Saturday, May 19th 1-4pm Yogaworks Soho

LEARN TO GO UPSIDE DOWN!  Enjoy an hour and a half practice preparing your body to invert by opening up and strengthening the neck, shoulders, lower back, hips and legs.  After a full practice and deep rest, explore the anatomy and construction of inversions like headstand, shoulder stand, forearm stand and handstand and be guided mindfully through each pose. This workshop will offer you a chance to:

*Learn the fundamentals of an inversion practice and how to apply them to your body.
*Receive personal attention and feedback on your inversion practice.
*Discover helpful modifications or advanced variations right for your body and practice.

Come and find your "aha" moment!  Whether you hope to learn how to go upside down at all or are looking to take your inversion practice to the next level, this workshop is for you!



-Sat., June 16th 9-4:30pm/Pier 6 Lawn,
  Brooklyn Bridge Park*

-Sat., September 29th 9-4pm
  Yogaworks Soho

Immerse yourself in a day of nourishing self-care.  Spend the morning doing yoga, guided relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation and taking deep rest.  After a break for lunch, we will take a walking meditation then repeat the morning cycle.  Yoga & Meditation Retreat will offer you a chance to:

*Release stress, rejuvenate your mind, refresh your body and awaken your spirit.
*Emerge with an overall sense of energy and clarity.
* Spend the day doing yoga, pranayama, relaxation and meditation.

Open to all levels of yoga and meditation practices.  Bring layers of clothing and a lightweight scarf for meditation.

*Please bring the following for the outdoor date:
-yoga mat
- thick towel, yoga blanket or meditation cushion to sit comfortably on.
-lightweight scarf
-bandana or hand towel
-snacks & packed lunch or money to purchase lunch


Sunday, March 11th 2-6pm
YOGAWORKS Brooklyn Heights

Broaden your knowledge and improve your ability to give mindful, confident, safe and delicious hands on assists.  Deepen your understanding of the poses and use this as a time and space to have a better understanding of the physical asana practice.
In this experiential workshop you will:
  • Learn and/or fine-tune when and how to effectively assist a variety yoga postures of all levels.
  • Experience assists yourself during a full body 1.5 hour practice.
  • Receive feedback on your assists.
  • Discuss best practices and challenges of assisting students using hands, words and body language.
The workshop is meant for teachers but also open to aspiring teachers and intermediate yogis.
$65/$60 through March 4th
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Saturday, Sept 15th 9am-12:30pm 
Lawn of Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

$40/$35 through June 1st 
Reserve your spot today!
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Release stress and detox your entire mind, body and life through challenging, yet accessible, yoga flow, mindful breathing, guided relaxation and meditation.  

Open up your legs, hips, lower back, shoulders and arms helping you to feel relaxed, cleansed and refreshed from the inside out.  
After time on the mat, set your life on a positive path through affirmation and goal writing exercises.

Detox Life & Create Your Goals offers a unique opportunity to:

-Clear away layers of accumulated toxins in your life..
-Guide your mind and body into a mini urban-retreat.
-Cleanse your entire being and make space to write down and manifest your goals.  
-All levels of yoga welcome.

Bring a journal, pen, your yoga mat, light weight scarf, towel and blocks if needed.


Mala share's my story on their wonderful blog!

The Yogi Next to You


What's your story?  How did you find Mala? I was first introduced to yoga when, growing up, I used to do "sun salutes' and "self-hypnosis" meditation with my mom.  In college I got into Tae Kwon Do, running, and rock climbing.  One of my climbing friends recommended yoga to improve strength and flexibility, so I began taking Iyengar classes -- a style quite different to what I was used to with my mom. It was so physically and mentally challenging, yet extraordinarily satisfying and uplifting; I knew I was in love and hooked for life.
Throughout my twenties I worked in several different career fields, from high school teacher, to assistant to the CEO of an investment bank, to non-profit manager. I also lived abroad for years at a time in France, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and India, learning different yoga styles (Ashtanga, Kundali, Anusara and Vinyasa) and completing the 500 hour yoga certification at Yogaworks along the way. During every stage of these experiences, practicing and teaching yoga remained a consistent physical, emotional and spiritual pillar of inspiration. After a while it became clear that yoga was my true path, and in 2008 I took the leap of faith to quit my day job to pursue teaching yoga full time. When my son Nadal was born in 2010 my life completely transformed!  When I'm not with Nadal I teach classes in downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, including Mala.
A year ago my family and I moved to Boerum Hill from my native Manhattan. I took a Saturday morning class with Angela and it was love at first asana! I immediately had the familiar feeling that this was where I was supposed to be. Angela's presence was so welcoming and I loved the vibe from the other students in the room. Overall, Mala struck me as having all the attributes important to me in a home studio -- friendly atmosphere, excellent teaching, seriously engaged students, and the added bonus of being a few blocks from my house!
What pose do you want  to do all day?  What pose could you never do again? I am in love with upavista konasana (seated wide angle pose) and any hamstring or hip opener!  I had been a regular runner since I was 16 and was constantly searching for ways to open up my hips, hamstrings and inner thighs. Upavista konasana was my absolute favorite, really getting into the inner thighs, belly of the hamstrings and lower back. Eventually, my muscles loosened up with time and I moved onto other poses to work on.  After giving birth, my body changed dramatically and I’m back to my obsession with upavista konasana.
“Never” is not a part of my vocabulary, but back-bending poses have become a serious challenge since having my son and now still carrying him around as a toddler. I have had new lower back sensitivity and much tighter shoulders, which are the two places in the body that require opening in order to find freedom in back bending. When back bends come up in my practice or in a class, my mind immediately wants to withdraw and skip them.  Instead, I focus on how wonderful I know I’ll feel after I have done the poses mindfully, and it really works!  I anchor my mind to my breath and just go for it, knowing that it’s not forever anyway. Without fail, I always feel so delicious afterwards!  Our bodies are constantly changing as we get older regardless of what we do, so I figure that I may as well get used to adjusting!

