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#ODDLight: Cindy Godell

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, get to know the ambitious and adventurous Cindy Godell…

Name: Cindy Godell

Nick Name: My real name  is Cynthia, so Cindy is technically my nickname! But I’ve gone by Cindy my whole life.  It gets confusing, my IG name is CynthiaCher because when I initially signed up for it years ago – I didn’t want anyone to find me.  But then that name kinda stuck on social media and I like it there, so I never changed it.

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Hometown: Houston, TX

Favorite Place: Bali

Favorite color: Indigo

What’s your sign? Aries

Most embarrassing moment? Hard to pick just one. I used to be a wine rep, and when I was going to meet a client I stood up to give him a handshake and fell flat on my ass..in a dress…legs above my head.  I tried to stand up but fell right back down.  Apparently, my legs had fallen asleep while waiting.  As teachers we say get back up when you fall, but like maybe – take a minute.

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Most empowering moment? A couple years back, a good friend and I contemplated bungee jumping while we were in Queenstsown, New Zealand (aka. the adventure capital of the world).  We decided to watch people jump before committing to this crazy decision. What we noticed was how nervous we felt for the people who were the most scared to jump, those who took ten minutes to take the leap while clinging to the support rail for dear life. Naturally, after observing person after person throw themselves off a bridge, we decided to forgo jumping and make our way to the next city on our travel agenda.  But when we went to rent a car for our excursion, we mentioned  to the lady that we chickened out of bungee jumping and she told us that the Kawarau Bridge was where A.J. Hackett founded the recreational bungee chord.  “Fuck!” we thought, “We have to do it now.”  So on our way out of town, we drove our rental car to the bridge.  The good friend, Lily, went first and she screamed “I’m from fucking Brooklyn!” before she took her plunge towards the crystal blue river below – supported by a rope – of course! And me?  Well, after observing the people who were too scared to take the leap, I thought, if I’m going to do this – I am not hesitating.  So I told the sweet, soothing bungee chord strapper guy I was nervous and then I walked right on up to that ledge and didn’t hold onto anything for support.  Instead of looking down, I looked out towards the vast sky beyond and I jumped. And it was the most exhilarating, freeing moment of my life.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I named my first fish Bob because I loved the movie “What About Bob” with Bill Murray.  Whenever I couldn’t find Bob in his tank, queue the obvious question “What about Bob?!”

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? I used to sing, but I haven’t in years and have no idea what my voice sounds like now.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you? Annie Hall is my favorite movie

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Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous. Something that you love to tell.  I’m an extrovert, but I love quiet, patient moments – like the time I was in the middle of the Java Sea on top of a boat staring at the full moon, or the first time I did a candle gazing meditation and got lost, or when I was lying on an abandoned stage in Joshua Tree looking up at the stars and contemplating life. If I’m not helping someone, I think those are the moments to live for.

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found (favorite past time)? I’d rather be busy than bored, so you can find me traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging with my ever growing crew of friends.  If I’m being real real, you can probably find me at Jay’s Bar.

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How do you define yoga?  Yoga is the practice of letting go and being present.

Why do you teach?  I teach to pay it forward and empower my community, and I love it so. As humans, we all have our off days, but when I enter a class (no matter how bad I feel) I’m immediately filled with joy that I get to share the yoga love for a living.

What brought you to become an instructor? As a lot of people do, I found yoga when I was going through a tough time. Yoga and my teachers provided me with a sense freedom that nothing else had ever done before.  I wanted to pay it forward and do for others what my teachers did for me.

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What is your favorite song to play in class?  I start my classes with core, and recently my staple core song has been “Gangsta Luv” by Snoop Dogg.  But, in general, hip hop reigns my class.  It’s always been the best music for me personally to zone out to, and I love watching my students dancing along in their down dogs.

