November 2012

Sacred Sounds turns 1

Local Events by Allison Richard

Sacred Sounds Yoga is turning one and celebrating on Saturday, December 1st from 6-9pm. Stop in for yoga and tai chi demonstrations, listen to live music by Srikala Kerel Roach, release some holiday stress with a massage or get decorative with a henna tattoo. While you’re there give yourself a holiday gift by signing up for a class package at 15% off the regular price.

Studio Anya's anniversary holiday party

Local Events by Allison Richard

Studio Anya celebrates the holidays and their 3rd anniversary this Thursday, November 29 from 6-9pm. In true holiday party style, they’ll be serving up refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, art displays, dancing and antigravity demonstrations by Shelly Bomb of the new Holding Space studio

Cyber Monday yoga deals

Hot off the mat

You smart cookie. Even though you have holiday shopping to do, you avoided malls this weekend like the plague and today you will be handsomely rewarded. It’s Cyber Monday—the day of the best online shopping sales of the season—and we’ve found some amazing yoga deals and discounts you’ll want to take advantage of. Start shopping yogis!

Save big with these Cyber Monday sales:

alignyo's holiday gift guide

Yoga News by Molly Nourmand

Holiday shopping can be stressful, so we’ve done all the work for you. Introducing the alignyo Yogi’s Holiday Gift Guide. Our stylish guide features pages of thoughtful, useful and just plain cool products that we've personally tried, tested and love. With categories like Cosmic Grab Bag of Deliciousness, Yoga Techies, Clotheshorse and $25 and Under Wonders, there's something inside for every type of yogi on your list.

Russell Brand jumps into moving vehicle on his way out of LA yoga class

What’s Hot

Recently on his way out of an LA yoga class, comedian Russell Brand was spotting jumping into a moving vehicle. Oh, snap – is that kundalini teacher Tej Kaur Khalsa's car!? We think so. Brand credits his meditation practice as a significant factor in his recovery from drug, alcohol, and sex addiction. Kundalini yoga must be his new "drug" of choice, and apparently he's addicted to green smoothies now too. 

Amazing blueberries


Our friends over at prove once again that good things do come in small packages with this slideshow, Amazing Blueberries, which highlights 10 healthy benefits of blueberries.

From anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bioflavonoids to compounds that can actually protect against certain forms of cancer, this article breaks down the power of blueberries (and why it’s important to always go for organic).

Holding Space opens

What’s Hot by Allison Richard

The NYC yoga community was shocked after the abrupt end to the AntiGravity classes at the OmFactory Flight School in August. But last week, the yoga meets aerial arts style classes found a new home at Studio Anya in Chelsea. The already established studio combined forces with the 3 (and only) master certified Antigravity trainers- Shelly Bomb, KD Diallo and Jill Drappo Harvey, to create Holding Space Antigravity, a studio within a studio.

Easy ways to detox after Thanksgiving

DIY Fridays

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so you’ve either been up since 6am throwing elbows at big department stores (which means you don’t know about our Yogi’s Holiday Gift Guide) or you’re just coming out of your food-induced coma. If you overstuffed yourself yesterday, try one of these DIY holiday detox tips (including a gut-busting Turkey Flow video from Kristin McGee) to help you get back to feeling normal…so you can get busy on those leftovers.

Thanksgiving satsang

Local Events by Allison Richard

Join Integral Yoga Institute in celebrating Thanksgiving and the bounty and diversity of the yoga community. The donation-based class will be held on Thanksgiving evening from 6-7:30pm. Sign up here, although pre-registration is not required.

Free post-Thanksgiving hot yoga class

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Give thanks to Yelp and Earth Power Yoga Center because they have joined forces to help sweat you off your Thanksgiving feast. Here's the deal: You're invited to a FREE hot yoga class on Saturday, November 24 at 2:30pm. All you need to do is RSVP here.

