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creeping into fall

Posted Nov 06 2008 2:35pm
i have to say that there definitely must be some global warming going on; here we are, clear into november, and the temps are still hovering around the 70's. hard to believe that the holidays will soon be here! so will we be celebrating thanksgiving clad in shorts and sandals on the beach? wouldn't that be nice!

i'm still in the process of compiling this list, so please bear with me...

ongoing events:

Yoga for Progressive Athletes
Rose Bowl, Pasadena (hosted by lululemon Pasadena)
Every Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Cost: FREE

Welcome to Summer. Breakout the running shoes, buy the new swimsuits, and get ready for months of outside activity. Fun lately has become serious business. We want to shave minutes off of our 5k, increase our vertical leap for the outside jumper, some of us just want to get more tone places to tan.
Yoga for the progressive athlete is a program designed to help those ready to define their relationship and understanding of how the body moves and functions. It will be an active econstruction of gross fascia binding, novel synthesis of kinetic and isometric movement to promote muscular growth and break muscular habits, as well as integrating of breathwork for a calm meditative mind. The goals of this class are to help the participant move more efficiently and completely, increase their strength and balance, and also to look 'tight' in their trunks or bikini.
Limited "community" mats are available. Bringing your own mat is encouraged. Please dress in layers so that you may remove articles as you warm-up during the class.

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

Complimentary Kids Fitness classes on Wednesdays at 3:00pm.
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

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

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.
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

Yoga for Runners with Steve Mackel
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Every Thursday 6:30-7:30pm (except Sept 4th)
Cost: FREE

Join us for Runners Yoga with acclaimed ChiRunning coach Steve Mackel.
Yoga for Runners – 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 vinaysa flow series while he focuses on creating strength first and flexibility second.
Bringing your own mat is encouraged as we practice on the grass. As classes fill up quickly, especially for the weekly "Yoga for Runners" and space is limited, please come early.
Please dress in layers so that you may remove articles as you warm-up during the class.
**we meet at Parking Lot I all the way a the south end by the aquatic center.
**Run is 6:30-7:10
**Yoga is 7:15-8:00.
*WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check the events section for further information if it is a rain day.

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 ( )
2nd Saturday of every month, Travis ( )
3rd Saturday of every month, Andres ( )
4th Saturday of every month, Terra and Friends ( )
Bring meditation cushions or blanket (no yoga mat). Wear comfy clothes.
Come sing from the deepest corner of your heart!

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.
(see "other events" section below for scheduled yoga classes)

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

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)

October Weekly Yoga hosted by YAS!
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Every Sunday 7:30-8:30pm
Cost: FREE

All of October we are partnering with a wonderful, neighborhood fitness center to offer you our complimentary yoga classes. YAS is a rockin' Yoga and Spinning Studio in Venice, located on the corner of Abbot Kinney and Westminster. It has fabulous teachers and a retro practice room.
Come see what their teachers have to offer.
Oct 5th - Julie Simon
Oct 12th - Denis Morton
Oct 19th - Tara Pollak
Oct 26th - Nicole Sciacca

Devotional Chanting
Monthly Devotional Chanting Kirtan
Ananda Los Angeles, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 1st (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!"

Kirtan in the Canyon with Andrew and Michele and Friends
Yoga Desa, Topanga
Saturday, Nov 2nd (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.

Live Music class with Lucy Bivins
Guerilla Yoga at the Hollywood Dance Center, 817 N Highland Ave, Hollywood
Friday, Nov 7th 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.

Yoga Groove, North Hollywood
Friday, Nov 7th (1st Friday of the month) 8:00-9:15pm
Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

An evening with two of Los Angeles' most promising up and coming singer-songwriters -- Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell

Kirtan with Daniel & Friends
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, Nov 14th (Once a month) 8:15pm
Cost: $15 Suggested donation

Come join me and many talented musical guests for a joyful evening of music, meditation, and chanting. No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart to the joy.
The energy of our chanting keeps growing. Thank you for helping to make these events so joyous and powerful. For me, the experience of communal music and song just gets better and I'm so fortunate to be working with such creative musicians on the bhakti path.
come sing~ come dance ~or just be

Community Nights at City Yoga
City Yoga, West Hollywood
TBA (2nd Tuesday of the month) 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

Community nights are the 2nd Tues of each month.

