January 2013

5 Tips on How to Eat for a Healthy Immune System + Immune Booster Salad

General by Purely Elizabeth

Keep a healthy immune system with these tips and recipe.

It’s that time of year where everyone seems to be coming down with something. Rather than turn to your medicine cabinet for aid, look for nutrient-rich foods instead to keep your immune system strong and prevent illness.

Reese Witherspoon is back in the LA yoga scene

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Actress Reese Witherspoon was recently spotted on her yoga mat yet again. We wonder where she was practicing this time, and if she's toning up for a movie? It's clear that Reese was dressed for that "cold" 55 degree day in LA earlier this month, and apparently she was too blissed out post-class to roll up her mat – have you ever done that before?

Hala Khouri's Radiant Pregnancy DVD


Yoga teacher and somatic counselor Hala Khouri’s new Radiant Pregnancy DVD offers a unique yoga practice for every trimester. Prenatal yoga is a great way for mom and baby to stay healthy during pregnancy. Radiant Pregnancy offers a physical yoga practice and integrates mind-body psychology to nourish the body and the mind as your body.

More Bikram drama

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Yikes. It’s not every day that yoga shows up on national nightly news, but last week ABC Nightline featured the ongoing Bikram Yoga series of scandals. The segment features former students and trainees of Bikram Choudhury, including NYC’s Yoga to the People Founder Greg Gumucio, who sued Choudhury last year.

Retreat to India with Yoga Vida


From March 14-25, 2013, join Yoga Vida on a journey to one of India’s most sacred places - Vrindavan. You’ll stay at the Jiva Institute under the care of its founder, Dr. Satyanarayana Das Baba-ji and immerse yourself in an authentic Indian cultural experience.

Top benefits of raw almonds

General by YogaEarth

Raw almonds are nature's gift. 

It’s no coincidence that the seeds from which plants grow are the most nutrient-packed, delicious morsels. For hundreds of years humans have relied on these foods to supply essential oils and fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals for strength and sustenance.

Free lunchtime yoga classes in Downtown LA

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

There is a FREE lunchtime yoga program in Downtown LA's Grand Park, which takes place every Wednesday and Friday from 12:15-1pm in the performance space between Hill Street and Grand Avenue. Due to the attendance of 50 people per class since it first launched during the 2012 holiday season, it's being extended through March 8, 2013. Yoga teacher Christel Joy Johnson leads this 45-minute gentle, relaxing, stress-relieving class. Note to yogis: BYO mat if you have one.

The Yoga Bowl: lululemon's warehouse sale

Local Events - NYC

We gave you the deets on the lululemon job fair, but it’s time for the big event: the 2013 lululemon warehouse sale. If the Super Bowl has you snoozing, make your way to Long Island for the lululemon Yoga Bowl. From Friday, Feb 1 - Sunday, Feb 3, lululemon will be holding down the fort at Nassau Coliseum for its biggest (and only) sale of the year.

Russell Brand's yoga teacher is leaving Golden Bridge

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

We've got some Golden Bridge Yoga gossip for you, and it doesn't involve Russell Brand for once (well, not directly anyways). Our jaws dropped when we saw this message from the GB community this week. What a shocker?!

Dear Golden Bridge Family,

A month of Liberation Yoga for $50

General by Molly Nourmand

Liberation Yoga in Hollywood is offering $50 for a month of unlimited yoga (it's typically $130) to alignyo LA readers who are NEW to this studio. The deal expires on 2/27/13 so take advantage of it soon. Oh, and be sure to mention "alignyo13" to redeem the generous deal. 

4 yoga poses to help you deal with premenstrual syndrome

General by Jessica Bellofatto

How many women that you know (possibly yourself included?) bemoan ‘that time of the month,’ every month? If you are like most women in our society, you probably have not been taught to embrace and honor the natural cycles of the body. Our monthly cycle is looked on as more of a nuisance and something to ‘deal with’ than anything else. Instead, what if we were to not just accept but to begin to recognize the beautiful, exquisite rhythms of the female body?

Pranayama for the flu


If you came down with the flu, a few yoga tricks can get you back to good health in no time, including alternate nostril breathing. Watch this video from Yoga Matt to perfect your technique.

1. With your right hand, place your middle and index finger in between your eyebrows.

2. Place your ring finger on your left nostril and your thumb on your right nostril.

15 vegan superfoods that you should add to your diet right now

General by Ecorazzi

Superfoods to keep on hand to stay healthy, vegan or not. 

