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Newsletter June 27, 2013 “Tonight in LA! Enjoy YogaFit’s Grand Opening”

Tonight in LA! Enjoy YogaFit’s Grand Opening June 27, 2013

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JUNE 2013 | ISSUE 163
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June 2013 Issue
On the Cover: Seychelle Gabriel
Photo by: David Young-Wolff

From the Editor

Life is full of updates.

Like the moment when we “select all” in the app store, choosing the menu item that allows us to make a sweeping inventory of every piece of software that contains the bug fixes, improvements, additions, and tweaks allowing us to maximize performance.

Life is full of these, whether in the virtual space, in the negotation of our lives with our families, at work, on the mat. Life is full of these updates if we can dare to select all.

Of course, it’s a lot easier when all we have to do is press a button. The updates of daily life involve discipline, practice, repetition, dedication, meeting the moments when we’re caught in the glitchy rather than the new improved version of whoever we are or whatever we’re doing.

Fortunately, just as there are always programmers building updates for our software, there is a great deal of support available through our practice and our community. And that support is always being updated–through new techniques, new studios, new opportunities to come together.

This weekend, Miguel Latronica will be teaching a workshop using the Mighty Body Band, Saturday, at Black Dog Yoga in the Valley. This prop allows people to use resistance to enhance their practice.

Tonight, YogaFit celebrates the opening of their flagship studio on South Robertson in LA. Theevening art show will benefit Yoga Gives Back, allowing people to support the people who live in the birthplace of the yoga practice.

Tomorrow, Naren K. Schreiner will be sharing his dedication to years of music practice and sadhana within the studio walls of InYoga.

These are only a few of the plethora of opportunities available for us to support our regular updates.

I’m selecting all,

Felicia Marie Tomasko

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
LA Yoga Magazine, Editor in Chief

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Upcoming Events

TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 27

6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. YogaFit’s Grand Opening of its newest yoga & art studio in the Los Angeles area. Reception will include an exhibit by Ashleigh Sumner and Joan Scheibel which will be on display through August 5. 1540 S. Robertson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035.

7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Summer Solstice Naam Yoga Celebration. Celebrate one of the four most powerful times of the year for personal growth, conscious living and collective healing. Presented by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, world renowned spiritual leader and founder of Naam Yoga. This is an evening of conscious community, yoga, music, meditation with sacred sound current and more. Reception to follow. NAAM YOGA LA 1231 4th St, Santa Monica. Register online $30. Day of: $50.

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. “The Meanings behind Sacred Geometry” with Michael Liss and special Channeling by Kirrily Keayes on the Universal Truths of Sacred Geometry at Ethos Art Gallery.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

10:00 A.M. Online Webinar on Western and Ayurvedic Perspectives of Common Anxiety Disorders. Join Dr. Mohan as she discusses the the family of anxiety disorders. Viewing the risk factors and clinical presentation from an ayurvedic perspective reveals the path to how anxiety can be addressed more holistically. Register online.  $20. Can’t join us on Friday June 28th at 10am? A recording will be made available to all who register.

7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Good Food Fridays at The Market at Santa Monica Place, for a night of sampling, shopping, sipping and socializing. This FREE interactive community event allows guests to mix and mingle with the local purveyors from The Market and beyond and takes place the last Friday of every month.

8:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. The Yoga of Music: An Evening of Kirtan and Bhajan with Naren K. Schreiner at InYoga Center.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Tao Te Ching + Mimosa Saturday.  Leisurely let go and learn that relaxing let’s your inner-wisdom flow.  Lay back and read from Lao Tzu’s famous landmark teachings before or after your spa treatments, while also sipping Mimosa’s made with your choice of non-alcoholic sparkling or champagne. Le Petite Retreat Day Spa, 331 North Larchmont Blvd.

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Join Sara Ivanhoe for the Philosophy Workshop at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills during  Hot 8 Yoga’s Teacher Training. Open to the public.

