Steven Espinosa

Steven Espinosa is a Dreamer. I thank God for the Dreamers in my life. They continue to be a huge source of inspiration and encouragement.

Steven Espinosa

Steven Espinosa

Steven came to Los Angeles in 1981 with big dreams to become a professional dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. He had an incredibly fulfilling dance career working on many early MTV music videos like, Weird Al Yankovic’s EAT IT and Sheila E’s THE GLAMOROUS LIFE. At the highlight of his career he spent three years dancing on tour with Sammy Davis Jr!

Steven Teaching at Liberation Yoga

Steven Teaching at Liberation Yoga

Life took a new direction when Steven fell in love with yoga. He began teaching in 2000. I met him a few years after that when I walked into his yoga class. That day Steven became my teacher. What sets him apart is his dedication to making yoga safe and fun for every aspiring yogi who finds him or herself in his class. I’ve spent a few birthdays in Steven’s class, him spotting me in a handstand while the class sang “Happy Birthday”. He’s the coolest!

The Black Dahlia Ballet

The Black Dahlia Ballet

A couple years ago, Steven returned to his dancing roots, this time to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a filmmaker. He wrote, directed and choreographed his first short film, THE BLACK DAHLIA BALLET. I attended the West Coast premiere and was blown away! The short had a super successful festival run and won numerous awards. You can watch the seven minute short here!

These days, Steven is a full time filmmaker. A full-length feature of THE BLACK DAHLIA BALLET is in development and he’s in pre-production on his second short film, AMERICAN DANCER. It’s so inspiring to watch him thrive while following his dreams.

Steven Espinosa, I’m soo proud of you!

Anyone reading this who does yoga or is interested in yoga can take Steven’s class!!! In 2008, he helped start up a website for online yoga called YogaGlo. Check out one of his many classes available here http://www.yogaglo.com/teacher-5-Steven-Espinosa.html.

 A brief Q and A with my inspiring friend and teacher, Steven Espinosa.

POY: There are so many parts of you that are creative, you’re a dancer, writer, teacher, a director… what keeps you motivated? Where do you find your daily inspiration?

SE: I continue to be fascinated by film and Hollywood history. I find tremendous inspiration and motivation from reading, writing and studying classic and contemporary films. I also am incredibly inspired by the students who attend my yoga classes. They help keep me grounded in the present moment and remind me of the ongoing process of everyday life.

POY: You’ve been such an incredible teacher and friend to me. Is there a teacher from your past that inspired you?

SE: My primary yoga teachers Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny and Douglas Brooks were my original inspirations to teach yoga. Through their gentle guidance and loving belief in me they changed the course of my life.

POY: Is there someone in your life that you are proud of and want to give a little shout out to?

SE: I am proud of my friends who continue to pursue their hopes and dreams in the face of life’s many challenges.

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Adams Carpenters

Adam Carpenter

Adam Carpenter

I met Adam through my friend Minnow, who took a clowning class with him. Not like circus, birthday party clown, more like the art of clowning: part improv, part physical theater, part joy creation. Adam and I were both at Minnow’s birthday/dance party last September, where I was on my first and most likely, my last “cleanse.”

 Sober, yet deliriously high from 6 days of consuming a ridiculous amount of apple juice coupled with a clean vegan diet, I remember feeling spacey and witless. The first chords of Michael Jackson’s BAD started to play and our group of clowns and artists immediately started a fake dance battle. I pretend-karate-chopped Adam and he slow-motion shoved me. With little to no contact from him, I started tumbling backwards, picking up speed, watching Adam’s eyes go wide. I nearly crashed into the bar when Minnow’s husband caught me. It was a near epic, un-intended pratfall. Realizing how weak I had become on this dumb cleanse made me laugh. I wish I could have captured it all on video.

 Later I discovered that’s what Adam does, he makes awesome videos!Adam Carpenter Instagram

Adam Carpenter is a JOY CREATOR, spreading joy through killer dance moves, gyrating beats, and compelling stories all in 15 second videos!

Adam Carpenter on Instagram

Adam Carpenter on Instagram

Though he is an Instagram sensation, I stumbled across him on Facebook when he popped up via SoulPancake in my news feed. This was the video I watched of him and the good peeps of SoulPancake.

had a very productive meeting with @soulpancake we've decided to make the world a better place.

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I clicked over to his page to see more. I remember thinking…WHAAATTTT?!!! I practically swooned in a pretend dance battled with that guy! This is amazing! I couldn’t stop watching.

Since Adam’s first post in October 2013 he’s amassed 44,800-plus Instagram followers. I’m so excited for him! His videos are funny, imaginative, endearing, original, poetic, super weird and soo silly, and they brighten up my day. It takes Adam a lot longer than 15 seconds to make them, but he’s motivated and consistant. I’m crazy inspired by his creativity, dedication and follow-through.

Here are some of my favorites!

Freaky Friday

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Find your faves. Be entertained. Feel the joy.

I’m soo proud of you, Adam!

For more on Adam and his process, check out this great interview by John Barrios, a contributing editor for Nailed Magazine.

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