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ODDLight: Hanna Ketai

 

March! It’s here! And it brought a whole new ODDLight with it. This month, we’re featuring Hanna Ketai. Hanna is the woman – the dream – behind many of the lovely rings, bracelets, and necklaces that you see at ODD. She’s been around One Down Dog FOREVER and it’s time for us to introduce her to the masses. Read on to learn more about Hanna and be sure to sign up for her workshop, Intuitive Crystal Ceremony and Jewelry Making, which is happening March 14!

Name: Hanna Ketai
Nick Name: “The Crystal Yenta” (Megan Feinberg coined this one)
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Favorite Place: Sedona, Arizona
Favorite Color: Olive Green ( Some of my friends call it “Hanna Green”)
What’s your sign? Cancer

Most embarrassing moment?
Throwing up while teaching a yoga class ( I got food poisoning from Kombucha)

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I was named after Hana in Maui even though I have never been there! Also, in addition to designing jewelry and owning a crystal business, I am also a therapist. I have my own private practice in Beverly Hills.

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous.
Something that you love to tell. : I recently took myself on a solo trip to the desert to paint and wander around. I got attacked by a cactus and ended up in urgent care. Lesson to be learned: Don’t wear Birkenstocks in the desert.

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
Playing with crystals, playing pool, seeing live music and hiking with friends

How do you define yoga?
Yoga is all about coming “home” to yourself

Why do you teach?
I am not currently teaching yoga, however what I used to love about teaching was creating and holding a special space for people to connect and come home to themselves. When I teach workshops, it’s a similar feeling but now I am teaching people about crystals, how to use them to connect with yourself and cultivate a deeper intuition. And of course, how to make some badass jewelry with those crystals too!

What brought you to become an instructor?
My yoga teachers and the owners of the studio encouraged/forced me to become a teacher. I’m glad they did!

What is your favorite song to play in class?
Sideways by Citizen Cope

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
Pigeon pose because the hips don’t lie!

Memorable yoga moment?
I still remember my very first yoga class at the Yoga Shelter in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I was 16 years old and it completely changed my life.

How did you first hear about One Down Dog?
Jess, the owner, is one of my oldest dearest friends from Michigan.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
I love bringing crystals to class and placing them at the front of my mat when I practice!

If you could have any super power what would it be?
FLYING

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?

NKLA, ACLU


Check out Hanna’s beautiful creations @Hanna.LAHandmade on instagram!

Learn more about Hanna’s upcoming workshop,”Intuitive Crystal Ceremony and Jewelry Making“, and sign up, on the ODD website or check in with any one of our lovely desk staff members the next time you’re in a studio.

RESTORE Teacher Training with Sam Akers

If you haven’t heard, ODD has some absolutely amazing teacher trainings happening throughout the next few months.

One of them happens to be a restorative yoga workshop with the wonderful Sam Akers. It’s taking place at our Echo Park studio from March 7 – March 10 (find more details here). Whether you’re a certified yoga teacher or a student looking to deepen their practice  through restorative asana, this training is for you!

Are you intrigued by this concept but not really clear about what restorative yoga actually is? Keep reading. Check out the photos.

Learn about this beautiful practice, how Sam came to love it, why she continues to do what she does, and what you can expect to get from the training.

Enjoy!

Why is Restorative Yoga near and dear to my heart?

Restorative Yoga allowed me to heal from 11 years of Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease. I had been diagnosed with all of these ailments, in a 3 month period, in 1997. Completely debilitating and confusing. Western medicine attempted to help, but really was making me worse with all kinds of medications. I found myself at a holistic chiropractor, one day in 1998, who suggested that I try yoga. I didn’t find restorative in my first class, but instead, I went to whatever class fit my schedule, as there was not really any guidance. It was a Vinyasa class that nearly killed me. Luckily, the owner of the studio was the teacher, and she sweetly suggested Restorative Yoga. What is this, I asked? Well, she responded, you lay on the floor, completely supported and rest. I was not excited by this, in fact, it sounded ridiculous. I was already laying around all day, why would I spend MORE time doing this?

What I didn’t know, in that moment, was that Restorative Yoga was and could be, so much more than just laying on the floor. I did get myself back to the studio, about a month later. I walked into class and there was the lovely teacher, David. His voice was kind and understanding. He proceeded to guide us through 4-5 asana and he would come over and offer me extra support, for my arms and legs. It was in Reclining Butterfly, Supta Baddha Konasana, that I had my first true healing experience. It was pretty wild. I saw soft golden light, I experienced a sweet voice in my mind, letting me know all would be ok, and I cried and cried. He let me remain in that asana, while others moved on. His support was the reason that I was able to let go, begin to heal and come closer to the pain within my self. I felt completely safe.