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?  Handstand, because I can’t hold it in the middle of the room and I know I’ll be able to once I commit to taking the leap.  Just give me ten more minutes at the rail, I mean wall. 🙂

Memorable yoga moment?  Any time I watch a student have an “aha” moment in a pose or when I, personally, have them in my own practice.  Aha moments!  Hell yeah.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use? (favorite mala etc)  Blocks!  When I started practicing, I didn’t think they were necessary even though teachers always recommended them.  I thought, ‘I’m flexible enough, no blocks needed.’  As soon as I really started to dig into alignment, I realized what a powerful tool they are. I use blocks every practice and will begin extended side angle pose, triangle pose, etc. with one underneath my hand, eventually moving it aside after a few breaths as I gently acclimate to the pose.

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

IG – @cynthiacher,. FB – Cindy Godell, cindygodellyoga.com will be coming….any day now.  🙂  Stay tuned!

#ODDLight: Jessica Rosen

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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, get to know Jessica Rosen, One Down Dog studio owner and promoter of awesome!

Name: Jessica Rosen

Nickname: Jesi, messy-jesi, boss bitch

Hometown: Metro Detroit!

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Favorite place: ONE DOWN DOG!!! 2nd to that: Big Lake, anywhere in nature/by a fire or water

Favorite color: blue (specifically periwinkle – the color of our studios)

Sign: Scorpio

Most embarrassing moment? I get embarrassed a lot, and that alone is very embarrassing. I turn red for no reason sometimes…not fun in professional settings.

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Most empowering moment? Opening ODD, specifically the day we opened our current Silverlake location. Fun fact: this place was opened with no investors, no bank loan, it started with a small (very very small 7.5k) personal cash investment, a dream and really awesome friends. I don’t have any partners, debt, or people to answer to. I was told for years none of this was possible. The bank turned me down for a loan, accountants and advisors said I would need more capital to make it happen. I didn’t listen because I knew it had to be possible, there was no other way. Before we were in this space, we shared a spot down the street. It was a great way to start off, but wasn’t a representation of One Down Dog’s awesome personality. It took a lot of work and a LOT of risk to get this place open. The day we held our first classes (while the lobby and small studio were still under construction) was one of the greatest days of my life. My lifelong dream had come true and there were people showing up to prove it was all worth it. Since then so many amazing things have happened within these walls – a reminder everyday that ANYTHING is possible. (shameless plug: if you want to hear more about this story and learn how to Make Your OWN Awesome Happen – come to my workshop on January 28th 🙂

Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I used to wear big pants…once had a pair as big around on the bottom as I am tall. Kikwear was my favorite brand.

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Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I married my high school sweetheart, but I really wouldn’t have called him a sweetheart back then, he’s definitely gotten sweeter with age:)

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Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? My all time favorite band is KoRn. I had a binder of all things related to the band and did my Freshman year final project on Jonathan Davis (the lead singer). I still have the binder in my closet back home in MI. I saw them live when I was 15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Have a good story or anecdote to share? I never take no for an answer. When I was 14 my parents took my pager away because I didn’t respond to their page within the allotted time I had to respond in (I believe it was 15  minutes). I really didn’t like being without my pager…it was 1996 and pagers were super important. So I begged, I cried, I gave a list of why it was important to get it back and then when none of those worked I took an entire pad of sticky notes and wrote I want my pager back on each sheet and put them all over the house. Then I sang “I want my pager back, pager back, pager back” (to the tune of the Chili’s commercial I want my baby back). We all had a good laugh. I had to throw out all the pieces of paper. My parents dug my creativity and persistence, I promised to respond in a more timely manner and the next day I got my pager back. 143.

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When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found? Currently…at home with my baby boy Max. He consumes my world right now. When I have free time I like to spend it with my little fam either hiking or going to the beach or just hanging out at home watching a movie. You can also find me blasting music and have a good dance party in my living room on a regular basis. I love to listen to music and I love to dance.

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How do you define yoga? Yoga is relationship. It is the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us. Yoga is not a pose or a workout. It’s a work-in. It doesn’t matter how long you can stand on your head, but rather how you relate to what’s going on inside it. It’s about connection, coming together and experiencing more joy.

