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Liberation Yoga of Los Angeles

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Come Visit Liberation Yoga and Enjoy a Workshop!

Love, Light and Flight With Lara and Sarah

All levels, all ages, all people are invited to experience

a full spectrum AcroYoga practice in a safe, supportive

environment. These workshops include partner yoga,

basic acrobatics, assisted inversions, basic flying and

Thai massage, introducing the building blocks of

AcroYoga while emphasizing the sacred experience

of community. No yoga experience required.

No partner needed. Bring an open mind, an open

heart, and a dose of curiosity!

Feb 6, 2010 | 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

$30 in advance, $40 at the door


Valentine Partner Workshop with Christine Burke and Gary McCleery
Sunday, February 14th (Valentiine’s Day!)
2:30-4:30pm – $45 in advance, $50 at door per duo

Awaken your senses through this heart expanding practice devoted to letting the love flow! Spend quality time with someone you care about and nurture yourself at the same time. This all levels class will focus on deepening your connection to yourself and any significant other, a partner, a spouse, a friend, a parent or child! We will explore all levels of partner poses as well as breath and meditation that stimulate our ability to communicate through the body and mind and help one another access our greatest potential for flexibility, strength, peace and joy. It’s about celebrating the love!

This is a Liberation yoga tradition that is filled with laughter and love and space is limited. Advanced registration is recommended.

Chakra Restorative With Constance Hart
A meditative journey…A metaphysical healing

Sunday, February 7th 6:00-8:15pm
Call to Pre-register & Save $5!~
$35 in advance $40 at the door~

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: The Root Chakra & Bright Red Energy Enjoy a complete metaphysical & meditative healing for your Root Chakra and awaken the energy in your energetic foundation. In order to reach the higher consciouscness of your Crown Chakra at the top of your head, your Root Chakra spinning bvelow the base of your spine needs to be awakened. Benefits include: better circulation, higher levels of sustained energy, a healthy colon, strong bones, ambition and determination.

Experience healing restorative yoga, pranayama, mantras, mudras, bhandas, color therapy, color aromatherapy & sound healings specific to awakening the pranic flow through your Chakra system. Restores your energy balance on all levels. Leave feeling grounded, joyous & enlightened!

Come dressed in BRIGHT RED to deepen into the color consciousness!

The HUB Yoga Center in LA

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Tantric Dance of Feminine Power with Nita Rubio  
Date: Tue   2/2/2010 – 2/9/2010
Time:  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
5 week series 7p-10p $185 Registration with the instructor necessary to reserve your space in the series. Please contact Nita at 310-560-6225 or embodyshakti@gmail.com The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power is a movement modality that connects us to the subtle energies of the body. Although defined as a dance or movement modality, it is also a deep exploration of consciousness in our bodies. The Dance is the interaction and communication of this consciousness. By cultivating deep surrender and receptivity to the sensations and impulses ever present in the body we begin to follow these sensations back to their inherent source. That source is Shakti. The tremoring, alive, wisdom movement of the cosmos that is both immanent and transcendent. It is through the learning of continuous opening to Shakti that dissolves deep habitual patterns in both body and mind while deepening our spiritual practice. The practice is not codified, yet very specific guidelines are introduced to keep the experience inner-referenced rather than externally referenced. This is a very powerful re-orientation for women today. The TD of Feminine Power also works with our relationship to our own sexual energy and life force. Releasing the patriarchal lens on our sexuality is a powerful experience for many women and is crucial to the transformation towards a life affirming planet. This is not done through sexual intimacy techniques in this work but through very deep communion and exploration in how this energy expands, circulates and expresses itself through the nadis, pathways and central channel of our body. There are many other elements of the Dance including sound , exploration of the female shamanic circle, and opening the devotional heart. The specific mix of women and the energy present dictates the specific focus for each class. This work is for women who are ready to shed concepts and ideas of the Goddess and dive into the living, felt experience of opening to the living reality of these energies. Registration with the instructor necessary to reserve your space in the series. For more information on The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power or to register, please contact Nita at 310-560-6225 or embodyshakti@gmail.com

