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Monday, September 04, 2006

news from my mailbag

note: more mail updates came in from santa monica yoga and yogi times after i posted this, so i've decided to add them in to keep everything together...

i've finally caught up with the week's worth of accumulated email that was sitting in my inbox!

there were some updates of note from the various yoga sources. aside from the usual "practice in paradise" retreats and "learn to do it better" workshops, here are the more interesting ones. note that i tend to favor anything having to do with music and/or fundraising :)

my comments are italicized...

from black dog yoga --

The New Fall Schedule Starts Today!
To view - just click here.

Some highlights on the new schedule include:
NEW Level 1 with Lauri - Wednesdays 9:30am
EARLY Hour of Power with Margaret - Fridays 7:30am
NEW Level 1 with Margaret - Fridays 9:30am

Please be sure to give the new schedule a good look as some teachers, times, and levels have changed. See you soon!


from city yoga --

Sunday, Sept 17th 12:30-3:30pm
Fearlessness: How to Fall without Fear w/ Anthony Benenati
Price: $45

Fear. We have all experienced it- driving along and suddenly you see police lights in your rear view mirror or someone cuts you off and you swerve to avoid an accident. Maybe you're in class and the teacher wants you to do handstand in the middle of the room! Your instinct kicks in and hormones flow and thoughts of injury and pain fill your mind. But what is fear? How does it serve you? Does it keep you stuck or do you use it to motivate you? In order to achieve balance in yoga you must learn how to fall. Falling is as much a part of balancing as core strength.
In this workshop Anthony will share his experience and expertise of falling and overcoming fear. This workshop will take your practice to new heights. Come face your fears.

*only healthy students with no injuries, please!


from exhale santa monica --

Thursday, Sept 14 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Yoga Bash 2 with David Romanelli + Matthew Moon
$FREE!

Yoga Bash 1 was such a huge success - with over 150 people in attendance! - we are excited to bring you YOGA BASH 2! Join yoga teacher David Romanelli, rock star Matthew Moon and exhale’s talented therapists and healers for an evening of flowing yoga, great live music, free food and wine, spa samplings, and late night rubdowns.


from exhale venice --

Saturday, September 9 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea
$15

"Since we live where everything is music, everything is dancing." - Rumi

Yoga Trance Dance™ is an exploration of the eternal flow of natural movement through yoga. Beginning with sahaja prana yoga or the experience of prana initiating yogasanas, yoga trance dance flows into an exploration of free-form, breath driven movement to liberate one's creative life-force and cultivate embodied freedom. . Experience the latest spin of meditative and high-energy world music.

Saturday, September 23 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kirtan with Dave Stringer and Miles Shrewsbery
$15; $20 at the door

The call and response form of mantra chanting known as Kirtan is a consciousness-transforming practice, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythms of tablas, finger cymbals, harmonium, tamboura, electric bass, guitar and trumpet build and accelerate. The mantras are projected overhead, making them simple to follow.

Yoga doesn’t ask us to believe, it asks us to practice, examining our experience until we can witness the truth in the book of our own heart. The mantras are primarily recitations of names given to the divine. But perhaps the true understanding of the mantras can be found in the sense of unity, well-being and timelessness that they elicit. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.


from forrest yoga institute --

Saturday, October 14 6:00-8:00pm
ENERGIZE, INSPIRE, TRANSFORM
Cost: $20 pre-registration; $25 after Sept. 15

Come rock out with us in October at FYI in a special 2 hour inspiring yoga flow series with rocking music taught by Chanel Luck (Forrest Yogini from Boston).
If you have a favorite song or album send it our way and we’ll put it on the Saturday night playlist.
Find your inner strength, fluid power and connect to a place of TOTAL FREEDOM in your body and in your practice. During this workshop you can expect to have a BLAST!


from insight yoga --

THE SOUND THE EARTH MAKES:
3 NIGHTS OF NADA YOGA & SOUND HEALING WITH PADMA SOUNDSYSTEM

To coincide and celebrate the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday September 12-14th, 8pm
$14 in advance, $20 at the door, $30 for all 3 nights, paid in advance

An evening of meditation, classical cello, harmonium, Tibetan medicine bowls, mantras and haunting vocals.

