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celebrate the season!

Posted Dec 20 2008 5:58pm
it's hard to believe that 2008 will be just a pleasant memory in less than three weeks! it's even harder to believe that we're almost halfway through the month of december and i can't even remember what i've done since thanksgiving :(

hmmm... i ran a marathon sometime early this month, so all that running must've obliterated some of my memory cells...

anyway, here are the goings-on for december (i've also merged in the events that i posted a week ago to keep the month together. i know; i'm just anal that way).

the winter solstice will be coming around next week, so find an event that resonates with you and go celebrate!

by the way, i just got back from spending too much time -- and money -- at the ecogift festival at the santa monica civic auditorium (which runs through sunday the 14th, by the way), so i'm going to post what i have so far and keep adding on as i find stuff...


ongoing events:

Kids Fitness Classes
lululemon Glendale, 233 South Brand Avenue
Every Wednesday 3:00pm
Cost: FREE


Complimentary Kids Fitness classes on Wednesdays at 3:00pm.

Yoga For A Cause
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Every Wednesday 4:30pm
Cost: By Donation


Join Laurie Searle For This Inspiring All levels Class!
A weekly all levels flow class with the intention of raising awareness for the issues we care about as a studio and community. Although this is not a donations class, donations are collected at the box hanging at the front desk and go directly to the cause. No donation is too small. This class is sponsored by www.ewishingwell.org

Community Fitness Classes
lululemon Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way
Every Wednesday 8:30-9:30pm
Every Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE


Complimentary Community Fitness classes on Wednesdays at 9:30 pm and Sundays at 9:30 am.

Yoga for Runners with Steve Mackel
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Every Thursday 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: FREE


Join us on our outdoor patio for Yoga for Runners with Certified ChiRunning Instructor, USA Triathlon Coach, and lululemon Ambassador, Coach Steve Mackel.
Class is held every Thursday at 6:30pm on our store's back patio in Miller Alley just off Delacey Ave.
Coach Steve Mackel works on creating overall balance, taking runners through a series of yoga poses and explains the correlations between the pose and the biomechanics of running. He also moves students through vinyasa flow series while he focuses on creating strength first and flexibility second.
Limited community mats are available. As classes fill up quickly and space is limited, please come early.
Also, please dress in layers so that you may remain comfortable as you warm-up during the class.

Kirtan at SMPY West
Power Yoga West, Santa Monica
Every Saturday 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: By Donation


Our instructors will hold a candlelit evening of Kirtan/Chanting every Saturday of the month. Different instructors lead each week and always on donation basis.
1st Saturday of every month, Govindas and Radha ( kirtanwithgovindas.com )
2nd Saturday of every month, Travis ( traviseliot.com )
3rd Saturday of every month, Andres ( powersoulyoga.com )
4th Saturday of every month, Terra and Friends ( terrawellness.com )
Bring meditation cushions or blanket (no yoga mat). Wear comfy clothes.
Come sing from the deepest corner of your heart!

Weekly In-Store Fitness/Yoga Class
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Every Sunday 9:00-10:00am
Cost: FREE


December is an exciting month at lululemon. We are focused on GOAL SETTING, spreading the holiday love in our community, and FUN!
This HOLIDAY month, our YOGA classes will be provided by the Studio of the Month, YogaHop.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you from lu!
Dec. 7th - Marko King
Dec. 14th - Matthew Reyes
Dec. 21st - Jennifer Moore
Dec. 28th - TBD

All-levels Fitness Class
lululemon Beverly Hills, 334 North Beverly Drive
Every Sunday 9:30-10:45am
Cost: FREE


Every Sunday we host a complimentary fitness class featuring different styles of yoga, pilates, dance and personal training. All levels welcome - perfect for beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners. Check our community events listing, we do family classes too!
Weekly classes are followed by healthy snacks to refuel!
Sample some of the Los Angeles area's best instructors in a non-intimidating environment, deepen your practice with personal attention in an intimate space and practice with us!
We have community mats for our guests.

