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Monday, November 09, 2009

giving thanks and sharing the love

with all the fundraisers and events scheduled for this month of thanksgiving, i knew i needed to pull myself out of hibernation and share them all with you! so here once again is my monthly update for all the goings-on in the LA area.

for all of you who are fans of my facebook page, you know you'll be getting updates about these and many other events as soon as i hear about them. for those who aren't, here's what's going on in november... and if you aren't a fan, it's easy, just click here to join everyone else! :)

as always, keep checking back to see what's new!

~~~ this month's deals ~~~

Ten Days of FREE yoga for new students at The Green Yogi in Manhattan Beach!
Just say FREE10 when you register for your first class. And tell them the accidental yogist sent you :)
Good only through the end of November.

One FREE class with each of November's featured teachers at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks: Ashley Albrand and Dice Iida-Klein!
Click here for coupons

Ashley's classes:
Monday 7:00p-8:30p Strong Flow - NEW CLASS
Wednesday 7:00p-8:30p Strong Flow - NEW CLASS
Friday 8:45a-10:15a Strong Flow
Dice's classes:
Monday 8:45a-10:15a Strong Flow
Tuesday 7:00p-8:30p Strong Flow
Wednesday 8:45a-10:15a Strong Flow
Thursday 7:00p-8:30p Strong Flow
Sunday 9:30a-11:00a Strong Flow *
*This is a Drop-Off class with Two Hearts Yoga. Come take Dice's class at Black Dog while your child takes one at Two Hearts Yoga (kids class is ages 3 and up).

One FREE class during the month of November for any of the featured classes at Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks (coupon required; email me for coupon):
Prenatal - Mondays & Fridays - 1:30 - 3:00pm
Mommy & Me - Wednesdays - 1:30 - 3:00pm
Kids Yoga - Tuesdays - 3:30 - 4:30
Karate - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Fall specials at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda in Los Angeles:
1. YOGA: Sundays 5:30pm class by donation with Miyuki Fox.(Good through the Fall schedule)
~ All weekday 9am classes are $10
2. AYURVEDA - 10% Shirodhara
3. STORE: 10% off Herbal supplements

Bizarre Sundays: Yoga + Brunch with Evolve Lifewear
Sunday, Nov 8th (every second Sunday of the month)
Yoga at 10:30am at Be Love Yoga followed by Brunch at Royal Claytons English Pub
1855 Industrial Ave, Los Angeles
Cost: $10 yoga, $10 brunch (alcohol not included)

Dinner & a Stretch: Maha Yoga + Kreation = Harmony
Just $30 for any yoga class and dinner (BYOB)!

Purchase vouchers at either location:
Maha Yoga, 13050 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood
Kreation Kafe, 1023B Montana Ave, Santa Monica
Expires Dec 15th.

~~~ ongoing events ~~~

Community classes, courtesy of lululemon athletica
Cost: FREE

lululemon Beverly Hills, 334 N Beverly Dr ~
Sundays at 9:30am: Nov 1 - Yoga with Jessa Baxter, Nov 8 - Yoga with Joel Adalpe, Nov 15 - Yoga Flow with Marlize Joubert, Nov 22 - Yoga Tuneup with Patty Wortham, Nov 29 - Root to Rise Workshop with Krista Cahill
lululemon Brentwood, 11920 San Vicente Blvd ~
Sundays at 9:30am, Yoga: Nov 1 - Marlize Joubert, Nov 8 - Briohny Smyth, Nov 15 - Aras Baskauskas, Nov 22 - Alex Crow, Nov 28 - Leigh Golden. Plus: Nov 12 7:15pm - Pure Barre with Marni Rosenthal Chaikin, Nov 19 7:30pm - Zumba with Coach Neda
lululemon Calabasas, at The Commons, 4719 Commons Way ~
Sundays at 9:30am: Nov 1 - Yoga with Sri Hari Moss, Nov 8 - Body Hoops with Diana, Nov 15 - Extreme Bootcamp with Corey, Nov 22 - Yoga with Georgina Purple. Plus: Every Monday 6pm - Running Club, Every Tuesday 6am - Trekking Club
lululemon Glendale, at The Americana, 233 S Brand ~
Sundays at 9:30am: Nov 1 - Pilates with Nadia Ahern, Nov 8 - Yoga with Elyse Briggs, Nov 15 - Yoga with Barry Ennis, Nov 22 - Yoga with Lauri Janover, Nov 29 - Yoga with Christy Marsden. Plus: Every Wednesday 11am - Kids Yoga with Abby Rose
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado ~
Sundays at 10am, Studio Physique Workout: Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29. Plus: Every Wednesday 6pm - Fun Run Club, Nov 4 7:30pm - Yoga for School Teachers, Nov 28 10am - Yoga with Shad Cruz
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd ~
Sundays at 9:30am: Yoga with Yogis Anonymous! Nov 1 - Ally Hamilton, Nov 8 - Charlie Samos, Nov 15 - Angela Kukhahn, Nov 22 - Chani Nicholas, Nov 29 - Virginia Weiss
lululemon South Bay, at Plaza El Segundo, 2008A E Park Pl ~
Sundays at 9:30am: Nov 1 - Stretch and Barre, Nov 8 - Stretch and Barre, Nov 15 - Yoga with Peter Sterios, Nov 22 - Run and Yoga with Steve Mackel, Nov 29 - Yoga and Arm Balances with CJ Frogozo. Plus: Every Thursday 6:15pm - Run Club at Manhattan Beach Pier