Baylen Slote: Acupuncture Healing Circle with Baylen Slote  
Date: Mon   2/1/2010 – 1/16/2011
Time:  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Please register directly with instructor at medicinecirclewla@gmail.com. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign necessary paperwork with the instructor. Cost: $35 [second time is free!] Please arrive early, bring a yoga mat, and any accouterments you will need to be comfortable lying down for 20 – 30 minutes (pillow, bolster, light blanket). Join us in renewing the tradition of group healing using acupuncture. By coming together in this way we are able to assist and support each other in overcoming and transforming our health challenges and increasing our sense of wellness. Group acupuncture sessions start with a go-around/check-in where we each briefly share our name and our most pressing current health challenge. Then, drawing from the repertoire of classical chinese medicine, the acupuncturist will share tools and techniques (including acupuncture, meditation and others) to help each individual and the group release blockages and shift to greater awareness of health. This setting is not for severe acute health issues. If you are experiencing a severe acute flair up of a health issue you may need to receive private care before joining a healing circle. Referrals to and contact information for qualified practitioners are available at the front desk.
Charu Morgan: An Evening of Awakening, Tantra Puja Ritual with Charu Morgan  
Date: Sat   2/6/2010
Time:  7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$75 Early bird rate is $60 To register contact Embody Tantra: www.EveningOfAwakening.com 7pm-11pm (late night) This evening is informed by an ancient Tantra Puja Ritual. This ritual is a prayer. In Tantra, our prayer is recognizing the divine in every human being, our temple is the body. In a Puja ritual each man will have the opportunity to partner with each woman for a simple exercise or meditation. The Tantric meditations use breath, movement, sound, and guided meditation to enrich each meeting throughout the ceremony. Attending Couples may choose to work solely with each other. We are all so lonely, isolated from a genuine connection to ourselves, our families, our lovers and our world. We find ourselves thirsty on a deep level for something real, something that can remind us of the brilliance of being alive. Many of us search for it in books, modern gurus, various spiritual teachings… few of us experience what we know is possible. We leave our Yoga classes with our bodies open and vibrant, but barely say a word to the person who was on the mat beside us. We awaken in seminars or sermons where visions and possibilities are alighted before us with words, and still we are lost when it comes to fulfilling relationships. Experience a rare opportunity to say ‘yes’ to this voice within, to return to our natural state of reverence for all things. Allow yourself to be overcome with awe for all of life’s expressions… a feeling akin to falling in love or feeling like a child again. From this space we overflow with reverence and express it by cherishing every moment, every breath, every interaction. Everyone in the room becomes a mirror of you, and suddenly ‘namaste’ is no longer just a word. It is an experience. The essence within you is honored by each man and woman, and it fuels your genuine acknowledgment of the essence of them. We will draw from the 112 Meditations from the Vighyan Bhirav Tantra which use breath, movement, sound, visualization, and simple partner exercises. This is an opportunity to explore reality, awaken to the present and be deeply nourished by life. The ritual is an offering, a shedding of our limiting beliefs… making way for a simple delight rarely experienced in our modern times.

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Sarah Vosen & Lara Catone: AcroYoga: Sublime Connection: A Valentine’s Yoga Workshop for Couples with Sarah Vosen  
Date: Sat   2/13/2010
Time:  5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
$55 per couple ($27.50 per person) Let thought reside in the quivering of your senses like wind in the leaves, and reach the celestial bliss of ecstatic love. ~Vijnanabhairava Tantra Tantric philosophy invites us to embrace all of our senses and experiences to connect deeply to our inner truth in a blissful reality. In this workshop our sensual indulgences will include partner yoga, Thai massage, chocolate, music, candlelight and the spaciousness of our own breath. Explore a deeper connection and intimacy with your partner while learning tools to relax and let go. All levels welcome, come with the one you love. Lara Catone danced into the world at birth and hasn’t stopped since. Liberation, fluidity and joy infuse her yogaclasses along with offerings of compassion, humor and play. Lara works with couples as a birth doula and childbirth educator and is a certified teacher in the partner-based practice, AcroYoga. Lara loves the playfulness, deep connection to others and opportunities for self-reflection found in partner work. She assists AcroYoga co-founders, Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein at workshops and conferences worldwide. She is also deeply inspired by her teacher Shiva Rea and grateful for all of the teachers that come in many diverse forms on the path. shaktiflowyoga.com Sarah Vosen is one of 118 certified AcroYoga teachers worldwide, a partner-based practice that blends yoga, Thai massage and acrobatics. Sarah loves to explore the therapeutic benefits of partner work that allow us to continue playing with a sound body, mind and spirit. Through sharing this work she is grateful to be part of a family that is creating a like-minded and heart-centered, Global Community. Sarah is also a licensed massage therapist and doctor of Chinese medicine with a practice in Santa Monica.

Deep Yoga Teacher Training

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April ~ September 2010

Becoming a Yoga Teacher through Deep Yoga is a life-changing journey that can lead you to expressing your fullest potential while you learn to share the practice of Yoga with others. 

Our Mastery of Life Yoga Teacher Training is designed to take you far beyond teaching and  guide you into living a richly rewarding life based on the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Through these Sacred Sciences you will journey a time-tested pathway to vibrancy, inner peace and self-realization as you become both a Yogi and a Yoga Teacher.


