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Posted Nov 15 2010 1:55pm
while thanksgiving is better known as the big eatfest of the year, it should also be the time when we take a break from our hectic schedules and pause to think about what we're truly grateful for -- especially the people who've helped enrich our lives this year.

my list would include
- my family, especially my kids who understand that their unemployed mother can't travel as much to visit them on the east coast nor shower them generously with gifts on their birthdays. thankfully, through facebook and a free mobile-to-mobile cell phone plan, we can still keep track of each other's whereabouts and goings-on. and after all the yoga posts they've read on my page, i've finally managed to brainwash them into taking yoga classes. you know what they say -- mother knows best!

- my friends, who are the first to share their support when i tell them about the outcome of yet another failed job interview ("she said i wasn't expressive enough" or "he said i wasn't prepared because i didn't bring a pad and take notes"). and who are understanding enough to realize that since my life revolves around yoga and food trucks, they have to join me at one or both to get my attention :)

- all the yoga teachers who continue to enlighten me and help me grow my yoga practice with their amazing knowledge and expertise. and their sense of humor, too!

- the wonderful people behind LA yoga magazine , yoga journal , and bhakti fest who've allowed me to attend some pretty awesome yoga conferences and events this past year -- wanderlust , YJ conference estes park , and bhakti fest -- all in exchange for promotional work. after all, since i spend most of my day on facebook and twitter , i might as well put my time to good use, right?

- the vendors who've provided me with yoga clothing and equipment through events, contests, and PR trades. thanks to them, i'm probably one of the best-accessorized yogis in town. and would probably be the best-dressed if lululemon ever decided to exempt me from the instructor requirement and grant me an R&D discount... is anyone out there listening, by the way? :)

- and finally, to all the yoga studios and teachers who will be giving up some of their time to hold classes on thanksgiving day so that we can all get in our yoga fix and burn some calories before heading out to stuff our faces. woo hoo!

speaking of t-day classes, here are the thanksgiving day schedules i've compiled so far from email blasts, website updates, and facebook posts. i'll keep adding on as i find more...

the awareness center, pasadena

SACRED BREATHING CIRCLE: Bountiful Harvest with Wahe Guru Kaur
Saturday, November 20 7:00 - 9:30 pm
$35 by 11/17, $40 thereafter

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.
Wahe Guru Kaur is a KRI certified yoga teacher and the owner of the Awareness Center. After studying under David Elliott, author of The Reluctant Healer, she went on to create the Sacred Breathing Circle. She also offers private sessions using the healing breath technique.

Stone Soup Party: A Feast for the Belly and Soul
Making something from nothing…with faith and community
AC Thanksgiving Tradition! Hosted by The Awareness Center Family
Sunday November 21 1:30 – 4:30pm

When it seems like there is not enough or there is fear about survival, thinking becomes limited and we lose our connection to gratitude and appreciating the blessings that we have in our lives. The idea for this new event came to Wahe Guru in a vision and she wants to gather everyone together to enjoy the simple gifts of laughter, good food and spiritual community. For when we alone may not have enough, together, with God’s blessing we have a feast for the soul and belly.
Please bring an item to put in the vegetarian community soup or to contribute to the potluck. Please contact Charleen at to find out what to bring. If you are not able to bring food, please offer to set up or clean up afterwards. Sign up sheet will be at the front desk.
We will read the inspiring children’s story, “Stone Soup” and do a group meditation as the soup is cooking. This community AC Thanksgiving party is FREE for all and everyone is invited! Please bring your kids and other family members.
We will provide the stones…


Friday Nov. 26th - We are OPEN for a modified schedule the day after Thanksgiving9:30am with Nirmaljeet/Sheila
11:00 am with Wahe Guru
All regularly scheduled classes are cancelled.
We will resume our normal schedule on Saturday, Nov. 27th

beach yoga with brad keimach, santa monica

Special Thanksgiving Schedule: 4 days in a row!
Thursday morning, before the feast or festivities.
Friday morning, brimming with thanks, and maybe still a little full.
Saturday morning, extending the gratitude.
Sunday morning, capping off the weekend of thankfullness.
10:30-12, every time, at our favorite spot.

