Yoga Day at LMU
September 16, 2017
Loyola Marymount University
Yoga Day is LMU's annual celebration of the Yoga tradition, experience, and its many expressions—past, present, and future. The event is completely free and open to the public for brand new practitioners and experienced ones alike. Come explore asana practice, meditation sessions, the musical traditions of Yoga, participate in philosophical discussions, and more. Yoga Day draws upon Los Angeles' rich Yoga community and features world-renowned guest teachers from studios, practice centers, and spiritual communities across Southern California as well as LMU's own Yoga Studies family.
Please remember to bring your mat and meditation cushion
We kindly ask that all participants (pre-registered guests included) check-in at the registration tables before attending a class
Yoga Day details
*Please note that schedules and maps will be handed out at registration on Yoga Day
Welcome Message - Christopher Chapple
St. Rob 109
Dancing with the Deities
Yoga Asana & Pranayama from an Ayurvedic Perspective
Sacred Thread: The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali
Yoga Business Secrets
Meditation in the Yoga Traditions
Ana Maria Dorrance
Yoga for Dancers
AcroYoga: Playful Embodiment of the Yamas
Loving the Divine, Exploring Bhakti Yoga Practice
The Bhagavad Gita
Gopi Ona Ali
Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Info Session
Program Director Christopher Chapple & Program Administrator Sarah Herrington
- Food Truck available at Alumni Mall
- Jamba Juice
- LMU Lion's Den Cafeteria
- Iggy's Diner
It’s Only Natural
– It’s Yoga!
Yoga Therapy for Stress Management
Ayurvedic and Yogic
Self-Care Practices for Immune Health
Yoga for Athletes
Yoga for 3 Stages of Life in America
The YogiJake Experience: Yoga for the Office and Daily Life
special preview screening of
Awakening The Goddess: An Exploration of Kundalini
A film by Master of the Arts in Yoga Studies Alumni Kija Manhare
3:15-4:45pm | Pereira 140
Introduction to Mindfulness
Bhavana your Asana: Subtle Body Practices for all Levels
a gentle embodied experience of the elements
Preparing for Meditation through Asana
Ecstatic Therapeutic Flow
Yoga of Joy: Cultivating inner Wisdom in Turbulent Times
Jin Lian Hua
"Tune-in" to the Rhythmic Sounds of Music. Mindfully Uncover the Inspiration Within
Breathe, Let Go and Integrate
Yoga Therapy Rx
Phoenix Rising Concert
Life Science Building 120
**Doors open at 6:30pm**
Yoga Day Map
**Please note this is not a full map of the LMU campus**
Musical Performance by Yuan Miao!
PHOENIX RISING: A MANTRIC JOURNEY OF THE HEART
Doors Open | 6:30 p.m.
Concert Begins | 7:00 p.m.
Location | Life Sciences Auditorium 120
The 21st century heralds the era of the legendary Phoenix, a mythical bird which burns itself to ash in order to be rebirthed anew. To embolden our Phoenix Rising energy in these unpredictable, auspicious and transformative times, Yuan Miao offers sacred mantras to open our hearts and empty our minds. By delivering us into a state of receptivity and relaxed awareness, we realize our true origins of abundance, freedom, joy, wisdom and compassion. We recognize and celebrate our true interconnectedness, catalyzed by the vehicles of light and sound.
Through a spontaneous, heart-opening river flow of Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese mantras and primordial sounds, Yuan Miao offers us the opportunity to attune, harmonize and heal our subtle bodies and mind.
She will be accompanied by her diverse ensemble of extraordinary sound healing musicians:
- Heather Powers - Keyboard, guitar & vocals
- Jason Michael Powers - DJ & vocals
- Christo Pellani - Percussion
- Eddie Young - Bass, cello & flutes
- Nick Young - Sitar & vocals
Reverberate with love, oneness and the auspicious energy of the universe. May you discover a reservoir of peace within and return to your true, Inner Nature.
About Yuan Miao
Yuan Miao was born in Mainland China to a family with a rich Chinese and Tibetan spiritual heritage. Her grandmother raised and initiated her into the Himalayan Dakini lineage, common to both Newari Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. Miao emphasizes creation and cultivation of direct, spiritual experience and embodies the wisdom of ancient, esoteric Tantric teachings which include: Mantra, Yantra and spontaneous forms of energy transmission. She is the founder of Yoga of Joy and established The New Century Foundation to bridge the ancient teachings of the East with the modern, technological lifestyle of the West. She is the prolific author of numerous mantric CDs, DVDs and books, including her inspirational autobiography, On the Wings of Phoenix Rising and High Consciousness Painting. True to her dakini lineage, she is also a sacred artist who creates sacred and contemporary hair yantras and spontaneous Shakti paintings. Widely considered an embodiment of Guanyin energy, she presents mantric sound healing concerts and shares joyful, dakini wisdom teachings around the world. NCFinternational.org
Yoga Day Instructors
Christopher Chapple Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Key Chapple is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Chapple received his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his doctorate in the History of Religions through the Theology Department at Fordham University. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism for five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the faculty at LMU. He co-founded LMU’s program in Asian and Pacific Studies, chaired the Department of Theological Studies for five years, and served as Associate Academic Vice President for four years. In 2002, he established the Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program through LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality. He is now Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program. Dr. Chapple's research interests have focused on the religious traditions of India: Yoga, Jainism, and Buddhism.
