Saturday, January 6
yoga is the cure to life.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) January 6, 2018
First off, I’d like to start with the disclaimer that yoga has changed my life in more ways than one. For anyone struggling with mental illness, I HIGHLY encourage and recommend yoga. There’s only so much medicine and therapy can do for an individual struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction… the list goes on. And then there’s me: all of the above. Yoga has to be the purest, most holistic practice to exist — addressing and curing our body’s physical, mental, and spiritual state. And the fact that it’s a workout is just an added bonus. Endorphins are forever the motive.
Today, —the annual Yoga Expo is finally back here in Los Angeles! If you’re a yogi, this was made for you. This expo serves as the largest yoga festival in North America, taking place in Fort Lauderdale in Florida as well. Last year, I had the pleasure of covering the event for girlmeetsstrong.com. I got to interview the founder, Kyle Michaud, who is one of the kindest individuals I’ve met. Hailing from New York, Kyle not only founded this Yoga Expo, but he is also the founder and creator of the world’s largest plant-based consumer festival company, Experience Expositions. Talk about a walking inspiration.
$35 for unlimited yoga classes and workshops? SIGN ME UP! No bias at all, but The Yoga Expo is truly something special. This year, it was held at the Pasadena Convention Center, which proved to be SO much more convenient than the Los Angeles Convention Center. First off, I love this city. Ony 20 minutes from downtown, Pasadena is so much calmer than the hustle and bustle of LA. Second, you didn’t have to walk miles just to get inside. We found a parking spot right out front, so things were already off to a great start. The hours were from 10am-6pm, which gave you plenty of time to enjoy, even if you had plans elsewhere.
The best part about this “festival” had to be the schedule, which yielded an endless array of options. The website did a great job color coding and displaying the difference classes so you could visually see and choose wisely. From Disco yoga to meditation to weight loss workshops to Aerial yoga to Acroyoga… this was motivation in itself to try something you’ve never done before. Not sure if I was looking for it, but the Power Vinyasa class at 1:30pm caught my eye immediately. I told my girl we had to make this. We were running late and the minute we enter the building, I run into Kyle. He helped us locate our class on the big screen out front and even walked us there (Ballroom D). He’s the best.
Shout out to Megan Faillace who taught this 55-minute Power Vinyasa and Guided Meditation class. When I say I need endorphins, these classes are my go-to. Vinyasa anything — this is when you move and flow from pose to pose with your breath. I noticed right away she had on a Core Power shirt and immediately felt at home. Core Power Yoga changed my life. I swear by it. Pretty sure I’ve taken her class before too, because she looked so familiar. The class today was for all levels, but it definitely had us sweating. I honestly needed it so much!
Not only is the Yoga Expo is for all ages and all levels, but people were so friendly, warm, and open. Whether it was someone working or someone attending, the positive energy was omnipresent. Speaking of good company, I had the BEST time with my girl Nykki. She also needed endorphins and we both had no problem parking our mats in the very front of the class. The reward for our sweat was getting to walk the entire marketplace afterward. This was the fun part: discovering and learning about only the best yoga apparel & accessories, vegan food & beverages, and other brands and organizations whose main mantra is health and happiness. There was SO much to do and see.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) January 6, 2018
We walk into the main room to find rows and rows of free samples, demos, and amazing products to try. The popcorn, Kombucha, and protein bars were endless. And then I run into my good friend Jordan at the Harmless Harvest coconut water booth! It’s not the music industry that’s small, it’s the world. They had so many amazing flavors too — I must have copped like 5 bottles because my brother LOVES coconut water. But what I really could not get over… this THC/CBD balm! Shout out to Papa & Barkley, whose products are 100% natural. Huge thanks to Llari, I can’t wait to try this! The marijuana takeover is 2018 is here. I’ll never forget the day my homegirl moved to Portland to work on a weed farm. She makes more money in a day than I do in a month. That part.
at the yoga expo like… 🤯 meanwhile, i can barely touch my toes. pic.twitter.com/0YgeA5EEyx
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) January 7, 2018
I have to give it up one time for all the amazingly talented yogis in the building today. This is sorcery lmao. You should see me in class — I legit have a hard time touching my toes. Walking around some more, I was sad to have to leave (I had another event). For anyone who plans to go next year, I highly recommend committing a solid 4-5 hours. We could have easily spent all day here, and the fact that we wanted to stay longer but couldn’t made us both sad. I honestly would have loved to take a meditation class because my goal in 2018 is to be less stressed. We ended our experience with the most AMAZING hand massages at the Doterra booth. I swear, these were life-changing. They used the most exotic aromatherapy oils on me. Talk about therapeutic, scent is my favorite sense. I was in heaven.
It’s the little things in life. Can’t wait to come back next year and bring more friends! The timing is impeccable. What a great way to start the new year.