LL Yoga Superstar

The diary of Leslie Lewis, professional yogi on the run in NYC
Standing Split, aka Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana, is a fantastic multi faceted pose. It lengthens the hamstrings, spine and calves while strengthening the core, as well as calming the mind and helping to gain better balance. Standing Split is also helpful prep for handstand too! Join me @sanghayogashala in either (or both) of the classes listed below and get ready to perfect your standing split. See you soon! 2pm - Core Vinyasa 7:30pm - Vinyasa

Standing Split, aka Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana, is a fantastic multi faceted pose. It lengthens the hamstrings, spine and calves while strengthening the core, as well as calming the mind and helping to gain better balance. Standing Split is also helpful prep for handstand too! Join me @sanghayogashala in either (or both) of the classes listed below and get ready to perfect your standing split. See you soon!
2pm - Core Vinyasa
7:30pm - Vinyasa

If Monday gives you the back to work blues then yoga might be the cure. Doing yoga has been proven to increase GABA, one if the primary neurotransmitters that reduces stress and anxiety, by up to 27%. Come to my 7pm Vinyasa class @karenlordpilates and yoga your way to happiness. ☺️

If Monday gives you the back to work blues then yoga might be the cure. Doing yoga has been proven to increase GABA, one if the primary neurotransmitters that reduces stress and anxiety, by up to 27%. Come to my 7pm Vinyasa class @karenlordpilates and yoga your way to happiness. ☺️

Crow Pose, aka Bakasana, is a stellar core energizing arm balances. We’ll be exploring Crow and its variations today and tomorrow in my classes listed below. See you there! 
@sanghayogashala 
Sat 11am - Core Vinyasa
Sun 5pm - Vinyasa
@karenlordpilates 
Sun 11am - Vinyasa

Crow Pose, aka Bakasana, is a stellar core energizing arm balances. We’ll be exploring Crow and its variations today and tomorrow in my classes listed below. See you there!
@sanghayogashala
Sat 11am - Core Vinyasa
Sun 5pm - Vinyasa
@karenlordpilates
Sun 11am - Vinyasa

Supta Hasta Padangustasana, aka Reclining Big Toe Pose, is part of the Ashtanga Primary Series. Similar to the standing version, it opens the hamstrings, calves, groin and hips while strengthening the abs and lengthening the spine. I’m teaching 4 times on Thursday, in both Manhattan and BK, which leaves you no excuse to not join me and give this awesome pose a shot. 
6:30am - @sanghayogashala 
9am - @karenlordpilates 
6:30pm - @sanghayogashala 
7:30pm - @sanghayogashala

Supta Hasta Padangustasana, aka Reclining Big Toe Pose, is part of the Ashtanga Primary Series. Similar to the standing version, it opens the hamstrings, calves, groin and hips while strengthening the abs and lengthening the spine. I’m teaching 4 times on Thursday, in both Manhattan and BK, which leaves you no excuse to not join me and give this awesome pose a shot.
6:30am - @sanghayogashala
9am - @karenlordpilates
6:30pm - @sanghayogashala
7:30pm - @sanghayogashala

You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see.

—Margaret Atwood

Half Moon, aka Ardha Chandrasana, is one of my favorite poses. A hip and hamstring opener, core and leg strengthener, and last but not least a chest opener, it’s definitely a full body experience. Half Moon forces you to be present, b/c if your mind wanders just a bit, you might fall over;-) Join me today at the times listed below at Sangha Yoga Shala to see what this awesome pose is all about.  2pm - Core Vinyasa 7:30pm - Vinyasa

Half Moon, aka Ardha Chandrasana, is one of my favorite poses. A hip and hamstring opener, core and leg strengthener, and last but not least a chest opener, it’s definitely a full body experience. Half Moon forces you to be present, b/c if your mind wanders just a bit, you might fall over;-) Join me today at the times listed below at Sangha Yoga Shala to see what this awesome pose is all about.
2pm - Core Vinyasa
7:30pm - Vinyasa

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Lizard Pose, aka Utthan Pristhasana, is a fantastic hip opener that gets into the hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. If you want to add an extra strengthening boos,t tuck you back toes and engage your extended leg as shown above. We’ll be doing plenty of lizards tonight at my 7pm Vinyasa class at Karen Lord Pilates Movement so you can start your week as serenely as possible. See you there!

