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marching into a new year

Posted May 06 2009 1:33pm
i was leafing through my calendar the other day and noticed that since the start of the new year last january 1st (according to the gregorian calendar, which is the calendar most of the western world uses), there have been at least three other new year celebrations (and i'm sure there are other obscure ones that didn't quite make it to the list):

~ chinese new year on january 26th,
~ tibetan new year on february 25th,
~ and persian new year on march 21st

so since tomorrow is march 21st, i'd like to greet you all a happy new year once again!

of course, with every new year's day comes a new set of new year's resolutions. and in my case, it's the same one: to get the month's events list posted at the start of the month! sadly, this month has been my most delinquent to date; i find myself sending it out after three-quarters of the month has already passed! oops.

the spring equinox occurred today, march 20th, so there are a number of equinox-related events going on this weekend. with our days now gradually getting longer and longer than our nights, you know that it's just a matter of time before summer's here! and speaking of summer, i'd like to point out that there are now FOUR teachers who teach classes on the sand, with at least one class being held each day of the week. yay!

at this point, i don't think there will be many more changes because there's only a little bit more than a week left to go. so let's see what's left on the calendar, shall we?

ongoing events:

Yoga on the Sand with Vanda Mikoloski and Anna
Rose Avenue and the Pacific ocean, Santa Monica
Everyday except Sunday 9:00am
Cost: By Donation


Join us! Every Monday through Saturday, 9-10 am (ish). Cost is whatever you feel peaceful about giving - we pass a hat. Gentle, stretchy, contemplative, fun yoga community. Perfect for beginners. Bring a big sheet or blanket. Dress in Layers. Anna West teaches Fridays.

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 www.ewishingwell.org

Community Fitness Classes
lululemon Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way
Every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm
Cost: FREE


Join us for complimentary yoga and fitness classes on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm! Come relax and rejuvenate, or come to build those muscles - you choose what class you would like to take!
March 18 - Iyengar Yoga with Absolute Yoga
Using props, such as belts and blocks to aid in performing asanas, Iyengar focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body during practice.
this practice is a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life!

Yoga for Runners with Steve Mackel
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Every Thursday 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: FREE


Join us on our outdoor patio for Yoga for Runners with Certified ChiRunning Instructor, USA Triathlon Coach, and lululemon Ambassador, Coach Steve Mackel.
Class is held every Thursday at 6:30pm on our store's back patio in Miller Alley just off Delacey Ave.
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 vinyasa flow series while he focuses on creating strength first and flexibility second.
Limited community mats are available. As classes fill up quickly and space is limited, please come early. Also, please dress in layers so that you may remain comfortable as you warm-up during the class.

Beach Yoga with Brad Keimach
On the beach at Barnard Way and the water's edge in Santa Monica
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-12:00pm
Cost: By Donation


In honor of the great weather coming up (which will continue till next January), Beach Yoga will now take place on BOTH Saturday and Sunday, at 10:30am! It is a startlingly beautiful experience, unexpectedly profound. Come and enjoy!
How do you get there? Easy: just walk down Barnard Way, towards the beach. Go right on to the sand, and continue all the way to the water's edge. I will be there to greet you! This is a donation class. Be sure to wear sunscreen. A LARGE beach towel will work, as well as your mat. I've ordered dolphins and seals again, and I believe that since the temps will be approaching 80, they will make an appearance. Class will be canceled if it rains.

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

Complimentary Fitness Class
lululemon Brentwood, 11920 San Vicente Blvd
Every Sunday 9:00-10:00am
Cost: FREE


Every Sunday we host a complementary fitness class for all ages and levels. Join us and some of the area's best fitness instuctors for yoga, pilates, dance, and other formats of fitness classes.
Weekly classes are followed by healthy snacks!
We have mats for the community or bring your own.
March 1 - Kia Miller from YogaWorks
March 8 - Stephen Weigand from Maha Yoga
March 22 - Garth Hewitt from YogaWorks
March 29 - Gigi Snyder from YogaWorks