11:15 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Mighty Body Band – Cross Fit. Experience the Mighty Body Band, a patented yoga cross-training device that uses your body weight to tone your muscles, strengthen your core, improve your coordination and re-balance your posture. $40 Black Dog Yoga. 4454 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 206 Sherman Oaks.

1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Breaking Down the Vinyasa. The pace of our everyday Vinyasa yoga class doesn’t often allow for us to really get into the nitty gritty of the vinyasa sequence.  This workshop will zero in on the breath, asana (posture), and transitions that will help your practice flow with more grace, intelligence, safety, and ease. Pre-register $30 before June 17th, $40 after. Santa Monica Yoga. 1640 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.

2:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. Mighty Body Band – Cross Fit. Experience the Mighty Body Band, a patented yoga cross-training device that uses your body weight to tone your muscles, strengthen your core, improve your coordination and re-balance your posture. $40 Black Dog Yoga. 4454 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 206 Sherman Oaks.

6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Join us for two Community Fellowships in the saintly presence of our realized Himalayan monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, and directly experience divine love, chanting, singing, words of wisdom and blessings (darshan). Fellowships will begin with Sanskrit peace chants followed by an hour long discourse on Vedic spiritual philosophy and a guided meditation. An offering of tea with vegetarian snacks will be served to all participants. Naam Yoga1231 4th St., Santa Monica. FREE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Join Sara Ivanhoe for an Ayurveda Workshop at Hot 8 Yoga during Hot 8 Yoga Teacher Training in Beverly Hills. Open to public.

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. USC’s Alumni Association’s Summer Tea Party/Tasting at USC main campus. As presented by Art of Tea, event will include tastings of 8 different teas, light food, and a gift for all guests.

1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Little Free Library Build Day. Looking for your next opportunity to build a Little Free Library? Transition Mar Vista/Venice and Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center host a library build day where DIY-ers get help from people with power tools! Come help build, paint, and install a ­library box for your own yard or a neighbor’s, and become the catalyst for a free neighborhood book ­exchange. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. 13325 Beach Ave. Marina del Rey, CA.

2:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. Mighty Body Band – Cross Fit. Experience the Mighty Body Band, a patented yoga cross-training device that uses your body weight to tone your muscles, strengthen your core, improve your coordination and re-balance your posture. $40 Black Dog Yoga. 4454 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 206 Sherman Oaks.

5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Join us for two Community Fellowships in the saintly presence of our realized Himalayan monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, and directly experience divine love, chanting, singing, words of wisdom and blessings (darshan). Fellowships will begin with Sanskrit peace chants followed by an hour long discourse on Vedic spiritual philosophy and a guided meditation. An offering of tea with vegetarian snacks will be served to all participants. Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club. 901 Haverford Ave., Los Angeles. FREE.

MONDAY, JULY 1

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Morning Flow Yoga at the LATC. Wake up gently for FREE yoga for the community.

TUESDAY, JULY 2

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Yoga for Well-Being Evening Specialty Class with Susan Raglin. Tuesdays through July. Perfect for students seeking some challenge without stress. Black Dog Yoga. 4454 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 206 Sherman Oaks.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Morning Flow Yoga at the LATC. Wake up gently for FREE yoga for the community.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. 220 Fitness Summer BBQ. Membership specials, giveaways and performances by 220′s Group X Team. 3002 Main St., Santa Monica.

FRIDAY, JULY 5

8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Unlocking Authentic Power Weekend Workshop with Anand Mehrotra, founder of Sattva Yoga. Sattva Yoga is a holistic, ever-evolving yoga practice that incorporates asana, kriya, meditation, mantra, wisdom, and free movement to allow each student to experience radical aliveness and transformation. Sattva Yoga 12227 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Register Now.

One Love Festival. Experience love in action with music, kirtan, late night DJs, Yoga, dancing, workshops, and gourmet food trucks. July 5-7. $72 for three day pass. Ojai Libbey Bowl. 210 Signal St., Ojai.