10 hidden health secrets of chocolate


Did you know that chocolate can lower your cholesterol, decrease inflammation and combat chronic fatigue?

This article from Beliefnet, 10 Hidden Health Secrets of Chocolate, reveals why having a square or two of dark chocolate everyday does much more than just delight your taste buds.


Give thanks with East Yoga

Local Events by Allison Richard

Support East Yoga as they work to rebuild their studio after the November 4th fire. They’ll be hosting a special 2-hour Thanksgiving Day class full of detoxifying twists and luscious restorative poses this Thursday from 10am-Noon at Alphabet City Sanctuary. The class, being taught by Anna Greenberg is $25 or, if you have a class package with East, you can use two classes off your card. 

Hurricane Sandy benefit yoga class on Thanksgiving Day

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Detox before you retox this Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22) from 9:45-11:15am at Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica. Ally Hamilton along with DJ Derek Beres (both New York transplants, BTW) are teaming up for a benefit yoga class for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Suggested donation is $20, and all proceeds go to The American Red Cross. The class will be strong, but Ally assures us that "no yogi will left behind." RSVP required

Song and dance, yoga-style

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

The 4th Friday of every month at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica is Mother Medicine Kirtan & Trance Dance Party. Next Up: Friday, November 30th at 9pm by donation. Who is Mother Medicine?

East Yoga benefit at Pouring Ribbons

Local Events by Allison Richard

Last week we reported on the electrical fire that ravaged East Yoga. This Sunday, November 18th at 6pm, join them at Pouring Ribbons, a new local East Village cocktail lounge that generously donated the use of their space to host a benefit.

Bundle your universe


If your life is starting to feel as stale as a bag of old kale chips and change feels too daunting, there’s a yogi who can help. Jeni James of Tadasana Travel has created a program that “bundles your universe” for her clients. The four-month emBODY your PASSION course helps you cut through the mental clutter to find what really matters in your life so you can pursue your passion. Read on for more about the program, the method and Jeni herself.

Yoga + trip to the farmer's market

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

On Saturday November 18 there will be a yoga class with the YALA Yoga Cluster led by Om Shalom Yogi Zack Lodmer with a meditation by Sara Lederer. Meet at the Dorothy Green Park in Santa Monica on Ocean Park and Barnard Way at 10:30am. After yoga, everyone will walk to the farmer's market on Main Street for lunch. Yum.

Yogi Russell Simmons to speak at the Green Festival LA

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

The Green Festival hits LA November 17-18. What's in it for you?

Katonah Yoga hurricane benefit + coat drive

Local Events by Allison Richard

Join Katonah Yoga on Saturday, November 17th for a full day of classes to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Classes begin at 10am with a Vinyasa class led by Christina Tarantola and are rounded off with studio owner Nevine Michaan's Sun and Moon Salutations at 4pm. All the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. If you have an unneeded warm coat crowding your closet, bring it along.

Solar-powered yoga: Rockaways resilience after Sandy

Local Events

Here’s a Sandy relief event that’s taking steps to make sure future disasters like the superstorm don’t have such devastating effects. Yoga teacher Aarona Pichinson and violinist/composer Hannah Thiem are teaming up for Solar-Powered Yoga on Sunday, November 18 at Kula Yoga.

Chocolate lovers, rejoice

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

The Chocolate Invitational is a series of events for chocolate lovers to unite. Next up: This Saturday, November 17 from 11:30am to 10pm is The Fall Festival at Great Spirits Ranch in Malibu.

Sonic Yoga's dance party

Local Events by Allison Richard

Join Sonic Yoga for their new monthly dance party, Trance. This Friday, November 16th the party with be a combo Hurricane Benefit & celebration for Sonic's 11-year anniversary. The evening begins at 6:30pm with Trance Dance with Jeffrey Duval followed by snacks at 7:30pm and music, drumming, dancing and spontaneous Kirtan with the Dan Bailey Tribe at 8:30pm.