Dr. Chapple will offer Sacred Thread: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from 10:00-11:15am in VDA 120
Larry Payne Ph.D.
Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected Yoga teacher, author, and a founder of Yoga therapy in America. Dr. Payne co-founded of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of LIfe Yoga ® programs at Loyola Marymount University, and the Corporate Yoga Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Trust. In 2000 he was the first Yoga teacher to be invited to The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, and in 1996, he performed the first documented headstand at the North Pole. He founded Samata International Yoga and Health Center in Los Angeles 1980, where he continues to teach groups and individuals. Dr. Payne is co-author of the international best seller Yoga for Dummies, Basic Yoga,Yoga Rx, and The Business of Teaching Yoga. He is featured in the Prime of Life Yoga and Yoga Therapy Rx DVD series. Most recently he is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine, from Turner Publishing.
Join Dr. Payne at his course 'Yoga For 3 Stages of Life in America' from 1:45-3:00pm in BUR 238
Jasmine Lieb, Hatha yoga teacher and yoga therapist
Jasmine Lieb is a Hatha yoga teacher and yoga therapist who integrates therapeutics into her regular ongoing group yoga classes by addressing the needs of all her students at all levels of practice. Jasmine has practiced and studied extensively, drawing and teaching from all her yoga studies, evolving from the original teachings of Krishnamacharya through TKV Desikachar, BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Srivata Ramaswami, A.G. Mohan, the “first lady of yoga” Indra Devi, and Richard Miller who gave "her the wings to fly as a Yoga Therapist", together with all of her life's experiences. She is recommended by doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists throughout the U.S. for both individual yoga therapy and hatha-yoga classes at all levels.
Jasmine will be instructing It’s Only Natural - It's Yoga! from 1:45-3:00pm in St. Rob 109
Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor
Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., has worked with children, families, and adults in a variety of contexts. A long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation, Maureen completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2008. She is a teacher at InsightLA, located in Santa Monica, which has programs in various LA locations. Maureen leads InsightLA's Tuesday night Sitting Group at LMU at the Marymount Center and the Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA. She teaches classes in the Mindful USC program at USC and in the Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change Certificate at LMU, and in other community settings.
Join Maureen for 'Introduction to Mindfulness' from 3:30-4:45 in St. Rob 109
Felicia Tomasko RN, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500
Felicia Tomasko RN, E-RYT-500 has been teaching Yoga and Ayurveda for more than 20 years. Her focus on restorative and therapeutic practices is informed by humor as well as an East-West approach to wellness. She co-teaches the Ayurveda and Self-Care program at LMU and is on the faculty of the Yoga Therapy RX Program. In addition, Felicia is the Editor in Chief of LA YOGA Magazine and she teaches for the online subscription site YogaGlo.
Felicia will offer 'Ayurvedic and Yogic Self-Care Practices for Immune Health' from 1:45-3:00pm in VDA 120
Lori Rubenstein Fazzio DPT., C-IAYT
Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, physical therapist, is on faculty in the MA of Yoga Studies at LMU, is the clinical director of the Level IV Yoga Therapy Rx certificate program and associate director of Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200 hour yoga teacher training program at LMU. Interested in combining the ancient science of Yoga with the science of modern medicine Lori is particularly interested in weaving the subtle practices of bhavana (visualization), meditation and Yoga Nidra into pranayama and asana practice.
Join Dr. Rubenstein Fazzio to 'Bhavana your Asana: Subtle Body Practices for all Levels' at 3:30-4:45pm in VDA 190
Abbie Britton, MA Candidate, experienced yin and vinyasa instructor, founder and master instructor of 11th Step Yoga for Addiction Recovery
Yin is simple: Take the correct posture, practice breathing, melt into time. For 30 years Abbie Britton has been collaborating with students, clients and teachers to unlock the physical doors (bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments) that keep us from our sparkling individuality--the real gift to the world. Matter over mind, a feminine point of view. Her greatest teachers have been excruciating pain and shameless mistakes. Also Sally Kempton, Tara Judelle and Douglas Brooks--teachers of the Goddess Traditions in all her wild, unafraid and loving forms.
Abbie will offer a wonderful Yin Yoga class from 10:00-11:15am outside at Lawton Plaza
Terra Gold, C-IAYT, RYT, L.Ac
Terra Gold is a certified yoga therapist, licensed acupuncturist, and clinically trained nutritionist, with an allied professional degree in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). She has been leading classes for over two decades, and she is the co-creator and director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount University. She is also the co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine.
Join Terra for 'Ecstatic Therapeutic Flow' from 5:15-6:30pm in St. Rob 109
Kija Manhare, MA
Kija Manhare earned a BA in film production and an MA in Yoga Studies. She currently serves as a lay monk at a local lay monastery in Long Beach, CA. It was her experience of Kundalini awakening at the monastery that inspired her thesis film Awakening The Goddess: An exploration of Kundalini.