AcroYoga and Ecstatic Dance with guest DJs!
The Church at Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica
Every Tuesday evening - 6:15pm AcroYoga, 7:30pm Ecstatic Dance
Cost: $15 for Dance, FREE for Yoga

This is all about getting great exercise, freeing your mind and body, and connecting with yourself and with your community in a safe, healthy space. If you want to just DANCE then this is the place for you. The fearlessness with which others leap, roll, strut, and be themselves gives you permission and courage to dance your pain, fear, anger and joy. Come roll, skip, prance, sashay, promenade, sweat and stretch - all without any judgment. AT THE END OF EACH ECSTATIC DANCE SESSION, WE CONVENE IN A COMMUNITY CIRCLE FOR COOLDOWN, SHARING AND CONNECTION.
Click on link to see current DJ lineup: Ecstatic Dance LA

Yoga Desa, Topanga
Saturday, Nov 7th 7:00pm (1st Saturday of month)
Cost: By Donation

Ecstatic chanting in Topanga Canyon hosted by Art of Living Foundation teachers Andrew Behla & Michèle Krolik at Yoga Desa. Singing traditional sanskrit mantras have a profound effect on the environment and consciousness, helping to quiet the mind and open the heart. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate with a beginner's mind.
For more information visit artoflivingla.org

An Evening of Kirtan with Daniel & Friends
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, Nov 13th 8:30pm (2nd Friday of month)
Cost: By Donation

Daniel's kirtan is a unique blend of western soul and jazz style improvisation with authentic Sanskrit mantras. The joy he feels singing is evident in the energy that grows in the room and the heart opening often experienced by participants.
Musicians: Sarah, Sylvie and Emily on vocals, Jeff Harris on guitar, Abby Scovile on cello, Angela Devita on flute, and Matthew Hufschmidt on drums.
No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart to the joy.

Kirtan with Andrew Behla and Michèle Krolik
Aanand Saagar, Venice
Saturday, Nov 21st 7:30pm
Cost: $15 Suggested Donation

Andrew Behla and Michèle Krolik have been active teachers for the Los Angeles Art of Living Foundation since 1990. They weave an organic sound that allows the call and response chanting to be fully supported. New compositions as well as traditional chants give a variety to the experience of diving back into the silence of the Self. Andrew explains, "Chanting in Sanskrit has an incredible effect on the consciousness when done with 100% enthusiasm. It's like charging your batteries while having fun at the same time! Also, the chants are constantly evolving and anyone can join in. All you need is a YES mind and the heart will follow!".

Weekly Kirtan at Bhakti Yoga Shala
Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Cost: Suggested donation $10-$15