I had no idea that I was in any emotional pain at all. I was not aware that the trauma I experienced growing up, was now living in my tissues. I had never given myself permission to slow down, in part, because I knew it could be painful. But with David there, supporting me with his kind heart, voice and his seeing my discomfort and supporting that too, I could stay. And stay I did. That afternoon, I got all the props, bolster, blocks, blankets, and began my daily practice of reclining butterfly, which I still practice to this day. I am sure, that this practice saved my life.

Why is Restorative Yoga of value to me?

Not only because of my own healing experience, but now because of reports from thousands of students and clients I have supported in practice. I find that most of us push ourselves plenty. We push into experience, we push away from experience. We cling, we avert. But how often are we given permission to dive in, to sink in, to our own hearts and our own needs. How often are we supported in the arising and passing of ALL feelings and thoughts? One of the reasons that I lead trainings in Restorative Yoga is because we do not receive enough training in this modality, in our 200 hour training programs. Throw a bolster down and you are good to go, right? My experience 21 years ago was particularly healing because David fully supported my body. I felt safe, cocooned, seen. My nervous system could relax, my endocrine and immune systems could follow suit. My psoas could soften and years of held pain could release, sweetly and fully. My work with Judith Lasater and Leeann Carey just solidified my belief. They both teach in a way that encourages the complete support of the student, but we must train our eyes to see where support might be needed. This means more blankets under the joints of the body, adjustments of height of props and use of sandbags and blankets on the body. The student should be a comfortable as possibly, with little to no stretch sensation. This is why Yin and Restorative are completely different practices.

I have now been guiding students in Restorative healing for over 18 years. My restorative classes, workshops and trainings are my best attended classes and I believe it because of the level of care that I offer, along with the use of loving kindness meditations and breath work. I have had the honor and pleasure of watching hundreds of students heal themselves, through restorative practices, no pushing, just being. Please join me for another wonderful, fun and eye opening weekend of Restorative Yoga!

In this March training at One Down Dog, all students are welcome. You do not need to be a yoga teacher. In fact, I encourage anyone in the health fields to join us as it is fabulous to integrate Restorative into therapy, nursing, PT and OT, just to name a few. If you are a teacher, learn to support the body/mind/hearts of your students even more fully and successfully. You will receive 2 manuals for this training as it is level 1/2 and we will review the basics and foundational asana as well as delve into some of the more interesting and fun asana that can be used in therapeutics. We will discuss trauma, resourcing, Metta meditations, Yoga Nidra and more. I love discussions and often you, the students, inform the training greatly with what your particular interests are. You may also earn CEU’s through YA, if you need them, in taking this course.

Thank you for being a part of the Relaxation Revolution! With Metta and Restorative Yoga, we CAN heal the world. Let’s begin…..”

Samantha Akers, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, CMT, MFRT

What to Expect in REFUGE

Have you ever taken a glance at the Monday afternoon/evening schedule in Silverlake and seen “REFUGE.” You probably thought to yourself, “What is that? Is that a yoga class? Workshop? I’m confused.” Today on the blog, we’re taking the time to learn a little more about this unique class offering at One Down Dog. Unlike any other classes at our studios, REFUGE is only offered once a week across all of our studios. So this class are really special! Keep reading to learn what to expect from REFUGE in the words of the instructor, herself, Sarit Rogers.

REFUGE: A shelter, safety, a sanctuary.

I’m a trauma-informed yoga teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, writer and photographer as well as a long-time dharma practitioner. I am also in recovery and have been since 6/13/1993. I am a founding member of Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist approach to recovery, using the 4 Noble Truths and 8-fold path to heal from our addictions (drugs, alcohol, process addictions, you name it). Finding a sanctuary where we can park our shoes outside and bear our hearts on the mat isn’t always an easy feat in Los Angeles. I created REFUGE to fill that spot.

What it is:

  • A gentle vinyasa flow
  • Trauma Informed
  • Mindful (weaving the 4 foundations of mindfulness in or one of the path factors of the 8-fold path)
  • Accessible
  • Compassionate
  • All levels

Who you are?

  • Curious
  • Willing
  • In recovery
  • Not in recovery
  • Stressed out
  • Anxious/Depressed
  • Human

What is Trauma Informed?