    Bullet  Vinyasa Krama – the Art of Sequencing Poses

    Bullet  Asana Yojana – the Art of Alignment in Asana

    Bullet  Sanskrit Fundamentals and Names for Poses

    Bullet  Languaging Classes with Detail, Imagery and Vision

    Bullet  Pranayama for Asana Practice & Teaching

    Bullet  Meditation Techniques for Asana Class

    Bullet  How to Apply the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

    Bullet  How to Teach from the Heart in Your Authenticity

    Bullet  How to Find Your Niche as a Yoga Teacher

    Bullet  Understanding and Living the Fullness of Yoga


Your Training Includes:

The training will include six weekend Intensives (held monthly), our annual Mastery of Life Retreat, weekly study assignments, group gatherings (Bodhi Groups) and opportunities for you to student-teach for small groups as you develop your skills.  As well as learning the Deep Yoga approach to guiding Asana Classes, you will learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda, Yoga’s sacred Sister Science that is known as the most complete form of holistic healing and wellness.  You will also come to know the greatest ancient texts of Yoga and how deeply relevant their wisdom is for our modern age.

Deep Yoga is a Registered Teaching School with The Yoga Alliance and graduates are eligible for registration with the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Our Mastery of Life Teacher Training Certificate Program is held annually at Ginseng Yoga Studio of San Diego.  For an overview of the Deep Yoga teaching style, click here.

DYSHA ~ MASTERY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DATES: Note: Intensives run Friday nights 6:30-9:pm, Saturdays 8am – 6pm and Sundays 8am – 4pm.

Reviews run Saturdays 1-3pm Ginseng Yoga Studio

April 9~11  ………….Intensive 1……….Yoga: Sacred Wisdom


April 17     …………..Review    ………. Yoga: Sacred Wisdom


April 30~May 2 …….Intensive 2……… Asana


May 15                      Review                 Asana


May 28~30       ………Intensive 3……… Pranayama/Meditation


June 5        …………..Review     ………. Pranayama/Meditation


June 11~13  ………….Intensive 4 ………Ayurveda


June 26       …………..Review    ………. Ayurveda


July 9~11………………Intensive 5.         Teaching I


July 24         …………..Review    ………. Teaching I


Aug 6~8…………  ……Intensive 6………. Teaching II 


Aug 21         …………..Review    ………. Teaching II


Sept 3~5……………..  .Retreat…………….Click for Details


Oct 16          ……………Graduation………..



Mastery Yoga Teacher Training:

$ 2100 ~ If full payment received by March 1 2010: $150 savings, includes retreat

$ 2250 ~ Payment in Full after March 1 and prior to April 7, 2010, includes retreat

$   300 a month ~ 7 payments after initial $250 registration deposit, includes retreat

Click here for details on payment plans and discounts

Frequently asked questions

*Cost of Tuition for Teacher Training includes Mastery Retreat Sept. 3-5.  The retreat is a required component of your training.  $250 deposit required for registration and applied towards total cost of training (deposits are non-refundable).

School of Healing Arts

Deep Yoga


Saturdays      8~11am              Group Experientials (once monthly)  Outdoors at Coronado Bay


All students must regularly attend Deep Yoga/Deep Healing classes at Ginseng Yoga Studio as this experience will contribute to your training and progress.  Class passes are available for purchase at Ginseng.  All students will also be required to do weekly studies, contribute to DYSHA online forums, write weekly papers, participate in Bhodi Groups (student groups which will meet weekly to practice together), observe a minimum of 4 classes, teach 3 seva (service) classes, and to be fully committed to the training throughout the year.  For more on your commitment please click here.


The Yoga Bible ~ Christina Brown

The Eight Limbs of Yoga ~ Pathway to Liberation, Bhava Ram

Yoga and Ayurveda, David Frawley

The Bhagavad-Gita, translation by Juan Mascaro

Deep Yoga ~ Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Bhava Ram

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidananda


Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktabodhananda

To reserve your space, or for further information, please email:  info@deepyoga.com

Prenatal Yoga at HoM Yoga

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Prenatal yoga at Hom Yoga Studio in San Fransisco, California, provides a supportive environment to explore your body and pregnancy as well as actively bond with your baby. It is open to all levels of students in all stages of pregnancy. Connect with your baby and cultivate concentration and relaxation through breathing exercises and carefully selected asanas such as hip openers and centering poses. These amazing tools you acquire throughout your practice will assist you in preparing both mentally and physically for childbirth. Pre-natal yoga helps to address the emotional and physical changes in the body during pregnancy. Postnatal Yoga Designed for rejuvenating the mind and body after birth! This strengthening practice will help to recondition the body while calming the mind. A perfect time for busy moms to rebuild core strength, shed some baby weight and tune into their inner peace. Adult and Baby Yoga Parents and/or care givers will practice specific poses to help rebuild strength and flexibility throughout the body. Focus is on core cultivation, balance and relaxation while connecting with your baby all in one class! Specific parts of the class are dedicated to you and your baby….childcare and yoga in one! Designed for yogis 2 years of age and up, this interactive and creative class helps you to share the gift of yoga as a family. Together, you will learn asanas (poses), breathing techniques, and group relaxation. All friends, family members and caregivers are invited. If your family is busy or out of town, feel free to come solo! Children’s Yoga: ages 3-5 Explore asanas (poses), simple breathing exercises and relaxation in a fun and engaging environment! Through cooperative games and stimulating activities, children learn confidence and healthy social skills on and off the mat!