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Why do you teach? Because yoga changed my world, and I love sharing things that help me with others. The look on peoples faces after a hot sweaty hard class makes my life complete! Yoga has brought so much awesome into my world and I want to share that awesome with others. I sometimes like to call myself an awesomeness promoter rather than a yoga teacher. Can that become a thing?

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what brought you to become an instructor: You want the long or short story? Short story, during my masters program I took Teacher Training. I did it never thinking I would ever teach – thought it would be helpful info to bring to my future career as a therapist. Teacher Training changed my life. There was a class that needed to be filled at the studio I was working at, the owner made me teach it. The rest is history.

What’s your favorite song?: I have soo soo soo many. I love all things hip hop/electronic/90s…anything with a killer beat and a good hook I can sing along to. I wanted to make sure to answer this factually so I checked my iTunes (yes I buy every song I play…support the artists yO!) in order of plays: Three Buddhas, Xumantra – singing bowls savasana song 1180 plays, followed by Latch ft Sam Smith by Disclosure 289 plays.

 

Favorite yoga pose?  Down Dog duh. I love it because it is a transition pose, a pose we often return to between flows to regroup and reconnect. It is both an active and resting pose and to me that represents the duality of life – it’s always an in between.

Memorable yoga moment: Anytime I get to practice next to my hubby.

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Favorite yogi piece/prop: I love everything Beyond Yoga – best fits, fabrics and super amazing brand doing wonderful things in our yogi community.

Favorite Non-profits: I hold Detroit dear to my heart so anything that benefits my city I am a huge fan of. I also hold LAMP community in DTLA close to my heart as they are helping to end homelessness and that is a cause I believe in!

Connect with Jessica@OneDownDog, @JessicaFaybythebay#ODDFamily#ODDbaby, #DogsOfODD

ODDLight Community Feature: Lauren Jacobs

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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, get to know Lauren Jacobs, your director of first impressions at the desk and awesome new teacher!

Name: Lauren Marissa Jacobs
Nick Name: LJ, L-dawg, Yacobs, LBJ
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite place: Austin, TX or Florence, Italy
Favorite color: Black, olive green, or purple
Sign: Taurus

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Most embarrassing moment? My friends and I decided to go on a vespa tour during our last week living in Florence. The tour guide was awesome and could ride his vespa backwards at the front of our group and videotape everyone else behind him. One by one, my friends started to wave to the camera all cute. When it was my turn to wave, I began to lift my hand to wave but immediately lost control and almost drove off the hill into a huge ditch! I saved myself at the last moment, but the look on my face must’ve been hilarious because on the car ride home, the tour guide told me he had “something verrrrry interesting to show” to my friends. I begged him not to or else they would never let me live it down. And they would probably make copies.

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Most empowering moment? Being 13 years old and the only one to climb to the very top of a mountain with my badass uncle in Colorado while the rest of our family stayed behind.
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I know all the words to Usher’s Confessions album.
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I had 12 turtles growing up (not all at one time), all named either Mr. Cutie or Mrs. Cutie.
Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I went to band camp for 13 years.

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Have a good story or anecdote to share? One New Year’s Eve my best friend and I were at the fraternity house across from our apartments having a good time. She didn’t know that the grenade fireworks would go off just by pulling the string and not by actually lighting them, and so she accidentally set one off and dropped it on the ground. We started screaming as it was spinning & shooting off sparks, and everyone ran outside. The firetrucks came, but we totally ran across the street to hide in her apartment and peeked at what was happening from behind the curtain. It cost $1,000 for the firetruck to come out, and we never told them it was us! We felt bad, but it was too hilarious to be too upset.
When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found? I love walking in my neighborhood for hours! It’s so hilly and quiet and all the houses have such different personalities.
How do you define yoga? Yoga to me is the practice of connecting your mind, body, & breath while trying to let everything else go. It’s such an uplifting, inspiring experience!