Lizard Pose, aka Utthan Pristhasana, is a fantastic hip opener that gets into the hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. If you want to add an extra strengthening boos,t tuck you back toes and engage your extended leg as shown above. We’ll be doing plenty of lizards tonight at my 7pm Vinyasa class at Karen Lord Pilates Movement so you can start your week as serenely as possible. See you there!

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Occasionally I eat things besides doughnuts, and feeling inspired by @wellandgoodnyc, I decided to photograph my gigantic version of a granola, fruit, yogurt parfait. Sadly, once it was mixed together it was not this pretty, but it was delicious and that’s all that counts. Make sure to go wild at your local farmer’s market today or even the grocery store so you can make your own!

Occasionally I eat things besides doughnuts, and feeling inspired by @wellandgoodnyc, I decided to photograph my gigantic version of a granola, fruit, yogurt parfait. Sadly, once it was mixed together it was not this pretty, but it was delicious and that’s all that counts. Make sure to go wild at your local farmer’s market today or even the grocery store so you can make your own!

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Fridays are for being cute and relaxing.

Fridays are for being cute and relaxing.

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The week is finally over and it’s time to recharge. Come join me today and this weekend in Williamsburg and Tribeca for some yoga to reset your body and mind towards a more blissful state. ☺️ @sanghayogashala  Fri 2pm - Power Hour Vinyasa Sat 11am - Core Vinyasa Sun 5pm - Vinyasa @karenlordpilates  Sun 11am - Vinyasa

The week is finally over and it’s time to recharge. Come join me today and this weekend in Williamsburg and Tribeca for some yoga to reset your body and mind towards a more blissful state. ☺️
@sanghayogashala
Fri 2pm - Power Hour Vinyasa
Sat 11am - Core Vinyasa
Sun 5pm - Vinyasa
@karenlordpilates
Sun 11am - Vinyasa

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#tbt me doing one of my favorite things (aka eating a @dunwelldoughnuts blueberry pie doughnut) 2 winters ago. Sigh. I love doughnuts.

#tbt me doing one of my favorite things (aka eating a @dunwelldoughnuts blueberry pie doughnut) 2 winters ago. Sigh. I love doughnuts.

Eight-Angle Pose, aka Astavakrasana, is a challenging arm balance that requires both strength and flexibility. Because of that it’s great for teaching patience (and toning the abs). We’ll be giving it a go in all of my Thursday vinyasa classes listed below. See you there! 6:30am - Sangha Yoga Shala 9am - Karen Lord Pilates Movement 6:30pm - Sangha Yoga Shala

Eight-Angle Pose, aka Astavakrasana, is a challenging arm balance that requires both strength and flexibility. Because of that it’s great for teaching patience (and toning the abs). We’ll be giving it a go in all of my Thursday vinyasa classes listed below. See you there!
6:30am - Sangha Yoga Shala
9am - Karen Lord Pilates Movement
6:30pm - Sangha Yoga Shala

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newyorker:

How did strivers everywhere come to appropriate a 2,500-year-old philosophy of non-striving? Jacob Rubin explores why mindfulness has emerged as the aid of the moment: http://nyr.kr/1mS50mv
Illustration by Dadu Shin.

newyorker:

How did strivers everywhere come to appropriate a 2,500-year-old philosophy of non-striving? Jacob Rubin explores why mindfulness has emerged as the aid of the moment: http://nyr.kr/1mS50mv

Illustration by Dadu Shin.

(Source: newyorker.com)

Locust Pose, aka Salabhasana, is fantastic for improving your posture, lengthening your spine and toning up your glutes. Shown here in a variated version with a hand clasp for an even deeper chest opening. Expect to do this pose and lots more to lengthen, strengthen and tone in both of my classes listed below at Sangha Yoga Shala today. See you soon! 2pm - Core Vinyasa 7:30pm - Vinyasa

Locust Pose, aka Salabhasana, is fantastic for improving your posture, lengthening your spine and toning up your glutes. Shown here in a variated version with a hand clasp for an even deeper chest opening. Expect to do this pose and lots more to lengthen, strengthen and tone in both of my classes listed below at Sangha Yoga Shala today. See you soon!
2pm - Core Vinyasa
7:30pm - Vinyasa

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It’s Monday, the World Cup is finally over and it’s time to get back to business. Join me at 7pm at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for Vinyasa to lengthen and strengthen your body, and boost your spirit for the upcoming week.

It’s Monday, the World Cup is finally over and it’s time to get back to business. Join me at 7pm at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for Vinyasa to lengthen and strengthen your body, and boost your spirit for the upcoming week.

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