  • Invitational language
  • Limited to no hands-on assists
  • Consent, consent, consent
  • Options/Choice

 

Come find REFUGE in Silverlake every Monday at 6:00pm, followed by Sarit’s sweet CHILL at 7:15pm.

Namaste

Explore your Cycle with Rachel Werline

 

Hey ODD friends!  I’m Rachel Werline and I’m a Women’s Holistic Heath Coach. I specialize in helping women to heal their cycles so they can use their monthly ups and downs to work for  them instead of against them.  Yes, I’m talking about your period, but its so much more than just that! Here’s a quick history about how I got to where I am and why I love this stuff so much, and then we’ll get to all the details about my upcoming CYCLE.WORKSHOP Four Part series at One Down Dog starting this Sunday, October 21st.  

I’ve been interested in wellness, alternative healing, and deep self work for well over a decade now, but my specific interest in women’s cycles began when I decided to go off of hormonal birth control 5 years ago.  Things went fine at first, and then I quickly learned that my body had forgotten how to make hormones for itself! My cycles became longer, 35 days, 40 days, and at one point I was only getting my period every 90 days- I was a little concerned, but more than that the effect I was experiencing from my wonky hormone levels were awful- my hair was falling out and had changed texture, my skin was breaking out like crazy, my digestion was wacko and I just felt like an anxious mess.  It was a long journey back to balance, but what I learned over these last five years has made me realize that having a monthly cycle is so much more than just bleeding once a month.  In fact, I found it all so fascinating that I changed my whole career, that’s how juicy this stuff is!  There is a whole hormonal dance that goes on throughout the month, and if you can’t hear the music, you may feel constantly out of step.  Not to mention that you miss out on the superpowers you posses during each phase of your cycle.  There’s a lot more to say, but hopefully we’ll get to chat in person and we can cover all the TMI bits and bobs.   If you’d like to learn more about your cycle, explore alternative methods to hormonal contraception, find your way out of the hormonal birth control world while avoiding the negative side effects, and begin to heal the root of your imbalances that cause your monthly woes, please join us for the CYCLE Workshop- be warned though, spend four months with me and you may find that “That Time of the Month” is your most pleasurable phase of your cycle!

Cycle.Workshop

All workshops are Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm at our Echo Park Studio

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SEX ED…..

Also what your mom didn’t tell you, and your Gyno may not even know about you and your Period.  We live in a linear, masculine culture, but we are Cyclical beings and as Women we are inextricably linked with our Menstrual Cycle.  In this Four Part Workshop we will deep dive into all aspects of our monthly cycle including the flow and function of our hormones, the four phases of our menstrual cycle and their implications on our physical and emotional experience, how to learn and chart simple signs and symptoms to gain invaluable information about your fertility and overall health, how to reduce or eliminate PMS and painful periods from a root cause approach and much more all in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.  This is a safe space to explore the intricacies of your body while empowering yourself to be your own healer, best friend, and advocate.   

Part 1: Cycle. Basics (Tuesday, February 26) 

We will begin our path towards body literacy by exploring the 4 Phases of our monthly hormonal cycle.  We’ll explore how to identify and work with each phase to create more ease, creativity, pleasure, and pain-free periods as we deepen the relationship with our emotional and physical experience of the menstrual cycle.  You will leave the class understanding the flow and function of your hormones as well as the how’s and why’s of adjusting your diet, exercise routines, work tasks and habits during different times of the cycle to create more flow and ease in your life. Cycle.Basics will be co-facilitated by special guest Holly Grigg-Spall, best-selling author of the book Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control and ambassador for the fertility tracking device, Daysy, which can be used an alternative to hormonal birth control.  Don’t miss her talk about the side effects of hormonal birth control, her story of coming off the pill and the implications this empowering choice can have on our emotional and physical well-being.  Holly’s amazing work has inspired a documentary called Sweetening the Pill produced by Ricky Lake and her team which will be released soon.  Whether you’re currently on the pill or other forms of hormonal contraceptives or have chosen to find an alternative path, this workshop will offer an empowering view of, and supportive advice for living your life without the influence of non-native hormones. This class will be three hours long and include tea and snacks crafted specifically to nourish your hormonal system.  

Part 2: Cycle. Chart (Tuesday, March 26)

This second workshop will be devoted to the art of the chart.  We will go over every aspect of how to identify the signs of symptoms your body gives you throughout the month and how to chart that information so you can use it to plan your life and manage your fertility.  If you’re already using an app to track your cycle- great! We will discuss your choice of app to make sure it covers the basic functions we need and will also learn how to chart on paper for those who’d like to a break from technology.  There will be lots of time for questions and clarifications in this workshop so you can leave feeling confidant in your charting skills.