Yoga on the Green
lululemon Glendale, 233 South Brand Avenue
Every Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE


Come participate and help us achieve our goal of seeing 100 happy faces on the green!
Light refreshments to follow, limited mats available for class use.
*Keep in mind class is outside, and may be in partial sun. Dress appropriately or wear sunblock, and bring water!*
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

In-store Fitness Classes
lululemon South Bay, 2008A East Park Place
Every Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE


All levels flow yoga class from 9:30-10:30am
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

All-levels Yoga
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Every Sunday 10:00am
Cost: FREE


Limited "community" mats are available. Bringing your own mat is encouraged. As classes fill up quickly, and space is limited, please come early.
Please dress in layers so that you may remove articles as you warm-up during the class. Our space is outdoors behind the store on the patio (accessible through the alley on Delacey).
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

Kirtan in the Canyon with Andrew and Michele and Friends
Yoga Desa, Topanga
Saturday, Dec 6th (1st Saturday of the month) 7:00pm


Singing these special songs with full enthusiasm is a meditation in itself and can leave you quite happy and high. See for yourself.
Call (818) 340-6088 for information.
www.artoflivingla.org/public.html

Devotional Chanting
Monthly Devotional Chanting Kirtan
Ananda Los Angeles, Santa Monica
Saturday, Dec 6th (Once a month) 7:30pm


Just a reminder: we have changed our kirtan schedule. Kirtans are now being held once per month, on the first Saturday night. We hope to see you there. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the profound inner peace and joy of devotional chanting. As Yogananda said, "Chanting is half the battle!"

Live Music class with Lucy Bivins
Guerilla Yoga at the Hollywood Dance Center, Hollywood
Every Friday, 6:00pm
Cost: $10 Suggested minimum donation


Lucy Bivins's monthly Live Music class is held every Friday evening at The Hollywood Dance Center. 2 hours of sweet, flowing asana accompanied by three of her loyal and talented musicians. The music starts at 6 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT GROOVE NIGHT
Yoga Groove, North Hollywood
Friday, Dec 5th (1st Friday of the month) 8:00-9:15pm
Cost: $5 Suggested Donation


Only a suggested donation of $5 that goes to support the artists is requested for a great evening of fun filled entertainment.

Kirtan with Daniel and Friends
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, Dec 19th (Once a month) 8:15pm
Cost: $15 Suggested donation


Join Daniel and friends for a joyful evening of musical meditation and chanting to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Daniel will be singing with Larry, Steve, and Keelan on drums, Sarah and Sylive on Vocals, Abbie on Cello and Jeff on guitar.
Hope you'll come and help us warm up the room and spread the joy at the Lotus. Jai Ma!

Community Nights at City Yoga: AN EVENING OF RESTORATIVE YOGA with Sharon Skok
City Yoga, West Hollywood
Tuesday, Dec 9th (2nd Tuesday of the month) 7:30pm
Cost: FREE


Come join us for this special class. Props, such as bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps will be used to assist in relaxing the nervous system, gently opening the body, and quieting the mind.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS RELAXING OPPORTUNITY
Hope to see you there!

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Travis Eliot and Friends
Santa Monica Yoga, Santa Monica
None this month (4th Saturday of the month) 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation



other special events:

WELCOME HOME Chanting with Steve Ross
Maha Yoga, 13050 San Vicente Blvd, 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Friday, December 5th 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation


Please help us gratefully welcome back Steve Ross from his trip to Mumbai, India. Join us for a beautiful evening of chanting guaranteed to open your heart. This is a donation based event. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a cushion to sit on and enjoy.

A Magical Evening of Kirtan with Dave Stringer and his Band
Yoga at The Village, 1306 Sonora Avenue, Glendale CA 91201
Friday, December 5th 8:00pm
Cost: Tickets for the event are on sale for $20 in advance, $25 at the door


Don't Miss This One...the laughter and joy is contagious!
The Los Angeles Times has declared the experience of chanting with Dave Stringer to be "a departure from ancient kirtan. Stringer's performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter."
Space is limited.

RAGA LOUNGE
Shakti's Elements, 717 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
Friday, December 5th 8:00-11:00pm


A stage for live music, poetry, spoken word, film, dance & more!

