September 2012

Ch-ch-ch-chia (seeds)


Trader Joe's Chia Seeds are flying off the shelves. Why, you ask? These seeds du jour are chock full of omega 3's, which can help lift your mood and increase your energy. To boot, chia seeds are full of protein and fiber, and can suppress your appetite. We like them on yogurt with fresh fruit, in smoothies, or in a breakfast bowl – each make for a great pre-or post-yoga snack. 

Juicy news

General by Allison Richard

Too busy to eat? Nonsense. When that post-practice hunger hits and we're pressed for time, we opt for juices and smoothies from one of the eight Manhattan locations of Juice Generation. Reflection’s yoga instructor, Joanne Silver, likes the seemingly decadent Peanut Butter Split, which packs a protein punch from the peanut butter and electrolytes from the banana.

Yoga for Men: What You Need and Why You Need It

Yoga News by YogaEarth

Our mission at alignyo is to make yoga fun and accessible for everybody so we stoked to see our friends over at YogaEarth publish such a great article on 'yoga for men, what you need and why you need it'. Guest writer, Carolyn Fallon provides some great insights on why for guys - there are no more excuses.

Lorna Jana stretches all the way from Australia to California

What’s Hot by Amy Gartenberg

Sometimes a fresh pair of yoga pants or a new moisture-wicking tank is all we need to be inspired to work up a sweat, so we’re always happy to discover another stylish, fitness apparel company.

The newest kid on the block is Lorna Jane. Huge in Australia, Lorna Jane has made its way to the US with a few stores in California and plans to expand to other areas soon.

Besides the functional and fashionable looks, we love their recycling program: bring in your old workout clothes to donate and receive a discount on your purchase. Now that's smart living. 

Om finds a new home

Local Events by Allison Richard

When OM yoga Center closed its doors, it sent ripples throughout the yoga community and the students weren’t the only ones looking for a new home.

Long-time OM Yoga Center teachers Brian Liem, Joe Miller, Frank Mauro and Edward Jones took the opportunity to think outside the box and came up with the concept of Now: Yoga. 

Their new home is the Shala House (across the street from now closed, OM) and the new name reflects the first two words of the Yoga Sutras. 

Be Calm with Pure Matters®

What’s Hot

Don’t let stress rule your life.  Support a calm mind on and off the mat with Pure Matters® Be Calm.  This exclusive formula combines valerian root extract and GABA to ease nervousness from everyday stress along with DMAE and amino acids to maintain healthy focus so you can tackle your yoga and meditation game.  Get your Be Calm toda

Reporting from the Art of Yoga

Local Events

We had the opportunity to attend the Art of Yoga event last weekend -- what a way to spend a Saturday morning!? Who knew there are so many early rising Angelenos on the weekend? It was a packed event presented by Flavorpill and those first 100 mats that Naked Juice gave away went quick.

Got curls?

Local Events by Allison Richard

We’ve heard of yoga classes for tots and those specifically designed for the stiff guy, but a class for those with curly tresses?

While it may sound superficial (there are poses to help hair follicles), the goal behind the specialized workshop, Yoga to the Curvy Curly, which debuted on Sept. 15 at Fort Greene Park, is anything but.

The Best Ways to Complement Your Practice

What’s Hot by Katie Librie

Telling your yoga practice it’s beautiful is one way to compliment it. But for a more effective way to enhance your practice, try these cross training workouts to get your body balanced, toned and flexible off the mat:

What's that smell?

General by Katie Librie

After a 90-minute sweatfest in a power vinyasa class, the only thing more refreshing than that first cool breeze when the teacher cracks the studio door open might be the energizing smell of peppermint oil or soothing whiff of lavender musk when you close your eyes in Savasana.

Some teachers release just enough of a scent at the end of class to let it settle in the air and indulge our senses while others treat students to a temple or head massage.

Whichever you experience, the scents from essential oils have the power to energize and uplift or calm and de-stress.

Sangha House hosts a yoga-tastic event!

