G R O W
“When I first found yoga, I was in a relationship with an emotionally abusive sex addict. He was constantly lying, putting me down, and discouraging me from spending time with my friends. But when he started practicing yoga, I got curious and joined my own studio. I got hooked.
A year and a half later, I signed up for a 200-hour training. We spent five days a week, eight hours a day studying philosophy and doing intense physical practices. When I would come home to my boyfriend, excited to tell him about my day, he would blow me off. He told me I was wasting my time and money. He said I wasn’t ready.
But that yoga training was like turning on the lights. I'd been fumbling around in the dark for years, not knowing who I was. And suddenly I discovered that I was strong, genuinely dedicated to bettering myself, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people.
The first tenet of the first limb of yoga is Ahimsa, non-harming. I realized by staying in the relationship, by not allowing myself to grow, I was harming myself. And in turn, I was harming those around me by not stepping into my dharma, my potential. I had to leave that relationship and dedicate my path to helping other people see themselves in the light of the practice. And so I did. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to serve and hold space for those finding their own way.
Hero: Molly is a renowned yoga teacher living in Los Angeles. She teaches regularly ONE DOWN DOG
“I’m on an endeavor to be the best mom that I can be for my three kids. I don’t always feel like a great mom though. I’m doing a lot of things like juggling my job, being a mom, being a wife and trying to squeeze in a little “me” time.”
“Before I met my husband, I spent so much time becoming my best self because I wanted whomever I met to get the best version of me.
“I discovered that I was strong, genuinely dedicated to bettering myself, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people..."
"I know how tempting the bad choices in life can be. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where gangbanging or basketball were your only two choices.
"When people look at my work, I want them to see the truth of it all. “
“Born in Persia, I am proud of my heritage and the beautiful culture of Persians. But some of the cultural rules in Iran, like not being able to workout in public, can be limiting.”
“Yoga is just that kind of therapy to me. It holds me accountable to my feelings - both good and bad - it represents my truth. I encourage students to lead from their hearts, to follow their intuition, to search for their purpose.”
“I always dreamed of the day when the father who raised me would meet my birth mother."
Step, Step, Step
"A few years ago, when I was out for my morning run, I lost control of my right leg and fell. It is a really scary feeling when you loose control of a limb. It was like I was trying to tell my right leg to step, step, step...."
Ajax and Alta
“I just reached 3 years sober. Ajax and Alta have helped guide me on this new chapter of my life. Sometimes I’ll catch them just staring at me like creeps, and I’ll think “Wow, they really do love me.” It’s pretty wild to mean that much to another living soul. Ajax, the one you carried, is sweet and goofy. He has a bunch of odd stuff he does that I never trained him to do. Like climbing on my back. Alta is a little bashful and a real trouble maker.