2nd Annual Holiday Charity Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class for the Midnight Mission
YogaWorks Center for Yoga, 230 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd
Saturday, December 6th 2:00-5:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $25


Come flow for two amazing hours backed by live music performances with DJ Mattnifique, Whiney Allen, Becky Kessler, Holiday Carolers and a rare collection of Yoga Works Finest Vinyasa Flow teachers. This special event will be team taught by your favorite Yoga Works Vinyasa teachers including David Lynch, Joan Hyman, Peter Barnett, Whitney Allen, Eka Ekong, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller, Mia Togo and Yogi Claus.
Last year's event was a huge success and helped raise money and awareness for an important local charity and we hope this year we can build upon our past accomplishments as a yoga community.
The Midnight Mission is one of the oldest continuously operating human services organizations in the Los Angeles region. Centered in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, the Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement. The Mission makes available the necessities of life to homeless people: food , shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs, and medical care.

Kirtan with GOVINDAS AND RADHA with special guest ARJUN BABA!
Santa Monica Power Yoga (WEST), 1410 2nd St., Santa Monica CA 90401
Saturday, December 6th 8:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $11


ARJUN BABA's voice has been likened by reviewers to Ben Harper (Metro Santa Cruz), and Bob Marley (Chicago Journal, & others). Jivamukti Yoga has placed ARJUN among the top 5 bhajan/kirtan singers in the western world

Kundalini Yoga with Raghubir of Golden Bridge Yoga!
lululemon Glendale, 233 South Brand Blvd
Sunday, December 7th 9:00-10:00am ***New Time***
Cost: FREE


We are so excited to host this fun and special Kundalini yoga class!
***A few notes from us to you... Boot Camp is NO MORE for 2008, stay posted next year for new bootcamp classes here at the Americana!

Anusara yoga with Anthony Benenati
lululemon Beverly Hills, 334 Beverly Drive
Sunday, December 7th 9:30am
Cost: FREE


Our alum ambassador, Anthony Benenati is the founder of City Yoga, recognized across the country as a yoga community on the cutting edge. Anthony is a senior instructor and is known in the yoga community as a skillful practitioner and a teacher's teacher for his dynamic, non-dogmatic and playful teaching style. All levels welcome! Mats available to use and as always, snacks to follow!

Yoga with Danielle Radl!
lululemon South Bay, 2008A East Park Place
Sunday, December 7th 9:30am
Cost: FREE


Kundalini Yoga this Sunday! Have you ever tried Kundalini? Prepare to chant! A typical class starts with a series of breathing excercises and chants, then moves into poses! The classes are designed to release a form of energy (called Kundalini) that is believed to be stored in the base of the spine. All levels welcome and bring a friend to join you!

The Art of Yoga: Breath, Yoga & Meditation
Evidence Gallery, 7122 Beverly Blvd, 2nd floor, Los Angeles CA 90036
Sunday, December 7th 3:30-5:00pm
Cost: FREE


Kyona and I will host a yoga workshop on Sunday, December 7th at Evidence Gallery in Los Angeles and we've decided to just make it a FREE CLASS as a Christmas gift to all of our folks.
The gallery is beautiful with bamboo floors, skylight and an amazing atmosphere. The class will focus on making your yoga practice more personal with emphasis on breathwork to clear your mind and clean your system from the inside out. Kyona will be giving hands-on adjustments during class.
The gallery is located above Starbucks and Susina Bakery and there is a free parking garage adjacent to the building between La Brea and the alley.
Come spend the afternoon with friends and find the art and beauty in your yoga practice!
SPACE IS LIMITED so please reserve your spot by contacting theinsideoutyoga@gmail.com
Namaste, Andrea & Kyona

Yoga Fundraiser for Hand in Hand for Cambodia
Santa Monica Yoga, Santa Monica
Saturday, December 13th 9:00-10:30am
Cost: Regular class price


On Saturday December 13, the proceeds from Julian Walker’s 9:00 am class will be donated to Hand in Hand for Cambodia – http://www.handinhandforcambodia.org.
Students attending this class may also purchase any package of 5, 10, 15 or 20 classes at 10% off on that day.