Complimentary 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 are welcome - perfect for beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners. Check out our events page for up to date information!
March 15 - Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Andrew Abaria
Join us for a complimentary yoga flow class with Andrew "Andy" Abaria; student and protege of Ragunath Cappo (North Beverly Ambassador). Having studied the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Bikram systems of yoga, Andrew teaches a well rounded flow-based class.
March 22 - Spring Equinox Yoga Flow with Diane Hudock
Awaken to the Flow with an ectastic morning yoga practice!
A unique flow series designed by Diane Hudock which incorporates strength, unleashes fear and expands the heart. Prepare to sweat -- challenge yourself in deeper transitions and step into your power within! {Intermediate levels and up recommended, but all levels are welcome!}

Community Fitness Classes
lululemon Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way, Suite R9
Every Sunday 9:30-10:45am
Cost: FREE


Join us for complimentary yoga and fitness classes on Sunday mornings at 9:30am! Come relax and rejuvenate, or come to build those muscles - you choose what class you would like to take!
March 1 - Kundalini Yoga with Absolute Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is the "Yoga of Awareness", an ancient, specific system involving classic poses, coordination of breath and movement, with sound and meditation. This powerful and active style of yoga is effective for strengthening and balancing the nervous, glandular and immune systems, as well as, increasing mental energy and developing a deep inner calm. Kundalini Yoga produces quick results and is excellent for stress reduction, healing depression and insomnia, breaking bad habits, weight control and so much more.
March 22 - Yoga with Sri Hari Moss
Come take a Hatha yoga class to balance the mind and body via physical postures and exercises (asanas), controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
March 29 - Anusara Yoga with Georgina Purple
Anusara Yoga is heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, and yet grounded in the Universal Principles of Alignment™ for both the inner and outer body. It is a uniquely integrated style of hatha yoga in which the artistic glory of the human heart blends magically with the biomechanics of the body.

Yoga on the Green
lululemon Glendale, 233 South Brand Avenue
Every Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE


Come and join our free fitness classes every Sunday from 9:30-10:30am at our store in the Americana at Brand! We host classes ranging from yoga and salsa to pilates and acro yoga!
Limited mats available, light refreshments to follow
See our "Community Events" page for more info!
March 22 - Kundalini Yoga on the Green with Sat Prem
March 29 - Anusara-inspired Yoga on the Green with Karen Byers

Weekly In-Store Fitness/Yoga Class
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Every Sunday 9:30am **NEW TIME!**
Cost: FREE


Let's get our beach bodies on! March is a month to get those bodies buff, bronzed, and beach-ready!
The month of March will be hosted by our studio of the month, Circuit Works. Every Sunday at 9:30am (NEW TIME) we will have a complimentary circuit class! A great cross training exercise for all you LA Marathoners! Let's MARCH into fitness!
INSTRUCTORS: Rafael, Alba, Justin & Michael
As always, classes are ALL LEVELS! Bring your tennis shoes!!

In-store Fitness Classes
lululemon South Bay, 2008A East Park Place
Every Sunday 9:30-10:30am
Cost: FREE


Join us every Sunday for our FREE fitness classes! Check out our events section for complete details.
March 1 - All levels Yoga Flow with Marla Wedge
March 8 - Yoga Flow with Andrew Abaria
March 15 - Yin Yoga with Jan Kain
March 22 - Power Yoga with Jackie Mendes
March 29 - Yoga Flow with Jaclyn Hinds

All-levels Yoga
lululemon Pasadena, 110 W Colorado Blvd
Every Sunday 10:00am
Cost: FREE


Every Sunday at 10am we have an All Levels Yoga class. We feature various teachers from the Pasadena community.
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).
March 29 - All Levels Yoga with Janelle Parsons

YOGA ON THE SAND with Howard Davis
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
Sundays, March 1st and 8th (Selected Sundays of the month) 9:00am
Cost: $20


If you've never experienced the exhilarating joy of doing yoga outdoors, please join us at 9am. Don't eat breakfast, bring a towel and layers of clothing, and park on Temescal Canyon.

