my mat my home

A friend of mine recently took this photo of some of my yoga mats and my Tibetan singing bowl at the Sundial St Pete. Wild Lotus Yoga was Lululemon's studio of the month and I had brought some extra mats to the class I taught in the Sundial courtyard in case anyone needed one.

photo by Megan of https://www.facebook.com/PhotoMegTampaBay 

It brought back some memories for me. That blue mat you see has "A. SABADISH" written in black permanent marker on the bottom, now so faint you can barely see it. I wrote my name on it because in 2008 or 2009 we had been having lots of mat mix-ups at my yoga studio in DC. I was a dedicated yogini back then, taking heated group Vinyasa classes almost every day.

I loved this mat because it had a little extra cush to it, and more importantly, was sticky enough that I wouldn't slide off my mat during my Vinyasas and land in a puddle of sweat. The blue reminded me of the ocean back home and, I've been told, matches the color of my aura.

I brought the mat with me from Washington DC to California. It came with me to practice and teach in fancy Santa Monica studios, on grassy bluffs overlooking the Pacific, and as an extra cushion for my first Reiki clients.

It came home with me to Florida, where I now use it as my "outdoor mat," which means its always in my car and covered in sand. It's held up for 6 or 7 years at this point. It's dirty, worn, fraying and therefore perfect. I can't even begin to imagine how many emotional/physical/mental/spiritual breakthroughs I've had while standing or sitting right on top of it.

It's my magic carpet and an old friend. It's been loaned to and supported many first time yoga students without their own mat, many of whom only came because I promised I would bring an extra yoga mat for them to class. It's perfect for headstands. When I stand on it, the nerve endings in my feet instantly recognize the familiar landscape of whatever-yoga-mats-are-made-of, and send signals to my heart and brain and lungs that it is indeed time to practice the ancient science and art of yoga. In many ways, it's been my home as I bounced between the East and West coasts, finally settling right back where I started, my birthplace in St Petersburg.

It's just a mat. But it's my mat. And it's good to be home.


march 2015 doTERRA unveiling

This month I decided to film a video as I opened my doTERRA Essential Oils monthly Loyalty Rewards order. Here's what I got and how I plan on using it! I also talk a bit about how you can get oils at a discount or even make money by enrolling as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Enjoy (I hope)!



Interested in joining my team or ordering your own doTERRA products? Visit www.mydoterra.com/newworldoils or email me at alinahallyoga@gmail.com


Is it almost March already?? Also, an invite to LOVE!

this is how I feel about 2015 so far!!
Hello beautiful beings of light!!

**towards the bottom of this post is an invite to a really cool event happening SATURDAY 2/28/15 from 1-4pm in St Pete FL. but first, a little life update...**

As I type this towards the end of February, all i can say is WOW! I am so grateful for all that I've experienced in 2015 so far. 

By the end of this month I will have taught 78 yoga and meditation classes, led 5 workshops, and shared Reiki with 2 new clients in 2015. I received my Reiki Master attunement, which will allow me to train others to use this beautiful healing art form.

I've been part of endless planning and networking meetings for women's circles, local festivals and retreats. I get to teach what I love, from Essential Oil Yoga to chakras to vision boarding.

I've also been enjoying my New Years's Resolution, reading every day. At the bare minimum, I read an essay from Meditations from the Mat every morning. The past couple days I've also been adding several "happiness habits" to my morning routine and plan to write about them soon. 

For Lent I have decided to abstain from alcohol and added/processed sugar, so I'll be sharing my journey along the way on the blog too (I really do hope to write more! baby steps!) 


rsvp at https://www.facebook.com/events/389464404569888 

Throughout it all, I've been so blessed to be surrounded CONSTANTLY by people who are also into positive and healthy living, both students and fellow teachers. This brings me to my last event in February that I am a part of, called 'LOVE: The Art of Relationship.'

Right now, we are in danger of canceling the event due to a low number of registrations. I would be SO honored if you helped turn this around and purchased a ticket (right now!) by clicking HERE

What is the event, you say? Why should I be there??

 WELL, it is happening at the newly opened BARRE CENTRAL (www.barrecentral.com), located in St Pete FL where I teach kids yoga every Monday and Vinyasa every Tuesday. Besides being the latest (and incredibly beautiful) studio to open around town, the owners Sarah and Patti have poured so much of their hearts and souls into this group fitness studio and you should check it out  like all the other cool kids ;)

me sandwiched in between owners Sarah, left and Patti, right days before opening!

But truly, this event is going to be uniquely AWESOME and so, so beautiful as well. The other facilitators and I are hoping to teach about love and relationships in a whole new way, focusing on building empathy, compassion, self-care rituals, listening skills and so much more. 

