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Thursday, February 09, 2012

partner up!

valentine's day is one of those hallmark card days when couples bend over backwards trying to find new and inventive ways to spend quality time with each other -- at home, in a restaurant, or maybe even in the great outdoors.

of course, there's no reason why that bending over backwards can't be done in a yoga studio, which is why more and more of these studios offer partner yoga classes as a date option for valentine's day.

i've been scouring emails and facebook pages for partner yoga workshops coming up this week. while it might be more fun to get all touchy-feely with someone you already feel comfortable with, most classes just ask that you be open and willing to pair up with someone you may have never seen before -- and seriously, how bad can a fellow yogi be?

here's the list i've come up with so far. not all of them will be held on valentine's day; in fact, most of them are this weekend. so scan through this list, reserve your spot to make sure you don't get closed out, and have fun!

btw, if you aren't familiar with the yoga studios listed, i'll be adding in links to their websites later today... i have to meet a bike buddy for a nice ride along the beach this morning. gotta love the summer weather here in LA!

Love to Last a Lifetime with Siri Marka Singh and Dharam Dev Kaur, LMFT
Friday, February 10th 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Yoga West, Los Angeles
How Much: Regular Keytag Class

What: Special 2 Hour Workshop includes Yoga, Meditation & Lecture
Why: Build Caliber, Commitment, and Continuity in Relationships
Take the Tips - Avoid the Slips
Have the Love, Hold the Love, and Nurture the Love

Valentines Day Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop with Karen Kazanci
Friday, February 10th 7:30-9:30pm
Rachel Zeskind’s Total Body Center, Sherman Oaks
$25 per person in advance/$30 day of

Join us for a night of yoga, stretching, massage, and chocolate! Bring a loved one, your yoga mat, a towel, a playful spirit, and an open heart! In the first hour we will focus on utilizing your partner to stretch deeper and in the second hour we will focus on Thai yoga massage techniques to stretch your body, relax, and connect to your loved one. After a lovely savasana, we will have yummy vegan chocolates and beverages. You will leave class with a smile and a nice tingling sensation in your body! The best way to spend your Valentine's Day weekend! Singles welcome!!!!!

Breathwork with Linda Casto
Friday, February 10th 8:00pm-9:00pm
The Hub, West Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day Preparation: Come Breathe Self-Love and Romance Yourself!
This time of year we are all bombarded with images and reminders that on February 14th we celebrate that ONE BIG LOVE. What if our one big love affair was with our Spirit? What if the single most important love, and our biggest love, is our SELF-LOVE? How much more might we bring to any relationship we are in, if we LOVE OURSELVES MORE?
Whether you are partnered or single at the moment, I bet you rarely romance yourself the way you romance a partner. So let’s start.
Please join me this Friday, February 10th at 8pm for an hour of breathing that may lead to February 14, 2012 being your best Valentine’s Day ever.

Valentine Partner Yoga class with Rymenmy Yoga
Saturday, February 11th 8:00 AM
Trump National Golf Club, One Ocean Trails Drive, Palos Verdes, CA

Bring a Friend, your Love, family member or by yourself i will partner you with another yogi =)
Partner Yoga is a way to reconnect with the childlike joy and innocence of our creativity. It is a way to play together - inventing new and fascinating ways to connect with form and energy. There is no right way to do Partner Yoga - only guidelines and principles that inspire and guide our practice. As we internalize insights gained in postures, we can see all our relationships as forms of Partner Yoga- conscious and creative exchanges of energy.
This class is by donation and everyone is welcome!!!

Alchemy of Love Relationships with Chris Merrill
Saturday, February 11th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Naam Yoga, Santa Monica
Price: Members: included with membership; Non-Members: $19

This workshop will reveal sacred truths about love relationships that increase your radiance, and increase the radiance of your spirit and soul. Working with the material in this course will allow you to better attract a healthy love mate, or bring heavenly bliss and joy to your present union. You will be able to make your life and that of your partner sweeter. You will learn spiritual tools to care for your love life, so that it may flourish like a beautiful garden, while you simultaneously awaken the internal healing, protective, spiritual faculties of which you have never been aware. Many people have taught about love relationships or tantric sex, but none have dealt with the spiritual principles that govern relationships in such an enlightening way. Take this opportunity to learn about the unseen forces that guide and affect all relationships. Perfect for singles, friends and love partners.

Happy Balance-tines Day Workshop with Jake and Meaghan
Saturday, February 11th 1:00-3:00 pm
Up Dog Yoga + Cycling, West Hollywood
$40, Bring a friend - $30 each

In this workshop we will be focusing on arm balances and heart openers. Spend 2 hours with Jake and Meaghan as they take you through a series of poses that will be sure to open your heart and turn you upside down.