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Why do you teach? So that I can share that wonderful experience with others that I’ve enjoyed so much. It’s something really special to help others achieve things they didn’t know they could and feel good about themselves. Plus, it’s fun!
what brought you to become an instructor: I had several friends who had recently become teachers, and they all talked about how it was the best decision of their life and seemed so happy. I wanted to see what that was all about!
What’s your favorite song?: I can’t pick, making new playlists is one of the best parts!
Favorite yoga pose? I really like crow pose because it’s fun, challenging, and was the first crazy yoga pose I ever achieved.

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Memorable yoga moment: I was in Ducky’s class and we were in child’s pose, and my eyes started to tear up because I was so overcome with joy at that moment. I was so happy to be in my favorite place, surrounded by such a wonderful community. It was really overwhelming in a great way!
Favorite yogi piece/prop: My beyond yoga spacedye shirt and leggings. I want to live and breathe spacedye, it’s so comfortable.
Favorite Non-profits: My cousin Jordan founded a nonprofit for his younger brother, Richie. My cousin Richie and I were the same age, and he passed away when he was just shy of 18 from Cystic Fibrosis. Richie’s Spirit Foundation gives scholarships to struggling high school seniors so they can go to college, helps support families battling the costs of organ transplants, and also raises awareness for organ donation. Richie was the absolute best person I know with such a zest for life, and this foundation means so much to me! #passthespirit
Connect with Lauren:
Instagram – @Laurenmjacobs
anything else: One Down Dog is truly my favorite place in LA and walking into this studio was one of the best decisions of my life. I love this space and this community!

ODDLight Teacher Feature: Bobbi Erwin

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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, get to know Bobbi Erwin, explorer adventuress!

Name:
Bobbi Erwin…although legally its Robyn. I have been called Bobbi since birth and it stuck more than Robyn so call me Bobbi 🙂

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Nick Name:
There have been so many…bobbin, Bobbi pin, bobster, bobs, bobbilicious(junior high, obviously) Robby, obbi, rockin robin, Robin Hood, Bobbi baby (to be sung in a Sondheim style), and as the lovely owner of odd likes to call me (among many others over the years) boobs or boobie.

Hometown:
Yuma, Arizona. Yes the same one from “3:10 to Yuma”. I’m a desert baby!

Favorite Place:
On any mountain.

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Favorite color:
Blue!

What’s your sign?
Taurus and proud of it!

Most embarrassing moment?
Oh gosh I don’t know! The only things that come to mind are from when I first started teaching…in my second class I said “Savasana” instead of “Namaste.” Even more embarrassing though was when I passed gas while demoing a yoga pose in my first couple of months teaching. We all kept going as if it didn’t happen, I mean hey we’re all human right?

Most empowering moment?
Running my first half marathon. I’ve had knee pain and joint issues due to hyper mobility since I was about 14. I never thought that I would have been able to run that far. I put in a lot of work with corrective exercises, yoga tune up balls and was really consistent with my training. It wasn’t easy but by the time I got to that finish line I felt so proud and powerful for the hours of hard work paying off and I knew that I could conquer whatever I put my mind to.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I was an incredibly hyper child. One of my mom’s friends actually nick named me chucky, and not off the rug rats character. I was fearless and would do front handsprings and aerials everywhere we went, I actually broke my own nose by trying to show off how high I could kick. I used to dive head first down the stairs so for years I had to wear a little pink epileptic helmet. These days I am much much more calm, but I still have my bursts of goofy energy!

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I grew up going out to the desert and off roading in various “sand toys.” My dad is a mechanic and is big in the world of sand drags (a form of racing with dragsters, sand jeeps, quads etc. down two parallel, straight lanes) and I used to race quads as a kid! I never got super into racing but I did win a few first place trophies for the kids division!

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I got my first dog from my kindergarten teacher, Miss Ferguson! He was the sweetest little schnauzer named Bailey (looked a lot like Patrick but without clipped ears and his tail was a little longer) and he was such a strong spirit! He was ran over by a car twice, had pins in his hips but didn’t pass away until I went off to college. He lived for about 15 years and had a heart of gold.

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When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found?
Usually hiking somewhere around LA, either at Griffith or somewhere on the west side where I teach at a high school.

