New classes and types were added, our first Sculpt/Sweat training, a new Massage Therapist, MIND our donation meditation class, our growing 200hr Teacher Training, regular SoundBaths, with Jamie Ford and a range of workshops and community events. This year was huge!
Personally – Jessica bought a house and had baby boy Max!
We got to know some of our #ODDfamily a little better each month by tossing them into the #ODDlight. We will continue featuring the yoga family each month but many of those #OGODD family members have been featured so take a look!
Many of teachers provided insight into their hearts and minds with the #ODDlight interviews, but several teachers also contributed writing on what it is like to get your Teacher Training at One Down Dog as well as what it is like to be a new yoga teacher.
Clara Roberts-Oss was a phenomenal guest teacher who came to share a whole weekend of workshops and trainings. Check out her guest post: 12 Tips For New Yoga Teachers
To get some insight into the hearts and minds of our students we spent the #ODDlight shining on all of YOU in November. We featured our students online and asked some questions in studio that people answered anonymously:
“My first headstand!”
“The first time Patrick, the mascot, sat on my lap.”
Who or what has made a mark here for you?
“The positive energy from all of the students & teachers.”
“Great Classes! <3 Ducky ~ Ducky is awesome & she makes you work for it. Thanks!”
Most important or most favorite thing you’ve learned at ODD?
“I have learned that perseverance pays off. Ive also found joy in the struggle.”
“I <3 this ODDcommunity – I’ve learned to Let That Shit GO! :)”
Why do you stay and practice here?
“Yoga helps me align myself physically and emotionally.”
“You’re amazing, loving, kind, and like family!”
“Loved the fun vibe of the website and that there were dogs. Stayed because it’s the best place in LA & my ODDfamily!”
This commUNITY really is the thing that separates One Down Dog from other yoga studios. It’s a home, it’s a family, it’s a lot more than asana classes. We try to bring awesome workshops to diversify and deepen your practice in ways that interest you and community events so we can connect off the mat. From Clothing Swaps to our 2nd Community Shop Day over to BodyBurst weekends and ButiGlo parties we had a range of ways for you to get involved. Check out just a few more of the amazing workshops we had this year:
2015 has been a year of living #MakeAwesomeHappen and we are already on fire for more in 2016. Join us to create the vision of what this year will be and work with us on how to create more awesome in your life with MAKE AWESOME HAPPEN workshop series with Jessica.
Keep an eye on our schedule, events, and blog as you can expect in 2016 – our new BABY ME, Kids Yoga, Yoga Unplugged with breath work, chanting, and meditation, Yoga Dance Parties, Asana workshops and special philosophy study classes.
If you ever want to contribute or get involved by writing a blog, hosting a workshop, or being in our all LA based retail store just get in touch! We are always down.
Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. This month, get to know Jessica Rosen, One Down Dog studio owner and promoter of awesome!
Name: Jessica Rosen
Nickname: Jesi, messy-jesi, boss bitch
Hometown: Metro Detroit!
Favorite place: ONE DOWN DOG!!! 2nd to that: Big Lake, anywhere in nature/by a fire or water
Favorite color: blue (specifically periwinkle – the color of our studios)
Most embarrassing moment? I get embarrassed a lot, and that alone is very embarrassing. I turn red for no reason sometimes…not fun in professional settings.
Most empowering moment? Opening ODD, specifically the day we opened our current Silverlake location. Fun fact: this place was opened with no investors, no bank loan, it started with a small (very very small 7.5k) personal cash investment, a dream and really awesome friends. I don’t have any partners, debt, or people to answer to. I was told for years none of this was possible. The bank turned me down for a loan, accountants and advisors said I would need more capital to make it happen. I didn’t listen because I knew it had to be possible, there was no other way. Before we were in this space, we shared a spot down the street. It was a great way to start off, but wasn’t a representation of One Down Dog’s awesome personality. It took a lot of work and a LOT of risk to get this place open. The day we held our first classes (while the lobby and small studio were still under construction) was one of the greatest days of my life. My lifelong dream had come true and there were people showing up to prove it was all worth it. Since then so many amazing things have happened within these walls – a reminder everyday that ANYTHING is possible. (shameless plug: if you want to hear more about this story and learn how to Make Your OWN Awesome Happen – come to my workshop on January 28th
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I used to wear big pants…once had a pair as big around on the bottom as I am tall. Kikwear was my favorite brand.
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I married my high school sweetheart, but I really wouldn’t have called him a sweetheart back then, he’s definitely gotten sweeter with age:)
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? My all time favorite band is KoRn. I had a binder of all things related to the band and did my Freshman year final project on Jonathan Davis (the lead singer). I still have the binder in my closet back home in MI. I saw them live when I was 15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Have a good story or anecdote to share? I never take no for an answer. When I was 14 my parents took my pager away because I didn’t respond to their page within the allotted time I had to respond in (I believe it was 15 minutes). I really didn’t like being without my pager…it was 1996 and pagers were super important. So I begged, I cried, I gave a list of why it was important to get it back and then when none of those worked I took an entire pad of sticky notes and wrote I want my pager back on each sheet and put them all over the house. Then I sang “I want my pager back, pager back, pager back” (to the tune of the Chili’s commercial I want my baby back). We all had a good laugh. I had to throw out all the pieces of paper. My parents dug my creativity and persistence, I promised to respond in a more timely manner and the next day I got my pager back. 143.