SATURDAY, JULY 6

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Tao Te Ching + Mimosa Saturday.  Leisurely let go and learn that relaxing let’s your inner-wisdom flow.  Lay back and read from Lao Tzu’s famous landmark teachings before or after your spa treatments, while also sipping Mimosa’s made with your choice of non-alcoholic sparkling or champagne.  Le Petite Retreat Day Spa, 331 North Larchmont Blvd.

2:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Unlocking Authentic Power Weekend Workshop with Anand Mehrotra, founder of Sattva Yoga. Sattva Yoga is a holistic, ever-evolving yoga practice that incorporates asana, kriya, meditation, mantra, wisdom, and free movement to allow each student to experience radical aliveness and transformation. Sattva Yoga 12227 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Register Now.

One Love Festival. Experience love in action with music, kirtan, late night DJs, Yoga, dancing, workshops, and gourmet food trucks. July 5-7. $72 for three day pass. Ojai Libbey Bowl. 210 Signal St., Ojai.

SUNDAY, JULY 7

12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Unlocking Authentic Power Weekend Workshop with Anand Mehrotra, founder of Sattva Yoga. Sattva Yoga is a holistic, ever-evolving yoga practice that incorporates asana, kriya, meditation, mantra, wisdom, and free movement to allow each student to experience radical aliveness and transformation. Sattva Yoga 12227 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Register Now.

One Love Festival. Experience love in action with music, kirtan, late night DJs, Yoga, dancing, workshops, and gourmet food trucks. July 5-7. $72 for three day pass. Ojai Libbey Bowl. 210 Signal St., Ojai.

We’re honored to be the sponsor of Yoga Chat with the Accidental Yogist on killradio.org every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm Pacific.

Here’s the link to this week’s podcast featuring interviews with musicians from Blue Spirit Wheel and Sitara & Kalyani and Pavan Kumar, as well as with spiritual teacher Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati:The Road to Bhakti Fest Midwest

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking here.

Athleta Expands Throughout Los Angeles

AthletaHey LA, Athleta now has stores open at The Grove, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and Fashion Island in Newport Beach! Athleta has the ultimate women’s performance apparel for all your workouts and every far-flung adventure.

Come meet your Athleta stores to get outfitted for your sport and power up your next workout. Power to the She.

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Cool off with a Mango Lassi

Spiced Mango Lassi
The weather outside is a testament to the fact that summer is officially here. The Dosa Dosa traveling food truck offers a spiced up version of the traditional mango lassi to cool off. This cooling yogurt and mango shake is sweetened with honey and served ice cold. It’s easy to make at home with the right ingredients, especially ripe, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth mangoes!

All you need is mangoes, yogurt, ice cubes, milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom. For recipe and instructions, visit LA YOGA Recipes.

Tonight! YogaFit Yoga & Art Studio Grand Opening

YogaFit Opening Reception
YoaFit Yoga & Art Studio will be hosting an Opening Reception for “Break Free”–an exhibit by Ashleigh Sumner & Joan Scheibel–on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 P.M. -10:00 P.M.

A portion of the sales from this exhibit which runs through August 5 will be donated to Yoga Gives Back. Please visit YogaFit Events or Schedesign for more info.

SVA Inaugural Sutra to Science Conference

SVA Inaugural Sutra to Science Conference
Can Ayurveda co-exist with Allopathy without incurring the risks of herb-drug interaction?

Join SVA from August 2-3 in Winnetka, CA for the Inaugural Sutra to Science Conference and get a chance to learn how SV Ayurveda can complement your health and your life through Vedic Healing Sounds, the transdermal Marma System (created by world-wide known teacher, researcher, formulator and head of SV Health Vaidya Rama K. Mishra) and hands-on Marma Practicums. Meet a team of medical experts who have been incorporating SV Ayurveda modalities to address a wide spectrum of chronic conditions successfully. For tickets and full conference details visit:SVAyurvedaemail or call 1 (888) 324-2634 (1-818-709-1005)

Yogiraj Siddhanath Comes to Southern California

Yogiraj Comes to Southern California
Meet Himalayan Kriya Yoga Master Yogiraj Siddhanath. Experience True Healing & Pure Spirituality. Learn Scientific Kriya Meditation. Healing and Enlightenment Workshops (Free) and Kriya Yoga Empowerments ($125).

