CorePower Yoga Redondo Beach Shoot


Let's go back to summer of 2017 when I had the absolute pleasure of photographing 11 of the CorePower Yoga Instructors at the Redondo Beach studio. This was surely a year of building self-confidence in my work! I really pushed myself to shoot more often, exploring more styles and ideas. I am so very thankful for each and every person who came to participate in this shoot. Thank you for being truly inspiring human beings and giving back to your community.

We had snacks for those who got hungry while we stretched out and warmed up. Outfits and poses were coordinated ahead of time to ensure complete efficiency. I’m a firm believer in planning most of the details beforehand making the process of shooting quicker and much more efficient. Each Yogini (short for Yoga Instructor) had a 15-minute time slot. There were two time slots for group photos. Both studio managers and the Hot Power Fusion Instructors. We lucked out with having a large 10-foot open window full of natural light. I filled in the rest of the light with my Octobox for softer even light.

Everyone was recording Instagram stories while we shot with each Yogini. Fun playful music played in the background making the experience smooth but relaxed. Above are a few of the behind the scenes stories from that day.

I am quite proud of the outcome of this shoot. I had never shot in a yoga studio before. Checked it off the long list of dream locations I want to photograph. The images were overall pretty sharp in focus even though I could have made the Shutter Speed a little faster. Below are a few of my absolute favorite shots from the day. I hope to photograph at the studio again in the near future.

My favorite part of this shoot was getting to showcase all the Instructors abilities and strengths. It’s always been important to me as a Photographer to capture all the beauty each of my subjects posses. Until next time CorePower, NAMASTE!

How I Came To Yoga + Tips For Beginners l 2018

In June 2012 I started my Yoga practice and wound up becoming a teacher years later. How crazy is that?!

It all started with an interest in trying it out and finding a very beginner level sequence via an app called Workout Trainer. The Lower Body Booster was the first one I ever tried. Since I had no idea what I was doing at the time, I decided to keep doing the same sequence every time I got on the mat. I had just quit smoking cigarettes a few weeks before doing any of this so my body was still recovering. Yoga in many ways forced me to learn my body all over again through a physical and mindful practice. I ended up receiving so much more than that.

After my outdoor runs, I would drink a protein shake and lay out my mat. Insert old photo of me after a run wearing an extra tank top for another layer of warmth ----->


While my body was still recovering from the lung damage over the years, I kept up with a consistent Yoga practice for a few months. At first I didn’t really stop to observe if I even was enjoying it as an activity. Funny enough I kind of just kept up with the practice as if it was choosing for me to continue. Not knowing what I was doing by any means, I began exploring more sequences in the Workout App. Of course I didn’t know they were called sequences at the time! The Energy Yoga sequence was a definite change up after feeling like a master in Lower Body Booster. Finally I was starting to observe the effects of my practice. I felt calmer, more relaxed. My body felt more open and I also started to see some toning in my muscles.

Transition to college where I continued to practice at least once a week. At the time I felt like this was as much as I could fit into my busy schedule. For me this was still okay but I missed the frequency I had before. Those Downward Facing Dog’s and Warrior Two’s were calling my name by the end of each semester! I told all of my friends about how much I liked it. I even invited them to do a session with me which was way more fun for me than I think it was for them. Little did I know that one day I would become a teacher of this sacred practice.


Transition to moving to Los Angeles in 2015!

Okay so I totally dropped off of a consistent practice for a few months before I made the big move. No judgement though because I came back full force soon enough. My first job here in Los Angeles was a desk receptionist at a corporate gym down the street from me. They just so happened to have an awesome yoga program to boot! This is where I began a much deeper practice and learned so much more about my body. Within months I knew that I wanted to also share the practice with others.

Below are some great tips for those who have not yet experienced the incredible benefits of yoga. Let’s get you started on a journey closer to yourself!

A Few Tips For Beginners:

  • Deciding why you want to practice yoga can be very helpful. There are so many benefits to practicing so even if you just want to explore the physical aspects, you will better yourself in some way. Even if you are curious to know more about it and just want to try it for the experience.

  • Breathing. Yoga is all about finding a healthier, deeper harmony between our body and mind, and our breathing is central to this. Breathe into your whole body in the poses, and relax. There is a lot to learn about healthy breathing in yoga.

  • Make practice frequent. Little and often is more effective than occasional long sessions of yoga. Even 15 minutes a day of a few well-chosen poses can have a very positive effect on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. A regular discipline will reap more benefits, as that way the body begins to feel comfortable and familiar with the process and gradually becomes more flexible and subtly aware of the sensations, rather than ‘starting from cold’ again once in a while.

  • Modify postures for your body. The perfect pose we may see in a book or see a teacher demonstrate may be a long way from what our own body can currently achieve. A good yoga teacher will show you how to ease your own body carefully towards the ideal posture, perhaps with use of yoga props like extra blocks, bolsters, a belt etc., bringing attention to the principle of the inner stretch or direction of energy that the pose is aiming to evoke in us.