How do you define yoga?
Connection, a way to reconnect all of the pieces of myself and find clarity in the ups and downs of life. It’s not always a series of poses, sometimes it’s breathing, sometimes it’s writing, going for a hike, a run, sharing a laugh with family and friends. I try to take my yoga practice off the mat as much as I can.

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Why do you teach?
To help others connect and breathe!

What brought you to become an instructor?
What brought me to do teacher training is a little complicated but to put it simply I was in a not so great place mentally and it just made sense. I finished teacher training and was afraid to teach. I went on not teaching for about a year. I was friends with Jess and helping her out with studio things and working the desk when the studio was still a baby. Jessica, Arielle and various other teacher friends kept telling me to start teaching and I was scared out of my mind. One Sunday I was at the farmer’s market with Jessica and she was saying how she didn’t have anyone to sub class that evening and something inside of me said I’ll do it! I didn’t have time to overthink it, just a couple hours to figure out what I was going to do. I taught that first class and no one died, within a couple weeks I had my own class on the schedule. I’m so happy for the encouragement my friends gave me and my own impulsiveness when it came to teaching that first class!

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What is your favorite song to play in class?
Anything radiohead!

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
I have a pretty eclectic practice, I love strong poses but I also have a soft spot for restorative and yin so this question is hard for me! When it comes to strong poses I would say either flying pigeon or boat pose. I love core/abdominal work. Having a strong core has completely changed my practice and my ability to work with my hyper mobility in a safe way, it’s not easy but once you get into it you can’t get enough of it!

I also have a soft spot for supta Baddha konasana, restorative style. This pose has helped me connect to myself, my body and work through a lot of crap physically, mentally and emotionally. This pose is in every restorative class I teach!

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Memorable yoga moment?
Teaching at the LAMP community on skid row. The people there were so incredible and grateful for every movement and breath that was offered to them. They were all strong willed, beautiful people who taught me so much. That was one of the first places I taught and they ended up teaching me a hell of a lot more than I taught them. I had to quit volunteering there because of my schedule at the school I teach at, but I hope to someday volunteer somewhere like that again.

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
I don’t know that I have a favorite! I would probably say my Mexican blankets in my home prop arsenal. They can be utilized for almost everything!

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What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
I am a huge animal lover, the elephant sanctuary I volunteered at in Thailand was incredible. Elephantnaturepark.org, also unicef, inner-city arts, and a co-worker of mine is a part of a non-prophet called eayikes which works to bring together teens from all walks of life and create a community for them to connect, explore their creativity and empower them to give back and mentor others. They’re doing some wonderful work with teens in Los Angeles and Long Beach! They want to expand to becoming a community that empowers adults to work together and give back as well. I am also a love more ambassador for the Love More Movement created by Sarit Rogers which works to promote loving more even when it isn’t easy! Follow @lovemoremovement!

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Anything Else?

I have three older sisters and they really mean the world to me. We have been through so much together having experienced tragedy, loss, love, heartache and goofiness together…among many other things. We have spent years going in and out of hating and loving each other and now that we are all adults our relationships are taking on a whole new uncharted and wonderful quality which I am so grateful to experience. These girls really helped to mold me into the woman I am. We still fight and frustrate the heck out of each other at times but, when it comes down to it I love them more than I can express and I wouldn’t change one of them if I could (even if they do drive me crazy at times).

 

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ODDlight Teacher Feature: Molly O’Neill

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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, get to know Molly O’Neill, queen of alignment and lover of animals!

Name:
Molly O’Neill

Nick Name:
Used to be Mo…but nobody except my mom calls me that anymore

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Hometown:
Redding, CA

Favorite Place:
Anywhere with trees and water. I particularly love Whiskeytown Lake in Redding.

Favorite color:
Blue

What’s your sign?
Virgo. Very Virgo.

Most embarrassing moment?
I don’t want to go into detail, but it involves teaching an early-morning yoga class with a very upset tummy.

Most empowering moment?
The whole last year has been empowering. I moved back to California to pursue teaching yoga on a larger scale than I felt like I could accomplish in Philadelphia, and although it’s been seriously hard work, my decision has been reinforced and rewarded in ways I never imagined.

