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Day 85 LA-Exhale-Hala Khouri

It appears the uniform of choice in L.A.’s yoga rich beach cities is the go-anywhere, little black flip flops accessorized with mat on back. You see it everywhere… walkin, bikin’ and scurryin’ to classes that seemingly take place every hour, on every corner.

Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri

But how the “headin’ south after the last day in L.A”, YoYos ask; do these bazillion accomplished yogis get started in this strange new world? Wouldn’t it be just a tad intimidatin’ for the “never done yoga before” minority to just jump in with theses super-bendy, Sanskrit talkin’, Kirtan chantin’, anti-gravity yogis that call this yoga Mecca home? Now, our blog-readers know that these mountain-livin’ YoYos began their “most excellent” quest parked in front of the flat screen where they remained for 3 years with the illustrious Bryan Kest. But, with that same Bryan and a regular Holy Host of some of the finest instructors in the world, teachin’ live, at a studio near these lucky, beachy ones; the chance to train early on…up close and personal, is, in our humble opinion, a gift beyond words.

Yogini and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Yogini and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Guided to Hala Khouri’s Yoga 1-2 class by the mat-carryin’ masses to investigate the question of launch and dive into yogidom, we were to experience how this “backbone” teacher of the illustrious Exhale, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, degreed psychologist and co-founder of “Off the Mat into the World,” introduces, refines and deepens the strange movements, unusual breath and enriching philosophy of yoga to L.A.’s curious.

Sweet Hala began her inclusive, welcoming class with the YoYo’s fave, “lyin’onyourbackasana”, as she invited this inquisitive group to feel their connection to breath and body. Demonstrating a series of spine loosenin’ poses followed by a challengin’ core sequence, Hala gently explained the importance of warmin’ up various body parts before salutin’, bendin’ and twistin’ through this masterful, full-body, 90 minute practice. Continually encouraging every yogi to internalize the “advanced practice concept” of listenin’ to your body, she persistently invited backin’ off throughout the comprehensive sequences of lunges, twists, balance and backbends. Rich with valuable insights and yogic philosophy, this talented guide broke it down to the simple practice that it is…takin’ away all mystery and deepenin’ this “most amazin’” practice to those who dare to plunge into the “arms wide open” world of yoga.


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