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because yoga month is all about... yoga, of course!

Posted Sep 06 2010 11:42pm
since it's yoga month, why not take a yoga class -- and better yet, bring along a friend! after all. some of these classes will be FREE, while others will be by donation. so not only will your body feel good after class, but your conscience will know that your money went to a good cause!


~~~ FREE yoga-related events ~~~

at 5 point yoga and point dume yoga in malibu:

Thanks to Lululemon and the Lululemon Malibu Showroom you have the opportunity to take FREE classes at 5 point yoga and Point Dume Yoga! All you have to do is go to the Lululemon Malibu Showroom and pick up a pass. Lululemon Malibu Showroom is located at 22333 PCH, Ste. #216, Malibu, CA 90265 - 310-456-5483

at black dog yoga in sherman oaks:

Click here for coupons for these FREE classes

ONE FREE CLASS with Dice Iida-KleinDice's yoga classes areTues & Thurs .... 7:00p - 8:30p....Strong Flow
Wednesday .... 9:00a - 10:30a....Strong Flow
Sunday ........... 9:30a - 11:00a....Strong Flow

ONE FREE CLASS with Bow SavikulBow's yoga classes areMon & Weds .... 7:00p - 8:30p....Basic+Gentle (Yin Yang Yoga)

ONE FREE CLASS with Cassie CrespoCassies's yoga classes areWednesday .... 12:15ap - 1:15p....Come Alive for $5 (Mixed Level Flow)
Sunday ........... 9:15a - 10:45a....Intermediate Flow

ONE FREE CLASS with Tyler PaganTylers's yoga class is:Friday .... 6:30p - 8:00p....Soulful Flow

at jade apple yoga in north hollywood:

The Jade Apple is pleased to offer you a couple of featured classes to try out…for FREE!
This month’s freebies areFRIDAY Sept. 3rd at 9:30am FUN FRIDAY YOGA with KAREN
WEDNESDAY Sept 15th at 8pm VIBRANT FLOW with TREVOR
MONDAY Sept 20th at 11:30am KIND & GENTLE with LARA

at city yoga in west hollywood:

FREE Community Night: A basics approach to the Divine Feminine with Heather Foster
Tuesday, September 14th 7:30pm
Please R.S.V.P. by calling 323-654-2125

While juggling the many facets of daily life, do you find yourself able to promote your personal health as well as your spiritual growth?
Stressors within the social dynamics of work, the economy, our families and our precious free-time often lead to quick trigger responses, meals on the go, intimacy in a flash, doing more, getting there faster, taking care of others, checking things off the "to do" list ....
If you can relate, you may also relate to feeling somewhat disconnected. There is a certain amount of freedom lacking within such a paradigm. Not a freedom from our lives, but a more balanced sense of freedom within our lives. The cycle of birth, transformation and rebirth resides in all of us as the nurturing and sustaining influence within the bigger picture of the universe as a whole. These are aspects of the Divine Feminine. We will come together to look at our own preconceived notions behind the many aspects of the Divine Feminine and awaken our diverse understandings. With the intention to grow, evolve, and understand each other more fully, our transformation as individuals is enhanced. This class will include the opportunity to recognize both feminine and masculine aspects of reality as they exist in your life, followed by an asana practice to enliven the Shiva/Shakti energy within us and will end with a led meditation.
This workshop is for MEN AND WOMEN!

at the lululemon plaza el segundo store:

Lululemon Plaza El Segundo's 3rd Birthday Party!
2008A East Park Place, El Segundo
Saturday, Sept 11th

Happy Birthday to us! Come celebrate PES turning 3! We will have a DJ, Four Truffles Skincare will be giving hand massages, and Sage will be providing yummy food!

at the new lululemon sherman oaks store
GRAND OPENING PARTY!
13559 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
Friday, Sept 10th 7:00-9:00pm

Let's celebrate!! Join us for an evening of food, drinks and live entertainment...oh and not to mention DJ Dinari on the ones and twos! uhhh, did we also mention there will be PRIZES?!! Can't wait for this rad night with our AMAZING community!!

at rising lotus yoga in sherman oaks:

(ask studio for coupon if you aren't on their mailing list)
One Class Free in September (for featured teachers)Kate Szilagyi - Thursdays, 7:30-8:45am - Mixed Level (2-3)
Nicole Woodard - Saturdays, 5:00-6:30pm - Mixed Level (2-3)
Offer Expires: September 30, 2010. Valid for one class only per teacher.