Friday, Nov 6th 8:30pm (1st Friday of month) - Andres Salcedo
Saturday, Nov 7th 8:00pm (1st Saturday of month) - Govindas and Radha
Friday, Nov 13th 9:00pm (2nd Friday of month) - Joey Lugassy
Saturday, Nov 14th 8:00pm (2nd Saturday of month) - Michael Thomas
Friday, Nov 20th 9:00pm (3rd Friday of month) - Terra Gold
Saturday, Nov 21st 8:00pm (3rd Saturday of month) - Zat Baraka
Friday, Nov 27th 8:30pm (4th Friday of month) - Kalidas
Saturday, Nov 28th 8:00pm (4th Saturday of month) - Travis Eliot

~~~ this month's highlights ~~~

West Coast Bhakti Bar Kirtan Tour with Andrew Zenoff
Saturday, Oct 24th 8:00pm - Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Saturday, Oct 31st 8:00pm - Bhakti Yoga Shala Halloween Party
Sunday, Nov 1st 7:30pm - The Hub, West Los Angeles
Cost: FREE

Andrew got this crazy idea to cruise the West Coast and share Kirtan during the last two weeks of October to help spread the love, share the names and build The Bhakti Bar community. Please join him, accompanied by Joss Jaffe on Tabla and support vocals with C.C.White.

Learn to Fly With Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen of AcroYoga
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Thursday, Nov 5th 6:30pm
Cost: FREE!

Live Music Flow with Christy Marsden and Josh Brill
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Thursday, Nov 5th 8:15-10:00pm
Cost: $20

Come experience a blend of breath, mantra and slow, gentle asana with Christy Marsden accompanied by live music from Josh Brill with the soft glow of candles lighting the way as you flow into a deep state of relaxation and peace. Josh's music gently supports and accompanies the practice, breath, and movement of the class, achieving a delicate rhythmic balance of the inner and outer states of being. Like an interactive film score for your yoga, Josh channels and creates music for the moment. Poetically called a "sonic womb," the sublime musical accompaniment facilitates a dynamic energetic exchange and dance between the practice and the music, deeply supporting the intimate inward journey of harmonic resonance, asana and breath.

Yogaco Fashion Show
Yogaco, Santa Monica
Friday, Nov 6th 7pm
Cost: $5

Yogaco hosts the first Yoga Fashion show with Global Ghetto Organics , Beyond Yoga and Energy Muse Jewelry! Muse, peruse and kick off the holidays with drinks, food, fashion and yogis modeling the newest trends at our studio!
All drinks, food, and fun included. All clothes 25% off for the evening!
You'll catch some famous yogis doing some yoga party-tricks on the catwalk too!

The Hollywood Movie Premiere of "Happiness Is"
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Friday, Nov 6th 7:30pm at Golden Bridge Yoga in Hollywood
Cost: By Donation (All Proceeds of the Event will benefit the Amrit Davaa World Health Organization)

HAPPINESS IS…a cinematic road trip that explores the myths and the truths of the “pursuit of happiness” in America. It is the second film from Andrew Shapter, Director of the critically acclaimed documentary, Before The Music Dies. The film journeys through history–without boundaries or prejudices–in an attempt to understand what Happiness truly is, in the face of what the definition of Happiness has become.

Introduction to AcroYoga with Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 7th 11am-1pm
Cost: $20 before 11/7, $25 at door (cash only)
Click on link to preregister: Introduction to AcroYoga

All levels, all ages, all people are invited to experience a full spectrum AcroYoga practice in a safe, supportive environment. These workshops include partner yoga, basic acrobatics, assisted inversions, basic flying and Thai massage, introducing the building blocks of AcroYoga while emphasizing the sacred experience of community. No yoga experience required. No partner needed. Bring an open mind, an open heart, and a dose of curiosity!

Yoga & Diabetes with Bradley Kapture
The Yoga Loft, Woodland Hills
Saturday, Nov 7th 1:30pm
Cost: FREE

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, being aware could help save your life or a loved one.
95% of diabetics in the United States are living with Type 2 diabetes - the form of the disease brought on by stress, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise.
Join yoga instructor, author and founder of Yoga 4 Diabetes, Bradley Kapture, for a special seminar on living with Type 2 diabetes and using yoga to help deal with diabetes, through breathing and simple postures.

Tantra Yoga Workshop with Zat Baraka
Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 7th 1:30-3:45pm
Cost: Suggested donation $21

Zat Baraka will lead a 2 hour workshop in Yogic Buddhist Practice. Create a home practice!Asana, Pranayam, Mantra and Meditation (Tummo and Shamatha). We will learn the basics of how to work with poisonous emotions, learn practices to transform confusion, and awaken sanity. Tummo Practice is a tantric meditation that dissolves and releases tensions. The combination of these practices leaves one feeling clear, balanced and open to life as it is.

Mark Whitwell's Heart of Yoga Peace Project presents: EXPERIENCE Yoga's Expression of Peace in Action
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 7th 7:00pm
Cost: $20 limited pre-sale tickets
Click on link to purchase: Brown Paper Tickets

An intimate evening experiencing many yogic expressions of beauty, peace and harmony.
Benefiting Heart of Yoga's Middle East Peace Project, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, bringing peace to the Middle East through teacher trainings and the practice of yoga.
