Yoga Day

Yoga Day at LMU

One Saturday every September

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. Keep checking back to see when our annual Yoga Day will be in September 2019 and explore below to see what our 2018 event included!


  • Ayurvedic Techniques for Stress Management with Felicia Tomasko

    No matter what we do in our daily lives, we are subject to the effects of stress. How can we manage stress in our lives so we thrive and build resilience no matter what is happening within and around us. The science and philosophy of Ayurveda offers a number of techniques to help us build our strength and resilience. This combination of lecture and practice will include simple practices that you can immediately incorporate in your daily life.

    Felicia Tomasko, RN, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, is the Editor-in-Chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine and the Editorial Director at Bliss Network LLC. She is a passionate advocate for including Ayurveda in daily life. Felicia teaches Ayurveda in the Yoga Therapy RX Program at Loyola Marymount University. She has a number of classes available on Yogaglo and has been teaching for more than 25 years. As a registered nurse, Felicia integrates an understanding of Western and Eastern approaches to body, mind, heart, and spirit wellness.

    Yoga for Dancers with Paula Tapia

    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 have the heart of a dancer, this class is for you.

    Paula Tapia C-IAYT, E-RYT500: Paula is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher specializing in Functional Movement and Integrative Health.  She is the Associate Director of the Spring "Yoga and The Healing Sciences Program" at LMU. A lifelong dancer and athlete, Paula has been teaching internationally the movement of the body through dance, fitness, and Yoga for over 20 years. Born and raised in Chile, Paula teaches globally in English and Spanish. Her style is preventive and challenging, mindful and dynamic, safe and suitable for everybody.


    Mindful Nature with Traca Gress

    A gentle, embodied exploration of the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether).... How they manifest outside and inside of each of us and in all living things. We will have time for simple movement, meditation, light study of yogic and Buddhist texts that recognize the power of our connection with nature to bring about awakening.  No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary.

    Traca moved to LA from Maine 4 years ago to pursue a master's degree in Yoga Studies at LMU. She brought with her a love and respect for the natural world and weaves that into the work she does here in LA, teaching yoga and meditation outside. She directs the Yoga, Mindfulness and Social change program through LMU's extension, teaches with Insight LA, leads retreats around the world and teaches private classes locally. Her Master's thesis was this exploration of Mindful Nature. 


    Anatomical Asana-personalizing postures for healthy joints with Lori Rubenstein-Fazzio

    Our musculoskeletal structures are just as unique as we are.  As a physical therapist specializing in yoga therapy I treat a lot of patients who have injured themselves in yogasana classes. As part of therapy I assess their anatomy to determine the safest variation of asanas for their unique skeletal structure.  In this class you will learn a few of these self assessments and how to fit the pose to your unique musculoskeletal structure to help prevent injuries.  As a special bonus you will learn about the "Virtual MRI" and how it can help you heal injuries.   All levels welcome. Please bring a strap.

    Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio is part time faculty in the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at LMU, Clinical Director of Yoga Therapy Rx and teaches in Yoga for the Healing Sciences with Terra Gold.  With over 30 years experience as a physical therapist and 18 years teaching Yoga she enjoys uniting eastern and western science for better health and well-being.   Her research interests include subtle body practices for healing. 


    Be the Balance You Want to See in The World with Amy Wheeler

    This class will focus on helping the Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist to find balance and sustainability in many different areas of his or her life.  This balanced state includes the following areas:  Physical, financial, mental, personality, in relationships, emotionally and spiritually.  We will use the Optimal State of a Living model to examine where you are today and where you want to go in your life!  Abundance and health and happiness start with balance inside of you! 

    Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 21 years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.  Amy has extensive Yoga training in the Krishnamacharya Tradition and was certified as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Amy helped to set standards for Yoga Therapist in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). Amy is a Co-Founder of The Optimal State of Living, an organization that certifies Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels. Amy is President of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT).


    Savitri and Satyavan: Ananda Flow with Sound Bath with Erika Burkhalter

     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 conclude with a gong/singing bowl sound bath.

    Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, E-RYT 500, YACEP, graduate of LMU’s inaugural class of the MA in Yoga Studies, has been teaching yoga since 1999, and exploring its practices since childhood. Inspired by her studies and by her many journeys to India, she weaves a touch of mythology, meditation and mantra into her classes. Erika teaches for LMU’s Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program (Orange County location) as well as for Yoga Works.  Her motivating force is to translate the teachings from the rishis of old into lessons for modern life, facilitating the search for more tranquility in life and for a vision of the interconnectedness of all beings.


    Sleep Sessions with Sara Ivanhoe

    There are few things more frustrating than not being able to sleep. While friends and family are getting re-fueled, you lie there awake, thinking about how tough it will be tomorrow when you have to get through your day completely depleted.  While there is no “cure” for a sleep disorder, there is a form of guided relaxation called “Yoga Nidra” that brings the practitioner into a state of deep rest.  It is believed that the state of consciousness that is accessed is deeper than sleep and therefore even more rejuvenating.  A short session of Yoga Nidra can feel equivalent to hours of regular sleep.  The Sleep Sessions will begin with a short philosophy introduction followed by a few gentle stretches and some breath work (pranayama). Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) is practiced lying down, so please bring an extra blanket to stay warm and maybe something to place under your bent knees if you know that you have a sensitive lower back.  While the lights will be dim, you might possibly bring something to cover your eyes as well.  The sessions will conclude with a short meditation on what it means to be “Awake.”

    Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe, M.A. has been teaching yoga since 1995. She is the Yoga Spokesperson for “Weight Watchers,” “Yoga for Dummies,” “Crunch Yoga,” and appeared as a series regular on “Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab: as the therapeutic instructor.  In 2018, Ivanhoe completed her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University as part of the inaugural class in Yoga Philosophy where she served as Senator of the student body for Bellarmine College.  Most recently she partnered with Oprah Magazine to co-create the “Just Breathe” brand of yoga and meditation now taught on Holland America Cruise lines internationally. She currently serves as the Yoga and Meditation Content Curator for YogaGlo.



    iRest Yoga Nidra - Meditation with Shanna Hughes

    Based on the ancient teachings of meditation, iRest is an evidence based transformative practice that leads to psychological, physical, and spiritual healing and well-being.    Its practice is integrative as it heals the various unresolved issues and traumas that are present in your body and mind, and restorative as it enables you to recognize your innate peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.  iRest nourishes noble qualities such as joy, peacefulness, empathy, forgiveness, patience and loving kindness toward yourself and others.   This practice is done lying down or seated. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket.

    Shanna Hughes is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She was raised in Kashmir, India for the first fifteen years of her life where her parents were studying yoga and meditation under a world acclaimed teacher. By joining these classes at a young age Shanna learned the healing power of yoga and meditation.   Shanna currently teaches yoga and meditation at Loyola Marymount University, chair and mat yoga at Culver City Senior Center and works with private clients sent to her by physician referral. She teaches gentle physical postures and breathing techniques that have proven to be both calming and healing; and in many cases, reversing what seems like irreversible physical and emotional challenges.  


    Spicy Slow Flow with Shaun McNally

    A multi-level slow heat building Vinyasa Flow that culminates into deep asana postures that will be held for  longer periods of time. Class will being and end with pranayama and a delicious savasana with sound healing. All shapes, ages and levels invited, because after all variety is the spice of life. 

    Shaun McNally has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and living in LA for over 10. She is currently enrolled in LMU's Master of  the Arts in Yoga Studies. Her passion lies in sharing holistic and yogic practice with trauma-based and economically challenged communities. 


    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga with Susan Chapman

    This class is based on Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and subsequent text, written with Dr. David Simon, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Accessible to all body types and levels of experience, this class integrates postures, breathwork, and mantras so that students receive maximum benefits. Note: If students are unable to be on a mat, they are welcome to practice in chairs.

    Susan Chapman is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at LMU and a certification in Yoga Therapy. She is also a Chopra Center certified Vedic Educator, with certifications in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle. She also writes regularly on yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, and has written curricula for online meditation and Ayurvedic lifestyle teacher certifications.