WHERE: Santa Monica. Walk up Marine Street (which becomes Barnard Way) all the way to the water's edge, by Lifeguard Station #29. I'll be there to welcome you!
COST: Donation
BRING: Large towel, or mat. Sunscreen. Your great spirit! A sense of adventure and beauty. PARKING: There is free parking on Hampton (2nd St.), and 3rd and 4th. Leave time to circle around to find free parking.
Questions? Contact me directly:

black dog yoga, sherman oaks

Thu November 25, 20109:00-10:25 AM Intermediate/Strong Flow - Sigrid Matthews
9:30-10:55 AM Basics - Mischa Allen (sub for Peter Barnett)
10:35-12:05 PM Intermediate Anusara - Jenny Brill (sub for Tiffany Fraser)

black market yoga, hollywood

YES!!!!! there will be class next week Monday and Wednesday 7pm.

corepower yoga, sherman oaks

Wed November 24, 20106:00 AM - 7:00 AM CorePower 2: Open Power Yoga - Myla
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Hot Power Fusion - Myla
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CorePower Yoga 1.5 ($8) Intro to heated Power Yoga - Myla
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CorePower Yoga 1: Intro to Power Yoga - Milena
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Yoga Sculpt - Jaclyn A
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CorePower Yoga 1.5 Intro to heated Power Yoga - Noriko

Thu November 25, 20108:30 AM - 9:30 AM Hot Power Fusion - Milena
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CorePower 2: Open Power Yoga - Milena

Fri November 26, 20108:30 AM - 9:30 AM Hot Power Fusion - Lisa R.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CorePower Yoga 1.5 ($8) Intro to heated Power Yoga - Nancy
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CorePower Yoga 1: Intro to Power Yoga - Nancy
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Yoga Sculpt - Milena
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CorePower Yoga 1.5 Intro to heated Power Yoga - Mary

dharma mittra yoga, los angeles

On Thursday, November 25th Thanksgiving Day, there will be one class only, an open level Dharma 1+ at 10:00am taught by Joan. (It’s perfect to exercise and meditate before you go eat!)

exhale spa, santa monica

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your favorite exhale Class
Please note our reduced holiday schedule.

Thursday Nov 25th - Thanksgiving Day Schedule
Core Fusion® Open 8:30am
Core Fusion® Cardio 9:45am
Core Fusion® Open 10:50am

Friday Nov 26th - Day After Thanksgiving Schedule
Core Fusion® Yoga 7:25am
Core Fusion® Advanced 8:30am
Core Fusion® Open 9:45am
Core Fusion® Open 12:00pm
Core Fusion® Basic 1:15pm
Core Fusion® Open 2:45pm

free spirit yoga, long beach

Thanksgiving Day & Weekend classes
11/259:00am All Levels w/ Andrea Morgan
10:30am Level 1 w/ Cassandra
sign up at desk
11/26 6am is canceled, all others are regularly scheduled.
11/28 Restorative at 3pm

golden bridge yoga, hollywood

Thanksgiving Celebration with Gurmukh
Date: Thu 11/25/2010
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Let the day of thanksgiving begin with playful, prayerful and powerful Kundalini Yoga, meditation, double gong and a bit of Thanksgiving dance!
Feast on our famous sourdough waffle breakfast and all the trimmings along with delicious yogi tea! Give thanks and blessings for the gift of your life.
Unveil the joy of gratitude in your heart!

the infinite, long beach

Local Harvest Dinner
Sunday, November 21 6:30pm-8:30pm

T'sSpace, Farm Lot 59 & Beach Greens are organizing a Local Harvest Dinner at The Infinite and you are invited. Join local community gardeners, farmers, organic produce providers & chefs around the table. Learn where your food comes from, who is growing it and why.We will share a communal meal, give thanks to those who bring us nourishing foods and meet new friends.Bring a vegetarian dish to share (6-8 people). In addition we will have a trading post to exchange products & produce from your Fall Harvest's surplus.
Be Green - Bring Your own plate and utensils!!

