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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.

#ODDLight Feature: YOU! The Students of One Down Dog – Part 1.

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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!

Meet Miry!

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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.

Meet Ben!

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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.

 

Meet Claudia!

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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.

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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.

From Instagram:

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”

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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!”

 

 

Meet Megan!

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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’

 

Meet Jennifer!

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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!

#ODDLight Teacher Feature: Brittany Kovler

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating 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. This month, we are featuring Brittany Kovler, our very own hooping goddess!

Name:
Brittany Nicole Kolver

Nick Name:
My parents call me Itty Bitty Britty.

Hometown:
Boca Raton, FL, A.K.A. God’s Waiting Room 😉 Ya know, where Jerry Seinfield’s parents live?

Favorite Place:
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), I can’t leave that place without spending a butt load of money. Also, favorite place… somewhere out in nature preferably with waterfalls and mountains and wildlife and good friends there to experience it all with me. Also… Trader Joe’s… I love grocery shopping 🙂

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Favorite color:
Purple or Neon Pink

What’s your sign?
Aries. Fire, baby!

Most embarrassing moment?
Can’t remember… I’ve probably done lots of embarrassing things.. but I block them out! Or I don’t care that it’s embarrassing!

Most empowering moment?
When I enter an advanced pose that I’ve been working toward for a long time and finally that one day everything clicks. All my hard work has paid off and I feel empowered when I finally land the full expression of that pose I worked for. However, I know that a pose is never conquered. There’s always more to work on!

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I’m a trained classical singer.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I danced competitively for many years.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I was a punk rocker chick in high school 😉 I still am in my heart<3

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous.
The first time I went to Burning Man I went alone on a whim. I was going through a lot of weird stuff in my life and I needed an adventure to wake and shake me up. I needed to go find myself because I had totally lost myself in LA. I had no clue who I was anymore. Confused, sad, lonely, and just beaten down; I hopped in a car with a stranger headed towards the dusty desert with not much food or supplies. Scary shit. But someone had to do it. Burning Man changed my life. That first year was tough. I cried a lot and reconnected with myself. I met a lot of great people that opened my eyes to new things and ways of life. I decided to change my career path because of this wild temporary city in the dust in the middle of BFE. I decided that there were so many things that I wanted to change about myself and I knew it would be a long journey, but I was happy that I realized I needed to change. Four years later, I’m still changing, growing and learning and going back to Burning Man for my senior year… my fourth year! Each Burn since has been better and more fun and filled with beautiful friends. Each year so far has had a different personal “theme” and I don’t know what that “theme” is until the Burn is over. I just set my intentions at the beginning of the week and then stay open and receptive and figure it all out when I get home. The man burns in 39 days!

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Something that you love to tell.
There is no coincidences. Synchronicity happens for a reason and there’s absolutely a meaning behind it. It may be subtle, but it’s there.

When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found?
Probably romping around in nature somewhere…. usually camping somewhere nature­-y and magical.

How do you define yoga?
If I were to go by the book, yoga means; to yoke or the union of mind and body, the union of the sun and the moon. If I were to pull a meaning out of my own heart, yoga means; conscious awareness of mind and body, while we connect them together with moving and breathing in an intentional way ­­this is where the magic happens, when your eyes, ears, and heart are open.

Why do you teach?
There’s so many reasons why I teach yoga! I teach yoga because it makes my day better when I make someone else’s day better. I love to connect with people and experience human sensations together and be silly and make shapes with our bodies! I love to guide people through journeys on their mat and help them learn new things about themselves. I love to share the art of yoga with all different kinds of people and the best part about teaching yoga is that I get paid to do one of my favorite things….yoga! Also, I cannot work a 9-­5 desk job. I tried it once, but I just can’t sit still!

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What brought you to become an instructor?
It’s a pretty cliche LA story. I came out here to go to college for acting and music at USC…. Fight On! I was an actress in LA for a few years and decided it was not for me. I had been practicing yoga off and on since high school. I started practicing more when I moved to LA permanently because what else does an unemployed actress do in LA when they are aren’t in da clubs? (see above question “Share a story or anecdote with us…” and insert it here…) I was going through some life shit and had to decide on a career change. So, I did teacher training at the yoga studio I was attending just to pass the time while I figured out what it was I wanted to do as a career. I really had no intention on teaching, I just wanted to deepen my practice and enrich my yoga experience. However, when I was practicing teaching with my fellow trainees I had so much fun and I was really good at it! I had found my new career path!

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What is your favorite song to play in class?
This is such a loaded question because music is such an important part of my life. I go to so many music and art festivals and discover new music all the freaking time. I think I have a new favorite artist every week. I would say, this week, one of my favorite songs to play in class would be Dusted Compass by The Human Experience & Phutureprimitive. (and always any song by ODESZA!).