Children’s Yoga: ages 6-8

This class will begin to explore yoga poses and exciting yoga activities that encourage self expression, relaxation and communication. Through this engaging class, students will begin to learn body awareness and confidence through exciting sequences, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and easy relaxation techniques.

Children’s Yoga: ages 9-12

Incorporating fun partner poses & activities, kids will learn to stretch and strengthen their changing bodies with yoga sequences including easy sun salutations, balancing poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. They will work on building trust and positive communication between themselves and others!


This is an interactive and dynamic class encouraging self-expression, reflection and unity with others. This practice is geared towards developing teen’s bodies and minds, nurturing confidence and body appreciation. Teens will cultivate strength, flexibility and concentration though a range of postures, incorporating balancing, visualization and relaxation.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa yoga is a vibrant system of practicing traditional asana (postures) while linking breath (pranayama) to movement. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, and breath integration/control. The practice consists of sequential movement that combines postures with the breath to form a continuous flowing practice building heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Sequencing is often formed around the Surya Namaskara’s, commonly referred to as sun salutations.

Vinyasa 1/2

This class is perfect if you are new to the practice of yoga or for more experienced students wish to review the basics. Level 1-2 flow focuses on building and strengthening the foundation of asanas (postures) with proper alignment and breath (pranayama). Students will develop body awareness through cultivation of flexibility, strength and balance. Various yogic forms of breathing and how to integrate breath and movements together, and become familiar with the connection to your physical and energetic body will also be incorporated.

Vinyasa 2/3

Vinyasa 2/3 is an advanced vinyasa class, moving through asana while linking breath to movement. You should be an experienced yoga practitioner and have a regular practice as you will further build heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Most often, sequencing is formed around sun salutations. Gentle Flow Gentle flow is a slow moving yoga class centered on calm sun salutations integrated with breath. Soft openings of the body, heart and mind encourage mind-body awareness and create a relaxed and meditative practice. This class is perfect for beginners, or even advanced practitioners wishing to slow down. Meditation Flow Go deeper into the more subtle limbs of Yoga in this integrative class, which combines the use of kirtan (chanting), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and meditation to condition the body and relax the mind, opening the student into greater awareness of self, and ultimately, a more peaceful and harmonious state of being. This class is appropriate for anyone interested in expanding their practice off of the mat and delving deeper into the roots of Yoga’s true meaning.

Revive and Re-charge

This class is all about balance…in our lives and on the mat. Half of the class is dedicated to warming up the body and breath through hatha/vinyasa flow movement. Winding down, the second half of class will be spent on cooling the body and resting the mind in some amazing restorative asanas. This class is great for all levels! Restorative Restorative classes offer peaceful, meditative postures held for extended periods of time where the body is supported by props. A soothing and regenerating atmosphere is created through the candlelit room and gentle, quiet music. Energy reserves are recharged and heal the effects of stress from our daily lives, bringing necessary conscious relaxation. Recent neurological research shows that 20 minutes in a well supported restorative pose is equal to 2 hours worth of good sleep in terms of brainwave activity and cell regeneration.

Yoga for Athletes

This class is geared towards stretching for all of those tight athletic muscles as well cultivating strength and concentration! Lots of stretching including quad and hamstring openers as well as core strengthening, balancing poses and inversions will be included. This is a Great class to attend if you are new to yoga or just a little tight from your triathlon training! Iyengar Geared towards holding yoga postures in precise alignment, this style of yoga is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as breath awareness. It is very common for props to be utilized to correct body alignment and deepen awareness. Iyengar is an excellent class for beginners and advanced practitioners wanting to refine yoga postures. Hatha Traditional asanas (yoga postures) are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control. Hatha yoga is based on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and being aware of listening to your body.

