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Thursday, February 25, 2010

just when you thought you had nothing planned for this weekend...

on monday, i started posted the few events that i'd heard about on the accidental yogist's facebook page. and before i knew it, i was still finding things to post as recently as last night. who knew there was so much to do in LA on what initially seemed to be a slow weekend?

here are the items that merited a post. i'm including my original facebook comment plus the contents of the links that went with them. if you know of anything else, please feel free to share them with me...

FREE yoga with seane corn at Yogaglo in santa monica -- 7 almost-daily classes starting this THURSDAY 2/25.

On the following dates:
25th 6-7pm
26th 4:30-5:30pm
27th 6-7:30pm
28th 9:30-10:30am
1st 11-12
5th 11-12
6th 10-11:30am
In this class, we will explore the multifaceted dynamics of Vinyasa Flow yoga, focusing on both the physical- (body alignment, pranayama, bandhas) and the spiritual – (meditation, reflection, prayer), initiating strength and flexibility in your body/mind. Through the integration of asana, specialized breathing techniques and conscious intention, learn how to experience the creative and powerful practice of Vinyasa Flow as a devotional expression of life -beyond the body. Leave feeling inspired and centered. Experience with Sun Salutes A and B is recommended.

This FRIDAY 2/26 7:30pm - an evening of kirtan with Tony Khalife and special guests: Matthew Hufschmidt, Dan Licht, and Cooper Madison Ladnier at Rose Temple in Venice. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door http://www.dpacla.com/

Kirtan w/ Tony Khalife & Friends
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The The Rose Temple, 305 Rose Ave. Venice, Ca. 310-266-2123
~ An Evening of Kirtan Friday Feb 26 at 7:30-9:30pm
w/ special guests: Matthew Hufschmidt - Percussion, Dan Licht - Harmonium & flutes and Cooper Madison Ladnier - Tabla
~ Kirtan Workshop Saturday Feb 27 9am-1pm
w/ special guests Matthew Hufschmidt - Percussion and Cooper Madison on Tabla
An in depth Kirtan workshop exploring Vedic Mantras, the throat Chakra, the breath, Music, and daily affirmations for achieving kinship with the Divine. Elements of Mantra (origin, seed syllables, meaning, sound, proper pronunciation and form). Kirtan (Chant repetition, Bhakti Bhava and stories of Saints)

just because i've never heard of anything like this (at least in LA), i'm passing this along: Tropical Blend Hawaiian Yoga Party with David Adams & Hilary Kimblin at Yoga Blend this FRIDAY 2/26 8:15-10:15pm. Laughter yoga, Pranayama, Mantras, Chakras, Mudras, Heart, Hip and Pelvic Opening Asanas, Hula Hooping AND an expert instructor to show you how to dance a traditional Hawaiian Hula! Plus tasty samples of tropical delights, selected according to your Ayurvedic dosha. $20 by Feb 24th/$25 after

Hawaiian Yoga Party
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Time: 8:15pm - 10:15pm
Location: YogaBlend
Street: 1921 W. Magnolia Blvd.
A sumptuous mix of delights for all your senses!
A mix of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian and Polynesian tunes will greet the lucky group who gathers to drink in Tropical Blend Yoga: Heart, Hip & Pelvic Opening Asanas, Laughter yoga, Pranayama, Mantras, Chakras, Mudras, AND an Expert Instructor to show you how to dance traditional Hawaiian Hula!
Before Western contact and the introduction of a written language, Hawaiian culture was kept alive through dance, mele (song or poetry), and chant. Hula seeks to express everything its dancers hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be for sure as Hilary treats us to tasty samples of tropical delights, selected according to your Ayurvedic dosha. (Not sure what that is? No worries wahinis, she’ll help you figure it out!)
With even more exciting surprises planned for the evening, you’ll be having more fun than you can throw a coconut at!
$25 per guest

this FRIDAY 2/26 8:30pm - kirtan with kalidas at Bhakti Yoga Shala

Kalidas Chants to the Mother
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Bhakti Yoga Shala
Come chant with Kalidas, Manohar and Greg Klimuck

This SAT 2/27 9am-1pm -- BWell Fit will hold a FREE day of fitness and nutrition at the Pan Pacific Park in LA. Participants can take part in fitness demonstrations, receive nutrition and fitness advice, and register for BWell’s “Fit to BWell” Weight Loss Challenge Competition. Also FREE yoga with My-rah Penaloza!! Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water/snacks.

