(Foreground L-r) MICHAEL PEÑA as Simon, KATE WINSLET as Claire and WILL SMITH as Howard in New Line Cinemas’, Village Roadshow Pictures' and Warner Bros. Pictures' ensemble drama “COLLATERAL BEAUTY,” a Warner Bros Pictures release. Photo by Barry Wetcher

(Foreground L-r) MICHAEL PEÑA as Simon, KATE WINSLET as Claire and WILL SMITH as Howard in New Line Cinemas’, Village Roadshow Pictures’ and Warner Bros. Pictures’ ensemble drama “COLLATERAL BEAUTY,” a Warner Bros Pictures release.
Photo by Barry Wetcher

From the Editor

Every day, I experience something that reminds me to appreciate the present moment as well as the community around me at any particular time. It may be meeting friends for yoga class and then laughing over a cup of coffee, a funny text message from my sister, a sunrise, a sunset, an unexpected visitor, a cupcake at my doorstep, a supportive message, a shared cry, or a night out at the movies. Every day that I am aware of the news of the world, these moments become increasingly more important. These simple moments fuel our resilience, our ability to see the beauty in every moment, to appreciate our shared community, our interconnectedness.

This Friday, December 16, the film Collateral Beauty opens in theaters. It is a film that reminds us of just how much we cannot expect to hold onto time, how much love fuels every moment of our lives, and how much the presence of death is the reminder to cherish all the time we have for love. Go see it. Bring tissues. I found that watching the movie was a powerful reminder to take every moment to remember the fleeting beauty that is this life and to take the time daily to recognize all of it.

In moments of practice, we can also enter this space of appreciation. For the month of December, the new studio Tantris Yoga in West Hollywood is offering free yoga classes to LA YOGA readers in order to have a chance to experience the studio and the teachers. Bring your friends and family and take the time to immerse yourself in practice. Turn off your devices, rebuild your strength, reconnect with the world and each other.

With Gratitude,

Felicia Marie Tomasko
Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN


Upcoming Events


December 15 – December 16. Jala Warehouse Sale. Jala is having a massive WAREHOUSE SALE! Save up to 80% Off! Stop by and take advantage of amazing deals on one-of-a-kind and closeout styles at rock bottom prices. Jala HQ. 4050 Spencer St., Torrance.

11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. Kathmandu Boutique Open House. Reena Gauchan prepares a variety of traditional Nepali dishes to share at this day of community that includes special sales, tarot readers and massage therapists, and musicians and artists performing. Bring your own plates, silverware, and cups for this waste-free event. $10-20 donation for meals. 1844 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.

2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Demonstration. Learn more about advanced neuromuscular therapy as a vital bodywork technique at the National Holistic Institute Studio City Campus. National Holistic Institute. 10969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.


December 15 – December 16. Jala Warehouse Sale. Jala is having a massive WAREHOUSE SALE! Save up to 80% Off! Stop by and take advantage of amazing deals on one-of-a-kind and closeout styles at rock bottom prices. Jala HQ. 4050 Spencer St., Torrance.

5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Restorative Yoga & Sound Therapy. Join yoga instructors Christy Graniere and Julie Murray for restorative yoga, which can be described as active relaxation. Restorative yoga consists of gentle, supported postures that nurture and soothe the nervous system. We will incorporate props, massage, sound therapy, and guided meditation. $35. Lotus 7 Yoga & Pilates. 22521 Avenida Empresa, Ste. 116/117. Rancho Santa Margarita.

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Sun, Moon & Earth w/Mas Vidal. Mas Vidal’s new book Sun, Moon, and Earth discusses the integration of Yoga and Ayurveda for the modern world. Free. Mystic Journey Bookstore. 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.


December 17. Wanderlust Community Gathering. Take a breather from the mall and OM in the holiday cheer with your Wanderlust community this Saturday! Enjoy FREE yoga, dance and breathwork classes, take advantage of 20% off the Wanderlust marketplace, shop with purpose from guest trunk show vendors Erbaviva Skin Care, Parks Project, and MyIntent and chow down on new cafe menu items! Wanderlust Hollywood. 1357 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles.

10:00 A.M. Force of Nature Women. An experiential live class for activating the Spiritually and Erotically awake Warrior Woman. Online.

10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Yoga Expo LA. Take a variety of classes throughout the day, connect with like-minded yogis, try a new practice, meet new people and teachers, visit the marketplace, shop for yoga products, and learn more about opportunities to take classes or pursue continuing education. $35 / $45 includes Yoga Rocks Fundraiser. Los Angeles Convention Center.

12:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Winter Solstice All-Day Meditation. Spend time in meditation to celebrate the light of the inner Christ and begin a new solar year with an immersion into spirit. Sunburst Sanctuary. 7200 Highway 1. Lompoc.

6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Venice Foto 2016. Opening reception for fine arts collective. VMW Gallery. 1003 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.


6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. Holiday Boutique Bazaar. Hosted by SITA Couture featuring Jessie’s Place and the incredibly awesome arts & crafts made by the disabled refugee’s in Rawanda. 1130 Meadowbrook Ave., Los Angeles.

7:30 P.M. Marianne Williamson. Lecture, prayer, and discussion based on A Course in Miracles with New York Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson. $15 suggested donation. The Saban Theatre. 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.


4:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Winter Solstice Celebration. Winter Solstice Celebration with a suggested donation of $20 (net proceeds to go to Boystown USA). $20. Lotus 7 Yoga & Pilates. 22521 Avenida Empresa, Suites 116 & 117. Rancho Santa Margarita.

Collateral Beauty invites you to Find Your Why

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, with Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.

Check out Collateral Beauty here

Life is about people. The cast of Collateral Beauty challenges you to “Find Your Why” in this new featurette. Watch the “Find Your Why” featurette on YouTube here. Collateral Beauty in theaters tomorrow, December 16.

The 2017 Sedona Yoga Festival

You’re invited to the 5th Annual SYF 2017 conference, taking place March 9 – 12th! This consciousness evolution event, is held annually in Sedona, AZ with its core focus being on yoga, meditation and spiritual awakening, set against the iconic Red Rocks in the undisputed spiritual center of the West.

SYF 2017 will offer over 200 sessions for registrants to choose from, 40 vendors, 88 presenters and new special events and stages, registrants will be sure to have an experience like none other! Classes will cover the full range of class offerings including; rockin’ vinyasa, powerful meditation manifestations, flow, yoga writing workshops, yogi tunes and dancing, guided healing journeys, Sedona hiking, additional CEU’s, PTSD training and so much more! Get your festival ticket today at sedonayogafestival.com

Photo Credit: Dex Creative Imagery


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Create Space at Home for Happy Holidays

Jala is having a massive WAREHOUSE SALE! Save up to 80% Off! Stop by and take advantage of amazing deals on one-of-a-kind and closeout styles at rock bottom prices.

Jala HQ
4050 Spencer Street, Unit C
Torrance, CA 90503

Dec. 14-16, Wed.- Fri., 12pm – 6pm

For more information, click here.

Free Yoga in December for LA YOGA Readers

The new studio Tantris Yoga, in West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, is offering LA YOGA readers free yoga classes in the month of December. Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood at 9200 Sunset Boulevard, the Tantris Yoga all-inclusive studio offers high-end, hot yoga classes, meditation, workshops, wellness services, kirtan and teacher trainings. Here you will be led by world-renowned yoga teachers and experts in field of yogic science. Despite the luxurious amenities, I assure you the studio is keeping it real with monthly themes to complement the essence of the ancient yogic teachings and a primary emphasis on the three pillars of Tantris Yoga: Daily Practice, Devotional Study and Karmic Duty. Read more about Tantris Yoga in Kumi Yogini’s article online here.

Combine Strength Training & Yoga

When we consider the practice of modern yoga, we can consider using all the tools available to us from the equipment at the gym to techniques from physical therapy, physical fitness, and strength training. Using everything available to us in the context of yoga can help us to be more intelligent in how we use our body in practice. I have seen first-hand how strength training can help with some of the more challenging asanas. Strength training gives power to our larger muscle groups for strong poses like handstands. Done with awareness, strength training can also help us become more adept at yoga’s subtle effects. One of the most subtle and important actions that we enjoy in yoga is the ability to engage our bandhas. Read more of Desi Bartlett’s article here.

Best of Boston Yoga: Claiming Kindness

I consider myself fortunate… since losing my paternal grandmother at the age of seventeen, it wasn’t until my third decade of life that I experienced another loss of a loved one. Then this past May, my grandparents passed away within two weeks of each other. My grandfather succumbed to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition that slowly and stealthily disintegrated his ability to breathe on his own.  As for my grandmother, her death certificate reads “respiratory arrest”, but we like to think that she died of a broken heart. For the past several months, this loss has cast me into a revolving state of sadness, curiosity, introspection, and personal growth. Read the rest of Kathleen Collins’ story here.

Superflow Boston Tickets Available

Featuring a dynamic line-up of yoga talent from both coasts in a spectacular downtown setting, SUPERFLOW is THE opportunity to commune with kindred spirits and power up naturally in preparation for one of the country’s most celebrated sporting events.  Three hours of cutting edge yoga, the latest in yoga apparel and accessories, high-powered products and community. This is an afternoon not to be missed.

Bring a friend and join us for our Second Annual SUPERFLOW right here in Boston. For more information and tickets, click here.

Mercury Retrograde—What’s it Good For?

We’re coming up to a Mercury Retrograde cycle. Before you hide your computer under your bed and lock your doors, according to scholar and practitioner Dr John Casey, “These retrograde periods are said to be excellent times to catch up on bills, paperwork and correspondence, as well as engaging in review processes and consolidation of details connected with projects already underway. Not something to fear, this Mercury Retrograde will be good time for sending out Christmas cards, thank you notes and end-of-the-year newsletters. Unleash the power of the planets in practice.” Read more of John’s discussion of Mercury Retrograde here.

Vedic Astrology with Sam Geppi

On December 13, the Moon will be full in Taurus today, which brings contrast to the Sun in Scorpio. This full moon cycle helps us harmonize the intensity and dynamism of Scorpio with the stability of Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus due to Taurus’ consistency and materiality. While it can be easy to become seduced by emotional drama with the Sun in Scorpio, this Full Moon in Taurus helps us relax into a deeper sense of peace and connection with our family and other loved ones.

This Full Moon happens in Mrigashira Nakshatra, which is symbolized by a deer wandering through the forest, curiously exploring its surroundings. Feel that sense of peace, family, and curiosity now on this Full Moon.

For the full Jyotish forecast for December/January click here.


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