Ali is the creator of Interval Yoga. A style of yoga that combines ancient yoga practices with cutting-edge physical training techniques; she weaves elements of groove, dance and pilates, weight training and cardio into her classes. Her classes are some of the strongest classes out there but be assured that she will take you from beginner level to intermediate into advanced gracefully and gradually. Her style of yoga is short and condensed yet it is designed to bring relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.
Ali was born in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 19th, 1979. Her birth name is Albena which means pure. She moved to America at the age of 22 and she discovered yoga there. She randomly read an autobiography book by Christy Turlington while on a snowboarding vacation and that motivated her to try her first session at home. Yoga was a love of first sight for her. After her first class at the age of 23, she immersed herself in the practice for countless hours a day. A few years later she was incredibly lucky to be a teacher at Mark Blanchard’s Power Yoga studios in Los Angeles. Most of her learning happened during these years of teaching and being a student. She taught at Mark’s studios and various other locations throughout LA for 7 years before she started her online classes on Youtube and on her website.
Her style of classes is unique and powerful yet meditative and gentle. She focuses on self-awareness, body awareness, getting out of our own heads, finding the bliss of the present moment. She takes her students through a strong or a gentle sequence seamlessly and gives attention to flexibility, strength, cardiovascular capacity, power, breathwork and dance equally.
Interval Yoga is designed to balance our hormones and although a physical practice it has a strong spiritual underlying. The short bursts of interval training interlaced into the yoga classes are designed to boost Human Growth Hormone – the hormone of Youth. There is a lot of scientific research behind Interval Training and the world is yet to learn about combining HIIT with Yoga. Interval Yoga is on the fringes of functional movement and the world of fitness and spirituality is unfolding in front of us as a beautifully woven pashmina with seemingly unmixable elements woven in together beautifully.
Ali lives in the mountains outside of LA with her Partner Jonny Be, her daughter Lotus and their four-legged friend Sofie, an american bulldog girl who is present in most of Ali’s yoga classes.
Ali is working on building a massive library of online classes that can be an invaluable resource for any yoga – from moms to be, to postpartum mamas to girls in school to women in menopause or any other time in a woman’s life. Make no mistake her classes are great for men as well and although 75% of her students are female she has a strong following of men who are brave and progressive enough to bring yoga into their lives. Men ahead of their times.
If you are a beginner be sure to check her beginner courses.
If you are a new mom be sure to follow her postpartum series before you return to a regular practice
Some of the benefits of Interval Yoga were discussed in this Live Chat. Covering hormonal health, digestive health, weight loss, metabolism, stress reduction, cardiovascular health and more.