Local Events

This Thursday, September in NYC - check out one cool event for free!  One of NYC's great yoga studios, Sangha House has a yoga-tastic event happening TOMORROW night Thursday, September 27th in NYC. Check it out... Sangha House has teamed up with BoConcepts and Lole clothing to create an evening of fun and fashion. Hosted at BoConcepts (105 Madison) - the night will include a yogic fashion show, Acro yoga demos, Hula-hooping, exclusive discounts to an amazing fall line all while listening to the soulful music of KA. All for FREE.

Will Alec Baldwin's yogini wife be the next Jane Fonda?

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Since "30 Rock" is in its last season, Alec Baldwin is going to have Hilaria, his yoga teacher wife, "Bring home the bacon." (There's an oxymoron in that sentence, no?) Per the Los Angeles Times, Baldwin said, "With the show ending, this is a bittersweet day for me, but my wife is about t

Pure peace


When time on your mat isn’t enough to handle your daily stress levels, it’s time for a natural intervention: Pure Matters Women’s Stress Multi-Vitamin Essentials. Pure Matters made this high-quality daily multi with women who want to lead a fit, healthy lifestyle in mind. It’s the closest thing to savasana in a bottle you can get.

The Facts of Yoga

General by Molly Nourmand

Yesterday when we were taking class with Peter Barnett at Black Dog Yoga, we picked up a copy of Whole Life Times on the way out. While flipping through it, we read that 20% of U.S. yoga practitioners live on the West Coast. Surprising or not surprising? 

Get to the Root of it

Yoga News by Katie Librie

Transitioning into a new season is the perfect time to refresh, rejuvenate and renew our bodies. This fall check out what’s spouting up at your local farmers markets for a wide variety of nutrient packed fruits and vegetables. Specifically root vegetables like beets, parsnips, carrots and broccoli provide fiber that curbs our cravings for sugary junk food as well as antioxidants that remove harmful free radicals and toxins from the body.

To find a farmer’s market near you go to:

What's SUP?

Yoga News

Trade in your yoga mat for a standup paddleboard (SUP), studio floors for water and your teacher’s playlist for the sound of waves splashing. Summer is over but in many parts of the country, there is still plenty of time to hit the beach for one of yoga’s most popular offshoots; paddleboard yoga.

3 yoga tips to ease prenatal back pain

Yoga News by Deb Flashenberg

Not sure about you but it's feeling like a baby-boom is going on around here. Lucky for all of you soon-to-be moms, right here in alignyo's digital backyard we have some serious expertise on speed dial. The amazingly talented, Deb Flashenberg (Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC) give us the skinny on how to ease your prenatal back pain.

Deb explains, “lower back pain is one of the most common issues in pregnancy. It is often due to the newly exaggerated curves of the spine as the baby continues to grow”.

The best things in life are free

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

Next Sunday, September 30 from 9-11am Naam Yoga's celebration of National Yoga Month is culminating at their One World Yoga Circle, a free healing mediation taking place on the Santa Monica Beach.

Power up poses with Mudras

General by Allison Richard

Yoga helps relieve stress, strengthens muscles and increases flexibility, but yoga positions aren’t just for your arms and legs. Mudras, which are yoga poses for your hands and fingers, have benefits too. According to Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands author, Gertrud Hirschi, these “finger power points” can help prevent illness, relieve stress and heal emotional problems.

Turn(er) Over a New Leaf

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Remember Ashley Turner from our Q&A? Well, you can catch her each month at the Montage Laguna Beach for her two-hour retreat-like yoga workshops, which include access to the Spa Montage + a post-class organic smoothie. Next up: Fall Equinox: Recharge + Renew, September 29 – 30. Sign up ASAP or wait til October.

Akasha Project: Service Yoga Sangha

Local Events

Please join Akasha Project and Prison Yoga Project for their first ever Service Yoga Sangha. A series of five community classes dedicated to service yoga. Experience how these two nonprofit organizations offer yoga outside of the traditional studio setting and support diverse communities.