ACRO YOGA WORKSHOP with Lara Catone & Sarah Vosen
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Saturday, December 13th 1:15-4:15pm
Cost: $35 by Dec. 6th / $40 after


TRUST - CONNECT - PLAY
Explore all the disciplines that AcroYoga offers: yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Open to new possibilities found through partner work from the therapeutics of stretching and Thai massage to the support of assisted inversions and basic acrobatics. Cultivating trust and connection everyone will learn to fly.
Embodying the foundations of AcroYoga offers endless opportunities to let go and play! Beginners welcome, no prior experience required. NO PARTNER NECESSARY!

Mata Mandir Singh Live in Concert with Mata Mandir Singh Khalsa
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Saturday, December 13th 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $20/adv or $25/day of


Golden Bridge is honoured to host Mata Mandir Singh Khalsa for a special night filled with beautiful and uplifting music
Mata Mandir’s music is heartfelt, and filled with beautiful, healing energy. He blends his guitar and soulful voice in all of his kirtan to create a rustic and enchanting quality that is inviting and majestic
Come join Mata Mandir for this unique journey experiencing the beauty of Naad Yoga through live kirtan Visit www.yogaofsound.com for more information on Mata Mandir.

The Rhythm of Axe: a night of latin rhythm and movement with Micheline Berry & Shaman's Dream, DJ Drez & Hoopnotica Dance Co.
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, December 13th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance / $20 at the door


Venga Bailar! Come prepared to dance your heart out and ass off to an evening of hot and healing latin rhythm and world music!
From lilting bossa nova to explosive batucada, rumba to salsa, R&B to the blues, Shaman's Dream celebrates the ecstatic healing of rhythm and movement in both their ancestral African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian roots as well as contemporary electronic and fusion forms.

108 Sun salutations for Guruji's (B.K.S. Iyengar) 90th Birthday!
Iyengar Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Sunday, December 14th 6:30am
Cost: FREE


Guruji (B.K.S. Iyengar) turns 90 on Sunday, December 14.
Help us celebrate 90 glorious years with 108 Sun Salutations & chanting at the institute.
"The sun-salutation is a part of daily religious prayer, which comes from time immemorial. Every one, along with offerings and prayers, saluted the sun, since Surya, the Sun God has a tremendous solar energy, which is a vital need for mankind." - Geeta Iyengar
What: 108 Sun salutations for Guruji led by Jim Benvenuto and chanting led by Eric Small
When: Sunday, December 14 at dawn - 6:30AM
Where: IYILA (please see directions on the website if this is your first visit)
Who: all who wish to honor Guruji – any level of student, any yoga tradition - practice one or all the sun salutations and join us for chanting and community.
FREE & Open to all - Chai & sweets follow!

Yoga for Athletes with James from Y.A.S. Silverlake
lululemon Glendale, 233 South Brand Avenue
Sunday, December 14th 9:00-10:00 NEW TIME
Cost: FREE


YAS (Yoga and Spinning) just moved into the neighborhood! They will be teaching an exciting yoga class in-store. 9-10am

DrumNyoga with Diane Hudock
lululemon Beverly Hills, 334 North Beverly Drive
Sunday, December 14th 9:30am
Cost: FREE


Come join for us a heart opening invigorating practice followed by an ecstatic drum circle groove! Inspirational yoga teacher Diane Hudock, and evocative percussionist Reid DeFever, bring together the power of dynamic flow yoga with the hypnotic transformative drumming grooves of the sacred language for an ecstatic experience.

Off the Mat, Into the World® and Groove Garden Productions present:
The L.A. Premiere of 1GiantLeap pt. 2 “What About Me?” and Global Dance Party w/ DJ Dragonfly

Blankenship Studio, 132 Brooks Ave, Venice
Sunday December 14th 7:30pm
Cost: $20 advance tickets/ $25 at the door **With a donation of $100 or more you get your own, limited edition Off the Mat® Manduka Mat! email info@offthematintotheworld.org for tickets