Yoga of Gratitude Led by Infinite Teacher ~*~Chrissy
Thursday, November 25 - 11:00am - 1:00pm - Thanksgiving

Give thanks for Infinite Abundance and Blessings

inyoga center, north hollywood

Come to class on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday - bring any amount of canned goods or non-perishable food items for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - & get $5 off any InYoga purchase during the Thanksgiving holiday!*
*One $5 discount per person. Discount must be used 11/24/10 - 11/28/10

Wednesday, Nov. 24
Early Flow (7-8am) w/ Nicole Honnig
Mo Flow (9-10:30am) w/ Clio Manuelian
Lo Flow (10:30-12pm) w/ Caitlin Reid

Thursday, Nov. 25
Turkey Twister! (9-10:30am) w/ CJ Frogozo & Tiffany Russo
*Fun mixed level class. Make room in your shoulders, hips and belly; create space in your spine; and open your hearts to gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone welcome!

Friday, Nov. 26
Turkey Twister! (9-10:30am) w/ CJ Frogozo & Tiffany Russo
Community Flow - $10 - (5:30-7pm) w/ Danielle Charboneau
*Fun mixed level class. Release tension in your body, work your core and twist out toxins the morning after Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone welcome!

the jade apple, north hollywood

Thanksgiving ScheduleThursday 11/25 10am-12pm
We will have one special 2-hour class on Turkey Day with Trevor! Get yourself centered for a delightful day of family, love and mashed potatoes!

Friday 11/26 - Modified Schedule
Just two classes for your restful pleasure!
8:30-10am - ESSENTIALS with karen
4:30-6pm - KIND & GENTLE with chelsey

Saturday 11/27 & Sunday 11/28 - Regular Schedule

lululemon athletica, brentwood

Give Thanks Event
Thursday, November 18 · 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join Sarah Ezrin and Lululemon Brentwood for a FREE in-store yoga class followed by a potluck/mixer to get sweaty, give love, and give thanks.
Bring something to share and something to give, as we will be collecting non-perishable items for the Los Angeles Food Bank. Items most needed: canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits and peanut butter.

mark blanchard's power yoga, studio city

Thanksgiving Day Yoga w/ Elizabeth Blanchard
Nov. 25th 9 a.m

This will be a FREE class with your generous non-perishable food donation or $10 (tax ded.) check made to SOVA.
SOVA is a Hebrew word that means "eat and be satisfied." They provide free groceries and supportive services to over 10,000 individuals of all ages, ethnicities and religions each month.

rising lotus yoga, sherman oaks

Join us Thanksgiving morning for joyful meditation and flow. Count your blessings and get your yoga on with the Rising Lotus community.
• 9:00 am Level 1 with SARAH COURT
• 10:35 Mixed Level Flow with DANIEL (gratitude, poetry and bhakti bliss)
• 12:15 Lunch Flow with JEN BLACK

Feel free to bring canned goods or dry food and we’ll deliver it them to the West Valley Food Pantry to be passed out to those in need.

santa monica yoga, santa monica

We will be offering two special classes on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25.
These classes are a fundraiser for the Westside Food Bank. Please bring CASH or CHECK made directly to Westside Food Bank. Your regular yoga pass is not valid for these classes. Thank you for supporting the food bank!