Join Kija for a preview screening of her documentary "Awakening the Goddess" from 3:15-4:45pm in Pereira 140
Laura Burkhart, E-RYT 500
Laura Burkhart is a 500 E- RYT San Francisco based teacher who leads workshops, retreats and presents at festivals around the world and is a featured online teacher on My Yoga Works, Grokker and Yoga Vibes. Laura's creatively sequenced classes are challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. She is conscientious about catering to different levels and ability, ensuring that all her students feel welcome and comfortable. She is known for her warmth, fluidity, smart sequencing and being attentive to the needs of her students. Laura is a two-time cover model, writer and video model for Yoga Journal Magazine, She has been featured in Mantra and Origin Magazine, and has contributed to online articles for SELF Magazine, Greatist, Refinery 29. She has presented at the Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust 108, The Bali Spirit Festival, Yoga Festival Milan, Yoga for Hope, Yoga Rocks the Park, and is co-creator of “Yoga Business Secrets” workshops and online course that helps yoga teachers build successful public teaching and online yoga careers.
Laura will offer 'Yoga Business Secrets' from 10:00-11:15 in Pereira 140
Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT
Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT, is a certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapist and received a Master's Degree in Yoga Studies in 2016. He was trained in Traditional Yoga in Brazil following the lineage of Kaivalyadhama Institute in India and also certified in Thai Massage at the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His previous experience includes a clinical internship at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles at the chronic pain department and in the Integrative Medicine Group at Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil at the oncology department. He is currently USC faculty teaching Yoga and Stress management.
Join Andre for 'Yoga Therapy for Stress Management' from 1:45-3:00pm in BUR 239
Jin Lian Hua (aka. Carry Kim) C-IAYT, AYPTI
Jin Lian Hua (aka. Carry Kim) has long been immersed in the holistic healing arts as a lineageholder of Yoga of Joy, and as a certified Yoga Therapist (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram), Ayurvedic and Therapeutic Nutrition educator (AYPTI), breathwork facilitator, tonic herbalist and Shiatsu therapist. Most importantly, in the footsteps of her root teacher, she aims to be a simple “transmitter of joy” and to help students return to their “true nature.” She is dedicated to helping others fulfill their Divine potential for the benefit of all beings. Ya la suo!
Jin Lian Hua will offer 'Yoga of Joy: Cultivating Inner Wisdom in Turbulent Times (Tibetan and Primordial Yoga)' from 5:15-6:30pm in BUR 239
Kathy Bingham, MA, E-RYT 500,Kathy Bingham M.A., E-RYT 500 is a Professor of Health Education and yoga teacher. Kathy’s greatest passion is sharing knowledge and skills that help people to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Her main focus is on prevention of disease through lifestyle practices. Kathy believes that health is our greatest resource, and recognizing that health is not purely physical, her teachings focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as well as the physical. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and licensed Food for Life instructor, teaching whole foods, plant based nutrition and cooking for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is a certified Holistic Stress Management instructor. Kathy currently teaches Hatha Yoga, Stress Management and Health Education at Antelope Valley College where she also developed, directs, and teaches a certificate program in Yoga Teacher Training.Kathy will be teaching 'Breathe, Let Go and Integrate' from 5:15-6:30pm in BUR 238
Gopi Ona-Ali, Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Maha Anu Ati Yoga
Gopi Ona-Ali is a Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Maha Anu Ati Yoga, a path of Kundalini awakening and unfoldment. The lay-monastery, where she teaches is completely offline, and for many is a much needed sanctuary to unplug, where professional working people can find sangha and increase the sustainability of their spiritual practice. Gopi Ona-Ali has been witness to the rare dual succession of her guru; she works beside the Monastery’s two Abbesses who carry the lineage of Maha Anu Ati Yoga. Their practice is contemplative meditation, Yoga and selfless service, running a giving program that feeds over 300 people a week. They have taught her the value of women’s voices in Yoga, inspiring her life of teaching Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad-Gita and leading pujas. Her writings are on topics such as Surya Namaskara and A Yogic Understanding of the Teachings of Jesus. She is fortunate to be a student of Srivatsa Ramaswami, with whom she studies Yoga Philosophy and was recently awarded an Advanced Certificate in Vinyasa Krama.
Join Gopi Ona-Ali for 'The Bhagavad Gita' from 11:45-1:00pm in Pereira 140
Paula Tapia, C-IAYT, RYT
From Patagonia-Chile, Paula is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Instructor specializing in Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga™. A lifelong dancer, athlete and a former Chilean national medalist, Paula is an international movement educator who has been teaching for over 20 years including Dance, Fitness, Aqua Therapy and Yoga in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. She completed Yoga Therapy Rx Level IV at LMU. Paula is the Associate Director of “Yoga and The Healing Sciences Teacher Training” (Spring) at LMU. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a member of the Yoga Alliance (YA). She teaches in English and Spanish.
Paula will be teaching 'Yoga For Dancers' 11:45-1:00pm in BUR 239
Irina Dukhon DPT, Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor
Irina Dukhon is a physical therapist with nearly a decade of dedicated yoga practice. She was trained in Classical Hatha Yoga at the Isha Yoga Center in India, completing a residential 6-month program and is certified at over 1,750 hours. Isha Foundation is a international non-profit organization founded by Sadhguru established for raising human consciousness and offers powerful yoga tools for one's ultimate well-being.
