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#ODDlight Feature: Ayurvedic Clinician Eleni Tsikrikas

Every month One Down Dog finds an #ODDlight feature for you all to learn about. Meet Eleni Tsikrikas – your local Ayurvedic Clinician who teaches our teachers, consults us privately, and opens the doors to self care in the form of yoga’s sister science. The natural medicine of Ayurveda.

Intro to Ayurveda and making teas starts October 20th & 27th!

Part 2: November 3rd & 10th

 

Name: Eleni
Hometown: Los Angeles and Sydney Australia

Favorite color: Blue
What’s your sign?: Pisces
Most embarrassing moment? 
Recently I was in Athens, Greece, feeling very relaxed and happy. Went to dinner with my husband as usual we ordered too much food, so we took the rest in a doggy bag. On the way home, we decided to give the food away. I approached a man I thought was homeless and offered him the food. The man became angry and told me he was not homeless and how dare I assume…….. I was sooooo embarrassed and felt so stupid and ……………..remembered an old saying…….Never assume, it makes an ass out of you and me
Most empowering moment? When I finally got it that life doesnt happen to me, its an inside job……“life emanates from me”
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I love to knit and do needle point
Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I love reading other worldly books.  Outlander, Harry Potter series

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
Love to laugh, right now rewatching  “Will and Grace” series

Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.
I had the most magical experience last Month in Greece. I was in a small town of Koroni, sight seeing with some friends.   I lost my purse ( with cash, credit cards, drivers license and green card) yikes!!!! Reported it to the local police, looked around, cancelled my credit cards, called the embassy……it was a mess
and it meant that we had to cut the holiday short and get to the US Embassy in Athens to sort me out for reentry into the US.
A few hours later, I was sipping tea on our balcony going through my emails. I received a message from Chris, a Greek man, living in New York, whose Mom lived in Koroni ( the town I lost my wallet. She found my purse on the steps of her store, when he happened to call her from the US.  You still with me.
He asked her to go through my wallet, he got my name, found me on line, emailed me in Greece…. I called him in New York, he told me his mum had my wallet at her store in Koroni. I drove back to the town, found his mom and my wallet with everything intact.   One of the best experiences Ive had

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)?
At my home/studio in Silverlake

How do you define yoga?
The road towards personal transformation
Why do you teach?
Because I want to share this transformational teachings
What brought you to become an instructor?
Curiosity and personal development

What is your favorite song to play in class?
I love Cafe Del Mar Dreams series

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
My own practice
Memorable yoga moment?
When I quit smoking cigarettes 15 years ago. I learnt from studying the yoga sutras, that the mind is a habit making machine. I took responsibility for my actions, changed my habit, practiced it consistently and consciously until it wasn’t a problem. Very freeing for me.


How did you first hear about One Down Dog?
I met Jessica in a class

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)
None

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

#ODDbingo is back, bishes!

Are you down, or are you down?!

Sign up in studio and let’s get down together! Prep your month:

 

THE RULES:

1. Sign up in studio to get your bingo card.
a. Unlimited autopay members: FREE!
b. Not unlimited? grab 30 days of unlimited yoga at a discounted rate of $100
2. Put your name on your card and post it at the studio to track your progress.
3. Squares MUST be marked by an ODD staff member.
4. 1 class/event per square – cannot use the same class/event for more than 1 square.
5. No more than 10 classes per week will be counted.
6. To win GRAND PRIZE: BLACKOUT! All those that complete the full board will get an ODD goodie bag AND be entered into a raffle to win the grand prize: 3 months of unlimited yoga + an extra special ODD prize! (over $500 value).
7. To claim a win you must give your board to front desk staff and post to social media a pic of your board with #ODDbingo #winning and tag us.
8. Cards must be turned in to the desk by April 1st in order to claim prizes. Will contact winners within a week.

#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.

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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?

http://www.katherinebradshawyoga.com/             #yogaheals 

#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!

Tips For The Timid Tarot Student

Five of Swords

Tips to calm the timid tarot student – 

by: Valerie Smith

Five of Swords

I hear it all the time: “Isn’t that black magic? Not like I believe in magic, but, you know…just in case…”

“I’ve always been interested in that, but I don’t want to do it wrong.”

“I mean, how do you even choose a deck??”

Folx, never fear. Your trusted Spinster teacher is here to ease your worries. This is a classic Five of Swords situation: and it’s time to tell those distracting voices in your head to chill out. If you are interested, then tarot is for you; and you won’t accidentally find out when you are going to die, either. If you are asking the questions—(and especially if you are asking me!)—you are on track to becoming a very capable reader yourself. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for those curious, but nervous or scared.

Tarot Deck

Finding that right deck establishes a healthy relationship with tarot. Curiosity drives this relationship. Shared language and mutual understanding fortify it. When you find a deck that calls to you, you’re more likely to play around with your deck, to get to know it, to draw cards for fun, and to trust it when you have a real question at hand. Through developing this relationship, you can more easily learn to trust yourself in your own interpretations of the cards.

  • Tarot is self-empowering, not dangerous. Tarot is a beautiful tool for personal growth. Without getting too deep into historical patriarchy against women’s wisdom, let’s just say that that tools that connect people to our own inner knowing have been derided either as “fake” and/or “evil” for centuries. Tarot is a method of self-care, self-knowledge, and self-empowerment. Of course endangerous to the status quo! But it has never led me astray. Though I have fought against some of its better advice, with time, I come to understand. Frankly, the rule I (jokingly) follow is: Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to. That said, watch your reaction or response to the cards you’re reading—often, this is just as important as the cards themselves. As you learn to trust yourself, to listen to yourself about things you may need to change, you may feel fear. But to explore this interior world is to become more self-attuned. We strengthen and we remedy our world; we see clearly; and we live our dreams.
  • If you are open to a discussion with the cards, there is not right or wrong way to read. The only common mistake is asking the cards to “prove” themselves. A skeptical person pulls a card without a thought, and is then disappointed when I begin to ask deeper questions. “Oh,” he said. “I thought it would just tell me something. I didn’t know I’d have to be involved.” Yep, sure do! Cards deal in intention, energy, and vulnerability. How can I walk up to a stranger and say: “Tell me something deep and meaningful about myself.” Wouldn’t happen! Instead, we introduce ourselves; we ask questions, we open, we share our views; we become vulnerable—and in that space, we grow. Same with tarot. There is no right or wrong way to have an interesting conversation. If you open and expose yourself to truth, so will the cards.

Tarot Reading

  • Follow Your Woah! The first card I pulled from the Ritual Tarot oracle deck said it all—Follow Your Woah. She writes, “Follow the things that light you up…they lead you to more good stuff, more joy, answers, enlightenment, fun.” That spark of curiosity that starts with finding the right deck moves into your life. What are you curious about the cards? Start there. Find all the cards that represent your friends. Create a spread using only cards from the cups suit. Pretend all the court cards are at a party together, and see how they interact. Get creative! Whatever urges you forward, do that.
  • Create your own practice. I’ve heard someone say, “Isn’t it true you should never read when you’re angry?” or “You need to pull a card every day, right?” Well, those aren’t rules I follow, but you can! The point is not to follow somebody else’s rules blindly. Do what feels right to you. Personally, when I’m angry is a great time to pull cards—it helps me to see things a little more clearly. But I certainly do not pull a card every single day—I tend to revolt with too much structure. If those ideas feel right, great; if they don’t, great! The point is to find the many ways that you and your cards work together. I trust you, and you should trust you, too.