at yoga blend in burbank:

Free Intro to Yoga with Christy Marsden
Sunday, Sept 26th 1:30-3:30pm

New to Yoga? What class should you take? Have an injury? Need more energy? Want strength & flexibility? Looking to reduce stress?
Then this is the workshop for you! We will cover the basics of yoga philosophy, pranayama (breath control) and asana (yoga postures). It is a great workshop for those wanting to learn more about yoga before taking their first class. It is also an excellent overview for newer or current students.
We will be moving so be prepared with~ A mat (or you can use ours)
~ Clothes you can move in
~ Water and a towel
~ Any and all questions
~ An open heart and mind!

at the yogi tree in toluca lake:

FREE INTRO TO KUNDALINI YOGA with Jennifer Kelly
Saturday, September 25, 1-4 pm

Are you new to yoga? Want to expand your current practice? Then this workshop is for you. In this safe, supportive, uplifting workshop, we will learn the fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga. We will cover the basics of yoga philosophy, pranayama (breath control), mudras ( hand movements), asana (yoga postures), mantras (positive affirmations), and meditation. This is a great workshop for those wanting to learn more about yoga before taking their first formal class. It is also an excellent overview for newer students and a great refresher for current students. What is Kundalini Yoga? A 5000 year-old science originated in India and brought to the United States by Yogi Bhajan some 40 years ago, Kundalini Yoga is for everyone - a blissful, challenging, celebratory practice that will help you achieve greater joy in your life and relief, too, from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia, and weight control issues. How can Kundalini Yoga help me? An inspiring and invigorating combination of movement, sound current, breath, and meditation which promotes relaxation and healing, allowing your spirit to flow freely, Kundalini Yoga is also known as "the yoga of awareness." This practice can release emotional blocks and deepen the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat, a towel, a small pillow, and plenty of water.

FREE COMMUNITY NIGHT BAZAAR: Music, Meditation, Connection
Saturday, September 25, 6 - 9 pm
Pre-register NOW: http://www.theyogitree.com/

God creates men, but they choose each other, said Machiavelli. The Yogi Tree is so grateful that you've chosen each other - and that you've chosen to share your journey with us.
We are so privileged and excited to invite you to this FREE celebration of The Yogi Tree community, which will honor you, our studio, and National Yoga Month ( http://www.yogamonth.org/ ).
Come as you are, with an open heart and whatever else you've got. Perhaps it's a delicious and healthy dessert or a scrumptious hors d'oeurvres (no alcohol, please). Maybe it's an acoustic guitar or a wonderfully funny joke. Could be you're an artist, a jewelry maker, a collector, or a poet. Whoever you are, whatever you love, however you fill your life, that's all we ask of you on this amazing evening of sharing and connection.
If you make art, bring it. If you make music, be ready to make it. If you do jokes or rhymes, prepare to crack them. If you collect comics or exotic bric-a-brac, don't be shy. If you love to eat, bring your favorite dish.
The Yogi Tree will provide music, meditation, an open mic, and that space we've all come to know and love.
Also, don't forget to clean out your closet, bringing along any clothing you no longer wear. We'll pile it up like a ceremonial bonfire, minus the flames, and take turns digging for buried treasure. You could walk away with a gently used blouse or a legendary pair of Doc Martens, a hot pair of jeans or a studly new (non)smoking jacket. Wacky - and fun!
Let's call this the First Annual Community Night Bazaar at The Yogi Tree. We know we'll be seeing you there...

at yogis anonymous in santa monica:

Yogis Anonymous 1st Anniversary Party!
Saturday, Sept 18th 8:00pm

We are ONE!!!! What do you get when you mix a bunch of yogis, a Mezcal tasting (for those who choose to partake), a karaoke machine and a bunch of twister mats? Come find out and party with us on Saturday September 18, 8pm-? As we celebrate our first year and our amazing community (YOU). Happy Birthday!


~~ you'll need to pull out your wallet for these events ~~~

Save the Sea Turtles in the Gulf! with Dice Iida-Klein and Briohny Smyth
Black Dog Yoga , Sherman Oaks
Sunday, Sept 5th 9:30-11:30am
Cost: $20 suggested donation - all proceeds will be donated

Join Dice and Briohny in their efforts to help spread awareness and raise funds for Kurmalliance to help save the sea turtles in the Gulf.