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Travis Eliot and Friends
Santa Monica Yoga, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 22nd (4th Saturday of the month) 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation

other special events:

All Soul's Day Celebration
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov 1st 8:00pm-Midnight
Cost: $30 by Oct. 29th/$35 at the door

Halloween dates back 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated their New Year's on Nov 1st. The night before the new year was a time of transition, when they believed the boundary between the living and the dead was blurred. Celts also felt that this thin veil between worlds enabled the Celtic priests to make predictions about the future.
Sixth Sense LA is excited to honor this time of year by offering a celebration that puts us in touch with the invisible realm of spirit, energy and possibility.
The All Soul's Day Experience is an experiential journey. While you may come to any portion of the evening we highly encourage treating yourself to the entire experience. There will be mix of large group, small group, and private experiences for you to participate in. Each experience is designed to offer you new insights into the deepest parts of your Self.
You never know what, or who is waiting to be revealed to you.
Your ticket gains you entry to the following:
~ A mystical labyrinth
~ Sound immersion baths
~ Small group past life regressions
~ Meditation lounge
~ Guided meditation to meet your spirit guides
~ A magic show
~ Music and dancing!
~ Divine potions, teas, snacks, elixirs and more!
Private Tarot, Astrologer & Psychic readings also available on first come first serve basis. ($1/minute) We will also be raffling off beautiful, mystical goodies! A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to plant a grove of trees in honor of those who have passed away as a way to honor their lives and better the earth. (

Surf's Up Saturdays with Billy Asad
Yoga Works Pacific Palisades
Saturday (first Saturday of month), Nov 1st 4:00pm
Cost: $25

Keep the summer vibe alive through autumn with Surf’s Up Saturdays!
Enjoy an afternoon of yoga at our Pacific Palisades studio and then head to Sunset Beach for a sunset surf session.
Bring your friends and make new ones at these casual gatherings for yoga and surfing. Don’t let the end of summer keep you from hitting the waves this fall! Watch the holiday stress melt away, one wave at a time. (Surfing equipment is not provided.)

Kirtan Yoga with Sanjaya
Revive Yoga, Chatsworth
Friday, Nov 7th, 8:30-9:30pm
Cost: Donation based

Meditation doesn't come easy for many people. And that's where kirtan-an ancient participatory music experience-offers another method.
Without the work of mentally quieting the mind, kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the center of our being.
Please come join us for an evening of music and celebration for the heart and soul!

Unleash Your Inner Superhero! Embodying the Foundations of AcroYoga® with Lara Catone
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Saturdays: Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6 (no new drop-ins this day) 1:30-3:30pm
Cost: $49 for series of four, $18 drop-in (no class pass) PREREGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

This series will introduce the foundations of AcroYoga and no previous experience is required, beginners welcome! NO PARTNER NECESSARY!
In this introductory series we will discover how these three ancient lineages come together to inspire play and liberate your inner power. 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!

Acro Yoga Workshop
Your Neighborhood Studio, Culver City
Saturday, Nov 8th 3:30-5:30pm
Cost: $30

In Two- Hour Workshop we will learn how to 'base' and 'fly'. The base creates a stable platform for the flyer to receive inverted aerial asana flows blended with therapeutic massage techniques. Flying is a dance between Shiva and Shakti that utilizes the compliments of strong grounding energy and fluid receptive energy. The flyer receives spinal and muscular release while the base is the recipient of Thai massage and the Buddhist practice of metta - loving kindness.
Space is limited - reserve your spot today!

The Rhythm of Axé ~ World Ritual Concert Series with Micheline Berry
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, Nov 8th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

World Festival Encore Performance celebrating the intoxicating music, ritual and dance of Brazil with Shaman's Dream & guest master artists Mestre Amen & The Batuqueiros and dancers Vida Vierra, Dani Lunn & Swing Brazil.
After a several month hiatus, catch Micheline Berry + Shaman's Dream for this rockin' concert and be prepared to dance the night away! Buy your tickets in advance as this concert event will sell out.

WAH! Concert
Yoga Works Center for Yoga, Larchmont
Saturday, Nov 8th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Come sing and celebrate with WAH and join us for an amazing evening.
If you have taken a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her enchanting music. She has spent ten years cultivating her sound, reinventing the traditional kirtan of India. Wah combines reggae,
Hindu chanting and pop to create a unique mix of spiritual world music.
She has toured the world sharing her music and ecstatic nature, and created numerous CD’s for yoga and meditation.
Wah will be performing a energizing concert of call-and-response chanting and mesmerizing music from her new CD release LOVE HOLDING LOVE.

Yoga Under the Trees with Hilary Kimblin
Michael Lane and Trailer Canyon Fire Road, Pacific Palisades
Wednesday, Nov 12th 7:00pm
Cost: $15 or $20 the day of the hike

Hike, breathe, stretch, and relax into nature’s bounty! Enjoy the peace of practicing yoga as it has been practiced in India for thousands of years – outdoors. Let Hilary take you off the beaten path and trek toward a better understanding of yourself.
Yoga Under The Trees is a great way to introduce a friend or partner to yoga and also a wonderful way to meet new people. Beginners and the “completely rigid and inflexible” welcome. Join a hike today and Find Peace in the Wild.
We will be on the trail by 7pm and out by 10pm. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, warm layers, water, a flashlight, decent walking shoes/boots, a snack to share, and a sense of adventure!
Please RSVP or call 323.841.3606

Tribal Blend With Christy Marsden
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Friday, Nov 14th 8:30-10:30pm
Cost $15

A guided blend of yoga, dance, chanting and music to open the body, mind and spirit into a free-form, creative expression of your tribal self! For those apprehensive about the free- form part, not to worry, this is a guided experience! Be prepared to sweat...a lot!

