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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

yoga, meditation, and buddhist art

a little over a week ago, i received an email update from brad keimach about a FREE symphonic yoga class he was scheduled to teach on mother's day at the westwood art forum, which is located in the heart of westwood village. sadly, because of my own mother's day plans, i couldn't make it. brad is also scheduled for a return engagement on sunday, june 8th. but once again, i won't be able to make it because i'll be down in san diego for the rock 'n' roll marathon :( oops, wrong weekend! i'll actually be in boston visiting my daughter :)

i just found out that there are many other FREE yoga classes that will be held at the museum through the end of june. and guided meditation classes, too. they're being offered in conjunction with the ongoing vision and art of shinjo ito exhibition.

happily, i can make many of them! and hopefully, so will you...

reservations are required; click here to reserve your spot in class.

Westwood Art Forum
1028 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (just south of Weyburn)

Hours:
Monday Thru Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am- 5pm

THE VISION AND ART OF SHINJO ITO
Japan's foremost Buddhist Master and Artist of the 20th century

Shinjo Ito (1906-1989), founder of the Shinnyo-en stream of Buddhism, was one of Japan's most versatile Buddhist sculptors and an accomplished artist in fields as diverse as calligraphy and photography. Throughout his life he created countless artworks as a way of giving form to his deeply held faith-in 1957 producing probably his greatest milestone, the Great Parinirvana Image: a 16-foot (480 cm) long statue of Buddha Shakyamuni about to enter nirvana.

SHINJO ITO EVENTS

Yoga

Thursday, May 29, 7:30PM - Yoga with Regina Peluso
Regina is a bi-coastal instructor currently teaching for New York Sports Club, Crunch, Clay, Yoga Effects, Yoga and Pilates & Yoga by Jane in Beverly Hills, Liberation Yoga and Crunch in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 4, 7:30PM - Celebrating Beauty: Anusara Yoga with Hillary Rubin
Hillary Rubin teaches at City Yoga where her transformative classes weave a life-affirming philosophy that celebrates the individual along with her personal understanding of the body's natural ability to heal.

Friday, June 6, 7:00PM - Yoga with Nina Mikkleson
Nina teaches Hatha yoga classes at Karuna Yoga.

Sunday, June 8, 6:00PM - Symphonic Yoga with Brad Keimach
Symphonic Yoga with Brad Keimach With a background as a symphony and opera conductor, Brad Keimach hosts a special Symphonic Yoga workshop. Imagine your yoga practice set to the classical music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. Brad teaches weekly at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement.

Tuesday, June 17, 7:30PM - Yoga with Vytas Baskauskas
Vytas teaches at Power Yoga in Santa Monica where he encourages his students to learn through yoga the lost art of balance, compassion, moderation, and stillness. Vytas' classes are a conscientious refuge from the insanity of Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 24, 7:30PM - Yoga with Jamie Elmer
A special Mind and Balance workshop to link the mindful and grounded qualities of meditation with our asana practice. This workshop we will awaken the body with a gentle asana practice and combine the stillness of meditation with balance postures to create focus while staying relaxed. Jamie Elmer teaches weekly at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement.

Meditation

Wednesday, May 21, 7:30PM - Guided Meditation with Holly Star
The second in a series of four meditations guided by internationally renowned healer, Holly Star. Holly's meditations use the exhibit's actual sculptures as meditative tools. This was Shinjo Ito's intention as an artist. This week focuses on Tathagata Amitabha. Tathagata Amitabha translates to 'infinite light.' In this meditation, we will draw upon our own Inner Light, and we will gather the power of this piece to hold space for a 'filling up' of Infinite Light. Each event in this series is a separate sign-up.

Thursday, May 22, 7:00PM - Guided Meditation with Dr. Michael Shiffman
Co-founder of the Insight Center in West Los Angeles, Dr. Shiffman teaches, counsels, and provides organizational consulting and has an extensive background in trauma and healing, substance abuse and recovery, and body-oriented therapeutic practices.

Sunday, May 25, 6:00PM - Guided Meditation with Amy Perry
Amy Perry is a spiritual counselor and licensed graduate of Agape International Spiritual Center where she continues to work as a facilitator within the Practitioner Studies program. Her weekly meditation and peace circle in Angelino Heights brings together people from all over the city for the purpose of personal and global liberation.

Tuesday, May 27, 7:30PM - Guided Meditation with Michael Taft
Michael Taft is a meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, he has been meditating for over twenty-five years and regularly hosts workshops as well as weekly classes in Los Angeles.

Friday, May 30, 7:30PM - Shinnyo Meditation
In Shinnyo Meditation we are assisted by a specially trained Meditation Guide who helps us find and cultivate the seed of enlightenment that exists within us. We hope you enjoy the experience of Shinnyo Meditation.

Tuesday, June 3, 7:30PM - Guided Meditation with Holly Star
The third in a series of four meditations guided by internationally renowned healer, Holly Star. Holly's meditations use the exhibit's actual sculptures as meditative tools. This was Shinjo Ito's intention as an artist. This week focuses on Tathagata Mahavairochana (Womb World Realm). This Tathagata Mahavairochana represents the nurturing realm. This meditation will focus on the principle of 'unifying' as a coming 'home' and as a listening to what it means to 'unify.' More time for silence and contemplation on the unification process. Each event in this series is a separate sign-up

Wednesday, June 11, 7:30PM - Guided Meditation with Holly Star
The fourth in a series of four meditations guided by internationally renowned healer, Holly Star. Holly's meditations use the exhibit's actual sculptures as meditative tools. This was Shinjo Ito's intention as an artist. This week focuses on the Great Parinirvana Image. The Great Parinirvana Image is for us to go beyond that which is known and to transcend. This piece will help focus us to the idea that nirvana is not a final state, but an ever-awakening state of being each and every day of our lives. Each event in this series is a separate sign-up.

Friday, June 13, 7:30PM - Shinnyo Meditation
In Shinnyo Meditation we are assisted by a specially trained Meditation Guide who helps us find and cultivate the seed of enlightenment that exists within us. We hope you enjoy the experience of Shinnyo Meditation.

Sunday, June 15, 7:00PM - Guided Meditation with Noah Levine
Noah Levine is the author of "Dharma Punx" and "Against the Stream." He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. He is the founder of "The Mind Body Awareness Project" which brings spirituality to prison inmates and incarcerated youth. Additionally, Noah runs "Against the Stream" Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 28, 7:30PM - Shinnyo Meditation
In Shinnyo Meditation we are assisted by a specially trained Meditation Guide who helps us find and cultivate the seed of enlightenment that exists within us. We hope you enjoy the experience of Shinnyo Meditation.

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