Celebrate our direct participation with nurturing source through Music, Kirtan, Ecstatic Tantric Poetry, Live Performance Art and more with: Mark Whitwell, Pandit Vikash Maharaj and Prabhashj (Indian Classical masters from Varanasi, India), Suzanne Sterling, Micheline Berry, Joey Lugassy, Steve Gold, Radiance Sutras (featuring Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine), Chris Tompkins, Josh Brill, Maesyn, Psalm Isadora, Masood Ali Khan, Denise Kaufman, and surprise special guests!
Yoga as performance art and ritual by: Acro Yoga (featuring Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen), Kaia Ra, Robin Sol, Chris Filkins

Kirtan with BhaktiMa
Lyfe Yoga Center, Hermosa Beach
Saturday, Nov 7th 7:00pm (1st Saturday of every month)
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation

In the spirit of building community, join BhaktiMa for a wonderful evening of music.

Ecstatic Kirtan with Daniel Stewart & Friends
Yoga Works Main Street, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 7th 8:00pm
Cost: $20 before 11/7, $25 at door, $5 discount if you mention facebook!

Join Daniel Stewart and many talented musicians for an evening of call and response chanting. No experience necessary -- just a willingness to open your heart and surrender to the blissful flow.
Featuring: Matthew Hufschmidt, Sarah Bergman, Kelly Bodden, Jeff Harris, Dorian Cheah, David Watts, Abby Scoville, and more to be announced.

Classical Indian Music Concert/Bhajan with Ranjeet Pathak and Ajeet Pathak
Aanand Saagar, Venice
Saturday, Nov 7th 8:00pm
Suggested donation $15

Please join us for an evening of Classical Indian Music. We are honored to be hosting Santoor and Tabla maestros, Ranjeeth Pathak and Ajit Pathak. Their performance will be followed by a kirtan/bhajan, led by Prachi Dixit.

Tantra and Mantra Workshop, The Yoga of Vibration with Chris Tompkins and Joshua Brill
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Sunday, Nov 8th 2:00-5:00pm
Cost: $35

A workshop exploring Mantra as the highest practice of Tantra. Experienced through techniques from ancient Tantric texts and Nada Yoga; The Yoga of Sound.
This workshop will include:
-Translations, explanations and applications of Tantric texts
-Mantra as a Science of Universal Attunement
-Music and Sound as our direct link to Sacred Vibration
-The link between Breath, Vibration, and Harmony
-Proper Sanskrit pronunciation and physical placement of Mantra
-Tools to increase awareness, attention, and consciousness
-Tantric practices to open the Heart Chakra and to activate the spiral of Kundalini
-Establishing Balance through practices of Toning, Music, and Rhythm

Kirtan with Sheela Bringi
Aanand Saagar, Venice
Sunday, Nov 8th 8:30pm
Cost: Suggested donation $10

Join Indian vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Sheela Bringi in an evening of devotional music and Kirtan joined by Cody Remaklus (percussion).

Lisbeth Scott CD release concerts: Hope Is A Thing
The Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 7th 8:30pm and Sunday, Nov 8th 7:30pm
Cost: $25 for Saturday, By donation for Sunday

A concert celebrating the release of the new CD Hope Is A Thing featuring Lisbeth Scott, Quinn on drums, Ian Walker on bass, Christopher Bruce on guitars and Tina Guo on cello.....Two evenings! 7th and 8th!
Sunday's concert will be a benefit for the non-profit Education Through Music and all ages are welcome.
http://www.edgemarcenter.org/ or 310-392-7327 for tix

Community Night: Meditation for Parents with Sara Lamm
City Yoga, West Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov 10th 7:30pm
Cost: FREE!

This evening will create space for parents to reconnect with themselves and the sound of silence. We'll practice mindfulness meditation and discuss ways that "just sitting" can enhance both our parenting and well-being.
Leave your "To Do" lists at home--just bring your breath!

Bibliyoga with Marcus J Freed
Mimoda Studio Theatre, 5774 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
Part I - Tuesday, Nov 10th 8:00pm: "Finding Joy, Peace and Healing”
Part II - Wednesday, Nov 11th 8:00pm: “Becoming Strength, Light and Happiness”
Cost: $15 each class
Click on link to register: JConnectLA

JConnectLA presents 2 back-to-back Bibliyoga workshops with the witty, worldly and wise BibiYogi, educator and performer Marcus J Freed of London. Bibliyoga is soulfood for the body that offers a physical-spiritual uplift through powerful yoga, Jewish wisdom and Kabbalah.
Yoga for Ecstatic Living: Bibliyoga for the Body & Soul workshops are each one hour vinyasa flow sessions for all levels of yoga from beginner to advanced. Both workshops will be followed by a salon discussion at a nearby café moderated by Rabbi Yonah of JConnectLA.
Wear loose clothes and bring a yoga mat or some will be available for purchase.

Partner Thai Yoga with Deon DeWet
Silver Lake Yoga, Silverlake
Friday, Nov 13th 7:00-10:00pm
Cost: $35 (reservations recommended)

Learn how to combine assisted Yoga stretches and Traditional Thai Massage - harmonizing the flows of energy throughout the body. Enjoy a profound sense of release and contentment as you and your partner help each other to deeply integrate body, mind and soul. This class is recommended for all people - as long as they can maintain a kneeling or lunging position for a few minutes at a time.
No prior Yoga or massage experience is required. We will work on a comfortable combination of mats and blankets on the floor. Bring a friend or let us know to pair you up with a compatible partner.