Yoga Class Rates: Drop in class: $16.00

* Drop-in class senior (65+), student (with valid ID): $14.00

Children 12 and under: $12.00 Family Yoga: $20.00 for Two people $5.00 each additional Family member (Kids under 2 years of age are free!) Introductory Offer: 3 classes for $20.00 (Expires two weeks from date of purchase. For new students only)

Community Class (Tues/Thurs 12:00PM): $10.00 Wednesday 6:15PM: 10% of proceeds goes towards charity of your choice! (See h?M Yoga’s Giving page for details) 

Yoga Package Rates: 5-class pass: $75.00 * (Expires after 6 weeks) 10-class pass: $145.00 * (Expires after 3 months) 20-class pass: $280.00 * (Expires after 6 months)

Monthly auto-pay: $175.00 * (Must give 30 days cancellation notice) One month pass: $200.00 * (Up to 30 classes) One year pass: $2,000.00 * (Up to 365 classes)

 Children’s 5-Class Pass $60.00 (Children 12 and under; Expires after 6 weeks) Children’s 10-Class Pass: $105.00 (Children 12 and under; Expires after 3 months) Children’s 20-Class Pass $200.00 (Children 12 and under; Expires after 6 months) Additional Services: Mat rentals: $1.00 Towel rentals: $1.00 * Merchant discount of 10% with proof of employment

Rudramandir Spirituality & Healing Center

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Sofia Diaz – Temple Dance

An Offering to Divine Beauty

Saturday, January 30, 2010 : 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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$20 Advance / $23 Door

We are a ticket-less system. Your name will be on our list of those who have paid in advance. Please bring your confirmation receipt from PayPal.

An invocation and an invitation to rest, feel, breath, and awaken the diamantine devotion of the space of the Heart.

The ‘puja’ or ceremonious touch of blessing force in the 6,000 year old traditon of Devadasi Sadir, is designed as a journey of sound, rhythm, geometry, poetry and bodily devotional concentration to allow contact with our deepest, undeniable relationship to Divine Beauty.

Sofia Diaz is a formally initiated disciple in the Balasaraswati lineage of South Indian Temple Dance through her Dance Master, Srimati Shyamala Mohanraj and her Music Master, T. K. Ramdas, up to his passing several years ago. The Balasaraswati lineage is the only extant lineage of Devadasi Sadir to have remained intact in its original intent through the dismantling of temple culture in South India by the British in the 1930s and 40s and Srimati Shyamala is the only disciple of Balasaraswati to have been transmitted the art through the intimate process of GuruKula.

Through taking on Devadasi Sadir (more commonly known as its commodified name: Bharata Natyam) as a life-long committed spiritual practice, Sofia has been attempting to preserve the deep intent of this extraordinary sacred art since 1982. She has written, spoken and performed in conferences in both India and the U.S. and has been given the title ‘Natya Priya’ by an international board of Scholars, Stapathi’s (temple architects) and the King and Princess of Trivandrum, for her deep devotional understanding and respect of the entire devotional tradition of Indian Temple Arts.

Ticket Prices
$20/advance, $23/door

For advance tickets, use PayPal – or call 510-486-8700 to pay by credit card.

Advance Reservations Suggested
We are a ticket-less system. If you use PayPal, your name will be on our list of those who have paid in advance. Please bring your confirmation receipt from PayPal.

If you have purchased tickets by calling 510-486-8700 your name will also be on our list of those who have paid in advance.

Sofia Diaz – Purifying Your Mind Through Steadying the Body

Feb 1 2010 – Feb 7 2010

(for new students)
9-11 am Women, 7:30-9:15 pm COED

Weekday Classes: Women/Men/COED
Mon-Thurs February 1 – 4

Weekend Workshop for Men and Women
Fri-Sun February 5 – 7

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YogaTalam is a yoga of celebration, merging the energy of Shiva and Parvati into an experience of wholeness. These classes and workshops serve to build a deep and full yogic understanding of responsibly living the great gift and wonderment of the human form.

In the sinew and weave of the joints of our bodies are matrixes of consciousness, open or bound depending on the held-ness or release of life experiences and breath into this moment. In the activation of feeling awareness of these nadis is an explosion of purifying force that has the capacity to liberate long-standing habits that limit the inherently expansive awareness of our minds.

In the other extreme of vinyasa or flow of asanas, this weekend will focus on steady presencing of breath and feeling in what are considered some of the most potent postures of the yogic wisdom lineages. Enhancing the purification into the patterns of our modern minds, we will spend some time identifying the rhythmical patterns of anxiety, insidious hopelessness and unlove that personally riddle our minds in ways unique to us and then shine the light of deep yogic practice on the un-thought potential of our inherently awake and radiant bodies of life.

February is a great time of year for housecleaning of the psyche, the winter’s dark allows for stagnation in the patterns of our thoughts and lives to be felt more easily.

Sofia Ophelia Diaz is a gifted teacher of Hatha yoga, sacred movement, and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her form of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian Temple Arts and their accompanying scriptures. Along with 27 years of intensive study and daily practice of several traditions of Yoga, she has apprenticed with dance and music masters of the Balasaraswati lineage of Devadasi sadir. Sofia has published writings on yoga and sacred movement and travels frequently, teaching yoga intensives throughout the world.