Join Irina Dukhon for 'Upa Yoga' from 10:00-11:15am in BUR 238
Ana Maria Dorrance, MA
Ana Maria has provided instruction in meditation at the Claremont Colleges since 2009. She has also taught in temple, hospital, studio, private and student residential settings. She is currently completing her thesis for her Master’s Degree in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is certified as a Mindfulness Facilitator by the UCLA Semel Institute and is also certified to teach the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program, developed at Google, which combines Mindfulness practices with Emotional Intelligence training. She is also authorized by UMASS to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Ana Maria has meditated for over 20 years and was trained to teach Meditation in the Yoga/ Vedanta tradition in 2008, while spending six months in India. She was exposed to Mindfulness in various retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village and other locations.
Ana Maria Dorrance will offer 'Meditation in the Yoga Traditions' from 11:45-1:00pm in VDA 190
Kate Duyn Cariati, Yogini, teacher, and mentor
Yogini, teacher, and mentor, Kate Duyn Cariati has dedicated over 15 years to her practice and profession. A Senior Teacher at Laughing Lotus (NYC and SF) and founder of Light On Lotus Yoga in Mar Vista. Since relocating to LA in 2009, she has has led 200 Hour Teacher Trainings for Pure Yoga at Equinox, Goda Yoga, Yogis Anonymous with Ally Hamilton, and now at her own studio, Light On Lotus. In 2013 Kate began bringing the celebrated Laughing Lotus Advanced 50 Hour Teacher Trainings from New York City to Los Angeles, a source of continuing education for local yoga teachers.
Kate has been streaming her practices online since 2010 on yogisanonymous.com, and is now featured on yogaanytime.comas well. She has guided countless yogis globally through layered and uniquely crafted practices. Her classes are known for their creative but intelligent sequencing and she has a knack for guiding students to new depths while maintaining a sense of humor.
Join Kate Duyn Cariati for 'Dancing with the Deities' from 10:00-11:15am in St. Rob 109
Johanna Bennet, MA, RYT
Johanna Bennett is a graduate of the MA in Yoga Studies program at LMU, a yoga teacher at Santa Monica College, a photographer and Hindu religion enthusiast and practitioner having completed her BA at CSUN in Religious Studies with a minor in Asian Studies. A personal practitioner of yoga, Ayurveda and devotional practices emanating from the traditions of India and Nepal, Johanna brings together the seemingly opposing disciplines of heart centered awareness and god consciousness with the rigor of university scholarship. Her thesis in the MA Yoga Studies program looked into the expression of bhakti through classical Indian artistic sentiment. Johanna regularly travels to India documenting and engaging in the power of worship.
Johanna Bennet will be teaching 'Loving the Divine, Exploring Bhakti Yoga Practice' from 11:45-1:00pm in BUR 238
Rob Zabel, MA, E-RYT
Rob Zabel has been teaching yoga in Los Angeles since 2011 and recently received his MA in Yoga Studies from LMU. For Rob, the physical practice of yoga is a potent means to access deeper and subtler aspects of reality. In every class Rob aims to take the student beyond our everyday material experience and bring them in touch with the most profound layers of the Self through the control of body, breath, and mind.
Join Rob Zabel for 'Preparing for Meditation through Āsana' from 3:30-4:45pm in BUR 238
Jenn Guinter, MA, RYT, LMT, AcroYoga Instructor
Jenn Guinter graduated from Loyola Marymount University's M.A. in Yoga Studies program in 2016, with her thesis exploring the strong parallels between the state of psychological flow and Classical Yoga. She completed yoga teacher training and massage therapy training in 2012, and shortly afterward fell in love with AcroYoga and its community-focused fun. Jenn enjoys weaving elements of positive psychology into her yoga and AcroYoga classes. She is now teaching yoga and meditation at drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers and at LA Air Force Base, and she also teaches AcroYoga.
Jenn Guinter will be offering 'AcroYoga: Playful Embodiment of the Yamas' from 11:45-1:00pm at Lawton Plaza
Danielle Tatik, MA, E-RYT 500, Co-creator of Tantris Yoga Method
Danielle (MA, ERYT) has over a decade of experience in the yoga industry as a practitioner, teacher, and scholar. She holds a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University ('17) and BA in Political Science from University of Hawaii. She is Yoga Alliance registered (ERYT 500) with over 1000 hours of training in various styles of yoga plus an 800 hour Jivamukti certification. Danielle works as the education coordinator at Tantris Center for Yogic Science in West Hollywood. Her personal mission is to inspire and uplift others through yoga to make their wildest dreams and deepest desires a reality.
Danielle will be offering 'Tantris Yoga' from 11:45-1:00pm in St. Rob 109
Jake Jacobs, JD, MA
Yogi Jake is a 40 year practitioner of yoga, a former attorney and a survivor of a catastrophic auto-pedestrian accident. This led him to leave law to focus on recovery and then become a high school basketball referee. Recognizing that yoga is more than asana, he went back to school earning a Masters in Comparative Theology (LMU) and is a member of the inaugural cohort that established the Masters of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Throughout, Jake stayed with his Unique Yoga Practice that melds yoga into daily life.
