I had no idea that March's beautiful spring awakening would bring such an incredible April Superbloom! Thanks to such a wet winter season, all over Southern California, poppies-- as well as hundreds of varieties of wildflowers and native plants-- have exploded into such glorious life that they can be seen from space!
This Spring, invite a fresh outlook on life by trying new leisure or fitness activities! This month I joined Class Pass, which allows you to try new fitness classes for a nominal monthly membership. I'm looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone (yoga and meditation) and trying something new! You can also find my classes on Class Pass and sign up there in advance!
Another way to invite a fresh perspective to your day is to try Nadi Shodhana, alternate-nostril breathing, a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. There are a few different Nadi Shodhana techniques, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow of air in the nasal passages, In just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can invite renewed ability to focus the mind, support respiratory function, balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and settle stress. Here is one technique of Nadi Shodhana, from the Chopra Center:
- Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.
- Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.
- With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.
- Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.
- Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
- Inhale through the right side slowly.
- Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).
- Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.
- Repeat 5-10 cycles, allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales.
After 5-10 cycles of alternate-nostril breathing, return to your natural breath, and check in with how you feel!
- This month I am celebrating my One Year Anniversary since I became certified to be a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® guide! My training with Jennifer Reis at Kripalu was truly transformative. I learned so much, made lifelong friends, and will always remember this truly special place with deep gratitude. I am so thrilled that I have been able to share this transformative practice all over Los Angeles-- in studios, with specialty groups, in the workplace, and at home! Yoga Nidra meditation really is for everyone, of all ages and abilities.
- When I decided to get my certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra®, being able to offer meditation classes to our city's most vulnerable communities was one of my big goals (once a social worker,always a social worker!). This month, I'm thrilled to share that I will be offering Yoga Nidra Meditation classes by donation at Heal One World, Los Angeles' first non-profit, donation-based wellness center-- offering yoga, meditation, fitness classes, Chinese medicine, and other alternative/complementary wellness and healing practices. Located in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles (3503 W. Pico Blvd. LA, CA 90019), Heal One World is a safe and affordable space for people from all walks of life seeking to boost well-being through a holistic lens. Yoga Nidra meditation will be offered every Saturday at 2:30pm. I invite you to attend classes here-- come as you are, give what you can, and receive what you need!
- Coming Soon! Audio tracks of Yoga Nidra meditations! Take me with you wherever you are.
- As I mentioned earlier, you can sign up for my classes in advance using ClassPass, as well as Mindbody! Or, just drop in! In addition to the new class at Heal One World, you can still find me every Saturday at 12noon at Yogala, in beautiful Echo Park! Hopefully there will be more to come!
I wish you all a beautiful Spring season. As always, do contact me if you have questions about Yoga Nidra meditation, how you might benefit from the practice, and how you can bring the practice to your home or workplace!