OmDance & Chant
The Yoga Loft, Woodland Hills
Friday, Nov 13th 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $20

Dance wild, sing free and celebrate the essence of your true nature in a safe and sacred space with OmDance & Chant. Supported by awesome world music and live chanting we will flow from movement to meditation, sound to stillness, honoring the bliss of being... Led by Narthana Nithyananda & Stella Davies.

Yoga Side of the Moon with Andres Salcedo
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Friday, Nov 13th 7:45-9:45pm
Cost: $20

On this auspicious Friday the 13th and after many successful "Yoga Side of the Moon" workshops around the planet, Andres is excited to bring this event back to Exhale. Creating a dynamic flow based on simple asanas, you will embark into a yogic exploration through the sound of Pink Floyd's album " Dark Side of the Moon" surrounded by atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects that will help achieved a natural psychedelic emotional state. The workshop will start with a simple warm up series, followed by a flow inspired by the sound of the album and created on the spot based on the energy of the group, ultimately leading to a tranquil and peaceful relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. Bring your yoga mat, open heart and be prepare to sweat, flow and Fly high.

Marla Leigh’s RHYTHMJUJU: A Percussive~Trance Dance Ritual
Yoga World Studio, Long Beach
Friday, Nov 13th 8:00pm
Cost: $15 pre-register, $20 at door

Join us for this powerful, healing, percussive ~ dance ritual, featuring ancient sacred drums from India, the Middle East and Africa, tastefully combined with worldly flutes, Hebrew & Sanskrit chants and down tempo, ambient electronics.
Evening ritual begins with setting intentions, gentle yoga stretches, followed by a memorable trance ~inducing a rhythmic dance journey.
Dance, meditate, release, reveal, explore with the sacred sounds of LIVE soulful world music!

Beach Yoga for the Kids of Nicaragua with Jay Co - a Fundraiser for Nicaragua Surf Yoga Volunteer Adventure
Beachfront end of Bay Street, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 14th 10:00am
Cost: By Donation

Jay Co is doing a special class this coming Saturday morning (Nov. 14) at the beach to raise money for the upcoming Nicaragua Volunteer Trip. All donations collected from this class will go directly toward buying water filters for the filtration towers that we put up on the last trip. These filters are absolutely necessary to keep the clean water flowing; your tax-deductible donation will provide potable, disease-free water to the elementary school children of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua and their families.

Karen Shuman's Yoga One Year Anniversary
Karen Shuman's Beyond Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Saturday, Nov 14th 10:00am-5:00pm
Cost: By Donation

~ mini sample yoga classes
~ mini healing session
~ massages (1:00-3:00PM with Suzy & 3:00-5:00PM with Avalon)
~ Tarot Card Readings (11:00-1:00PM)
~ Henna Tattoo Artist
~ donate used business clothing to support Urban Possibilities
10:00 AM~Yoga with Ropes~Karen S.
11:00 AM~Hatha Flow~Dario
12:00 PM~Gentle Therapeutic Yoga~Monique
1:00 PM~Iyengar~Andrea
1:45 PM~Gentle Hatha~Avalon
2:30 PM~Kundalini Yoga~Alana
3:15 PM~Tai Chi~Rapha4:00 PM~ Meditation with the 4 Elements~Anthony
5:00 PM~Group Healing~Mutiam

YOGA 4 DIABETES with Bradley Kapture
The Hub, Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov 14th 1:30-2:30pm
Cost: FREE

Join Bradley Kapture for a special seminar on living with Type 2 diabetes and using yoga to help deal with the condition through breathing, simple postures and good nutritional choices. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, being aware could help save your life or the life of a loved one. 95% of diabetics in the United States are living with Type 2 diabetes--the form of the disease brought on by stress, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise.
This was the experience of yoga instructor, author and founder of Yoga 4 Diabetes, Bradley Kapture. Due to life changes, in just three years, he went from a fit and healthy instructor to a life with Type 2 diabetes brought on by stress and poor food choices. But through yoga and a good diet, Bradley has been able to eliminate the use of medication for the treatment of his Type 2 diabetes.
Through his experience, he created 'yoga4diabetes,' a series of simple yoga postures and breathing exercises to help regulate blood sugar levels for diabetics and those with pre-diabetic symptoms.

FIESTA DE MILAGROS - A fundraiser for Casa de Milagros, a home for orphaned children in Cusco, Peru
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 14th 6:00-10:00pm
Cost: Suggested donation $50 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Giving Thanks to One Who Has Given So Much...Raising Awareness + Support for Mama Kia's medical expenses, her 31 adopted children and 2 soup-kitchens
Enjoy a night of healthy food, spirits, silent auction + soulful grooves.
DJ's: KCRW's Jason Bentley Carmen Rizzo Jeremy Sole
Wandering performances by Lucent Dossier Experience
Sponsors: Whole Foods, Samosa House, The Green Truck, Frey Wines, Rosenthal Vineyards, Gekkeikan Sake, POM, Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate, Activate Water, Icelandic Water, Silvermoon Raw Chocolates + more!