Yoga on the Beach with Claudia
Next to the Lifeguard Tower on Ave H, left side, close to the water, Redondo Beach
Sundays, March 1st, 15th, and 29th (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month) 10:00-11:15am
Cost: $10 or more is gratefully appreciated


IF YOU CAN BREATHE. YOU CAN DO YOGA. YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
Yoga in nature is very powerful since we are connecting with the 5 Elements of the universe. Sometimes we see the dolphins. Let's greet them with the dolphin pose (asana). Yes there is a pose.
More info at www.feelthebliss.wordpress or 310-370-3278

Friday Night Groove Night with Brigette Dunn-Korpela and Pete Korpela
Yoga Groove, North Hollywood
Friday, March 6th 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: $8 Suggested Donation


Come and take your yoga flow off the mat and into space. Brigette and Pete will fuse and intertwine yoga asana postures with the creative freedom of dance and live percussion and give birth to a whole new level of movement and spiritual expression.
Breathe and weave your practice throughout the sounds and vibrations of world, classical, and contemporary rhythms. Focus will be on breath, alignment, and a creative rhythmic flow.
Transform your yoga practice into an artistic form of self-expression and enjoy the experience of pure freedom of mind, body, and soul!

Kirtan with BhaktiMa
Lyfe Yoga Center, Hermosa Beach
Saturday, March 7th (1st Saturday of the month) 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation


Join us for an evening of live music and chanting inspired by the ancient Indian tradition of bhakti yoga.

Kirtan in the Canyon with Andrew and Michele and Friends
Yoga Desa, Topanga
TBA (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.
www.artoflivingla.org/public.html

FREE Community Night: Pranayama with Tony Giuliano
City Yoga, West Hollywood
Tuesday, March 10th (2nd Tuesday of the month) 7:30pm
Cost: FREE


Prana: breath, Life force Ayama: lengthening, extending
Come take a voyage into the self as we explore the power of breath. On this evening we will dive into several different techniques of Pranayama.

Kirtan with Daniel Stewart & Friends
Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Friday, March 13th (2nd Friday of the month) 8:15pm
Cost: By Donation


Come join Daniel Stewart and many talented musical friends this Friday February 13th @ 8:15 for a joyful evening of musical meditation and chanting. Daniel will be singing with Larry, Steve, and Keelan on drums, Sarah and Sylive on vocals, Angela on flute and Jeff on guitar.
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.
Hope you'll come and help us warm up the room and spread the joy at the Lotus. Jai Ma!

Kirtan with BhaktiMa
Harmony Yoga, Redondo Beach
Saturday, March 21st (3rd Saturday of the month) 7:00pm
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation


Join us for an evening of live music and chanting inspired by the ancient Indian tradition of bhakti yoga.

Outdoor Yoga Hike with Hilary Kimblin
Michael Lane and Trailer Canyon Fire Road, Pacific Palisades
Saturday, March 14th (Once a month) 9:00-11:15am
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of


Let's get outdoors in the SUNSHINE for a hike and a Hatha Yoga class. We'll meet in the Palisades, hike 45 minutes to our "classroom", practice 1 hour of yoga, then hike downhill for 30 minutes. It's a great way to meet people and enjoy nature. (Pre-pay online and it's only $15.)
This March enjoy the last day-time Yoga Hike as future ones will be held at night on the Full Moon.
Please RSVP hilary@yogaunderthetrees.com or call 323.841.3606

Chanting with Steve Ross
Maha Yoga, Brentwood
TBA (Once a month) 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation


Come to Maha Yoga for an enchanting evening of chanting with Steve. Open your heart and fill the studio with bliss. Sing along or just sit back and enjoy. Bring a cushion to sit on and wear comfortable clothing. Donation for our musicians.

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Travis Eliot and Friends
Santa Monica Yoga, Santa Monica
Saturday, March 28th (4th Saturday of the month) 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: By Donation


Kirtan comes from the yoga path of Bhakti (love and devotion). It is chanting of the traditional Sanskrit mantras synergized with dynamic melodies. It is the calling, the yearning, the crying to connect with the divine. The beauty is that chanting shows us we are already in this state of "oneness", it's just about dissolving the maya (illlusion) of separateness. Chanting ignites every aspect of our being, absorbing us into a state of bliss. Add the power of chanting within a group setting and the ecstacy becomes absolutely boundless! Kirtan is for anyone and everyone regardless of background. It is the universal language of heart. Om Shanti...


other special events:

Yoga Gives Back Fundraising Celebration with Joel Bender and Steven Espinosa
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Sunday, March 1st 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $25 by February 22nd; $30 at door


For The Cost Of Two Classes You Can Change A Life!
Back by popular demand! The non-profit group Yoga Gives Back (www.YogaGivesBack.org) seeks to return the favor of the yoga tradition by helping struggling Indian women with micro-finance. Liberation ashtanga teacher Joel Bender will be speaking on the gifts and challenges of India; while this month's vaunted guest star, Liberation's own Steven Espinoza, will be teaching a special, all levels class designed to raise both awareness and funds for this worthy cause. Expect raffle and light refreshments with your yoga. This is a yoga experience that will truly be working on many levels!

ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND at Yoga Blend!
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Friday, March 6th thru Sunday, March 8th
Cost: varies by event


We are turning four!!!
In celebration (and to show our gratitude) join us for a weekend of dancing, yoga, meditation, movies and more! Stay for all of it, or come in anytime to share our birthday.
Friday March 6th
8:30pm-10:30pm Tribal Blend w/ Christy - Suggested Donation $15
A guided blend of yoga asana, 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!
8:30pm-6:00am Yoga Blend's 1st Sleep-over!
Food, games, movies, chatting and sleeping, if you want. Bring a healthy dish and your favorite games and/or movies, sleeping bags, pillows, and a yoga mat.
Saturday March 7th
6:30am-7:30am Sunrise Meditation & Stretch w/ Bekah - By donation
1:30pm-3:30pm 108 Sun Salutes w/ Nicole - $10
Sunday March 8th
1:30pm-3:30pm Intro to Yoga w/ Christy (Please RSVP) - FREE

The Yoga + Chocolate + Wine Party for the Ages with David Romanelli
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Friday, March 13th 7:45-10:00pm
Cost: By Donation; proceeds go to Heal the Bay


Celebrating the launch of his debut book, David invites you to a party you will not want to miss. He will teach a 90 minute vinyasa flow yoga class set to great music (ranging from the Grateful Dead to Frank Sinatra). The class will focus on the message of simple pleasures. Even if the economy is rough, we can always indulge in fine chocolates with a nice Cabernet and some classic Jerry Garcia. But there is an art to quieting the mind and letting in the beauty, and this class will emphasize the powerful rewards of investing in time to enjoy. After class, while you are indulging in a feast of exotic Vosges Chocolates and fine Sicilian wines from the Feudo Arancio vineyards, David will read from his newly released book. It will be an evening of culinary, cerebral, and spiritual ecstasy.
For several years and in studios near and far, David Romanelli has been teaching the Yoga + Chocolate and Yoga + Wine experience. He seeks to share how everyday passions, embraced mindfully, are gateways to the present moment. With the debut of his book Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment, David is launching a new wave of yoga, chocolate, wine, and music-inspired ecstasy.
90 minutes yoga, 45 minutes wine/chocolate

ZEN DANCING ~ Ecstatic Dance Ritual Concert with Micheline Berry
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, March 14th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of


A renowned ecstatic dance and world music journey, Zen Dancing® induces peak states of embodiment and a deep union with the pranic flow between dancer and drum, breath and beat. Come shake your Buddhi to live Latin, Soul & East/West grooves as well as DJ'd sets of the latest in world beat music sure to arouse your heart and set your feet on fire! Come prepared to let the healing groove move you.
Shaman's Dream World Groove Rotating Ensemble Members:
Micheline Berry, Creative Director & Vocals
Craig Kohland, Music Director, African & World Percussion
DJ Drez, World Beat/Hip Hop Grooves, Loops & Programming
Jim McGrath, World Percussion
Patrick Richey, Tabla & World Percussion
Philippo Franchini, Guitar & Oud
Domonic Dean Breaux, Winds
Joe De Sa, Latin Guitar

David Newman live Kirtan in Los Angeles
Narayan Mandir, 1668 Rising Glen Road, Los Angeles
Sunday, March 15th 7:00pm
Cost: $15 Suggested Donation


House Kirtan with David Newman (Durga Das) and Mira joined by Philippo Franchini
SPREAD THE WORD! Only one night LA! Magical Kirtan at a Magical Location in the beautiful West Hollywood Hills!

