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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

summer sessions

this month, yoga studios around town will be honoring fathers (including stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, even godfathers) and celebrating the summer solstice. there's going to be lots of music and dance as well as a number of fundraising events, so take your pick...

(you can find the links to the yoga studios on the sidebar to your right)

ongoing kirtan evenings:

Community Chanting with Rick, Sylvie, 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, June 2nd (First Saturday of each month) 7:00pm

Call and response chanting with live devotional music. A truly wonderful experience. Call (818) 340-6088 for information

Chanting with Steve Ross
Maha Yoga, Los Angeles
Saturday, June 16th 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, June 2nd (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, June 8th (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, June 9th (Second Saturday of every month) 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation

special events:

yoga for global consciousness with Joan Hyman and Peter Barnett
All Levels
Yogaworks Westwood
Friday, June 8th 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation (Suggested donation: $25)
*Special Musical Guest: Michael Perricone

Please join us at this special event in support of the Whole Planet Foundation. The class will be offered for free with a suggested donation to the Whole Planet Foundation, helping families escape poverty.

Free movies - Upbeat documentaries personally tested & loved by Sofia, preceded by a mini-lecture on a current health topic
YogaSofia, Hermosa Beach
2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 6:05pm (pre-show at 5:30pm)
Cost: FREE

June 9th - Who Killed the Electric Car? / Tommy Adams (Eco Cafė): "Cleansing Junk Food from our Spiritual Palate"
June 23rd - An Inconvenient Truth / Dr. Ed of Hermosa Chiropractic & Live Nutrition: "Adding Raw Food to Your Diet" (w/ free smoothie samples!)
July 14th - The Secret
July 28th - The Corporation
Aug. 11th - Why We Fight
Aug. 25th - Loose Change
Sept. 9th - LA Story
Bring comfy pillows, snacks, and people you like!

Zen Dancing Ritual Concert with Micheline Berry, Craig Kohland, and Shaman's Dream
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, June 9th 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.

Dancing Into Light Party
Santa Monica Power Yoga West
Saturday, June 9th 8:30pm
Cost: By Donation

2 DJ's ~ Raw Foods ~ Reeds Ginger Brew ~ Live Drumming ~ Projections ~ LOVE

Summer Solstice Workshop with Guru Singh
Yoga West, Los Angeles
Sunday, June 10th 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: $49

Summer Solstice is the annual moment of our Sun's highest energy. The Sun is the source of physical light and life in our solar system.
This is the time to sit with the "you in you", the God within -- the Generator, Organizer, Deliverer -- detach from the mind's trillion thoughtsand develop a conscious path unto destiny.
At this course we will perform and perfect a series of meditations that bring our minds and emotions into alignment with our intentions; learning to achieve harmony with time and space and serve and contain the gifts of life through conscious breathing.
Please attend in comfortable clothing, bring a soft mat to sit on, writing materials, and a piece of fruit.

Angelika: Concert of Sacred Music
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Marina del Rey
Wednesday, June 13th 7:00pm
Cost: By Donation

You will have the opportunity to join Angelika in a sacred experience: Many listeners comment on the extra-ordinary healing energy flowing through Angelika's voice and music and many have reported seeing a host of divine beings when she shares the healing blessings through this Sacred Music.
Angelika is an internationally acclaimed musician, song-writer and recording artist who dedicates her life to uplift, inspire and heal through the gift of her music. Her songs, prayers and Mantras in different languaes help us to remember the one source of all paths, religions and ways of worship. The heartfelt music she plays on her special, handmade stringed instruments inspires a meditative state and sacred space effortlessly.

An Evening To Benefit Ramana’s Garden Orphanage And School In Garhwal, India
Solstice Infusion with Gurmukh, Gurushabd & Tej

Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Friday, June 15th 7:00pm
Cost: $26 - all proceeds benefit the orphanage! (No keytags, please!)

Please join us as we welcome back Gurmukh and Gurushabd from their travels to India. Gurmukh will lead us in a very special yoga class and a Solstice meditation.
Experience! Double Gong, played by Gurushabd and Gurmukh during this time of renewal and transformation.
Enjoy! Live music by Maggie Wheeler and the Golden Bridge Community Choir
Eat! Bountiful and delicious food!
Envision! Dynamic and inspiring presentation and talk by Prabhavati, the charismatic director and founder of the orphanage.
Create! Arts and Crafts for children with jewelry designer Angelle Agabashian.
Win! Free Raffle with fabulous & exciting prizes from Satya Jewelry, Golden Bridge Yoga, Nite Moon Cafe, the Amrit Davaa Wellness Center and more!
Gather the light of the Solstice sun to expand your heart for the children.
All proceeds will go directly to Ramana’s Garden Orphanage!
Day care is available during the yoga class for $10 per child. Preregistration for childcare is required.
For more information about the orphanage, please go to www.sayyesnow.org

Manipura Chakra Yoga Ritual workshop with Lygia Lima
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Saturday, June 16th 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $44 in advance or $53 at the door