Join Jake Jacobs for 'The YogiJake Experience: Yoga for the Office and Daily Life' from 1:45-3:00pm in Pereira 140
Kari Ross-Berry, MA, RYT
Kari teaches yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, and guided meditation to help students understand their unique mind-body complex in order to overcome obstacles. Compassionately helping others to expand their mental and physical well being including stress reduction and mind-body acuity. Designing and delivering courses, classes, and workshops from an Ayurvedic point of view, and actively striving to meet students where they are at, whether in a group or private setting. In this manner, enabling others to think and act creatively from an authentic sense of self through the practice of Yoga. Kari holds an MA in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University.
Kari Ross-Berry will teach 'Yoga Asana & Pranayama from an Ayurvedic Perspective' from 10:00-11:15am at St. Rob 109
Denise Kaufman, E-RYT, 30+ years experience as a Yoga Instructor
Denise has been exploring yoga, movement, energy flow and community connectedness for over 50 years and has practiced and taught in various yoga traditions since the 1980’s. She loves sharing the power of a deep Yin practice!
Join Denise Kaufman for 'Yin Yoga' from 3:30-4:45pm in BUR 239
Meagan Rinn, RYT-200, MA Candidate
Meagan holds a bachelor's degree in dance from CSU Long Beach, and graduated Cum Laude.
During a rewarding, but stressful career in television, Meagan found yoga as a way to manage her physical and mental health. She became a Hatha certified 200hr RYT through Liberation Yoga in Los Angeles. She specializes in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga, yoga and mindfulness for kids, as well as yoga for athletes and dancers.
Currently a graduate student of Yoga Studies at LMU, she will graduate in May of 2018. She teaches DANC 174, an Intro to Yoga class for undergraduates, under the advisory of Dr. Lori Rubenstein-Fazzio. She resides in her hometown of Lancaster, CA.
Meagan will be teaching 'Yoga for Athletes' from 1:45-3:00pm at Lawton Plaza
Traca Gress, MA, RYT
Traca moved to LA from Maine to pursue a Master's degree in Yoga Studies and completed that in May 2016. During that time she developed the Mindful nature curriculum as a way of sharing embodied practices of yoga and Buddhism that draw from our connections to the natural world (specifically working with the elements). She is currently directing the Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change program at LMU, teaching at Insight LA, teaching private classes and leading retreats around the world.
Traca will be teaching 'Mindful Nature: a gentle embodied experience of the elements' from 3:30-4:45 at Lawton Plaza
Yancy Scot Schwartz took his first yoga class in the Dominican Republic while on a skate tour. He initially loved yoga because it improved his skating. In 2008, at the encouragement of the founder, Yancy completed the Yoga to the People 200 hour Teacher Training in New York. He proceeded to help open and build Yoga to the People in San Francisco in 2009. In 2011 he moved back to New York where he began practicing with Sri Dharma Mittra. He completed Dharma Mittra's 500 hour Life of a Yogi Teacher training in 2013. Later in 2013 he completed the 50 hour Rocket Certification at Asta Yoga in San Francisco.
Yancy currently resides and teaches in Los Angeles, California. He believes that through the yoga practices and techniques we can free ourselves from the constraints of the body and the mind.
Yancy will be offering 'Dharma Yoga' from 5:15-6:45 at Lawton Plaza
Dava will be teaching 'Yoga Muse-Ica : "Tune-in" to the Rhythmic Sounds of Music. Mindfully Uncover the Inspiration Within.' from 5:15-6:45pm in VDA 190
Awakening The Goddess: An Exploration of Kundalini
3:15-5:00 pm | Pereira 140
A documentary feature film by Masters of the Arts in Yoga Studies Alumni Kija Manhare that explores the mysteries of Kundalini and Kundalini awakening. Leading experts, practitioners and scholars in the field explore the many aspects of this often misunderstood subject. The study of Kundalini is an ancient science, but it holds many keys for us in our world today.
Sacred Thread: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Taught by Christopher Chapple Ph.D. | 10:00-11:15am | VDA 120
Join translator Chris Chapple in a reading of his book Sacred Thread: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which captures the dynamism of yoga practice in daily experience by pairing the Sutras with photographs of street life in India. B.K.S. Iyengar, upon reviewing the book, wrote "...this visionary approach to the Yoga Sutras inculcates in the viewers not only the skills and values of yoga but also the knowledge and wisdom of yoga." Books will be available for purchase!
Yoga For 3 Stages of Life in America Taught by Larry Payne Ph.D. | 1:45-3:00pm | BUR 238
Through lecture and practice Larry Payne Ph.D. will highlight the differences between Yoga for 3 stages of life in India and America.
It's Only Natural - It's Yoga! Taught by Jasmine Lieb | 1:45-3:00pm| St. Rob 109
I will share a fun viniasana series to inspire and encourage your appreciation of the inter-dependency and inter-relationship of all living creatures and things. This practice reflects an understanding of yoga that I value, enjoy and share in all of my classes. Sensitivity to the delicate balance of the universe evolved from being immersed in nature as a child. The morphing of asana was originally inspired by my teacher, Indra Devi, it dates back to lessons during my very first yoga teachers training.