Click here for more information!

BACH SUITES FOR SOLO CELLO AS HEALING MEDITATION
with Nancy Green
Sunday, September 17th 2pm
$15 by 9.12 / $20 after

Join us for an afternoon performance of three of the Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach. Nancy will talk about the healing power of classical music in general, with engaging commentary on why the particularly high frequency of Bach's music is powerfully tranformative.

Click here for more information!


from larry payne at jiva yoga and samata yoga --

We have a new name for our style of Yoga, PRIME OF LIFE YOGA™, and I have applied for a federal trademark. I believe our new name and brand is empowering and speaks to the group I am most closely connected to. Primarily we are people in the second half of life who want to stay healthy, happy and active as long as possible. My vision is to provide a virtual support system to achieve these goals.
(larry's style of yoga used to be known as "user friendly yoga")


from liberation yoga --

September 30th - 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!! 7:30pm - 11:30pm
PLEASE RSVP by Sept. 20th!

Come join us for this stupendous event and bring your friends, family and children! There will be a raffle with fantastic prizes (all of the proceeds will go to expanding the Garden Studio and supporting our Scholarship Program), a truly gifted psychic, feng shui advice consultaions, energy work, music and more!
It will be a potluck affair so if you have a culinary flair, please contact christine@liberationyoga.com and let her know what you will be bringing. There will also be Indian Food and Ako's magnifient macrobiotic delights!

October 14th (class time was not mentioned)
SPIRITUAL JAZZ YOGA
$14 (or one class from series)

This special class taught by Serge Berkley will focus on breathwork asana, vinyasa sequencing and meditation while incorporating the soundscapes of rare spiritual jazz records. John Coltrane, Sun Ra and many more artists who drew from the eastern traditions will infuse this soulful experience with history and spirit.


from light at maha yoga --

HOT SUNDAY: September 24th 7:30pm

Hot Sundays is taught by Light, set to Candlelight, and flanked with music from Light's superb Playlists. There will be Giveaways at the end of class, and most importantly, it's a chance to do some karma yoga (giving back), as 100% of the money you give will be donated to charity.

This Month's Charity: Pet Orphans of Southern California
Pet Orphans of Southern California (POSC) is dedicated to combating the national crisis of overpopulation, abandonment and euthanasia through extensive education programs. While focusing on the universal concern, POSC is committed to serving its community by rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs and cats, providing them with exceptional care and then carefully matching them with suitable adoptive families. In addition to education and rescue, POSC provides broad community support by offering a wide range of services including medical/financial, spay/neuter and training assistance, encouraging responsible pet guardianship thus reducing abandonment and other consequences that deepen the national crisis.
To see more information, go to: www.petorphans.org

Class Details:
Maha Yoga 13050 San Vicente Blvd, 2nd floor
Brentwood, CA (corner of 26th & San Vicente)
(310) 899-0047
Note: The main office door will be locked. Please enter at the studio.

This event is sponsored by Maha Yoga, Archipelago, and Yoga Tribe & Culture


from lululemon santa monica --

PRANA VINYASA FLOW YOGA WITH KISHAN SHAH
SUNDAY, September 10: 9:30-10:45am

Fall is the time of year in Los Angeles where the winds begin to blow and the air is dry from the intensity of summer. In the Holistic system of medicine from India, Ayurveda, this shift in the seasons calls for us to prepare by balancing the elements of the body, Space (Akasha) and Air (Vayu). Please join Kishan Shah for a Prana Vinyasa Flow class designed to balance the body and mind in alignment with these shifts. Class is complimentary and all levels are welcome!

