Developing the Superpower of Direct Focus

Dristi is most commonly known as the gazing point on which the eyes may focus. The word “dristi,” derives from the Sanskrit root “drstr,” which is where we get our English word “to direct.” Dristi can refer to a focal point, yet it is more than simply where we focus; […]

By | March 30th, 2016|Yoga Therapy|0 Comments

Falling into Autumn Rhythms

Shiva Rea guides an Ayurvedic Fall Practice for Peace


In the end

these things matter most:

How well did you love?

How fully did you live?

How deeply did you let go?

Siddhartha Gautama


In the Fall Equinox, or Alban Elfed in the Celtic tradition, we are […]

By | September 16th, 2015|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Asana on the Ocean

Find a New Perspective with Stand up Paddleboard Yoga

Practicing yoga on a stand up paddleboard perched on the water offers an amazing opportunity to float on clear blue waters and view the world from an entirely different point of view. What may look beautiful in a photograph may feel intimidating when attempting a pose on […]

By | July 2nd, 2015|Yoga|0 Comments

The Yoga of Slacklining

In the realm of extreme sports, slacklining is steadily rising to the top as a dynamic training method for an assortment of athletes and adventurers worldwide. What began as a pastime for rock climbers waiting for the weather to improve has evolved into a […]

By | May 1st, 2013|Cross Training|1 Comment

Aerial Yoga: Take Your Practice to New Heights

Challenging your practice to new heights

I’ve heard many stories of how people find yoga, and my story seems predictably similar.  I was a new mom.  My need for ways to de-stress, decompress, find happiness, and discover myself brought me to the mat.  Like many […]

By | February 27th, 2013|Yoga|1 Comment

Relating To Feet

Our Connection with Our Inheritance and the Earth

Our connection to our feet is symbolic of our connection to the world around us. Are we tip-toers or stompers? Are we balanced or wobbly? Do those characteristics parallel what we know about our personalities? When a tip-toer enters a room full of strangers, their handshake may be […]

Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, ERYT-500 is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Malibu and a certified yoga therapist on the faculty of LMU Yoga Therapy Rx. She’s been teaching at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement since 2001 and has been Suzanne Somers private yoga teacher since 2003. Julie Carmen’s YOGA SLOW FLOW DVD and YOGA FOR HORMONES CD are available at
By | September 2nd, 2012|Yoga Therapy|1 Comment

Ayurveda Q & A

Ayurveda has been practiced in the US for only about 30 years, yet it is one of the systems of medicine native to India and is thousands of years old. Readers are invited to submit questions for “Ayurveda Q & A” to [email protected].

Q: I am pregnant […]

Dr. Sarita Shresta BAMS, MD (Ayurveda) has taught and consulted for twenty years in government institutes, hospitals, and international clinics and has presented at many international conferences. Dr. Shresta has received awards and special recognition as the first woman Ayurvedic physician and obstetrics-gynecology specialist in Nepal. She is the founder-director of Devi Ma Kunja Hospital in Sidapole, Nepal. Proceeds from her programs support this hospital which provides traditional Ayurvedic care to all according to their means:

Dr. Shresta will be teaching throughout the U.S. (including at Mount Madonna Center in Northern California and at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder, Colorado) this summer. View her entire schedule online at:

By | June 7th, 2012|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Ayurveda Q & A

Ayurveda has been practiced in the US for only about 30 years, yet it is one of the systems of medicine native to India and is thousands of years old. Readers are invited to submit questions for “Ayurveda Q & A” to [email protected].

Q: I have suffered […]

Dr. Parla Jayagopal has an M.D. degree in Ayurveda from India and works as an Associate Professor at American University of Complementary Medicine; he teaches clinical doctorate courses and schedules consultations at the university clinic in Beverly Hills. Dr. Jay also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). Reach him at (310) 550 – 7445. Visit: or for more information.
By | March 7th, 2012|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Dancing through the practice with Carrie Janell Hamner

Carrie Janell
By Jessica Thomas

It was a moment borne of dreams when Carrie Janell Hamner was hired at the age of 21 to be one of the Rockettes who make their home in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The precision dance group […]

By | February 7th, 2012|Teacher Profiles|0 Comments

It’s A Sweet Note

Creative Artist Liz Marx Makes Her Mark With Artistic Raw Vegan Chocolate

Love inspires many artistic creations. This is certainly true for glassblower, sculptor and raw chocolate artist Liz Marx. Her own love of chocolate initiated her quest for a chocolate recipe that she could eat […]

Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.
By | December 6th, 2011|Healthy Eating|0 Comments