In this special extended Sunday morning class you will deepen your understanding of inversions and arm balances, as well as play with transitions from right side up to upside down and visa versa. Prepare to work hard and have fun for a righteous cause!
Kurma is the Sanskrit word for turtle. Beloved Kurma is also the second avatar of Vishnu. He is the preserver, the one who comes to the rescue. The one we need now!
In an age old story, Vishnu comes in earthly form as Kurma to save humanity by hoisting a great mountain upon his shell, churning the seas and distilling the elixir of life. That was the first time the turtle saved the world - the second is now. The turtle is the totem of this revolution. He is providing the motivation to get involved and fight for what is right. The nectar of life lies within the ocean, and if we continue to kill it, we will be faced with our own death and extinction.
You can also donate independently online by visiting the sites below www.insightsfoundation.com/donations
www.yogisanonymous.com/Events-kurmalliance.htm
http://www.kurmalliance.com/


Bhakti Fest 2010
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, 59700 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree
Thursday, Sept 9th thru Sunday , Sept 12th
Cost: 4-day pass - $300, weekend pass (sat/sun) - $170, sunday pass - $75 (see website for kids passes, housing, etc.)


Bhakti Fest is a four day music festival celebrating devotion through chanting, yoga, meditation and community. All of our presenters embody the spirit of Bhakti - deep devotion. We gather on 450 acres of inspiring desert land to express our love and devotion as one community through an enchanting array of activities, including~ Constant Kirtan Concerts
~ Yoga Classes
~ Private and Group Meditation
~ Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Vegan Cuisine
~ Fire Ceremonies (Pujas)
~ Hanuman Chalisas
~ Eco-Friendly Vendor Village
~ Camping, Cottages and Cabin Accommodations
~ Wellness Sanctuary: with massage, reiki, channeling, and other unique healing sessions.
In addition, a substantial portion of the festival's proceeds are donated to charitable organizations.


The Art Sutra: A Weekend on the Arts and Enlightenment
Mahasukha Center , Westchester
Friday, Sept 10th thru Sunday, Sept 12th
Cost: Suggested donation - $50 weekend, $30 day pass, $10 per drop-in class


Explore emptiness through the arts during this urban weekend retreat. Discover how emptiness awakens your experience of Performance, Dance, Music, Visual Art, Language, Touch and Yoga. Class details at www.theartsutra.com.

Fri., Sept. 10
7:30-9:30pm - Art, the Senses and Emptiness with Venerable Sumati Marut, Transcedent Speech with Cindy Lee

Sat., Sept. 11
12-1:30pm - Destroying Yourself to Create with Theatre Maker and Actor Brian Reid
2-3:00pm - The Impossible Touch with Yoga/Massage Therapist Claire Thompson
4-6:00pm - Understanding Your Four Infinite Bodies with Choreographer Mira Kingsley
8-11:00pm - Moving in Your Four Infinite Bodies with Choreographer Mira Kingsley, DJ SolarLion and live drummers

Sun., Sept 12
10am-12pm - Tibetan Heart Yoga - The Yoga of Wisdom with Yoginis Sarah Canfield and Rebecca Stanley
1-3:00pm - Art as Meditation, Meditation as Art with Visual Artist Douglas Paul Smith
3:30-5:00pm - Basslines and Buddhism with DJ/Producer FreQ Nasty
5-6:30pm - Dub Kirtan All-Star Jam with David Starfire, FreQ Nasty, G-dub, Dvine1, Henry Strange, SolarLion and vocalists


Your Neighborhood Studio Family BBQ & Potluck
Carlson Park, Braddock Drive at Motor Avenue, Culver City
Saturday, Sept 11th 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: it's a potluck!

Join the YNS family for an end of the summer BBQ! Fun in the sun, yummy food and drinks, games & dancing - we would love to celebrate our love for dance with our amazing YNS community!
We will provide meat to grill (vegetarians please bring any special items that you might want). However, we would greatly appreciate if you would contribute any Picnic/Potluck style dish as well. This way we have plenty of food to go around : )
What you can expect: Kickball, Bingo & of course, DANCING! It's going to be a blast!
Please RSVP with what dish you are bringing so we can keep a tally of what food will be provided. Thanks!


