Learning to Fall: A Coming of Age Documentary

Learning to Fall: A Coming of Age Documentary

A friend and former co-worker, Claire, recently shared with me a project of hers. A passionate storyteller, she is making a documentary chronicling stories of loss, vulnerability, and growth during young adulthood. The film intends to explore how we can overcome quarter-life hardships by using mindfulness as a tool. To do this, Claire will be traveling to a mindful recovery center in Northern Thailand to interview residents that want to share their story. I was immediately drawn to the project. Having traveled solo through Thailand and Cambodia a few years ago, I have a deep affinity for these beautiful lands. With a culture steeped in the teachings of mindfulness, meditation, and Theravāda Buddhism, a great sense of calm and peace radiates throughout Thailand. Also, having too experienced tremendous loss in my early twenties with the inexplicable loss of my best friend, I deeply value the power of these stories to transcend. Using yoga and meditation to access my own mindfulness, I am constantly grateful for these tools which grant me the ability to stay connected and treat each day as a true blessing. Learn more about this incredible project from the team: Learning to Fall is a short documentary chronicling stories of loss, vulnerability, and growth during young adulthood. This film explores how we can use mindfulness as a tool to overcome quarter-life hardships. Please help us share the stories of many who have experienced tough transitions during their young-adult lives. From the loss of a loved one, to the separation of a marriage, and more. By doing this, we can take a leap out of our comfort zones, embrace our vulnerabilities, and “Learn to Fall.” Learning to Fall is actively campaigning until April 1st, 2016....
ClassPass Review

ClassPass Review

Already a month into my ClassPass membership, and with all the buzz surrounding the platform as ClassPass recently secured another $40 million in Series B funding, I considered it due time to share my experience with their Los Angeles offerings! ClassPass is a membership service that allows access to unlimited monthly classes to studios within their network for $99 a month. Classes include yoga, cycling, barre, pilates, dance, and strength training. There are a number of pricey boutique studios in the mix- Exhale, FlyWheel, Pilates Platinum, and Barry’s Bootcamp to name a few. Yas Fitness Centers, Venice The Math: First and foremost, let’s crunch the numbers based on my usage. I’m going to assume the rates I would otherwise pay at these studios without Classpass, taking into account discounted packages. Total Monthly Reservations: 13 Yas Indoor Cycling: 2 classes x $12= $24 Exhale Advanced Yoga Flow: 1 class x $25= $25 Exhale Core Fusion Barre: 1 class x $25= $25 Yogis Anonymous All Levels Flow: 2 classes x $14= $28 Pilates Platinum: 3 classes x $23= $69 Pop Physique Pop Sculpt: 1 class X $20= $20 sweat yoga: 2 classes x $10= $20 Hustle & Flow Cycling: 1 class x $16= $16 Total without ClassPass- $227 Total with Class Pass- $99 That’s a savings of $128 a month! It’s also plenty of incentive to make sure I work out more to get the most bang for my buck. Of course for a deal this good, the service comes with a few downsides. Unplug Meditation, Brentwood Cons: 1) Limited Schedule: This one was the biggest disappointment for me. It wasn’t until I was a...
Power Yoga

Power Yoga

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – BK Iyengar   Nearly 4 years ago, I unfurled my yoga mat for the very first time at Santa Monica Power Yoga. Since then, my passion and commitment to the practice has grown exponentially over the years. The beauty of this practice is that the deeper you move into it, the more it gives back.   To this day, Santa Monica Power Yoga remains one of my favorite studios to practice. Despite a recent split from the umbrella of Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga, the SMPY East studio continues on, with a slate of teachers of unmatched caliber. Jerome, Vytas, Rudy, and Anaswara are among the most- skilled instructors amid the highly competitive yoga landscape of Santa Monica.   We all need a reason to honor certain commitments in our life — make time for the things that matter most to us. This is why I understand that not everybody will fall as deeply in love with the practice as I have. Rather than spout off the usual list of health benefits to maintaining a routine yoga practice, I’d like to share my personal top reasons I continue to return to the mat week after week.   1) Strength & Agility- A great deal of yoga involves weight-bearing asanas, or postures. You use your muscles to hold your own body weight, balancing strength with flexibility as you develop muscles that are strong and in proportion to one another. The increased vitality arising from building physical strength is my most compelling  reason to work out. The...