Yoga ritual is a journey of self-investigation. The purpose of this ritual Is transformation, to inspire people to improve their quality of life through the art of yoga.
This is a multi layered, sensorial experience of the Manipura Chakra, the fire center of the body, where Agni ignites the Light of Consciousness and inner power, redirected inside toward the heart. Move beyond your limits holding your intentions for the new moon, a seed with full potential to grow. We will honor the rituals in our lives, using image, color, music, silence, yoga and dance.
The journey of the afternoon:
Mauna= silence
Bija mantra of manipura chakra
Yoga mala= 108 sun salutations
Aarti= fire offering ceremony
Prasad=blessed food
Asana dance trance
Participants are asked to bring:
*Non perishable food to be donated with part of the proceeds to a local shelter
*Your personal intentions written in small piece of paper for the fire offering
Please dress in the colors yellow or gold to the best of your ability (this greatly enhances the sensorial experience)
Please arrive early to mentally prepare for the sadhana.

ExhaleSoul Benefit: Spontaneous Pathways with Jamie Elmer and Sherry Brourman
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, June 16th 4:00-5:45pm
Cost: $20 Minimum donation

A musical, fanciful, all levels class...
Based on their instincts and intuition, Jamie Elmer and Sherry Brourman will work together, as they have for years, to unfold a light and delicious sequential class. It will be, of course, spine stabilizing, and of course, uplifting and fun. Sure to include heart openers, inversions, breathwork, musical delights and surprises along the way.

Satsang into Summer
Santa Monica Power Yoga West
Saturday, June 16th 9:00pm
Cost: $10 Donation

Get ready yall!!!!!!!!!!!! Satsang into Summer is here and wow, is this one going to be a blast. Not only will you be graced by the etherial sounds of AMBE, funky unifying sounds of Full Moon Rising, the wholesome sounds of The B.O.L.T., and the diverse eclecticism of DJ SUN, tantalized by the flavors of Angie’s Grace - Love Inspired Foods, as well as The Vegan Joint, and mesmerized by many of today’s up and coming artists, no no, you will walk in to a completely transformed yoga studio. Just imagine being Virtually “Under The Sea.” That is all the information that can be released, JUST SHOW UP!!!!
First band begins at 9PM
Come early and mingle with the vendors
Dress Light as It Will Get HOT!!!!!

Happy Father's Day!
All Yogaworks locations
Sunday, June 17th
Cost: FREE

Bring your Dad to any YogaWorks for a FREE yoga class on June 17.

Father's Day Specials
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Sunday, June 17th
Cost: FREE / 30% off

Bring a "Dad" in for any class on Sunday and it's FREE.
Better yet, bring him to Pheobe's Thai Yoga Massage Workshop on Sunday the 17th @1 pm and he'll get in for 30% off the prices of the workshop.
A great gift to share together as a recognition of the men who support us and bring us love.

Afternoon on the Lawn Concert Series: Shimshai with special performances by Danny McGraw and Masood Ali Khan
Truyoga, Santa Monica
Sunday, June 17th 4:00pm
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Tickets are available at TruYoga (310) 829-2420 and Lululemon (310) 319-9900.

Join us this Summer at TruYoga's "Afternoon on the Lawn" concert series in the courtyard gardens of the Yahoo Center. Each concert begins at 4pm on Sunday afternoons, so bring a blanket, a picnic dinner, and your friends and family to enjoy great music in the outdoors.
*FREE YOGA CLASS at TruYoga studio before concert from 2:30-3:30 taught by Ben Fritz. You must reserve a spot at time of ticket purchase. Space is limited.

Father's Day Yoga with Sat Mohine Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Sunday, June 17th, 5:30-6:30pm
Cost: $15 per student, or punch card - Fathers are FREE!

Fathers, take a break to relax and clear your mind. This class is our gift to you. Bring your family or friends for an hour of yoga and fun. Sat Mohine's down to earth style and sense of humor is contagious. You will definitely leave with a smile on your face.

Sacred Breathing Circle - Summer Solstice: Solar Power with Wahe Guru Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Wednesday, June 20th 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: $30 by June 15, $35 thereafter

Join Wahe Guru Kaur for a transformative evening of Kundalini Yoga and "Healing Breath"
Take a journey into your SELF where you may identify and release mental, emotional and physical blocks and bring light into the areas of your lfie that need healing.
"Healing Breath" is an ancient pranic healing technique that promotes healing and regeneration on all levels.

Here Comes The Sun... Celebrate Summer!
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Thursday, June 21st (see below for times)
Cost: Regular class price

Join us for a Summer Solstice Celebration ~ Call in the summer with ritual yoga classes where we will set our intentions for the new season through asana, dance, live music, and celebration:
9:00–10:25am — Hala Khouri + DJ Drez
5:45–7:30pm — Saul David Raye
Purchase a 10 or 20 series + receive two free classes!

Summer Solstice Celebration with Tej
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Thursday, June 21st 6:00pm AND 7:30pm
Cost: $15/keytags (per class)

This is the longest day of the year! A time of renewal and growth. A time to awaken and transform. A time to unveil the vital energy of the sun and moon. A time to dance and sing and laugh!
Join Tej to open your Radiant Body for Victory & Vitality on this special night in both the 6:00 & 7:30 classes!
After class, stay for delicious iced yogi tea and cookies!

