Vivica Schwartz Yoga

come meet your Self

I came to yoga through my husband, back in 1998 when we lived in NYC. He tried yoga a few times and thought I would like it. I had explored dancing in my teens and was curious about a new form of movement.

My first Yoga class was nothing less than transformational. The simple fact of moving through poses in order to enhance the flow of energy inside, instead of striking a pose that would look nice to a spectator, created a huge shift of consciousness inside of me.

I completed my teacher training in 2002 in Los Angeles with the original founders of Yogaworks, Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, apprenticed with Annie Carpenter for 6 months, and have been teaching ever since.

My practice and teaching grew and evolved through the influence of many great teachers in LA. After the birth of my 3 daughters I became a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor through mini yogis. I created a 6 week pilot program at Topanga Elementary School, teaching kids from Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

In my Vinyasa classes you are guided through a soulful, nourishing flow that is both heating and invigorating and at the same time calming and self-reflective. I encourage you to inquire within as the body takes on various shapes to facilitate the flow of energy and remove blockages through conscious breathing and the cultivation of awareness. I invite you to practice at your own pace and to always stay true to your own breath, so that the poses unfold as a result of an inner opening and expansion. My sequences are about  exploration and aim to gradually and progressively open the body in order to meet our Self, confront our limits and transcend them.

For me, yoga is about cultivating Self-awareness and being present in each moment. It is about using the opportunities that reveal themselves to us through mindful practice, allowing emotional healing to take place while we strengthen our physical bodies.

I currently live in Topanga, CA with my husband, artist Steve Sas Schwartz, and our 3 daughters, who continue to remind me that I’m a better mom when I find the time to practice Yoga.

  • Yoga Desa, Topanga Canyon
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15-10:45 am, Level 2
  • Sundays 10:30-11:45 am, Easy Does It
  • www.yogadesa.com
  • Yogaworks, Westlake Village
  • Mondays & Fridays, Level 2/3 flow, 9:15-10:45 am
  • www.yogaworks.com

available for privates

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