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Andrea Marcum

Andrea Marcum, a Santa Cruz, California native, with a background in competitive gymnastics, began teaching yoga in 1999. She opened U Studio Yoga in Los Angeles in 2006. In a city of behemoth yoga studios and famous yoga teachers, Andrea and U Studio have won critical acclaim and success. Andrea relishes in the transformation yoga brings her students and the comm”U”nity it encourages.  Andrea is known for her core intensive Vinyasa Flow classes, which appeal to both the famous and the infamous in LA and beyond. She teaches workshops and leads retreats in Bali, Costa Rica and around the world.

Andrea’s been featured in Shape, Self, C Magazine, Huffington Post and the LA Times. She writes for Gaiam, MindBodyGreen, My Yoga Online and is a Lifestyle Editor for Origin Magazine. Andrea’s an Ambassador for Lululemon and Manduka. She’s currently working on a book. Though her early childhood aspirations were to be a fairy princess, she’s pretty happy with the way things have turned out. 

"Andrea’s combination of a challenging class, and a great sense of humor are unique, intelligent, and always leave me feeling better when I leave than when I arrived. She is an amazing teacher and I love her class." – Heather Graham, actress

Website: www.ustudioyoga.com 

Facebook: U Studio Yoga

Twitter: @ustudioyoga

YouTube: Andrea Marcum

iTunes: U Studio Podcast Questions and Answers with Andrea Marcum

What does yoga mean to you?

Yoga to me is much more than just a bunch of poses. I enjoy stretching into all Eight Limbs, and using them as tools to help inform and facilitate better self-esteem, confidence, a clearer vision, and as inspiration towards lives that vibrate at a higher frequency. (I grew up in Santa Cruz. Sometimes things like “vibrate at a higher frequency” still fall from my mouth.)

 

What impact has yoga had on your life?

I know how precious it sounds for me to say that yoga changed my life. So let’s get that part out in the open.

It did.

The stillness and quiet of my first down dog was so loud and unnerving it refused to be denied. “Less is more” was to me an annoying cliché one might find in a fortune cookie. I’d always lived on the corner of Restless Resistance and Nothings-Ever-Enough. The physical, tangible elements of moving my body in new ways ultimately lead me to deeper “mind and spirit” contemplation. Through yoga, even those of us who might feel relatively unremarkable become extraordinary. We discover things we may not even have allowed ourselves to dream. 

 

In what ways does yoga help you off the mat?

With zero previous entrepreneurial experience, I opened U Studio Yoga in LA in 2006. Launching a business in an oversaturated marketplace and revealing my heart to a sometimes-cruel world had me leaning into my yoga in a whole new vulnerable way. The unassuming, persevering warriors, who cross over the threshold and into my heart at U Studio every day, remind me of what matters, to take nothing for granted and that yoga is a yoke within ourselves and also our community.

 

What do you recommend for people who are brand new to yoga?

Take your time!

You don’t get off the plane with one semester of high-school French and expect to be fluent… so why do that with your yoga? Plus, if you don’t end up liking France there are lots of other countries to visit… just as there are many styles of yoga.  Have fun with your adventure. You’ll find different intensities, teachers, aspects of yoga interesting during your sadhana (pilgrimage).  With any luck you’ll remain “new to yoga”… Yours is the beginner’s mind all the “advanced” yogis are trying to get back to. 


What yoga tips can you share with people?

Abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (non-attachment to outcome).

 

 What drew you to teach the particular style(s) of yoga that you teach now?

 As a former competitive gymnast I enjoy an athletic spice to my yoga soup. The vinyasa flow style yoga I teach is a reflection of that. Mr Iyengar said “Penetration of the mind is our goal, but to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.” I think many of us can relate to that. Certainly it’s what initially drew me to yoga. I love making yoga accessible to even the most unlikely candidates regardless of size, shape, age, flexibility, carnivorism, caffeine intake or zip code. I truly believe yoga shows us how one, seemingly simple thing, can unleash our potential for anything. 

 