The whole event is designed to open your heart and improve ALL of the relationships in your life, not just romantic partnerships but how to best share love with your mom, your brother, your kid, your pets.....and most of all YOU! 

You do NOT have to bring a partner. But don't be surprised if you attract new partnerships in your life after this event! Or, if you are in a partnership, see that relationship improve big-time! 

here's my relationship teacher ;-) from our sunset beach walk New Year's Day 

I'll be kicking off the event at 1pm with energy work and gentle yoga. After that, relationship coach Dr. John Arnaldi (who takes the most beautiful photographs by the way) will be sharing about intimacy, health coach Jennifer Oppelt will be teaching about self-image and self-care, and my workshop partner-in-crime Katherine Robinson will be closing off the afternoon with a loving-kindness meditation. 

You can RSVP on Facebook RIGHT NOW! And then purchase your $15 advance ticket RIGHT AFTER THAT! Here are the full details, below. I hope to see you if you're local to St Petersburg!!

Here's to many more blog posts in 2015, and many more beautiful events and share-gasms!!





LOVE: The Art of Relationship

An afternoon workshop with Dr. John Arnaldi, Alina Hall, Katherine Robinson and Jennifer Oppelt

Saturday, February 28, 1-4:30 p.m.
Barre Central, 6641 Central Ave., St. Petersburg / (813) 230-3960
$15 in advance at enlivenwellnessworks.com 
$20 at the door
Open to individuals and couples 

A heart- and mind-opening event that will explore the topics of self-image, healthy relationships, thriving partnerships, romantic love, compassionate listening, and more!

In this workshop you will learn to:
* Listen deeply and non-judgmentally to loved ones and co-workers
* Develop a healthy self-care practice
* Open yourself up to new relationships
* Create passion and fun in your own life
* Appreciate the viewpoint of others
* Show more empathy and compassion
* Be in “right relationship” with those around you

1 p.m. - Doors
1:30 - 2 p.m. - Movement and energy work with Alina Hall
2:05 - 2:35 p.m. - Love and relationships session with Dr. John Arnaldi
2:35 - 3:05 p.m. - Break (light refreshments served)
3:05 - 3:35 p.m. - Self-image and self-care session with Jennifer Oppelt
3:40 - 4:10 p.m. - Loving kindness meditation with Katherine Robinson


interview: myself

Recently I wrote some interview questions for other yoga teachers and I decided, just for kicks, to answer them myself. I want to start being more personal on this blog, so hopefully this is a good start :)

Write your own answers in the comments! Feel free to replace "students" in the first question with "people" if you are not a teacher, and "yoga" in the 2nd and 3rd questions with something that you like to do. 

my honey and I after I taught over 100 students in the Sundial courtyard on 12/20/14

what’s something that most of your students don’t know about you?

-hmmm…. most people probably don’t know that I have a significant hearing loss. i can hear you, but i depend on reading lips to understand you. i wear hearing aids, but not usually in the studio. 
I think, in a way, that this has allowed me to hear my inner voice just a little bit easier. and for that I am grateful. 

do you have a favorite style of yoga?

I will forever appreciate the hot, sweaty, disciplined, creative, powerful energy of a heated vinyasa flow class 
but i feel most impacted by kundalini yoga, chanting, kirtan or anything that strongly incorporates the breath

what’s your favorite yoga outfit?

loose dance pants, the older the better. a great sports bra and a loose, pretty, sparkly tank top. 

what’s one thing you can’t wait to try in 2015?

I’d like to take a pole dancing class. i think I could be really good at it.

what’s one practice you wish everyone would try?

quit taking shit personally. consider believing in magic. be as kind as you can in every single situation. don’t worry so much. forgive yourself and others. 
that’s a few practices, but hey.

can you share something that made you really happy recently?

i somehow convinced Jim to let us watch a puppy who needed help for a while, who we’ve named Maxwell. we’ve played a lot of fetch the last couple days, and his total go-for-it-ness when he’s chasing the ball is the most adorable, happy thing in the whole wide world. 


How to Really Get Healthy in 2015

Last week I was part of a wonderful event called Resolution Revolution, hosted by Enliven Wellness Works at the First Unity Church in St. Pete. I had some AWESOME company- Joel Bennett, Gary Loper and Joran Slane Oppelt

My friend Joran, who organized the event with his wife Jennifer, asked me to speak on Physical Wellness. I had 25 minutes and could talk about whatever I wanted. 

There was so much I could do with that. I asked what people wanted to hear about on our Facebook event page.

As you can see, I got zero feedback. Oh well! So, instead of focusing on any particular topic, like yoga or essential oils, I decided to share a few tools that make it easier for you to make good decisions about your physical wellness on your own. 