When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found? Currently…at home with my baby boy Max. He consumes my world right now. When I have free time I like to spend it with my little fam either hiking or going to the beach or just hanging out at home watching a movie.You can also find me blasting music and have a good dance party in my living room on a regular basis. I love to listen to music and I love to dance.
How do you define yoga? Yoga is relationship. It is the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us. Yoga is not a pose or a workout. It’s a work-in. It doesn’t matter how long you can stand on your head, but rather how you relate to what’s going on inside it. It’s about connection, coming together and experiencing more joy.
Why do you teach? Because yoga changed my world, and I love sharing things that help me with others. The look on peoples faces after a hot sweaty hard class makes my life complete! Yoga has brought so much awesome into my world and I want to share that awesome with others. I sometimes like to call myself an awesomeness promoter rather than a yoga teacher. Can that become a thing?
what brought you to become an instructor: You want the long or short story? Short story, during my masters program I took Teacher Training. I did it never thinking I would ever teach – thought it would be helpful info to bring to my future career as a therapist. Teacher Training changed my life. There was a class that needed to be filled at the studio I was working at, the owner made me teach it. The rest is history.
What’s your favorite song?: I have soo soo soo many. I love all things hip hop/electronic/90s…anything with a killer beat and a good hook I can sing along to. I wanted to make sure to answer this factually so I checked my iTunes (yes I buy every song I play…support the artists yO!) in order of plays: Three Buddhas, Xumantra – singing bowls savasana song 1180 plays, followed by Latch ft Sam Smith by Disclosure 289 plays.
Favorite yoga pose? Down Dog duh. I love it because it is a transition pose, a pose we often return to between flows to regroup and reconnect. It is both an active and resting pose and to me that represents the duality of life – it’s always an in between.
Memorable yoga moment: Anytime I get to practice next to my hubby.
Favorite yogi piece/prop: I love everything Beyond Yoga – best fits, fabrics and super amazing brand doing wonderful things in our yogi community.
Favorite Non-profits: I hold Detroit dear to my heart so anything that benefits my city I am a huge fan of. I also hold LAMP community in DTLA close to my heart as they are helping to end homelessness and that is a cause I believe in!
It’s hard to come up with unique gifts that align with what somebody wants and what you want for them. Shopping at your ODD-est little yoga home can lead the way to a sweet simple gift that says “hey! I thought lots about you! To help you find that perfect gift for you or a friend we came up with our #ODDgifting guide and are offering 10% off all retail through the end of the month.
When you get a gift card of $50 or more for a friend, we’ll give you 20% off a retail purchase (the discount must be used by Dec 31st 2015) that you can use to grab goodies for yourself or more for your friends.’
Why we love it: We all need a little encouragement and uplifting. That’s why we love Your Joyologist so much! Grab a journal, poster, pins, and an Own Your Awesome affirmations deck to give that extra boost of inspiration to the people you love.
Why we love them: great little gifts that support awesome artisans in Costa Rica and a small business in San Diego that has since exploded! We love to accessorize with their beachy wears.
Why we love them: locally made, awesome yoga duds. Wear your inspiration on your sleeve.
Why we love them: made in LA, fantastic fits, most comfortable and flattering yoga gear out there. This shit lasts forever – Jessica’s first pair is 7 years old and still looks as good as the day she bought them. We are obsessed with Beyond Yoga and you should be too.
Why we love them: they’re brand new on the yoga scene, made in LA and killing it with their Heavily Meditated tanks, tees and mugs.
Why we love them: they’re the OG in high-end long lasting yoga mats (they come with a lifetime guarantee!). They’re killing the game in blocks, bolsters, sweat absorbing towels and mat carriers…yep we’ve got all of them at the studio. AND extra bonus this month: they’re offering a FREE equa hand towel with the purchase of a PRO mat.
Why we love them: we all need a little extra support, some extra cushion for the pushin. Yoga Coasters can be used for all sorts of poses to help ease our gentle wrists, elbows and knees.
Still need some gift giving inspo? Check out our instagram for #ODDgifting bundle ideas at discounted prices! Stop in the studio and we can help hook up your crew, and we’ll even wrap it up for you!
Shop local and support small business this gift giving season! It’s a gift to us too.
Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class. This month, get to know Lauren Jacobs, your director of first impressions at the desk and awesome new teacher!
