Run+Yoga on the Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is not only an iconic symbol of Southern California and the end of the road of Route 66, now it’s become an open-air yoga studio with expansive views of the Pacific. At the first Roga (running and yoga) in what has now become a highly anticipated Saturday morning series, 40 runners and 80 yogis showed up to run and to practice with Michelle Lindner. Lindner’s company, Generic Events, is the Active Lifestyle Curator for the Pier. The latest round of classes filled the end of the pier with yoga mats in every corner with classes taught by Eden Goldman, Sara Ivanhoe, Cory Martin, Suzanne Bryant, Cristi Christensen, and Juliet Kaska. Honest Tea, Clif Bar, Burn This, and VIONIC by Orthaheel sponsored the series where attendees received copies of the latest issues of LA YOGA. The next series of Roga begins September 6 and runs through October 11. In the meantime, Pier attendees can workout with Hey There Muscles in partnership with Ferrigno Fit.
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.