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Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Specific Dates & Times:

Monday, February 1 9:00am – Sunday, February 7 9:00pm

Healing and Transformation of Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit

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Stream at Spirit Springs

Where you can deeply relax and unwind in Northern California’s cleanest air and water environment!

This gorgeous, 17-acre natural mountain and streamside setting is 10 minutes from Harbin Hot Springs, 20 minutes from Calistoga, and 1 hour 45 minutes north of San Francisco, just to the north of Napa Valley wine country.

They offer custom tailored Holistic Healing Personal Retreats:

  • Body, Mind, Spirit Cleanse/Weight Loss—juicing or raw foods detoxification, meditation, yoga/exercise
  • Yoga/Meditation Retreat—all levels practices and instructions
  • Couples Retreat—learn compassionate communication skills, process and heal emotional issues, learn Tantra yoga and basic Watsu (www.fluidbreath.com)
  • Healing Grief and Loss Retreat—heal core sense of separation
  • Mid-Life Crisis Retreat—emotional support in spiritual emergency and life transitions, spiritual life coaching, manifesting life vision
  • Healing Stress, Depression, Anxiety Retreat—learn to relax and face all your challenges with the support of meditation, massage and breathwork (www.claritybreathwork.com)
  • Freedom from Addictions Retreat—detox and alternative, holistic rehabilitation  program including raw food and juicing detox, meditation, yoga/exercise, breathwork, massage, local AA meetings
  • Spiritual Growth Retreat—sitting meditation (silent and guided), Vipassana, walking meditation, satsang, integrative awakening, breathwork, yoga, Qi-Gong

Spa and Healing Services Available: Clarity Breathwork/Rebirthing, Massage, Reiki, Intuitive Counseling, Aquatic Bodywork (Watsu, Waterdance, Healing Dance, Aquabreath) Cleansing Diets, Acupuncture, Nutritional Consultations, Yoga, Tantric Yoga for couples, Meditation Instruction, and Spiritual Life Coaching, hot tub & far infrared sauna, swimming, tennis (partnering and instructions available), Watsu pool.

“The beauty and stillness of the land are profound.
With the support of the staff, I found it relatively easy to drop my personality and bask in the hub and hum of existence. I know I will never go back to being who I thought I was.”
—S. J., healer, writer, musician

Healing and Transformation of Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit in a natural creekside, mountain and forest setting just 1 hour 45 minutes north of San Francisco, 20 minutes from Calistoga and 10 minutes from Harbin Hot Springs.

Enjoy one of the purest air and water environments in Northern California.

Retreats are tailored to the individual and start with a basic phone consultation to determine needs and desires and create the best healing experience possible for you!

  • 100% Organic Rejuvenating Diet: your choice of 100% raw, living foods or a mix of raw and cooked foods or liquid diet including juices, soups, super food smoothies; we use locally grown produce whenever possible
  • Meditation instruction: both silent and guided drawn from a variety of traditions and spiritual teachers including Vipassana, Satsang, Advaita, Awakening Your Light Body, Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti & Gangaji
  • Intuitive Counseling & Energy Healing to help you connect more deeply with your own inherent wisdom, clear any blockages that may be in the way and restore natural balance
  • Clarity Breathwork™ Sessions: Experience profound transformation through conscious, connected breathing; release of negative core beliefs and patterns
  • Spiritual Life Coaching and counseling
  • Bodywork including massage, Reiki, & Aquatic Bodywork—Watsu, Healing Dance, Water Dance (more about this at: www.fluidbreath.com)
  • Relaxation & soaking in the creekside hot tub
  • Detoxification in the infrared sauna by the stream with windows into the forest (more about infared saunas at: www.healthmatesauna.com)
  • Quiet time & Silence in nature
  • Daily exercise—dance, yoga, kundalini meditation, weights, hiking, walking/running, rebounding, swimming, tennis (partnering and instruction available), Chi Gong
  • Visits to nearby Harbin Hot Springs & amazing hiking trails
  • Yoga Mandala Workshops

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    Devotional Chanting w/Sean Feit
    Date: 1/8/2010 – 1/8/2010
    Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Teacher: Sean Feit

    Kirtan (devotional chanting & Bhakti Yoga) at Yoga Mandala every 2nd Friday of the month.Kirtan is the practice of Bhakti and Nada Yoga. Bhakti is longing for the Beloved, which is Truth, Freedom and Love. This longing expresses herself in song. We sing bhajans (little praise songs) and mantras to the Divine in the ancient Sanskrit forms: Sita & Ram, Shiva & Parvati, RadhaKrishna, Ganesha, Hanuman, Durga Ma, Kali Ma. It’s a sweet way to end the week: come drop into your breath, vibration, a delicious community, and the mysterious language of the heart. No experience necessary – all are welcome.Sean Feit is a classically trained composer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, violin, voice, all strings) working in performance art and movement-based theater.