Survivor: Yogabear Island - A fundraiser for Yogabear, providing yoga to cancer survivors
Yogaco, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 14th 7:00-11:00pm (class at 7pm, party/raffle at 8:15pm)
Cost: By Donation

Join Yoga Bear LA and Lululemon in an evening at Yogaco. At 7 pm Jennifer Pastiloff will be leading a donation-based gentle yoga class. Erica Rhodes will be on the cello and Fawntice Mccain playing her Tibetan sound healing bowls. This class is free for survivors.
Stay around after for the anti-oxidant party afterwards! Besides anti-oxidants such as red wine, dark chocolate, and green tea there will chair massages by donation, live music, a raffle, and other treats. And Annabel Ruffell be donating 40% of any sales of her artwork that evening to Yogabear.
Every $10 donation gets a raffle ticket!
**Buy raffle tickets online at http://www.yogabear.org/page/survivor-yoga-bear-island for $10! You do not have to be there to buy tickets or to win! We have so many wonderful prizes!

The Hub, Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov 14th 7:30pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $10 (no one turned away; pay what you can) Part of the proceeds donated to International Save The Children Alliance

Chanting has transformed people's lives for thousands of years. Please join us for an evening filled with music and the singing of devotional chants.
The members of The Ecstasy of Chanting (EOC) have played together for many years. Their deep experience and love brings the joy and subtlety of chanting straight to the heart. Chanting has transformed people's lives for thousands of years. EOC chants with the freedom and love that is the birthright of the unencumbered soul. Please join us for an evening filled with music and the singing of devotional chants.
The Band: Robbie Gillman on Keyboard; Leslie Gillman on Vocals; Andy Agle on Vocals; Peter Factor on Guitar and Percussion, Allen Astin on Mridangam and Percussion; Anna-Pia Hubacher on Harmonium and Vocals; Paul Levine on Vocals; Eddie Young on Cello and Bass.

A MAGICAL KIRTAN LOVE WEEKEND with David Newman (Durga Das) and special guests MIRA and Phillipo Franchini
Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Kirtan: Saturday, Nov 14th 8:30pm
Workshop: Sunday, Nov 15th 1:30-3:45pm
Cost: Suggested donation $20 for Kirtan, $30 for workshop

Join David Newman and special guests Mira and Phillipo Franchini for a bliss-filled, inspirational experience of sacred yoga teachings and practices. This workshop is designed to deepen your spiritual practice of yoga and improve the quality of your experiences through the application of Love as a way of life. For ages yogis have known that Love is the master key to happiness, and therefore created a practice, called Bhakti Yoga, which is centered around the manifestation of that Love. Bhakti yoga simply means the yoga of love and devotion. It encompasses practices that open the heart and lead us to the very essence of Love, our true nature.
This training is a crash course in Bhakti or devotion, both as a practice and a way of life. The weekend will include two significant components of Bhakti Yoga. First, is Kirtan, the use of healing mantras in the form of devotional chanting. Second is Satsang or "wisdom sharing", examining the teachings of the saints and scriptures on the nature of Love as a spiritual path.
Bhakti Yoga teaches that the miracle of Love is inside each one of us and has the power to heal all!

SUNDAY NIGHT YOGA & DINNER with Jennifer Kelly
The Yogi Tree, Toluca Lake
Sunday, Nov 15th 5:00-7:00pm
Cost: $20

From its very inception, The Yogi Tree set the clear intention: this studio belongs to everyone. You, me, him, her, all of us - a unified body of individuals. To honor that intention, that "circle of love" of which Rumi writes, The Yogi Tree is very proud to offer an all-ages, community-oriented Kundalini Yoga class, followed by a yogi-style dinner. Join Yogi Tree owner Jennifer Kelly for an uplifting, deeply connective yoga class - one that will offer physical and spiritual alignment for you, while also activating a dynamic group energy. A homemade, yogi-style dinner, enjoyed casually in a warm group setting, will follow.
Come on your own. Bring a friend. Bring a child. Bring everyone you know.

lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Thursday, Nov 19th 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: FREE

YogaSonic is an exciting and new approach to the practice of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, it melds freestyle Vinyasa Flow Yoga and real time live ambient/electronica music to bring a fresh, vibe filled experience to group yoga practice. Incredible live ambient tunes created and mixed in the studio by John Tague offers a deep and unique experience to the practice.
Freestyle yoga offers yogis the opportunity to practice on their own in a spontaneous, energetic group setting; embodying yoga in their own authentic way.
Group warm up, cool down and meditation guided by yoga instructor Michelle Goldstein.

Yoga with Stephanie Phelan and Live Music by Masood Ali Khan
Maha Yoga, Brentwood
Friday, Nov 20th 7:30pm
Cost: Regular class price

Please join us for an evening that will open your heart and sooth your soul.

Yogasonic at Rising Lotus Yoga
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, Nov 20th 7:30pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $15