Yoga on the Dark Side of the Moon with Daniel Overberger
Antebellum Gallery, 1643 N Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood
Two Wednesdays, March 18th and 25th 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: $20 (cash preferred)


This class will focus on breathing (pranayama), hands-on adjustment, and ending with a brief attempt at meditation. ;)
This class will be taught in the light of lava lamps to the music of Pink Floyd.
These workshops are purposely small to assure one-on-one attention. Space is limited, so if you want to guarantee your spot, e-mail your reservations for one or both nights to: yoga7daniel@gmail.com
After class (from 8:30 to 9ish), the owner of Antebellum (Rick) is going to serve complimentary tea on the back patio.

Poses for Paws with Kathryn Budig and Jesse Schein
lululemon Santa Monica, 331 Santa Monica Blvd
Thursday, March 19th 7:30-9:00pm
Cost: By Donation - All donations will benefit New Hope Program


Enjoy a donation based all level energetic flow taught by Yogaworks' Kathryn Budig and Jesse Schein at the Lululemon store in Santa Monica!
Poses for Paws was created by Kathryn Budig and Jesse Schein as a way to repay the love that animals bring into our lives. Our mission is to raise money through yoga to donate to local animal shelters and organizations who thrive to provide a loving life to those less fortunate. 100% of your donations will go to the New Hope Program. 100% of your love is needed and appreciated.
New Hope is a networking program for animals that are in quarantine as "rescue only" and cannot be adopted by the public b/c of special needs AND it also networks animal available to the public that have been at the shelter too long and are about to be put down.

Spring Equinox Celebration with Gurmukh Kaur and Dr. Gurudev
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Friday, March 20th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $40/adv or $45/day


A tradition and legacy designed by the Creator’s Divine Wisdom as we journey together from darkness to light. As spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. What a miraculously divine day for celebration! The Ancient Ones gathered for thousands of years as we do today.
Join us in Kundalini Yoga, meditation, chanting and dancing to live drumming. Join Gurmukh, Dr. Gurudev and percussionist Julio Moreno for a powerful evening as we journey together into the Light!
Live Music, Live Drumming, A lively celebration!

Lift Your Spirit: Spring Equinox Celebration with Lucy Bivins
Yoga Works Center for Yoga, Larchmont
Friday, March 20th 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $25


What better way to birth new beginnings than with a luxurious two hour yoga class filled with live music, inspiring readings, fresh flowers and warm candlelight.

Ritusamhara: A Celebration of the Seasons with Sara Ivanhoe
Yoga Works Main Street, Santa Monica
Friday, March 20th 7:45-9:45pm
Cost: $25


This mini-festival will include asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and music – all in praise of spring, the beginning, the birth of all things.

Yogic Healing Ceremony for the Vernal Equinox With Saul David Raye, Tony Khalife, Marla Leigh, David Watts & special guest Tantric / Vedic Priest Amarananda Bhairavan (Nandu)
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Friday, March 20th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of


Join us for this 5,000 year old yogic healing ceremony to celebrate the arrival of spring and renew the power of your spirit and connection to the life force. The Yoga tradition has a deep and profound understanding of the cosmic energies; how to live in harmony with them and awaken them for health, peace and prosperity. The turning of the seasons is a powerful time within the cosmic rhythm to do this. This puja will be done in honor of the Divine force that sustains life, we call Mother Earth. it is also a puja to Ganesha the power of life force and new beginnings.
Join us for this magical evening of sacred ceremony, chanting, simple movement, breathwork, prayer and opening to the powerful energies of renewal, vitality, abundance and positivity. A sacred space will be created and all participants will have the opportunity to participate in this ancient healing ceremony and make a offerings. The ceremony will include live music, authentic chants and powerful group healing energy. Don’t miss this wonderful celebration and affirmation of life! It will open your heart, lift your spirit and nourish your inner spring!
* please feel free to bring any small objects you want energized and blessed on the communal altar.