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Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I’ve always been obsessed with unicorns. When I was a kid I had a banner in my room (made on a dot-matrix printer) that read “Molly, Princess of Unicorns.” I’ve got a corner of my room completely decorated in unicorn art and figurines, and one tattooed on my shin.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I studied Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, and I still work for them seasonally as a teaching assistant for an online Modern and Contemporary American Poetry class.

Fun Fact most wouldn’t know about you?
I went vegetarian at 13, when my aunt served lamb for Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Share a story or anecdote with us – something magical, changing, funny, or adventurous.
Four months ago, my father passed away. He had been struggling for six-plus years with Parkinson’s Disease, and in his last months was not able to move unassisted, speak clearly or even open his eyes. Watching my handsome, healthy, active father’s life drain away was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. A week before he passed, I found out he had pneumonia and immediately dropped everything to go be with him in Northern California. And immediately, my ODD family rallied to cover classes, gather donations, send sweet messages, sign up to walk my dogs, and provide a few days’ worth of meals. It was so unexpected, so kind, and so revealing about the type of studio we’ve got here. Every one of those teachers and desk staff would give you the Spiritual Gangster off his/her back – and most of the students would too. There is real love here, real community, and I am so grateful to have discovered it.

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When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found?
Preferably outdoors, hiking or swimming. I also love cooking and going out to eat with my boyfriend and friends.

How do you define yoga?
Yoga for me is about awareness. It means observing how you feel in your body, how your mind functions, how your nervous system reacts, your interactions with other people. It’s about understanding the interconnectedness of all beings and moving through life with love and kindness.

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Why do you teach?
I teach for those “Aha” moments. When you see something click in your students, when their face lights up, whether it’s in a pose or in some other aspect of their lives…that’s the best I can ever hope for as a teacher.

What brought you to become an instructor?
Yoga was becoming a progressively larger part of my life, and I wanted to learn more about it. I took my first teacher training primarily to advance my own practice. But I was so inspired by my teacher, Joan Hyman, that I wanted to share what I learned with others. Yoga helped me rebuild my self-esteem and leave a toxic relationship, it taught me how to form healthy relationships in all areas of my life, it made me want to take care of my body and my home and my loved ones…and I wanted other people to find that.

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What is your favorite song to play in class?
I like a lot of different music, and it depends on the style of the class. But I’ve been really digging Leon Bridges’ “River” lately.

What is your favorite pose or flow? Why?
I love Utthita Trikonasana, Extended Triangle Pose. It’s so seemingly simple but it’s so complex, and its shape allows you to really feel the energy moving through your limbs when it “clicks.” That’s why I love alignment so much; it helps you to open up those energetic pathways and it just feels amazing.

Memorable yoga moment?
Just a couple of months ago, I was playing with piking into handstand with straight legs from Downward-Facing Dog. It was something that had always felt super unattainable, so I hadn’t even tried it in over a year. But the next thing I knew, I was vertical! It was such a cool feeling and such a surprise, and it taught me a lot about the hidden potential in my own body. Those kinds of lessons are totally translatable off the mat – you never know what you can do until you try – and that’s the best part.

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What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?
I don’t like to wear any jewelry or fussy clothing when I practice. I keep it as minimal as possible so I can focus on how my body feels and moves. I do always keep two blocks and a blanket handy! I love to use wood blocks; they feel so stable under my hands.

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart?
I love Farm Sanctuary! They rescue farm animals and give them great lives. And I’m all about adopting and fostering animals, especially pit bulls (I have two of them). No-Kill Los Angeles is doing great work to improve the odds for homeless pets in LA.

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Connect with Molly
Check Molly out on twitter @mollyoneillyoga and on Spotify. Love Molly’s classes? She’s also available for one on one sessions as well as corporate classes!

Join her for the Aversion to Inversions Workshop on September 29th, 1-4pm.

AVERSION TO INVERSION: arm balance & inversion workshop with Molly O'Neill