  • Release expectations. Often we equate yoga with tough, limb-twisting poses. However, yoga is not about touching your toes or stretching 98 degrees to the northeast. Yoga is a process of uniting with yourself, and it should be easy and effortless. You are in yoga when your body, mind, and breath align. So, throw away the idea that you should already be flexible, that you’re too old to venture into yoga at the age of 40, or that yoga is the only thing that will save you from your love handles (although love handle disappearance is one common side-effect of a regular practice)!

  • Start with an intention. Before starting the physical aspect of your practice, creating an intention can help to set the tone for your practice and prepare your mind for an introspective experience. Whether your intention is “world peace” or “non judgement”, centering your mind around that thought will help bring you into the present moment before beginning.

The 5 Best Podcasts That You Need To Listen To NOW

Last year I signed up for Spotify Premium for my Yoga classes. A few months in I noticed the section called "Podcasts". Something I've heard of but not actually heard one before. I started listening when I was walking to the bus, on my way home from work and right before a Yoga class began. Below are my five current favorite channels that I want to share with you.

ALSO, did you know there's an International Podcast Day on October 30th!!!!! People all over the world celebrate the history of Podcasts. That's pretty cool :)

Photo by  Jens Kreuter  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jens Kreuter on Unsplash

Optimal Living Daily

What is this podcast about: Justin Malik reads to you from the best content on the web with author permission… just like an audiobook! There is now five total podcasts in this series but this one is all about personal development, minimalism, and productivity.

Why I recommend it: I think this was one of the first podcast channels I listened to last year. To be completely honest I had no idea what I was in for at the time. Justin has a super buttery voice that almost makes you so relaxed that you could fall asleep. I appreciate that he only reads from the best blogs/books! These podcast episodes keep me motivated to continue on my self development journey.

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From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

What is this podcast about: Rachel Brathen is an international yoga teacher and speaker, bestselling author and serial entrepreneur who inspires millions every day. Known as Yoga Girl, Rachel has sparked a movement through deciding to share every corner of her heart's journey, the moments of beauty and of pain, and always of unyielding trust in life. The light you are seeking is within your own heart. Join Rachel as she helps you uncover it, from her heart to yours.

Why I recommend it: There isn't enough positive things to say about this podcast channel!! Rachel was one of the first few I got into last year and I'm really happy about it. She is such a kind hearted soul with practical knowledge that she shares every week with her followers. Also I love that she is a fellow Yogi!! One of her older episodes really touched me when she spoke about her journey into teaching. Her Instagram is jam packed with personal shares and feel good vibes too!

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The Ultimate Health Podcast: Lifestyle, Nutrition, Fitness, & Self-Help

What is this podcast about: Jesse and Marni teach and inspire you to reach your maximum potential in the realm of health. They interview world-class experts in the health & wellness community. Topics include lifestyle, nutrition, fitness, self-help, sleep, meditation, and spirituality.

Why I recommend it: This podcast channel is AWESOME!! The one I listened to last weekend was an interview with Sahara Rose who is an Ayurvedic Healer. As a Yoga Instructor and Health Advocate, I think it's important to explore different ways of doing things. That episode got me even more curious about Ayurveda which led me to read more about it. Jesse and Marni are great at bringing new and interesting content within the health and fitness industry. I look forward to learning more very soon.

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Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

What is this podcast about: Sophia interviews boundary-pushing women who've made their mark—eschewing polite conversation and extracting solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way. Expect hilarious co-hosts and vulnerable, honest conversations you won't hear anywhere else. Conversations that humanize the known, champion the unknown, and laugh a little at the absurdity of life.

Why I recommend it: I am a HUGE Sophia fan and have been for years! I also really loved the Girlboss show. She's a very inspiring young female who takes business to the next level. My favorite interviews are with Sarah Jessica Parker and Tess Holiday. If your really into what female business women are ruling the industry then listen to this podcast. I promise you will feel the #Girlboss inspiration!

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The Goal Digger Podcast - Marketing, Social Media, Creative Entrepreneurship, Small Business Strategy and Branding

What is this podcast about: Week after week, host Jenna Kutcher brings you the the productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks,, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream career. Jenna shares tangible tips and hacks that she used to become a self-made millionaire in photography, online courses, Instagram sponsorships, and navigating the world of being a #girlboss social media influencer.

Why I recommend it: So, this channel is a bit newer to me but equally as awesome as the others. Jenna is an aw inspiring artist who truly believes in herself and others. She is also completely honest and to the point with her content. It's refreshing to listen to a female Entrepreneur who really understands both sides to being creative. I highly recommend if your all about learning to be more confident in your work or daily life.

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