APLA Fundraiser Class: A special yoga class fundraiser with Ally Hamilton, Charlie Samos, and Lauren Peterson
Yogis Anonymous , Santa Monica
Sunday, Sept 12th 11:45am-1:45pm
Cost: Suggested donation $14 (All proceeds to APLA)


Join Ally Hamilton, Charlie Samos, and Lauren Peterson for a special 2 hour yoga class to raise funds for AIDS Project LA.
AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.


An Evening of Kirtan with Mike Cohen
Yoga at the Village , Glendale
Saturday, Sept 18th 8:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; space is limited


Kirtan with Mike Cohen and Friends is an invitation to sing, clap, meditate and dance together to create deep connection to the secret places of your soul. Visit http://www.mikecohenkirtan.com/ for a free download sample from Mike's album, Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West
LIGHT FARE, SOFT DRINKS, WINE AND BEER AVAILABLE


Yoga Aid Challenge Los Angeles
YogaCo , Santa Monica
Sunday, Sept 19th 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost: By donation

Yoga Aid began in 2006 with knowledge so beautifully summed up in MC Yogi’s words: “When we live to give love, there’s no greater feeling”. Two yoga enthusiasts, Clive and Eriko, set out to put their yoga practice into action by creating the Yoga Aid Challenge, an international fundraising event with the dual purpose of raising funds for charity and sharing the wonderful joys of yoga.
However, the story of Yoga Aid is really about the individuals that have made this message their own – the 6000 + yogis who have taken part in a Yoga Aid Challenge, the community ambassadors who make events happen in over 100 locations across the world, the teams of volunteers who seem to pop up when most needed; and not to mention the donors who have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. We call this giving philosophy “Giving4Living”.
The Challenge is a special, 2 hour yoga practice held in hundreds of locations worldwide. In large events such as capital cities, the Challenge is lead by a series of 12 teachers, many of whom are internationally renowned. In community events (held in local areas by yogis from the community) the Challenge is lead by teachers from a variety of local studios.
In Los Angeles, the event will be held at YogaCo, located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The practice will be led by amazing teachers such as Annie Carpenter, Kathryn Budig, Daniel Stewart, Jen Pastiloff, Brock and Krista Cahill and more.


Yoga for Peace with Siri Högfeldt
Tuesday, Sept 21st 8:00pm
Purple Yoga , Long Beach
Cost: By donation

September 21 is the International Day of Peace. It became a day in the calendar 10 years ago when Jeremy Gilley decided to take action to increase people's awareness around peace. It is a day that is not only about creating peace between nations but about non-violence at all levels, in our homes, communities, and within ourselves.

Purple Yoga and Siri will honor Jeremy's effort of bringing people together by dedicating a class and its proceeds to peace September 21 at 8pm. It will be a fun 90 minute class with focus on moving from a place of compassion and care, partner work in challenging poses, and finding peace, happiness, and home within us. Class will start with breathing and short meditation, warming up with sun salutations, and playing with fun poses to the sound of great artist and poets who have created music with awareness and love for all people on earth.

There is more information to be found about all the great work people are doing around the world throughout this day at http://www.peaceoneday.org/ .

This is a donation based class open to everyone. Pay what you like, or just check in with your regular membership. All proceeds will go to Long Beach Rescue Mission who provides food, clothing, and shelter to thousands of men, women and children.


Fall Equinox Celebration with Bekah Finch
Yoga Blend , Burbank
Tuesday, Sept 21st 8:30-10:30pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $15, a portion of proceeds donated to charity


The equinox is equal day and night; once again we have an opportunity to bring our bodies, minds, spirits and emotions into balance before the nights grow longer. The Fall is about harvest, reaping what you have sowed over the year. It is the most powerful time to decide what is working and not working in your life and begin to take action towards letting go. Just as the trees change to orange and red before the leaves wither, and the fruits and vegetables are full and heavy before they rot, we must take the time to receive the light and then prepare to release it. It is a time of gratitude and moving toward introspection.
Join Bekah for an evening of honoring the transition to Autumn through Yoga, Sacred Circle, Meditation and Creation.


"Yoga Unveiled" Screening and Q&A with the film's director, Gita Desai
Loyola Marymount University, University Hall
Friday, Sept 24th 7pm
Cost: $10

Please join us at LMU for a screening of the award winning movie "Yoga Unveiled" followed by a live Q&A after the film by director, Gita Desai. The event is made possible by Eden Goldman and Terra Gold's “Yoga and the Healing Sciences” Yoga Teacher Training Program @ LMU, which begins on September 17. It is one of only 4 events in the training that is open to the public.
