the eight-day jewish festival of lights, better known as hanukkah, started at sundown this evening, december 1st, and will end at sundown next thursday, december 9th. during this period, jewish families get together to light the menorah, play dreidel games, and eat latkes (among other things). but the most memorable part of the holiday, especially for the kids, is that they receive a gift on each of those eight days. and as a catholic who receives ONE gift for christmas -- and i'm not even going to go into how i get gypped every year because my birthday falls on december 22nd -- there were times i've wished i were jewish just so i'd get more gifts during the winter holiday season!
this year, i've found a way to get eight days of FREE yoga during hanukkah. and because i'm feeling really generous, i'm going to share them with you, too! :)
day 1 - thursday, dec 2nd: 11am-12:30pm at yogis anonymous in santa monica - blissed flow yoga with mary beth la rue this all-levels class will be broadcast LIVE online worldwide (and yes, there are spots in the room where you can practice out of camera range). some of the crew from lululemon athletica will be attending the class, and rumor has it that they'll be bearing gifts. hmmm...
6:30-8:00pm at yogaglo in santa monica - vinyasa flow level 3 with seane corn it's a class with seane corn, and it's FREE -- need i say more? by the way, this class (as with almost all yogaglo classes) will be videotaped for archival on their website. and yes, there are spots at the back of the room where you can hide if the thought of being seen by people you do or don't know freaks you out.
day 2 - friday, dec 3rd: all day at black dog yoga in sherman oaks - any class of your choice thanks to their december coupon deal ( click here to print it out ), you can take any class listed on their schedule for today (although to be honest, you really can take *any* class on *any* day during the month of december for free with the coupon, but in my attempt to come up with eight days of yoga, i've decided to make this friday's option).
day 3 - saturday, dec 4th: 10:00am-12:30pm at trump national golf club in rancho palos verdes - rymenmy yoga with rubi reyes everything you need to know is listed on the meetup page for the class: free classes on saturdays!
11:00am-12:15pm at yoga loft in manhattan beach - yoga foundations class with yogaposer teacher trainees take a free class with someone who could end up being the next celebrity teacher to the stars. this is LA, after all.
day 4 - sunday, dec 5th: 9:30-10:30am at lululemon athletica calabasas - vinyasa flow with holli rabishaw according to the website: "Ocho Candalikas": Vinyasa flow yoga with dedication to the Festival of Lights. Elevate your Light one vinyasa at a time! Om Shantih! All levels welcome!
day 5 - monday, dec 6th: 4:30-5:30pm at yogaglo in santa monica - vinyasa flow with jo tastula jo also teaches her signature classes at exhale center for sacred movement in venice and at the yoga loft in manhattan beach, where you'll have to pay around $20 for a drop-in class at either studio. but it's free at yogaglo. you do the math :)
6:00-7:30pm at yogaglo in santa monica - anusara yoga with noah maze when the LA anusara kula shows up in force whenever and wherever noah teaches a class, you know you have to be there, too!
day 6 - tuesday, dec 7th: 6:00-7:00pm at yogaglo in santa monica - vinyasa flow with kathryn budig if you've ever wondered what the bendy yogini with the fantastic body in the toesox ads looks like with her clothes ON, here's your chance... although you'll be so busy trying to keep up with her demanding class that you'll find yourself concentrating on your own form instead of hers. oh well.
day 7 - wednesday, dec 8th: 9:00-10:00am at the santa monica place rooftop deck - yoga class sponsored by nordstrom it's an all-levels class held outdoors with a view of the pacific ocean. with that in mind, dress in layers; class could start under a damp marine layer then end bathed in warm sunshine.
4:30-5:30pm at yogaglo in santa monica - restorative flow with felicia tomasko feeling the mid-week blahs? felicia will see to it that you walk out of her class happy and relaxed. you'll spend an hour getting all the kinks out of your body and forgetting about all the work you left behind on your desk. and yes, tomorrow's another day.
6:00-7:00pm at yogaglo in santa monica - power vinyasa flow with dice iida-klein if you love doing arm balances, inversions, and pushing past your edge, you'll love dice's class!
7:30-8:30pm at yogaglo in santa monica - basics with steven espinosa if you're still working on getting your basic alignment down, or if you need a refresher, steven's class is definitely the one for you.
finally, in the spirit of sharing, i'd like to pass along to you this music video that has all the elements of hanukkah -- the greeks vs. the maccabees, latkes, dreidels, menorahs... and nice jewish boys :)