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#ODDlight Feature: Megan Feinberg

Name: Megan Gila Feinberg

Nick Name: megs, meggles, mugatu, boo

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite Place: my desk in my room.

Favorite color: green, but also the rainbow

What’s your sign? Capricorn

Most embarrassing moment?

I peed my pants on a teacup like ride and walked away like nothing happened

Most empowering moment?

Graduating with honors and receiving an award at graduation. Also that womens march in January was pretty empowering

ODDfam making Women’s March

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?

I have a 21-13 inch waist depending on the time of day

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?

I love to sew

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?

Most of my family dinners resulted in conversations about poop. Or something equally inappropriate.

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.

I went camping in January while it was raining. First true time camping, and it was 45 degrees. My awesome friends were prepared and ready but we only made it one night. On our way out of Joshua tree, it started snowing. We pulled over and frolicked.

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When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?

CAMPING! My new crew and I (Hanna.la, Caitlin, and Adam) and sewing at home

How do you define yoga?

Moving the body in a way that quiets the mind and feels good? That’s how I do it.

Do you teach?

I dont. But I am signed up for TT 2018!! Are you?

What brought you to join ODD?

Jess is my cousin and she needed desk staff when I moved to LA for school

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?

I like shake your ass-anas. Dancy flows with fun beats. Even when the teacher doesnt que a dance break, I’ll take one in chair.

Memorable yoga moment?

The first time I ever did yoga I was in elementary school. I heard a pop and my hip started to feel weird and pop when I walked. It lasted through middle school and eventually went away.

How did you first hear about One Down Dog?

Jess had been in my life since I’ve been in hers. So I’ve been aware of its existence since before its existence.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)

I like to bring a few crystals with my intentions

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?

I’m a big fan of the gays. LGBTQ rights, women’s issues with equality. I consider myself a big hippy and have been referred to as such since middle school.

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings?

@meganisfein

Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!)

Same. Literally add anything. Camping, dancing, burping, pooping. Whatever.

(This was her answer to US at ODD to add anything, but I think this pretty much says everything.)

 

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#ODDlight Feature: Laura Jenkins

Name: LAURA JENKINS
Nick Name: Shorty (Friends… due to my IG handle @shortywannathug)
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY | Philadelphia, PA
Favorite Place: the beach (any)
Favorite color: blue | green
What’s your sign? Gemini
Most embarrassing moment? I was about 11 years old, in dance class. We were all sitting after attendance listening to announcements, so super quiet.  And I was playing around with holding a leg up in the air, and I farted.  I was mortified but everyone pretended they didn’t hear it, but I know they did. Still makes me feel embarrassed talking about it!
Most empowering moment? Opening Massage Studio of Philadelphia (my own massage practice) in Philadelphia in 2012 and a second location in 2014.
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I was homeschooled 2nd-11th Grade
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I have 6 siblings
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I was an NFL Cheerleader for 4 years
Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
When my boyfriend and I moved to Los Angeles, we drove across the country from Philadelphia.  We drove my little 2001 VW Jetta; me, a 6’7″ tall boyfriend, and a Great Dane in the backseat. We stopped at the Grand Canyon for the expected sight seeing and it seriously felt like Mila (the dog) got more photos by strangers then the Grand Canyon. It was such a funny experience to see this massive, beautiful landmark and have people constantly asking us about the dog and taking photos. Definitely a highlight on our cross country journey.
When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
Choreographing/dancing somewhere, anywhere.
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How do you define yoga?
I consider yoga a way of life. There is more to it then just the asana part of it, and incorporating yoga and all the things (breath, meditation, etc) into your everyday makes it a lifestyle.
Why do you teach/massage? 
I practice Massage Therapy because I like to make people feel better.
I am excited to begin teaching to help people familiarize themselves with their physical body and to help them feel better over all.
What brought you to become an instructor/massage therapist?
I’ve always been interested in Physical/Sports Therapy (the medical side of things), and after doing PT and other modalities for a dance injury I found Massage Therapy and it actually helped my issue.  So I began looking into Massage Therapy as a career alongside of dance.
I decided to go for my Yoga Teacher Certification because I saw the therapeutic aspect of yoga and wanted to incorporate that knowledge in with my massage therapy practice and vice versa.
What is your favorite song to play in class/massage session?
Almost all my play lists have “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso on it — so for now that one!
What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
Hands down, my favorite pose is Savasana.  I like it because my body is fatigued at that point and I get to just lie there and chill out for at least 5 minutes and not do anything!
Memorable yoga moment?
Learning in Surya A that when you “hop forward” to flat back it’s on an INHALE — not an exhale. #gamechanger
How did you first hear about One Down Dog?
Ducky! My boyfriend knew Ducky before I did, and when I moved here to join him in LA he said, “…you gotta go to where Ducky teaches and take yoga.”
What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
Love my blocks.
What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
I am about to volunteer at Create Now (a non profit) so I’ll let you know if I love it,
Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings?
CHECK HER OUT – 
– Upcoming workshop for teachers – Hands On Savasana – Yoga teacher and massage therapist Laura is going to give you some tips and tricks! June 25th!
– Don’t forget that ODD Unlimited Monthly Members get 10% off their massage sessions ($99!)