Kishan's Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes focus on the cultivation of Prana Shakti, life force, through breath work and Vinyasa Krama, the sequencing of asanas. They are a dynamic synthesis of solar lunar energetics providing for a challenging and empowering practice. His intention to seamlessly integrate the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga provides for a unique class with a holistic approach to the mind, body, and spirit. Kishan teaches yoga at Santa Monica Yoga, leads workshops nationwide, and is faculty at UCLA. He is currently finishing a Master of Science in Ayurvedic Holistic Medicine at the American University of Complimentary Medicine.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS WITH JAMIE ELMER OF EXHALE
MONDAY, September 18: 8-9pm

Intrigued by yoga? Not sure where to begin? Please join us for a complimentary beginners' yoga class with Jamie Elmer of Exhale. In this straight-forward and supportive class, you will be introduced to the basics of yoga and gain confidence to venture into other classes. No experience or flexibility required!

All are welcome and we are happy to lend you a mat.

JAMIE ELMER has practiced Vinyasa based Hatha Yoga since 1997. She holds a degree in dance and has studied movement and Pilates for the past fifteen years. Her practice and style of teaching focuses attention on alignment of the body as a means to openness and balance. Jamie is known for her consistent expression of grace, strength and joy. Jamie teaches privately and at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement. Please visit www.jamieelmer.com to learn more.

lululemon athletica is at:
331 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 319.9900

from maha yoga --

TUESDAY & THURSDAY 12:45- 2:15pm
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 12:45-2:15pm, we are thrilled to welcome Adriano Sarmento to the schedule. Adriano will teach an ALL LEVELS flow class will set to Brazilian Lounge music. Please come welcome Adriano and enjoy his enchanting Brazilian energy. Adriano joins the schedule beginning Tuesday, September 5th.
(note: it looks like adriano's taking over kathleen kastner's time slots at maha; however, kathleen continues to teach at progressive power yoga down the street)

CLASS PRICING – Effective September 1st
Our rent is going WAY up and since we love our location, we need to find a way to pay. Unfortunately, this is forcing Maha Yoga to raise class prices. This is the only way we can ensure that you keep the great instructors you love. We appreciate your presence at the studio and will do everything we can to continue making your visits to Maha Yoga happy ones.
and hopefully, they still offer a KCRW discount on their new prices...


from mission street yoga --

NEW Classes, Time Changes & great NEW TEACHERS
Please note the following CHANGES and NEW CLASSES for our Fall Schedule (Sept 1- Nov 30). For the full schedule, click here.

Monday
5:45pm Mixed Level (moves from 6:30) Jennifer Webster
7:00pm Basics with Steven Espinosa (A wonderful senior Anusara!)
7:30pm Mixed Level with Tony Giuliano

Tuesday
12:00pm Core Strength (Inter.) with Alyson Boell
6:00pm Basics with Shari Goodhartz
7:00pm Mixed Level with Mark Frankel

Wednesday
8:30am Basics with Jodi Shaw
5:45pm Mixed Level (moves from 6:30) with Scott Lewicki
7:00pm Basics with Stuart Hanna
7:30pm Mixed Level with Tony Giuliano

Thursday
6:00pm Basics with Shari Goodhartz
7:00pm Mixed Level with Mark Frankel

Friday
9:00am Basics Megan McCord (She's back!)
4:45pm Friday Mixed Level...canceled (Attendance wasn't consistent.)

Saturday
9:00am Mixed Level with Mark Frankel
10:45am Basics with Patricia Hernandez
12:30pm Core Strength (Inter.) with Alyson Boell
12:45pm Mixed Level with Hagar Harpak (moves from 12:30)

Sunday
5:30pm Mixed Level with Anna Kolacny. Come welcome another wonderful new teacher to our community!

