Yoga Day

Students practicing yoga asana outside.

Yoga Day 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A Free Event for Every Body

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.

The 2019 Yoga Day will be held October 26 and will feature Accessible Yoga's Jivana Heyman, a variety of classes held all day long and a special closing kirtan concert with Govind Das and Radha. Check out the full schedule and RSVP today!

  • *Schedule subject to change.

    9 - 10 a.m.

    University Hall

    10 - 11:45 a.m.

    Course, Panel Discussion & Book Release
    with Jivana Heyman


    Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa-Baker







    12 - 1:15 p.m.

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

    Susan & Jake Chapman

    Koshas & Yoga Nidra

    Kathy Bingham

    Ashtanga Vinyasa


    Kundalini Kriya

    Dawn, Paula & Grégoir

    Pranayama for Healing


    1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

    LUNCH: Foodtruck, Live Music & Entertainment

    FILM SCREENING: Ayurveda Unveiled and Q&A with filmmaker Gita Desai

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    State of Our Union, an Eastern Approach

    Dava Schatz

    Liv-IN-g Yoga

    Jasmine Leib

    Subtle Body

    Lizbeth Vázquez & Daria

    Every Body Yoga

    De Jur Jones

    Buddhism and Yoga Writing Workshop


    4 - 5:15 p.m.

    Vairagya - Non-attachment

    Brent Laffoon


    Mantra & Celestial Communication

    Adarsh Kaur

    Embodiment from the Inside Out

    Sarit Rogers

    Brain on Kundalini

    Kara Looney

    Dorian's Live
    Neosoul and Yoga
    with Christina of THICK GIRL YOGA LA

    5:20 - 6 p.m.


    Master of Arts in Yoga Studies info session
    Meet Yoga Day teachers
    Live music
    Raffle for prizes!

    6 - 7:30 p.m.


    Govind das & Radha of Bhakti Yoga Shala
    **Doors open at 6:00pm**


    Kathy Bingham Headshot

    The Koshas and Yoga Nidra with Kathy Bingham

    Susan and Jake Chapman photo

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga with Susan & Jake Chapman

    Dorian Headshot Yoga Day 2019

    Christina THICK GIRL YOGA LA Photo

    Dorian's Live Neosoul & Yoga with Christina of Thick Girl Yoga LA

    Ayurveda Unveiled Film Poster 

    Ayurveda Unveiled with Gita Desai

    Ayurveda Unveiled is a unique look at the most ancient system of health care in the world, a sister science of yoga. At once an inspirational journey and a definitive resource, Ayurveda Unveiled weaves together the history & essence of Ayurveda with a detailed examination of the underlying philosophy and its unparalleled ability to harmonize our inner & outer world. 

    Dawn Geer Photo 

    Kundalini Kriya with Dawn Geer, Paula Miley, Greg Thiry

    Our curriculum addresses major components associated with diminishing fear, the root cause of anger, and increasing a belief in the inherent greatness of our youth within underserved communities. A brief intention setting, kriya, pranayama and meditation are all included in our intended session.

    Lizbeth Vazquez Headshot
    Daria Grigoreva Headshot

    The Truth of the Heart: An Inspired Yoga Practice with Daria Grigoreva & Lizbeth Vázquez

    Through the mythology of the star-crossed lovers, Savitri and Satyavan, we will meld a Vinyasa Flow practice with an exploration of perception and the ability to view people and situations in a clearer light. Class will e search for more tranquility in life and for a vision of the interconnectedness of all beings.

    Jivana Heyman Headshot 

    Accessible Yoga Discussion, Practice & Book Signing with Jivana Heyman 

    De Jur Jones Yoga Photo 

    Every Body Yoga! with De Jur Jones

    Beginner friendly yoga style offers tools to reduce stress and anxiety, create flexibility, breathe and s-t-r-e-t-c-h! Her class is perfect for yoga curious first timers, all ages and levels of experience. She strives to create an accessible learning environment to ensure that yoga is possible for everyone and every body type.

    Adarsh Khalsa Headshot 

    Connect with Your Soul through Celestial Communication with Adarsh Kaur

    In this class, you will experience mantra, uplifting songs, and the Celestial Communication technique, a moving meditation of the upper body. Through these practices, you will remove blocks to living your divine purpose with creativity, magnetism and prosperity so that you can serve the world with joy.


    Vairagya 2.0 with Brent Laffon

    As the world evolves, so too must our understanding of yogic concepts, as well as our ability to put them into effective practice. This perspective-shifting discussion will not only deepen your understanding of the concept of non-attachment, it will also offer ways of putting that understanding into simple, effective practice.