#ODDlight Feature: Adam Gericke

 

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Name: Adam Joseph Gericke

 

Nick Name: Never really had one that stuck…

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Hometown: Hebron, Indiana – there’s literally only 1 stoplight in the town.

 

Favorite Place: My house – I love being home in my own space with my small family

 

Favorite color: Blue everything

 

What’s your sign? Virgo

 

Most embarrassing moment?

 

Most empowering moment? Realizing that I am not my thoughts, but I am a witness to thinking. All of a sudden there is a choice in which thoughts to follow – I ask myself which will lead me ahead in a positive path? It’s a choice, and I now choose to feed the light instead of the dark.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I grew up dancing, and that was my first career- a professional dancer. It was my ticket out of small town Indiana, and I never looked back. You can see me in the dance hit – STEP UP. And I’ve also been a working electronic music producer and if you look you can even find a few of my tracks for sale…- Dance music for life! utz utz utz utz

 

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? If you don’t find me practicing yoga or teaching, I’m probably hiking somewhere, hanging with my dog Frances and husband Blake, or making music in Ableton Live.

How do you define yoga? Yoga to me has been about changing my relationship with my small self, my higher Self, and the entire outside world.

Why do you teach? In teaching yoga, I hope to help share the shift that I have experienced in my life with as many people as possible. Through yoga I have learned to treat myself with the same compassion and kindness I shared with other people.

What brought you to become an instructor? Same as previous answer….

 

What is your favorite song to play in class? That’s impossible to answer – it literally changes daily. You will always get a mix of current tunes and my kirtan jams!  ( CHECK OUT HIS SOUNDCLOUD – DJ’ing MAY 19th at ODD  – https://soundcloud.com/user-987305689 )

 

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why? My favorite yoga pose is my meditation seat. It’s what this practice is all about. As physical as the asana practice might show up on your mat, yoga is the stilling of the mind. And each of these physical postures strengthens or opens the body to sit for prolonged periods of meditation. If you haven’t found your meditation pose yet, meet me at 6:15 on Mondays in SL – let’s meditate together!

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Memorable yoga moment? – This might sound cheesy, but a few months into practicing yoga I had a moment in savasana where I think I truly surrendered for the first time in my life. My physical body relaxed completey and in that surrender, the exact opposite of what I thought would happen, happened when I let go. I felt completely supported in that moment, and I still carry that inner support with me now.

 

Where did you first hear about One Down Dog? Where didn’t I hear about One Down Dog. I met Brianna, Ellina, and Bobbi all independently of each other. It was so sychronistic – One Down Dog is where I was meant to be! My husband works in television, and worked with Brianna’s husband – Brianna’s where the connection was first made. To make a long story short, I met Ellina and she asked me to DJ her store opening of Mairtri in Culver City. Bobbi was there helping with Ellinas party and we became friends. It was a natural progression that kept leading me back to ODD. It’s my LA yoga home and it’s where I was allowed to find my voice as a teacher. I have so much gratitude for Jess’ open arms.

 

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc) I always have my mala close – but you’ll only see me wear it, if I haven’t meditated yet that day. It’ll be my reminder, but I don’t like to wear it as fashion.

 

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?  Anything to do with no-kill shelters….We used to support North Shore Animal League in NY, but haven’t sought out anything here in LA.