Host: Linda Okwor & Toneka Pires
Location: Pan Pacific Park
7600 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 US
When: Saturday, February 27, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Phone: (877) 319-1133
Join us for a day of fitness, motivation, nurtition, information and fun! This is our way of showing you love and giving you a real feel of BWell Fit and all we have to offer. Get there early for the boot camp!
Activities include:
* Fitness and Nutrition Consultation with Celebrity Personal Trainers and Champion Fitness Competitors Linda Okwor and Toneka Pires
* Weight Loss Expert Dr. Andrea Pennington will share her 5 tips for weight loss success
* Boot Camp Session with LA's #1 Boot Camp featuring Dulcie Hellings
* Body Assessments
* Pole Dancing Demo by Sharon Polsky
* Yoga with My-rah Penaloza
* Fit to BWell Challenge sign-up; winner gets up to $1000! (12-weeks, only 25 participants taken, $40/person/month)
* Event Cost: Free!
* Please bring water, towel, notepad, snacks, yoga mat and small weights Limited space, please RSVP!
We will be hosting the event rain or shine!
*After the event we will be casting families for a new total wellness show called "Diabetes Proof My Family" from 2pm to 4pm. For more information and general inquiries please contact: info@andreapennington.com

this SATURDAY 2/27 10am - a yoga fundraiser for Canine Cancer Detection Project LA at Yogis Anonymous taught by Annie Carpenter, Ally Hamilton, Brock Cahill, Jerome Mercier, John Sahakian, Jesse Schein and Krista Cahill. $20 suggested donation

"Cancer Dog" Benefit Class: Supporting Early Cancer Detection Research
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Yogis Anonymous
Join Annie Carpenter, Ally Hamilton, Brock Cahill, Jerome Mercier, John Sahakian, Jesse Schein and Krista Cahill for a morning of awakening and community!
This 2 1/2 hour yoga class will be followed by refreshments and a raffle of local products and services. One ticket per student will be given and additional tickets can be purchased for a $2.00 donation to the cause.
The Canine Cancer Detection Project LA is embarking on a very important project researching the early identification of cancer using canine scent detection. Dina Zaphiris (professional dog trainer and yogi) participated in one of the pilot studies in the field of canine cancer detection. It was in these studies that some interesting findings were made. Studies have suggested that dogs have the ability to detect cancer earlier than other forms of testing such as MRI, CT Scan, Radiology, blood work, etc. We are committed to studying the efficacy of this amazing new discovery. The early detection of cancer is paramount for successful treatment and saving lives. We are trying to do research specifically on early detection to enable early treatment.
A minimum $20.00 suggested cash donation will be used to bring this incredible non-invasive medicine to our future medical practices. To reserve your space for this event, please donate at: http://www.dogsdetectcancer.com
Use the "donate" button to make a secure payment via Paypal, print a copy of your receipt and bring it to class for guaranteed entry.
Yogis Anonymous, Hard Tail, YogiToes, OM Girl, Om My Dog, Rock & Republic, Sujen B. Art & Design Blue-Owl.com, Woof Worx, Robert Green Fitness Training, Geralynn Cada cccouture.com, Ashley Bordon Fitness ashleyborden.com, Olga Tot, Grant Cramer
Melodia Medley melodiadesigns@gmail.com, Marla Johnson marlajohnsonjewelry@mac.com, Gerald Minniti, MD drminniti.com, Gabi Jewelry, evolm.com, Mr. Bilardi Hair, Krista Cahill Yoga, Brock Cahill Yoga, Debbie Kim Acupuncture/Herbalist, Dina Zaphiris Dog Behavior, Dr. Magdy Guirguis, Dr. Tamara Trebilcock, Dr. Michael Campbell, Dr. Katie, Gabriel Moreno Hair

Urban Lily Yoga will be celebrating their grand opening in sherman oaks this SATURDAY 2/27 7pm with a lululemon trunk show and decadent DESSERTS! need i say more? :)

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Urban Lily Yoga
Street: 14843 Burbank Blvd.
City/Town: Sherman Oaks, CA
Urban Lily Yoga’s GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION… Put your Dress UP clothes on and ROCK the night away with amazing musical guests, sweet treats & plenty of SURPRISES!!!!!!!!!
*We'll feature a LULULEMON Trunk Show
*Surprise Show
*Dreamy & Decadent Desserts

also at Yogis Anonymous this SATURDAY 2/27 7:30pm - Dani Shapiro and Ally Hamilton are going to talk about "Finding Your Teachers", whether they be yoga teachers, meditation teachers, or just people in your life who are able to impart something of value to you at the right moment in time. Dani will read from the book and do a book signing after...