Superfoods. It’s a term that gets bandied about a lot these days, particularly in health food circles. But what exactly does it mean? What is a superfood?

The top 10 yoga studios in LA

General by Molly Nourmand

Earlier this month, we asked you if you agreed with LA's 30 Best Yoga Instructors of the Year (according to RateYourBurn.com), and now the ranking continues. Last week, LA Weekly did a roundup of the 10 Best Yoga Studios in LA, so now we're wondering, do you agree with this ranking? We're pleased that Liberation Yoga and Black Dog Yoga made the list, but we were surprised that InYoga Center didn't make the cut.

Yoga teacher Jamie Elmer in LA this week

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

Guess who's back in town? Jamie Elmer used to live and teach yoga in LA and has relocated to Colorado. Sniff. But for all you Jamie fans out there, get excited because she's teaching in Los Angeles January 24-27 at Exhale, Center for Sacred Movement in Venice. And, if you happen to ever find yourself in the CO area in the future, then stop by First Ray Yoga in Minturn to pay her a visit. 

John Friend launches Shri Daiva Yoga

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John Friend recently announced his latest endeavor: Shri Daiva Yoga, a collaboration with his longtime friend and colleague Desi Springer. A result of what Friend describes as a “sabbatical,” the system clearly echoes alignment principles of Anusara, but we wonder how this new project will fit in a yoga community still stomaching the controversy surrounding Friend and the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga?

5 reasons quinoa is the new kale

General by YogaEarth

Is quinoa the new kale? Top reasons to be excited about this grain. 

Did you know that Chick-fil-A filed a lawsuit against a small town Vermonter last year, claiming that his home-printed t-shirts reading “Eat More Kale” were a threat to the Chick-fil-A brand and its coined phrase, ‘Eat Mor Chikin’? Yes, that actually happened.

Golden Bridge Yoga to open Santa Monica location

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Westside kundalini fans, rejoice: Golden Bridge Santa Monica is slated to open March 2013. The teaching line-up will be revealed in the coming weeks. We wonder if Russell Brand's teacher Tej Kaur Khalsa will teach there? Stay tuned for more updates…

Luxury Bikram studio opens in Manhattan

What’s Hot

We’ve been hearing all about the new Bikram Yoga Herald Square and it’s super-luxe studio vibe. The full amenity services make it an enticing yoga stop for Manhattan yogis coming from the office, but we’re wondering: will we soon be seeing luxury Bikram studios in other cities? And while we’re pumped about the sleek design, full showers, and top-of-the-line staff, the most exciting feature is definitely the anti-stink floors. Now that’s luxury.

32 easy sugar substitutes for healthier baking, cooking and eating

General by Greatist.com

What are some of the best alternatives

Kadampa Meditation Center's new Chelsea headquarters


Did you resolve to start or deepen your meditation practice in 2013? The Kadampa Meditation Center has moved into a new headquarters in Chelsea. Check out new classes and opportunities to volunteer and get involved in community events at the Center. Classes in Buddhist meditation are held daily, and there are plenty of city retreats throughout the year to choose from. Kadampa is located on 127 West 24th Street, between 6th and 7th Ave. 

Yoga Freedom Project

Local Events - NYC

Take a stand against human sex trafficking and join yogis worldwide for Yoga Freedom Project’s Practice for Freedom event on January 27. This event, which takes place in New York at the Dharma Yoga Center, educates and raises money for the Somaly Mam Foundation, GEMS and Transitions Global.

Cyndi Lee's yoga and book release party

Local Events - NYC

Mavens of the New York yoga scene, Cyndi Lee and Dana Flynn, come together to host the launch party of Cyndi’s new book, May I Be Happy, at Laughing Lotus. Taking place on Friday, January 25, the event includes a book reading, signing and an Om yoga class. We love seeing bastions of the yoga community support each other.

Bent on Learning Gala

Local Events - NYC

Support Bent on Learning, which helps inner city kids find inner peace, by attending its annual Inspire! Gala on Tuesday, January 29 at Christie’s. The rescheduled event (originally scheduled for the Fall but postponed due to Sandy) is a celebration of inspirational activism, honoring the David Lynch Foundation and Eddie Stern. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Donna Karan and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference recap

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We’re almost done with day one of the Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference and we’re completely inspired by the great yoga we’ve done, amazing people we’ve met and cool products we’ve discovered. Here are some fun highlights from the day.

