Nicole Richie’s first AcroYoga Experience!

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Everyone knows who Nicole Richie is yes? Quick breakdown: American fashion designer, author, actress and best known for her role on Fox’s, “The Simple Life” with her childhood best friend and socialite Paris Hilton.  For those of you my age and up she is also Lionel Richie’s daughter – Dancing on the ceiling anyone?

Well, now Nicole has her own Reality show on VH1 called Candidly Nicole and thanks to my great friend Ashely Cummings – owner of an amazing and cozy little West Hollywood Yoga studio called Agni Yoga, I had the exciting opportunity to put Nicole upside down for an exclusive television segment called “How to Say Yes!”

Before we started filming, I got the opportunity to put several of the production staff upside down and in the air. It was a new experience for everyone!  It was surprising to me, being so immersed in the acro world how few people have heard of AcroYoga or partner acrobatics. I was touched that even one staff member decided to come to Elegant Acro later that evening since we filmed on a Thursday.

The whole segment was a wild ride and we all had tons of fun!  Take a look at the video below. More fun photos, uploads and more to come over the next several days!!

 

Nicole Richies Wild Ride

See the Whole Episode

In the Media

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1 Year Anniversary

10521567_10152322430002843_582186848333962156_oMid August 2014. This month marks the one year anniversary of my standing Sports Acro and Acrobatic Gymnastics practice! Prior to August, I had only ever done AcroYoga or L-basing. But I remember the defining moment clearly. Diane Klein – the woman who is single handedly responsible for opening countless doors for me, called me over and told me to do my first standing hand to hand with a girl named Cassie Cutler. Now, I had seen it. I had fantasized about it. I had one go at flying it with Jason Nemer, but basing it? What with my total standing acro practice at zero, I didn’t think I was ready. But here was Diane who does have “the eye” for such things, insisting I would be just fine. Cassie climbed up and jumped in. And, sure enough, thanks to her, it worked! From this moment, a passion that teetered on the verge of obsession was born.

Well, soon came my first “official” visit to JJ’s gym on an acro night and Diane Klein put me in front of David Floyd, the man I “must” meet if I am ever to become anything in the sports Acro department. A signature pillowy hand reached out to greet me and I was lofted onto his shoulders quickly and effectively. “K ready?”

Up we went!! Somewhat effortlessly he put me in the air and despite any true know-how on my end, I was handstanding in another human being’s hands. I watched, I absorbed, smiled and obsessed. And rather suddenly, my Tuesdays and Sundays became permanently unavailable. Today, the things I am able to do with David and other friends take my breath away.

In two short months, Elegant Acro was born and I too began to host events where more acro could be practiced by my friends and all those around me with a good heart. I safely can say that some of the best moments of my life, have been basing, spotting and flying with all of my friends.

Today, I give a lot of thought to the idea that one year ago, this art was like a foreign language to me. I couldn’t speak it. But without knowing it, I was CAPABLE of it. It just had to be unlocked. What else are we capable of, that we can unlock within ourselves, but we don’t even know it yet? Through inspiration, dedication, and quite frankly busting my ass several times per week, the tricks came rather quickly.

But what it took was people outside of myself, SHOWING me how. I’m so appreciative to those who saw things in me that I did not know were possible, those who trusted me, who trained me, who were willing to climb on my shoulder and whom continue to work with me today. To anyone who has based me or had me base you, THANK YOU truly for touching my life.

Perhaps to some, 600 photos on Facebook of my friends and I in a handstand on someone else is… Excessive. But for me, or even us really, it serves to record each new breakthrough. A new trick, or tighter body, or head finally in the right place or a position that we can finally hold and make it look EASY.

I LOVE being there when someone gets a new trick and that feeling of delight washes over their face: eyes wide, pupils dilated, and time for a celebration. success, happiness, growth and expansion are the nectar of life.

Our community has helped me realize that we can’t be or become who we are without the interconnectedness of others. Without their help, love and support to challenge us, and in some cases prod us forward, we stand still. In our world, there are no solo endeavors. A flyer is nothing without an extraordinary base. And, though to a lesser degree, vice versa. And there is no progression without a very talented spotter. It’s about we.. us… and we’re all in it together.

So here’s to another year, decade or lifetime of more friends, more connection, more play and more acro! And who knows, maybe one day, a one arm high hand to hand! After seeing our nations most ELITE acrobats (shown below playing with me)… anything’s possible!

Take a Walk!

tRecently I was interviewed on the subject of “practical spirituality.”  In the video below, I picked a subject I felt each of us could connect with and apply immediately.

Spirituality is, much like God, money and sex, a loaded word. What does it mean to you? I’m a fan of short and profound explanations, so here is mine:
Being spiritual, or having a spiritual practice is something that happens more often than we think.  I don’t believe it is an isolated moment in a church, yoga class or meditation experience.  For me, “being spiritual” is simply each moment that you find yourself in joy, well-being and alignment.  Spirituality can also be as simple as a moment when you find yourself in flow.  All the better if you have awareness of it and really milk these moments.  In the absence of resistance, wellness prevails.  Well-being, excitement, knowing, playfulness, flow, eagerness, creativity, zest, passion for life, birthing a new desire, sharing smiles, coming into alignment with your desires and seeing manifestations unfold… these are all moments of spirituality and connection.  There are myriad ways you can connect to “Source” or to your own spirituality: through communing with nature, through moving or sitting quietly with yourself, with animals, with children, with your body and even through body awareness.  One of my favorite ways is by practicing deep listening and giving the gift of presence.  Listening to myself, to my body, to others and most importantly to my internal guidance system: my instincts and intuition which have never steered me wrong.

One of the quickest ways for me to get present, listen deeply and connect with my higher self is revealed in the video below.  I hope you enjoy the results and feel them immediately.

Here’s the article: Spirituality through Body Awareness

 

The Ideal Companion

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Think of Talia as the female version of the Dog Whisperer with the added perk that you can afford her and don’t need to contact a television network or talk to Will Smith to book her. Her specialty, from a very early age is deep communication with animals such as cats, horses and dogs but her passion also encompasses lions and tigers and bears… Oh yes!  She specializes in healthy and holistic behavior modification which your dog or puppy will love and beg you for because to get your little guy to do whatever you want, the behavior modification usually starts… with you!

Yes, Talia works closely with both you the owner and your pet to help you lovingly understand your pets point of view.  Understanding an animals needs and what it’s trying to communicate to you is paramount.  Whether it’s begging to much, sad, angry, 395054_2746705619837_1390855272_nbarking all the time, has too much energy or is just acting strange, Talia can help everyone coexist happily, and isn’t that what we all need?   Animals are very loving and adaptable creatures. They are worthy of a high level of trust love and respect, and after even a handful of sessions with Talia, she will have either deepened your already profound bond, or restored your relationship with your favorite little guy.

I have never come across someone who is more passionate about animals and helping them coexist happily in the world with us than Talia.  She just understands how to tap into animal psychology and then make it accessible to you.  With nearly two decades of experience I cannot give a higher recommendation to anyone seeking to improve their relationship with their pet.

All animals help restore the delicate balance between man and nature on this planet. The more we understand  them the better we can create harmony in ourselves and all of nature.   But anyone, pet owner or other, can benefit from at least one session or phone session with Talia. Her education and background is extensive and I have personally sought her council for my cats on countless occasions.  She is first on my list to call for any pet concern.

Talia is someone I trust.

To book Talia to help you enjoy The Ideal Companion for a session or consultation or intervention, contact her at at 805.377.7873 or via email at talia@theidealcompanion.com

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