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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. ”

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– Svadhisthana (sacral chakra) –

“The universes creative energy flows through me.”

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– Manipura (solar plexus chakra) –

“My power source is the living universe, and unlimited.”

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– 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.”

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– Sahasrara (crown chakra) –

“I Am limitless.”

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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.

#ODDbingo is back, bishes!

Are you down, or are you down?!

Sign up in studio and let’s get down together! Prep your month:

 

THE RULES:

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. Will contact winners within a week.

Tips For The Timid Tarot Student

Five of Swords

Tips to calm the timid tarot student – 

by: Valerie Smith

Five of Swords

I hear it all the time: “Isn’t that black magic? Not like I believe in magic, but, you know…just in case…”

“I’ve always been interested in that, but I don’t want to do it wrong.”

“I mean, how do you even choose a deck??”

Folx, never fear. Your trusted Spinster teacher is here to ease your worries. This is a classic Five of Swords situation: and it’s time to tell those distracting voices in your head to chill out. If you are interested, then tarot is for you; and you won’t accidentally find out when you are going to die, either. If you are asking the questions—(and especially if you are asking me!)—you are on track to becoming a very capable reader yourself. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for those curious, but nervous or scared.

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Finding that right deck establishes a healthy relationship with tarot. Curiosity drives this relationship. Shared language and mutual understanding fortify it. When you find a deck that calls to you, you’re more likely to play around with your deck, to get to know it, to draw cards for fun, and to trust it when you have a real question at hand. Through developing this relationship, you can more easily learn to trust yourself in your own interpretations of the cards.

  • Tarot is self-empowering, not dangerous. Tarot is a beautiful tool for personal growth. Without getting too deep into historical patriarchy against women’s wisdom, let’s just say that that tools that connect people to our own inner knowing have been derided either as “fake” and/or “evil” for centuries. Tarot is a method of self-care, self-knowledge, and self-empowerment. Of course endangerous to the status quo! But it has never led me astray. Though I have fought against some of its better advice, with time, I come to understand. Frankly, the rule I (jokingly) follow is: Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to. That said, watch your reaction or response to the cards you’re reading—often, this is just as important as the cards themselves. As you learn to trust yourself, to listen to yourself about things you may need to change, you may feel fear. But to explore this interior world is to become more self-attuned. We strengthen and we remedy our world; we see clearly; and we live our dreams.
  • If you are open to a discussion with the cards, there is not right or wrong way to read. The only common mistake is asking the cards to “prove” themselves. A skeptical person pulls a card without a thought, and is then disappointed when I begin to ask deeper questions. “Oh,” he said. “I thought it would just tell me something. I didn’t know I’d have to be involved.” Yep, sure do! Cards deal in intention, energy, and vulnerability. How can I walk up to a stranger and say: “Tell me something deep and meaningful about myself.” Wouldn’t happen! Instead, we introduce ourselves; we ask questions, we open, we share our views; we become vulnerable—and in that space, we grow. Same with tarot. There is no right or wrong way to have an interesting conversation. If you open and expose yourself to truth, so will the cards.

Tarot Reading

  • Follow Your Woah! The first card I pulled from the Ritual Tarot oracle deck said it all—Follow Your Woah. She writes, “Follow the things that light you up…they lead you to more good stuff, more joy, answers, enlightenment, fun.” That spark of curiosity that starts with finding the right deck moves into your life. What are you curious about the cards? Start there. Find all the cards that represent your friends. Create a spread using only cards from the cups suit. Pretend all the court cards are at a party together, and see how they interact. Get creative! Whatever urges you forward, do that.
  • Create your own practice. I’ve heard someone say, “Isn’t it true you should never read when you’re angry?” or “You need to pull a card every day, right?” Well, those aren’t rules I follow, but you can! The point is not to follow somebody else’s rules blindly. Do what feels right to you. Personally, when I’m angry is a great time to pull cards—it helps me to see things a little more clearly. But I certainly do not pull a card every single day—I tend to revolt with too much structure. If those ideas feel right, great; if they don’t, great! The point is to find the many ways that you and your cards work together. I trust you, and you should trust you, too.

