#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)
7 Day Awesome Instagram Challenge
YOGA CHALLENGE! Are you down?
Starting Wednesday January 11 you have 7 days! We’ve got your mid month hump day challenge to keep you making awesome happen.
It’s hard to keep that New Years Resolution fire burning so we have a challenge inspired by our coming 6 week #MakeAwesomeHappen workshop to keep YOU inspired! Some of the best yoga we do doesn’t include poses!
Jenn Jordan’s Vison Board
HERE ARE THE RULES:
You must tag @OneDownDog in EVERY post. 1 or more of each daily challenges must be posted to your Instagram feed, the rest can be to your story if you want! Tag us!
JANUARY 11th – DO SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME! When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Show us what you tried.
JANUARY 12th – CHANGE THE PERSPECTIVE! Things are AWESOME! Share 5 gratitudes – a list, 5 photos, a video, any way you share. (tag us)
JANUARY 13th – I AM LOVE – Self-care! The challenge is simple but we still seem to forget to make the time. Show us how you self-care.
JANUARY 14th – RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS. That network is crucial – be somebody’s net today. We’d love to see a portrait, a story, a moment captured, or your representation of how you helped.
JANUARY 15th – YOU CAN DO IT! Write 3 intentions for the day. Make sure they are things you CAN do and stick with. Cross ’em off. Get ’em done. Show us as they happen.
JANUARY 16th – SWEATY SELFIE! Lets see your #ODDselfie, red faced, sweaty back, and totally stunning. Working hard is hot.
JANUARY 17th – I DID THIS! Stop telling yourself that self story “I didn’t get anything done today”. You do a lot, every day. Share!
Our first AWESOME our first location party.
Is this the stuff that makes you feel inspired? Are these the life changing goodies that brought you to yoga?
Jump start your year and make 2017 the best it can be!
Utilizing yoga philosophy, goal setting tools and the law of attraction Jessica and Ellina will assist you in overcoming obstacles, fear and negative self talk so that you can make 2017 the most AWESOME year yet!
WHAT YOU GET:
- Goal-setting and goal-crushing: get clear on what fills you up, and how to bring more of that into your life – visualize to realize.
- Tools to make your wildest dreams come true…and sustain them – manifestation station!
- A network of cheerleaders and support so you don’t have to do it alone – your vibe attracts your tribe!
$185 (payment plans available)
**Dont forget, if you take 21 classes before January 21st you get 21% off this workshop.
#ODDlight Feature: You! The Students Of One Down Dog Part II
This #ODDlight feature is a unique one as we will be featuring YOU for the rest of the holiday season! Several blogs to feature small slices of this big #ODDfam and featuring students on our Facebook and Instagram for the rest of the year! See our PART I of the blog HERE. We also asked ALL OF YOU some questions in the lobbies. Same questions we often ask our #ODDLIGHT features, some just for you – to learn a little more about each other and this big, diverse, and often silly community.
She’s #ODDdogging, naturally. Because she’s #OGODD. We’ve probably already featured Lisa since she’s been around FOREVER! She was in the second #OneDownDog teacher training, not because she wanted to teach yoga (She’s got her hands full teaching kids with special needs) but because she was ready to dive more into her personal practice. BUT here’s the biggest reason we’re featuring Lisa today. Go back to last ODDlight blog HERE and meet Claudia – because LAST YEAR during our January Bingo Lisa brought Claudia in from work to try to the New Student Special (so Lisa could check off a square in bingo.) She didn’t even know Claudia had stuck with us at One Down Dog for a whole year past her very first class. This really is family around here.
Memorable Yoga Moment?
- “The moment I realized I couldn’t stand not doing yoga everyday. My sunrise flows in Hawaii were pretty memorable too.” @SergioOfarrill
- “During BUTI when Karen had us massage our neighbor.” @lo0vedesiree
- “First yoga class 2 years ago. When I first fell n love with the practice. And the class ended with the light within me honors the light within you.”- @Bella_stardust
Fun fact most wouldnt know about you?
- “I had open heart <3 surgery at 6 years old 7 wasn’t scared” – @jennifer_mae_r
- “I used to be an undercover investigator – @Malliha
Meet Angela and Victor!
THESE TWO ARE TOO MUCH. In the best way. They came in together for their VERY FIRST YOGA CLASS EVER a few months ago and literally came every.single.day since October. These yogi’s are getting so much from showing up every day and we are getting even more from having them join this yoga fam. Angela even won our Halloween costume in class contest! It’s been great to hear them report on changes they’ve seen and felt and we see it too. Maybe it’s just because we’re all best friends now but these two shine when they are here. There’s a confidence. They are chatty, big smiles, and so down with just about anything. LOVE YOU TWO! You’re an inspiration on dedication and transformation.
What brought you to One Down Dog (and yoga)? What makes you continue to come back?
- “My Best friend brought me to Cindy’s CHILL class on Friday nights. I feel loved here and always challenged. LOVE YOU BABES…even when I’m late”
- “My parents got me to One Down Dog/Yoga. I continue to come back because I feel happier throughout my days. When I miss too many classes I notice I do not feel as relaxed & feel kind of down. Love how I feel with yoga!”
