Yoga Day at Loyola Marymount University

The Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program presents the third annual Yoga Day at Loyola Marymount University.

This year's celebration will be held in conjunction with Raga Spirit 2014.* 

All festivities are FREE and open to the public, including: yoga, meditation, lectures, and music! Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an Information Session for the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program, where they can meet with faculty and students currently enrolled in the program. Feel free to contact Tracy Sachs ( for more information. * Please purchase Raga Spirit tickets separately at: Raga Spirit 201 (use promo code "LMU5" for special ticket prices!)

Registration will take place in Burns Fine Arts Center courtyard.

Kindly Note:

  • Food Trucks Bollywood Bites and Green Truck will be available for purchasing food throughout the event.
  • Please bring your own mat if you intend to take Yoga classes.
  • Please arrive a minimum of 15-30 minutes prior to your class.
  • Please consider bringing a water bottle.
  • A map of Loyola Marymount University may be accessed here: LMU Campus Map




  • Information Session: MA in Yoga Studies
  • Dave Schatz – Yoga for Athletes
  • Angela Saucedo – AUM: An Exploration of Sacred Sound
  • Sara Ivanhoe – Dristi


  • Pandit Vijay Kichlu - Nada Yoga as it relates to Indian Classical Music
  • Kira Ryder – Quiet Inspiration
  • Atousa Mahdavi – Nada Yoga & Mantra Yoga
  • Pawan Johar – Yoga for Joints and Glands

12:45 – 2pm

  • Lunch: Food Trucks 


  • Erika Burkhalter – Saraswati Vinyasa: Flowing Like the River
  • Jake Jacobs – Incorporating Yoga into Daily Life
  • Danielle Fowler – Yoga Nidrā: Rest in the Essence of Your Divine Nature


  • Mary Lou Newmark and Ensemble - Breathing Room
  • Maureen Chapple – Mindfulness Meditation
  • Govind Das – Bhakti Yoga: The Art of the Heart
  • Sarah Mata – Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation


  • Ryan Brewer – Kirtan  
  • John Casey – Lecture on The Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • Denise Kaufman – Yin Yoga



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Class Descriptions


Information Session
Seaver 100, Loyola Marymount University. Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and students currently enrolled in the program. Frequently asked questions will be answered on the following topics: Pre-requisites, Class Schedule, Travel to India, Scholarships, Assistantships, and Application Deadlines. For further information, please contact David Rogoff, Administrative Assistant for Yoga Studies,

Angela Saucedo: AUM: An Exploration of Sacred Sound

This class will bring forth the concepts of sound and it's use in yoga. We will discuss the use of sound from the Vedas, the Goddess Vak, and the use of Oṃ in the Upaniṣads. We will practice the sacred syllable of Oṃ, chanting with with specific concentration on vibrations. We will then explore Bhakti with kirtan (call and response devotional chanting). Class will end with a gong sound bath.  

Dava Schatz: Yoga for Athletes

This exciting class stands as a bridge-builder between LMU's Athletics and Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program. Come practice with many of the university's current athletes. A towel, mat, and water is recommended. 

Dava Schatz, a student in the MA program, has been actively training in basketball, soccer and tennis. 

Sara Ivanhoe: Dristi

The eyes are the windows to the soul. –William Shakespeare

Where the eyes go, the energy flows. The gazing point of the eyes is always either consciously or unconsciously informing our yoga practice, and our lives. This point is called the “dristi.” It is a tool that we will learn through this asana class that can be used to lift us up, to ground us, or to move within. Through the structure of a vinyasa flow sequence, we will address how to use the dristi to support our balancing postures and how the gazing point in any asana can be curated to suit our needs of the moment. We will learn how to direct our gaze and our attention inward, called "Atma Dristi," which can ultimately lead to an experience of the "Eye That Sees," or "The Third Eye." Finally, we will practice “trataka,” or candle gazing, as a method of purifying the eyes from over-stimulation. Vinyasa class, but beginners are welcome. 

Pandit Vijay Kichlu: Nada Yoga as it relates to Indian Classical Music - Vocal Support by Sanjukta Biswas

Pandit Vijay Kichlu, a Master of Arts from the University of Allahbad, has a unique combination of executive ability and artistry. As the mastermind and executive director of the revolutionary institution, Sangeet Research Academy, Pandit Vijay Kichlu is committed to Indian classical music, its propagation and preservation. Although he did not take music as a profession, Pandit Vijay Kichlu has been recognized as a leading vocalist of the Agra gharana, having been trained under the tutelage of the Dagar Brothers and later Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan. An erudite musician, Pandit Vijay Kichlu holds fame in musicological circles all over the world. His lecture-demonstrations and compact workshops are pleasantly enlightening for the listener and participant. He has been granted Honorary Citizenship of the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore in appreciation of his efforts in promoting Indian Classical music in the USA.

Kira Ryder: Quiet Inspiration

We will explore the relationship of the breath and the heart's longing for Cosmic Order. Our session will weave easy asana, pranayama and meditation. 

Atousa Madhavi: Nada Yoga & Mantra Yoga

According to modern science, the whole of existence is a vibration. A vibration is, fundamentally, a kind of sound. This essentially means that the whole of existence is an amalgamation of sounds. In the yogic system, a few of these sounds have been identified as keys to access deeper dimensions of life.

In this class we will be learning and chanting Aum the way it has been done in yogic traditions, which will lead to the following benefits when practiced on regular basis: Increase in mental clarity and stability, helping to eliminate psychological disturbances; Enhancing physical health and well being, as well as assisting in alleviation of chronic ailments; Creates a powerful basis for further inner exploration and for meditative processes; Instills a lasting sense of inner pleasantness. 

