Feeling that Yogathon Glow

RISE Yoga for Youth Yogathon 2017 with veteran yogathoners Akin and Jeff at Mission HS

This past Saturday RISE Yoga for Youth hosted their 4th annual Yogathon. Nearly 100 members of the RISE community gathered at the Mission High School gym to offer the benefits of yoga and wellness education to teens throughout the Bay Area.

High School girls from Immaculate Conception Academy greeted guests as they entered the gym and invited them to register, take a look at raffle, and bid on silent auction items.

Mission High School students shared their yoga experiences from the past semester with us and then guided us through warm-ups. Hearing from these students was a testament to teacher Craig who has been leading the Mission HS students for the past two school years.

Adho Mukha Svanasana 

Soon local yoga teachers were leading us through the annual 108 sun salutations. I am so grateful that Martin Scott agreed to lead a section this year. The familiarity of the traditional Surya Namaskar, as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra, flowed through me without effort. These 16 salutations were truly meditative, an easy offering. Even with few breaks and a bottle of coconut water, about an hour and a half later my muscles were getting shaky from the effort and I was noticing where I would be feeling sore the next day. Finally after two hours of movement, Darren Main completed the series with a calming savasana.

Being silly with RISE Yoga for Youth Teachers. 

Aka the Yogi warriors bringing Love to our students every day! 

A year ago I was a member of the RISE community via a single class of my own at June Jordan School for Equity. I have spent the last 11 month growing into the position of Site Director and I have learned a great deal about the administrative and behind the scenes duties that go along with youth yoga. I am even more appreciative of what this organization offers to students as well as teachers. I am humbled to work with such an amazing group of women and men seeking to bring peace, kindness, and love into the lives of everyone they meet.

Thank you to the many kind and generous donors who have helped me to raise over 200% of my original goal. While I have surpassed my personal goal for the year, RISE has a little ways left to go. If you are feeling that yogathon glow and looking for away to keep it going please visit my campaign page here to make a donation. The campaign will remain active through the end of April.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanthi

Teachers and Padmasana photos by Andrew Witmore

“Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

Last week I got to play around practicing partner yoga with Mackenzie at the Yoga for Teens Teacher Training Course. Thank you Mackenzie and to all of the lovely ladies in the circle for sharing you time and spirit last week!


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

If you happen to be in or near NYC, you lucky yogis can join Mack next week at the IYI Institute for the next Yoga for Teens Teacher Training Course.

Yogini at Baker Beach

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Helen of HFBPhotography at Baker Beach. This was less than a week after returning from HI and what a fantastic way to reconnect with the Bay! Challenging myself with poses on the rock and grounding down with the mat by the water. I love the way the sand ties the mat to the beach by gently pooling in the images below! If you’re looking for more check out the the rest of our shoot here.

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Turn Your World Upside Down for Peace

On August 27th at 1pm US eastern time (10am here in CA) Yogis around the world went topsy-turvy for world peace! Check-out #turnyourworldupsidedownforpeace on Instagram to see the many participants who “came together to raise the vibrations of love and peace”.

See more on the Dharma Mittra NYC page and

see my offering for peace below or posted on my Instagram page here!



Asana at Turtle Bay

Spending most of my time in San Francisco it is easy to forget what it’s like to feel naturally warmed. But, just last week I was lucky enough to spend some time soaking up rays at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. The heat of the sun to matches your body temperature; no need for socks, sweatshirts, or really even pants! That warmth allows the body to go into a deep asana practice. Here are some of the fun poses I got to offer in gratitude to the Sun the Earth and that eternal loving Energy that shines in all living things!

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Drop backs in the grass

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