- “Class Pass. Yoni’s first class was amazeballs. I come back because of the positive vibes, people, and welcoming environment.”
How do you spend your free time?
- “Watching TV” (We appreciate the truth here too. Don’t we all TV!?)
- “With my dog Serbi. Writing, practicing yoga, eating, spending time with family and friends” – SAM from the ODDfam
He’s so chill. And loves CHILL. He comes to CHILL with us every morning and if you see him in the evening it’s his second class of the day. He lifts too and this yoga is the balance to that. He’s got a calm cool collectedness we wish we could take credit for but mostly are glad he’s bringing that energy to One Down Dog. He comes every damn day, he even came on Christmas morning! You’ll spot him next time you chill together – he’s the one early to class laying in a heart opener with a great head of hair.
How do you define yoga?
- “Doing my best with what I have, right now.”
- “Fun. Grounding. Life Changing.” – @Aguercia (featured below)
- “Doing what you can, the best you can with what you have. For yourself. For others.” – @Jwardramirez
If you could have any super power what would it be?
- “An open heart ALL the time!” – Dianna
- “To tele-transport anywhere in the world by blinking my eyes. – Meghan
We’ve probably already featured that mug drinker in the back, Sergio. But you know the saying – behind every good man is a better woman right in front of the photo, and a dog in the background. That’s the saying, right? Well, it is at One Down Dog. Alyse is dedicated and moves at her own pace. She’s been a regular here since January of 2015 and comes to a huge range of classes. She’s usually smiling unless it’s 6:30am and then usually its a sleepy smile even still. Alyse seems to bring that sweet, steady, simple, silly support to her people in a way thats admirable – very little show or ego about just how awesome we all know she is.
What is your favorite pose or yoga prop?
- “My mat.”
- “Childs Pose because even if it seems like the easiest pose, it really isn’t. It’s so difficult to stay still and just breathe sometimes that this seemingly “easy” pose is actually a challenging one for me.” – Mar Danielyan
What is your job?
- “Researcher for TV game show” – @lovelyangela79 (featured above)
- “Digital Marketing Creative Supervisor” – @McManimal
- “Script Supervisor”
- “Full Time Mom. No vacations.”
THE ODDLIGHT WITHIN ME HONORS THE ODDLIGHT WITHIN YOU!
We love ALL of you so much and cant wait for this next year of yoga and community. Make sure to follow our events on Facebook for free community events all year long. Join us at workshops for even better way’s to get to know each other. We can do yoga anywhere – it’s all of you that makes it a community that we all come back to.
#ODDgifting: Yoga Gift Giving Guide
The get is in the give!
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.
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 2016) that you can use to grab goodies for yourself, or more for your friends.
Gifts for ANYONE –
These #gifts are great for anyone, even those that don’t practice yoga. We only stock things we LOVE – things that have a story or a personal association involved. We want you to be able to give something that you feel good about.
@dogtailsshop – one of our friends!
@yourjoyologist – badass boss mama
@the_wild_unknown – has personally been to this studio to chat with you all. One of the best new decks.
@starkwaxingstudio – you already know you love these #LAlocals
@krisnations – based in SF. super cute pieces.
@sweetsimplevegan bag – she’s a student here!
@yogatuneup – literally the gift we all give.
@spiritualgangster phone case – because, duh.
@mightybananasaurusrex eye pillows – this is Liza’s sister who makes them.
We love these brands –
Keeping with the caring – we pick brands we love and wear ourselves. Featured here is #SpiritualGangster. They represent that active lifestyle with a lot of extra gratitude thrown in. It’s not always about the leggings when it’s about that #YogaLife. Some of the softest fabric is found in these Spiritual Gangster shirts!
Give the gift of yoga –
These #yogaprops make for AMAZING gifts for yogis no matter where they practice. Manduka yoga is a go to brand for us. Their Pro-lite is what we use for rental mats because they last a lifetime. These blocks, straps, and sweat activated towels are great stocking stuffers. And the Eko Mat is Eco friendly AND super duper grippy. REMEMBER – if you’re buying gifts for somebody who practices at #OneDownDog you can grab a $50 giftcard for classes and get 20% off retail to grab one of these extra goodies.
Small gifts are big –
Size does not meet all requirements in gifts. These little goodies make for stunning, thoughtful, and sometimes silly gifts. Small things can certainly make a big statement.
#SugarBean earrings and “Fuck” necklace – these also come in rose gold.
#Hanna.Handmade bracelet and rings – we love love love her stuff and her!
#YourJoyologist affirmation card – we have a whole deck for you.
#GoodJuJu roll on essential oils – a blend for everyone and they have candles!
Go with a theme –
We have enough styles, colors, and favorite brands that we could HAPPILY help you put together a bundle of goodies. We went a little nuts on the red and green here with the season. Let’s use this photo to introduce your to One Down Dog’s FAVORITE PRODUCT…
BEYOND YOGA SPACE DYE – Those green pants are made out of the BEST material ever. Soft, super stretchy, and tons of colors and styles in stock. It’s a must have fabric for #YogaPants for any yogi. We LOVE #BeyondYoga because they make the greatest fits in the yoga game, it’s a female owned company made in Los Angeles and they make clothes for every woman. Their image is what we support – we stock XS-XL in their clothes and if you surf their social sites you’ll see really normal awesome babes that aren’t overly made up, doing crazy poses… it’s just people doing yoga in pants that fit great. Cool.