BABY FRAN!

 

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings? My website – adamgericke.com Insta – @wakeupmeditate

 

#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…

Hometown: LAAAAA

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 Teacher Feature Essence Wall

Name: Essence Wall
Nick Name: E-Love / e – Rock / Thundercat
Hometown: Made in LA, Raised by NY.

Favorite Place:
The moment. and of course the beach.

Favorite color:
BLACK or RED

What’s your sign?
Aquarius Sun / Virgo Rising / Gemini Moon

Most embarrassing moment?
I’m not too sure I have one. I stay livin’ in 2nd chakra and when I’m not I just laugh at my damn self. maybe when I was younger though…. I do remember that time as a girl when I liked boys and used to get teased about my raspy sort of deep voice. The first time I called my junior high boyfriend he didn’t believe it was me and kept asking his homeboy (who he assumed I was) to stop playin’ and to stop acting like it’s his girl. he truly thought his school friend was prank calling him instead of me. But today I usually get either a compliment, told I have a radio or bedroom voice and every now and then get asked if I’m ok or just woke up. LOL

Most empowering moment?
I have empowering moments all the time. I do feel most empowered when I’m teaching from my heart and I can feel the room receiving the offering. Or when I’m DJ’ing and people are gettin’ there life on the dance floor. I feel most empowered when I am living freely, embracing each and every moment of life with gratitude. Being thankful and being my true self is empowering.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I’m secretly super tech savvy. I actually have no idea why because I’m not in love with tech stuff but I happen to be fcukin genius at it.

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I was pulled over once for accidentally driving through a red light while naked behind the wheel. HAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAA….

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I recorded and released an album that’s available on iTunes and other places, which had me living and touring locally in London for a year performing it. I have a music video and err thang!

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I cannot be chased. Like seriously. I can’t play tag, or hide-go-seek or deal with feeling like someone is running after me. If I feel like I’m being chased I will run so fast, so far, I won’t stop and won’t even know where I am. I’ve done it. And most of the time it’s been when playing with friends. I’ll be out! GONE!!!!

How did you hear about ODD?
I found out about ODD through Brianna. I was teaching at Exhale Venice, ran into her when class was over and she remembered me from DJ’ing/Teaching with Laughing Lotus NY. She asked me what I was doing at Exhale and I told her I moved to LA but on the east side and then she suggested I check out the OOD Fam because she thought it would be more my tribe. And she was SO right!!! The west side is beautiful but not my energy flow (accept for the beach of course). Then she hit me up a couple of months later saying ODD was hiring if I was interested and I was. With $40 to my name I showed my ass up real quick, in a hurry to Jessica’s class and introduced myself and the rest is history. Exhale had just closed a few weeks after Brianna and I saw each other. I was barely keepin’ afloat in LA. The struggle was real!


Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
SO I love to travel. it’s my most favorite thing in the world next to music, love and yoga. And they all happen to go together thankfully. So I’ve been to Thailand a couple of times and the very last time I went alone for a month. SO exciting. I decided it would be a journey of temple hopping and island hopping. Funny part is my one of my two moms decided in order to feel safe while I was traveling I needed to email her everyday with a different family member name in the subject line so she knew it was me and my email wasn’t hacked. That was fun.

Now Thailand is an awesome place to move around for cheap but you travel enough and it adds up. In one month I traveled by car taxi, tuk tuk, motorbike taxi, 10 hour bus ride, 2 hour choppy cameraman boat rides, multiple long tail boats, ferries, mini van bus drop offs, 6 flights, plus the motorbike rental my last week in Koa Tao which I got hit and swiped on. Don’t cry Argentina, I’m still here. BUT the guy who hit me didn’t look back and kept it rollin’. Tourist! Now anyone and everyone who’s been to Thailand will tell you it’s cheap but A) don’t break, steal or ruin anything and not to come back with a “Thai Tattoo” and they aren’t talking about the ink in your skin. Problem wasn’t how he hit me but where it happened. I was at the top of a VERY steep dirt/rock/road hill. So when this dude swiped me I clinched my hand breaks with hopes not to move too much but my wheels slid, then I lost my balance, swiveled a bit and BOOM hit the dirt sliding down hill, head first with my motorbike on top of me. And before I could feel anything all I could think was I hope this bike is NOT fcuked up! Other tourist saw it and came running to lift the bike up and help me. Once they did I was looking at the bike stressed out and these folks were like “Hunny, ARE YOU OK????” “You’re bleeding, let us get you to a hospital.” and immediately I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