A sweet body treat

General by Katie Librie

Here’s a way to get gorgeous, smooth, glowing skin in a chemical-free way: make your own sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs gently exfoliate the top layer of skin, removing dry dead skin cells to reveal more vibrant, healthy and supple skin. Making your own body scrub is a simple way to save money while guaranteeing you’re using the most natural ingredients. The best part is most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen cabinet.

Simple sugar scrub:

1 c. regular or brown sugar

½ c. organic oil (sesame, almond, olive and grapeseed oil are all great)

Beauty juice: LA-based celeb nutritionist opens smoothie shop

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

On Thursday, November 15, LA-based celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder, and best selling author of The Beauty Detox Solution is opening Glow – a smoothie and juice shop. It will offer things like cold-pressed juices, organic coffee and tea, desserts, wellness shots, customized detox cleanses and signature smoothies to help boost your skin care routine. Sign us up.

Glow, 7473 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California


Be a sleeping beauty

Local Workshops by Katie Librie

Getting enough sleep plays a huge role in creating a healthy, balanced life.  However for many of us falling asleep, or staying asleep, may be harder than counting sheep backwards…by twos…in Spanish.  Don’t despair, there is hope to peacefully catch your zzz’s.  Rather than reach for the Ambien, we can learn how to naturally relax our mind and body through movement, breath work and visualization.

Free yoga for bookworms

Local Events by Amy Gartenberg

Do you love books and free yoga? Don’t miss this event. Don’t miss the Calabasas Library Yoga and You events. Twice a month, the library offers free yoga, all you need to bring is a large towel and a mat. On November 15th, yoga teacher Deanne Wenger will lead you through some yummy stretches that are very beginner friendly. Afterwards, you can roll up your mat and browse for a new read.

A hair mask for the hot yogi

Style by Katie Librie

While we know sweating is great for the body, it’s not so good for the hair. If you’ve noticed your locks are dry and brittle, try a quick at home hair mask to get the shine, luster and volume back big time.

Mix one rip avocado with two tablespoons of almond oil. Apply to damp hair and leave on for 20 minutes (you may want to put hair in a shower cap to avoid making a big mess), then rinse, shampoo and style.

This treatment can be done once a week to boost shine and hydration. 

Exhale Spa's Sandy fundraiser

Local Events

On Saturday, November 10, all Exhale Spa locations will host a special yoga class to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. The suggested minimum donation is $25 per class and all proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Check out Exhale's Facebook post for local class times, 

Mang'Oh Yoga Hurricane Collection

General by Allison Richard

Mang'Oh Yoga is taking up a collection of warm clothes, bedding and canned goods at the studio to help with relief at the Rockaways. A box will be placed in the studio for collection - if you would like to contribute, please bring these items with you to class and Mang'Oh will be donating them through

Badass photo of LA yoga teacher Krista Cahill

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

We came across this badass photo of LA yoga teacher Krista Cahill that she posted on her Facebook page, and just couldn't keep it to ourselves.

Om to heal our hOMe: A yoga benefit for New York

Local Events

Get on your mat to get NYC back on its feet. On November 15, join alignyo and NYC's yoga teaching rockstars to groove, move and give back. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC - Hurricane Sandy Relief. Space kindly provided by Skylight West.

Get on your mat to help make a difference:

Happy hour yoga

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

During the month of November, The Pub at Golden Road will be hosting Detox/Retox Saturdays – $10 gets you an outdoor, all levels yoga class from 10:30-11:30am led by Ashtanga teacher, Richard Rice, followed by a beer (if you wish). It's kind of the best of both worlds, no? If you want to stay for breakfast after, for $8 you can choose from a vegan omelet, a breakfast burrito, or a breakfast burger. RSVP to BYO Mat, but no need to BYOB.

alignyo's $750 jewelry giveaway


At alignyo, we’ll do anything we can to help you go deeper in your practice. And if we can help you look dazzling while doing so, what’s the harm in that? That’s why we’ve teamed up with Peaceful Daily and Tiny Devotions to give away $750 in peace-inspired jewelry (and a priceless amount of peaceful guidance) to five lucky readers. Who wants to give peace a chance?