Thursday November 25
9:00 - 10:30 am - Slow Deep Stretch with Cindy Fraser
10:45 am - 12:15 pm - All Levels Flow with Kyra Haglund
All other classes are canceled

Friday November 26 - Closed

sivananda yoga vedanta center, marina del rey

Thursday, November 25, 11:30am
Thanksgiving Lunch at the Learning Garden

Join us for a vegetarian celebration of the harvest.

truyoga, santa monica

Wednesday, November 24thGentle Yoga with Leslie at 10:30am
Yoga Music Flow with Ashley at 12:00pm
Yoga Lunch Flow with Sean at 1:00pm
No Evening Classes

Thursday, November 25thClosed - Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 26thGratitude Yoga with Chani at 1:00pm

u studio, miracle mile


vinyasa lounge, el segundo

We will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday November 25,2010. Normal classes will resume on Friday November 26,2010. We hope that you and your family will have a great holiday.

yoga blend, burbank

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 25th
9:30am-11:30am Mixed Level with Nicole
10:00am-11:30am Gentle with Christy
All other classes will be canceled on Thanksgiving Day.
$5 Flow will also be canceled Friday, November 26th.

yoga garage, highland park

Free Thanksgiving Class
Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:30 AM

In gratitude for all the support we have received in our opening months, the Yoga Garage is offering a FREE KUNDALINI YOGA CLASS before you head off to your Thanksgiving feast. We will build Agni to stoke the digestive fire! If you are in town, come on by.

yoga loft, manhattan beach

11/25 Thursday - Pre-Turkey Sweat
8:40am-10:05am Level 2/3
10:15am-11:40am Level 1/2

11/26 Friday - Post Pie Detox
8:40am-10:05am Level 2/3
10:15am-11:40am Level 1/2

the yoga loft, woodland hills

Sunday 11/21 2:00 PM ** Update: This class has been canceled **
You are invited to join Victoria for a gratitude class. The practice will include some asana practice, restorative and meditation. There is no charge for this class, all are welcome but since space is limited, please RSVP.

Thanksgiving Day 11/25 - The studio will be closed.

Friday 11/26
9:00 AM class with Barbara is canceled.
All other classes will be held as usual.

yoga vista, playa vista

We will be closed Thursday November 25th & Friday November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

yoga west, los angeles

Join Guru Singh for a special Thanksgiving Class
When: Thursday, Nov. 25 9-11am
Where: Yoga West
Why: Play a constant song that glows within the elements of nature and sings the choruses of your world into the air of the world. Do this everyday. The pilgrims will notice and then some will follow and you will have made a difference with your difference.
How much: $17 - regular keytag class

yoga works, all los angeles locations

Thursday 11/25/2010
Center for Yoga
08:00-09:25am Carmen Fitzgibbon - YogaWorks (1)
08:30-09:55am Scott Hobbs - Iyengar Yoga (1/2)
09:30-10:55am Billy Gill - Yoga Blend (2)
10:00-11:30am Joan Hyman - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
11:00-01:00pm Bobbi Boston - Ashtanga/Mysore (2)

Pacific Palisades
10:00-11:30am Nichola Dunne - Yoga Blend (1/2)
01:30-02:30pm Larry Heliker - Gentle Yoga (1)
05:00-06:25pm Doug Binzak - Yin Yoga (1)
06:30-07:45pm Billy Asad - Yoga Blend (1/2)

Santa Monica - Main
09:15-10:45am Vinnie Marino - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
11:00-12:25pm Chris Armas - YogaWorks (1)
12:45-02:15pm Paul Cabanis - Iyengar Yoga (1/2)

Santa Monica - Montana
06:15-07:35am Tulsi Laher - Iyengar Yoga (1/2)
06:30-08:55am Maria Villella - Ashtanga/Mysore (2)
07:40-09:00am Al Tavera - YogaWorks (1/2)
09:00-10:25am Malachi Melville - YW Flow (2)
09:15-10:40am Chris Stein - Iyengar Yoga (2)
10:45-12:10pm Melanie Meltzer - YogaWorks (1&2)
10:45-12:15pm Jesse Schein - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
01:00-02:25pm Jasmine Lieb - Therapeutics (1)
02:15-03:30pm John Gaydos - Community Seniors (1)
02:30-03:30pm Gigi Snyder - YW Flow (2)
03:30-04:25pm Greville Henwood - Kids Yoga (3-11)
04:00-05:55pm Sonya Cottle - Ashtanga/Mysore (2)
04:30-05:55pm Birgitte Kristen - YW Flow (2)
06:00-07:25pm Chad Hamrin - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
06:15-07:25pm Julie Kleinman - YW Flow (2)
07:30-09:00pm Scott Hobbs - Iyengar Yoga (1/2)
07:30-09:00pm Mollie Johnson - YogaWorks (1)