Partner Yoga
Saturday, February 11th 3:00-4:30pm
Dharma Mittra Yoga LA, Los Angeles
Single class rates apply, Partner Pair: 2 people $20

Bring a partner or we will match you!
Working with another person’s body weight deepens the stretches, increases traction, and creates another level of strength and support. We will experiment with beginning through advanced partnering and acro yoga combinations.
All levels welcome, including kids who can be mature.
Our theme is Ahimsa, wear red, pink or green for the heart chakra.

Valentine's Day Partner Workshop with Scott & Andrea
Saturday, February 11th 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Urth Yoga, Silverlake
Cost: $40 per couple or $50 at the door

During this class you will work together with your partner, supporting one another, and communicating in a way that will cultivate trust and deepen your connection.
This class is extremely playful, with great instruction, so you will be sure to have heaps of fun and walk away feeling great in your body. And, even though this is a Valentine’s Day class, it is absolutely suitable for friends who want to have fun and explore yoga in a different way.
This class is an all-levels class and for couples of all ages. The only pre-requisite is the ability to giggle and have fun.

A Partner Yoga Workshop with Angela Kukhahn and Aimee Donahue
Saturday, February 11th 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Yogis Anonymous, Santa Monica
$20 per person in advance, $25 per person on the day of the even

Come alone or bring a friend, doesn't really matter as there will be a lot of mixing - you'll get a chance to work with lots of different people! (and don't worry, this won't be a sweaty class, just a great way to deepen your poses and your connection to others)

FULL SACRED BREATHING CIRCLE: Calling in the Beloved - Heart-Opening Venus Kriyas for Singles and Couples with Wahe Guru Kaur and Guru Darshan
Saturday, February 11th 7:00–9:30 pm
Awareness Center Yoga, Pasadena
$35 by 2/6, $40 thereafter, $60 per couple – SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

This magical evening will include a short Kundalini yoga warm-up, Venus Kriyas and exercises for enhancing intimacy and love AND a guided journey using the Healing Breath. Whether you bring a partner or come to make new friends, you will feel comfortable in the playful, spirit-infused environment.
Venus Kriyas combine masculine and feminine polarities with asanas, mudras, mantras, pranayam and meditation to generate strong psycho-magnetic fields. Divine energy is drawn in during these exercises and is positively directed toward cleansing, release and the raising of awareness through the chakras to unite both partners with their highest consciousness.
The Sacred Breathing Circle is a journey into the Self. It allows you to identify and release mental, emotional and physical blocks and bring light to areas that need healing. Experience Kundalini Yoga and an ancient pranic technique called the Healing Breath which promotes healing and regeneration on all levels.
Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

Partner Workshop with Jodi Fisher and Iman Alami
CorePower Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Saturday, February 11th 7:00-9:00pm

Feel the love!

An Evening of Awakening, Tantra Puja Ritual with Charu Morgan
Saturday, February 11th 7pm-11pm
The Hub, West Los Angeles
$100 if pre-registered by 2 weeks before the event. $150 thereafter

This evening is informed by an ancient Tantra Puja Ritual. This ritual is a prayer. In Tantra, our prayer is recognizing the divine in every human being, our temple is the body. In a Puja ritual each man will have the opportunity to partner with each woman for a simple exercise or meditation. The Tantric meditations use breath, movement, sound, and guided meditation to enrich each meeting throughout the ceremony. Attending Couples may choose to work solely with each other.
To register and for more information contact Embody Tantra: www.EveningOfAwakening.com or 310.729.1501

Saturday, February 11th 7:00 – 8:30pm
Jade Apple Yoga, North Hollywood
$20 / couple

Join Nathan & Jenn for a very special Date Night yoga. It's the perfect thing for you and your sweetie to do in celebration of your union and your love.

Valentine Partner Yoga Class with Rymenmy Yoga
Sunday, February 12th 10:00 AM
Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
We will be at Terranea Cove (on the sand below Marcel Restaurant)

Bring a Friend, your Love, family member or by yourself i will partner you with another yogi =)
Partner Yoga is a way to reconnect with the childlike joy and innocence of our creativity. It is a way to play together - inventing new and fascinating ways to connect with form and energy. There is no right way to do Partner Yoga - only guidelines and principles that inspire and guide our practice. As we internalize insights gained in postures, we can see all our relationships as forms of Partner Yoga- conscious and creative exchanges of energy.
This class is by donation and everyone is welcome!!!

‘The Energy of Love’ – A Psychic Meditation and Yoga Workshop with Liz and Kris Cahill
Sunday, February 12th 12:30 – 3:30pm
Brazilian Yoga and Pilates, Atwater Village
Cost: $35.00 in advance / $40.00 at the door
Register with Kris: 213-448-0503 ~ kris@kriscahill.com

Love is a healing and happy energy to have in your life. When you have the power of love in your life, everything else seems to be much easier.
Join Kris Cahill and Liz McDonald for a workshop dedicated to creating love. Whether you want to create a loving relationship, or to have more love for yourself, or all of the above…
This class combines gentle yoga along with psychic meditation. No previous experience required. Please wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in, and bring your yoga mat if you have one.

Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga with Aimee Donahue
Sunday, February 12th 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
YogaWorks South Bay
Early $35, Day of $40

Partner Yoga is a playful, fun and relaxed way to expand our understanding of trust, communication, and connection while building strength and flexibility in deeper and more effective ways than we can alone. This workshop is appropriate for those who would like to explore yoga in new ways and for those who are completely new to yoga.

Couples Workshop: An Interactive Workshop using Thai Yoga Massage Techniques with Deon de Wet
Sunday, February 12th 2:00p-5:00p
Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks
$35 for one, $70 for two

Learn how to deepen the experience of intimacy with your partner, as you are guided through a sensual journey, combining assisted yoga, moving meditation and traditional Thai Massage. Find out how to enhance the loving energy of a close relationship by using the art of nurturing touch as your foundation for intimate communion.
Experience the double joy of both giving and receiving this fun, safe and therapeutic style of yoga as you harmonize and balance the flows of energy throughout your bodies. Enjoy a profound sense of release and contentment as you and your partner help each other to deeply integrate mind, body and soul. The practice is performed comfortably clothed, on a special arrangement of mats on the floor.
All of the moves can be performed by anyone with just a medium level of fitness and flexibility, as long as a kneeling position can be maintained for a few minutes at a time.
No prior experience with either yoga or massage is required.
Workshop is geared towards couples. We’ll do our best to partner up singles.

Partner Yoga Class with Sarah & Ryan
Sunday, February 12th 6:15pm - 8:15pm.
Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, Pasadena
Early sign-up fee of $35/couple; otherwise $45/couple the day of

12 couples with limited space! Reserve your spot now by registering early.

Valentine's Day-Friends are FREE at Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
Tuesday, February 14th
Bring a Friend to Yoga For FREE (New Students Only)

Share the Love and Bring a Friend to YogaWorks this Valentine’s Day
YogaWorks Main St. & YogaWorks Montana, Santa Monica

Steer clear of the crowded restaurants and overpriced menus and come feel the love at YogaWorks with a friend and a cocktail. This Valentine’s Day, YogaWorks’ members are encouraged to bring friends to enjoy a free yoga class, with snacks and wine served at happy hour.
Whether it be a sister, boyfriend or co-worker, what better way to give them the love they deserve than with a relaxing, restorative day of yoga.
Members can bring a friend for free to all regular scheduled classes on Tuesday, February 14th.
Snacks and beverages will be served from 4pm – 7pm

Valentine's Day Bring a Date Special
Tuesday, February 14th 9:00am until 7:30pm
Siesta Yoga, Los Feliz

Bring a friend, loved one, mate, or interested party along with you on Valentine's Day and receive a free class for them. Your friend will have the opportunity to purchase a series for 10% off and everyone will receive 10% off any merchandise purchase on Valentine's Day only! Make it a date; Make it an adventure; Make it an excuse to get that person to step on the mat! If you do not currently have a series, you can buy a class or series and your friend will take the class you came to for free. If you do have a series, you're ready to go.

Valentine's Day Partner Yoga with Anthony and Rebecca Benenati
Tuesday, February 14th 6:00 - 8:00 pm
City Yoga, West Hollywood
$50 per couple or $45 if you register before Feb 7

This Valentine's be a part of a tradition at City Yoga. Anthony and Rebecca have been teaching this wildly popular workshop for many years.
Come do yoga with your partner and really connect. Celebrate your relationship by bending, balancing and breathing with them.
Rebecca and Anthony will lead this very fun, loving, and playful practice that includes asana, restorative poses, massage techniques, meditation and Valentine's treats to eat.
It’s a great way to start the night!
All couples are welcome.

Power of Love: Valentine's Day Celebration with Gurmukh
Tuesday, February 14th 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Cost: $20/adv or $25/day of

The Heart center is the strongest of all centers. The heart center effects 108 trillion times more effectively than the head. Heart has the power of a 108 suns. Whenever you pray with your head, it will take a long time -- you have to go through intellect, thought, circumstances, environment, space, and time. Whenever you sing or pray from heart, it will be timeless, spaceless and absolutely effective. It works.
Let your heart become the Temple of Gold.
Please join us for a bountiful, beautiful and blissful heart-felt Kundalini Yoga and Meditation evening. This incredible class will be dedicated to the Infinite Power of the heart. Yummy treats will be served after class.