Enter now for your chance to be one of the lucky five! Here’s what you'll get:

Sacred Sounds' hurricane relief class

Local Events by Allison Richard

This Saturday, November 10th from 7:30-8:45pm, Sacred Sounds Yoga presents Practice for Peace: A Live Music Hurricane Relief Yoga Class with Hunt Parr & Guitarist Stefan Benkowski. All proceeds to benefit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Suggested donation of $10-20 per person. If you can't make it to class, but want to donate, click here

Veg-friendly colleges

General by Amy Gartenberg

College campuses across the country are beginning to offer more veg-friendly meals for students. Some schools, like the University of California Davis, offer vegan dishes in the cafeteria as well as at the campus coffee house (would you like a cup of vegan pho with that latte?). Check out this list of vegan and vegetarian-friendly campuses. Did your school (or alma mater) make the cut?

Yoga + breakdancing event this weekend

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Looking to get out of LA this weekend and have some fun, yoga-style? On Saturday, November 10th from 3-5pm in La Jolla is Buddhi Session @ The Mansion: An all-levels vinyasa class with Amanda McCarroll and Carolina Vivas of Your Buddhi, as well as a special breakdancing/yoga performance by Arthur "lil crabe" Cadre from the famous "Break ton Neck" video (he's flying in from France just for this special event).

YogaWorks Pasadena opens next week

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Get privy to YogaWorks' new Pasadena location (which opens for classes on Thursday, November 15th) at the preview reception on Tuesday, November 13th from 5-8pm. You can scope out the new digs and meet your future yoga teachers, but make sure to RSVP for the reception by November 7th by calling 626-381-9785. 

Ways to help


This is a really GREAT resource to stay up to date - I'm writing this at 5pm, Monday November 5th - people are still trapped, hungry and cold.  These guys keep you up to date / speed. Sign up for their text updates and get on their lists... they are on the front line. 

Check out Occupy Sandy and where you can help - right NOW:


Here are just a few ways to make a difference:

East Yoga closed due to fire


We're very sad to report that East Yoga had a fire on Sunday, November 4th. Thankfully, no one was harmed during the fire, however East Yoga is now closed while they clean up the space. The studio is currently looking for a temporary location to hold interim classes. For more information about what happened and to lend a helping hand, visit East Yoga's website.  

Hot off the mat: Supermodel yoga secrets

Hot off the mat

If you’ve been out of the yoga news loop, we’ve got you covered. From studios staying open during Sandy to a supermodel’s surprisingly healthy habits (wait, they actually eat?) here’s the hottest yoga news of the moment.

Open a window, it’s getting hot in here:

Laughing Lotus is BACK - up and running

Local Events

Hurricane Sandy can't keep this studio down... they are back. The POWER might have been out but NEVER the SPIRIT... and a special thanks to OM Factory that made a special POP UP for some Lotus Love... check out LL's schedule for updates: 

Yoga High NYC has power! A note from the owners....

Local Events
Hey everybody, The power is up! We will be celebrating with 2 special classes tomorrow, Saturday: 1-2:30pm Level 2 with Mel and 3-4:30pm Level 1 with Sara Little Welcome home to all of you who had to leave or who struggled through without power. And welcome back to your Yoga home, too! Our hearts go out to those who are still suffering and will be for way too long. We're hoping to be back to our regular schedule by Sunday, but transportation and fuel issues still remain.

Sacred Sounds Yoga has power and classes resume.

