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I first took Whitney Allen’s class at Center For Yoga (YogaWorks Larchmont) roughly five years ago. Yoga for neck and shoulder pain ramdev At that time in my life, I would go to a class every now and then – basically whenever my schedule allowed for it (which was pretty much never). Yoga tree pose A few years later, I became a more frequent yoga practitioner, making yoga one of my top priorities on my daily to do list. Sup yoga barcelona I was initially going to classes on the west side, as it was convenient to the location of where I worked.

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I asked a fellow yogi friend, who shared similar tastes in flow classes, which classes I should be frequenting in the Mid-Wilshire to Hollywood area. Corporate yoga vancouver schedule He said “Whitney Allen’s. Weight loss yoga for beginners tara stiles You’ll love her class. Fertility yoga poses Plus you both have a musical theatre background.”

One Thursday evening in 2014, I grabbed my mat and headed to Larchmont Village. Yoga en casa para adelgazar I secured my mat real estate over in the corner, near the Buddha. Yoga studios east vancouver Whitney walked in the room and smiled directly at me, “Heather, right?”

I instantly felt her warmth and knew I was in a safe space to do my practice. Pregnancy yoga wimbledon village Over two years later, my mat and I are still making our way to her classes – not only for the practice, but also for the music. Hot yoga at home video I may or may have not Shazamed a song (or two…) in her class while pretending to be in child’s pose. Asha yoga As I have taken notice on what a huge, impactful difference my yoga practice has created in my own life, I began to get curious about the teachers that I took from. Sivananda yoga centre trivandrum If my life was changing and growing, mirroring my yoga practice, I could only imagine it much be similar for the ones who had decided to teach the practice.

Whitney Allen: After a year on tour with a Broadway show, I did a Vipassana meditation retreat. Yoga exercises for neck tension Ten days of complete silence with ten hours of meditation per day. Yoga beneficios At the time, I had been practicing yoga asana for roughly five years, and for a while had been curious and interested in teaching, which of course happens to many serious practitioners. Face yoga method login I loved the idea of crafting a class, sharing the practice, and weaving music into the experience. Yoga When I started teaching, advanced classes with music were rare. Youtube yoga for complete beginners After I finished the retreat, I came out of the silence feeling like I should switch careers – no more Broadway, switch cities – stay in LA instead of going back to NYC, and leap onto this new path. Yin yoga hip opening poses After making that leap, doors opened wide for me. Bikram yoga wimbledon I was teaching full time at Center for Yoga about 6 months later. Sunyoga dortmund zeiten Leap and the net will appear! It did…

HR: I love that metaphor. Kripalu yoga center I think having a yoga practice helps make the leaps less scary. Down dog yoga schedule What is the biggest impact that your yoga practice has created in your own life?

WA: I’m not sure who I would be without my practice. Yoga for eyes meir schneider Would I even be alive? Who knows – I may have already combusted from pent up emotions. Be yoga milano via carlo botta I feel like all of us grow up eventually, with or without a yoga practice. Vinyasa yoga poses sequence Some people don’t even need yoga so much. Yoga basics My mom is pretty evolved and she hasn’t spent much time on a yoga mat. Yoga and pregnancy But she has life experience to give her such wisdom. Baba ramdev yoga for weight loss in hindi For some people, a yoga practice can be a fast track to wisdom. Sangha yoga montreal You end up wasting less time and energy on things that you can’t control or relationships that don’t work. Baba ramdev yoga for weight loss You learn to turn your attention to what does matter in your life and the people that matter. Yoga meditation poses You become more efficient and more effective as a human. Yoga for healthy living You don’t have to get to old age to discover the important lessons the human experience wants you to learn. Yoga sparta nj That’s what I get from my practice now. Yoga journal conference estes park 2016 Though for years, I just wanted to do handstands and have a nice yoga butt… okay, I’d be lying if I said I don’t love inversions and the effect the practice has on my body, too! My practice keeps me young physically, wise mentally, and compassionate emotionally.

HR: I can totally relate – I am fairly certain that I would not be living this life I have created for myself – along with the boundaries, lessons and all-round effectiveness – today without my yoga practice. Yoga for ms and related conditions Who I was without yoga and who I am with yoga are like night and day. Yoga retreats europe july 2016 One of my favorite aspects of your class is how you so elegantly sing chants and Oms at the end to wrap up the practice. Yoga tropics west Going back to your background with music, tell us more about how you incorporate it into your yoga teaching style.

WA: Like I mentioned, there weren’t many teachers using music when I came to LA to practice and teach. Prana yoga cambridge Vinnie Marino was one. Yoga basic positions I admired how he would highlight the message of the songs he played in class. Daily yoga routine at home When I became a teacher I found myself gravitating toward playing music that was pleasing harmonically, but also uplifted the room at the right times. 8 limbs yoga studio capitol hill For me, it’s so similar to musical theatre in how we all show up to our mat with a story that day, and the music becomes the challenge or the resolution for that story, depending on how the song affects each person. Ejercicios yoga facial antiarrugas Music can make us experience all sorts of emotions – joy, grief, and so many things in between. Open door yoga raleigh It brings us together even though we are all going through something different that day. Yoga chart for weight loss When a song affects me personally, I love to play it in class and let it have its own effect on others in the yoga room.

HR: I saw a quote on Instagram recently that relates to this. Power yoga weight loss videos free download It said, “Music is what feelings sound like.” I also love that about Vinnie’s class – along with his humor. Hot yoga brighton mi I always know walking into his class that I’ll have a strong practice along with a few laughs. Yoga sequences for abs I find myself only attending classes that play music – partly because of my dance and musical theatre background, where it is second nature for me to incorporate movement and sound together – and partly because I can emotionally process my day/week/life best with music playing, while moving in and out of the poses. Kundalini What is your best piece of advice about yoga, wellness and/or lifestyle?

WA: Show up. Yoga house kingston Keep showing up. Pilates plus fitness Start where you are. Face yoga youtube Don’t skip steps – go one step at a time. Prana power yoga cambridge How you do one thing is how you do everything. Yoga camp day 11 There’s no hidden message in any of these advisements – the truth is immediate. Yoga poses intermediate pictures Also, none of these are original – I’ve heard all this advice elsewhere, and it strongly resonates with me. Uptown yoga columbus indiana These are statements I continually learn from.

HR: Yes! How you do one thing is how you do everything has been my mantra over the last year. Youtube yoga today primary series Thank you for sharing your yoga story – and your gift of music – with us!

Heather Reinhardt has her fingers in many pies (both metaphorically and IRL – she loves pastries). Face yoga before and after photos She is an author, speaker, make-up artist, Angeleno, yogi, yerba mate addict and expert manifestationalist.