    Intro to Yoga Series
    Date: 1/12/2010 – 1/28/2010
    Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Teacher: Sumanasa (Suzy) Daren

    Begin your Yoga Practice with Confidence!Gain Flexibility, Strength and Coordination. Receive a detailed break-down of the most common Yoga poses. Experience basic Yogic breathing and meditation techniques. Get a brief and concise understanding of the foundational philosophy. Feel comfortable going into any on-going Level 1 or Level 1 /2 class. De-Stress from daily life!Sign up now, class size limited!
    The Intro to Yoga series has its first class every 6-8 weeks. Call for the next start date. The series is $75 for all 6 classes. If you miss any class or classes in the series, you may make up the class anytime within 1-year from when you first purchase the series. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  

    Pranayama & Meditation for Mental Health
    Date: 1/15/2010 – 1/15/2010
    Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Teacher: Sumanasa (Suzy) Daren

    Breathing and meditation techniques are crucial and highly effective in working with our energy, to harmonize the volatility of the mind. Whether we struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, unruly emotions or difficult personality traits, a consistent practice of these yogic technologies can bring great results to an imbalanced mental state. In this workshop you will learn how to properly implement several breathing and meditation techniques and feel comfortable to begin practicing them at home.

    Yoga & Mythology Mini-Camp
    Date: 1/16/2010 – 1/16/2010
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Teacher: Amber Charne

    In a fun and nurturing environment, children will explore Yoga while being immersed in mythology from all over the world. By blending the teachings of yoga and other traditions into all aspects of their creativity, children will discover ways to integrate these techniques into their lives, holistically. Our intention is for children to explore who they are in relation to each other and in connection to the natural world, increasing awareness and instilling a deep caring attitude.
    Activities Include: Yoga, Arts & Crafts, Music, Movement/Dance, Storytelling, Spoken Word/Poetry, and Outdoor Play.
    Ages 5-9 welcome.
    One Day Mini-Camp
    Saturday, January 16, 9am-1pm
    Cost: $75

    Weight Management with Ayurveda
    Date: 1/16/2010 – 1/16/2010
    Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Teacher: Atibala Thorp

    Whether you want to gain weight or lose it, Ayurveda has many ways of finding the balancing point. In this workshop learn some basic skills for finding your ideal weight and setting realistic goals for reaching it and maintaining it.
    This class will include theory and comparative analysis of several popular diets, as well as an exercise routine followed by a prepared meal. Please dress comfortably in clothes appropriate for exercise.Cost: $65 *includes meal on sunday
    Preregistration Required

    Postpartum Health
    Date: 1/17/2010 – 1/17/2010
    Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Teacher: Sri Lalita Crute

    During pregnancy, emphasis is usually given to prenatal support and preparednes for “labor day”. Books guide parents in creating a birth plan, classes offer birthing techniques and all manner of doulas and therapists can be hired. But what about after the baby’s birth? In this workshop, Sri Lalita will guide moms-to-be and their partners through essential information about the postnatal period with the intention of making that time a relaxed and sacred transition. Education about Ayurveda will be given, with application to healing from childbirth, easing into lactation and creating a close mother-child bond.Healing herbal formulas, nutritive recipes, teas and sitz baths–even placenta recipes–will be discussed. Strategies for restoring your body after birthing your baby will be offered, including remedies for common postnatal discomforts.New moms, moms-to-be, partners and birth professionals are encouraged to attend.
    Cost: $60
    Partners are welcome to join you!

    The Mindful Body Yoga Center

     - by Journey

    Yoga & Ayurveda For Everyday Life with Kate Lumsden at The Mindful Body on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010, 1 – 4pm $35 standard / $30 members * Create a routine that you want to commit to. * Create habits you love and that make you look & feel amazing. * Discover a yoga asana practice that’s tailored to your needs and lifestyle. Let 2010 be the year where you unveil your most peaceful vibrant self! In this workshop, Kate will lead you in a two-hour practice incorporating cleansing flow sequences, loving restorative poses, balancing breath techniques, and guided meditation. This asana practice will be complemented by an introduction to the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the medicinal system of which yoga is a part, and how you can incorporate its wisdom into your modern life. Kate finds Ayurveda to be the best guide for helping a modern-day life steer clear of modern pitfalls like stress, anxiety, lethargy, illness, pain, and dis-ease because even small efforts can make for profound positive effects! Ayurveda also isn’t something we often need to set aside more time for; it addresses things we do already (sleep, eat, bathe, speak, think) and teaches us how to do them in a wiser more balanced fashion. You can expect to walk away from this day feeling empowered about creating a thriving harmonious life in 2010!

