From the Editor
We gather around food.
This can even be as simple as sharing suggestions in the check-out line, as the person behind me did today at Santa Monica Co-Opportunity, when he gave me recommendations for fresh-pressed juice, even holding my place in line when I picked up a bottle of the juice in question.
Or it can be finger food at a musical gathering, as many of us shared Darshana Thacker’s vegan creations at Terra Green Gold’s Sun and Moon CD release party Sunday night.
It can involve giving or serving food to those often hungry, be they two- or four-legged members of our community.
Or it can be something much more formal as we all prepare to share the holiday of Thanksgiving, when we gather in gratitude, breaking bread (perhaps vegan and/or gluten-free), and sharing love.
Food nourishes us and yet we are also nourished by so much more: our family surrounding us, the support of our friends, our ability to make a meaningful difference in the world, and our practice.
In these moments, may we recognize our vast abundance and may we serve to share with those who we can touch with love.
This love, this gratitude, this service is meaningful. While watching the news, we may sometimes feel a sense of despair—what can we do? Can we possibly revel in light of the tales of tragedy reaching us from some part of the world? In these moments, our gratitude is even more potent, our love even more healing, our consciousness ever more necessary, and our friendly interactions in line at the market have a positive effect that reverberates planet-wide.
May we all enjoy the holiday in peace and may we all be well-fed.
Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
LA Yoga Magazine, Editor in Chief
TONIGHT, TUesDAY, NOVEMBER 20
6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Eco-Yoga Practice
hosted by Jasmine Lieb and Dr. Chris Chapple. This practice and community gathering is a donation-based class supporting the Hill Street Meditation Center and the Green Yoga Association.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
8:30 P.M. Zach Leary (Ramana) and Friends post Thanksgiving Kirtan at Bhakti Yoga Shala.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Twist and Detox Workshop
with Joseph Van Arsdale at Yoga Daya in Venice.
ThursDAY, November 29
8:00 P.M. The Marcus Shelby Quintet debuts "Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom" at the Skirball Cultural Center
. The performance will trace the evolution of the blues and explore how its story has paralleled and impacted the development of American democratic ideals.
SaturDAY, DECEMBER 1
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. "The Rhythm of Drumming with Matthew Clark." Both Drumming and Yoga focus the mind and bring a sense of centeredness. Explore the similar meditative spaces that one can attain through the practice of Hatha Yoga and through drumming. We will switch back and forth between Yoga Asana practice and hands on drumming instruction, both skills building upon a deeper understanding of each other.
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Hip Opening Workshop with Kiyomi Takahaski at Yoga Daya in Venice.
8:00 P.M. DRUMeditation with Marla Leigh. A night of percussion, flutes, chanting, and ambient electronic music at Bhakti Yoga Shala.
8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. Kirtan with Dave Stringer at You and the Mat in Laguna Niguel.
8:30 P.M. - 11:30 P.M. Join Sheela Bringi for a blissful sonic journey through raga (ancient Indian melody), mantra & kirtan at Bhakti Yoga Shala.
SunDAY, DECEMBER 2
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Burnout Prevention Yoga for Healthcare Professionals with Bea Ammidown, including gentle restorative poses, partner supportive yoga, breathing for energy, heat & cooling, meditation and more, to take place at a private Santa Monica home/studio. For more information, visit Yogability
or email Bea
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Restorative Yoga for the Holiday Season at LYFE Yoga Center
in Hermosa Beach.
2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Twist and Detox Workshop
with Joseph Van Arsdale at Yoga Daya in Venice.
On the Horizon
Saturday, DECEMBER 15
Seasonal Rituals for the Soul: Culminating the Sacred for Winter Solstice, a yoga, dance and meditation workshop. Workshop held at Yoga Rocks Studio
We're honored to be the sponsor of Yoga Chat with the Accidental Yogist on killradio.org every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm Pacific.
Here's the link to last week's podcast featuring interviews with Carol Horton, Colleen Saidman Yee, and Deepak Ramapriyan about "21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice", Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, and a fresh take on kirtan: Modern Yoga
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking here.
Yoga Teacher Training Guide Submission Form
As the popularity of Yoga grows, so does its number of teachers. Now more than ever people are leaving their jobs and hearing the call to spread the joy and healing effects of Yoga. As a free service, LA YOGA runs its annual teacher training guide, offering the largest consolidated database of Yoga trainings in town for the upcoming year.
Have your teacher training program seen and heard by all the prospective Yoga teachers by submitting details of your program to be included in our 2013 Yoga Teacher Training Guide in the upcoming December issue. Only one submission per program is necessary. To enter, please complete your submission here:
LA YOGA 2013 Yoga Teacher Training Guide Submission Form
Persimmon Date Coconut Pudding Recipe
The selection of recipes featured in Komali Nunna’s “Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen” brightens up a vegetarian holiday feast and provides innovative and delicious ways to enjoy seasonal fare.