Name: Lauren Marissa Jacobs Nick Name: LJ, L-dawg, Yacobs, LBJ Hometown: Dallas, TX Favorite place: Austin, TX or Florence, Italy Favorite color: Black, olive green, or purple Sign: Taurus
Most embarrassing moment? My friends and I decided to go on a vespa tour during our last week living in Florence. The tour guide was awesome and could ride his vespa backwards at the front of our group and videotape everyone else behind him. One by one, my friends started to wave to the camera all cute. When it was my turn to wave, I began to lift my hand to wave but immediately lost control and almost drove off the hill into a huge ditch! I saved myself at the last moment, but the look on my face must’ve been hilarious because on the car ride home, the tour guide told me he had “something verrrrry interesting to show” to my friends. I begged him not to or else they would never let me live it down. And they would probably make copies.
Most empowering moment? Being 13 years old and the only one to climb to the very top of a mountain with my badass uncle in Colorado while the rest of our family stayed behind. Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I know all the words to Usher’s Confessions album. Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I had 12 turtles growing up (not all at one time), all named either Mr. Cutie or Mrs. Cutie. Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I went to band camp for 13 years.
Have a good story or anecdote to share? One New Year’s Eve my best friend and I were at the fraternity house across from our apartments having a good time. She didn’t know that the grenade fireworks would go off just by pulling the string and not by actually lighting them, and so she accidentally set one off and dropped it on the ground. We started screaming as it was spinning & shooting off sparks, and everyone ran outside. The firetrucks came, but we totally ran across the street to hide in her apartment and peeked at what was happening from behind the curtain. It cost $1,000 for the firetruck to come out, and we never told them it was us! We felt bad, but it was too hilarious to be too upset. When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found? I love walking in my neighborhood for hours! It’s so hilly and quiet and all the houses have such different personalities. How do you define yoga? Yoga to me is the practice of connecting your mind, body, & breath while trying to let everything else go. It’s such an uplifting, inspiring experience!
Why do you teach? So that I can share that wonderful experience with others that I’ve enjoyed so much. It’s something really special to help others achieve things they didn’t know they could and feel good about themselves. Plus, it’s fun! what brought you to become an instructor: I had several friends who had recently become teachers, and they all talked about how it was the best decision of their life and seemed so happy. I wanted to see what that was all about! What’s your favorite song?: I can’t pick, making new playlists is one of the best parts! Favorite yoga pose? I really like crow pose because it’s fun, challenging, and was the first crazy yoga pose I ever achieved.
Memorable yoga moment: I was in Ducky’s class and we were in child’s pose, and my eyes started to tear up because I was so overcome with joy at that moment. I was so happy to be in my favorite place, surrounded by such a wonderful community. It was really overwhelming in a great way! Favorite yogi piece/prop: My beyond yoga spacedye shirt and leggings. I want to live and breathe spacedye, it’s so comfortable. Favorite Non-profits: My cousin Jordan founded a nonprofit for his younger brother, Richie. My cousin Richie and I were the same age, and he passed away when he was just shy of 18 from Cystic Fibrosis. Richie’s Spirit Foundation gives scholarships to struggling high school seniors so they can go to college, helps support families battling the costs of organ transplants, and also raises awareness for organ donation. Richie was the absolute best person I know with such a zest for life, and this foundation means so much to me! #passthespirit Connect with Lauren:
Instagram – @Laurenmjacobs anything else: One Down Dog is truly my favorite place in LA and walking into this studio was one of the best decisions of my life. I love this space and this community!
We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Jenkins, our new massage therapist in Silverlake location of One Down Dog! Click here to read Laura’s bio.
Why should I incorporate Massage Therapy into my fitness/wellness regimen?
You take your car in for a tune-up, or an oil change right? Well, think of your body as your vehicle. You’re working out and taking Yoga! That’s a great start. Those muscles are working, getting stronger, keeping your body moving and fit. Ever feel sore, stiff, tight or plain old tired? Your muscles need some lovin’ too. Massage Therapy helps push all that lactic acid out of your tissues which helps aid in a faster recovery. Overworked, tight muscles need to release tension before they start overcompensating for other areas or joints of the body. The goal is maintenance and balance for your muscles. If you want to be able to keep moving, massage is important. Aside from all the other amazing health benefits of massage, active folk should make massage a definite part of their routine.
What style of Massage do you do?
I combine various techniques to cater to your specific needs. This isn’t your typical spa experience. I focus on specific areas of need, or do a general tune-up of the body using techniques such as deep tissue, swedish, traction, range of motion, trigger point release, myofascial to name a few. I consider it Therapeutic Massage. I work with you to find out what your body likes and what it responds to best. Don’t worry — I won’t make you cry unless it’s needed. 😉 Most importantly, always be open and honest with your therapist. Be vocal when you feel the need, so you can communicate on what your body is supposed to be responding to or feeling. And yes, I can also do a very stress-free, relaxing, “put me in the best mood ever” massage as well as prenatal.
How do I schedule an appointment?
The best way to schedule is to e-mail me directly: JENK.LAUR@gmail.com. My schedule is flexible, but also depends on classes happening at One Down Dog (Silver Lake). Day times are the best times. But I get it — some of us do have 9-5ers. E-mail me a couple different options of the best days/times that work for you, and we’ll make it happen.