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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…
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.
#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)
#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.
#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!
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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!