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What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
This question is also tough because it really depends on my mood and what I need that day. However, I always love Vashistasana B because it’s such a strong, beautiful, and regal pose. When I’m up for it, I love Pincha Mayurasana (sometimes scorpion variation).

Memorable yoga moment?
When I taught yoga at Burning Man on Tutu Tuesday! I made everyone do headstand and all their tutus were flipping upside down! So cute!

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
I love wearing my leopard yoga pants! I always feel so spicy & sexy when I wear em!

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
My favorite class to teach is this volunteer class at a PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) shelter in Santa Monica. This particular shelter houses homeless male veterans with drug addictions and disabilities. I love connecting with these guys! They always look forward to our classes and I do too! I believe teaching yoga to veterans and active duty military men and women is so important and extremely relevant.

What can we share in promoting you, your business, or your projects?
Follow me at @happylittlegoddess on Instagram. Check out #FlowWithinYourSacredSpace which is the hashtag for my Yoga.Hoop.Dance workshop that is happening on Sunday Aug 9th, 12:30­2:30pm at the Silverlake One Down Dog. My good friend Wild Flower and I will incorporate hoop dancing and yoga! Come out and play with us! We got the hula hoops (bring your own if ya got one) …Just bring your mat and an open, playful mind!

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Anything else?
Peace in. Peace out!

Yoga.Hoop.Dance Fusion: This Ain’t Your Normal “Hula Hooping” On The Playground

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Alright, so we’ve all practiced yoga at least once or twice. Or maybe you’re like me and practice almost everyday. Now, let’s take our practice to the next level and spice things up! What would happen if we fuse our yoga practice with hoop dancing? “What’s hoop dancing?!”, you ask. It involves a hoop, yes, it’s a “hula-hoop” and yes, it involves shaking your boo-tay. Sounds crazy?! It is! Crazy fun! It’s kinda like being back on the playground at recess, but even cooler… and sexier because now we’re adults, and being an adult is better than being a kid. Think of all the things that we can do as adults and couldn’t do as kids… like being sexy, while hoop dancing. Yoga.Hoop.Dance fusion brings out your inner child, while cultivating your own creative voice and style as we move and shake!

Ever see those beautiful girls (and guys) at shows and festivals dancing with a hoop circling above their heads like a halo? Ever wish you could learn to dance like that too? Well, you can! Pick up a hoop, set your intentions (just like in yoga class) and start moving and flowing. Yes, I know… it’s not as easy as it looks. It takes time and practice to make it look smooth and effortless, just like anything else. So… let’s practice…

When you attend our workshop on Saturday May 9th, Cat and I will show you the flows and poses, but it is up to you to smooth out your transitions, make it look as effortless as possible, as well as add your own flair. Maybe you have a variation or a special trick you’re working on- go for it! Don’t be afraid to try things because you might look funny, fall over, or drop your hoop- that’s what practice is for! Make all those mistakes over and over and eventually, you won’t fall over anymore and you won’t drop the hoop as much. Remember, it doesn’t happen in just one practice or even a few.

Being a performer my whole life, I understand the importance of practicing, over and over and over and over and over… and finding my meditation and zen within the practice. I also understand the importance of finding my own style and voice. If you are an artist/performer you must answer these questions: What do you want to express? Who are you? Are you passionate? Are you edge-y? Are you more traditional? Or are you a risk-taker? Show these things in your yoga/hooping/dancing. I know, I know… Traditionally, yoga was never meant to be a  “performance art”. It wasn’t meant to be aesthetically pleasing to the onlooker. However, these days with Instagram and other social media platforms, yoga has become a type of art or entertainment, leaning more towards acrobatics and dance. Yogis are entertaining their followers by showing off and “performing” crazy inversions and arm balances everywhere and anywhere stretchy pants are permitted. If you cruise through some hooping dancing related threads, such as #hooplife and #hoopersofinstagram, you’ll find the same type of Instagram community for hoopers as well.

Yoga (and hooping) is being introduced to a wide spectrum of people that would never normally see such a thing before. It’s also extremely inspiring and gives me ideas to try new things… Now, I’m getting into a whole other blog post that I could write about… I’ll get back on track here… What I’m trying to say is that Yoga.Hoop.Dance is about performance, style, and finesse. Other times we come to the mat to practice and it might not be about any of those things. It might be more about turning inward for a moving meditation and it doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside. Always know the reason for being on your mat on any particular day. Be clear with yourself. Set specific intentions.

Sign up for our workshop here!

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Article written by Brittany Kovler, Yoga Teacher & Holistic Health Coach
Check out her class schedule here.

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