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it's time to celebrate all things yoga!

Posted Sep 02 2009 5:40pm
after months of preparation for the big event, it's finally here: yoga month 2009!

starting in 2008, the month of september has been designated by the department of health and human services as national yoga month. in fact, the national health information center has included it on its calendar of national health observances. and we're in good company; while we're celebrating the benefits of yoga this month, we can also celebrate the merits of fruits and veggies, whole grains, sports and home eye safety, and healthy aging. after all, one can't live by yoga alone :)

back in may, i posted the details about this year's observance of national yoga month, so as not to repeat myself, here's a link to that post: september is national yoga month!

the annual global mala event that will be the highlight of the local yoga month celebration will be held on sunday, september 20th. here are the details:

Yoga Month Festival Los Angeles
Sunday, September 20th 9:00am - 7:00pm
HAX hangar (near LAX airport)
3203 Jack Northrop Ave., Hawthorne, CA

Join us at the main National Yoga Month event, a Once-A-Year-Celebration of the yoga community Sept. 20 in Los Angeles.

Exceptional yoga teachers representing the variety in yoga and inspirational speakers, empowering musicians, yoga sun salutations, kirtan music and dance performances. Also featuring green exhibitors, healthy food, entertainment, kids and family fun. This is an event you can not miss.

A FREE EVENT open to beginners and advanced yoga students. Benefiting Yoga Health Foundation's educational programs to bring yoga and health education into schools and Autism Speaks.

GLOBAL MALA SCHEDULE - Inside HAX hangar
9:00am Festival Opening Ceremony
11:00am Global Mala Yoga for Peace Registration
12:00pm Welcome with Johannes R. Fisslinger
~ Yoga Groove Dance Performance
~ Music with Travis Eliot
~ Yoga for Kids and Youth with Leah Kalish
12:30pm Yoga and Wellness with Mariel Hemingway
~ 18 Sun Salutations with Mark Blanchard
~ 18 Sun Salutations with Kia Miller
~ Music with Tony Khalife
1:30pm 18 Sun Salutations with Beth Shaw
~ 18 Sun Salutations with Sara Ivanhoe
~ Kirtan Music with Govindas & Radha
2:30pm 18 Sun Salutations with Hala Khouri
~ 18 Sun Salutations with Saul David Raye
~ Kirtan Music with Zat Baraka
3:00pm Meditation with Saul David Raye
~ Bowls during Meditation with Michael Perricone
3:30pm Ecstatic Dance Celebration with Hemalayaa
4:00pm Closing Ceremony

LA YOGA and YOGAMATES.COM STAGE - Outdoors
9:00am Festival Opening Ceremony
Yoga classes held throughout the day
7:00pm Festival Closing Ceremony

Silent Auction 11-5pm: Bid on amazing trips, art, products or services. All benefiting charity.
* 7 Day Samasati Nature Retreat Costa Rica - value $ 1,500
* Nutone Artist CD Package - value $ 140
* Adventure Yoga Retreats Mammoth Yoga Ski Vacation - value $ 650
* Beautiful Mandala Painting - value $ 750
* 10 Shakti Mat - value $ 80 each
* and many others

Exhibits: Over 50 Yoga, Health and Wellness Exhibitors, including
LA YOGA, YOGAMATES.COM, LUCY, YOGAFIT, JADE YOGA, SHAKTI MAT, Centered Meditation, TrueBloom, Mani Mantra Mala, Zico Coco Water, EnerChi, Yoga Groove Studio, Autism Speaks, Energetic Solutions, Heaven 2 World / Ki Energy, Positive Thought Brand, Saturn3Lightflyers, Yogaworks, Be Present, Samasati Retreats Costa Rica, Nutone, Manduka, Hawaiian Spring Water, American Laser Centers, Adventure Yoga Retreats, Mandala.com / Paul Heussenstamm, Brahma Kumaris, Uganda Mala Beads, Off The Mat, Into the World, Yogi Ramesh, Omstream, LMU Extension/Yoga Studies, Lululemon, Sean O'Shea Foundation, Exhale Spa, Harmony Yoga Center, Tani Media Factory, Inc.