Wrists, Shoulders, Knees and ouch - Yoga Injuries

Yoga News by

At alignyo, we love our yoga practice and the benefits (on and off the mat) it brings to our lives. We also know that too much of any activity can cause strain on our body, particularly if we’re not being mindful or practicing with care. So, imagine how thankful we were when our friends over at detailed some of the most common yoga injuries and how to avoid them.

HIlaria Thomas Baldwin in Central Park

Teachers by Allison Richard

We spotted Hilaria Thomas Baldwin in Central Park Saturday morning teaching two free yoga classes at the Fitness Magazine 11th Annual Mind, Body and Fitness festival. If you missed her at the festival you can check out her classes Tuesday thru Thursday at Yoga Vida.

Park it: Free yoga in the park

Local Events by Allison Richard

alignyo plans to take advantage of the continuing great weather by taking our yoga practice to the park at Flavorpill’s free Yoga in the Park. We’re looking forward to awesome views of the city from Brooklyn Bridge Park while saluting the sun under the instruction of Elena Brower and Aarona Pichinson on September 22nd. If you’d prefer to downdog in the city, head to Hudson River Park on September 29th and take class with Rodney Yee and Colleen Seidman.

Happy namasDAY

Local Events by Allison Richard

September is National Yoga Month, which means there are lots of free classes to take advantage of. To celebrate, Exhale Spa is hosting namasDAY on September 20th at their locations across the country. Enjoy free yoga classes all day long rounded out by an evening party (who says yoga is always serious?) with live music, healthy cocktails and giveaways.

EcoSalon's Yoga pose of the week

Yoga News

We love a good downward dog and were thrilled to discover that our friends over at EcoSalon have started a weekly yoga pose series to 'guide you through new yoga poses, and teach you something about ones you might already know". This week, they break down one of the foundation poses, downward dog (or in Sanskrit, Adho Mukta Svanasana). We completely agree that it IS the perfect pose for the "3PM-and-I’m-tired-of-sitting-at-this-desk-all-day". Try it now - with this step by step break down from EcoSalon.

Pillow Talk

General by Allison Richard

It’s the end of yoga and time to settle into that final restorative, relaxing, resting pose called Savasana. Help your mind relax along with your body by using an organic silk eye pillow filled with natural flax and the soothing scent of lavender.

Love to run? Get with this Program

Local Workshops by Amy Gartenberg
Finally, you don’t have to choose between being a yogi or a runner. At YAS Fitness Studios in Venice, Silverlake, Downtown LA, and East Coast Mesa, you can have it all. YAS founder, Kimberly Fowler, has created a program that embraces those super tight muscles that many athletes carry around. Celebrate touching your toes in these “no om zone” studios. If you’re considering running the LA Marathon this spring, join the LA Roadrunners, the official training group.

Colin Farrell is Addicted to...Yoga

General by Molly Nourmand
Actor and reformed bad boy Colin Farrell was recently quoted in the Observer saying, "Life moves in cycles. I'm not going to say there was a particular day or time [when things changed], or even that I'm a different man. I enjoy the work more, I enjoy being a dad more, I enjoy doing things that I never thought I'd enjoy--like yoga."

LA's Hottest Yoga Couple

General by Molly Nourmand
Briohny Smyth who wowed us all with her racy Equinox video "The Contortionist" has done it again -- this time the video is an intimate, Acro Yoga pas de deux with husband and fellow yoga teacher, Dice Iida-Klein. Watch the new "Balancing Act" video here.

Strike a Pose

General by Amy Hellman
Ever wonder what its like to be an eagle flying next to The Statue of Liberty? A warrior on Wall Street? How about a dancer outside the NYC Ballet? Are you super psyched about conquering a particular yoga posture and finally feeling like you got it down? So psyched you kind of want to bust it out all the time- all over the place? Now's your chance.

Yogi's Sex Book Launch Party & Signing

Local Events by Molly Nourmand
On Thursday, September 13 at Donna Karan's Urban Zen (9145 Nemo St., WeHo) from 7-9pm is the launch and signing for Mark Whitwell's new book, The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy: How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever.

