Six Tastes in Ayurveda

In 1990, I was a culinary student at the Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and worked for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. My goal was to study and work in France and ultimately I spent a year-and-a-half honing my craft in Paris and Provence. With all my formal education I must admit that [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

A Conversation with Global Wellness Day Founder Belgin Aksoy

LA YOGA: You've said that your own thyroid cancer helped you to change your life and understand the importance of wellness. What inspired the founding of Global Wellness Day? Belgian Aksoy: A few years ago, just prior to establishing the Global Wellness Day concept, I asked myself the following question: "Health is one of the most [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Spas|1 Comment

Party in Your Mouth

Bringing together health, food, and fun with Charles Chen LA YOGA: You describe your events as being a "Party in Your Mouth." Where did this idea come from? Charles Chen: An audience member once described my food as being a “Party in Your Mouth” because she was blown away by the flavors; she couldn’t believe [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

Rest and Relax to Counteract Adrenal Fatigue

Why so many yogis have problems with their adrenals and what to do about it. Healthy, relaxed, peaceful, flexible, a layer of core strength and a generous dollop of surrender. These are some of the qualities that may come to mind when we think of yoga. Advertisements for yoga studios and clothing depict happy, beautiful, [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|Ayurveda|0 Comments

The Magic of Maca

Looking for a brew that delivers? We love a steaming mug of filled with a hot drink—comforting and complex in flavor. Coffee (served in the billions of cups), black or green tea, chocolate, or herbal infusions are common choices. Every day there is a new news report about the health benefits—or drawbacks of coffee and [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Elixir of Immortality

Sip on this potent herbal tea daily for anti-aging and increased vitality. By Rehmannia Dean Thomas Ancient Chinese history is replete with tales of wise elders (men and women) who lived as recluses in the high forests of China’s five sacred mountain ranges. Legend states they attained immortality by taking elixirs of special herbs. Scroll [...]

By | September 30th, 2015|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Summer Festivals 2015

LA Yoga features yoga, meditation, and social summer festivals 2015 across the West. Telluride Yoga Festival July 9-12. Telluride, Colorado This magical gathering features more than 40 teachers with yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, social events in eclectic and historic venues with stunning views of the majestic mountains surrounding the Telluride area. Tias Little, Monica, [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|Festivals & Retreats|0 Comments

Aromatherapy and Yoga

An introduction to safe use of essential oils for yoga practice. The penetrating aroma of essential oils has a powerful effect on our physiology and emotions, impacting every cell of our being. There are many ways to use aromatherapy for self-healing. By using specific essential oils in combination with our yoga, pranayama, and meditation practices, [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|Ayurveda|0 Comments

A party with a purpose

The Dalai Lama Celebrates his 80th Birthday with a Call for Compassion When he first became a student, Tenzin Gyatso, most commonly known as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, admits that he was a reluctant one. This admission may be surprising to most of us—to hear that a person with a sincere interest in [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|Editorial|0 Comments

Mindful Eating

Cultivating Balance through Mindful Eating One component of cultivating balance in our lives is by how we pay attention to our nutritional balance—and this can be achieved by practicing Mindful Eating. Mindful Eating includes choosing our food wisely, eating slowly, being present and focused at each meal, and concentrating on the five senses as we [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|Healthy Eating|0 Comments