    Pranayama Pathway to Meditation with Kari Ross-Barry

    Yogic breathing, or pranayama, is a core practice in the yoga tradition. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the practices of pranayama are indicated to prepare the mind for concentration, or meditation. Come explore the power of your breath in this exploratory class of breath. This class is appropriate for all levels.

    Kari teaches classes in yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, and guided meditation to help students understand their unique mind-body complex enabling them to overcome obstacles in life.  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 a Master's degree in Yoga Arts from Loyola Marymount University. She is certified YACEP, E-RYT 200, & RYT 500 through the Yoga Alliance.


    Tonal Yoga with Terra Gold

    When we use sound, resonance and tone to navigate our energetic, structural, and emotional states within the asanas, practice takes on a rich multi-dimensional awareness that adds depth and aliveness to simple movements. Join me for a vibrant practice open to all levels, and discover your own inner richness and unique voice within your Yoga.

    Terra is the fall Director of the "Yoga and the Healing Sciences” Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount University, and co-wrote the textbook Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine. Having taught yoga for 20+ years, Terra Gold is a certified yoga therapist, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner, a clinical nutritionist and has an allied professional degree in integrative body psychotherapy. She is trained in dance movement therapy and vocal/sound therapy. She weaves vocal yoga practices into the asana classes she guides, as well as sharing chanting and kirtan. 


    Introduction to Mindfulness: A Practice to Support Well-being with Maureen Shannon-Chapple

    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, 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.  Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., is a long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation. She 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 teaches classes in the Mindful USC program at USC. She also runs the Facilitator Training Program at InsightLA, and teaches mindfulness in a variety of community settings. 

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., is a long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation. She 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 teaches classes in the Mindful USC program at USC. She also runs the Facilitator Training Program at InsightLA, and teaches mindfulness in a variety of community settings.


    Yoga Therapy for Life with Andre Haralyi

    This class was carefully designed to share the principal concepts of Yoga Therapy and how to apply them in our daily lives. It will include body warm-ups, static and dynamic postures, different breath techniques, meditation and relaxation. The intention of this class is to provide a delightful experience through it's several therapeutical techniques that aim to promote overall health, longevity and well being.

    Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT, is a certified Yoga Therapist and among the firsts to receive a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University. He was trained in traditional Yoga following the lineage of Kaivalyadhama Institute in India and also certified in Thai Massage at the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He worked as a Yoga Therapist in the Integrative Medicine Group at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles and in the Integrative Medicine Group at Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil, where he conducted over 200 individual consultations to cancer patients. Since 2016 he is teaching Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Stress Management and Health Coaching at the University of Southern California - USC. His current work is focused on the prevention and treatment of stress-related health conditions, the improvement of overall health, longevity and well being.


    Yoga Doctors Master Class: Chikitsa Vinyasa Yoga/Therapeutic Flow Yoga with Eden Goldman

    The Yoga Doctors Method of Chikitsa Vinyasa is an organic system that synthesizes the most structurally and energetically intelligent elements of classical Yoga Therapy, rehabilitative medicine, sports/athletic training, myofascial release work, Raja Yoga, Qi Gong, Chiropractic, Bhakti Yoga, 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.

    Dr. Eden Goldman, D.C., C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is a leading wellness lifestyle consultant, human movement specialist, sports chiropractor, and expert Yoga therapist and mindfulness teacher. Director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program at Loyola Marymount University and former Director of Yoga and Mindfulness at The Waldorf Astoria La Quinta Resort & Club, Dr. Goldman is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine and author of the upcoming book, The Secret Art of Yoga Assists. Professionally, Dr. Goldman has successfully treated thousands of patients as the former owner and clinical director of the Yoga Doctors Institute of Integrative Medicine in West Los Angeles and his new online educational platform merges Yoga therapy and lifestyle teachings with continuing education  for doctors and healthcare professionals. Most recently, Dr. Goldman has been a contributing writer for LA Yoga Magazine while being featured on/in ABC News, KESQ/CBS News, Yoga Journal, The Desert Sun, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, The New Times, Enlightened Practice Magazine, and the top-selling book, Yoga for Dummies.