The Language of Tarot

This past Saturday, I attended a friend’s backyard birthday party. It was a familiar scene as we gathered under the trees, drinks in hand, catching up around the fire pit. Then Gel gave me that sly smile: “Did you bring your cards?”

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I did—I almost always do. So then and there we sat down on the Earth to ask ourselves some questions, and remind ourselves what we already know. Others came up to pick a card, to engage in their own knowing. And, the inevitable questions arose.

“How do you remember all the meanings?”

“Where did you learn?”

“How long did it take you?”

tarot workshopMy answers, though, may not be what folks expect. I assume that they want to hear about an apprenticeship under a Master Psychic. (Do those exist? Please put me in contact.) Or that it runs in my blood from my great-grandmother’s lineage. Yeah, no. My answers are less exciting, but open all of us up to this beautiful instrument for self-knowledge.

See, the thing is, I taught myself. I’m teaching myself, still. Tarot is an art form that simply makes sense to me. It’s a language we can all speak and interpret. There is no certification required to pick up a deck, and learn with the cards about yourself, about your friends, and about the opportunities on your path. I learned, and I continue learning, by reading for and with others.

In Intuitive Tarot, offered for the first time at One Down Dog, we will collaboratively learn with one another and lots of amazing decks. Certainly there are basics to tarot: what each suit represents, or the form of the Major Arcana, for example. Yet there are far more interesting questions hidden in the cards. Three of Wands asks what you envision for yourself, and the Queen of Cups reflects back your own intuitive advice. In gathering together we will act as mirrors for one another while we gain confidence and deepen our understanding of tarot.

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Valerie Smith

 

A beautiful and short reading you can do for yourself or a friend is by simply pulling four cards from your deck, representing your Mind – Body – Spirit – Heart. There are many questions that can be asked with this foundation, but the importance comes from holistic self-examination.

(For a beautiful story on the importance of connecting with all four of these elements, see Walking the Talk, A Sacred Responsibility.)

 

The Mind: What stories am I telling myself? What underlying assumption masking itself as a truth? What logical line of thinking should I be considering at this time? Or, for a twist: What teaching and learning can I cultivate during this phase?

 

The Body: What actions do I need to take? What messages is my body giving me about this situation? How should I nurture my physical form, in order to thrive?

 

The Spirit: This question depends deeply on the individual, since spirit means so many different things (or nothing at all!) to different people. But some questions include: When and where I encourage inspiration in my life? How is the world calling to me? How can I improve the energetic influence of my spirit in my community?

 

The Heart: Not always included in similar spreads, I had to add in The Heart, because it is so important to listen to the beats of our very own drums. What practices do I need to help foster a healthy, open heart? What is my heart crying out for?

 

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Intrigued? Join me at One Down Dog (Silverlake) for three Intuitive Tarot workshops!

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Thursday, 7:30 – 9:30

9/29: Meet the Cards

10/13: Following the Thread of Intuition

10/27: The Art of Storytelling

 

$75 for all three classes or $30 drop-in, if available!

#FeelBetterInYourBody – A National Yoga Month Instagram Challenge

CHALLENGE TIME!! September is national yoga month, and we’re doing a 30 day #yoga #instachallenge!

#feelbetterinyourbody all month long with us and our sponsors and win prizes!! Want to join the fun?

1️⃣ follow @onedowndog @beyondyoga@hanna.lahandmade @cucciosomatology@ybicoalition @lovemoremovement

2️⃣share this post on your page and tag 3 friends

3️⃣post each day’s challenge, tag all the sponsors and #feelbetterinyourbody in the post (pro tip: save it all in your notes so you can just copy and paste)

4️⃣get on your mat and move your body!

Prizes: $100 to @beyondyoga, jewelry from@hanna.lahandmade, @ybicoalition yoga and body image book,@lovemoremovement t-shirt,@cucciosomatology goodies and more!

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Yoga is more than asana (the poses) and One Down Dog is all about finding YOUR flow and making the pose match the person rather than the person match the pose. So this challenge includes some off the mat yoga fun. Here’s the breakdown of what each day means so you can plan ahead!

 

Late to the challenge? Just catch up! You can join in as late as 10 days in to win and join in ANY day just to play. Find your variation of each challenge.

1. #FeelBetterInYourBody ­ “This is how I show up.” #Tadasana (hands to side or heart…all good).