Party with Local Yoga Celebs

Local Events by Allison Richard
On September 29th join several NYC teachers for a special event to benefit Yoga for NY. The combination class, party and auction, held at Yoga Vida, will feature local yoga celebrities like Alison West, Alan Finger and Barbara Verrochi. Class begins at 6:30pm with a party to follow at 8:30pm. Suggested donation for class: $40, for the party $20.

National Yoga Month Celebration Sweepstakes


September is national yoga month, so we’re going all out. We’ve partnered with JadeYoga, prAna and EcoSalon to celebrate yoga month with a sweet sweepstakes. We’re giving away amazing yoga goodies to six lucky readers -- there’s over $600 in gear and clothing up for grabs. At alignyo, it’s our mission to keep you inspired to practice and after this month’s giveaway, you may never want to leave your mat.

Cross-train with Yoga

What’s Hot

Remember way back when when your coach told you to stretch before the big game? Coach was onto something, for sure. Yoga is an excellent cross-training technique for athletes of all sorts; not only does it build strength, but it provides: lengthening of muscles. It's tis' season again - Tebow, Sanchez... maybe even Eli are doing downward dogs to get ready for the next game. Great for all athletes and calming for the mind. If you're not already in a practice - check out our @home video sections. There are many levels and styles to choose from. Enjoy!

Why the Long Face?

Yoga News

Yoga has gotten a makeover?

Brainchild of New York Yoga Teacher, Annelise Hagen, who teaches at studios all over the city, Facial Yoga cracks everybody up. Who knew smiling could be this relaxing and have such results? Poses such as: the Sphinx Smile, the Satchmo, Marilyn, to name a few, are designed to strengthen facial muscles as well as tone and tighten skin. Wow - who knew. Try it at a studio or try it at home, every day and everywhere - the effects might go beyond the claims of anti-aging. Anything that gets people smiling - we're all for. 


The Age of Aquarian


If you want to serve your community by teaching yoga, Golden Bridge Yoga is offering a training September 20-February 17. The Aquarian teacher program is the KRI Level 1 certification program in kundalini yoga taught by senior teachers (trained by Yogi Bhajan), such as Gurmuhk Kaur Khalsa and Tej Kaur.

Head, shoulders, knees, and flow!

Style by Amy Hellman

While us adults absorb the countless benefits of yoga, awareness is sprouting up all over the country for our future: yes, that's right, yogis and yoginis, our children! Yoga centers for children of all ages are blossoming, giving new flexi-meaning to the term ‘playdate,’ as the fluid whole-body movements of yoga help children with: gross motor skills, balance, flexibility, focus, and cultivating attention and compassion.

Yoga on Film

Yoga News by Liz Eustace

The Accidental Yogist interviews yogis on Kill Radio (an LA-based internet radio station) every Wednesday at 1pm PST. This week's topic was Capturing the Essence of Yoga on Film where she interviewed the following people: Director and producer of the film Samsara, producer of the film Women of Bhakti, and winemaker at Aum Wine Cellars featured in the film Aum: You Are What You Drink. Listen here.

Wanderlust Yoga in the City: New York

Local Events

If you missed one of this year’s epic Wanderlust four-day yoga and music festivals, all hope is not lost. On Sunday, September 9, Wanderlust Yoga in the City comes to Pier 63 in Manhattan for a day of inspired yoga, music, community and seva. Spend the day with some of New York's best instructors, be uplifted by Garth Stevenson's music and find out how you can do yoga to do good. Best of all, it’s totally free.

Wanderlust Yoga in the City: Los Angeles

Local Events

If you missed one of this year’s epic Wanderlust four-day yoga and music festivals, all hope is not lost. On Sunday, September 9, Wanderlust Yoga in the City comes to the Santa Monica Pier for a day of inspired yoga, music, community and seva. Learn to fly with Brock Cahill, rock out to the beats of MC Yogi and practice with one of the world's biggest yoga instructors. Best of all, it’s totally free. Register here for Wanderlust in the City LA.