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Thursday, May 03, 2007

the merry month of may

here are some yoga studio events scheduled for this month. if you're looking for music, dance, and/or a chance to help the community, you're bound to find it here...

ongoing kirtan evenings:

Community Chanting with Rick and Suwon
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Every Friday at 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

Kirtan in the Canyon with Andrew and Michele and Friends
Yoga Desa, Topanga
Saturday, May 5th (First Saturday of each month) 7:30pm

Call and response chanting with live devotional music. A truly wonderful experience.

Chanting with Steve Ross
Maha Yoga, Los Angeles
Saturday, May 5th 8:00pm (once a month)
Cost: By Donation (for our musicians)

Fill your heart with divine bliss as Steve leads us through beautiful chants. Guaranteed to have you floating out of the studio. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a cushion to sit on and enjoy.

Kirtan Chanting with Govindas and Radha
Power Yoga West, Santa Monica
Saturday, May 5th (First Saturday of every month) 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Govindas & Radha will hold a candlelit evening of Kirtan Chanting, as always on donation basis.
Come sing from the deepest corner of your heart!
Bring meditation cushions or blanket (no yoga mats). Wear comfy clothes.

Kirtan with Daniel Stewart
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, May 11th (Second Friday of every month) 8:15pm
Cost: By Donation

Come join us for an evening of ecstatic chanting. No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart (and your mouth) to the blissflul flow. Kirtan (from the sanskrit word for singing) is easily learned and instantly memorable. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds. Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, is also the mother tongue of many modern languages. But the true meaning of its sounds are in the effect they create. As everyone's breathing becomes synchronous, a feeling of unity and timelessness arises. When we sing without restraint our heartfelt expression brings peace and joy and meditation follow effortlessly.

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Travis Eliot
Santa Monica Yoga
Saturday, May 12th (Second Saturday of every month) 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation

special events:

FIGHT GLOBAL POVERTY - Yoga For Your Mind, Body and Planet
Various YogaWorks locations
All proceeds of upcoming events benefit WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION
Cost: Suggested Donation $25

1. open your heart to the whole planet with Brock Cahill and Krista Foster
level 2/3 flow
friday, may 4th 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
yogaworks main street, santa monica
*Special Musical Guest: Suzanne Sterling

2. planet yoga: celebrating our global community with Colleen Garrity and Peter Barnett
all levels
friday, may 11th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
yogaworks center for yoga / larchmont, los angeles
*Special Musical Guest: Suzanne Sterling

3. partner yoga with William and Patti Asad
all levels / beginner friendly
friday, may 18th 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
yogaworks pacific palisades
*Special Musical Guest: Marcos Saiz

Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea
exhale center for sacred movement, Venice
Friday, May 11th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15, $20 at the door

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.

An Evening of Ecstatic Chanting with Larisa Stow and Shakti Tribe
FreeSpirit Yoga, Long Beach
Friday, May 11th 8:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe create a dynamic blend of East meets West music that mixes kirtan (devotional call-and-response), mantra and uplifting songs. Their inspiring music fuses the spiritual and sacred with a pop rock groove and sensuality like no other…the result is a magic carpet ride your soul needs to experience. Committed to expressing the joy in the Oneness that we all share, Shakti Tribe celebrates unity, culture and diversity through their music’s messages of peace, hope and love.
To learn more about the band and their music, please visit www.myspace.com/larisastow.

ExhaleSoul Presents: Yoga Groove Collective ~ Helping to Bring Yoga to Inner City Youth
with Hala Khouri, Seane Corn, Ashley Turner, Suzanne Sterling

exhale santa monica
Saturday, May 12th 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $20 suggested donation

A journey through yoga, dance, kirtan, expression and embodied celebration!
The Yoga Groove Collective is a collective of yoga teachers committed to collaboration, community building, activism and fundraising. We are not studio specific, but rather aim to serve our community globally!
100% of your donations go towards sponsoring a training for yoga teachers on working with at-risk youth so that they can go out into the community and serve more effectively.

Family Yoga and Groove Night
Your Neighborhood Studio, Culver City
Saturday, May 12th 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation

Join us again for an evening of Yoga, Dance, Meditation, play and just simply feeling good.
Easy to follow Yoga and Dance everyone can do!
7-8pm - Yoga with Denise (all levels)
8-9:30pm - Dance,Groove and Boogie with Misty (all levels and ages)
9:30pm - Relax and easy guided meditation to complete the night
All ages all levels welcome. If you want to bring your kids under 10, it might be best to bring them after the yoga.