Yogiraj will be leading workshops in San Diego on August 10 & 11 and in Los Angeles on August 19 & 20. He will also be leading a New Life Awakening Retreat in San Diego from September 19-22.

Register online: Siddhanathemail, or call (866) Yogi-Raj.

The Mighty Body Band Workshop

The Mighty Body Band WorkshopYoga Bent and Black Dog Yoga are pleased to announce their first Mighty Body Band Workshop on June 29 and 30 for four MBB classes at Black Dog Yoga Studio for just $40.

Experience for yourself a whole new level of kinesthetic bliss. The MBB workshop allows participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the nucleus and frontiers of movement. Get into the groove and exploration of self-assisted PNF stretching, active isolated stretching and many other cutting edge MBB techniques.
Find out for yourself why some of the country’s finest physiology and fitness experts are proclaiming the MBB via the Latronica Method™ to be unlike any other method of movement. The MBB is an anti-gravity device that helps to create greater agility and coordination and for working out all your muscular imbalances. For more info and to sign-up visit Black Dog Yoga.

Embark on a Silent Retreat

Silent RetreatFrom July 22-28: join many who are taking a break from a busy life to recharge and refresh. Over one week, this retreat gently leads participants to inner discovery through the observation of silence, complemented by guided meditations, breathing techniques and yoga, all set amidst beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Silent Retreat is guided by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader, icon of peace and Art of Living founder. His programs have helped participants from 155 countries find greater inner peace, freedom and lasting joy.

For more info email or call: 858-736-5876.

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Time to stock up on your canvas totes. After years of debating, a plastic bag ban written by Councilman Paul Koretz has officially passed. On Wednesday, June 26, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law a ban on giving out free plastic bags in Los Angeles grocery stores. The historic ban signed Wednesday makes Los Angeles the biggest city in the country to ban plastic bags.

Under the law, which takes effect January 1, 2014, shoppers will have to tote their own bags, or pay 10 cents each for paper bags. For more details on the new developement, visitLos Angeles Bans Plastic Shopping Bags.

Ayurveda at Moksha Festival

Moksha FestivalAs summer has officially begun, the energy of the pitta (fire) dosha seems to dominate internally and externally. In LA YOGA’s July/August Ayurveda column, Dr. Siva Mohan offers some suggestions on how to bring your pitta back into balance. A few recommendations?

-decreasing intensity, activity, and heat
-increasing calming, stillness, sweetness, and appreciation
-reduce spicy-hot food and people
-Check your alcohol consumption
-Get in water

Dr. Siva Mohan will be one of many speakers at the upcoming Moksha Festival: a 3-day celebration of wellness, spiritual expansion and conscious living through Yoga, Health, Ayurveda, Sacred Music and food from July 12-14 in Topanga Canyon.

“Open Your Heart in Paradise” 5th Anniversary

Ram Dass Retreat
“Celebrate Aloha” with Ram Dass, Krishna Das and Friends for the 5th Anniversary of the “Open Your Heart in Paradise” Retreat at Maui’s beautiful Napili Kai Beach Resort from December 4-9.

Join beloved Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield for morning meditations and his dharma talks with Mirabai Bush and Trudy Goodman. Enjoy daily Words of Wisdom sessions with Ram Dass and soaring nightly kirtans with Krishna Das.

Practice daily hatha yoga with Saraswati Markus or beachfront Qi Gong with Joyanna Cotter. Special sessions include “Aloha in Action” with Lei’ohu Ryder/Maydeen Iao and chanting Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao and Friends. Ocean side resort, health conscious meals, and transportation included from Kahului Airport.

For more information and registration, visit Ram Dass or email.

