December 22, 2015

E-News from LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine

December 2015 | ISSUE 293

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From the Editor

Once we pivot on the timestamp of the Winter Solstice, the days start becoming longer. It happens in such an incremental manner that we may not even notice the shift. Yet the shift takes place. It may be part of why we come together in such powerful celebrations this time of year—in the midst of the cold and dark we can remember that the light really does return. Every year. And every year the incremental power of our practice helps us to stay both centered and grounded amidst the cycles of the year and of our life.

Elisabeth Röhm chooses a nutritious morning smoothie, musicians Maetar, Donna De Lory, and Lili Haydn revel in the healing power of sound, and we all find that the ritual of our morning routine can be an antidote for chaos.

Many of us find joy in our companion animals. In the March 2015 issue of LA YOGA, we shared portraits of people and their pups. (check out the digital edition here)

We’re planning to share a gallery in our March 2016 issue—this time of yogis and their purring feline friends. OC based teacher and LMU Masters degree graduate Erika Burkhalter shares one of her pics this week. Please submit to: [email protected] and share the love.

As we wind down the year, may your inner light continue to shine.

With Joy,

Felicia Marie Tomasko

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
LA Yoga Magazine, Editor in Chief

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Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22

8:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. Celebrate Winter Solstice. Renowned Singer Donna DeLory, celebrated violinist/singer Lili Haydn, and mystical musicians Maetar will treat you to sacred song and improvisation on the Winter Solstice, December 22, 2015 in the cozy and serene Rose Temple (Full Circle). With a special guided meditation with channeler Jeff Fasano. $25. Full Circle. 305 Rose Ave., Venice.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31

8:30 P.M. NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION WITH HARIJIWAN, TEJ, AND WHITE SUN.  $40 advance / $45 day of. Yoga, Bazaar, Gong, Dinner, Dancing. SANTA MONICA BAY WOMAN’S CLUB. 1210 4th St., Santa Monica.

10:30 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. New Year’s Eve class with Yancy Schwartz. Our “”Ring to 2016″” class will offer our traditional Power format with an extra NYE flare. Start your coming year off right with health and wellness! Suggested Donation $10. Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills. 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

10:30 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. New Year’s Eve class with Marja Lankinen. Our “”Ring to 2016″” class will offer our traditional Power format with an extra NYE flare. Start your coming year off right with health and wellness! Suggested Donation $10. Hot 8 Yoga Beverly Hills. 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

12:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M. SPIRITUAL NEW YEAR & NAAMATHON. Make your New Year a new beginning with Naam! Join a special New Year’s Eve Celebration with Dr. Levry and Naamathon all night meditation which continues 1am-6am free and open to the community.Join us as we usher in 2016 with the blessing and unlimited power of Naam! The NAAMATHON is continuous 5 hour guided meditation and chanting with sacred music, mudras and mantras. When many people come together in this way the concentrated positive energy increases exponentially. Naam Yoga.1231 4th St., Santa Monica.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1

1:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. SPIRITUAL NEW YEAR & NAAMATHON. Make your New Year a new beginning with Naam! Join a special New Year’s Eve Celebration with Dr. Levry and Naamathon all night meditation which continues 1am-6am free and open to the community.Join us as we usher in 2016 with the blessing and unlimited power of Naam! The NAAMATHON is continuous 5 hour guided meditation and chanting with sacred music, mudras and mantras. When many people come together in this way the concentrated positive energy increases exponentially. Naam Yoga.1231 4th St., Santa Monica.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2

1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Therapeutic Aspects of Meditation with Richard Miller PhD. Showcases Direct Path teachings that help you realise “this” that is already whole, healthy, healed and perfect. With this realization in place, Progressive Path teachings will reveal aspects within the body, mind, emotions and beliefs that underlie whatever needs healing. $280. Loyola Marymount University through Samata and YTRx. Los Angeles.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

The Yoga Expo. It’s the first expo of its kind attracting the Who’s Who of Yoga! With already 7,200 tickets sold, thousands of teachers and students gather in an exchange of mind, body, and spirit in a one-day fun-filled, family-friendly event on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A ticket price of just $10 grants access to unlimited classes and workshops. $10. Los Angeles Convention Center. 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Manifesting Your 2016 with Keith Mitchell. How are you planning to show up in 2016?  Many times we begin strong yet we lose track of the path. How can we reconnect?  How can I disconnect from the performing and reconnect to reforming. How can I take this self reflective practice and apply it to life? This is what we will dive into in this workshop.  Let’s ask the genuine questions and through this authentic reflection we will work towards achieving my new way of being. $30. Wanderlust Hollywood. 1357 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.

11:30 A.M. – 1:30 A.M. FREE Pranayama & Restoratives Class. Jeff Perlman will lead a FREE Restorative & Pranayama class. Goorus Yoga. 15327 W Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades.
We’re honored to be the sponsor of Yoga Chat with the Accidental Yogist on killradio.org every Tuesday from 5-7pm Pacific.