    All levels welcome, but please have some familiarity with yoga.

    ABOUT KATE: Kate Lumsden has found a consistent yoga & mindfulness practice to be the most effective, dependable tool to sustaining a calm, content & balanced mind. Kate’s yoga practice has become the barometer for her mood and when she doesn’t want to get on the mat it sets off warning bells that there is something deeper that needs to be examined that is keeping Kate from doing what’s best for her. Through meditation, asana and pranayma, Kate examines the present and returns to her natural inner state of peace. Kate’s asana practice started in 1999 as treatment for the scoliosis in her spine and managing anxiety. With an emphasis on intelligent alignment, Kate fell in love with the Astanga Vinyasa practice and its interweaving of breath, movement and meditation. Kate’s earnest approach encourages the student to let go of the tortuous ego, quiet the mind and give rise to inner harmony and peace. The dynamic relationship between Kate and her students is one that allows for individual attention ensuring they receive lessons to strengthen their individual practices within the support of the class community. For more information on Kate, please see www.yoginikate.com.

    There is a 72 hour cancelation policy for all workshops.

    In the Wake of a New Beginning


    with Thomas Fortel

    Sunday, January 10th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

    $50 standard / $45 members

    In this workshop, Thomas will begin with a 20 minute presentation on the astrology of the present moment and time, correlating to this beginning of a new decade. Our yoga practice will again focus on forward bends and twists, in standing and seated postures, ending with shoulder stand and restorative postures.

    Contacting The Mindful Body

    2876 California Street (Between Divisadero & Broderick)
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Tel: 415-931-BODY (2639)
    Fax: 415-931-8023

    Yoga Mayu Studio Workshops

     - by Journey
    Yoga Mayu is a community-based yoga center that strives to provide intelligent and personal yoga instruction that is accessible to everyone, in a warm and welcoming environment.   The instructors at Yoga Mayu are enthusiastic and articulate with their instruction. Yoga can help us open our hearts and minds so that we might take our experience of life to a deep and meaningful level.   Their yoga studio is located near Potrero Hill and the Mission District in San Francisco, California. The following are some upcoming workshops taking place in January 2010:A New Year’s Kirtan with Christopher Love  
    Date: Sat   1/2/2010
    Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    A New Year’s Kirtan. With Christopher Love & David Kresner After the party is over, and your new year’s intentions have been set, Christopher & David invite you to an experience beyond resolutions. Kirtan has the power to transport and transform with a practice free of the constraints of judgments or goals. Do you know what you could be capable of if you surrendered to your highest good? If you could trust this year that the universe is working on your behalf, how would it change you today? Join us as mantra, music and vibration bring us to the essence of devotion and surrender. * Traditional Kirtan * Gentle Restorative Yoga * Meditation Christopher Love & David Kresner are yoga teachers in San Francisco. A lifelong love of music has brought them to the power of Bhakti, the yoga of devotion. They are honored to share this heart-opening gift. Admission: $20 www.yogamayu.com
    Movement and Stillness Merge with Jonathan Reynolds  
    Date: Sat   1/16/2010
    Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Monthly Vinyasa & Vipassana – In this extended practice period we’ll use the tools of vinyasa yoga and vipassana (insight) meditation, each in an effort to awaken to the seed of all experience – our own true nature, presence itself. Pairing these two practices will help us set the stage for a sensitive and wakeful vinyasa period, and our time being with sensation physically will soften and prepare the body for seated meditation in subtle, yet distinct and supportive ways. We’ll practice vinyasa yoga for 90 minutes followed by approximately 30 minutes of seated meditation with instruction. *Open to students of all experience levels, excepting those with major physical limitations – if uncertain, please inquire.Vinyasa Yoga: This method of asana uses vinyasa (flow), modifying breath to create movement in the body, to allow the practitioner insight into yoga as a whole. This is a powerful form of yoga that can be both physically and mentally challenging. By using vinyasa (roughly sun salutations) as yoga’s physical building block, we realize the breath as the building block of consciousness. Yoga as meditation allows us to experience honesty by transcending perceived limitations; building an appreciation of love, integrity, and union. Sanskrit chanting is also central to this experience, as it supports us in connecting to ourselves and others in fresh, yet familiar ways.Vipassana Seated Meditation: Vipassana (insight) meditation is the primary mindfulness practice of the Buddhist tradition. Our time together will be guided by Buddhism’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness – body, sensations, thoughts/emotions, and dharmas. This element of our practice time will be structured to both introduce newcomers to vipassana meditation, and to also allow those with an already existing practice to deepen amongst community. You need not be a Buddhist to participate, as these practices appear in one form or another in all great wisdom traditions. If you enjoy physical yoga, this practice can be an excellent platform to deepen and mature your practice.