BEACH CLEAN UP & YOGA STRETCH With Christy Marsden and Bekah Finch
Topanga Beach, Malibu (meet at Yoga Blend at 9am to carpool)
Saturday, November 15th from 10:00am-1:00pm

Yoga Blend has adopted Topanga Beach for a year! Bring family and friends to spend the morning cleaning the beach and then some stretching on the sand afterwards!
**Please wear comfy clothes and closed toe shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet. Bring sun protection and be prepared for foggy or sunny weather. Feel free to bring snack.
Call 818-954-YOGA(9642) to RSVP

An Evening Of Kirtan with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, Nov 15th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of

WAKE UP YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH MUSIC AND SINGING! Savor the spicy grooves and dreamy melodies of New Orleans' Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band who put a funky, mystic twist on kirtan, the mantric music of India. Sean and the band have been receiving international attention for their delightful chant music that subtly merges the spirit of India with the soul of New Orleans. The band tours worldwide seeking to inspire freedom through the blissful power of music and chant. They have received glowing reviews of their latest album Calling The Spirits which is quickly becoming a favorite at yoga studios everywhere. “Calling The Spirits” is destined to become one of the most well regarded recordings in the world of chant music” says Bette Timm of Aura Magazine. Grammy nominated world music pioneer Jai Uttal says, “Sean’s voice is a warm, soothing river of serenity.”

Holiday Kirtan with Michael Dunn
Yoga Works Pacific Palisades
Saturday, Nov 15th 8:00-10:00 pm
Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Greet the holidays with an evening of heart-warming chanting.
One of L.A.'s most popular kirtan artists returns to YogaWorks Palisades for a heartfelt holiday concert: the soul is from India, the groove is from L.A., and the chai is the worlds best! Come to YogaWorks for this inspiring and enlivening evening.
For nearly a decade, Michael Dunn has led kirtan meditations at the world-famed Lake Shrine meditation center. Trained as an actor at New York’s famed Juilliard Theatre Center, Michael enjoyed an award-winning career in leading roles ranging from Shakespeare to rock musicals.

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body and Heart with Jeanne Heileman
Silver Lake Yoga, Silverlake
Sunday, Nov 16th 1:30-3:30pm
Cost: $35 pre-registration; $40 the day of

Come join Jeanne Heileman in a gooey, groovy yoga class to unlock limitations in your mind and free your body so that you can fly in your life. We will play with poses and end in a heart-opening meditation that can carry you into the holidays and beyond. It will be fun!
All levels welcome. Students should have at least six months' yoga experience to ensure their safety.

Acoustic Kirtan with Daniel Stewart & Friends
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Friday, Nov 21st 8:30-10:30pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of

Join Daniel Stewart, Larry Klein on percussion, and special musical guests for an evening of call and response chanting. No experience necessary. Just a willingness to open your heart and surrender to the blissful flow.
“We meditate, we practice yoga, we sing in the shower, in the car, and in the yoga room, in order to quite our minds and return to a joyful, feeling of oneness. We know in our hearts that our happiness isn’t reliant on our name, our job, or the lists we need to finish. We can sense that our singing is a call to our soul; a reminder of our limitless connection to the internal and a celebration of the love that flows in all of us.”

Gratitude is the Attitude with Kia Miller
Yoga Works Main Street
Saturday, Nov 22nd 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $25

Celebrate the blessing in your life through yoga flow with live music, chanting and guided meditation.
This special evening will include a heart-centered dynamic yoga practice, Kundalini Kriya, live music, chanting and guided meditation. Gratitude is the lantern that lights the way to happiness. In yoga we learn to embrace the present moment, and in gratitude we find appreciation for it. Let us celebrate the goodness in all, and awaken to Divine Grace through our collective gratitude. All levels are welcome.

Ananda Kirtan~Sing and Dance to the rhythm of existence with Saul David Raye
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, Nov 22nd 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance; 20 day of

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.

Fire and Grace - Yoga Ritual and Kirtan Dance with Suzanne Sterling, Hala Khouri and Friends
Santa Monica Power Yoga West, Santa Monica
Saturday, Nov 29th 8:00-11:00pm
Cost: $15 Suggested Donation

A celebration benefitting Off the Mat, Into the World
Come celebrate an amazing year of unification and activation across the yoga community. Join us for embodied prayer, free form asana with live music and joyful, groovy gospel kirtan!
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