COME MEET YOUR SELF
I came to Yoga in 1998 when I lived in NYC working a 9-5 job in a photo agency. My first Yoga class was nothing less than transformational. The experience of moving through postures in order to facilitate the flow of energy inside, rather than performing movement for a spectator, created a huge shift of consciousness in me.
My journey of self-discovery began, exploring the power of breath combined with mindful movement. I dove into the practice because I could feel the benefits of providing more ease and clarity in my mind, while strengthening my physical body in previously unfelt ways. I understood then that body and mind are truly inextricably connected, and that we have the power to create our own environment within by directing prana (life force) through the channels in our body.
Stilling the mind in meditation became a necessity to cope with the stress around me. A whole new world opened up for me and I couldn’t believe there were people out there that hadn’t yet discovered the power of this practice!
After witnessing 9/11 I moved into the mountains north of Los Angeles. My practice
grew and evolved under the guidance of many great teachers in LA. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in 2002 with the original founders of Yogaworks, Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, and went on apprenticing with Annie Carpenter for 6 months. I have been teaching ever since.
After the birth of my 3 daughters I became a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor through mini yogis, and created a pilot program at Topanga Elementary School, teaching Yoga to kids from Kindergarten - 3rd grade.
My continuing studies have led me to Yoga’s sister science Ayurveda and in 2015 I completed my Ayurveda Wellness Counseling training through James Bailey.
“In my public 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 our bodies move through various postures to allow energy to move through us and to remove blockages through conscious breathing, alignment 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 postures unfold as a result of an inner opening and expansion. My sequences aim to gradually and progressively open the body in order to meet our true Self, confront our limits and transcend them. 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 Steve Sas Schwartz and our 3 daughters, who continue to remind me that I am a better person when I find time to spend on the mat.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Level 2, 9:15-10:45 am
Sundays, Easy Does It, 10:30-11:45 am
Mondays & Fridays, Level 2 / 3 Vinyasa Flow, 9:15-10:45 am
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Level 2 / 3 Vinyasa Flow, 7:20-8:30 pm
Wednesdays, Level 2 / 3 Vinyasa Flow, 10:45 am-12:10 pm
The practice of Yoga, which includes meditation and Pranayama, has led me to it’s sister science Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the science of life and the art of self-healing. Both yoga and Ayurveda originate from the ancient Vedic scriptures and date back thousands of years. The practice of Yoga leads us to self-transformation, the practice of Ayurveda leads us towards health.
According to Ayurveda, health is a continuous and participatory process that embraces all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, familial, social and universal. Achieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health. Both Yoga and Ayurveda instill a better understanding about ourselves, our place in the universe (we are a microcosm of the macrocosm that is the universe) and they both emphasize the effect of the mind on our bodies.
Our bodies have an inherent wisdom to heal ourselves. The way to maintain health and lead a healthy life style is through self care. The changes that can transform a stressed out, diseased body into one that feels balanced and energetic don’t have to be drastic. Once you start creating an inner awareness of what your body needs to feel at ease, relaxed and strong you are on your way to creating and maintaining a heathy life style.
We are born with a unique proportion of dynamic energies, called the doshas, which is our constitution, or Prakriti. These energetic principles govern all physical and mental processes. The doshas change constantly in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and any other sensory inputs that feed our mind and body.
• Would you like to wake up more rested and feel charged and energized?
• Is your digestion just OK, and you wish it could be smoother, less troublesome?
• Are you unsure about how to balance your emotions, overcome anxiety or handle stress?
We Can Help Our Bodies & Mind thrive with a few simple habits that are easy to start and stick with. It takes time to cement in a new habit. Taking small incremental steps, practiced every day is what enables us to make lasting changes on a deep, cellular level.
I Have Developed 3 Mini-Sessions That Are Designed Around The 3 Biggest Topics That We All Deal With:
We go over your food list together and discuss what works for you and what doesn’t, how to substitute and how to better combine foods to avoid digestive issues. We look at timing and quantity of food intake, quality of waste and power of digestive fire. We look for signs of toxins in the body and you’ll find out how to rid yourself of them. You will learn how to use food as medicine, to heal your body and become more focused. And I’ll show you how to make your own spice mix!
Did you know that anxiety and depression are closely related? Most people that I speak with are feeling overwhelmed in life. We sometimes forget that we are not our emotions, they come and go. When we experience certain waves of emotions we often identify with them rather then letting them pass through us by conscious observation. In this session we focus on how to meditate, feel gratitude in the heart and practice forgiveness. You will learn what herbs support you and how to balance and tweak your life style to feel less depleted and more wholesome. You will get a nice foot massage and relax deeply!
Do you have a trouble falling asleep? Wake up in the middle of the night?
Sleep is the time when the body is able to repair and heal itself and the mind and emotions become balanced. Lack of sleep is a major cause for depression and unhealthy food cravings. Together we look at various sleep disorders and some of the causes. I will guide you through a bed time ritual that includes breathing exercises, restorative yoga postures, essential oils, scalp and foot massage, meditation and journaling. We will prepare a special ‘nightcap’ together, a warm, herb infused, delicious drink that promotes sleep!
• Shared Room (main house, shared bathroom) $650
• Shared Tea House (sleeps 2, bathroom across yard) $650
• Shared Bungalow (with living & dining area, bathroom & full kitchen, sleeps up to 6 guests) $775
• Private Bedroom For Couples (1 king bed with private bathroom - limited availability) $895 per person
$250 Deposit Will Hold Your Space
Annmarie and I are thrilled to be working together this Spring, sharing our passion and love for Yoga, Ayurveda, and healthy living. If you're looking to deepen your practice, or take a window to collect and pamper yourself, this retreat is for you. Take a look at our options below (note: price is per person):