Tamal in the PRESS

Tamal has been featured in New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, CSNBC, Self Magazine, Yogi Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living radio, Fit TV, LA Yoga Magazine and numerous other publications nationally and internationally. Below are some articles and quotes Tamal has been highlighted in.



The Yogi

Alexandra Sifferlin
March 6, 2013


Dodge was born and raised on his family’s yoga ashram in Hawaii and has been teaching and practicing yoga since he was a child. Tamal co-founded The Yoga Collective in Santa Monica and tours the country conducting yoga workshops and training instructors. He also films a yoga DVD series, including ”Element: Yoga for Energy & Relaxation.”

Diet: I’m a vegan. I eat a plant-based yoga diet. Raised on an ashram, I’ve never eaten meat, fish or eggs. In my late teens I went completely vegan.

Health resolution: I’m always trying to find more time and to also do less. That’s a big weakness of mine; I tend to do too much. I need to consciously make time to restore myself with quiet time and take mini-vacations from myself. You can’t go hard, hard, hard all the time. That’s why there’s always savasana at the end of every yoga class.

Most surprising thing in your fridge: I eat extremely healthy. You’ll find more green things than non-green things in my fridge. It looks like a garden exploded. I’ll have four to five kinds of sprouts, spinach, kale, spirulina, Sun Warrior raw sprouted brown rice protein powder. My 4-year-old son has green drinks with me.

General thoughts on weight loss and healthy living: Whatever you do, make sure it’s a commitment you can follow. Don’t over-commit. Then, when you’re ready, make a slight upgrade. You’ll see better results that way. In my experience, drastic changes don’t work.

Fitness regimen: I practice yoga every day, but I make sure it’s a balance. If I do a hard vinyasa flow practice one day, I’ll go more restorative the next. I’ll do something every day. I ride my bike, I surf and swim. Whatever I’m doing, I try to do something that I enjoy. That gives me the motivation to stick with it.

Guilty pleasure: I don’t have any. My wife says I’m the extremist. She has the guilty pleasures. For my birthday, I may get a veggie burger or an agave-sweetened soda [while eating] out.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/03/06/its-national-nutrition-month-health-tips-from-some-the-fittest-people-out-there/slide/the-yogi/#ixzz2NTVRQg5j



Try This! Yoga’s crescent tones legs, builds balance

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2012
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Yoga is a great way for athletes of any stripe to build lean muscle and improve their balance. No knowledge of Sanskrit is necessary.

Crescent reps, demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica’s Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element’s “Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD, are a great way to tone the legs and get the body warmed up for other exercise…Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com


Try This! The powerful warrior three squat

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2012
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Too many athletes ignore yoga, thinking it’s solely about flexibility and relaxation. This move, the warrior three squat, proves it’s also a powerful tool for building strength. It’s also a good move for travelers to remember, so they can stay fit on the road using just their body weight.

Demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica’s Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element’s “Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD, this move is challenging, for sure, but it’s a challenge you can grow with, as your strength and balance improve…Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com


Try This! Deep breathing in the eagle pose

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2012
Screen shot 2013-03-13 at 5.40.25 PMYogis know that breathing is more than a necessity, it’s a luxury, especially in times of stress. Just five minutes of deep breathing can calm your mind and diminish the stress-related cortisol hormone coursing through your body.

What it does

The seated eagle variation, demonstrated here by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica’s Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element’s “Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD, shuts down the fight-or-flight mechanism in the body, taking the edge off so you can make it through that stressful day without losing it…Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com


A new trick for the downward facing dog: A push-up

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2012
Screen shot 2013-03-13 at 5.43.49 PMLooking for a total body exercise that stretches and strengthens? Try the down dog crunches. Demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica’s Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element’s Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners DVD, this move tones your upper and lower body, while loosening up your hips and hamstrings…Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com



Try This: Yogi Crunches

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2013
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Have you ever seen a yogi with a paunch? Yeah, I thought not. Yoga moves, like these yogi crunches — a variation of the popular boat pose — challenge the core muscles, giving practitioners flat abs and a supported back.

The crunches are demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica’s Yoga Collective and the yogi behind the “Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD…Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com



Try This: Shoulder-opening stretch

By Melinda Fulmer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2012

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After a long hard day hunched over the computer, a good shoulder-opening stretch can help melt away muscle tension and create more space for your lungs to breathe deeply, thereby creating a more relaxed you.