    Videos

    Good Morning! Cappuccino or Chamomile? Video
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    Good Morning! Cappuccino or Chamomile? (September 2014)
    42 minutes
    This invigorating flow with Andrea Marcum is like a little shot of espresso -- concise but full of spice, with options to modify for those who feel more like a gentle cup of chamomile.
    Available worldwide
    Strength and Tone Video
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    Strength and Tone (January 2014)
    60 minutes
    This class from Andrea Marcum is all about just what the title tells you: strengthening and toning. In this practice we will work our arms, legs and abdominals, but we will also strenghten things like our focus, our intention ...
    Available worldwide
    Abs-solute Detox Flow Video
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    Abs-solute Detox Flow (April 2013)
    46 minutes
    Get ready to sweat out those toxins! This detox flow with Andrea Marcum is great for kick-starting digestion and metabolism as well as inspiring our spine. You can count on a workout & core work as you reach for all eight ...
    Available worldwide
    Yoga for Athletes Video
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    Yoga for Athletes (April 2014)
    70 minutes
    Join Andrea Marcum and Pixie Acia, a Soul Cycle superstar with the aches and pains to prove it. As an athlete, whether you're too tight or intimidated to practice yoga, here’s a straightforward, approachable sequence ...
    Available worldwide
    Arm Yourself: Upper Body Toning Video
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    Arm Yourself: Upper Body Toning (June 2014)
    30 minutes
    In this thirty minute class from Andrea Marcum dive right into upper body toning and strengthening. Give your shoulders, arms and core a run for their money, and come out “guns” blazing and ready to bare arms. ...
    Available worldwide
    Upper Body: Upside Down Video
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    Upper Body: Upside Down (May 2014)
    40 minutes
    We literally turn our upper body toning upside down in this practice from Andrea Marcum. It’s a playful sequence with serious sculpting to get fit for summer. Physical strength feeds our courage too, so we’ll stare ...
    Available worldwide
    Busy Moms Sweet Sweaty Time Out Flow Video
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    Busy Moms Sweet Sweaty Time Out Flow (May 2013)
    36 minutes
    Andrea Marcum leads this strong practice, Busy Mom’s Sweaty-Sweet Time-Out Flow. This Marcum Method flow gets right to the point and gets the job done! Slip this in as your own time-out during naptime, play dates, or ...
    Available worldwide
    No Vinyasa Vinyasa Video
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    No Vinyasa Vinyasa (August 2013)
    63 minutes
    There’s gluten-free, dairy-free… and now Andrea Marcum's vinyasa-free yoga practice! We step outside the chaturanga box on this one and make our way through a challenging flow without our usual A & B series ...
    Available worldwide
    Shoulder On Video
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    Shoulder On (November 2013)
    61 minutes
    Join Andrea Marcum for this intermediate/advanced shoulder therapeutics class. A loose grasp on a strap is suggested for this practice, as many tend to get overly ambitious at the top of this sequence, only to find it ...
    Available worldwide
    Are You Gonna Flow My Way Video
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    Are You Gonna Flow My Way (November 2013)
    66 minutes
    Please practice at your own level and enjoy the modifications indicated by Andrea Marcum for safety. Even if you are experienced, be mindful of your surroundings and certain that the situation is appropriate for inversions ...
    Available worldwide
    Flight Of The Fallen Triangle Video
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    Flight Of The Fallen Triangle (July 2013)
    52 minutes
    If you like fallen triangle, this baby’s for you! Andrea Marcum weaves fallen triangle treats into this flow and finds options for advanced arm balances that can easily be avoided if that’s not your fancy. The ...
    Available worldwide
    Memento Flow Video
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    Memento Flow (October 2013)
    53 minutes
    Plot twists define this innovative sequence form Andrea Marcum, who introduces a unique color-pallette to a yoga practice. Drop all expectations and follow along as she moves her brother, Art, through this flow in an endearing ...
    Available worldwide

    Articles

    Teacher Education
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    August 2, 2014
    I’m the founder of U Studio Yoga in LA, and have been teaching for fourteen years.  Recently I sat in on a 200-hour Teacher Training intensive held at my studio. There I was like those adorable, motivated seniors who return to complete their high...
    General Yoga
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    November 7, 2013
    Shannon Furman is a producer for NFL Films – I worked with her on her project NFL Films Presents: Yoga and Football. She’s a firecracker who loves her work and almost instantly feels like a long-time friend. Her passion is palpable and has propelled...
    General Yoga
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    June 17, 2013
    As a yoga teacher, I tend to forget that as human beings,  we are simply territorial animals. Our lofty spiritual natures sometimes conflict with this the fact. We decide we are privileged to what’s ours and what we think we know. Nothing brings out...
    General Yoga
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    March 19, 2013
    When I announce that I’m leading a yoga retreat, I get a lot of interesting questions from those who are considering coming along. Anything from “Can I bring my blow-dryer?” (Even though we’re probably talking about impossibly humid climates), to...
    Personal Development
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    January 8, 2013
    Tell me if this sounds familiar. Everybody’s already in utkatasana, like an audience seated in invisible chairs, and in rushes the star of the Late Show… again. Oblivious, Late Show Star parades through the B series in progress, grabs a block and...

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    Hvaidyanathan, posted on August 27, 2014

    I make it a point to look for Andrea's lesson for two things : 1) advanced practice 2) Her instructions are clear & concise & soothing. I would like to attend a class with her in person, one day when I can make it to LA. Its stange 'cause all the time I went to LA (whilst my son was studying there) I didn't neither Yoga nor Andrea. Now that I've found both, I have less and less chance of going to LA. But, my be one day, either I go to LA or she comes to Switzerland. We'll see. Anyways, she is an awesome teacher. So Andrea keep going girl :-)

    andreamarcum, posted on August 28, 2014

    Thank you for such kind words @Hvaidyanathan! xx A

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