Pawan Johar: Yoga For Joints and Glands

A restorative sequence that shakes loose the cobwebs of the body and readies it for other deeper practices. As taught by Swami Rāma in the Himalayan Tradition, this practice will work joints, glands, and muscles in an easy to follow routine.  It can be performed first thing in the morning or anytime of the day to prepare a person for deeper āsana practice, or allow them to sit easier for breathwork and meditation. 

We start with low tension exercises, followed by Yoga Nidra relaxation, pranayama, and then sitting meditation.  Perfect for beginners, experienced practitioners, seniors, and those suffering from injuries. 

Erika Burkhalter: Saraswati Vinyasa: Flowing Like the River

Backbend-based flow infused with the mythology of Saraswati, Goddess of the River: divine creativity and knowledge manifested in beauty. Saraswati represents the “free flow” of wisdom and consciousness. 

Explore a range of flowing backbends (with options for a variety of levels). Inspired by the beauty and grace of Saraswati, Goddess of the River, we will play with a variety of forms and shapes, moving progressively deeper into the “waters of creative exploration.” 

Jake Jacobs: Incorporating Yoga into Daily Life

This class will be oriented towards using asana and pranayama techniques in your daily life, at home, at work and even in your car.

Danielle Fowler: Yoga Nidrā - Rest in the Essence of Your Divine Nature

Yoga Nidrā is a systematic method of guided meditation that has a profound effect on the body, mind and emotions. Yoga Nidrā works with each layer of our being (kośas) to experience the depth of who we are and to gain understanding of our True Nature. This practice can provide powerful healing, transform stuck attitudes and beliefs, and reveal new awareness for growth. The class will begin with a lecture introducing the core concepts of Yoga Nidrā, followed by a guided Yoga Nidrā practice. Come prepared with anything you need to rest comfortably in śavāsana.

World Premiere Performance of Breathing Room: A Chamber Symphony for Two Actors and a Musician in Four Acts, Music and Words by Mary Lou Newmark: 

This play within a concert follows two neighbors in a Los Angeles suburb – Marilyn, an artist, and the Professor, a high school science teacher.  The two of them struggle with “modern technologic vertigo” as they negotiate living with hummingbirds, meatball eating bears, coyotes and backyard chickens.  With evocative music throughout, they explore personal relationships with nature, quantum physics and embodied spirituality through playful, humorous storytelling. “Breathing Room” is a convergence of music, science, theater, poetry and spirituality – and then there is the green electric violin!

Maureen Chapple: Mindfulness Meditation

Maureen Shannon-Chapple has been working with children and families for over 25 years. Her professional experiences have included classroom teaching, parenting classes, adult school and college teaching. She currently teaches first grade at Chadwick School. A long-time practitioner of Yoga and meditation, Maureen is able to merge her teaching and Yoga/meditation background through her participation in Growing Spirit. She is a founding member of The Center for Non-Violent Education and Parenting.

Govind Das: Bhakti Yoga: The Art of the Heart

Using storytelling, lecture, song, and meditation, we will explore and develop our understanding of one of the central and ancient paths of yoga: Bhakti, the path of the Heart, the path of love, devotion, gratitude, and surrender.

The topics that we will journey into will include: Indian Gods/Goddesses and their meanings, Mantras and Kirtan, Meditations of the Heart, The role of the Guru / the path of Guru Kripa, Setting up an altar / puja / arati, Japa / mantra meditation / using a mala, Bhakti as a transformational personal practice. 

Sarah Mata: Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Meditation

In this class we will explore the Pranayama Mantra as a teaching that can help us to find the link between our asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  The center of the mantra is the Gayaytri, which brings us to the bhavana of light as the central metaphor in feeling our physical presence - illuminated by the breath and further deepened by the antah kumbaka  (inhale excellence) of our nadi shodana  (alternate nostril breathing ) pranayama.  In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali credits pranayama as the practice that “parts the veil that covers our own light.”  Meditation flows smoothly as the contemplation of light is suffused into the heart of the yogi or yogini. This mantra is especially advised for students kindling their intellect to the brightest and bestows as well the light of the spirit. 

Ryan Brewer: Kirtan

While Ryan Brewer began practicing and teaching yoga for the physical benefits, he quickly discovered that Bhakti yoga—the yoga of devotion through chanting would become an important part of his path.   After facing his crippling fears of singing in public, he discovered that chanting was his first love. Ryan’s singing has been described as a beautiful blend of Krishna Das and Jason Mraz. His first CD, Kirtan: Yoga for the Heart is one of the bestselling chanting CDs on iTunes and has redefined popular notions about devotional chanting. Ryan will be joined by the talented Clayton Campbell on percussion and David Watts on bass.



Address, Directions, & Parking


1 Loyola Marymount University Dr., Los Angels, CA 90045


From the 405: LMU is about 2 miles north of LAX and accessible from the 405 freeway.  Exit on Jefferson Blvd. and go WESTBOUND.  Continue on Jefferson for about 2 miles.  Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Blvd.  Proceed to the 2nd light, and turn LEFT on LMU Drive, which is the entrance to campus. 

From Lincoln: LMU Drive is directly off of Lincoln. If you are coming from the north, turn LEFT on LMU Drive. If you are coming from the south, turn RIGHT on LMU Drive.  


Parking is FREE on weekends! Lot A-Hannon is recommended, displayed on the following map: Parking Map