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How to Pick the Perfect Crystal with Hanna Ketai

If you haven’t heard, the wonderful Hanna Ketai is hosting an Intuitive Crystal Ceremony and Jewelry Making Workshop on May 3rd! It is sure to be awesome. Why? Because she’s awesome and talented and if you don’t believe me, check out her ODDLight feature to confirm.

To bring you into the crystal-sphere, Hanna has devised some quick tips for choosing a crystal that is perfect for you. Crystals are super personal. They all have different qualities and one may/may not resonate with you at a given moment in life. Be sure to follow Hanna’s advice to find the one (or five!) for you.

And don’t forget to sign up for her workshop to learn even more about crystals and jewelry making.

 

1. Tune in

Close your eyes and take at least five slow, deep breaths in and out of the nose.

2. Set your intention

Take a moment and think of one new thing that you’d like to manifest in your life.

3. Observe

Use your eyes to look at the crystals in front of you, observing the different sizes, shapes, lusters, colors. Then notice which ones you are immediately drawn to.

4. Touch

Pick up the crystal(s) that you’re drawn to and hold them in your hand. Take in the sensations you feel when holding it.

5. Trust your gut

Don’t worry about any pre-assigned meanings of certain crystals that you may have heard. Pick the one that speaks to you…that’s the one you need!

 

 

 

March ODDness

GO SPORTS!

A March Madness inspired challenge we bring you One Down Dog’s March ODDness!

Pick one of each bracket. You don’t have to go in order. Complete 20 classes!

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