Raffle, silent auction, raw chocolate truffles, lots of fun!!!
$5 raffle tickets: Our awesome raffle basket includes: unlimited monthly yoga pass to YogaWorks, Manduka yoga kit, coupon for Hyde Yoga and Oxumwear, a spa basket from The Y Catalog and raw chocolate treats from Essential Living Foods. This is valued at over $500!
Silent Auction featuring beautiful hand painted yoga mats by: Sarah Llewellyn, Mykal Aubry and Amir Magal / Yoga, Tribe and Culture.
We are happy to announce the start of an online auction with amazing items including Hand altered photo by Robert Sturman, One Night stay for ten at Casa Barranca in Ojai, One Year membership pass to Yogaworks, Zen Zone party for 20 guests, 75 minute couples massage, organic whole food dinner for four from Conscious Culinary, Photo by Victoria Davis, Beach Yoga jewelry, succulents from Big Red Sun and more.
All proceeds go to support Off The Mat, Into the World® humanitarian efforts...go to http://offthematintotheworld.org to read about our community and the amazing SEVA projects being generating in the yoga world.
*please check out our online auction at http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=offthematintothewor

A Spiritual Mystic Treat with Gahl Sasson
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Tuesday, December 16th 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $20/adv or $25/day of


Join us as we review the major astrological aspects of the year 2009. Be prepared and equipped with the knowledge of the most auspicious dates and periods of the year ahead. We will learn how to surf the swells of celestial energies that will color the year to come. This workshop will give you many fun stories to share with your family during the holidays!
* Dates of Mercury Retrograde
* Full and New Moon and how to work with Moon magic
* Blessed as well as challenging periods
* Eclipses and other important times
* What is the meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the Holidays of Light
2009 in numerology adds up to 11, a number dubbed by mystics as the Master Number. Come and learn how to master these energies and have an easy successful year!

Indian Classical Music Concert
Maha Yoga, Brentwood
Friday, December 19th 8:00pm
Cost: $25 per person


Treat yourself to a special holiday event.
Relax to the beautiful sounds of India with 14th and 15th generation music Maestros, Professor Pandit Vikash Maharaj on Sarod and his son, Prabhash on Tabla.
Internationally known yoga instructor, Mark Whitwell will talk about their sacred lineage of music and why it is such an integral part of Yoga.
Renowned for his teachings on the healing power of intimate connection, Mark will prepare you for an intimate connection with the spiritual music of two renowned virtuosos of Indian Classical music.
For more information, please visit http://vikashmaharaj.tripod.com
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion to sit on.

Special Holiday Celebration Class with Tanya Beilke
The Women's Club of Hollywood, 1749 N La Brea Ave, Hollywood
Saturday, December 20th 10:00am-noon
Cost: $15


Tanya is one of LA's terrific certified Anusara teachers and she is teaching a special holiday celebration class at The Women's Club of Hollywood.
Bring your own mats. Bring your own props. Bring your own friends and family. Tanya teaches mostly at her home studio so it's such a treat to have her in this large space.

Winter Solstice Celebration
Free Spirit Yoga, Long Beach
Saturday, December 20th 1:00pm
Cost: $25 pre-registration, $35 at the door


Bring in the Winter with 108 Sun Salutations to Live Music. Joel Long will play the Sitar and Drums to guide you on your transformative journey while Lonne will lead you through various forms of sun salutations. Cleanse and purify for the new season. You will need a small towel, yoga mat & some water. Space is limited. Following class will be light refreshments.

Holiday Family Yoga with Denise/Sat Mohine and Lee/Wahe Guru
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, December 20th 2:00-3:30pm
Cost: $15 per adult or 2 for $20; Children 12 and under $5


Join us for a special family yoga class as we honor this season of light, love and miracles. Create a deep connection with your family and friends. Denise and Lee will lead a playful class that draws upon the universal themes of the winter season through music, movement, chanting and a special holiday treat. Kids of all ages are welcome.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION with Bekah Finch
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Saturday, December 20th 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: *Donation Only*


"The solstice reminds us that every quality contains and gives way to its opposite. There can be no light without darkness, no darkness without light." Join Bekah as we honor the longest night of the year- and prepare to watch the light return! Using a combination of Yoga asana, meditation, visualization and creation we will connect with this natural shift in our planet and move deeper within ourselves to form a new relationship with our own darkness...and light.

Winter Solstice Celebration and Vegetarian Potluck
Silver Lake Yoga, Silverlake
Saturday, December 20th 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: $20


Gift yourself with an evening of sacred sounds and ecstatic dance!
Hosted by Jamie Bechtold and Mary Frances Spencer, this evening will include chakra movement and toning, sound bath with planetary gongs, high-energy ecstatic dance and a closing meditation with crystal singing bowls and bells.
Come prepared to move, sweat, release stress and manifest your desires!