City Yoga new student special

General by Molly Nourmand

Are you new to City Yoga? Then you'll get two weeks of unlimited yoga classes for only $30. If you do the math, then you'll quickly realize that it's a great deal. This way you can get to experience a bunch of different classes and teachers to see whom you vibe with. 

Free healthy smoothie workshop at Athleta UWS

Local Events - NYC

January is packed with special events and classes at Athleta on the Upper West Side. Along with plenty of yoga and fitness classes, the most delicious of their events is a Healthy Smoothie Workshop hosted by Anita Mirchandani, co-founder of FitMapped. This free workshop is on January 27 and runs from 9:30-10:30am. Squeeze in a class beforehand and re-fuel with the fruits of your workshopping labor.

Live happier: 10 things to do every day

General by Elephant Journal

10 daily resolutions for living better.

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I think we should be working on self-improvement and overall life satisfaction on a regular basis, rather than on some arbitrary date.

Having said that—in re-thinking my anti-resolution stance—I recently realized that I practice mini-resolutions every single day.

Here is a list of 10 of those things.

Get in the game with lululemon at their job fair THIS weekend


Want to have a blast? Want to work for one of the world's leading brands? Now is your chance. lululemon athletica is looking for inspiring, athletic, and goal-oriented individuals to join the team at the 2013 Warehouse Sale in Long Island, NY. 

If you're available Thursday, January 31 through to February 3, please visit lulu's job fair THIS weekend at the Hotel Pennsylvania. 


Location: Hotel Pennsylvania - 401 7th Avenue, #3 - New York, NY

Time: THIS Saturday, January 19, 10am-12pm

Vegan living: 20 different ways to use nutritional yeast

General by Ecorazzi

Nutritional yeast is a favorite ingredient of vegans and vegetarians alike; here are a variety of ways to use it in your cooking. 

Fitness trend alert in LA: Yoga and spinning

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

We're not sure how we missed the opening of the studio Hustle & Flow at the end of the summer (oof). Nonetheless, a fellow fitness friend just told us about it this weekend and since we're admittingly a sucker for catchy names, we can't wait to check it out. The scoop: It's a boutique fitness studio owned by Nicole Sciacca Anderson, located on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice – only our fave street in LA.

Letting go of distractions: 8 ways to unplug

General by Beliefnet

Here are 8 ways to get off the grid of your busy life and find respite.

Unplug your cell phone

Make it a point to take a break and unplug the cell phone. How many times were you having dinner or reading a good book and the phone interrupted your quiet time. The world won’t fall apart if you disconnect for a few hours.

Don’t check your email

If you want to avoid burnout, checking your email before bed, on the weekends when not necessary will fuel burnout. Set boundaries for yourself.

No music

Free yoga at lululemon Soho led by Virayoga teachers

Local Events - NYC

lululemon Soho is offering free classes to the community every Sunday morning in their store at 481 Broadway. January’s studio of the month is Virayoga, featuring classes with Glenna Bedoya, Sara Auster, and Hannah Gruber. Classes start at 9:30 and there’s no need to bring a mat, lululemon’s got you covered.

Pregnant Jenna Dewan-Tatum goes to yoga

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

"Step Up" star and Channing Tatum's wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, apparently knows where it's at when it comes to being healthy and fit during pregnancy. You guessed it – she was spotted baby bumpin' at a yoga class in Hollywood this past weekend with a friend. We think it must have been a kundalini class – perhaps Golden Bridge Yoga since they offer excellent pre-natal yoga classes. This photo shows Jenna hiding her bump and staying warm with a red jacket.

Things to consider before doing a yoga teacher training

General by April Martucci

Teacher trainings are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, making it easy for potential trainees to choose the right for them. Yet, however saturated the yoga scene may currently be, it is still very important to do your research. 

New juice bar in the East Village: Gingersnap's Organic


Next time you’re in the East Village, stop by Gingersnap’s Organic: a raw, gluten free juice bar and café, just a few blocks from Ashtanga Yoga Shala and Yoga to the People. GO’s community-driven atmosphere is a perfect stop for a post-yoga pit stop, or a cozy place to chill and catch up with yoga buddies. Open until midnight, with ample seating and plenty of power outlets and extra chargers for smart phones and laptop, this is a lovely little oasis right off of Thompkins Square Park.