Why you should try it
This pose looks simple — and it is — but it also is delivering a lot of benefits: It opens up your shoulders, stretches your hamstrings and decompresses your spine. Click here to read the rest of the article at latimes.com



San Francisco Airport Unveils Yoga Room for Travelers

Just cleared airport security and in need of a little deep breathing and stretching relaxation?San Francisco Airport has opened what it calls a first of its kind yoga room, and while it’s not quite a mountaintop in Tibet, airport officials say the low lights, and soothing blue walls aim to afford travelers, stressed out or sanguine, an oasis of calm in which to flex, twist and decompress.

“As far as we know it’s the first (yoga room) at an airport anywhere in the world,” said Michael C. McCarron, director of community affairs for the airport.

He said the idea for the room, in the newly refurbished Terminal 2, came from a passenger suggestion at an open house. It joins the Berman reflection room, a space intended for silence and meditation located before Terminal 2 security.

Airport Director John L. Martin called the room, which opened last week, “another leap forward in providing our travelers the opportunity and space to relax and decompress on their own terms.”

The architects, Gensler Design, set the lights low and warm in contrast to the light, bright concourse, according to a statement, and a floating wall was constructed to symbolize “a buoyant spirit and enlightened mind. ”

Large felt-constructed rocks will be installed in the Spring in a nod to the Zen gardens of Japan.

John Walsh, duty manager at San Francisco Airport, said the room is already attracting its share of travelling yogis, many equipped with their own props.

“I’ve seen people using it. They do yoga,” Walsh said. “We have mats, but some people actually bring their own.” There are also folding chairs, popular in many senior yoga sessions. So far there are no plans to hold classes.

Located just past security, it’s a particular draw for people with time to kill before their flight, Walsh said.

Santa Monica-based yoga teacher Tamal Dodge believes the yoga room at the airport will be the first of many yoga spaces to be attached to airports and public transportation venues.

“How amazing will it be to stretch out and meditate before you get on a plane for a 12-hour flight,” said Dodge, who is featured in the “Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD.

“You are now given the opportunity to really relax and prepare your body for something as taxing as sitting in an airplane seat for hours on end,” he said.


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Java is the first thing most people think of (and reach for) when they want a jolt in the morning, but it’s not the best choice for the lasting energy you need to give it your all throughout your gym sesh. Leave the coffee for after your workout and have two glasses of water instead, suggests Tamal Dodge, a certified yoga instructor and star of the DVD “Element: Yoga for Energy & Relaxation.” Agua helps alkalize your body and provides energy that will sustain and motivate you to get through your a.m. routine, he says.



I was born into service. Raised in my families donation based ashram our life was helping others. I continue to believe that selflessness is the key to happiness and by this I mean caring for others physically and spiritually. Yoga is more than exercise it is about developing a state of consciousness. The word yoga means yoking or uniting with God and with that understanding of union also carrying the knowledge that we are all children of God.
Putting our mind with our instincts and our instincts with our hearts we are naturally drawn to helping others. Sometimes we get uncomfortable with the idea of action on behalf of humanity in the mindset of having to do the extreme. When really helping your fellowman can be as simple as purchasing a small item from the Y catalog knowing well that your currency was put to good use. This company is paving the way to new ideas of change and progress in our modern society. The Y Catalog is a testimony to the possibilities of service on a grand scale. Not only will your purchases be helping a great cause but you will also be getting top of the line products from
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tamal_originaIn the West, yoga is predominantly practiced for the external benefits of toned muscles, flexibility, and looking great. Traditional yoga is really made up of 10 percent asana and pranayama (yoga postures and breath work), and 90 percent meditation (self-reflection and spiritual activities). We find that 90 percent is usually left out and we just practice the exercise of Eastern calisthenics that we dub “yoga.” The word yoga means to yoke, or unite, with God and all the physicality was created to be a helpmate to that goal. You would do the yoga “workout” to open the body and clear the mind so you can sit in meditation for long periods of time without dwelling on a stiff back, tight shoulders or congestion in your thought patterns.

This would make you free and clear to focus your attention on the deeper things in life and truly help you connect with a higher source. The spiritual transformation from what was going on in the inside of your heart would manifest to the way you lived your life on the outside. This would translate to the way you would react and interact with other living creatures. Traditionally yoga all starts from the inside. A seeker would feel the need to ask the ontological questions of who we are, what our purpose is, and why we exist. This would lead the seeker to find a teacher to guide them into yoga postures and breath work, which would lead them to sit and practice dhyana or meditation… Click here to read the entire article on originmagazine.com




Tamal featured in Orgin celebrity issue!




cropPhoto.phpDon’t be fooled by his youthful disguise, underneath Tamal Dodge’s charismatic, playful demeanor lies an old soul with much to share. Upon meeting the young yogi, I’m immediately smitten with the sweetness of his presence and the depth of his wisdom. As I learn a little more about Tamal, it becomes abundantly apparent he is a teacher in the purist, most giving sense and I am easily convinced his audience will only continue to grow.

