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.
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. ”
– Svadhisthana (sacral chakra) –
“The universes creative energy flows through me.”
– Manipura (solar plexus chakra) –
“My power source is the living universe, and unlimited.”
– Anahata (heart chakra) –
“The more I give, the more I open myself up to receive.”
– Vishudda (threat chakra) –
“What I speak, I manifest.”
– Ajna (third eye)
“My intuition leads the way.”
– Sahasrara (crown chakra) –
“I Am limitless.”
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 –
- Jackets & Sweaters – larger the better.
- Shoes – especially large sizes.
- NEW SOCKS
- NEW bra’s & Underwear
- Rain / Waterproof clothing
- Tote bags & Rolling luggage
- Sleeping Bags
- Bed Linens
- 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.
#ODDlight Teacher Feature Essence Wall
Name: Essence Wall
Nick Name: E-Love / e – Rock / Thundercat
Made in LA, Raised by NY.
The moment. and of course the beach.
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.
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.
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
DJ: IG/Twitter/FB @djshErOck
#shErOcksYoga #shErOcksODD #shErOcksTheParty #yogagangster #shErOcks #spiritualwarrior #shErOcksLA #shErOcksLife #shErOcksLove
basically you can hashtag that #shErOcks a lot of things….
#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!
• 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.
#ODDbingo is back, bishes!
Are you down, or are you down?!
Sign up in studio and let’s get down together! Prep your month:
1. Sign up in studio to get your bingo card.
a. Unlimited autopay members: FREE!
b. Not unlimited? grab 30 days of unlimited yoga at a discounted rate of $100
2. Put your name on your card and post it at the studio to track your progress.
3. Squares MUST be marked by an ODD staff member.
4. 1 class/event per square – cannot use the same class/event for more than 1 square.
5. No more than 10 classes per week will be counted.
6. To win GRAND PRIZE: BLACKOUT! All those that complete the full board will get an ODD goodie bag AND be entered into a raffle to win the grand prize: 3 months of unlimited yoga + an extra special ODD prize! (over $500 value).
7. To claim a win you must give your board to front desk staff and post to social media a pic of your board with #ODDbingo #winning and tag us.
8. Cards must be turned in to the desk by April 1st in order to claim prizes. Prizes will be awarded on or before April 5th
#ODDlight Yoga Teacher Feature: Katherine Bradshaw
Each month we bring a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminate 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.
Name: Katherine Bradshaw
Nick Name: Kate (but only allowed by my mother) (Look at these great family photos – Mom and brothers!)
Hometown: Redondo beach, CA
Favorite Place: Hawthorne Valley farm in Ghent, NY – a tiny biodynamic farm where I have led retreats. I even walked a sheep once! On a leash!
Favorite color: crimson
What’s your sign? Gemini
Most embarrassing moment? N/a
Most empowering moment? Moving from NY to LA solo
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I’m left handed
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I’m learning to teach yoga in español – pronto!
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I try face my terrible fear of heights. just looking at someone sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon puts a wave through my whole body. So, At least a few times a year I make a pointed effort to do something extremely high up and semi-dangerous whether it bungee jumping, walking across a slack bridge, or parasailing. Pretty soon I will one day work up the nerve to skydive. Maybe. Yes. Definitely maybe I want to.
When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? At the Hollywood Farmers Market
How do you define yoga? Yoga is the healing process of calling the chatter in the mind.
Why do you teach? I teach because I believe in the Effects. Yoga is a healing modality. Mindful movement and breath lets the spirit take off stagnant layers of energy.
What brought you to become an instructor? I was 17 and I knew this was my passion and I wanted to share it in a bigger way.
What is your favorite song to play in class? Any other name by Thomas Newman
What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? I really enjoy Surya namaskar C in truth. Slow and delicious – perfect for invigorating or winding down.
Memorable yoga moment? Striking my first hand stand in the middle of class is the feeling of Sweet victory.
What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) I like to have a cushy bolster beNeath my spine during final resting pose. And! And eye pillow! I never take savasana without one!
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? (We will want to be more non-profits and would love to do so on your behalf) uprising yoga is an organization that helps teach teens in central juvenile hall downtown. I also teach in men’s central jail downtown with an organization called present yoga and meditation.
Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings?
#ODDlight Feature: Jessica Rosen
Each month we bring a member of the #ODDfam into the #ODDlight and illuminate 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.
JESSICA ROSEN is being featured for the 3rd time because gosh darn it, she owns the place! Check out her Past 2 #ODDlight features – HERE & HERE.
What’s your name? Jessica Fay Rosen
What do you do here at One Down Dog? I own this bitch!
Your yoga studio before the remodel
the small room, before the wall.
When you were a little kid what did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.
When you were a grownup what did you want to be when you grew up?
A therapist working with at risk teens and addicts. After 4 years of undergrad and 1 year of an insanely difficult masters program I became a therapist and realized it wasn’t for me. During my MA program I started practicing yoga and that changed my whole life. I started teaching at the rehab facility I was working at and found that to be more rewarding for both myself, and the students participating. Turns out yoga is my jam and I’ve been doing it and teaching it ever since.
What was the original purpose of One Down Dog?
Originally, originally… I created One Down Dog, LLC in 2011 because in the state of California if you work as an independent contractor making a certain amount of money you have to register as a business, and I knew one day this thing would be something. I was working as a yoga instructor at an adolescent rehab facility teaching yoga and leading addiction centered groups. The name One Down Dog came from “one day at a time” – a term often used in the recovery world to remember to stay present to and live life on life’s terms. One Down Dog is a reminder to take things as they come… one down dog at a time.
After years working in other peoples yoga studios, working as a high school teacher and yoga instructor and working as an addiction therapist, I decided to take the leap and create the space I had always dreamed of. One Down Dog as you know it now was created to offer a space for people to connect and feel a part of something in a city where it’s easy to feel alone.
What’s your favorite yoga pose? Down Dog …duh.
What’s your favorite animal? Dog. Patrick Bateman specifically.
What’s your favorite food? French fries.
Top 5 places you order lunch from?
How do you intend to #MakeAwesomeHappen in 2017? BY OPENING OUR THIRD STUDIO!! Echo Park! YAY!
Tell us about a satisfying or memorable yoga moment?
My first class back after having Max, my kiddo, was less than 2 months post partum on Thanksgiving day 2015. Class was packed with 72 bodies including my cousins. We sang Hello by Adele in unison. I love my ODDfam.
What is a hope you hold? That I will be an awesome mom and not fuck my kid up too bad.
I played the Cello for a minute. My mom played when she was younger and had this super old Cello that she spent lots of money refurbishing for me. I took it to school one day and after hauling that big fucking thing on and off the bus I came home and announced that I was switching to viola. I then played viola for 3 years and was in advance orchestra in 8th grade. How’s that for a random fun fact?
What should we be telling people about?
MAKE AWESOME HAPPEN! 6 week workshop with Ellina and myself. Starts 1/27 – http://onedowndog.com/workshops
Baby Daniel and Jessica (she never changes)