Finding Your Teachers
A Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing with "Devotion" Author Dani Shapiro
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Yogis Anonymous
Street: 1221 2nd Street
City/Town: Santa Monica, CA
I'd like to invite you to come and meet a very good friend of mine, Dani Shapiro. Dani is a well-known author whose newest work is a memoir called "Devotion". Receiving high praise from People Magazine, The Today Show, Publishers Weekly, and many other reputable reviewers, it is a deeply personal, moving, and relevant account of her search for peace. I could say so many beautiful things about this book...it genuinely gripped me and moved me to tears, and I feel so grateful that she was able to chronicle her experience this way.
Dani and I are going to talk about "Finding Your Teachers", whether they be yoga teachers, meditation teachers, or just people in your life who are able to impart something of value to you at the right moment in time. Dani will read from the book and do a book signing after. I already feel so much emotion about this night and I hope you'll join us.
- Ally

at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in venice this SATURDAY 2/27 7:30-10:00pm - temple of rasa full moon celebration with shiva rea and donna de lory

Temple of Rasa: A Full Moon Celebration for Bhakti Rasika Love Rebels with Shiva Rea, Donna DeLory and special guests
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Exhale, Venice, CA
To Benefit the PULSE Project! Rhythm Activism and Save the Tiger Fund
7:30PM - Opening Aarti and Invocation
7:30PM - Kirtan with Donna De Lory and Band
9:00 - 10:00PM Yoga Trance Dance with DJ Sahaja, DJ Nagaraja and Live Drumming

live in concert at Golden Bridge Yoga in hollywood this SATURDAY 2/27 8pm: simrit kaur, $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Simrit Kaur Kirtan at Golden Bridge With Musical Virtuosos Todd Boston and Kristopher Rein
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Golden Bridge Yoga Hollywood
Street: 6322 De Longpre Ave
“For Simrit Kaur, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching, reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly. This devotion is a gift, a talent beyond any, that will lead thousands into the lightness of being and awareness that is so vital to humanity in this day and age.” -Snatam Kaur
$25 Advance $30 Door
Tickets at www.goldenbridgeyoga.com

this SATURDAY 2/27 8:00pm - kirtan with cooper madison at Aanand Saagar in venice

Kirtan with Cooper Madison and Friends
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Location: Aanand Saagar - Venice
Street: 606 Venice Blvd. #H
City/Town: Venice, CA
Please join me for an evening of Kirtan and Chanting as we celebrate the divinity within each of us through music. We'll sing some authentic Indian bhajans as well as some western devotional songs.
Joining me will be the wonderful singer Grace Shanti, Ben Marciano on Flute/Guitar, Christo Pellani on Drums and others to be announced.

FREE yoga classes at lululemon stores this SUNDAY 2/28 9:30am: lululemon athletica Beverly Hills - heather foster (city yoga), lululemon athletica Brentwood - sarah ezrin (the hub and kest's power yoga), lululemon athletica Santa Monica - lauri ashworth (the hub)

at Yoga West Los Angeles this SUNDAY 2/28 10:00-11:30am - Relief for Haiti: Join Gurudhan for a Kundalini workout. All funds raised will go to Doctors Without Borders

Yoga West
1535 S. Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
website: http://www.yogawestla.com/

you've probably heard about this on elephantjournal.com, so if you're here in LA, come join us at YOGAco this SUNDAY 2/28 12:45pm to wish jen and robert a happy future together... and raise money for haiti earthquake relief!

My Wedding Celebration
All donations going to RED CROSS for Haiti relief
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time: 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Location: Yogaco
Street: 1408 3rd st Promenade
City/Town: Santa Monica, CA
Hey all,
If you are coming to my wedding celebration on Sun Feb 28 @ Yogaco, there has been a change of plans. It was going to be a gentle yoga class but there is not enough time or room (too many people). Please feel free to bring something to drink (wine or champagne or something you like, or a snack) and also if you are so inclined... Bring a blessing, a poem, a song etc to share. Erica Rhodes will play cello and Samadhi is singing but we have a stage and I think it will make a lovely ceremony. So, only if you would like to bring something to share....
I am so honored that you all are coming. Please get there by 1245 pm so we can start on time. I cannot wait to make a toast to all of you.
Remember, I am also taking donations that day in the box and giving them to the Red Cross (for Haiti).
I look forward to hugging all of you. Yoga is at 1408 3rd st Promenade (next to Anthropologie)

this sounds like an amazing afternoon of world music - PremaSoul and Classical Arabic Takht at the Pasadena Central Library auditorium this SUNDAY 2/28 2-5pm