Yoga Mala: 108 Sun Salutes Celebrating the Summer Solstice with Jo Tastula
Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
Friday, June 22nd 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: $30

Practice an ancient ritual of celebrating the change of seasons by initiating your own seasonal change. Join us as we welcome the spring season and set bearings for the warmer months ahead. The 108 Surya Namaskars take 2 1/2 hours to complete, so come prepared for a potent journey ~

Ecstatic Chanting with Steve Ross
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Friday, June 22nd 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15, $20 at the door

Chanting stills the mind and opens the heart. A beautiful practice leading to effortless meditation. Join us for this celebratory event.

Kirtan with Michael Dunn
Yogaworks Pacific Palisades
Friday, June 22nd 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Kirtan is a growing phenomenon in the West. As yoga classes become a staple of American health and fitness, more students are exploring the relaxing, healing power of yoga chanting and meditation. Michael Dunn and The Chant Band blend the peace-producing depths of kirtan with an appealing Western flavor (combining English and Bengali lyrics) backed by a skilled overlay of the sounds of India with an American groove, including kirtan treatments of classic rock ballads - intensely romantic and straight from the heart.

Women's Sacred Journeys with Mary Donovan: Purifying the Light Within - Summer Solstice Celebration
Santa Monica Yoga
Saturday, June 23rd 6:30-9:00pm
Cost: $25 (until 6/18) or $30 at the door

Join us for a yogini adventure designed to purify heart and soul and to celebrate our entry into summertime.
Sacred alignment with the earth and its circle of seasonal diversity is a potent, conscious opportunity to pause, unify and deepen. Utilizing a creative blend of yoga, meditation, chanting, sacred movement and solstice ceremony, join us as we gather to honor the summer fires of transformation and their particular significance for you in your circle of life. Bring an instrument or drum to play, if you like. All levels welcome.

It's Movie Night at IYILA!
BKS Iyengar Institute, Los Angeles
Saturday, June 23rd 7:00pm
Cost: Free to IYASC Members, Non-Members $7

Join the most energetic and social movie audience in Southern California (your friends in yoga) and experience a truly great and exciting film of Iyengar yoga in action!!
The program will feature a 1984 film of a demonstration and lecture by BKS Iyengar at Barbican Centre in London. A light meal will be served before the screening. Approximate running time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Please RSVP by Friday, June 22nd to the evening's Host with the Most, Kirk Stricker, to ensure that there will be sufficient refreshments for everyone.
Come early to get a good seat and prepare to be inspired!

Yoga Groove Night
Your Neighborhood Studio, Culver City
Saturday, June 23rd 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation

It's Wiggle time again!! Join us this Saturday June 23rd for an evening of Live Music, Dance, Yoga, Meditation and play! We are also fortunate to have world renowned astrologer Wendy Cicchetti available all evening for astrology and tarot readings. All ages all levels welcome. If you want to bring your kids under 10, it might be best to bring them after the yoga.
7-8pm - Yoga with Denise (all levels)
8-9:00pm - Dance, Groove and Boogie with Misty (all levels and ages)
9-9:30pm - Relax and easy guided meditation to complete the night

Soul Flow: Creative Dance
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, June 23rd 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $15, 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.

The Open Wide Sessions
Santa Monica Power Yoga
Saturday, June 23rd 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Mind elevating artistic expressions hosted by Full Moon Rising

Live Harp Restorative with Bekah Finch and Regan Remy
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Sunday, June 24th 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: Regular class price

Join us for a spiritual journey as Bekah Finch 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!

Pilates Night at YogaWorks
Yogaworks Westwood
Thursday, June 28th 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: FREE

YogaWorks invites you to an evening of complimentary classes, private training and fun. Join us and discover why a Pilates program will increase your strength & flexibility, reduce your stress levels, give you relief from pain or injury and complement your current yoga practice or exercise routine.
The first 25 students to arrive receive a goodie bag filled with fun gifts. To Pre-register call or e-mail 310-234-1200 or jolette@yogaworks.com.

Ecstatic Dance with Wahe Guru Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, June 30th 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $15, or 2 for $25

-Release years of tension, stress and anxiety
-Breathe, sweat and lose weight
-Creatively express your authentic self
Let go of your old beliefs that you had to be a good dancer to dance. All that is required is that you move your body and breathe. Your dance is unique, like no other. We hold memories within our cells of everything we have ever experienced. Free movement helps you to unwind and gives an incredibly deep sense of relaxation and renewal.

Kirtan with Andres and Friends
Santa Monica Power Yoga
Saturday, June 30th 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Call and response yogic singing


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, Joni! There sure are a lot of yoga events going on around your area! I hope yoga becomes popular enough down the road for us to experience some of these types of yoga.

Have a great summer! Over here, we start classes next week already :-(

8:30 AM  
Blogger joni said...

hi jane --

yes, i consider myself very fortunate to live in a very yoga-friendly city such as LA :)

as they say, there's never a dull moment...

2:13 PM  

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