"Yoga Unveiled" harnesses the colorful commentary of prominent yoga scholars, teachers and medical experts including Indra Devi, B.K.S. Iyengar, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Rodney Yee, Georg Feuerstein, Larry Payne, Pattabhi Jois, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Patricia Walden, Dr. Dean Ornish, T.K.V. Desikachar, Krishna Das, Dr. Mehmet Oz and many more! As Dr. Deepak Chopra said, “Yoga Unveiled is a one-of-a-kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all!”
Directions: Enter the LMU campus from Lincoln Blvd by turning onto LMU Drive. Once you pass the guard gate, University Hall is the first building on the right. Park in the parking lot & follow the posted signs to the room.
For more information please visit


Annual September Equinox with Jessica Anderson
Yogaworks Westlake Village
Friday, Sept 24th 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: $25

September Equinox marks the first day of the fall season, where night and daylight hours are equal. There is a tremendous value in seeking balance in times when we feel trapped in daily life routines, hardships, or lack of inspiration.Jessica will draw upon the theme of opposites through sun/moon, masculine/feminine, yin/yang, and the archetypes of Shiva and Shakti, as a way to guide the body through posture (asana), by the flow of the breath (pranayama), towards a balanced mind state (equanimity/ meditation/dhyana.
*With special guest musician Cooper Madison Ladnier


Yoga for Change with Grace for Coastal Cleanup Day
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Saturday, Sept 25th 7:30-9:00am
Cost: Minimum donation $5 per participant on the day of the event. Please make sure to bring cash/check with you. All donations will benefit Heal the Bay

Get Involved in Coastal Cleanup Day and start with Yoga with Grace on the Santa Monica Pier! All proceeds benefit Heal the Bay.
On Saturday, September 25th, from 7:30am to 9:00am, Yoga for Change hosts Grace Yoga on the west end of Santa Monica Pier with a donation-based, all levels Sunrise Yoga Class. Please bring your mat, water and wear warm, layered clothing. Space is limited and participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve space. Please RSVP here so we keep track of attendees as space is limited and will be capped at 150.
7am to 7:45am - Check in
7:50am to 8am - Morning Meditation
8am to 9am - Vinyasa FlowEarly arrival suggested to ensure a prompt 7:50am start.
Any questions, please email grace@graceyogala.com. For more information about Yoga For Change, please email info@iyogaforchange.com .


Sweat For Tashirat ~ A special donation based class taught by Chaz Russ
Yogaworks Westlake Village
Saturday, Sept 25th 11:30am-2:00pm
Cost: By donation

11:30 -pre class meet & greet, learn about Tashirat, FREE aromatherapy consultations with Robin Barnette of Aromachick
12-1:30 - Fun vinyasa class with CHAZ RUSS
1:30-2:00 - yummy snacks compliments of Chipotle
To RSVP and RESERVE YOUR SPACE: 805-371-3030
EMAIL: kasa.philanthropy@gmail.com
ALL LEVELS WELCOME

Tashirat yoga school and Ashram is located in the mountains of Central Mexico. Since it's founding in 1993, the Tashirat staff has served the neediest sectors of society, providing yoga, counseling, classes in natural and remedial education. In 2003, the Tashirat Foundation staff decided that the greatest service they could provide the surrounding community would be to open an orphanage.


The Seva Series - 108 Sun Salutes with Nicole Honnig
Yoga Blend , Burbank
Saturday, Sept 25th 1:30-4:00 PM
Cost: Suggested Donation $15, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity


A Sun Salutation is a series of yoga poses linked together, common in almost every style of yoga. 108 is a sacred number in numerous traditions. This workshop is open to all levels, just be prepared to work up a sweat! You can do as many or as few as you want. It is your intention, and most importantly, your presence that counts. You can take breaks as often as you need to and soak up the energy as it flows around you, and then jump back in whenever you recover and you won't have to worry about keeping track.
Seva, a Sanskrit word, means "selfless service". This is a DONATION ONLY workshop open to everyone who wishes to explore the benefits that this healing practice has to offer. The word "service" does not fully capture the essence of the word seva. Seva is much more than donating money to a charity. The word "seva" means 'together with' and describes those actions that seek collective upliftment through an understanding of the needs of others, and are based on togetherness and integration. Seva is an expression of compassion, of the desire to uplift and assist people. Beginners to advanced yogis are welcome.
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