All I could see was a trillion-million Bahts (Thai Money) I didn’t have added on to what ever this bike was going to cost now that one side was beyond visibly scratched up with the mirror falling off. This bike was like $4 a day but now, I couldn’t even imagine. I hopped my bike down hill, parked it and figured I needed to fix myself up. I had blood running from my shoulder, my knee and my ankle. I walked into the store next to my bungalow resort and right away the sweet older guy working there was like “you need hospital.” I was like “thanks, but no thanks, I’ll be okay” and said ”But do you have peroxide and bandaids???” He was like, “go to hospital.” And I said, “Sir I’m fine, please show me where your peroxide and bandaids are….PLEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSEE!!!!!” Finally he sent me in the right direction, I got what I needed, then scooted my way to my bungalow where I proceeded to be my own doctor as I inner screamed my way through pours of peroxide to clean up my wounds. It was rough but I did it and since it was early in the morning I stepped out all bandaged up and took my ass to my fruit lady, got my favs (pineapple, coconut and mango) and scooted to the chayhad (the beach). I just wanted to enjoy my beautiful day and be thankful it wasn’t worse, I wasn’t dead or broken while also allowing myself to decompress and take it all in.

Afterwards I stopped by the motorbike rental to show them what’s up and the guy said “no problem, we’’ll take care of when you turn the bike in.” and I thought, cool. But man, can I tell you that when the day came for me to return the bike a few hours before my travels back to NY this guy basically wanted all my money. The bike was like 150 Baht a day and he requested 2600 Baht for the repairs or NO PASSPORT! I didn’t have that much and what I did have was supposed to be my souvenir and money to eat on my long journey back. Ugh!!! I only had 1700 Baht left. THE STRESS AND DRAMA OF IT ALL!!!! I had to give him 1600 Baht of my money because now that this long period of me begging my for shyt had taken place I only had like an hour and some change to grab my things from my bungalow and get to my boat before it left (which was also the last boat for the bus that would get me to Bangkok before my flight). I paid, packed, showered, ran to my boat, floated 2 hours to the main island, waited 1 hour for my bus, rode 10 hours to bangkok, grabbed a taxi 40 mins to the airport, sat at the airport for 5 hours to check in for my 24 hour connecting flights back to NY, landed in NY where my best friend met me with a fabulous black dress, smell goods, and my dj equipment and dropped me off at The Whitney Museum where I was scheduled to DJ a 2 night Annual Biennial Event. Anyway, long story but a great fcukin’ memory!


When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?

If its warm i’m beaching. And all other times on the mat, DJ’ing, at the punchbowl drankin juice, at the bar having some vino or wherever the wind blows me and all this is usually with my boo.
How do you define yoga? I believe yoga is a spiritual dance with yourself. A journey that takes you deep inside to explore and expand. Yoga is the ultimate unity that brings shadows in the Light so you can see, feel and embrace yourself in the purest and most genuine way.
Why do you teach? I teach because I realize that I am a vessel that encourages lovers (people) to live more fully, to be themselves. I learned that I had the ability to impact lovers with the goodness of LOVE that inspires them to reach beyond there edges so that they can thrive.What brought you to become an instructor?
My inspiration around becoming an instructor came from how magical I felt on the mat and in my own deep transformation. That encouraged me to want to share it with everyone. I felt like this could change lives and bring so much joy, balance and life to folks.

What is your favorite song to play in class?
OMG, I can’t even with this question. C’mon….. I DJ so this is IMPOSSIBLE!!!!
I LOOOOOOOOVE so much music. I prefer playing music that will create the tone for the flow and movement of the class.
But some of my favs are anything Prince, MJ, Rock, Old Soul, 80’s,  The Doors, Led Z, Muse, Hip Hop (Old/New), the Ella Fitz, Billie H. and Nina era and tons of world music and house rhythms. Anything that gets those fingers snappin’ and that ass shakin’! And yes, you can find a super wide variety of music in my class!

