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make your yoga practice count!

Posted Mar 16 2011 2:21pm
many of us here in los angeles are blessed with what may seem to most as the perfect life. we wake up, still snuggled in our warm bed, go about our errands in picture-perfect weather, grab lunch while checking email at the corner cafe, get through a productive day at work, stop at a nearby yoga studio for a stimulating class with our favorite teacher, then head back home to relax and unwind before having dinner and heading back to bed.

everyone should be as lucky as we are.

but sadly, there are many in the world who go without.

thanks to the many conscientious yogis in town, we are constantly being made aware of those less fortunate and are being given chances to help out where we can.

here are some upcoming fundraisers. please find time in your busy day to join them and make your yoga practice help bring some good into the world!

The South Bay Rocks Operation Shanti!
Saturday, March 19th 4:00-8:00pm
Hermosa Beach Community Center, Clark Building, 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach
Cost: Suggested donation is $35, all proceeds go to Operation Shanti


Operation Shanti is a local organization raising money through yoga fund raising events to build an orphanage in Mysore, India.

Join us for a FUN donation YOGA CLASS, then an after party with DJ, food, wine, and raffle to follow!


Level 2-3 Flow with Kyra Haglund for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief
Sunday, March 20th 10:45am-12:15pm
Santa Monica Yoga , 1640 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica
Cost: Regular class pass (value of class will be donated to Operation USA )

Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.

OM Chant for Japan: a benefit for the relief effort in Japan with Allison McCready
Sunday, March 20th 6:00-7:15pm
Santa Monica Yoga , 1640 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica
Suggested donation: $10 - please give more if you can


OM has been described as the primordial sound; a sacred mantra representing the absolute oneness of the Universe. By chanting OM we use this sacred mantra to enter into a dialogue with the divine. Chanting helps us clear illusion from our mind and tune our inner being to the frequency of Love. The sweetness of chanting stills the mind, dissolves worries, and opens the heart. In addition to profoundly affecting the individual, chanting OM reverberates through the body of mankind, helping to heal a violent world.

For this OM Chant we will set a collective intention of love, compassion and hope for the victims of Japan's recent and ongoing tragedy. Come join in the loving vibration of this simple and powerful prayer and help bring healing to the people of Japan.

Helpful notes• No yoga experience is required – all are welcome
• Arrive a few minutes early
• Avoid eating at least 1 hour before chanting
• Leave your cell phone in your car

Donation Yoga Class with Stephanie Phelan for Japan Children's Emergency Fund
Friday, March 25th 7:30-8:30pm
Maha Yoga, 13050 San Vicente Blvd #202, Los Angeles
Cost: $15 Suggested donation; check or cash only, please

Please join us for a donation flow yoga class led by Stephanie Phelan with live music by Masood Ali Khan.
100% of donations will be given to Japan Children's Emergency Fund.
Please open your heart and help the children of Japan during this devastating time of need.

Rising Lotus Yoga Seva Project Fundraiser
Saturday, March 26th 5:00-10:00pm
Rising Lotus Yoga , 13557 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Cost: $20 for class or kirtan, $30 for all events, $10 if only attending auction
Click here to register

Join us for the Launch for our first fundraiser! Yoga, Kirtan, Silent Auction, Food and Fun! In partnership with House of Ruth, assisting families victimized by domestic violence and CAST LA - The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Human Trafficking.

5pm Yoga Class
8pm Kirtan
6-8pm Silent Auction

Rising Lotus Seva Project is a not profit organization providing weekly pro-bono yoga classes taught by our volunteer instructors for various organizations of people in need, to outreach in aiding in the healing of the environment, to hosting fundraisers to garner awareness and support for the organizations we work with.The Rising Lotus Seva Project moves forward with the deep intention of bringing consciousness, freedom and the open-heart practice we cultivate on the mat out into our world.

Yoga Gives Back Night with Chaz Russ and The Cosmic Kirtan Connection!
Friday, April 29th 7:00-10:00pm
YogaWorks Tarzana , 18700 Ventura Blvd, 2nd Flr, Tarzana
Cost: $15 for yoga or kirtan ($25 for both)

Join us as we raise our voices and open our hearts and pockets in support of Yoga Gives and the empowerment of women in India!

7:00-8:15 PM Yoga with Chaz (all levels, fun flow)
8:30-10:00 PM Kirtan with The Cosmic Kirtan Connection
Yummy food compliments of Whole Foods Tarzana

Step out of your mind and into your heart with the Cosmic Kirtan Collective! FeaturingStella Davis (lead vocals)
Marty Alan (sitar)
Arielle Silver (vocals and harmonium)
Darby Orr (bass)
Greg Klimuck (tabla and percussion)
Jeffrey Harris (guitar)
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