How to deal with seasonal affective disorder

General by Greatist.com

Need to know how to deal with seasonal affective disorder? Here's the rundown:

It doesn’t take a meteorologist to confirm that weather affects mood. If it’s rainy, things can get a little gloomy, and if it’s sunny, there’s often an extra kick in our steps. But what happens when weather becomes a deal breaker? If the winter doldrums bring depression year after year, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) could be to blame.

Reese Witherspoon does yoga in LA

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

36-year-old A-list actress, Reese Witherspoon, was spotted last week with her yoga mat and water bottle while allegedly heading to YogaHop in Santa Monica. Yoga may help explain her fit post-baby bod. We wonder whom she was taking class with? Could it have been SM YogaHop teachers Jennifer Moore or Matthew Reyes?

Yoga at the Golden Globes

Hot off the mat

It’s no big secret that celebrities love yoga to help them stay trim, slim and centered. As the week to look particularly great ramped up (hello, Golden Globes), many were out looking for their inner glow AND inner peace as envelopes were opened. We've got the inside scope and round-up of those who used yoga as their guide. 

And the award for yoga before the Golden Globes goes to:

Zenergy Yoga for Kids at ISHTA Yoga

Local Events - NYC

Parents who love yoga are beginning to share the practice with their children, and yoga for kids is a growing special population in the yoga world. If you’re interested in expanding your teaching skills to children, don’t miss Zenergy Yoga for Kids with Loraine Rushton at ISHTA Yoga on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Discover the privilege and opportunity of teaching yoga to children and teens. In this special workshop, you will:

InYoga Center's exclusive offer for alignyo LA readers

General by Molly Nourmand

InYoga has generously offered a $100 discount for alignyo LA subscribers on their upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Teacher Training & Yoga Immersion Program with Clio Manuelian, Trisha DeCesare, and Joe Kara from April 12 - June 30, 2013.

Free class at Pure Yoga UWS for alignyo readers


You know what’s great for beating the winter blues? Yoga. And thankfully, Pure Yoga UWS is opening its doors to alignyo readers for a free visit. All you need to do is send Pure an email here and tell 'em alignyo sent you for your free pass. 

Advanced Forrest Yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest at Pure Yoga

Teacher Training

In a teaching rut and looking for inspiration? Spend nine days with Ana Forrest at Pure Yoga for the Forrest Yoga Advanced teacher training. From January 31-February 8, 2013, experienced teachers will participate in meditation and intensive asana practice with Ana while learning how to teach intermediate and advanced poses and proper modifications for injuries.

Your favorite LA yoga teachers of 2012

General by Molly Nourmand

Remember back in high school when the senior class would vote on things like "Most Likely to Succeed" or "Most Trendy" or whatever? Well, this past week RateYourBurn.com posted the blog LA's 30 Best Yoga Instructors of the Year that has the LA community all the buzz.

10 tips for getting your dream job

General by Beliefnet

Everyone wants a job that they enjoy. Unless you're independently wealthy, everyone has to work to survive and make a living. So why not love what you do? It's never too late to follow your dreams and be happy. Being able to get your dream job can affect other aspects of your life and make you a happier person.

Here are 10 tips to get your dream job:




What is living meditation? Well, if you're lucky enough to be in New York this January, you can find out first-hand from Sarah Barab, a teacher who not only lived in Nepal and India but also practiced in monasteries and retreat centers with her teachers. 

Transform in real-time by starting each class with gentle yoga, breath awareness, and then explore the fundamentals of Shamatha meditation (calm abiding).

Join Sarah at the Swanand Yoga Center - Sundays in January 11am-12:30pm. 

Should you be eating soy?

General by Ethical Ocean

I used to swear by soy. When I gave up meat and dairy, the wondrously-versatile soy became my go-to ingredient for pretty much everything. Soy milk in smoothies, tofu in curry, grilled tempeh in sandwiches, edamame on salads, soy based ice cream (yum).

I'm quite certain that I’m not alone in my soy-loaded diet.

Recently though I’ve been noticing more and more recipes marked “soy free,” a label that got me wondering, am I overdoing it on the soy?

Free yoga classes at Athleta in LA? Yes, please.