Part 3: Cycle. Empower (Tuesday, April 23)

Now that you’ve had some charting experience under your belt, we will use that data to empower you to be the arbiter of your fertility and health.  We will make sure you’re confidant about when you are fertile and when you’re not so that you can reach your personal fertility goal, whether that is to conceive or to prevent pregnancy naturally.  We will also decode the messages our body is sending us so we can learn about potential health issues we may be facing, often long before a test would even be able to identify certain conditions.  

Part 4: Cycle. Heal (Tuesday, May 21)

Your period is a vital sign, just like your pulse and temperature- she’s talking to you and sometimes she has a lot to say.  As women, this information is so often dismissed by the healthcare system and we are often left with few options for treatment or told that perhaps its all in our head.  Your experience of pain is valid, real, and important- and this class is here to support you in your healing journey.  During our final class together we will learn what’s healthy and natural and what might actually be a sign of an underlying issue when it comes to your cycle.  We’ll work together to get to the root cause of cycle related issues, explore natural treatment options you can do at home, and continue to strengthen the foundation of your hormonal health.

Who is this for?

Any person who menstruates or who used to and is hoping to regain their period naturally.  This workshop is focused on tending to your cycles without the use of pharmaceuticals.  If you’re currently on hormonal contraceptives and are curious in learning other possible ways to manage your fertility and symptoms related to your period, this workshop is the perfect place to start.   All ages and gender identifications are welcome.

#ODDLight: Sarit Rogers

Name: Sarit
Nickname: I’ve been called a lot of things, but nothing stuck.
Hometown: Southside SM/Venice
Favorite place: The Darkroom or in a kayak on the ocean

What initially inspired you to become an instructor?
I have been practicing yoga off and on since I was around 7 or so. It was a tumultuous relationship. In 2012, I photographed the cover of 21st Century Yoga, and then began photographing a lot more yoga. I thought, hey, maybe i should learn more about teaching so I can shoot better. But then I became so inspired and was so encouraged during my training, both by my cohort and by the teachers, I leaned into my voice as a teacher.

Why do you continue to teach?
I love seeing the shift in folks when they take that involuntary deep breath as their nervous systems settle. I love being in community. I love holding space and inviting safety and resonance into the room. 

How do you define yoga?
There’s the literal meaning: union, right? But it’s so much more than that to me. It’s a pathway to the heart, to our breath, to a means of listening to our bodies. It’s connection. It’s music in motion. It’s an oasis that we have the power to create for ourselves where we don’t have to be anyone other than ourselves.

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
Hm…. I’m everywhere.Usually, I’m working in my role of Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, seeing clients (adolescent and adult) or I’m photographing someone or something, or I’m snuggling my fur-babies, or managing teen drama.

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
To be honest, it’s contingent on mood, but i always love a reverse warrior. I have a weird adoration for triangle and chair pose (yes, i realize how weird the latter is) and child’s pose is simply magic. I love a good warrior flow. And i love a random dance party.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
The block is my best friend. I have short arms….. thank you, Block, for bringing the floor closer! I love props in general. I always use a blanket under my seat, and love a bolster under my knees in savasana or in child’s pose.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Most? eek. Well, there was that one time when was working on a film (used to costume for nearly a decade), and we were dressing Ru Paul. His manager had sent us the wrong measurements — his fem measurements, so they were particularly unusual, for example, 27 waist, 42 inseam. Um….. So, I’m in Beverly Hills with the designer and see these two extraordinarily tall guys in front of me. I ran up to them and siad, “Excuse me, this might sound really odd, but where do you buy your pants?” They both looked at me like I was completely nuts, but they answered me. As I turned around, I realized it was Vlade Divac.

What is your most empowering moment?
Discovering my truth and finding my feet on my mat, in my life, and in my profession(s). I had a particularly profound experience during my SE training that literally changed my life. SE has been empowering and lifechanging in general, so it’s been a culmination of moments. There was a momentum in my life that was propelling me forward, and it happened gradually but summed up to be a true sense of who i am in the world, my worth as an artist, and an almost unapologetic fierce compassion akin to Kali and Guan Yin,
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? Being of service is the most important thing to me. It drives me and gives me great joy. But my all time favorite organizations are Homeboy Industries and Off the Mat, Into the World.
 
Find Sarit and her passion projects on the Soc-meeds! 
@saritphoto #notaweaponofmassperfection  
@lovemoremovement #choosejoy #lovemoremovement #compassionrevolution
 
All the love!