankful it wasn’t worse, I wasn’t dead or broken while also allowing myself to decompress and take it all in.

          Afterwards I stopped by the motorbike rental to show them what’s up and the guy said “no problem, we’’ll take care of when you turn the bike in.” and I thought, cool. But man, can I tell you that when the day came for me to return the bike a few hours before my travels back to NY this guy basically wanted all my money. The bike was like 150 Baht a day and he requested 2600 Baht for the repairs or NO PASSPORT! I didn’t have that much and what I did have was supposed to be my souvenir and money to eat on my long journey back. Ugh!!! I only had 1700 Baht left. THE STRESS AND DRAMA OF IT ALL!!!! I had to give him 1600 Baht of my money because now that this long period of me begging my for shyt had taken place I only had like an hour and some change to grab my things from my bungalow and get to my boat before it left (which was also the last boat for the bus that would get me to Bangkok before my flight). I paid, packed, showered, ran to my boat, floated 2 hours to the main island, waited 1 hour for my bus, rode 10 hours to bangkok, grabbed a taxi 40 mins to the airport, sat at the airport for 5 hours to check in for my 24 hour connecting flights back to NY, landed in NY where my best friend met me with a fabulous black dress, smell goods, and my dj equipment and dropped me off at The Whitney Museum where I was scheduled to DJ a 2 night Annual Biennial Event. Anyway, long story but a great fcukin’ memory!


          When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?

          If its warm i’m beaching. And all other times on the mat, DJ’ing, at the punchbowl drankin juice, at the bar having some vino or wherever the wind blows me and all this is usually with my boo.
          How do you define yoga? I believe yoga is a spiritual dance with yourself. A journey that takes you deep inside to explore and expand. Yoga is the ultimate unity that brings shadows in the Light so you can see, feel and embrace yourself in the purest and most genuine way.
          Why do you teach? I teach because I realize that I am a vessel that encourages lovers (people) to live more fully, to be themselves. I learned that I had the ability to impact lovers with the goodness of LOVE that inspires them to reach beyond there edges so that they can thrive.What brought you to become an instructor?
          My inspiration around becoming an instructor came from how magical I felt on the mat and in my own deep transformation. That encouraged me to want to share it with everyone. I felt like this could change lives and bring so much joy, balance and life to folks.

          What is your favorite song to play in class?
          OMG, I can’t even with this question. C’mon….. I DJ so this is IMPOSSIBLE!!!!
          I LOOOOOOOOVE so much music. I prefer playing music that will create the tone for the flow and movement of the class.
          But some of my favs are anything Prince, MJ, Rock, Old Soul, 80’s,  The Doors, Led Z, Muse, Hip Hop (Old/New), the Ella Fitz, Billie H. and Nina era and tons of world music and house rhythms. Anything that gets those fingers snappin’ and that ass shakin’! And yes, you can find a super wide variety of music in my class!

          What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
          My favs, are hip openers and heart openers. Because not only are they challenging but it’s also a big reflection on the Chakras I tend to live in. 2nd and 4th Chakra are just kind of how I am daily. It’s empowering and a space I hope to always live in. It’s freeing. SO i’m uber excited to move and share offerings of this practice. Gettin’ into hip expansions and heart openers is so rewarding. Oh and along with all of this jazz I fcukin’ LOVE to go upside down.

          Memorable yoga moment?
          It’s a tie between graduating teacher training (memorable as shyt), my first headstand off the wall ( I was literally going upside down talkin’ mad crap to my teacher about why I should be using the wall as I went up just fine without. And so I started screaming once I got there with excitement.), and my first official job as a yoga instructor.

          What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)
          Fav Prop: Belt or Strap. This prop literally allows you to feel like you can do anything and reach anywhere.
          Fav pieces: Crystals/Stones/Sandalwood Mala Beads – I take them everywhere and especially love having the frequency with me on the mat.
          And Yoga Paws: They’re great for someone like me who prefers to practice on the floor and not a mat!

          What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
          Guud Soup is a non-profit in development that my partner (GF) is raising funds for currently to create a site that will assist, guide and offer ways to live a more healthy and healing life for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. I hold this dear to my heart because not only has this been my partner’s journey but it has also been the path of life for many of my close ones and family. And it’s often a struggle that’s overlooked and swept under a rug as nothing to be concerned with.
          Below is the GOfundME web address to support this safe place for those who want guidance and assistance on there journey with anxiety and depression.
          https://www.gofundme.com/malliha

          Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings?
          I have a website but it currently has a landing page but still: www.sherocksyoga.com
          FB: www.facebook.com/shErOcksyoga
          IG: @shErOcksyoga

          DJ: IG/Twitter/FB @djshErOck
          www.djsherock.com

          HASHTAGS:

          YOGA:
          #shErOcksYoga #shErOcksODD #shErOcksTheParty #yogagangster #shErOcks #spiritualwarrior #shErOcksLA #shErOcksLife #shErOcksLove
          basically you can hashtag that #shErOcks a lot of things….

          DJ:
          #djshErOck #shErOcksTheParty #shErOcksMusic #mistressOfspin #shErOckstheTurntables

          Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!)
          I have no idea what to add here. lol
          I mean I currently loving being apart of the ODD fam. I’m loving the amazing growth i’ve had on this LA journey and how beautifully sweet it has unfolded. It’s been challenging and incredibly inspiring to pick my ass up in whole different way than NY. I’m still open and searching for my teachers here but I am so grateful for all it has been, all that is and will be. It’s also been a pusher for me to finally start my hand in creating yoga retreats and I’m so stoked to be hosting my first ever this April 5th -10th in Jamaica. Theres still room for any of my ODD Lovers who wanna join the magical adventure. This too has been a learning lesson. Im happily living my life out loud!

          Extras:
          • I have two moms, they raised me in LA and now live in Arizona
          • I have an awesome GF who practices yoga, is a digital marketer, ex-model, secret freestyle MC and we act so dumb together
          • I’ve DJ’d in Africa, London, France, Belguim, Hannover, Berlin, Puerto Rico, Helsinki
          • I love camping in Culebra, backpacking in Thailand, being lazy and eating conch fish off the street corners of Anguilla, traveling to islands, being adventurous, eating amazing food, dancing till a fcukin’ drop or my toes fall off, drinkin’ Bubbles or Red Vino, dressing up like art, wearing wigs, costume events or classes, afro house music, MJ, Madonna, sexy dates in the rain, traveling to DJ, YOGA (Duh), road trips, whisky and tequila, Spiritual Alters, Temples, natural light, ole stool rock music, commercials even though I don’t watch tele, candles, top hats, prayer flags and mala beads, french and portuguese, wearing black, flowers, mirrors, mannequins, SKULLS, cooking, tattoos (i have 11), dark comedy, witchy shyt and so much more…

          • I kinda don’t like bananas, flan or any foods with similar consistency, negative energy, pessimistic-ness, mean people, the stuffing from stuffed animals or toys, politics, being interviewed (lol) (makes me feel weird), being wasteful (drives me cray cray) (cut lights off, save water, give leftovers to hungry people) etc…. can’t really think of other dislikes.

           

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