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Saturday, May 10, 2008

affordable gifts for mom

in my last post, i talked about how i was able to take a drop-in class at yogaworks south bay, the newest yogaworks location, despite its membership-only restriction.

so how did i finagle that? easy.

buried in the fine print of the latest yogaworks email update was this offer:

Invite a mom to a free class from May 5th – May 11th.

and on their website is that "gift" enclosed in a printable mother's day card.

if you look closely at the card, it says:

happy mother's day
Celebrate yourself for Mother's Day
Enjoy a free class at yogaworks
anytime from May 5 - May 11 08

notice how it doesn't exclude any of their locations? i'm sure you can figure out the rest of the story...

thanks to christine and karen for "gifting" me with marla wedge's friday night candlelight flow class and allowing me to check out the luxurious inner sanctum -- tea bar, locker room and all! and many more thanks to my daughters, christina and amanda, for bestowing upon me the title that allowed me to take advantage of the offer in the first place :)

by the way, until YWSB changes their NO drop-ins policy, i'll have to give my business to harmony yoga in redondo beach if i want to take any more of marla's great flow classes...

besides the FREE yogaworks class you can give your mother for mother's day (note that it's good at all their studios in los angeles, orange county, and new york; the offer expires on mother's day), there are other FREE classes you can treat your mother to on her special day... in addition to all the other thoughtful gifts you were already going to give her, right?

MOTHER’S DAY – Free Class for Mom
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Sunday, May 11th
9:30am, 5:30pm, and 7:00pm

Kids of all ages, come to class and bring your mom for FREE

Power Vinyasa with Regina Peluso
lululemon Beverly Hills, 334 North Beverly Drive
Sunday, May 11th 9:30-10:45am
Cost: FREE

Certified and Insured Regina has been teaching students in New York and Los Angeles for numerous years. She has studied with Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Pattabi Jois, Lauren Hanna, Max Strom, Ana Forrest, among others. She specializes in strong Vinyasa Flow, but has experience teaching Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Restorative practice as well. She holds a BFA in Theatre with a minor in Dance from The Boston Conservatory of Music, providing a strong background in anatomy and injury prevention.

Mommy and Me mat pilates class with Courtney Ca
lululemon Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way
Sunday, May 11th 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE

Happy Mother's Day! Start off your Mother's Day with pilates for you and your little loved ones!!! All adults are welcome and all kids over the age of 6. Courtney Ca from Better Body Pilates will be instructing the class.

Yoga on the Green with Rich Tola
lululemon Glendale, 233 S Brand Ave
Sunday, May 11th 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE

Please join us for class followed by refreshments.
Rich teaches a challenging vinyasa class emphasizing core strengthening and balance that firms, conditions and detoxifies the body. His passionate and tutorial teaching style inspires students at all levels of practice.

Sunday Yoga: For Cyclists
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Sunday, May 11th 10:00am
Cost: FREE

Please join us for Sunday Yoga for Cyclists taught by Ambassador Scott Lewicki. The month of May is Bike-to-Work month and it's a great time to remind ourselves that yoga is a good complement to cycling.
Limited "community" mats are available. Bringing your own mat is encouraged. As classes fill up quickly, and space is limited, please come early.
Please dress in layers so that you may remove articles as you warm-up during the class. Our space is outdoors behind the store on the sundeck (accessible through Fraser alley on Delacey).

Weekly Complimentary Classes!
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Sunday May 11th 9:30am-10:30am
Cost: FREE

NIA (i wish there was more i could tell you, but that's all that was posted on their website!)

Restorative Yoga Class for all those Mothers that need a break!
lululemon South Bay, 2008A East Park Place
Sunday, May 11th 9:30am
Cost: FREE

Join Catherine Luna of Harmony Yoga in Redondo Beach/Yoga Works for a yin/restorative yoga class. Bring your mothers too!

Symphonic Yoga at the Museum with Brad Keimach
Westwood Art Forum, 1028 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 11th 7:00pm
Cost: FREE

I have just returned from seeing an exhibit of the work of Shinjo Ito, a Buddhist artist, at the Westwood Art Forum. His work is in statuary, busts, reliefs, calligraphy, and even photography! I must say, after looking into the eyes of all his subjects, I felt a deep sense of peace.
This Sunday, I will be leading a 90-minute Symphonic Yoga (all levels) class at the museum! By that time, the museum will be closed except to those of us practicing yoga. You may come early to view the exhibit, or stay a short while after. It will surely enhance your experience.
Both the exhibit and the Symphonic Yoga class are free!
Come and combine experiences: art, music, yoga, east, west; all in the spirit of yoga: union.
Bring your mats, towels, water, and blocks or straps if you need/want them: there are no props at the museum.
I invite you to add to your life experience with this combination of art, energy, music, and yoga.