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Urban Zen Integrative Therapy

Urban Zen web1Fusing Eastern healing arts with Western medicine to create a conscious change in Healthcare

“I was frustrated by the healthcare system because I felt it was only disease-oriented and that nobody was taking care of the patient…” explained fashion designer, philanthropist, and long time yogini […]

By | September 3rd, 2013|Yoga Therapy|0 Comments

Sitting Down with Sonia Nelson

Sonia NelsonChanting, yoga therapy, and must-have qualities for a yoga therapist

A teacher of Yoga and Vedic Chant for over twenty-five years, Sonia Nelson has been a student of T.K.V. Desikachar since 1975 and serves as Director of the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. […]

By | May 29th, 2013|Yoga Therapy|0 Comments

In memoriam: Sitting Down With Dr. David Simon, M.D.

David Simon 2By Felicia Marie Tomasko

Dr. David Simon MD, board-certified neurologist, champion of the healing power of Yoga and Ayurveda, and co-founder (with Dr. Deepak Chopra) of the famed Chopra Center, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. His words, speech, healing presence, […]

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 | February 2nd, 2012|Ayurveda|0 Comments

The Surgeon and The Yogi

Surgeon General and YogiBrought together by crisis, reunited by gratitude
By Aria Mayland

The space between life and death is tenuous. No one knows, from one minute to the next, what might befall them.

I don’t remember exactly how I felt on the morning of September 17, 1986. […]

By | December 20th, 2011|Health & Wellness|2 Comments

The Heart of Transformation

  ‘Yoga is skill in action;’ this is one of my favorite definitions of Yoga, from the Bhagavad Gita,” says filmmaker and Yoga teacher Saraswati Clere.

“Yoga constantly invites us to become our better selves.”

“In this world we are challenged every day, and I find it […]

CAROLYN QUAN is an internationally collected fine art photo collage artist of spiritual art who also enjoys writing. She lives in Sausalito and is owner of The Quan Gallery Showroom in San Francisco: carolunquan.com
By | April 13th, 2011|Film|0 Comments

Ayurveda Q & A

  Q. I’ve heard a lot about sesame oil and its benefits in Ayurveda. Why is it used so much and how can I incorporate sesame oil in my daily life?

  A. Sesame oil comes from the tiny oval shaped sesame seed (Sesamun indicum); we all […]

By | April 13th, 2011|Ayurveda|0 Comments

Walk in Wonder

A Meditation On Wonder From The Radiance Sutras, A New Translation Of The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

There is a feeling we all know — a mixture of surprise and delight, caused by perceiving something marvelous, and we want to stay there, drink it in, and know more. It’s called wonder, and the body responds — we […]

Dr. Lorin Roche began practicing with the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra in 1968 as part of scientific research on the physiology of meditation. He has a PhD from the University of California at Irvine, where his research focused on the language meditators generate to describe their inner experiences. He is the author of The Radiance Sutras and Meditation Made Easy. With his wife, Camille Maurine, he wrote Meditation Secrets for Women. A teacher of meditation for 46 years, Lorin’s approach centers on how to customize the practices to suit one’s individual nature. Lorin’s Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training begins in April, a 200 hour certification program registered with Yoga Alliance: meditationtt.com. Lorin and Camille will be at Esalen with Margot Anand and Shauna Shapiro for Beyond Tantra: Science Spirit and Sexuality, March 20-25.
By | April 13th, 2011|Meditation|0 Comments


  A Divine Monkey Practice

  Celebrating Hanuman–The Embodiment Of Service

Many of us have heard the term the “monkey mind” – the mind that hops from one thing to another, never at peace, wanting, worried, curious, with all kinds of random thoughts racing around in our […]

By | April 12th, 2011|Spirituality|0 Comments

It Happens…Stress

  You get stuck in traffic, you can’t find a parking spot, or you just plain lost track of time. This does not make you a bad person, nor does it make you a bad yogi. And just because you are running a few minutes […]

By | April 12th, 2011|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

Community: Open Doors


SANTOSHA SPACE is a family-friendly, kid-welcoming, and stress-free zone for people in all stages of life located in Atwater Village on Glendale Boulevard. Santosha is a Sanskrit word that refers to a state of contentment described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: “When one reaches a state of happiness, Santosha is achieved.”

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By | April 12th, 2011|Restaurants|0 Comments