One Down Dog is my family and foundation. It was the first studio I felt like I found a real yoga practice and a sense of community. Yoga has become more than just making cool shapes with my body (even though that can be really fun!) but a metaphor for my life and the value of practice and discipline and showing up for your whole self: That is empowering. I teach to share this with others. I see myself as a lifelong student of yoga. As my practice deepens, my teaching deepens. I received my 200 Hour certification called "Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind" a trauma-informed training with an emphasis on neuroscience, inclusive language, use of props to give your body feedback as to where you are in space, and modifications for all-bodies, all-levels.
HOMETOWN: suburbs of Detroit.
FAVORITE SONG/ARTIST: Anything rhythmic that makes you want to move. Think the dancey, hip-hop, indie stuff on KCRW. I pepper in old favorites and jams. I like to dance in between flowing, and give you space to do so too. All my playlists are public on Spotify.
ODD FACT: Jessica, the studio owner and I grew up in the same area and have a ton of mutual friends on Facebook. We didn't know this until I had been practicing at the studio for a while.
MY STEEZ: I teach a balanced, steady, and strong Flow with an emphasis on stability. I offer progressions for poses so that you can grow your practice. We repeat certain aspects of the practice for a few weeks in a row so that you can build on it and gain a deeper understanding of your body moving in space! My Chill classes are gentle, deep and will usually include a longer cool down. Expect some mindfulness practice, pranayama, lots of core work, curiosity, playfulness and dare I say, fun?!
Full Moon Flow
The Full Moon is a time to release and recieve - the cycle of the moon completes at the full moon and starts again - so the full moon is a time for expansion. Allow yourself to "let go".
Full Moon Journal Practice
Natalie offers a journaling practice that you can try during the Full Moon cycle, with a focus on letting go and forgiveness as a process. You will need paper or a journal, a pen, and a comfortable place to sit.
FLOW - New Moon Intentions
Natalie shares a flow you can practice around the new moon cycle, or anytime you're wanting to unwind and come back to yourself. You will need a pair of blocks and a blanket.
JOURNAL - New Moon Intentions
Natalie offers a journaling practice that you can try during the New Moon cycle, with a focus on setting new intentions. You will need paper or a journal, a pen, and a comfortable place to sit.
New Moon Flow: https://onedowndog.vhx.tv/videos/flow-new-moon-flow
CHILL - Practice Feeling Good
Natalie leads us a short chill class, inviting you to follow your breath, and practice feeling good. You will need blocks, a bolster, and a blanket.
FLOW - Finding Your Center
Natalie offers a quick full body flow practice inviting you to find your center. You will need a pair of blocks.
FLOW - Full Body Ladder
Natalie focuses on transitions with a full body flow including balance poses like half moon & revolved half moon. You will need a pair of blocks.
MEDITATE - Anchoring in Body and Breath
Natalie focuses on Beginners Mind & establishing a core meditation practice with awareness of body and breath.
CORE - Building Awareness
Natalie offers a CORE-centric mat pilates based class that will strengthen and mobilize your spine to it’s largest pain-free range of motion. You will need a block.