In our workbook for the event I included some healthy habits to try, such as bike rides, nature walks, green juices and smoothies, yoga, etc.

I also included some helpful mantras, such as "I am vigorous, energetic and full of vitality" and "I am free of all life-threatening diseases."

But the crux of the presentation focused on 4 meditations that I have found very helpful in helping you reach a place of center, of peace, of wanting to make good decisions surrounding food and exercise and daily wellness habits. 

If you're curious and have 27 minutes, here is the full length presentation I gave in which we try Grounding Meditation, Sound Meditation, Reiki Energy Self-Healing Meditation, and a Healthy Body Manifestation. 

Enjoy! Let me know what you try and your results in the comments.

And if you're interested in attending events like this in the Tampa Bay area, sign up for our newsletter! I also announce all events coming up on the New World Martial Arts and Yoga Facebook page. 

Namaste and have a safe and happy Christmas and New Years!!



Take Ten: Breath and Gratitude

Man, sometimes life can just be so go-go-go-go that it’s hard to stay optimistic because there’s always something that needs to be done, that I haven’t done yet. And when everything isn’t magically done, there can be so many sucky feelings that come up- stress, inadequacy, anxiety.

At least that’s how I can feel when there is a whole lot coming up on the radar, which is not so pleasant because I know I should be allowing and receiving all these beautiful things and enjoying them when they arrive. But I'm not, because there are still things that have to happen BEFORE I can allow, receive, enjoy.

Only, false.

We CAN allow, receive and enjoy at ANY moment for two important reasons.

One, we are in charge of our own moments. Two, all it takes is a Breath.

Try this. 

Inhale, exhale. Close your eyes with me and DON’T DO for five whole seconds.

And if life didn’t collapse all around you, take another breathe and close your eyes again.

“1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

By all means, jump right back into your to-do list. Drive here. Do that. Call her back. Send that email. Prepare that quote. Continue your education. Drive there. Do that other thing.

Just don’t forget to take ten seconds every now and then. And when you have ten minutes, try practicing gratitude. Write down those good things you should be enjoying more than stressing out over.

And notice how everything starts to sloooow down. You’ll have time to plan thoroughly, feel prepared, and enjoy everything go off without a hitch. Maybe even crack some jokes in between too, and have a stimulating conversation or three.

If you can pause for ten seconds, and practice gratitude for ten minutes, your energy starts to stay inside of you, rather than be constantly drained from the outside world. All the prana you fill up with food, breathe, sleep, exercise can be tapped as a reserve, rather than getting rapidly depleted. You elevate yourself into abundance state, full state, satisfied and happy state, which keeps you more productive and kinder.

It’s been one of those days, weeks, months where there’s so much going on that’s so different and new and exciting that MAN I wish I had more time. And I forget that I can have more time, easily, if I remember to breathe and take ten seconds every now and then, and take regular ten minute intervals to stay in the vibration of gratitude.

So here are some things I am grateful for, lately. “Hallelujah!!” to the following:

-Jim and I went MOUNTAIN BIKING today at Alafia State Park. I guess technically in Florida it would be hill biking rather than mountain biking, but it was still really hard!! And I wiped out a lot... luckily I am good at falling thanks to years of dance training. It was great to feel my adrenaline pumping. (Fun fact: adrenaline makes me have MAJOR giggle fits. Like, I can't move at all because my abdominal muscles are spazzing kind of giggle fits.) So today I got to face my fear again and again and I feel power-FULL!

-I get to share wellness EVERY DAMN DAY through the ancient technologies of yoga, meditation, Reiki and essential oils. Quitting my job and co-founding New World Martial Arts and Yoga has brought me so much happiness and meaning.

-Good books. Not working a full time office job means that I actually have time to sneak in some reading now and then. I’ve been reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa. Good quote: “Experiencing the upliftedness of the world is a joyous situation, but it also brings sadness. It is like falling in love… You feel both joy and sorrow. That is not a problem… It is the ideal human emotion.”

-dōTERRA essential oils. Earlier this year I enrolled in dōTERRA and started sharing essential oils right away as a business through my own website. Several oils in particular (Balance and Elevation blends especially) have really helped me manage my emotions, which I did not expect at all. But what I’m really looking forward to is helping my new Wellness Advocates grow their businesses and in turn help their families find financial freedom. It has always been a goal of mine to help others in this way and I haven’t really known how; dōTERRA has given me this vehicle and I’m so excited to see everyone blossom!

-My dog. Addy Mae Mae is the best dog. Look at this FACE!

OK, your turn!!