Introduction to MindfulnessTaught by Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S. | 3:30-4:45pm | St. Rob 109
After hearing the word so often in the media, perhaps you have been wondering, "Just what is mindfulness?" This workshop will serve as an introduction to mindfulness practice, which has it roots in Buddhism but has gained a wider audience with the explosion of research about its benefits: it has proven to be effective as a tool to manage stress, fear, anxiety and depression. It is a simple but profound way to be present with our own experience in a loving, real and authentic way. Our session will include some short, guided practices. Beginners are welcome, as well as anyone who would like to refresh his/her personal practice.
Ayurvedic and Yogic Self-Care Practices for Immune Health Taught by Felicia Tomasko RN, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500 | 1:45-3:00pm VDA 120
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, our immune system represents the intelligence of the body. Taking care of this system is a daily practice. We can utilize simple yoga sequences combined with Ayurvedic wisdom to strengthen the intelligence of the body. Come prepared to practice.
Bhavana your Asana: Subtle Body Practices for all Levels Taught by Lori Rubenstein Fazzio DPT., C-IAYT | 3:30-4:45pm | VDA 190
Integrating the modern science of Neuroplasticity with the ancient science of Yoga, this workshop will take you on a journey deep into the subtle bodies of our existence. According to the Panchamaya model in the Taittiriya Upanishad, we have five bodies; Annamaya (physical), Pranamaya (energetic), Manomaya (emotional), Vijnanamaya (intellect/wisdom) and Anandamaya (spiritual). In this practice we will explore these five sheaths through guided meditation and visualization (Bhavana) and experience the profound effects it may have on breath and movement.
This class is for all levels and particularly beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain as well as those seeking to improve their performance in sport or the performing arts. Please bring a yoga mat and any props you may need for comfort during the meditation portion of the class.
Yin Yoga Taught by Abbie Britton, MA Candidate | 10:00-11:15pm | Lawton Plaza
Yin prepares the body for meditation and creates spaciousness in joints, connective tissues and even cartilage. Long-held postures done on the floor, interwoven with stories from the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Appropriate and delicious for every level practitioner. Meditation included.
Ecstatic Therapeutic Flow Taught by Terra Gold, C-IAYT, RYT, L.Ac | 5:15-6:30pm | St. Rob 109
Terra’s classes fuse the esoteric with the scientific and the yin with the yang, balancing stability and strength with ease. They incorporate a variety of movements to open up the energy channels in the body, and we use primal sounding to release the voice. These classes encourage students to maintain a conscious heart, present mind, and embodied experience of spirit, helping students to cultivate a sense of harmony in their bodies and their lives.
Yoga Business Secrets Taught by Laura Burkhart, E-RYT 500 | 10:00-11:15am | Pereira 140
This workshop is a part of an online co-taught "Yoga Business Secrets" course the helps teacher build successful and sustainable in person and online yoga careers. In this workshop we will mostly focus on developing a vision, knowing your target audience, creating solid resumes and bios, getting and building classes, hosting workshops and retreats, festivals, marketing and branding, creating community, email lists and more. This workshops will be tailored a bit to those who join me that morning. Please come with what you want to know and your questions!!!
Yoga Therapy for Stress Management Taught by Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT | 1:45-3:00pm | BUR 239
This class will have a balance of theory and practice, specially designed to offer practical tools to manage stress. Based on hundreds of clinical consultations and over 16 years of experience in the field of Yoga, Andre will provide a new approach on stress through a Yoga therapy perspective.
Yoga of Joy: Cultivating Inner Wisdom in Turbulent Times (Tibetan and Primordial Yoga) Taught by Jin Lian Hua (aka. Carry Kim) | 5:15-6:30pm | St. Rob 109
Experience primordial mantras, Vajra Wind breathwork techniques and the Yoga of Joy. These ancient-future practices of Tibetan and Primordial Yoga from the Himalayan lineage of Dakini Yuan Miao harmonize the subtle forces of Heavenly Water and Dragon Wind, allowing emptiness wisdom to naturally arise. In this state of receptivity and relaxation, we return to our original state of indestructibility and pure joy -- we experience and fortify our true, Vajra Nature. Stabilizing our mental and emotional "winds" is imperative during this current Wind Cycle of humanity and ensures we can rise to the occasion of our human challenges during this auspicious, transformational time. Vajra Wind and Yoga of Joy combine mantras, mudras, visualization, intention, breathwork and postures to help release stress harbored in our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Use these yogic vehicles to remember and return to your original "Divine home" of inner peace, abundance, wisdom and compassion. Ya la suo!
Breathe, Let Go and Integrate Taught by Kathy Bingham, MA, E-RYT 500 | 5:15-6:30pm | BUR 238
Come and support the integration of today’s activities in this gentle, healing practice of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. We will briefly explore in theory the effects and benefits of pranayama (breathing exercises) upon our physical, mental and spiritual bodies. We will practice several of these techniques before moving into our Yoga Nidra— the practice of conscious Deep Sleep, employing the classic 61 point Meditation/Relaxation. This deep relaxation exercise known for thousands of years by the sages and yogis—is referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad.
