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.
In my 2 hour Ayurveda assessment sessions you will learn some of the basic principles of Ayurveda and walk away with an increased knowledge about yourself that will help you transform your life.
We will determine your constitution and your current dosha imbalance. This is done through a conversation, questions, and careful observation that help me better understand your uniqueness.
I will be examining your tongue and reading your pulse to tie it all together and gain a clear understanding of what you need to come back into balance.
You will learn about the Ayurvedic clock, daily self care rituals (dinacharya), seasonal regimen, herbs and other remedies for maintaining good health and prevention and treatment of disease. You will find out about foods that help you heal, foods that are best to stay away from and food that don’t combine well. We will talk about the importance of sleep, the practice of Yoga (Including meditation and pranayama) and you’ll discover the essential role of good digestion and how to strengthen your digestive system. We will look for signs of toxins (ama) in your body and figure out the best way to gently bring you back to a state of health and balance, considering cleansing techniques, eating habits and other life style choices.
Your new self care repertoire will change your life and the way you feel physically, mentally and emotionally.
If you would like to inquire about an Ayurveda assessment with me please fill out this form and we will be connected!
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April 12-22, 2017
A traditional 11 day kitchari cleanse to detox, cleanse and recharge from within.
Cost: $55 ($5 a day).
You will be guided through this cleanse day by day through a private Facebook group. I will provide you with recipes, instructions, and ancient wisdom from Ayurveda that helps us reclaim our natural state of health.
Sign up with a friend for $45 each.
Believe me, during these cleanses it's great to have support, which is why I encourage this offer, great for couples.
Dear Vivica and Annmarie,
I write this to you together, as I want to express my experience my gratitude and share how your blended offering impacted me over the weekend, and will continue. The weekend was exquisite. Every part was planned with thought and care, and in combination with your synchronisticenergies, you created aopen warm, safe space for us to connect in all the ways we did through the yoga, meditation, Vivica’s Ayurveda, and Annmaries’s voice. There is nothing like coming together in this way, where everyone comes in with open heart, and the connections, conversations and sharing are always from the inside out, no outside social behaviors. Isn’t it so great?
Jill and I had an amazing experience, and will go anywhere you two offer this next!!!!! Really!!!!
With love and sending so much love to you both
Dear Vivica and Anne Marie,
To be a part of the wonderful yoga retreat that Vivica and Ann Marie orchestrated was a joy. From the beginning to the very end,we were nourished by the gorgeous surroundings, wonderful food, incredible yoga and attention to detail that created an environment that was structured enough to be stable-yet free enough for our own spirits to flourish.
Between Vivica's hands and Anne Marie's beautiful voice, I was in heaven. I left the retreat with space in my head and body and a fullness in my heart that I haven't felt in a long time.
My only question is,"Where are we going next?"
Love you girl's
Vivica and Annemarie,
Thank you so very much for a beautiful retreat. You are both amazing teachers and the love and grace you put into every aspect of this past weekend was felt by everyone of us. It was wonderful to have the time and space to observe, nourish and replenish our bodies with breath, movement and such unbelievably delicious food. The sense of community and camaraderie was heart felt and fun, the talk and concert were thought provoking and inspiring, the combination of yoga classes and swimming pool was divine.
The shift I feel afterwards is deep. It has helped me make some changes, I am now meditating early in the morning. Let's hope I can keep it up at least until our next retreat!
Muchas gracias a las dos
A big hug
Below is from a recent workshop. More coming....