Zen Dancing Ritual World Concerts with Micheline Berry, Craig Kohland & Shaman's Dream
exhale center for sacred movement, Venice
Saturday, May 12th 8:30-10:00pm
Cost: $15, $20 at the door

Where ecstatic dance and live world music meet, Zen Dancing® induces peak states of ecstatic embodiment and deep union with the pranic "flow" between dancer and drum, breath and beat. The language of dance is universal and since 1996 Micheline Berry, Craig Kohland and their world ensemble Shaman's Dream have been resurrecting and defining the ritual world dance in Los Angeles, CA. Their live concerts are akin to a world ethnotronica odyssey that will sweep you up in a wave of trance dance marked by the evocative indigenous sounds and deep visionary grooves that have become the signature of their music.
No experience necessary...simply come prepared to move and let the music take you where it will.

Drum Circle
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Friday, May 18th 8:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: By donation only!

Come join us for this incredible tribal celebration!
If you have a drum, bring it...if not, plenty will be on hand.
Come to listen, play, dance or do yoga…
A wonderful release for the mind, body and spirit!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Marina del Rey
Sunday, May 20th 6:30pm
Cost: $15 Suggested Donation

Enjoy classical Hindustani music played by an accomplished sitarist with tabla.
Hasu Patel, a disciple of Sitar Legend late Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib, is one of the few world-class female classical musicians performing on Sitar, the most popular string instrument of India. As a performer, composer and a gifted teacher, she has dedicated her life to preserving and propagating the traditional music of ancient India in its pristine purity. She holds music degrees with honors and awards. Her playing on Sitar replicates fluidity and subtle nuances of the human voice.
She weaves an elaborate web of sound that captivates audiences from start to finish. She mesmerized and held her audiences spell-bound in concerts such as Woodstock, Chicago Jazz Festival and Rhineberger Chamber Hall of Cleveland Orchestra. She often collaborates with Western Classical and Jazz musicians.
To listen to her CD ‘Gayaki Sitar’ is transcendental experience.
Website: www.hasupatel.com

Soul Flow: Creative Dance
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, May 26th 7:30-9:30pm.
Cost: $15...or 2 for $25

Join Haridass Kaur/Basia for a wholesome and soulful evening! This eclectic event includes creative dancing with a healing journey through the chakras, flowing music, group interaction and playfulness, and a meditative closing circle.

exhale center for sacred movement, Venice
Saturday, May 26th 7:00-10:00pm
Cost: FREE!

Come let your hair down and join us for an evening of art, live music, dancing and an awesome yoga community!
This special event will celebrate and include:
- Artist reception and exhibit with Robert Sturman + friends
- Pre-screening of Micheline Berry's LiquidASANA DVD series and liquid art montages
- Yoga blessing with Shiva Rea + SWAMI SHANKARDEV SARASWATI
- Live music performaces with Anita Coats and Daphne Tse
- Shake your Buddhi to bumpin' world beats with DJ Buddha Chick
- Live and DJ'd music for your listening and dancing delight
- Delicious appetizers and refreshments
- Yoga chill room

Live Harp Restorative with Christy Marsden and Regan Remy
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Sunday, May 27th 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: Regular class fee

Join us for a spiritual journey as Christy Marsden leads you through restorative poses while Regan Remy plays the Harp. For anyone wanting to de-stress and renew their entire being, this soothing class is a great choice. Yoga props are used to allow for the deepest relaxation. A truly magical experience!

Special screening of Yoga of the Heart: "A Tantric Festival"
Truyoga, Santa Monica
Sunday, May 27th 6:15-7:30pm
Cost: By donation

A magical event where tantric ritual meets social service.
Created by Jayne Stevenson in collaboration with Swami Shankardev Saraswati

Havan Ceremony
Truyoga, Santa Monica
Monday, May 28th 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: By donation

The havan will use mantras to invoke Ganesha (inner intelligence and our ability to remove obstacles) and Shakti (our innate creative power). Full explanation of rituals will be given at this time.

keep checking back; i'll be adding more events as i find them. i've now added a link under "yoga events" on your right to bookmark this page...