New Year, New Joy’s –
The New Year is around the corner too! Even your friends who aren’t celebrating Christmas might want some of these goodies to get the year going with activity, comfort, and gratitude. First off –
YES those #BeyondYoga pants are shiny and you CAN wear that entire top and bottoms and mala outfit to your New Years Eve party.
We wont quit telling you to grab Your Joyologist notebooks, because they are great.
Grab a YogaRX mug, we have a ton of phrases.
Oh, and those Shop Knotty hair ties are great for gals that always have a hairband on their wrist.
Still need some gift ideas? Find us on Instagram or come into the store and chat. We have ideas, sale rack, gift cards that come with 20% off, and so much more!
#ODDLight Feature: YOU! The Students of One Down Dog – Part 1.
This #ODDlight feature is a unique one as we will be featuring YOU for the rest of the holiday season! Several blogs to feature small slices of this big #ODDfam and featuring students on our Facebook and Instagram for the rest of the year!
Most of you probably already have – especially if you are #OneDownParent like she is. She found One Down Dog when she was pregnant and she ended up staying because it kept her sane after, before, and while wrangling kids. This badass woman, #normalizebreastfeeding mama, and creative soul brightens up the classroom every time she’s here. We recommend following Miry online for a little slice of real life as a yoga mom. One Down Dog has taken an extra interest in Miry and her amazing project – Miry’s List – An organization to work with Syrian refugee families and welcome them to the US. Click the link to learn more and stay tuned for more info on how to support through ODD.
You will only have met Ben if you got your butt out of bed and into an early AM yoga class. You’ll find Ben in the first class of the day 5 days of the week for over 2 years. DEDICATION. He’s missed when he’s not there as he is always solid presence. His daughter follows us on instagram too and that makes us feel like its a real #ODDfam.
She walked into One Down Dog this summer for her VERY FIRST yoga class. She’s now joined the ODDfamily unlimited membership and is making yoga a part of her weekly routine. She takes mostly CHILL and BUTI but has tried just about every class we have. Thumbs up is a mudra we do a lot at One Down Dog.
Every month we ask you all questions on that blackboard in Silverlake and we’ve been asking you questions on Instagram too. So lets get to know this crazy #ODDfam. Here is a random selection of questions and answers from you guys in the past year.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
The people said: Warrior 2 – Peaceful Warrior – Tree – Goddess – Malasana – Warrior 3 – Birds of Paradise – Camel – Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – sphinx, Wheel, Urdvha Dhandurasana – dragon pose – Downward Facing Dog – Eagle – Tree and an overwhelming love for Pigeon and Savasana.
@anticavity – an ogODD student – “Forward Fold with my arms above my head like we do! I hear my crunchy shoulders cra-a-a-c-c-k!
@saritphoto – an ogODD fam across LA – “Depends on the day: revolved warrior, malasana, childs, triangle.
@shatter_day – Trail Runner and Yogi – “Ardha Chandra Chapasana. I’m not a graceful person but this pose makes me feel like I am”
What other activities to you choose when you’re not doing yoga?
The people said: Hiking, Trail Running, Pound Fit, Bar Method, DANCING, dog walking, kick boxing, strength training, nature, biking, swimming, anything in the mountains, soccer, Zumba, Spinning, walks!
How do you define Yoga?
The instagram homies said: A movement of LOVE! – An outward expression of inward reflection – A practice where my physical body and soul become one. – An ongoing life practice – A pursuit to master the mind – Patience – Practice.
@BobbimcKissick – long time homie and ‘omie – “Movement expression connecting mind-body. When you say “I love yoga” you’re really saying “I love me”
@Cinefastic – <3 Our Randi – “DUCKY + CHAIRPOSE”
@MiraSchulte123 – CHILL class junkie – “Every practice is different. It fuels my soul with what I need on that day and in that moment. Ever evolving, just like me!”
She’s another one who’s part of the AM crew. 5 days a week you’ll catch her there before everyone else stretching it out. She’s participated in any challenge we’ve had at One Down Dog. Megan is great at yoga – she knows the spots she physically holds tension but more importantly she’s a really amazing woman who makes good eye contact, sincere conversation, and works through things in a really honest and kind way. Our favorite kind of yogi’
You’ve probably already met her or taken class beside her as she’s been going to yoga about 5 days a week for all of 2016. All different types and both locations. She made a promise to herself for the year and has stuck with it. We all know how impressive that commit and stick is. She competes in our challenges and sets them for herself. She’s a librarian, a dedicated yogi, a big smiler, and somebody we hope keeps coming to class all the damn time in 2017 too!
See somebody in class all the damn time we should feature? Let us know! Follow us online to see who else will be featured.
What we want to know from you guys this month is – Why did you FIRST go to yoga? What has kept you at One Down Dog? Comment on the blog below and find us online!