Yoga and health

Infused with Vinyasa, Meditation, Mantra, Ritual, Ayurveda & Dance, The Lakshmi Rising Yoga Teacher Training Program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world. Join Our Legacy
Since 1990, YogaWorks has been a leader in yoga education and our celebrated alumni have gone on to become some of the world’s most renowned yoga teachers. The YogaWorks Teacher Training program blends yoga traditions from the east and west, integrating both into a practical and unique method that combines vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment and skillful sequencing. Our mission is to provide each student with the necessary foundation to skillfully teach with compassion, safety and integrity, while honoring his or her individual voice and style. Whether you join us to become a teacher or simply to deepen your own practice, the YogaWorks training will uniquely prepare you to leave your mark on the world.

Unlace and Stretch Out: Yoga for Runners

By: Mattie Schuler

Hitting the yoga studio with other sweaty yogis can be intimidating, especially if you are used to pounding the pavement instead of flowing on your mat.

But adding yoga to your regular running routine doesn’t have to be hard, and it can not only help stretch out tight muscles, but also aid your mental game, too.

“Yoga benefits running both physically and mentally,” says Dan Carbonell, a yoga teacher at Yoga Pod in Boulder, Colorado, and a frequent trail runner . “Physically speaking, yoga helps runners access greater range of motion and joint mobility. More mobile joints impact stride length and running economy, which helps runners become more efficient as body mechanics improve.

“Mentally speaking,” he continues, “yoga helps to create a heightened level of focus and awareness during training and, especially, racing.” This mental training can help runners perform more effectively during a race to stay focused on form and sustaining a quick pace.

If you’ve never taken a yoga class before, start with a beginner class or a general hot yoga class, which adds extra heat and humidity to the studio to aid in flexibility and range of motion. Both should be challenging enough to satisfy a competitive edge, but will have a gradual, versatile flow from week to week to help build your skills, learn posture names, and correct alignment.

If you are practicing at home, check out the poses below that focus on areas of a runner’s body that are often the most tight—hips, hamstrings, inner thighs, and the iliotibial (IT) band. Plus, we’ve got the best gear to take you from the trail to your mat without overloading your closet.

Our Roots

In 1987 Maty Ezraty opened our first YogaWorks studio in Santa Monica, California. Maty successfully gathered many styles of yoga under one roof, which attracted the best teachers in Southern California and from across the world.

As yoga gained popularity in the U.S. the demand for well trained yoga teachers began to grow. Seeing this need, Maty created the world-renowned YogaWorks Teacher Training Program in 1990 with the help and inspiration of senior teacher Lisa Walford. Based on the dircect teaching from Indian yoga masters, this program has formed and guided many of todays yoga leaders, including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Annie Carpenter, Natasha Rizopoulos, Vinnie Marino, Kathryn Budig and many more.

Forget diets, guilt, and judgements! Achieve your optimal weight by developing what internationally recognized yoga and fitness expert Beth Shaw calls Lean Consciousness.

Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa Yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care and ritual for health and awakening.

Yoga is integration.

Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa Yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care and ritual for health and awakening.

This approach is a revitalizing laboratory for experiencing and expressing our unique Self while mindfully honoring all that exists in each present moment. Our practice cultivates mental, physical and spiritual strength so that we are able to recognize and transform habits, patterns and conditionings that cause suffering in any way. We use the mat as a metaphor to understand what holds us back so that we can eliminate all that is not effective in the unfoldment of our own unique evolutionary process.


Some practices are challenging, vigorous and will require self-discipline. Some practices are slow and juicy with therapeutic space for rest and relaxation. Both styles are valuable, both are important. Lakshmi Rising is the place where sweat, tears, openness and fun meet softness, quiet, introspection and self love.

Benefits include grace, flexibility, strength, balance and well-being in the body and mind. You may also feel a sense of purpose, clarity, creativity, focus, connection, inner peace and confidence.

We are influenced by the Yoga lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya, Classical Tantra from the teachings of Sri Mahendranath, Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms, Shiva Rea and the ageless Wisdom imparted by great sages and artists from cultures near and far. Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa Yoga integrates time tested traditions with modern knowledge and insights designed to awaken and inspire you.




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