    AcroYoga: A Practice of Ahimsa and Authenticity with Jenn Guinter

    AcroYoga is a blend of acrobatics, yoga, and therapeutic bodywork.  Join us as we lift each other up, literally!  We will practice with spotters (Ahimsa) and also dive into a deeper understanding of how much fun authentic and truthful communication (Satya) can be within the safety of a lighthearted, playful context. Join us in an exploration of two of the Yamas, Ahimsa and Satya, to see how they are very much correlated to the practice of AcroYoga.

    Jennifer was born and raised outside of Atlanta, GA.  After earning a B.A. in English, she completed massage therapy and yoga teacher training in Asheville, NC in 2012 and later moved across the country to Los Angeles to complete her M.A. in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in 2016.  Her thesis work explored the state of psychological flow in Yoga and AcroYoga.  While in the master's program she also completed AYFit teacher training, and teaches AcroYoga classes in the LA area. Jennifer teaches Yoga at the University of Southern California and Sanskrit at Loyola Marymount University, and also maintains a massage and assisted stretch therapy practice, Southern Sun Wellness.


    Remembering TKV Desikachar with Dr. Larry Payne

    An intractive class of lecture and asana remembering the life and principles of TKV Desikachar. 

    Larry Payne Ph.D. is the co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a founding father of Yoga Therapy in America. In 2005, Larry co-founded the Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga certification programs at Loyola Marymount University, the first of its kind. He is a student of TKV Desikachar and is co-author of five books including the international best seller Yoga for Dummies, as well as Yoga Rx and, most recently, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine. Larry was named one of America's most respected yoga teachers by the Los Angeles Times and served as the first Yoga teacher at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Switzerland. A specialist in back problems, Larry created The Back Class at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where he guest teaches each year. For many years he also oversaw the Yoga program at the UCLA School of Medicine. You can experience Larry’s Prime of Life Yoga in any of his seven award-winning videos and online at Yoga Glo. In 1980, Larry founded Samata International in Marina del Rey, where he maintains a thriving Yoga therapy practice.  


    Kundalini and Yoga with Kija Manhare

    Kija will give a basic overview of Kundalini and the various aspects of Kundalini as it appears and has appeared throughout different paths - Hindu, Buddhist, Christianity, and Yoga.  Kija will then have a demonstration of Kundalini Yoga within the Tradition of Maha-Anu-Ati Yoga.  

    Kija Manhare earned her BS in Film and Television Production in 2007 and her Masters in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University in 2016.  She is also a lay monk at a local monastery in Long Beach, California where she is a drummer in the monastery band.  She has been practicing Bhakti, Karma, Raja and Jnana Yoga for over 20 years. 


    Yoga Sutras with Chris Chapple

    In this class we will examine the structure and highlights of the Yoga Sutra, the seminal text that, for many, defines the philosophy and practice of Yoga.

    Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at LMU, directs the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies. He has published more than twenty books, including three translations of the Yoga Sutras.


    Finding Balance with Catherine Weiss

    Flow through a series of postures designed to wake the body and challenge the mind. This class will focus on strengthening the core and lower body as preparation for balancing postures such as dancer pose and warrior 3. 

    Catherine is a second year Master’s Candidate with LMU Yoga Studies. She received her 200 hour teaching certificate through One Down Dog studio in Silverlake in addition to completing LMU’s 100 hour Yoga Mindfulness and Social Change. When Catherine isn’t studying, teaching, or practicing she works as an artist’s model. 


