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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

celebrating mom

have you thought about how you're going to be celebrating this coming mother's day?

here are some yoga-related events you can treat your mom to for mother's day... or if you're a mom yourself, you might want to check if you can take your kids along with you:

Garden of Yoga, Woodland Hills
Sacred Mothers' Journey: A Workshop Celebrating The Path Of Motherhood With Diana Storace And Stephanie Valdez-Watts
Saturday, May 5th 10am - 1pm
Cost: $30

A mother's influence lasts forever - Japanese proverb
Taking care of family is the most important job we will have.
With all the other demands in our lives such as careers, friends, obligations, there is little time for us. Join Diana and Stephanie for this special workshop celebrating the path and take an afternoon to tend to yourself.
In this journey we will cover the history and rites of passage into motherhood, share our own unique experiences, and listen to the wisdom of our sisters. We will then move into a rejuvinating yoga practice designed for every body, one that prepares us to move into a guided meditation to connect with our creative side, and the mother's intuition that resides in us all. Once we have made that connection we will use creative expression to acknowledge our true spirit.
We will also have time for tea breaks in the garden and bonding with each other under the trees, with the scent of the fragrent jasmine that surrounds the studio.
Whether you are a new mother, grandmother, godmother, mother of three, pregnant for the first time, or are thinking about the path of motherhood, join us in this sacred journey. It will be an experience of yoga, meditation, relaxation, inner exploration, community, laughter and love.
For all levels from beginner to advanced. Bring a snack to enjoy during the breaks.
*You must RSVP for this workshop.

exhale santa monica
Mommy and Me Spa Day with Darlene D'Arezzo
Sunday, May 6th 1:30-3:30pm
Cost: $30

An afternoon with your daughter, enjoying the transformation of the exhale experience, both inner and outer. Your special day begins with a “Mom & Me” Yoga class – we’ll practice partner poses and cooperative group games. Then, sample face creams, masks, and scrubs. It will not only be a great bonding experience for the both of you, but it will also foster positive habits for your daughter.

Liberation Yoga, West Hollywood
Mother's Day Specials! Introductory Course and Gift Certificates~
Three Sundays, May 6th, 13th and 20th 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $40 for all three sessions, includes one week of free classes

Yoga is the perfect gift for mom. It will keep her young and vibrant, healthy and strong. Not to mention keeping her calm and it's always good to have a calm mom! We have two suggestions when considering a yoga gift for mom.
The first suggestion if mom is brand new is sign her up for the Introductory Course and you can attend with her for free! In a nurturing and comfortable environment she will learn the basics of yoga, breath and meditation. For all three sessions the cost is $40 and includes one week of FREE classes for her. YOU can come to all three classes for FREE!
We are happy to help in any way to either get her started or help her continue on the path of wellness, inner peace and longevity!

Yoga at the Village, Glendale
Sunday, May 13th

(you don’t have to bring your kids as proof...we believe you!)

Mission Street Yoga, South Pasadena
Mother's Day of Peace Treat
Sunday, May 13th

If you're a mother, the word "peaceful" might not be a quality you necessarily attribute to your life, but you can experience a little bit of that if you visit MSY this Sunday and take a class for FREE. And when you're at peace, your family's at peace, and if you're family's at peace...it just expands on and on. How will we know you're a mama? We can spot the shakti!

The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Mother’s Day Yoga With Wahe Guru Kaur
Sunday, May 13th 9:30-10:45am
Cost: $15 (or punch card); MOTHERS FREE!

If you are a mom, have your partner watch the kids and treat yourself to a relaxing experience. Or bring your mom to this special yoga class with Wahe Guru Kaur. Honoring the Divine Feminine, the Mother Earth and the blessing of mothers everywhere.

exhale center for sacred movement, Venice
Power and Grace: Expressing the Divine Feminine with Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling
Sunday, May 13th 2:00-3:45pm
Cost: $25 early reg/ $30 at the door

Let us come together as women in all stages of life to explore and share our expression of every aspect of the Divine Feminine. Femininity is power and grace simultaneously; it is strong and firm while soft and yielding. Reconnecting to our feminine nature is vital if we are to be empowered women of Spirit.
In today’s hurried, technological, patriarchal society, the presence of the Feminine is what can help bring the world back into balance and harmony. We all embody the Great Mother which is the natural world and its rhythms. As we are able to cultivate and nurture the feminine aspects of ourselves, finding and expressing our authentic and uniquely feminine voice, we facilitate the healing of the entire planet.
In this workshop/ forum we will share our own experiences of being women, explore the ways in which we distort , deny or fail to honor our femininity, and create ways to celebrate, nurture and express the Goddess in all of us. Through dialogue, pranayama, visualization, music, archetype and creative asana we will embody the Divine Feminine in all her aspects- gentle, sweet, and maternal as well as firey, sensual, and unapologetically strong.
At least six months of yoga experience is best.

Maha Yoga, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 13th, 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $15 suggested donation

This event offers a rich atmosphere that fosters an individual's spontaneous surrender into the non-dual silence of the Self.
Stimulate and open the chakras. Expand and relax the Self and dissolve into the One Supreme Reality.
David Spero is an Awakened Spiritual Master, a published poet, and author of "Beyond the Place of Laughter and Tears in the Land of Devotion", a book of spiritual writings.
Please feel free to bring your favorite portable chair, cushion, or aid for meditation.
Call Jim Stewart with any questions and for more information at 213-820-4345.

Maha Yoga, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 13th, 7:30-8:30pm
Cost: FREE

Thom will discuss the Vedic Meditation technique he teaches and answer any questions you have about this form of meditation.
For more information about Thom Knoles, please visit www.introtomeditation.com.

Santa Monica Yoga
Mother's Day Workshop with Hilary White
Sunday, May 20th 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $40 for two, $15 for each additional person

"God could not be everywhere; therefore he created mothers."
Enjoy a special mother and daughter yoga workshop. The mother/daughter relationship in its many forms, grandmother/granddaughter, aunt/niece, godmother/goddaughter, is a gift. By practicing together we will honor the ancient bonds that connect us to the very essence of our life cycle; birth, renewal and regeneration. In this workshop we will promote physical health and spiritual growth for ourselves and for each other. We'll celebrate motherhood with all of its inherent joys and challenges; and we'll connect to our feminine roots as we move with ease, do partner work, and relax into stillness. We'll join together to find our inner rhythms, cultivate receptivity and strength, and open our hearts and minds.
Open to all levels, ages twelve and up.