YogaSonic is an exciting and new approach to the practice of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, it melds freestyle Vinyasa Flow Yoga and real time live ambient music to bring a fresh, vibe filled experience to group yoga practice. Incredible live ambient tunes created and mixed in the studio by John Tague offers a deep and unique experience to the practice. Freestyle yoga offers yogis the opportunity to practice on their own in a spontaneous, energetic group setting; embodying yoga in their own authentic way.
Group warm up, cool down and meditation guided by yoga instructor Michelle Goldstein.

Giving Thanks to Shakti: A Benefit Kirtan Led by Women, in Celebration of the Feminine
Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Friday, Nov 20th 9:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $15

Join us for a night of kirtan, poetry, ritual and sacred ceremonial dance!
The intention of this celebration is to inspire the men and women of our yoga community to partake in the ancient tradition of honoring the feminine as the Mysteries of winter approach.
Chanting will be led by Terra Gold, C.C. White, Radha Rosen, Ena Vie, Ambika Leigh, Annmarie Solo and Sarah Bergman. Poetic inspirations spoken by Psalm Isadora, sacred dance by Jacqui Lalita and music by Momo Loudiyi (guitar), Meena Makhijani (tablas), Jamie Papish (drums/percussion) and Dahveed Hari Bol Das (percussion/drums).
All proceeds will be donated to help women locally and globally. Local profits go to support the non-profit organization Sojourn Services, aiding women in recovering their strength, support and means when they are homeless or coming out of a domestic violence situation. Global outreach goes to "Healing the Mother," a seva project to open a school for destitute women in Vizag, India.

yoga + hiking + picnic = awesome with Dan Ward
Santa Monica Power Yoga West, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 21st 6:00AM
Cost: By donation

here's how it goes:
1) meet at 6am at SMPY WEST to greet the day with a sweet flow
2) carpool up to a local hiking spot (announced at class) where we knock off a challenging hike somewhere between 4 and 6 miles
3) picnic our brains out (vegan feast catered by lesley ward)
4) maybe throw in a hilarious frisbee session. some people are even improving their disc skillz!

Partner Yoga Workshop with Holly Reed and Howard Pollock
Ja Yoga, Long Beach
Saturday, Nov 21st 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $40 per couple before 11/21, $50 at door

What better way to give your special someone thanks than to spend an afternoon reconnecting to each other?
Imagine the opportunity to share sacred space, opening your hearts, allowing the energy, love, and gratitude to flow between the two of you.

Sneak Preview and Fundraiser: Bonsai – Celebrating the Vision of Muhammad Yunus
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 21st 7:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $15

A documentary by Holly Mosher as part of Empowerment Works' Artist in Action series.
What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible.
But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai celebrates Yunus’ extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return – unheard of in the financial world.
Please join us for a festive night featuring film clips, photographs from the filmmaker, delicious hors doeuvres, drinks, music and dancing.

Kirtan with BhaktiMa
Harmony Yoga, Redondo Beach
Saturday, Nov 21st 7:00pm (3rd Saturday of every month)
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation

Please come listen, chant and enjoy!
"Our goal is create a journey of sound, where the line between performerand audience melts into a single current."

The Human Comedy with Vanda Mikolowski
Yoga Works Main Street, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 21st 7:00pm
Cost: $15 early; $20 at the door

Join Vanda for an irreverent and hysterical comedy inspired by "What the Bleep," "The Secret," Eckhart Tolle, Ram Das, Alan Watts, Byron Katie, Tom Robbins, David Bohm, Werner Erhardt, Socrates, 12-step programs and more.
Vanda: “The show's about having fun and laughing at ourselves in that oh-so-elusive pursuit of enlightenment or happiness … revealing the absurdities & foibles that arise as we pursue everything from the most ancient spiritual practices to the latest and greatest in groups, courses, techniques, books and movies on our road to ‘the answers’.”

Special Screening: WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?! with special guided meditation with Jean Merritt
The Yogi Tree, Toluca Lake
Saturday, Nov 21st 7:00pm
Cost: Suggested donation $10

Join The Yogi Tree for this very special screening of What the BLEEP preceded by a warm, illuminating guided meditation from Jean Merritt, whose weekly Sunday class VISUALIZATION FOR MANIFESTATION has fast become a studio favorite.
Light snacks and What the BLEEP discussion to follow the screening.

Kirtan for a Cause with Tamal Dodge
Heaven on Earth Holistic Living Center, 7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov 21st 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Come sing with us and support Team Survivor, a non-profit organization providing free fitness classes to cancer survivors.

Karma Kirtan with Daniel Stewart and Friends - A fundraiser for OPCC, providing services to the homeless and low-income families
Yogis Anonymous, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 21st 8:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $15