***All Series (5, 10 & 20 Classes) Now Valid For 6 Months*** (was 4 months)

THE COURAGE OF THE HEART WITH TIFFANY FRASER
Sunday, September 10th, 2-5pm
$40 day of; pre-reg $35 (by 9/4)

Anusara philosophy teaches us to open our hearts, to be courageous, to use everything to our advantage and to flow with the universal energy of support and love.
After 6 years of teaching in Los Angeles, Tiffany is letting the flow of grace carry her to Italy to live and teach and courageously explore a new world. Please come share her last workshop in LA (for now) and celebrate the magnificence of Anusara focusing on arm balances and back bends that inspire us to be courageous and to take risks! All levels welcome as long as you have the desire to play, explore and to go where you've never gone before!


from santa monica yoga --

We are doing a fundraiser for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC). Students may purchase a 3 class pass for $35. $10 will be donated to NRDC.
Restrictions are: one per student, offer ends Oct 15.
(bruce bair at SMY is big on saving the environment; last july, he arranged a group viewing of the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" for the studio staff at a local theater)


from yoga loft, manhattan beach --

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. In recognition of this and in honor of student Susie Fragnoli, who survived ovarian cancer due to early diagnosis, Yoga Loft will donate 10% of class sales proceeds this month to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). OCRF brochures, including symptoms and information on the disease, will be available at the studio near the front desk.

This is also the 5 year anniversary of the September 11th tragedy in NYC. In honor of our own local heroes, we are offering FREE yoga classes all month to Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach firefighters.

SUNDAYS, 10/1; 11/5; 12/3 4:00-5:00pm
YOGA UNPLUGGED!! NEW TIME!!
$15. Series do NOT apply

Enjoy live acoustic music from guitarist/vocalist Paul Lemire and a challenging Level 2/3 flow with Kelly McAndrews.


from yogamates.com --

yogamates.com presents:

KRISHNA DAS AT THE FORD AMPHITHEATER
An evening of chanting under the stars

October 21st, 2006 7 pm
$25.00

John Anson Ford Amphitheater
2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90068


from yoga works --

YOGA NIGHTS
Yoga Works and Health Magazine have teamed up to save yogis everywhere from boring Friday nights with Yoga Nights. Bring or send your friends to these FREE Friday night events featuring beginner-friendly yoga classes, free gift bags and tons more fun. Check your local studio for details.

GIVE IT BACK
We like our local oceans best when they are sparkly and pristine. Join the Yoga Works team at Heal the Bay's Beach Cleanup Sept. 16, 9 am -12. We will meet at Malibu Surfrider Beach. Spend a morning in the fresh ocean air with other yogis who care about the environment.


from yogi times --

SNATAM KAUR'S CD RELEASE PARTY. Join us Friday, Sept. 8th 2006 from 8 pm – 12 am at Golden Bridge Yoga for an ecstatic evening of song, dance and fun as we celebrate Snatam's newest CD release Anand, with Snatam performing live, followed by ecstatic dance with Global rhythms spun by Tej Gill, free delicious sweet treats and surprise performers! Learn more
there was no mention, however, that it'll cost you to attend this event: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

YOGA FEST 2006 IN SUPPORT OF “CEREMONY OF 1001 YOGIS.” Please join us on Sunday, September 10th for a rejuvenating day of spiritual activities.
Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. I Santa Monica, CA 90404 310.343.8008
9:00am - 9:00 pm. Learn more
once again, the entry fee was somehow left out:
full day: $45 online / $55 at door (includes lunch and dinner)
half day: $30 online / $35 at door (includes lunch or dinner)

THE SOUND THE EARTH MAKES: PADMA SOUNDSYSTEM will be performing Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound, at Santa Monica Yoga, Saturday, September 16. The Tucson-based group performs Nada Yoga and sound healing, combining guided meditation, classical cello, harmonium, Tibetan medicine bowls and other traditional instruments.
Santa Monica Yoga 1640 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica (310) 396-4040
8:00-9:30 PM, $15. Learn more

VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET on September 8-14 in Los Angeles and Pasadena. A cinematic pilgrimage to central Tibet, director John Bush's documentary bears witness to the indomitable faith of its Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival. This is one of the rare documentaries to be filmed entirely inside Tibet and has received the blessing and endorsement of The Dalai Lama. Learn more

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