    Liv-IN-g Yoga with Jasmine Lieb

    The practice of yoga is a living, breathing, organic, creative, ecologically-sound, progressive, adaptable, economical and sustainable lifestyle. Universal health and wellbeing is synonymous with the practice of yoga. The nature of this eight-limbed practice is whole-istic, addresses all circumstances and rehabilitates all challenges: Physical, energetic, emotional and mental creating YOGA (balance) for each individual, each creature and plant, therefore the whole Uni-Verse (one song). This yoga practice will highlight: the elements; the chakras, nadis and vayus(energetic systems); and breath(pranayama); with the physical patterns of nature. This practice is recommended for all students, student-teachers, teachers and health-care practitioners who are interested in the ecological and economical nature of a yoga practice.

    Surendra Mehta Headshot

    Pranayama (Breath Work) for Health & Wellness with Surendra Mehta

    The principle of Yoga and Ayurveda is to maintain and/or restore the body’s systems to their normal and efficient functioning by increasing the immunity of the body and strengthening different organs. Pranayama (Science of Breath Work) helps to achieve this by: • Oxygenating the blood • Exercising the internal organs • Excreting good hormones and strengthening the nervous system Important Pranayamas techniques for health and wellness will be discussed and practiced. 

    Surendra Mehta MBA, C-IAYT, EYRT-200, YACEP, is certified yoga therapist, and graduate of LMU's YTRx and Teachers Training program. Surendra had a good fortune to study with some of the most renowned  teachers in India  to learn and practice Pranayama. He has also studied Prime of life yoga with internationally known yoga teacher Dr. Larry Payne, PhD  He conducts Pranayama and Yog Nidra Workshops for small groups, corporations and conventions. He teaches at Yoga Therapy and Teacher training programs at LMU. 

    Sarit Rogers doing a Yoga Pose

    Embodiment from the Inside Out with Sarit Rogers

    An embodied, trauma-informed, Accessible Hatha/vinyasa class, which invites self inquiry and interoceptive awareness.


    State of Our Union, an Eastern Approach: Perspectives & Social Justice Initiatives with Dava Schatz & Menelik Tafari

    The State of our Union: How can Eastern Philosophical perspective be used to address and/or improve our most pressing present societal ailments, Prejudice and Racism? What can Vedic/Yogic, Taoist, Buddhist (Theravada/Chan), and Jainist perspective contribute? What do these perspectives offer on the subject matter of Racism and Prejudice that Western Schools of Thought may have missed/overlooked? What is the Yogi's relationship to the Activist and/or Warrior for Social Justice?

    Pranidhi Varshney Headshot 

    Ashtanga Vinyasa with Pranidhi Varshney

    Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a practice that cultivates an embodied experience of presence by synchronizing breath, posture, and gaze. Join us as we explore these three key elements via portions of the primary and second series. By practicing in this way, we allow our conscious mind to quieten so that we may drop into a subtler felt reality that informs our relationship with ourselves and each other.

  • Yoga Day Kirtan artists Govin das Radha

    Govind Das and Radha are California-based bhakti yogis, kirtan singers, and as their spiritual names suggest, "Servants of the Divine". They are a husband and wife team with great love and devotion for the Divine, their Guru, each other, and traditional yogic practices of India - This is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through their teachings and music.

    Through the sacred practice of Kirtan, repetitiously chanting the names of God/Goddess from ancient India, they will guide you on a musical meditation and yogic adventure deep into the essence of Bhakti---the yoga of the Heart, the yoga of Love...

    Through the grace of their teachers, they have uniquely melded ancient Indian mantras with western melodies, yet still playing traditional Indian instruments. Their music has been described as a trance inducing mandala, where the eyes close, voices and hearts open, and meditation, art, and prayer merge together as One. They lead Kirtan concerts, Bhakti yoga workshops, and transformative retreats throughout the world.

    All visitors must access the campus via the main entrance off Lincoln Blvd.

    Loyola Marymount University
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Driving directions to LMU are available here. After entering through the main LMU entrance at Lincoln and LMU Drive, make the first right into the University Hall parking structure. Signs will direct you to the entrance of the garage.

    Parking is available on levels P2 and P3 of the University Hall garage. Parking is free on the weekends. For additional parking information and options are available here.

    Once you arrive in University Hall garage, take the elevator to the ground floor. Yoga Day registration is located at the north-east end of the first floor, in front of Einstein Bros. Bagels.

    Yoga Day 2019 UHall Parking Map