Live Well, Be Well Fair 2009
lululemon Calabasas, 4799 Commons Way
Saturday March 21st 10:00am-4:30pm
Cost: FREE


Join us for a day celebrating health and fitness in your community.
Enjoy complimentary classes taught by local experts, chair massages, and organic snacks. Learn to find your inner-zen with tips on meditation and how to create a healthy lifestyle, and we guarantee
you will leave motivated and ready to take on the world!
Special guests include: Equinox, Stroller Strides, Bar Method, YogaWorks, Spectrum, S Factor, and lululemon ambassadors!
10:30-11:30am - Dancin' It Up with Delandis!
12:00-1:00pm - Fitbody Workout with Stephanie Vitorino
1:30-2:30pm - Yoga with Sri Hari Moss
3:00-4:00pm - Mat Pilates with Gayle McCauley

Spring Yoga Mala: 108 Sun Salutations Marking the Change of Season with Jo Tastula
Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
Saturday, March 21st 5:30-8:00pm
Cost: $25


A yogi ritual intended to mark the transition between seasons. Spring is a time of hope, opportunity, and fresh starts; join Jo for an evening of physical challenge and intention-setting for the Spring season.

SPRING EQUINOX CELEBRATION with Bekah Finch
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Saturday, March 21st 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $15 Suggested Donation


Throw off the winter coat and welcome the rebirth of Spring in a two hour celebration with Bekah Finch.
Spring Equinox is one of two days in the year that night and day are equal. It is a powerful opportunity to balance and align our body/mind/spirit as the days grow longer and the energy of spring awakens. This is the time for manifesting our dreams created during the winter hibernation.
Through yoga, meditation & creation we will open our hearts to the possibilities and share the blossoming of new growth both internally and externally. It is time for the earth and our dreams to come alive!

Spring Equinox Celebration with Lonne Dickerson
Free Spirit Yoga, Long Beach
Saturday, March 21st 6:30pm
Cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 at the door


Bring in the Spring with 108 Sun Salutations to Live Music. Joel Long will play the Sitar and Drums to guide you on your transformative journey while Lonne will lead you through various forms of sun salutations. Cleanse and purify for the new season. You will need a small towel, yoga mat & some water. Space is limited. Following class will be light refreshments.

Erica Gimpel and Trio
Kula, 1231 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
Saturday, March 21st 7:30pm
Cost: $20; Discount tickets will be available and no one will be turned away


In honor of International Women's Month, Erica will be performing her newest songs in a benefit concert for the Downtown Women's Centers newest facility PROJECT HOME
Joining Erica are Ryan Cross-Bass/Cello and Louis Van Taylor-Woodwinds, plus special guests.
For more info about the Downtown Women's Center, please go to dwcweb.org.
** Enter through door on right at rear of building. There is small parking lot at rear of building but, PLEASE do not park in our neighbors lots... We have a great relationship with them and would love to keep it that way!

Yoga Hike in Palos Verdes with Claudia
Top of the cliffs at Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates
Sunday, March 22nd 9:00-11:00am
Cost: $25, reservation required by noon, March 21st (limited space for 8 available)


Practice yoga on the top of the cliffs at the bluff cove (Malaga Cove) in Palos Verdes Estates. View people surfing and enjoy the spectacular view of Catalina Island. Enjoy nature while staying in shape through hiking and yoga.
What: 1 hour hike/walking plus 1 hour hatha yoga (beginners are welcome)
We meet at the parking lot of the Malaga Cove Plaza at the fountain at 8:45 am. Be on time.
Bring a big old sheet or large blanket plus yoga mat (yoga will be practiced on flat area on top of cliff).
Wear comfortable clothes. Bring water, snack, sunscreen and walking shoes
Often have breakfast at the Malaga Cove Cafe (your choice)
Connect with nature the 5 elements of the universe - balance your chakras (energy centers)
For more info call Claudia or www.feelthebliss.wordpress.com

Guru Singh Teaches Meditations for the Spring Equinox
Yoga West, Los Angeles
Sunday, March 22nd 1:00-4:45pm
Cost: $50


Please join us at Yoga West for the annual Spring Equinox yoga and meditation workshop. This is a sacred time to prepare, with our meditative mind, the planting of our year's projections. The Sun, Moon, and Earth are each one perfectly aligned for this blessing.
Join us as we plant the seeds of personal abundance and global unity. The meditative sequence for this Spring Equinox is one that matches the perfect balance of such a moment.
Please bring a piece of fruit, paper and pen, and a blanket.