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
My favs, are hip openers and heart openers. Because not only are they challenging but it’s also a big reflection on the Chakras I tend to live in. 2nd and 4th Chakra are just kind of how I am daily. It’s empowering and a space I hope to always live in. It’s freeing. SO i’m uber excited to move and share offerings of this practice. Gettin’ into hip expansions and heart openers is so rewarding. Oh and along with all of this jazz I fcukin’ LOVE to go upside down.

Memorable yoga moment?
It’s a tie between graduating teacher training (memorable as shyt), my first headstand off the wall ( I was literally going upside down talkin’ mad crap to my teacher about why I should be using the wall as I went up just fine without. And so I started screaming once I got there with excitement.), and my first official job as a yoga instructor.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)
Fav Prop: Belt or Strap. This prop literally allows you to feel like you can do anything and reach anywhere.
Fav pieces: Crystals/Stones/Sandalwood Mala Beads – I take them everywhere and especially love having the frequency with me on the mat.
And Yoga Paws: They’re great for someone like me who prefers to practice on the floor and not a mat!

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
Guud Soup is a non-profit in development that my partner (GF) is raising funds for currently to create a site that will assist, guide and offer ways to live a more healthy and healing life for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. I hold this dear to my heart because not only has this been my partner’s journey but it has also been the path of life for many of my close ones and family. And it’s often a struggle that’s overlooked and swept under a rug as nothing to be concerned with.
Below is the GOfundME web address to support this safe place for those who want guidance and assistance on there journey with anxiety and depression.
https://www.gofundme.com/malliha

Are there any links, @names, and #hashtags you would you like us to use in promoting you and your happenings?
I have a website but it currently has a landing page but still: www.sherocksyoga.com
FB: www.facebook.com/shErOcksyoga
IG: @shErOcksyoga

DJ: IG/Twitter/FB @djshErOck
www.djsherock.com

HASHTAGS:

YOGA:
#shErOcksYoga #shErOcksODD #shErOcksTheParty #yogagangster #shErOcks #spiritualwarrior #shErOcksLA #shErOcksLife #shErOcksLove
basically you can hashtag that #shErOcks a lot of things….

DJ:
#djshErOck #shErOcksTheParty #shErOcksMusic #mistressOfspin #shErOckstheTurntables

Anything else? (feel free to add literally anything!)
I have no idea what to add here. lol
I mean I currently loving being apart of the ODD fam. I’m loving the amazing growth i’ve had on this LA journey and how beautifully sweet it has unfolded. It’s been challenging and incredibly inspiring to pick my ass up in whole different way than NY. I’m still open and searching for my teachers here but I am so grateful for all it has been, all that is and will be. It’s also been a pusher for me to finally start my hand in creating yoga retreats and I’m so stoked to be hosting my first ever this April 5th -10th in Jamaica. Theres still room for any of my ODD Lovers who wanna join the magical adventure. This too has been a learning lesson. Im happily living my life out loud!

Extras:
• I have two moms, they raised me in LA and now live in Arizona
• I have an awesome GF who practices yoga, is a digital marketer, ex-model, secret freestyle MC and we act so dumb together
• I’ve DJ’d in Africa, London, France, Belguim, Hannover, Berlin, Puerto Rico, Helsinki
• I love camping in Culebra, backpacking in Thailand, being lazy and eating conch fish off the street corners of Anguilla, traveling to islands, being adventurous, eating amazing food, dancing till a fcukin’ drop or my toes fall off, drinkin’ Bubbles or Red Vino, dressing up like art, wearing wigs, costume events or classes, afro house music, MJ, Madonna, sexy dates in the rain, traveling to DJ, YOGA (Duh), road trips, whisky and tequila, Spiritual Alters, Temples, natural light, ole stool rock music, commercials even though I don’t watch tele, candles, top hats, prayer flags and mala beads, french and portuguese, wearing black, flowers, mirrors, mannequins, SKULLS, cooking, tattoos (i have 11), dark comedy, witchy shyt and so much more…

• I kinda don’t like bananas, flan or any foods with similar consistency, negative energy, pessimistic-ness, mean people, the stuffing from stuffed animals or toys, politics, being interviewed (lol) (makes me feel weird), being wasteful (drives me cray cray) (cut lights off, save water, give leftovers to hungry people) etc…. can’t really think of other dislikes.