September 2014

Practice and all is coming – Sri Pattabhi Jois

Teacher Training

Our latest edition on the why behind becoming a yoga teacher sponsored by YogaWorks. 

YW's teacher Angela Botta tells us, "yoga teaches us to be in the now – but how can we avoid re-living and forecasting events that are beyond our control? How can we tame the “monkey mind” clamoring for our attention at every turn". 

DIY Fruit & Nut Bars

Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

Stop splurging on your favorite snack bars and instead make your own using this healthy vegan and gluten-free recipe from Jenné Claiborne. 

In my opinion the best snack to “grab-and-go” is a fruit and nut bar. Think Larabar! They’re sweetened with dates, and filled with healthy nuts and/or seeds. Did you know you can easily make a Larabar at home? In my experience the DIY bars are way tastier and healthier. Not to mention, less expensive.

3 yoga fusion styles to try now

General by Liz Eustace

Looking for a unique way to challenge your body, revamp your workout routine and still get the mind-body benefits of a yoga practice? These yoga fusion workouts are sweeping the country, allowing people to stay active and busy without getting bored of monotony. Try finding one of these yoga fusion classes in your area.

Top 10 yoga poses for men


We love when a male pro athlete or celebrity declares his love for yoga to the press, but we’re more impressed by the everyday guy who hits the mat for his own health, not because he wants to look like Adam Levine (although, ain’t nothing wrong with that). 

Get cookin'

DIY Fridays

No matter how hectic our week gets, we always find ease in knowing that come the weekend, there’s more time for all the things we love: longer yoga classes, catching up on our favorite reads and home cooked meals. So we wanted to kick off our new DIY Fridays feature with three tasty, healthy recipes you can try this weekend. From Sting’s favorite cold-weather breakfast to brewing your own kombucha, we hope one of these recipes will inspire you to get cookin’.

Try one of these healthy recipes this weekend:

3 benefits of taking a yoga teacher training program

Teacher Training

Are you still thinking about a yoga teacher training program for this fall? Check out our next installment with YogaWorks as we explore the reasons behind taking your yoga teacher training. Nicole Doherty (certified 500-hour teacher, energy healer and life-coach) discusses some of the benefits of taking a teacher training program that are outside of the goal to actually teach.  

Bathing beauty

DIY Fridays

Muscles seriously achy after an intense yoga class? Rub-a-dub-dub, get in the tub. A bath is a great way to relieve stress, calm your mind and soothe aches and pains. Try this Ayurvedic-inspired bathing ritual and you’ll see how easy and affordable it is to turn bath time into a mini-spa getaway.

Splish splash, its time for a bath:

10 Universal Reasons to Take a Yoga Teacher Training

Teacher Training

As YogaWorks launches its first dedicated yoga teacher training center in Santa Monica, alignyo checked in with Sarah Ezrin (yogi, writer and YogaWorks teacher training graduate) to get her take on why people become interested in taking a teacher training program.

3 styles of yoga to try this fall

General by Liz Eustace

It makes sense to eat foods that are in season for the best taste and nutrition, so why not apply the same philosophy to your yoga practice as well? Switching up your yoga for the season can help revitalize your practice and may make you feel more balanced. While summer is all about going with the flow, we feel that fall is a time for grounding down. 

Try these 3 styles of yoga this fall to feel grounded in your practice:

Yin Yoga 101


If you usually practice vinyasa, ashtanga or other styles of physically demanding yoga, you may want to consider balancing your practice with yin yoga. Yin yoga is a quite different from power yoga, or "yang" styles of yoga, and can be extremely beneficial for your body in ways that more physical yoga is not. 

YogaWorks open dedicated teacher training center in Santa Monica

Teacher Training

YogaWorks is referenced as “The Gold Standard in Yoga Education” for its 200 and 300-Hour teacher training programs with a focus on alignment and sequencing.  In business for 27 years with over 100 trainings in 17 countries and 50 cities around the globe, it's about time they opened their first dedicated teacher training center in LA.

3 ways to get ready for fall yoga

Yoga Lifestyle by Ally Garner

Fall is a beautiful season that welcomes the changing of the leaves, a crispness to the air and the comfort of home. This new season ushers in the beginnings of the school year and the slow descent to the holiday season. There is a peace to the calmness that is swept in as summer leaves us behind. 

Autumn also creates changes in your yoga practice, the heat and bustle of summer no longer guide your poses. Let your body acclimate to the changing of the season and use this time to make adjustments to your yoga practice to gain as many benefits as possible.