Winter Solstice Celebration with Tej
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Saturday, December 20th 7:00-10:00pm
Cost: $25/adv or $35/day of


We are entering a new era where intellectual knowledge is not what will sustain us in life. We are entering an era where our own blessings will bring us the most power. Your blessing power can make you pure, elevated and believe it or not, more efficient! When you develop the habit to bless – your environments, the people in your life, and even those you think don’t deserve it -- you surround yourself in blessings. Join us as we develop the mind set to bless, to uplift, and heal the world at the time of the Winter Solstice, when the sun energy is smallest and our depth is most accessible. We will end with a fruit meditation where we’ll “Inject Healing Sounds into Fruit.” Please bring an orange and one to share with a friend!

Ananda Kirtan ~ Sing and Dance to the rhythm of existence with Saul David Raye
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, December 20th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20


Come celebrate the winter solstice with a very special candlelight kirtan with Saul David Raye and guest musicians: Tony Khalife, Marla Leigh, Matthew Hufschmidt and Frank Fitzpatrick.
Singing and Dancing have long been sacred healing practices to awaken the life force, connect us to spirit and embody an ecstatic connection to the Divine force that sustains all life. Join us for this inspired evening of chanting, live music and sacred dance to celebrate life, and open to the very rhythm, energy and bliss of existence.

Winter Solstice Yoga Mala
Santa Monica Yoga, Santa Monica
Sunday, December 21st 7:00-9:45am
Cost: FREE


We will be doing 108 sun salutations in celebration of the winter solstice! Join us at 7:00 am for this FREE event.

Winter Solstice at Yoga West with a course taught by Guru Singh
Yoga West, Los Angeles
Sunday, December 21st 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: $49


Invigorate your life for the Liberation of 2009
Meditate & Celebrate the True Birth of a New Year
The power of appreciation ~ Gratitude
Leads to mental clarity ~ Aptitude
Providing a vital projection ~ Attitude
Bring a piece of fruit, paper and pen

Live Harp Restorative with Bekah Finch and Regan Remy
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Sunday, December 21st 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: Regular class price


Experience profound relaxation and gentle healing as you are led by Bekah Finch through a restorative yoga practice while cascading sounds of the gentle harp, played by High Priestess, Regan Remy, serenade you into state of deep stillness.

Sacred Breathing Circle - Winter Solstice “Ceremony of Light” with Wahe Guru Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Sunday, December 21st 5:00-7:30pm
Cost: $35 by 12/17, $40 thereafter


For this special Solstice circle we will be doing a ceremony of light – peace, healing and rebirth for the earth and all her inhabitants. Live music by ANAHATA, The Awareness Center’s Kirtan band and a candlelit belly dance performance by Carrie Bernath.
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,” that promotes healing and regeneration on all levels. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

Becoming Like Angels with Gurmukh
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Thursday, December 25th 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $25/adv or $30/day of


Out of the Mind Comes the Lotus – Experiencing the Kindness in You
Life is both plus & minus, but for some 2 + 2 = 5. They add smiles, warmth, love and kindness which equals the most powerful healing on the planet. We become like angels by celebrating our inner strength, allowing us to be secure, to give to all, and be consumed in the service of Life and Destiny. This class will challenge your ego and give you the health and inner energy to live from your angelic nature. Come dance, chant, sweat and enjoy the company with sweet treats & tea following class!

Holiday Peace Chant Gathering with Joey Lugassy and Friends
Power Yoga West, Santa Monica
Saturday, December 27th 8:00pm
Cost: $12 Suggested Donation


Zat Baraka and Joey Lugassy are whipping up something a little special for this evening.
There will be some kundalini breath work and plenty of singing!
Please bring a pillow and blanket to camp on.
There will be a full band of amazing musicians:
Domonic Dean Breaux ~ Winds
Ambika Leigh ~ Vocals, Mridungam, Bells
Eddie Young ~ Cello, Bass
Patrick Richey ~ Tabla, Cajon
Mathew Huffschmidt ~ Djembe, Percussions
and more!