The Bhagavad Gita Taught by Gopi Ona-Ali | 11:45-1:00pm | Pereira 140
Join Gopi Ona-Ali in the study of Krishna’s sacred song of Yoga. We will read from the text, discuss and chant some of the Sanskrit verses in this workshop. “Each morning, I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial,” Thoreau once said. Gandhi called the Gita his mother; let us join these wise travelers upon the path in learning from the Blessed Lord’s Song. Gopi Ona-Ali teaches Bhagavad-Gita weekly at an offline lay-monastery in Long Beach.
Yoga For Dancers Taught by Paula Tapia, C-IAYT, RYT | 11:45-1:00 pm | BUR 239
Yoga is a sacred form of Dance. Whether you are professional or amateur, a ballet or a hip-hop dancer, Yoga can enhance your Dance experience. The wisdom of Yoga combined with the conscious movement of the body allows us to develop awareness and understanding of our mind and emotions. This class is a blend of asana flow, spontaneous movement, stillness, breathing and meditation designed to maximize your flexibility and strength, prevent and/or rehabilitate injuries, help you decompress and bring more joy to your heart. If you are a dancer, this class is for you.
Upa Yoga Taught by Irina Dukhon DPT, Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor | 10:00-11:15am | BUR 238
Learn simple, yet very effective practices for health, success, and joy. These practices will bring a sense of stability and balance within yourself, relieve chronic ailments, enhance focus and memory, and impart a lasting sense of joy and peace. Once learned, you will be able to practice at home on your own! Open to anyone over 7 years old.
Meditation in the Yoga Traditions Taught by Ana Maria Dorrance, MA, Meditation Instructor | 11:45-1:00pm | VDA 190
This session will provide a brief overview of Meditation through the Yoga Traditions starting with the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavad Gītā, moving into the Yoga Sūtra, ending with Haṭhayoga and contemporary practice. This class will also explore the history of Mindfulness and its impact on modern day practice. The session will be both informative and experiential allowing time for pranayama and meditation. Please bring a mat or cushion.
Dancing with the Deities Taught by Kate Duyn Cariati, Yogini, RYT | 10:00-11:15am St. Rob 109
A soulful and sweaty Lotus Flow practice illuminating the colorful energies of various Hindu deities. Mythology, mantra, mudra, meditation, and a rich mandala of dynamic asanas are woven together to help us connect to our divine true natures. Dare to shape-shift and dance with the Deities!
Props: blanket and block if possible!
Loving the Divine, Exploring Bhakti Yoga Practice Taught by Johanna Bennet, MA, RYT | 11:45-1:00pm | BUR 238
This class will explore the Bhakti Yoga Marga/path towards Moksa (participation, devotion and love for the divine or any endeavor) through devotional practices such as Bhakti Sadhana. We will explore and introduce Darsan, devotional icons, mantra japa, pranayama, meditation, and creating a sacred space at home.
Preparing for Meditation through Āsana Taught by Rob Zabel, MA, E-RYT | 3:30-4:45pm | BUR 238
The Western lifestyle can leave our body and mind tense, so when we attempt to sit still in meditation our thoughts are often distracted by physical pain. With the problems of the Western yogi in mind, this class begins with a brief body-awareness exercise, followed by a gentle flow of poses designed to limber the hips, lower back, and shoulders for meditation, and finishes with an extended seated meditation where we will attempt to take our awareness beyond our physical body.
AcroYoga: Playful Embodiment of the Yamas Taught by Jenn Guinter, MA, RYT, LMT, AcroYoga Instructor | 11:45-1:00pm | Lawton Plaza
AcroYoga is a blend of acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage. This AcroYoga class will be a playful, embodied exploration of the Yamas. The Yamas are five ethical guidelines from Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras for training your actions, speech, and thoughts in relation to the external world, particularly with other people. No experience with AcroYoga is required--only a willingness to take your yoga off the mat, and even into the air as we lift each other up, both literally and figuratively.
Tantris Yoga Taught by Danielle Tatik, MA, E-RYT 500, Co-creator of Tantris Yoga Method | 11:45-1:00pm | St. Rob 109
Tantris Flow all levels signature vinyasa inspired sequence. Suitable for any yoga practitioner looking for an uplifting, enlightening, dynamic flow experience. Take a yoga flow journey with emphasis on precise alignment, fluid transitions and rhythmic movement weaving together the three pillars of Tantris Yoga: daily practice, devotional study, and karmic duty. Get ready for a signature Tantris playlist to uplift your practice featuring kirtan and hip hop music. Tantris Yoga is the result of long time yoga student and hip hop guru Russell Simmons vision along with the assistance of LMU’s MA in Yoga Studies Program Danielle Tatik, and former owner of Modo Yoga NYC, Britton Darby.
The YogiJake Experience: Yoga for the Office and Daily Life Taught by Jake Jacobs, JD, MA | 1:45-3:00pm | Pereira 140
Beginning the process of integrating yoga into daily life, this class will focus on breath work, use of the Bhandas (locks), simple poses and yogic philosophy/ethics to reduce stress in the home and work environment and maintain one's core/posture & composure.
