Yoga Day

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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. 

Yoga Day details

  • Schedule
    9:00am Registration Opens
    9:30am Welcome Gathering + Announcement from Dr. Christopher Chapple
    10:00am Classes and Workshops begin
    12:30pm - 2:00pm LMU Yoga Studies Information Session
    7:00pm - 9:00pm Live Music with Yuan Miao

    Check back for a complete schedule soon!

  • Musical Performance by Yuan Miao!


    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.

  • Yoga Day Instructors
    Christopher Key Chapple

    Christopher Chapple Ph.D., Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University

    Sacred Thread: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
    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!

    Larry Payne Ph.D., Internationally respected Yoga teacher, author, and a founder of Yoga therapy in America

    Yoga For 3 Stages of Life in America
    Through lecture and practice Larry Payne Ph.D. will highlight the differences between Yoga for 3 stages of life in India and America.

      Jasmine Lieb, Hatha yoga teacher and yoga therapist

    It’s Only Natural - It's Yoga! 
    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 teacher’s training.

    Maureen Shannon Chapple 

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor

    Introduction to Mindfulness 
    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.

      Felicia Tomasko RN, E-RYT-500, Yoga and Ayurveda Instructor, Editor LA Yoga Magazine 
     Lori Fazzio Lori Rubenstein Fazzio DPT., physical therapist, faculty in the MA of Yoga Studies at LMU, 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 Loyola Marymount University

    Bhavana your Asana: Subtle Body Practices for all Levels
    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.  


    Eden Goldman, D.C., C.Y.T., E-RYT500, wellness-based chiropractor, certified Yoga therapist, physical rehabilitation specialist, and owner of The Yoga Doctors Institute and Wellness Center in West Los Angeles, CA

    Yoga Doctors Therapeutic Flow Master Class
    The Yoga Doctors Method of Chikitsa Vinyasa is an organic system that synthesizes the most structurally and energetically intelligent elements of classical Yoga Therapy, Thai massage, Raja Yoga, Qi Gong, Chiropractic, Bhakti Yoga, rehabilitative medicine, sports/athletic training, and modern movement science. This intuitive and soulful master class features both traditional and avant-garde therapeutic variations to asanas and is designed to teach practitioners to adapt the practice to their individual bodies with natural artistic fluidity, breath-oriented movements, inner and outer balance, and a deep sense of grace and gratitude for the body.


    Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT, certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapist, Master's Degree in Yoga Studies, Faculty at USC

    Yoga Therapy for Stress Management
    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.


    Jin Lian Hua (aka. Carry Kim) Lineageholder of Yoga of Joy, certified Yoga Therapist (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram), Ayurvedic and Therapeutic Nutrition educator (AYPTI), breathwork facilitator, tonic herbalist and Shiatsu therapist

    Yoga of Joy: Cultivating Inner Wisdom in Turbulent Times
    (Tibetan and Primordial Yoga)

    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!

      Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe, M.A., 20-year Hatha Yoga Instructor, Yoga Spokesperson for “Weight Watchers,” “Yoga for Dummies,” “Crunch Yoga,” 

    Gopi Ona-Ali, Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Maha Anu Ati Yoga

    The Bhagavad Gita
    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.


    Paula Tapia, Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Instructor specializing in Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga™

    Yoga For Dancers
    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.


    Irina Dukhon DPT, Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor

    Upa Yoga
    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.


    Sarah Herrington, MFA, Program Administrator for LMU’s Master in Yoga Studies program, author, a veteran kids yoga teacher and the founder of OM Schooled kids yoga teacher trainings


    Kate Duyn Cariati, Yogini, teacher, and mentor

    Dancing with the Deities
    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!

  • Driving and Directions


    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 in lot A, B, C and L. You will need your license plate number to register your vehicle at the kiosk.  


    **Classes and workshops are held in circled buildings. Note the room number on the legend. 

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