#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: 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.
#ODDgifting: Yoga Gift Giving Guide
The get is in the give!
It’s hard to come up with unique gifts that align with what somebody wants and what you want for them. Shopping at your ODD-est little yoga home can lead the way to a sweet simple gift that says “hey! I thought lots about you!” To help you find that perfect gift for you, or a friend, we came up with our #ODDgifting guide.
When you get a gift card of $50 or more for a friend, we’ll give you 20% off a retail purchase (the discount must be used by Dec 31st 2016) that you can use to grab goodies for yourself, or more for your friends.
Gifts for ANYONE –
These #gifts are great for anyone, even those that don’t practice yoga. We only stock things we LOVE – things that have a story or a personal association involved. We want you to be able to give something that you feel good about.
@dogtailsshop – one of our friends!
@yourjoyologist – badass boss mama
@the_wild_unknown – has personally been to this studio to chat with you all. One of the best new decks.
@starkwaxingstudio – you already know you love these #LAlocals
@krisnations – based in SF. super cute pieces.
@sweetsimplevegan bag – she’s a student here!
@yogatuneup – literally the gift we all give.
@spiritualgangster phone case – because, duh.
@mightybananasaurusrex eye pillows – this is Liza’s sister who makes them.
We love these brands –
Keeping with the caring – we pick brands we love and wear ourselves. Featured here is #SpiritualGangster. They represent that active lifestyle with a lot of extra gratitude thrown in. It’s not always about the leggings when it’s about that #YogaLife. Some of the softest fabric is found in these Spiritual Gangster shirts!
Give the gift of yoga –
These #yogaprops make for AMAZING gifts for yogis no matter where they practice. Manduka yoga is a go to brand for us. Their Pro-lite is what we use for rental mats because they last a lifetime. These blocks, straps, and sweat activated towels are great stocking stuffers. And the Eko Mat is Eco friendly AND super duper grippy. REMEMBER – if you’re buying gifts for somebody who practices at #OneDownDog you can grab a $50 giftcard for classes and get 20% off retail to grab one of these extra goodies.
Small gifts are big –
Size does not meet all requirements in gifts. These little goodies make for stunning, thoughtful, and sometimes silly gifts. Small things can certainly make a big statement.
#SugarBean earrings and “Fuck” necklace – these also come in rose gold.
#Hanna.Handmade bracelet and rings – we love love love her stuff and her!
#YourJoyologist affirmation card – we have a whole deck for you.
#GoodJuJu roll on essential oils – a blend for everyone and they have candles!
Go with a theme –
We have enough styles, colors, and favorite brands that we could HAPPILY help you put together a bundle of goodies. We went a little nuts on the red and green here with the season. Let’s use this photo to introduce your to One Down Dog’s FAVORITE PRODUCT…
BEYOND YOGA SPACE DYE – Those green pants are made out of the BEST material ever. Soft, super stretchy, and tons of colors and styles in stock. It’s a must have fabric for #YogaPants for any yogi. We LOVE #BeyondYoga because they make the greatest fits in the yoga game, it’s a female owned company made in Los Angeles and they make clothes for every woman. Their image is what we support – we stock XS-XL in their clothes and if you surf their social sites you’ll see really normal awesome babes that aren’t overly made up, doing crazy poses… it’s just people doing yoga in pants that fit great. Cool.
New Year, New Joy’s –
The New Year is around the corner too! Even your friends who aren’t celebrating Christmas might want some of these goodies to get the year going with activity, comfort, and gratitude. First off –
YES those #BeyondYoga pants are shiny and you CAN wear that entire top and bottoms and mala outfit to your New Years Eve party.
We wont quit telling you to grab Your Joyologist notebooks, because they are great.
Grab a YogaRX mug, we have a ton of phrases.
Oh, and those Shop Knotty hair ties are great for gals that always have a hairband on their wrist.
Still need some gift ideas? Find us on Instagram or come into the store and chat. We have ideas, sale rack, gift cards that come with 20% off, and so much more!
#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!
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: Janine Glass
Name: Janine Glass
Nick Name: J9
Favorite Place: Any where with my boys AND tropical islands…Thailand and Bali to be more specific
Favorite color: I don’t have just 1…I prefer rainbows!!!!
What’s your sign? Aries
Most embarrassing moment? When you get married and have kids I feel like embarrassing moments disappear and you learn to laugh and enjoy every situation! But one time in yoga class….
Most empowering moment? About 3 years I attended an Advance Teacher Training in NYC. There was a specific moment when I was yogaing, of course, Where I realized my true path and really stepped into my own spirit authentically for the first time. Man, this was so empowering!
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? Japanese food is my jam. Could eat it 24/7
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I can make the best veggie spring rolls
Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell. Gosh, there are so many! One of my fav adventures was with my hubby. We traveling to Thailand, Cambodia, and Bali for our honeymoon for an entire month. The last stop was Bali, where I taught at The Yoga Barn. The most magic I’ve ever experienced happened on that trip. It was the trip of a lifetime and I fulfilled a dream of teaching in Bali. I will be back teaching in Bali one day soon!
When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? Hanging with all my boys, Bodhi too! Preferably on the beach on or by the water! Playing in yoga class with all my #yogafriends!
How do you define yoga? Yoga is what YOU need it to be. Every time you arrive on the mat you get something so different.
Why do you teach? I teach for one reason. To help heal the hoop of the people. Yoga heals and there is so much wisdom and medicine that happens when we are on our mats. All humans can benefit from some form of the practice.
What brought you to become an instructor? Yoga was and still is the thing that connects me to self and the universe. Yoga continues to heal and help me. When I took my first teacher training I knew yoga was my new journey and it makes me so happy and humble to share the practice, the space, and time with others! I left that teacher training quit my corporate job and started teaching immediately (thanks to Ducky Punch:)
What is your favorite song to play in class? That changes on the daily
What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? Honestly, that so changes on the daily too. But I always love to invert!
Memorable yoga moment? Arriving on the mat; yes that memorable moment when peace washes though every cell tissue of the body!
What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) The roll…see attached pic #forrestyoga style:)
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? Yoga for Youth is a great non profit that literally saves children’s lives by bringing worthiness and happiness to children that have had a really rough start
Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? www.JanineGlassYogaCo.com, #j9yogaco #forrestyoga Follow my social media to see update of all yoga happenings and my boys!
Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!) My workshop Unraveling the mysteries of the Neck, Shoulders, and Hips 8/27