Yoga Asana & Pranayama from an Ayurvedic Perspective Taught by Kari Ross-Berry, MA, RYT | 10:00-11:15pm | BUR 239
Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, is an ancient healing system that deals with imbalances in the mind-body complex called doshas. In this class we will explore and experience a class designed to balance the mental and physical bodies according to the season and the time of day. We will also begin to explore what is appropriate in our personal practices to balance and enhance our overall health towards revealing our true nature.
Yin Yoga Taught by Denise Kaufman, E-RYT, 30+ years experience as a Yoga Instructor | 3:30-4:45pm | St. Robs 109
Yin Yoga is a slow, deep, unwinding practice. Working with our allies of gravity, leverage and time, Yin work tractions open the hips and spine. Gently surrendering through thresholds of release, we increase range of motion, open deep prana flow and dissolve into grateful contentment. Please bring props (pillows, towels, blankets, blocks) if you have them.
Yoga for Athletes Taught by Meagan Rinn, RYT-200, MA Candidate | 1:45-3:00pm | Lawton Plaza
Meagan's classes are inspired by her passion for meditation and breath work and enhanced by her deep knowledge of movement. In her Yoga for athletes’ class, she balances the three techniques with a physical practice catered to help athletes boost strength, flexibility, joint mobility and find mental clarity through mindfulness. Her classes are open to athletes of all kinds, at any level, age, and experience, with any injury or disability, as she strongly believes that yoga is available to anyone willing to receive its miraculous life changing benefits. Come flow with her outside, under the warm Los Angeles sun! Bring your mat, water, a towel and plenty of sunscreen. Cooling, refreshing lavender towels will be offered after class.
Yoga Muse-Ica : "Tune-in" to the Rhythmic Sounds of Music. Mindfully Uncover the Inspiration Within. Taught by Dava Schwartz | 5:15-6:45pm | VDA 190
Yoga Muse-ica is a Yoga Experience that uses the sense door of "listening" as it's anchor to cultivate and strengthen our meditative practice. Concert-level Pianist Daniel Pappas inspires on the keys with sounds ranging from Classical Bach all the way to modern covers while Dava guides the asana(posture) and meditative aspects of the class. No prior yoga experience is needed. Comfortable clothes for movement and meditation are suggested.
Mindful Nature; a gentle embodied experience of the elements Taught by Traca Gress | 3:30-4:45 | Lawton Plaza
In this class we will use gentle movement, meditation, discussion and time for quiet reflection to deepen our connection with the elements (earth, water, fire, air and space), expanding our collection of tools available to help us maintain a balanced state of being in a constantly changing world. Drawing from Yogic and Buddhist texts that promote liberation through embodiment, through our connection with nature and each other, we will expand our ability to feel and live our lives as part of all that is.
Dharma Yoga Taught by Yancy Schwartz | 5:15-6:45 | Lawton Plaza
Dharma Yoga is a Hatha Raja Yoga practice. In Hatha (SunMoon) you hold the poses a little longer and the Raja (Royal) refers to studying the 8limbs of yoga aka the Royal Path of yoga. This practice includes chanting, pranayama, meditation as well as Asana (Postures). Dharma Yoga is from the linage of Sri Dharma Mittra who a living yoga master. Yancy studied with Dharma and taught at his studio in New York. A hallmark of Dharma Yoga is the variety of postures that are explored. In this workshop Yancy will introduce and help you learn a few of Dharma's 908 postures.
Directions and Parking
The Loyola Marymount University main campus is located on Westchester at 1 LMU Drive, approximately four miles north of the Los Angeles International Airport.
**The only way into campus is on Lincoln Blvd., even if Google Maps directs you to the entrance on 80th St. and Loyola Blvd**
From the Los Angeles International Airport:
Travel north on Sepulveda Blvd. Remain in either of the left two lanes and merge onto Lincoln Blvd. Follow Lincoln Blvd north past Manchester Blvd. Turn right onto LMU Drive.
From the South:
Travel on 405 North, exit on La Tijera, make a left onto La Tijera. Take La Tijera until Manchester Boulevard and make a right (traveling west). Stay on Manchester until you reach Lincoln Boulevard and make a right. On Lincoln Boulevard, proceed for approximately 3/4 of a mile until you arrive at our main entrance on the corner of Lincoln and LMU Drive.
From the North:
Travel on 405 South, exit on Jefferson Blvd., and turn right. Head west and make a left onto Lincoln Blvd. Head south and turn left into the campus on LMU Drive.
From the East (using the 105 Freeway):
Travel on 105 West, exit on Sepulveda Blvd., and go north. Remain in either of the left two lanes and merge onto Lincoln Blvd. Follow Lincoln Blvd north past Manchester Blvd. Turn right onto LMU Drive.
From the East (using the 10 Freeway):
Travel on 10 West to 405 South, exit on Jefferson Blvd., and turn right. Head west and make a left onto Lincoln Blvd. Head south and turn left into the campus on LMU Drive.
Parking is free on the weekends. Please park in lot A located on the upper campus near the registration table at Alumni Mall.