2.  #ODDselfie – Capture that self image! Whether it’s first take or your favorite picture.

3. BIG STEP ­ – How do you lunge? Knee down? Knee bent? Arms high? Arms bent? Show us how YOU lunge.

4. FOOD FOR THE SOUL ­ – There is NO guilt involved with this pleasure.

5. SQUATTY PARTY – #Malasana/#yogisquat… it looks and feels different for everyone. Our hips are shaped different, our knees feel differently.

6. TAKE A SEAT! ­ #Utkatasana / Chair pose. – So how do you take a seat? With a block between the thighs? Hands where? Twist? How low do you go?

7. ROOT TO RISE – #Vrksasana – Tree pose variations.

8. FOOD FOR THE BODY – The thing you’re eating because you know you need it.

9. #MakeAwesomeHappen – Let’s see one or some of your favorite awesome things you do and have done. Big or small, it’s awesome!

10. ONE DOWN DOG – #AdhoMukhaSvanasana – Downward Facing Dog – clearly our favorite. One day at a time, one down dog at a time.  We always show up with something different. From heels to hands, this pose will always look different.

11. #PLANKING – Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana – Want to drop to elbows or feel like knees are the right plank for you? Let’s see any plank!

12. THIS IS RIDICULOUS – #Chaturanga – We do this one a lot in vinyasa classes and it’s TOUGH. Drop those knees, use those blocks, modify!

13. OPEN HEARTS, STEADY BACKS, CANT LOSE. – Cobra (bhujangasana), Upward Facing Dog, Sphinx. Give us any of those strong open hearts!

14. YOGI’S CHOICE – What’s YOUR yoga? A favorite pose to modify, your best healthy habit, or the thing that makes you feel most like you are down with that yoga life.

15. I AM A WARRIOR – Any warrior variation that makes you feel strong and open. Warrior One, Reverse Warrior, or that steady Warrior Two.

16. I DONT NEED IT…BUT I WANT IT – What is life without those extra things that just bring us joy?

17. I PAUSE FOR SELF-CARE – You are important. Make time for self-care. What is your go-to for caring for that body of yours that makes you feel good on the inside too?

18. MY SIDE IS THE STRONG SIDE – #Vasisthasana – Side Plank Variations! Drop a knee, an elbow, tripod that top leg, or send it high!

19. IS THIS RIGHT? Can we just help each other out on this one? Post a photo of the pose, the habit, or the food somebody swears is good for you but you just aren’t sure about. Surf the #FeelBetterInYourBody hashtag to help each other out with that tricky stuff.

20. THE BIG BEND – #PrasaritaPadottanasana – Wide Legged Fold has SO many arm variations and place you can play in. 

21. ALL TIED UP – #garudasana – Eagle – For some of us this pose is that balance of strength and stretch. For some of us we just feel like a tilting pretzel. Either way it’s fun to play!

22.  ITS A BIG DEAL – Share a photo of something that is important to you.

23. I’M A GREAT DANCER – #Natarajasana – Dancer pose variations, don’t be scared to use those straps!

24. TAKE UP SPACE! – #UtthitaHastaPadangusthasana – Extended Hand to Big Toe. Take it to the side, to the front, and use that strap!

25. #IWokeUpLikeThis – The rules are simple, just take a photo of that killer bed head. You’re beautiful. Feelin it?

26. MOON ME – #ardhachandrasana – half-moon. It’s one of those poses that makes a lot more sense with some props or a wall to help us find and build strength for this doozy. Modify, prop it up, or just enjoy the tumble and sway and soar!

27. LIFT AND LET GO – #SetuBandhaSarvangasana – Bridge Pose! Supported, legs lifted, or any backbend you love to do! Wheel?

28. FEELIN’ UP! – #Sarvangasana – Shoulder stand variations or any inversion. Legs up the wall or give us that handstand and anything in between.

29. I’M FEELIN MYSELF – What does feeling better look like? Let yourself enjoy YOU. Feel it. Share it.

30. YOU’RE DONE! – #Savasana  – Corpse Pose, bring on the knee props and the blankets! Well earned rest after some really awesome work realizing how your yoga makes you feel better in your body.

 

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