Local Events
Slowly... Power is coming back up! From Sacred Sounds Yoga ... THE POWER IS BACK AT SACRED SOUNDS YOGA! We're offering a regular schedule starting today, as we had already planned.  But it's exciting that we will able to practice with the luxuries of heat and lights again! See here for our class schedule.   Also, for the rest of 2012, Sacred Sounds Yoga is donating all proceeds from our Community Classes on Tuesdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 9am to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

YogaMaya NYC up and running

Local Events
YogaMaya NYC -- back in business. Check out their site for updates: From Yoga Maya... I GOT THE POWER! We missed you all SO much. TODAY we open starting at 11am w/ Deb Level 2/3. ALSO, 2 BIG events this FRIDAY: Free Class and 200hr Info Meeting all starting at 5:15 (or 6:30 if you can't make the class) AND KIRTAN w/ the AMAZING Mayapuris at 8:30! BIG Love to you from ALL OF US! You can always check out our online schedule to see all of our classes, workshops, and events!

Laugh your cares away

Local Events by Allison Richard

Laughter really is the best medicine, whether you're struggling through Half Moon pose or your third seemingly endless meeting of the day. Bring a little more laughter into your life with free Laughter Yoga classes at Better Health Chiropractic every Monday night at 7:30pm in Midtown. A chance to boost endorphins and burn calories without setting foot in the gym? Monday may be our new favorite night of the week. 

Yoga in the new millennium

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

A recently published collection of essays, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice,examines what yoga has evolved into from its original roots in India. This book is written by a diverse and impressive line-up yogis, including Angelenos like Tommy Rosen who writes about Yoga and the 12 Steps: Holistic Recovery from Addiction.

YOGA VIDA NYC update...

Local Events

In anticipation of power being restored in Lower Manhattan - YOGA VIDA NYC is planning on opening Sunday - check out their site for modify schedule!


Local Events

This weekend 25% of all BEND AND BLOOM class proceeds (Sat and Sunday) will benefit Masbia Soup Kitchen who are providing all the meals for the Park Slope Armory Shelter which is where the city's elderly, disabled, and other special needs hurricane victims are being transferred and housed.


Local Events

NEW YORK STUDIO UPDATE: Sangha House is on a limited schedule today and offering classes for $5.00 our classes are 10:00, 12:00, and 3:00. Come and be with your community, reconnect and get grounded.

Laughing Lotus' Pop-Up Studio

Local Events

Now, this is our idea of community support. Laughing Lotus is one of the many studios that is temporarily close due to Sandy, but in a show of love and support from New York's yoga community, Lotus teachers will be doing a series of pop-up classes at OmFactory through Sunday, November 4. The Lotus Flow classes will take place daily from 11am-12:45pm. Mat rentals are free and Om has showers, in case you need to head straight back to work. Classes are $18 (cash only). 

YOGA SHALA - schedule updates...

Local Events

Yoga Shala schedule updates... 

Union Square closed due to no heat, no power and a broken skylight

Fort Greene -

7-10am mysore ashtanga sherry 
10:15am intermediate kristin dispaltro 
4:30-6:00pm slow/down annie piper 
6:30pm ashtanga basics sherry

Vinyasa and vino

Local Events by Allison Richard

Want to stay away from the chaos of Sunday’s ING NYC Marathon? Head up to Harlem and relax with a special Vinyasa class taught by Asali Yoga director, Erica Robinson, followed by an informal organic and biodynamic wine tasting, vegetarian fare. 

We're always grateful for free yoga

Local Events by Molly Nourmand

Did you know lululemons around California put on a special event on the 12th of each month? Next up: On Monday, November 12 from 7-10pm the lululemon Studio City team will come to Black Dog Yoga to join forces with their instructors for a Festival of Gratitude.

Iyengar Institute of NYC is CLOSED until tomorrow

Local Events

A message from our friends at the Iyengar Institute of NYC: 

The Iyengar Yoga Institute will be closed for still another day on Friday, November 2.  As you're aware, lower Manhattan is still without power.

We encourage you to check our website and the class schedule for updates on resumption of classes.

Be safe.  We'll be back soon!

Check back often - will be listing closures and studio updates for NYC.