Kids Valentine’s Play Date with Diana, Gabrielle & Karen
Saturday February 18th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Brazilian Yoga and Pilates, Atwater Village
$35 for each child / $25 siblings
Pre-Registration Required before 2/1

Drop your kid off for an afternoon of Yoga, Capoeria and Valentines crafts with BYP certified kids Yoga instructors, Gabrielle & Karen and Kids Capoeria instructor Diana. Healthy snacks will be provided. (More Info) Ages 5-10.
Contact: yogagabrielle@gmail.com or call 424-242-2007

A VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL ~ THAI YOGA MASSAGE or Yoga For Lazy People with Elyse Briggs, ERYT-500, NCTMB
Saturday, February 18th 1:00 - 4:00pm
Yoga at the Village, Glendale
Workshop Fee: $35 per person

Bring your Sweetie or a Good Pal!
NUAD BO-RARN, the Traditional Massage of Thailand, is an ancient form of therapeutic bodywork first practiced over 2500 years ago in Thailand and combines acupressure, yoga, compression and deep stretching techniques utilizing the practitioner's palms, thumbs, elbows, soles of the feet and knees to release muscles and free joints. Performed on a floor mat, both practitioner and client move through four traditional positions; front, back, side and seated. Practiced in meditative and dance-like movements, Thai Massage oxygenates the blood, improves circulation, increases joint flexibility, massages internal organs, reduces stress, increases energy and facilitates mind/body/spirit balance.
Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Heart Chakra Meditation
Saturday, February 18th 1:00-3:00pm
Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
$25 Pre Sale, $35 On the Day

The perfect Valentine's gift to yourself... Nourish your whole being in the first of our Chakra Series with Reiki Master & yogini, Seda Gungor Aksut.
Join us for a 2 hour yoga & meditation workshop that will open the chakras and leave you suffused with love. Very special Kundalini yoga exercises will open the practice, followed by a guided heart chakra meditation. This transformational journey will conclude with an energizing (11 minute) guided "big white ball of light" meditation empowering and aligning all of the chakras and Sivasana with healing hands...
The heart is the center for "real" happiness. When the heart chakra is healthy and open, our life force steadily flows through our body. This is where we neutralize anger and hurt. People with an open and balanced heart chakra have natural warmth, they open up other people's hearts, they attract other people like honey to bees. Their emotions don't jump all over, they are more easily able to stay away from doubt and conflict. When this chakra isn't healthy, people are dependent on "other people" for love. They are sensitive and easily hurt. They want to give love but they are afraid of being rejected or hurt.

Valentine’s Partner Yoga with Matthew Cohen
Saturday, February 18th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 19th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Cost: $30 per day OR $50 for both

In this 2 day workshop we will extend our solo experience and share it with another. Consciously working with another person translates into useful life skills. Partner Yoga deepens our sensitivity, awareness and compassion. The mutual support and connection to others strengthens the sense of community. We will focus on breath, postural alignment & placement. Ultimately, working with partners allows us to learn more about ourselves. This is a potent, enlightening and joyful workshop. Partner Yoga is a creative way to revisit your practice using touch as communication while enjoying the benefits of moving deeper into one's practice with a little help from a friend! Class will include backbends, forward bends, balance, twists and more...

Celebrate Valentine's Day: Partner Yoga with Kyra Anastasia
Saturday February 18th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Naam Yoga, Santa Monica
Price: $25 per person; $40 for two. No partner needed.
Please note: Advance Registration & Payment Required. In order to purchase the $40 package for two you must call the front desk at (310) 751-7550

Working with a partner is a great way to discover the benefits of yoga, not only for health, but for the vitality of your relationship. During the practice, you will act as an assistant to your partner as well as learn to support your partner’s postures. Together we will practice basic seated and standing poses as well as some inversions. Both partners will have the opportunity to support & be supported. And most importantly, it’s fun! Light snacks and chocolate to follow!

Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop with Karen
Sunday, February 19th 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Brazilian Yoga and Pilates, Atwater Village
$30 per couple / $20 per person

Join us for a night of stretching, massage, and chocolate! Bring a loved one, your yoga mat, a towel, a playful spirit, and an open heart! In the first hour we will focus on utilizing your partner to stretch deeper and in the second hour we will focus on Thai yoga massage techniques to stretch your body, relax, and connect to your loved one. After a lovely savasana, we will have yummy vegan chocolates and beverages. You will leave class with a smile and a nice tingling sensation in your body! The best way to spend your Valentine’s Day weekend!
Singles welcome!

Special Valentine's Day Partner Yoga Workshop with Chaz
Sunday, February 19th, 2-4 PM or 5-7 PM
YogaWorks Tarzana
Price: $50/couple early, $60/couple day of
SIGN UP: (818) 457-6900

A warm room. A special chance to become closer, to play and embrace, relax and rekindle, massage and support each other with partner yoga poses.Chaz will teach simple massage techniques from the ancient art of Thai massage. Lasso the moon for an evening and hang onto your love for a lifetime.
No yoga experience needed. :)