YOGA SOUND BATH with Heather Hudson and Jamie Bechtold
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Sunday, March 22nd 2:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $30 by March 19th / $35 after


The Yoga Sound Bath is like a cosmic symphony. You will enjoy a full spectrum of healing as you are moved through restorative poses while the sounds of healing crystal bowls and gongs fill the air. A great way to relax your body and renew your spirit!
Our intention for this gathering is to create an environment where you feel safe and cozy so that you can regain a balanced sense of self and just enjoy yourself.

Playing with the Gods:Parvati with Hagar Harpak
Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks
Saturday, March 28th 5:30–8:00pm
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 day of


Embody the teachings of Parvati in your asana practice. Join Hagar for an afternoon of contemplation, forward bends and inversions, pranayama and meditation. Parvati is the consort of Siva.The mother of Ganesh. She is Sakti – the manifesting power of the universe. She is the breath, the force of life. It is the union of Siva and Sakti that makes everything come into being. Parvati is knowledge and action, forming the unformed. Learn about Parvati through storytelling. Discover her important symbols and their meanings. Learn a mantra to invoke Parvati’s energy.

Ananda Kirtan~ Sing and Dance to the rhythm of existence with Saul David Raye
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, March 28th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20


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.

PUNK ROCK YOGA WORKSHOP with David Adams
Yoga Blend, Burbank
Saturday, March 28th 8:00pm-10:00pm
$30 by March 21st / $35 after


Come to this fun and lighthearted Yoga session where we will explore an alternative view to our pre-existing concepts of Yoga and Life. Be prepared to move and groove, laugh, sing and shout. Maybe shake up some internal junk, and then as we surround ourselves in positive energy, we'll throw out any of that unwanted trash like a television through a cheap motel window!
This workshop is open to all students who have a basic physical practice and a desire to enjoy a surprising mix of sensory delights.
Open your mind to a broader perspective, release judgment and expectations, and then climb over that old brick wall and cross the tracks to arrive on the better side of town, minus the ball and chain but with mohawk intact!
Comfortable, alternative, even radical makeup, hair and clothing encouraged, but please no army boots!

The Sacred Language: DRUM & FLAME - Music and Art by Reid DeFever
Your Neighborhood Studio, Culver City
Saturday, March 28th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $20


A mobius trip through the story of Shiva and the ongoing cycle of birth and destruction of the Universe. Experience India, Africa, Asia, Persia, Australia, Brazil and visitors from other worlds!
Featured instruments: tabla, taiko, didge, hang, marimba, cajonbek, doumbek plus special guests!
Art Gallery (original oil paintings for sale), Dance performances, Group chant & trance dance!
www.thesacredlanguage.com

Nailah - Songs of Soul and Spirit featuring Paul Legaspi, Matt DeMerritt, Tracy Wannomae, Justin DiCenzo
Kula, 1231 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
Saturday, March 28th 9:00pm
Cost: $15 at door; Discount tickets will be available and no one will be turned away


Concert to Benefit Stand Up For Kids and Sisterhood Agenda. March 28th is also the designated day for EARTH HOUR, a global call to action for everyone to honor our planet by switching off lights for one hour. In light of our commitment to Mother Earth (no pun intended), we'll be starting the evening unplugged.
** Enter through door on right at rear of building. There is small parking lot at rear of building but, PLEASE do not park in our neighbors lots... We have a great relationship with them and would love to keep it that way!

Yoga and the Play of Energy
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles
Sunday, March 29th 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $15; preregister at yogagiveback@earthlink.net


A special event to help India's poor: Yoga workshop with Pagan plus live music and ecstatic chanting with the Temple Bhajan Band
Where are you in the field of energy?
From standing poses to back extensions, from movement to stillness, this workshop will take a yogic and quantum look at the play of energy.
www.yogagivesback.org

Kirtan / Sacred Chants with Keshavacharya Das with Srirama on Bengali drum to Benefit Kiva
Kula, 1231 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
Sunday, March 29th 7:30pm
Cost: $15


Keshavacharya Das is now presenting his new album - "Sweet Surrender".
Visit keshavacharya.com and kiva.org for more info
** Enter through door on right at rear of building. There is small parking lot at rear of building but, PLEASE do not park in our neighbors lots... We have a great relationship with them and would love to keep it that way!
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