Rock the bhakti with Daniel Stewart and his many talented musical guests (including electric violinist and Yogis Anonymous co-owner Dorian Cheah) for a night of joyful call and response Kirtan.
No experience necessary, just a willingness to open your heart and dive into the blissful flow.
100% of profits from this event will be donated to OPCC, a network of shelters and services for low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children and people living with mental illness.

6 Different Schools of Yoga Unite for 1 Cause - a Fundraiser for Yoga Gives Back, providing microfinancing to women in India
Yogaglo, Santa Monica
Sunday, Nov 22nd 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $25 Suggested Donation

Come join us in a universal spirit of union to help women in India break out of the chains of poverty. 6 different yoga school teachers are coming together under one roof to create a very special flow class, starting with Kasey Luber/Kundalini, Gary Margolin/Ashtanga, Chris Stein/Iyengar, Tara Judelle/Anusara, Felicia Tomasko/Eclectic Hatha, John Sahakian Restorative/Breathwork. This 2 hour class is for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Soulful groove live music will be played by Kalani and Friends.

Stone Soup Party: A Feast for the Belly and Soul - Making something from nothing…with faith and community
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Sunday, Nov 22nd 12:00–3:00pm
Cost: FREE

When it seems like there is not enough or there is fear about survival, thinking becomes limited and we lose our connection to gratitude and appreciating the blessings that we have in our lives. The idea for this new event came to Wahe Guru in a vision and she wants to gather everyone together to enjoy the simple gifts of laughter, good food and spiritual community. For when we alone may not have enough, together, with God’s blessing we have a feast for the belly and soul.
Please bring an item to put in the community soup or to contribute to the potluck.
Please contact April at cloudappy@hotmail.com to find out what to bring. If you are not able to bring food, please offer to set up or clean up afterwards.
We will read the inspiring children’s story, “Stone Soup” and do a group meditation as the soup is cooking.
Please bring your kids and other family members. We will provide the stones…

Yoga, OFF THE MAT: TWISTS + BALANCES ~ A Workshop with Terri Dunn benefitting Tashirat School and Ashram
Redondo Beach Spectrum Club, 819 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach
Sunday, Nov 22nd 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $25 minimum donation

Join us during the month of November, the month of giving and thanks, as we practice Yoga Off the Mat for the Tashirat Yoga School + Ashram. Since its founding in 1993, the Tashirat staff have served the neediest sectors of society, providing yoga, counseling, and classes in natural medicine, hygiene, literacy, and basic and remedial education. In 2003, the Tashirat staff decided that the greatest service they could provide the surrounding community would be to open an orphanage. We invite you to explore twists + balances and take this adventure with us. Why not deepen your practice with Tashirat in mind with Terri in the lead and fellow yogis to support and smile along with you.
All levels, Members and non-members welcome.
CONTACT: Alicia 310.621.4080 or sirenssociety.org

The Cosmic Kirtan Collective
Inner Power Yoga, Calabasas
Sunday, Nov 22nd 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: Love donation $15

Come and dance your socks off, celebrate and sing your heart out at the debut of this new Kirtan band* at Inner Power Yoga.
* Kirtan is a traditional Indian form of call and response music based on the "Bhakti" tradition which celebrates life, heartfulness and a joy of the divine!

108 Sun Salutations Dedicated to the Children of Uganda
Yogaco, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 28th 7:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Be inspired by this season of Thanksgiving and help raise money for the children of Uganda! Get friends and family to sponsor each sun salutation that you practice in this inspirational class led by Rennie Yabiku. All proceeds will go to building schools, providing food and clean water for the Ugandan people. Open to anyone who is up for the challenge!
Food and drinks provided after class!

Wah! and Girish - A Night for Giving Thanks
Kali Klub, 3229 Casitas Ave, Atwater Village
Saturday, Nov 28th 7:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of
Click on link to purchase: It's My Seat

A benefit for Charity:water.org - Raise funds for a well in India
Special sneak preview of the new Kali Klub!
Kali Klub is a place where Los Angeles yogis can meet and share the joy of Bhakti Yoga through ecstatic dance and chant, practice Seva through selfless giving and make connections with like-minded souls. Call it a new conscious and spirit based nightclub.
It's a longed-for spot, just a thought with community in mind.
Remember the environment - car pool. Plenty of seats but you can bring your own pillows and seats.

Yoga Class benefitting Tashirat School and Ashram
Lyfe Yoga Center, Hermosa Beach
Sunday, Nov 29th 1:00-2:30pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $25.00

Join LYFE as we donate space for Tashirat School and Ashram. Since its founding in 1933, the Tashirat staff have served the neediest sectors of society, providing yoga, literacy and basic education.
All proceeds will go to Tashirat School and Ashram.


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