What are your biggest yoga obstacles and how do you overcome them?
My biggest yoga obstacle is getting caught up in my desire to do more.  There are times when I feel overwhelmed with balancing my passion for practicing/teaching yoga, and being a mom and wife. In my new life as a parent, it is difficult finding time to continue the discipline of practicing the things I am passionate about in the way that I used to.  I often dream about having more time for yoga, meditation, writing, reading, running, rollerblading, spending time with my husband, family, friends etc.  I have chosen this life and am deeply grateful for the many blessings that have come along but, as with all of our lives, it’s only possible to do so much. 

One of the yoga practices that help me embrace life and all of its new challenges is upeksha, letting go/disregarding any judgment.  Another is Pantanjali’s first Yoga Sutra, atta yoga anunasanam, now is the time for yoga!  I get on my yoga mat and sit down to meditate as much as possible, acknowledging my accomplishments of each day and it really helps.  I can’t control my wandering mind, but when I practice the limbs of yoga such as asana (physical postures), pranayama (mindful breathing), concentration (dharana) and dhyana (meditation), I can’t help but feel wonderful, seeing the beauty of life and feeling peaceful in my mind!  Dr. Deepak Chopra explains that in Ayurveda (the science of the body) how the mind is today, so will the body be tomorrow – and vice versa. 

What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?
Yoga philosophy is so applicable to life and reminds me of a connection to what I’m going through all of the time! One of my favorite texts is Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras. I love how these two sutras below offer guidance in real terms:

II.1 Accepting pain as help for purification, study of spiritual books and surrender to the Supreme Being constitute Yoga in Practice.
This sutra reminds me of a few things on how to connect to our best self in everyday life. First of all, that our challenges serve a purpose, helping to peel away at the koshas (outer layers of the self) to get closer to the Atman (real self) that is loved and loves others. Also, reading inspiring texts or spending time around inspiring people really does help to feel better. Finally, it’s so important to step back and perceive the vastness and blessings of life – that we are all so deeply connected by a greater power than ourselves.

II.33 When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.
This sutra speaks for itself. I think it’s so important to acknowledge and honor how real all of our struggles are. Yet, rather than get tangled in the negative, which can be a downward spiral, it is essential to draw awareness to the positive and bring ourselves into the present moment. I believe in Karma in that what we offer to ourselves and to the world is what we receive back. Coming from a place of bhakti (love) and karuna (compassion) in all that we do makes us happier and maybe even the world a better place! Just as Ghandi said, “be the change you want to see in the world!”

Where is your favorite place to get coffee, or a drink, post-yoga? After yoga, I always head home (usually on my rollerblades : ) to enjoy a green smoothie from my blender!  Basically you start with water or other liquid, stuff your fav greens (kale, spinach, chard etc) in with any kind of melon or fruit.  Add berries, a bit of banana and blend. I start every single day with this adding a scoop of hemp protein powder, flax meal and even a nut butter if I’m in the mood.  YUM! I usually have leftovers, so stash it in my fridge and sip it when I want a snack.
If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My ideal place to practice is on any beach in the world at sunrise or sunset! I’ve had the blessing to practice on many beaches so far, but one of the most beautiful ones that I often think about is Unawatuna in Sri Lanka, but really any beach will do!
How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?
I love yoga! When I practice yoga and meditation I feel so good, happy and free! Yoga helps me connect to a better me as a teacher, mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. Every new stage both in life and in a yoga practice presents new challenges. Right now, my stage is being a relatively new parent (to a very active toddler) and finding a balance with the rest of my life discovery. I am figuring it out as I go along, yet it’s always on my yoga mat when I feel the most free, come up with the best revelations, or work through whatever is going on in my life off the mat with a little more equanimity. I am so grateful for my yoga practice – both as a student and teacher. Other than my husband, child, family and friends; it is truly the great love of my life!

Ruah in July Edition

Check out this article on private sessions with a notable mention of me. "Not Your Average Yoga Studio" is written by one of my lovely private students,Add Image Grace Lee. Grace also happens to be expecting and even has the same due date as me in October!

Article on P.27 & 29:

Magazine Website:

One of the most amazing joys of being a yoga teacher is witnessing the incredible progress of regular, committed students over time. This is especially so with all of my private students. When studying yoga privately, a student has the opportunity to fine-tune their practice and work on poses and meditations that are adapted to the how the student is feeling the day of the practice. Also, private sessions offer a space for students to deepen their relationship and understanding of themselves.

Group classes, of course, award wonderful benefits including absorbing the shared flow of energy and learning from others in the class. However, practicing with a private teacher can really deepen a sense of awareness, encouraging the practice self-study, svadyaya.

When a teacher guides a student through postures that are carefully aligned to the indivual body, the muscle memory returns to recreate the best variation of the posture everytime the student practices. As a student becomes increasingly mindful of their mind-body connection it becomes an effortless process to explore new postures, deepen variations of familiar postures and discover the peace of mind naturally present within all of us. This is how we advance in our practice.


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