Persimmons are bountiful during the Thanksgiving season.
This recipe combines 3 of Nunna’s favorite ingredients: persimmons, dates, and coconuts with a touch of cardamom. The end result is absolutely divine.
For ingredient and instructions, visit LA YOGA: Persimmon Date Coconut Pudding Recipe.
Jeweled Rice with Dried Fruit & Nuts Recipe
Looking for a vegetarian-friendly recipe that will cover your carbs and protein intake this Thanksgiving? Try this Jeweled Rice with Dry Fruit and Nuts recipe by Komali Nunna from "Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen." The dried fruits and nuts garnish on this decorative dish are like jewels against the white bed of rice, while coconut milk adds a sweet taste to the rice.
For ingredients and directions, visit LA YOGA Recipe: Jeweled Rice with Dried Fruit & Nuts.
November Astrology: Find Stable Ground with Others
November, a month dedicated to giving thanks, may pave the way for some rocky grounds. Vedic astrology Sam Geppi walks LA YOGA readers through November day-by-day, providing suggestions on how to find stable ground with others.
A creative and mystical time awaits with the Moon in Pisces aspected by Mars over the holiday this Thursday and Friday, so there may be some strong emotions that need to be elevated and transformed during this time. "Devotional practices such as singing kirtan or attending prayer services will be important," explains Geppi.
To read the entire November 2012 astrology, visit LA YOGA Online.
Research Poster Submission at NAMA Conference
The 10th Annual 2013 NAMA Conference will include an opportunity for exploring and exhibiting research being done by and within our community. The use of Ayurvedic concepts and techniques will be at the forefront of this conference to take place April 18-21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The types of research can vary from prospective clinical trials, systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, to case studies. Early Bird Registration for the conference ends this month. To register as an attendee or sponsor/exhibitor, visit: 10th Annual NAMA Conference.
If you are interested in being considered as a Poster Author, please download the full instructions and application and follow the guidelines to submit your work: Details and Application for Research Poster Submission.
Open Your Heart in Paradise with Ram Dass
Imagine yourself sitting on a Maui resort, drying off from a relaxing ocean swim following an amazing yoga class, watching an epic tropical sunset and feeling the warm polynesian breezes. Now imagine yourself sitting in an intimate pavilion surrounded with a room full of like-minded friends chanting the night away with Ram Dass and Krishna Das.
Sound like an ideal way to spend a week in paradise?
Maui, Krishna Das' December destination of choice for the past 5 years to be with his long time brother Ram Dass, will also be home to the "Open Your Heart in Paradise" Retreat from December 5-10. Ram Dass and Krishna Das will also be joined by renowned Vipassana "loving kindness" meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Mirabai Bush for morning meditations and dharma talks.
The Forgotten Dog Adoptions
The Forgotten Dog Foudnation is dedicated to rescuing dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. The Foundation's rescued dogs come from the streets, shelters, foreclosures and owner relinquished. The Forgotten Dog Foundation's team of dedicated animal lovers have saved hundreds of dogs and placed them in loving homes.
The Forgotten Dog Foundation will host two adoption days at the Westfield Century City Mall on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you are looking to expand your family this holiday season, consider adoption. Visit The Forgotten Dog Foundation for more information.
Zen Bodies Sacred Space Now Available
If you have been looking for a space on the Westside to host your own private or semi-private Yoga classes, this is the space for you. The space can hold up to five students and mats. If you’re a new or old teacher looking to grow your network and lead classes, here’s your starting ground.
Tucked away in a quiet studio district of Santa Monica lies Zen Bodies Sacred Studio. Approximately 400 sq feet, the space is home to private Yoga and personal trainings by the studio’s owner Dale Nieli. Nieli has recently opened the space to be subleased by any one interesting in hosting personal training and any style of yoga classes.
Call Dale Nieli (310) 923-4742 or email for further inquiries and hourly rates.
Giveaway of the Week: OC FAIR New Year's Eve
The OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party, by the people who bring you the annual OC Fair, is back for its third year!
Unlike other New Year's Eve celebrations, the OC New Year's Eve Block Party is offering great fun in a casual setting. The Block Party will include a casino, carnival rides, games, live tribute bands, and DJ entertainment by the decade from the '60s - '90s.
LA YOGA teamed up with our friends in the OC to giveaway a set of two general admission tickets to the New Year’s Eve Block Party on Monday, December 31, 2012 from 7:30 PM – 1:30 AM. All you have to do is write to LA YOGA telling us why YOU want to win!
Congratulations to last week's winner! We hoped you enjoy your free week of classes at Studio Pulse!