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#ODDlight Feature: Adam Gericke

 

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Name: Adam Joseph Gericke

 

Nick Name: Never really had one that stuck…

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Hometown: Hebron, Indiana – there’s literally only 1 stoplight in the town.

 

Favorite Place: My house – I love being home in my own space with my small family

 

Favorite color: Blue everything

 

What’s your sign? Virgo

 

Most embarrassing moment?

 

Most empowering moment? Realizing that I am not my thoughts, but I am a witness to thinking. All of a sudden there is a choice in which thoughts to follow – I ask myself which will lead me ahead in a positive path? It’s a choice, and I now choose to feed the light instead of the dark.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I grew up dancing, and that was my first career- a professional dancer. It was my ticket out of small town Indiana, and I never looked back. You can see me in the dance hit – STEP UP. And I’ve also been a working electronic music producer and if you look you can even find a few of my tracks for sale…- Dance music for life! utz utz utz utz

 

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? If you don’t find me practicing yoga or teaching, I’m probably hiking somewhere, hanging with my dog Frances and husband Blake, or making music in Ableton Live.

How do you define yoga? Yoga to me has been about changing my relationship with my small self, my higher Self, and the entire outside world.

Why do you teach? In teaching yoga, I hope to help share the shift that I have experienced in my life with as many people as possible. Through yoga I have learned to treat myself with the same compassion and kindness I shared with other people.

What brought you to become an instructor? Same as previous answer….

 

What is your favorite song to play in class? That’s impossible to answer – it literally changes daily. You will always get a mix of current tunes and my kirtan jams!  ( CHECK OUT HIS SOUNDCLOUD – DJ’ing MAY 19th at ODD  – https://soundcloud.com/user-987305689 )

 

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? My favorite yoga pose is my meditation seat. It’s what this practice is all about. As physical as the asana practice might show up on your mat, yoga is the stilling of the mind. And each of these physical postures strengthens or opens the body to sit for prolonged periods of meditation. If you haven’t found your meditation pose yet, meet me at 6:15 on Mondays in SL – let’s meditate together!

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Memorable yoga moment? – This might sound cheesy, but a few months into practicing yoga I had a moment in savasana where I think I truly surrendered for the first time in my life. My physical body relaxed completey and in that surrender, the exact opposite of what I thought would happen, happened when I let go. I felt completely supported in that moment, and I still carry that inner support with me now.

 

Where did you first hear about One Down Dog? Where didn’t I hear about One Down Dog. I met Brianna, Ellina, and Bobbi all independently of each other. It was so sychronistic – One Down Dog is where I was meant to be! My husband works in television, and worked with Brianna’s husband – Brianna’s where the connection was first made. To make a long story short, I met Ellina and she asked me to DJ her store opening of Mairtri in Culver City. Bobbi was there helping with Ellinas party and we became friends. It was a natural progression that kept leading me back to ODD. It’s my LA yoga home and it’s where I was allowed to find my voice as a teacher. I have so much gratitude for Jess’ open arms.

 

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) I always have my mala close – but you’ll only see me wear it, if I haven’t meditated yet that day. It’ll be my reminder, but I don’t like to wear it as fashion.

 

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?  Anything to do with no-kill shelters….We used to support North Shore Animal League in NY, but haven’t sought out anything here in LA.

BABY FRAN!

 

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? My website – adamgericke.com Insta – @wakeupmeditate

 

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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.

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        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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