More Holiday Gift Ideas
Interviews with Cooper Madison and Madhu, musicians at The Gandharvas and author Kamla Kapur.
Featured Music: “Om Gam Ganeshaya,” by The Gandharvas; “Satigur Prasad,” by Peter Kater and Snatam Kaur, and “Ganapataye,” by Luna Ray

Listen Here: http://ayogist.podomatic.com/entry/2015-12-15T23_28_59-08_00

Yoga Chat features world music plus interviews with an eclectic group of guests: teachers, musicians, authors, filmmakers, chefs, health professionals, and many more.

Archived podcasts are available on iTunes and at yogachatshow.com

Winter Solstice w/Lili Haydn, Donna De Lory, and Maetar Dec 22

Renowned Singer Donna DeLory, celebrated violinist/singer Lili Haydn, and mystical musicians Maetar will treat you to sacred song and improvisation on the Winter Solstice, December 22, 2015 in the cozy and serene Rose Temple (Full Circle). With a special guided meditation with channeler Jeff Fasano.

Event details:
8:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Full Circle
305 Rose Ave
Venice
http://www.fullcirclevenice.org/events/month/
Tickets: $25 with a food or toy donation to LA Mission.
Find Solace amidst Holiday Stress

The holidays are known to exacerbate anxiety, stress, and an overall imbalance in one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Seasonal changes, financial stress, family pressure, holiday shopping, unrealistic expectations, and not being close in proximity to family and friends are some of the triggers that can cause imbalance. The solution can be found through cultivating consistency in daily routine of ancient Ayurvedic rituals performed each morning. Set aside time for you this holiday season. Even a few minutes a day can create the shifts needed to maintain balance.

Read Vasavi Kumar’s go-to practices here: http://layoga.com/life-and-style/ayurveda/morning-ayurveda-balance-ancient-rituals/

Call for Yogi Cat Pics!

Whether or not we mean to do so, we often share our yoga and meditation practices with our animal companions—and we love to share the pics of our furry four-legged friends! In LA YOGA’s March 2016 issue, we’ll be sharing a gallery of photos of you and your cat friends on and off the mat.

Please send us high resolution images and tell us the story behind the pic. By sending them to us, you’re giving us permission to share the portraits in the print magazines, on our website, and in social media campaigns. We will credit and hastag you and and you’ll see your animal love shared with the community!

Write us at: [email protected] by January 21 for consideration.

Pictures here: Erika Burkhalter with Emerson.
Elisabeth Röhm’s Morning Smoothie

Elisabeth Röhm appears in Joy, the highly anticipated holiday movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper. An actor, entrepreneur, and mom, she knows that it takes nutrition to stay healthy. Elisabeth says, “My favorite way to start the morning with my daughter is with a healthy and hydrating smoothie. It’s a great way to infuse us both with electrolytes, potassium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.” Read her recipe here:
http://layoga.com/food-home/recipes/morning-family-smoothie-by-elisabeth-rohm/

RENEW U. at Wanderlust Hollywood Jan. 1-3

Join this 3-day intensive to ignite your practice, enrich your soul, and inspire your creativity. This immersion gathers experts and leaders in yoga, meditation, food, nutrition and the arts to help you welcome the new year renewed.

FEATURING:

Gurmukh | Schuyler Grant | Sianna Sherman | Keith Mitchell
Cristi Christensen | Tommy + Kia | Hemalayaa + More

For more information, click here.

Vedic Astrology with Sam Geppi

This Full Moon in Gemini harmonizes the mind and intellect with our beliefs, so that we are able to understand what we believe to be true. If we cannot explain what we believe, then it is just dogma, dogma which fails to help us in time of need and denys us tolerance for those with different beliefs. You may find yourself unsure of your path and looking for alternative answers, so be watchful of ready-made tidbits of New Age pablum masquerading as wisdom. True insight comes only after serious study and inquiry.

Read the rest of Sam Geppi’s forecast here:http://layoga.com/life-and-style/astrology/vedic-astrology-december-2015-january-2016/
Jasper Johal’s “The Body as Temple” 2016 Calendar

Jasper Johal’s “The Body as Temple” 2016 Calendar, filled with classic black and white nudes of yogis, dancers and athletes, is available for sale at Amazon

Jasper Johal’s photography is well known in the yoga community. His simple yet striking images of yogis have graced the ads for Hard Tail, Toesox, and Yogitoes. Each year Jasper produces a limited run of his “The Body as Temple” calendar, featuring beautiful nudes of yogis, dancers and athletes. This is a calendar designed to be framed. Twelve classic black and white photographs. Reproduced with rich duotone printing on a sheet-fed press for exceptional depth and nuance in the images.

For more information, click here.

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Karen Henry
Karen Henry is an Associate Editor at LA YOGA who volunteers in a variety of capacities for nonprofit organizations and artists around Los Angeles. She practices yoga as a counterbalance to her daily impact sports and is a mother of four grown children who also practice yoga (well, the two in California at least).