Live Classical Indian Music
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Saturday, December 27th 8:00pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $20


The Maharaj family tradition is now 15 generations deep, and can be traced back over 500 years – ancient and healing sounds directly from the source. Pt.Vikash Maharaj is a gifted artist and together with his son Prabhash, he creates an ambience that is both deep and moving. His composition and improvisation is filled with joyful and complex interactions between melody and rhythm, and stirs the soul from within.
Come prepared to be inspired, uplifted, and utterly enchanted.

An Old-Fashioned New Year's Eve: Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Dinner and Live Music with Wahe Guru Kaur and friends
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Wednesday, December 31st, 4:00-7:30pm
Cost: $25 Adults, $10 Children under 12 (Pre-registration required by 12/29)


An old-fashioned family affair full of laughter, love, and magic! Ring in the New Year in our candlelit studio with your Awareness Center Family. Wahe Guru will lead a joyfully transformative Kundalini Yoga Kriya with live music and Ecstatic Dancing. Set your intentions for the coming year and enjoy a delicious homemade vegetarian meal.

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Guru Singh
Yoga West, Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 31st 6:30-8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30 for light refreshments & mingling)
Cost: $20 Pre-reg until 12/30, $30 on 12/31; No Keytags
Space is Limited - will sell out!


Guru Singh would like to extend the following invitation:
Please join us across the street at the Guru Ram Das Ashram for more New Year's Eve Festivities.
Food - 9:00 pm
Meditation - 9:30 pm
Chanting - 10:30 pm until Midnight
**Please bring a head-covering**

Steve and Shirley's 2nd Annual Yoga Mala
Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Wednesday, December 31st 8:00pm-Midnight
Cost: $35 per person or bring a friend, only $60 for two


Challenge yourself to complete a Yoga Mala of 108 Sun Salutations - a ritual traditionally used to mark transition, to spark positive change, and to fuel personal evolution.
Champagne and Pizza will be served afterward.

A New Year's Celebration Kirtan with special guest Dave Stringer
Hosted by City Yoga
Blankenship Ballet Company, Venice
Wednesday, December 31st 9:30pm-midnight
Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door


Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided!

New Year's Eve at Liberation with Christine!
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 31st 9:45pm-Midnight
Cost: $40


Just when you thought there was nothing great to do this New Year's - Yoga until midnight! Join Gary and me as I pull myself out of early semi-retirement babyland to spend New Year's with my favorite crowd - Liberation Yoga students! Join me for a reflective, jubilant, healthy and unique New Year's Eve experience. This all levels flow class will have you glowing into the new year. It includes a toast, some treats, yoga and meditation.
Please pre-register with payment to ensure your spot. Historically this workshop sells out so don't dally!

New Years Eve Celebration and Puja
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Wednesday, December 31st 10:00pm


Ring in 2009 in peace, setting intentions for your spiritual progress. Join like-minded members of the yoga community for our annual New Year celebration.
The evening will consist of meditation, chanting and a puja at midnight to welcome the new year.
11th Annual New Year's Eve Celebration with Gurmukh, Tej, Harijiwan and Gurushabd
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Wednesday, December 31st (Doors Open at 9:00pm)
Cost: $54/adv or $64/day of


Golden Bridge doors open for all in celebration, prayer and community on New Year’s Eve night! It will be a night of individual reflection, ecstatic live kirtan and dance, yoga, deep meditation, chanting, the gong, and great company! The Nite Moon Café will serve warm delicious Indian cuisine along with assorted sweets and yogi tea chai.
Whoosh! Out goes the physical, mental and emotional debris of 2008, giving space for new opportunities and relationships to be found in the highly charged energy field of 2009.
This is a very exciting and energized year affording us a renewed sense of spirit with which to sail the seas of life’s grand adventure! On New Year’s Eve, let us use the power of group consciousness to draw infinite sums of energy and prana into us.
Join us on this magical evening as we link our prayers with all the seekers of light on the planet and blend the clear light of compassion into every aspect of our lives.
Please note this event will last until about 1 am! Thanks!
Please note also that there is NO CHILDCARE at this event. Parents are responsible for their kids at all times! Thank you
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