PCM presents: TJ Troy Solo Tabla, PremaSoul, and Classical Arabic Takht
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Donald R. Wright Auditorium Pasadena Central Library
Street: 285 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena Creative Music presents an afternoon of diverse world music and fusion. www.pasadenacreativemusic.com
PremaSoul fuses ancient Indian melody with the soul of American music, transcending musical & cultural boundaries with an intoxicating mix of pop harmonies, world rhythms, & original and traditional songs in many languages. (www.premasoul.com)
T.J. Troy presents solo repertoire of the North IndianTabla, in the style of the Lucknowgharana. This performance will feature traditional compositions, created distinctly for tabla solo, including peshkar, palta theka, kaida, kaida-rela, rela, gat, tukra, and chakradhar.
Classical Arabic Takht: Fahd Shaabad, T.J. Troy, Yvette Holzwarth, and Chris Votek have formed an exciting new oud, riqq, violin, and cello quartet especially to play this concert. The repertoire is classical Arabic music, and includes sama'i, longa, taqasim, and many instrumental songs.
After the concert abundant food and drink will be served at Chris's house on 246 N. El Molino Ave. As February 28th is the the date of Chris's birth it will be a combined concert reception/birthday party!

i'm sure you've heard about the blue avatars in that animated flick, but there's also a GOLDEN avatar: sri chaitanya mahaprabhu, "the divine manifestation of the Supreme Goddess, Radha and the Supreme God, Krishna." it was he who popularized the call-and-response form of chanting known as kirtan. this SUNDAY 2/28 4-8pm... at Rose Temple in venice, there will be a kirtan led by the kirtaniyas in his honor

The Day of The Golden Avatar
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Rose Temple
Street: 305 rose avenue
City/Town: Venice, CA
At The Rose Temple this Sunday there will be a celebration for the Golden Avatar: Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The Kirtaniyas, BV Bhagavat Swami and other guests...
"Sri Chaitanya is the divine manifestation of the Supreme Goddess, Radha and the Supreme God, Krishna.
Krishna being the reservoir of pleasure once desired to understand the love that his greatest lover (Radha) had for him. He wanted to have first hand experience of this love. So they (Radha and Krishna) combined in one form and came to play in this material world as The Golden Avatar.
While experiencing the depths of Sri Radha's love for him in this combined form Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu distributed this love to ONE and ALL through the process of KIRTAN.
KIRTAN is a gathering of hearts expressing feelings of love. LOVE being GOD and GOD being love this expression is called BHAKTI... the gift of Sri Chaitanya."

This SUNDAY 2/28, come for KIRTAN with PREM JYOTI of Encinitas and celebrate the Book Release of "WHERE SOULS DREAM GOD" written by Sundaram La Pierre at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: Bhakti Yoga Shala
Street: 207 ARIZONA AVE
Come for KIRTAN with PREM JYOTI of Encinitas
and celebrate the Book Release of
"WHERE SOULS DREAM GOD" written by Sundaram La Pierre.
The book is a unique glimpse into the ancient culture of India as seen by Westerners who have adopted that culture as their own. Anyone who is fascinated by the magic and the mystery of that holy land will find this book intoxicating. If you have ever thought about going there, after reading "WHERE SOULS DREAM GOD", you may just have to put your life on hold and leave tomorrow!
The book includes the full-length CD, recorded exclusively for the book: I Love You, India, by Swami Nirvanananda, the “Singing Monk.
Sundaram and Hilary are the owners and hosts of Jyoti Mandir. JYOTI MANDIR is a temple at a private home in Encinitas. We host many Kirtan events both here & at other venues in Encinitas. We believe that the true purpose of music is to uplift the consciousness, leading to actual communion with God. Visit their website www.jyotimandir.com and their facebook page Jyoti Mandir to learn more.

if you're in the OC, this is for you: the new YogaShala in Costa Mesa will be holding their first Introduction to AyurYoga class this SUNDAY 2/28 2-4pm. They offer customized yoga classes based on individual body constitutions according to the ancient science of Ayurveda.The classes provide a holistic healing experience for the physical and spiritual self through not only specific yoga postures but guided meditation and live music.

The Healing Gardens of Ayurveda, LLC
234 E. 17th Street, Suite No. 102
Costa Mesa CA, 92627
website: www.thehealingardens.com/yoga_meditation.htm