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

Gap's women's athletic wear company, Athleta, appears to be following lululemon's free-weekly-yoga-class lead. During the month of January they're offering free yoga classes Sundays from 9am-10am in their store at The Grove, hosted by City Yoga teachers. Check out alignyo's searchable review directory to read about some City Yoga teachers.

Why your mind and body need omega 3's in the winter

General by YogaEarth

If I could counter-migrate I would, and by that I mean I would do the opposite of most birds and flock to where snow blanketed the ground all year round. I have been known to sit cross-legged in front of windows watching the snow fall on the other side of the pane for hours, and believe it or not I actually like the feel of frigid air because, to me, it’s associated with magical piles of crystalline flakes, skiing, hot cider and my favorite fleece socks.

3 ways to avoid being emotionally drained

General by April Martucci

Although vampires have recently made a comeback on the big screen, real life ‘emotional’ vampires are unfortunately lurking around quite often – they are people who rob us of our life force and energy, leaving us feeling depleted and lifeless. 

alignyo's all-in, all-access program


At alignyo, our mission has always been to connect you to yoga. But now we’re upping the ante by launching a one-month program featuring experts who can help you live your best life in 2013 and beyond. Our all in/all access series is four weeks of tele-seminars with some of the best and the brightest in life coaching, nutrition and yoga. Every Tuesday night, gather round, pour a cup of tea and get ready for change.

Your best year ever starts right here:

Does exercise make us smarter?

General by Greatist.com

These days, intelligence isn’t just a product of late-night study sessions or listening to Rosetta Stone on repeat. It turns out there’s also a convincing link between exercise and cognitive function, which could motivate people to hit the gym to bulk up the body and the brain.

Free meditation classes at Studio Anya

Local Events - NYC by Allison Richard

Studio Anya in Chelsea is offering a free meditation series every Thursday through the end of January. Classes are held in the evenings from 8:15-9pm and are led by Johnson Anand S. Chong. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot. 

Kundalini Rising LA yoga benefit

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

Kundalini Rising, on Saturday, January 12 is a yoga event not to be missed by Kundalini fans.

The Jade Apple yoga deal for alignyo readers

General by Molly Nourmand

The Jade Apple has created an exclusive offer for LA alignyo subscribers: Mention "alignyo" and get 20% off any class package now through 1/31/13. How do you like them apples? Take advantage of it now.

Class deals and steals at Sonic Yoga


Never been to Sonic Yoga? Mention alignyo at the Hell's Kitchen studio and get three yoga classes for just $25. View the class schedule here and check out all our Sonic Yoga news and class reviews here

A Masters of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Yoga geeks, rejoice – what was once a yogi legend is now a reality: A Master of Arts in Yoga Studies. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:30am-12pm, there will be an informational meeting at Loyola Marymount University, University Hall 3700, Theological Studies Village.

Coming to a studio near you: Yoga in 2013

What’s Hot by Maya Henderson

Now that you know what yoga products and tools will be big this year, it’s time to talk about what new yoga styles you might try on your mat. Below, we predict yoga class trends for 2013. 

Add these yoga styles to your 2013 to-do list:

Reflections Yoga urban silent retreat

Local Events - NYC by Allison Richard

Love the idea of a retreat, but don’t have the time or money to leave the city after splurging on your loved ones this past holiday season? Reflections Yoga offers all the benefits of a silent retreat in the middle of midtown. On January 5th and 6th from 8am-5pm, they’ll be hosting a days worth of activities from writing meditations to mindful meals and various yoga practices including silent yoga, Kundalini and Restorative. Pay $175 for both days or $100 for one day.

Quotes to push you out of your comfort zone

General by Beliefnet

Here are some inspirational quotes to get you out of the comfort zone and encourage you to stay strong.

Move forward

“Do anything you can do to keep your mind off yourself. Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.” -Joyce Meyer

Use what you have

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” -Dr. Seuss

Vanessa Hudgens spotted in a post-Christmas yoga class in LA

What’s Hot

Did you manage to keep up with your yoga practice amid the holiday debauchery? (First of all, you deserve a medal.) If you rolled out your mat the day after Christmas at a Studio City yoga spot near you, then you just might have seen 24-year-old actress Vanessa Hudgens while upside down in your downdog. Hudgens was sporting our go-to winter in LA uniform: Leggings, an oversized sweater, and comfy UGG-esque boots.