As we settle into the conversation, Tamal Dodge begins by reminiscing about his childhood, shedding light on the unique circumstances that would eventually shape his life’s path. He grew up on Hawaii’s North Shore where he was raised along with his four brothers and two sisters in an ashram owned by his parents. An early yogi, he began practicing downward facing dog at the tender age two and could easily put his legs behind his head by the time he was four. Bringing publicity to his practice, Tamal recalls his brother sitting him down to perform in public next to a sign that read “pretzel boy.” He would show off his favorite yoga poses and welcome suggestions from passersby…Click here to read the rest of the article on yogitimes.com



Green Yoga Studio on Third Street Promenade

While twenty-four may seem a young age to open a studio, Tamal Dodge has been doing Yoga and living the yogic lifestyle nearly his entire life, influenced by his family. His dream to open a Yoga center is coming true with the help of business partners Kelsey and Grant. Welcome YOGACO, which stands for “collective, community, consciousness;” it’s the newest green studio in Santa Monica on the Third Street Promenade. “I wanted to open a place where people can flourish physically, mentally and spiritually,” says studio owner Tamal. “This studio is a labor of love for the community,” he says. The 6000-square feet of eco-friendly space features two Yoga rooms, two stores, three lounges, two bathrooms, teachers lounges, lobby and courtyard. YogaCo preserves Mother Nature by using bamboo floors, waterless urinals, bicycle racks and lowenergy lighting. “We are unique in the sense that we are a donation-based studio that offers a wide variety of classes with an eclectic staff of teachers from all over the LA area in one of the largest studios to open on the Westside,” says Tamal. From Anusara and Iyengar to Yin Yoga and meditation, YogaCo has a class for any yogi. The studio officially opens its doors August 1.


If you have room to unroll a yoga mat, you have enough space for a challenging asana session. To make yoga a great calorie-burner, focus on repeating moves that engage your largest muscle groups and get your heart rate up, says Tamal Dodge, RYT, star of the Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners DVD. A few poses to try, in addition to the basic warrior I and II: Crescent lunge, chair pose, and extended side angle. Link them all by flowing through a vinyasa (lower from high plank to low plank, flow forward to upward facing dog, and then press back to downward facing dog). And try our fat-blasting yoga workout for even more burn.




While having a routine is good, getting stuck in a workout rut is an easy way to lose motivation and stop seeing results. Tamal Dodge, star of the “Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD, says it’s best to mix things up. If you like to lift weights, find a cardio exercise. If you do yoga, find a step class to go to.

“If you do this, you will have huge results as your muscles will be continually guessing what you are doing and never retaining memory,” Dodge says. “So you will progress exponentially!”

Yoga Core work:Boat pose: ”This pose will strengthen the core and tone the abdominal muscles,” says Tamal Dodge, a certified yoga teacher and star of the “Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners” DVD.

To do it: Sit with your knees bent and together, feet slightly lifted off the floor. Reach your arms forward and shift your weight into your sit bones, draw your abs in tight, and lift your chest. Try straightening the legs as much as you can (forming a ‘V’ shape with your body) and hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute, with even breathing

Pre Yoga Fuel   OATMEAL:Half a cup of oatmeal makes a good, light pre-practice snack, says Tamal Dodge, star of the Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga DVD. “You want something that burns easy and will keep you tied over till the end of your class but won’t make you ill while practicing.”

Yoga For PMS: ”This pose helps you to eliminate the build up of anxiety in your body whether it be in your stomach, or even having a headache. Savasana is one of the greatest stress outlets in yoga which is optimal for women during PMS,” Dodge says.

How to do it: Lie on your back with your legs extended out and your arms by your sides. Keep your eyes closed and let your feet, knees, and palms drop open. Start to deepen your breath into a slow rhythm as to relax the muscles in the body creating an even pulse. Hold the pose for 5-10 minutes, breathing slowly and deeply. “Savasana is about letting go of your responsibilities, obligations, stresses, and worries. It’s about being the witness to your body and mind versus the participants, letting your body and mind recharge and rejuvenate from the insides out without any hindrance or distraction,” Dodge says.

Click here to read article on shape.com





Simply amazing teachers at power yoga! my old favorites: bryan kest, anaswara, ally hamilton, tamal dodge my new favorite: grace i go here every week and each time i go, i am so much happier and lighter. Bryan kest – everyone knows the type of classes bryan teaches anaswara – classes are good, good workout ally hamilton – ally’s classes are challenging, tamal’s are challenging and beautiful with perfection, grace – super soothing voice and also a challenging power yoga workout i’ll keep exploring other teachers here and will post with more feedback!