Yoga Alliance’s Business of Yoga Conference

Yoga Alliance: Business of YogaJoin Yoga Alliance in Washington, DC from August 8-10 for a conference focused on supporting yoga professionals, both studio owners and independent yoga teachers. The mission of the conference is to help sustain the yoga business, so that the practice of yoga can grow and continue to transform lives.

Event will include 3 joint sessions, separate program tracks for studio owners and yoga teachers, 4 healthy meals, and up to 12 hours of continuing education available if you attend all of the sessions. For more information, visit Yoga Alliance: Business of Yoga Conference.

On the Rise: Bhakti Fest West Tickets

Bhakti Fest
Taking place from September 5-8 in Joshua Tree, Bhakti Fest West will host an all-star kirtan line up including: Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, and C.C. White; with yoga classes by Shiva Rea (pictured right), Bryan Kest, Elena Brower, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, Sianna Sherman, Snatam Kaur, and many more!

Tickets for Bhakti Fest West are currently on sale for $300 and will rise to $350 on July 1, so do not hesitate in joining over 3,500 spiritual seekers for this potent, heart opening, mind expanding, and outstanding gathering!

New Studio: Golden Bridge Santa Monica

Golden Bridge Santa Monica
Golden Bridge Yoga, an already influential presence in the Kundalini Yoga community, opened its newest location in Santa Monica. With two other locations firmly rooted in Hollywood and Manhattan, Golden Bridge marks its territory on the westside with a yoga studio, vegetarian cafe, and retail store.

For more information on newest Golden Bridge studio, visit LA YOGA’s Open Doors Feature.

Astrology: Pisces Moon Bears Creativity & Romance

LA YOGA Astrology
“The month ends on a very mystical and creative note with the Moon in Pisces. Now is a time for deep philosophical inquiry and connecting to teachers and those things that inspire you in the highest sense,” explains Sam Geppi. “This is also a very romantic time, especially if you and your beloved share spiritual paths, or want to enjoy nature together.” For a more in-depth analysis of June’s Astrology, visit LA YOGA: Astrology.

Sam Geppi is an internationally-respected Vedic astrology teacher. For free Vedic astrology DVDs and courses: Sam Geppi.

Passport to Prana: Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica

Passport to Prana
LA YOGA is grateful to team up with Passport to Prana, the original multi-studio yoga pass that entitles you to one class at each of participating yoga studio throughout Los Angeles for just $30.

“It’s a sunny summer day in Santa Monica. You could go shopping, grab a bite to eat or get your sun bathe on. But if you’re looking for something new, visit Hot 8 Yoga,” encourages Erynne Elkins. “Hospitable instructor May Che guides participants in and out of poses with ease in her Hot Yoga class. But don’t let the chill vibe fool you. You will sweat. So after class, cool off with an ice cold, eucalyptus infused facecloth, rehydrate with a cup of cucumber water and enjoy a refreshing shower without leaving the studio. All that and it’s not even 2:00 P.M.”

Are YOU ready to explore new LA studio and places within with a Passport to Prana card? VisitPassport to Prana.

Giveaway: Lorna Jane Yoga Mat

Lorna Jane
Lorna Jane
 is Australia’s award-winning activewear label for women and more than two decades after opening their first Lorna Jane store, their core identity remains the same. Lorna Jane is first in fitness and fashion and are designed for women by women. Lorna Jane’s aim is to inspire women to live their best life through active living, following the three-pillared philosophy of MOVE NOURISH BELIEVE and it is this mantra together with their clothing that encourages and motivates women globally to be the best they can be. Lorna Jane is not simply a clothing label, it is a way of life.

LA YOGA is excited to team up with Lorna Jane to give away 4 Lorna Jane yoga mats and straps to LA YOGA readers. Enter to win by liking Lorna Jane on Facebook and writing to LA YOGA with why YOU want to win!
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Skirball Cultural Center Moksha Festival Yoga Alliance
The Healing Gardens of Ayurveda Passport to Prana South Bay Yoga Conference
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