Take a deep breath or two, and share in the comments what you are grateful for! Ten seconds plus ten minutes is all it takes to enjoy your life, right now.

And before I forget, I’m grateful for you!!! I have met so many wonderful people these last few months, and I’m truly so happy to get to share my experience on this planet in this lifetime with you, wherever you are.

Hugs and Namaste,



A Mid-day Ritual (and recipe!)

There is a recipe at the end of this post. But first, some musings-

Lately I've been exploring the idea of ritual. Specifically, a morning ritual. I have never been one to naturally rise early, and I confess that I've been a little upset at myself for not being motivated to get up early every day and do yoga, meditate, journal, exercise, make coffee, walk the dog, spend time with my boyfriend, etc etc etc.

But hey, I know I can get up early if I want or need to. I regularly get up early to teach pre-work yoga classes to the 9-5 crowd and it doesn't take much for me to be chipper even on little sleep and no coffee. But on the days where I don’t have to be anywhere until later, I just simply do not WANT to get up. I love sleeping in. I love lying there, gazing out the window. I love browsing social media, or reading in bed. I love not rushing.

You know what else I love? Lunch. Specifically, I love making lunch. I love making a hot lunch in the middle of the day, on the stove. I particularly love getting creative in the kitchen, cleaning out the last bits of leftovers, the small blocks of cheese, the roasted veggies that look a little suspicious, creating a meal out of what feels like nothing.

Today I made a pudla, an Indian dish made with (high protein, gluten free) chickpea flour that looks like a cross between a pancake and an omelet. Like frittatas and quiches, you can throw in whatever you want and are they are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Unlike frittatas and quiches, they take about 5 minutes to make.

I pulled out my ingredients. Browned some bacon, prepared the batter. Served the cooked pudla with greens and a dollop of sour cream, on a tray on my desk. A cup of my favorite tea, sugary and steaming. Sunshine streamed in my office, and as I took my first bite, my mouth melted with happiness.

As I was eating my (unexpectedly delicious) creation, I realized that I have been performing a ritual all along. A mid-day ritual. I’ve never worked traditional Monday-Friday 9-5  hours, so I’ve been preparing homemade mid-day meals for myself fairly often for a while now. Even in high school, we got off early enough where I would often make my lunch at home (back then my specialties were tuna sandwiches, pasta salad and fried rice.)

So I’m not gonna tell morning rituals to suck it, because that just seems rude, but I encourage all of you (especially my fellow night-owls!) to try the mid-day lunchtime ritual. Have fun making a meal. Make yourself a delicious drink. Sit outside or next to a sunny window. Take time to appreciate your food. Unplug. Eat. Enjoy.

I found out about pudlas from Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite, where she whips them up into gluten free vegan delights. I also found out from her that you don’t have to stress about making the perfect pancake shape. Sawyard got her recipe from Kittee at Cake Maker to the Stars. Here is my not-vegan but still gluten-free version

Alina's Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pudla

Gluten Free
Serves 1


3 strips humanely raised bacon
Grass fed butter
3 button mushrooms
Leftover steamed broccoli
Salt, pepper, cumin, tumeric

Pudla ingredients:
¼ cup garbanzo bean flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
Salt, pepper, cumin, tumeric
White vinegar

Shredded cheddar (try getting a block of the good stuff and shredding it yourself)
Sour cream


Mix dry pudla ingredients (tiny pinches of the spices) and set aside.

Cut 2 pieces bacon into small bits. Cook remaining whole piece bacon on the stove in a small pan. Set aside on papertowel. Cook small bits of bacon. Set aside next to whole piece.

Reserve bacon fat for future recipes. Wipe pan clean. Add knob butter. Once hot, sauté sliced mushrooms at a relatively high heat until browned. Season. Add finely chopped leftover steamed broccoli – could also add fresh broccoli or any other vegetable. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, tumeric (just a tiny pinch of the spices) and stir.

Add bacon bits back to pan with the veggies, stir, and start to smoosh everything in a circle in the center of the pan. Add a bit of water to your pudla dry ingredients until it forms a thin-ish pancake batter consistency. Add just a spash of white vinegar and stir. Pour batter over veggies and bacon on stove.

Wait a few minutes and then flip your pudla. If it doesn’t flip perfectly, don’t freak out. Just get all the uncooked batter bits to the hot surface of the pan because uncooked garbanzo flour can taste gross. Top with shredded cheese and add a lid to pan so that the cheese gets melty as the pudla finishes cooking, only a couple minutes more.

Plate with mixed greens tossed in a light vinaigrette, then top with sour cream and a fancy triangle of bacon from that extra strip you set aside. Take pictures, then give the bacon triangle/strip to your dog.

Eat and enjoy!