South Bay
06:30-08:30am Natale Ferreira - Ashtanga (2/3)
07:15-08:45am Greville Henwood - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
08:45-10:15am Chris Armas - Yoga Blend (1)
09:15-10:15am Christa Pryor - SculptWorks® (1)
10:30-12:00pm Szymon Wojcik - Yoga Blend (1/2)

06:00-07:00am Andi Evers-Peterson - Yoga Blend (1)
07:30-09:00am Scott Hobbs - Iyengar Yoga (1)
09:00-10:15am Holli Rabishaw - Yoga Blend (1/2)
09:30-11:00am Chaz Russ - Vinyasa Flow (2)
10:30-11:30am Amber Borbon - Pilates Mat (1/2)
11:30-12:30pm Shelley Piser - Seniors (1)
12:00-12:55pm Skip Jennings - SculptWorks® (1)
12:15-01:15pm Carolina Goldberg - Vinyasa Flow (2)

06:00-07:00am Toni Kuhn - Yoga Blend (1/2)
08:45-12:15pm Multiple Teachers - KidsWorks
10:30-12:00pm Monica Rose - Iyengar Yoga (1)
12:00-01:00pm Ashley Rideaux - Vinyasa Flow (2)

Westlake Village
07:00-08:30am Jessica Anderson - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
08:00-09:00am Angie Lieuw - Intermediate Reformer / Group (Pre-Reg Req)
08:45-08:00pm Multiple Teachers - KidsWorks
09:00-10:00am Stacey Hitchcock - BarWorks® (1/2)
09:00-10:15am Jessica Anderson - Yoga Blend (1)
09:15-10:45am Stefan Storace - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
10:30-11:30am Diana Klein - SculptWorks® (1/2)
12:15-01:15pm Lainie Devina - Yoga Blend (1)
12:15-01:30pm Katie Stefl - Vinyasa Flow (2)

08:00-09:30am Bahni Turpin - Yoga Blend (2)
09:15-10:45am Paul Cabanis - Iyengar Yoga (1/2)
09:45-11:15am David Kim - Vinyasa Flow (2/3)
11:00-12:30pm Alexandra Tower - Yoga Blend (1)

the yogi tree, toluca lake

GRATITUDE PRAYER CLASS with Jennifer Kelly & Todd Jensen

Join Todd & Jennifer for a by donation, all-ages meditation to celebrate your gratitude and begin your winter holidays with a heart full of love and a balanced, blissful mind-body-spirit.
Pre-register Now - Space is limited


ON GRATITUDE Book Signing with Todd Jensen
Costco Burbank, 1051 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank

It's his first big book signing, and you're invited to be a part of it. This is an amazing opportunity to stock up on the perfect holiday gift, Todd's book, ON GRATITUDE.
Featuring 50 A-list celebrities - Deepak Chopra to Alicia Keys, Morgan Freeman to Ray Bradbury, Steve Nash to Sheryl Crow, Kurt Vonnegut to Jeff Bridges, Kristen Bell to BB King - sharing their intimate, surprising, frequently funny stories of love and gratitude.
Let's sell-out Costco Burbank's inventory at this one-day event - which will feature some special guests - and encourage Costco's Seattle headquarters to carry the book nationwide. Join us... Great book for 10-bucks. Author autograph. And all of those yummy free samples. Sounds like a good day to us...
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