Women are the reason I started Sin City Yoga. I wanted there to be a place for women in Vegas to feel safe. A place where women could heal from the suffering they’d experienced in life. Along the way I met some amazing women like this lady. Judy is a member at our studio. In fact, she’s one of the most dedicated members at the studio. She’s a wonderful person who spreads love to everyone she meets. She’s got an incredible practice and has a strong ashtanga game. On my office days I’m always delighted when I get to the studio before the 10:30am class ends and I get to say hi to Judy. The wonderful side effect of owning the studio is that I get to be a part of this fantastic collective of both men and women who love and support each other. Blessings, Angelica
What does a yogi look like? Who can do yoga? Look at these three people. Each of them has a perfect posture, fantastic alignment. Are they really all that different? We spend a lot of time talking about our differences. We spend a lot of time separating ourselves from one another. These three people have love for each other. They don’t even know each other’s last names. They just share the same heart and soul. The human one. Be kind. We’re a lot more alike than different.
I had written a whole caption for this photo, but I decided to talk about something entirely different. We love traveling in the RV. It allows us to be outside and breath fresh air. We feel free and able to travel wherever we want, whenever we want. We live on what we have. We conserve water and resources. It’s living small but thriving. One of the things I like most is being able to just be myself. I can wear the same outfit every day. There’s no pressure about makeup or the size of my body. I have to meet no expectations of anyone, not even myself. Part of our trip we joined a group of young people who RV. It was strange because they introduced themselves by the names of their blogs or their YouTube channels. There was a real sense of competition, particularly about the size of your rig and how much you had. I felt like I was drawn right back into the pressures of society. I felt angry and then I felt depressed. I felt like we didn’t belong. We weren’t acceptable by this group because we have a tiny trailer and a portable solar panel. Sounds ridiculous right? These thoughts and pressures are always there. We can’t run away from them. Happiness is a daily practice, not a goal. When I remembered that I felt a lot better.
There’s a lot of different ways to do a posture. One of the biggest eye openers for me was when I heard Paul Grilley speak on the anatomy of yoga. He talked about how everyone’s bone structure was entirely different and so their postures would look completely different. It’s seems ridiculous now to think I didn’t realize that, but I always thought all poses were possible for everyone. Turns out they aren’t. You might never be able to do any variation of eka pada raja kapotanasana. You might not be able to ever even say it. Doesn’t matter. You are still welcome to come as you are and who you are. ❤️
Where’s the men??? 80% of all ad respondents for yoga are women. Men can do yoga too. Actually, men can do Inversions, arm balances, floats, and jumps with greater ease than women. Can’t touch your toes you say? Guess what, most people coming to class can’t either. That’s why you come to yoga to gain flexibility. It’s not a pre-requisite. It’s a practice. Who wants to do some yoga @sincityyoga? Raise your hands men!
Can’t be successful at anything or show up for anyone unless you show up for yourself first!
Ever see those Instagram posts and think, oh I want to do that! This photo was one of those photos. We saw it on the Lorna Jane page and thought, “oh! Let’s do that.” It was so hard! We must have taken 20 different photos of this one pose and it never did look like we’d hoped. These lovely ladies were fantastic and had fun with it! Life can be like that. It never looks like you think it will but have fun with it anyway. Keep a smile on your face. Life is short. Laughter makes it good.
We don’t often hire outside of our Yoga Teacher Training pool. When we do it’s someone who shows an extraordinary commitment to the studio. They are usually a member for awhile and then ask about teaching at the studio. Alina was one of those people. She was a student at the studio for about a month when she came up to me after a class and we talked about her training in Costa Rica. It turned out we had an opening on staff so I asked her to audition. There’s a lot of yoga teachers out there. We only hire a certain type of teacher. People who believe in our mission. People who care about loving other people first. It’s not about shameless self promotion and taking pictures in class. Leave all that behind when you walk in these doors. If you want to work at @sincityyoga you’ve got to have the genuine desire to share the mission of everyone at the studio. The mission to bring love to the city of Las Vegas. Thanks for joining the team Alina.
I flew to LA today for an Acro Yoga Lunar Immersion and my Uber driver asked me what the most difficult part of owning a business had been. I thought about it for a second and I said, “Me.” It’s always been me. When you start a venture you think “oh I’m just going to run this little tiny yoga studio in a converted garage.” Somehow, 6 years later you own three companies and have 20 employees and thousands of clients. Your dream has touched more people than you ever imagined. Every time I hit a road block, the problem was always me not believing I could do it. I didn’t dream big enough. Me thinking I wasn’t capable when I was. You and me, let’s make a pact that we are going to move through all the self doubt, all the 💩 and set the bar higher than we ever expected. No one ever succeeded without failing first. Dream bigger friends!
When I first got to Vegas I noticed that what was missing at the yoga studios I went to were the friendships. The studio I’d gone to in Miami really cultivated friendships. We’d go to classes together and hang out on the weekends together. Our whole lives revolved around yoga and our friends at the yoga studio. Sadly, I got to Vegas and it was all about looking good, hard bodies, hot classes, and no one talked to each other in classes. I created @sincityyoga so that like minded people could come together and make friends. It doesn’t matter if you are a tourist, a local, a short time visitor, you can make friends here. After all, yoga isn’t about exercise, I think somebody forgot to tell most of the people doing yoga the the ultimate goal is Samadhi, the good life. This was a really fun photo to take. These ladies tried a number of different postures together and then decided this was the one where they could support each other best. They went through yoga teacher training together and now they are friends for life. I’m really grateful they found each other at SCY. ❤️🧘🏽♀️🤸🏽♂️
Come in and get your Oprah 2020 shirt! Let’s make some changes in this country and get a movement started!
I love Las Vegas. More than any person, place, or thing, I Love Las Vegas. It’s a magical place where humans create beauty out of dirt and desolation. Within in the desolation of the desert lies it’s true secrets of healing and self-reflection, survival and learning to rise again. In Las Vegas you can be anyone you want. We are all equal. Everyone has a place here from the strip club to the Bellagio. We are all an important part of the creation of this town. Today you might be rich, tomorrow poor, or the other way around. Gambling is the great equalizer and the game never ends. This town never stops being magical. I love Las Vegas.