Kids Area: Kids yoga classes, crafts, magicians and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Special needs classes will be available.
Presented by Jules Hogan and friends from Updog DownDog Yoga

Exclusive Yoga Month Gift Bag: Donate $20 or more to receive the exclusive Yoga Month Gift Bag with books, DVDs, CDs and other yoga, health and beauty products, as well as preferred mat space in front of the stage.


another nationwide observance this month is the yoga aid challenge on the weekend of september 12th-13th. the challenge is to do 108 sun salutations to raise funds for charities such as amma, africa yoga project, foundation for women, india heritage research foundation, and 4 oneworld. here in the los angeles area, the challenge will be held at the bhakti fest in joshua tree on sunday, the 13th. that's 108 sun salutations after three days of yoga and chanting in the desert. talk about commitment!

so now that everyone's had a chance to plan for this big event, here's a quick listing of who's doing what and when this month:

Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree
YOGA AID CHALLENGE
Sunday, September 13th 5:30pm - 7:30 pm

We are so pleased to be holding the Yoga Aid Challenge at the Bhakti Festival this year. The Yoga Aid Challenge event will be held as the concluding Yoga event at the festival.
The event will last for 2 hours and will be an all-star Bhakti Practice with Mark Whitwell, Saul David Raye, Suzanne Sterling, Sara Ivanhoe, Joan White, Rainbeau Mars, Kia Miller, MC Yogi, Govindas & Radha, Ally Hamilton, Kristin Olson, Marjan Jai Ran, Ishwari Jay and Masood Ali Khan, and many others.
100% of the proceeds benefit the charity of your choice. We ask that you raise $108 minimum before arriving at Bhakti Fest.


Awareness Center, Pasadena
FOR NEW STUDENTS attending their first class between the dates: Sept. 14th – Sept 19th
Wahe Guru will donate the proceeds of her class on Sept. 20th at 9:30am to the Global Mala Project. We are participating for the first time in an LA community project that benefits Yoga Health Foundation and Autism Speaks.

Global Mala Project Kundalini Class with Wahe Guru Kaur
Sun. Sept. 20th, 9:30 - 11:00pm
$15 or Dharma Tribe Pass

Proceeds of the class will go to the Global Mala Project, a world wide service organization. Bring your friends and family to this worthy event!


Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Kirtan Mala with Daniel & Sarah for the Global Mala Peace Project
Saturday, September 19th 6:00-10:00pm (Mala begins at 6:00, Kirtan begins at 8:00)
Donation $15 for the mala or the kirtan alone, $25 for both

Join Daniel & Sarah in a Mala of 54 Sun Salutes followed by a joyous Kirtan in support of the Global Mala Project, Yoga Month & the UN International Peace Day. All proceeds go to charities that support Children here and around the world.
The Mala is limited to 35 people, the Kirtan will be open to many more! Join us for the Sun Salutations alone. Join us for the Kirtan alone. Spend the evening with and join us for to BOTH!
Join us to take our yoga off the mat and into the community for change!
This event was a huge success last year and the asana Mala will sell out quickly. Don't wait to reserve your space.


Yoga at the Village, Glendale
108 Malas: SURYA NAMASKAR (Sun Salutation) with Maya Gingery, RYT
Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:00 - 4:00pm
Suggested Donation $10 -$15

Yoga-At-The-Village will host 108 Malas, a special Yoga Month event. The 108 Malas is a guided practice of Surya Namaskar (Sun SalutationS) in 4 periods of 27 complete cycles. With musical accompaniment and an atmosphere of community and commitment, we will offer our practice as a prayer to enhance all aspects of our humanity.
Space is limited! Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Please call the studio to reserve your space: 818-265-9833


Yoga Blend, Burbank
TRIBAL BLEND with Christy Marsden
Friday, September 18th 8:15pm - 10:00pm
$15 suggested donation

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charities selected by Yoga Month
Inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance, this is a guided blend of yoga, dance, chanting, drumming, hooping 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!

FALL EQUINOX with Bekah Finch
Saturday, September 19th 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 suggested donation

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charities selected by Yoga Month
It is time again to honor the changing seasons and bring balance back to our days. Fall is a time of harvest, gratitude, evaluation and celebration. What do you want to honor? What do you want to release? Where have you been doing too much and where have you been doing not enough?Through sacred circle, yoga, meditation and creation we will welcome the Autumn and bring balance to our bodies, minds, emotions and spirit.


Yogaglo, Santa Monica
108 Sun Salutations to benefit Yoga Aid and Global Mala
Friday, September 4th 5:00-7:00pm
Cost to attend at Yogaglo: donation, any amount is acceptable

Join us for 108 Sun Salutations at Yogaglo with a very special group of teachers who will lead us, each with their unique way, on this ancient, purifying journey of offering ourselves for the benefit of others: Kia Miller, Annie Carpenter, Ally Hamilton, Julian Walker, Tommy Rosen, Mark Blanchard, Joan Hyman
The class will then be available on yogaglo.com for $4.99 on September 5th. Download it and keep it, do all 108 Sun Salutations at once or in segments. Profits from the download will go to Yoga Aid and Global Mala.


Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
In honor of National Yoga Month, all classes are FREE for NEW STUDENTS ONLY on Sunday, September 20th. Invite a friend!


i'm sure there are others that i'll come across during the course of the month; i'll add them to this list as i find them...
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