    Yoga of Joy & Vajra Wind: Ancient-Future Practices of Tibetan & Primordial Yoga with Carry Kim

    Empty the mind. Awaken the heart. Relax the consciousness of every cell. Enter stillness and invoke meditative awareness through primordial mantras, Vajra Wind breathwork techniques and the Yoga of Joy. Practice ancient-future methods of Tibetan and Primordial Yoga from the Himalayan lineage of Dakini Yuan Miao. Harmonize the five elements and the subtle forces of Heavenly Water and Dragon Wind. Return to your origins of wisdom, compassion and joy by cultivating receptivity and intuition. Balance physical, emotional and mental "winds" of the body, liberate stagnant or "blocked" energy and engage the yogic tools of: mantra, mudra, visualization, intention, breathwork and postures. Augment your innate self-healing capacity and reconnect to your primordial openness, fearlessness and peace — return to your Divine "home" of the Spirit. Ya la suo!   Through elevation of one's Spirit, Yoga of Joy allows one to see through the illusory masks this world puts on, and connect with the essential nature of the universe.   — Yuan Miao    

    Since 2003, Jin Lian Hua (aka. Carry Kim) has been immersed in the holistic healing arts as a lineageholder of Yoga of Joy, certified Yoga Therapist (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram), Ayurvedic and Therapeutic Nutrition educator (AYPTI), breathwork facilitator, Taoist tonic herbalist, Shiatsu therapist and caregiver for elders. Most importantly, in the footsteps of her root teacher, she aims to be a simple “transmitter of joy," while supporting the return of all beings to their "true nature." Ya la suo! 


    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. 


    Flow your Asana into Dhyana (Meditation) with Lizbeth Vazquez

    Awaken your body through a flow of yogic postures that will prepare the body for the basics of meditation.

    Lizbeth Vázquez is a bilingual Yoga Studies & Philosophy (M.A.) graduate candidate at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Concurrently she is completing her Yoga Alliance RYT-500 teacher training certification and plans to begin a Yoga Therapy Rx program working toward her Yoga Therapy Certification (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her home studio is at Live Yoga Wellness where she teaches an All Level-Intro to Yoga. She also teaches to undergraduates at Loyola Marymount University where she instructs the comprehension of basic yoga philosophical concepts, where the students apply concepts of yoga ethics to life. She utilizes yoga practices (postures, breathing exercises, journaling and meditation) for stress management and improved well-being. Lizbeth spent the summer of 2018 in India studying ancient traditions of Yoga and Jainism and continues to further her career as a scholar and therapist.


    WRITE EFFORT, Creative Writing through a Buddhist Lens with Noel Alumit

    WRITE EFFORT grew out of Noel Alumit’s studies in Buddhist divinity school.  WRITE EFFORT is a play on words referring to Right Effort, the sixth of the Noble Eightfold path.    By using Buddhist concepts (precepts, meditation, Four Noble Truths), Noel addresses the creative process of storytelling: character development, plot, conflict, dialogue, structure. 

    Noel Alumit was born in the Philippines and grew up in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.  He received his BFA in Drama at USC and his Master of Divinity in Buddhist chaplaincy at UWEST. He wrote the novels "Letters to Montgomery Clift" and "Talking to the Moon," a Los Angeles Times Bestseller.  His work has also been in the LA Review of Books, LA Weekly and McSweeney’s. He’s taught creative writing for UCLA Extension’s Writers Program since 2005. 

    Exploring Kundalini Yoga with Kara Looney

    Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, is an ancient practice of yoga that incorporates physical movement, pranayama, mantra and meditation to clear blocked and imbalanced energy in the chakras. The practice is said to awaken the dormant kundalini energy the base the spine responsible for the expansion of human consciousness.

    Developing a yoga practice has been transformational for Kara.  A lifelong athlete, Kara found herself full of injuries and a growing list of physical limitations that initially led her to start her yoga practice.  At first, the practice was intended to supplement and support the fitness regimen she already had.  As she continued with the practice, she found that her love for yoga had overpowered her interest in all else and helped to re-frame her mind into a new paradigm for fitness and personal growth.  A paradigm that incorporated balance, self-love, spirituality and divine connection.  Not only has yoga helped to heal and transform her physical body, but it has ushered in a new method to manage stress, employ a more balanced world view, a deeper connection to her spirit and an ability to connect with others in a way that she would never have been able to cultivate without this ancient, sacred science.  As a teacher and entrepreneur, it is her desire to help others find the healing powers of yoga in a way that resonates with them.  Kara is a 220/h KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, 200/h ERYT Certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. 


    Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga (in the tradition of K Pattabhi Jois) with Natale Ferreira

    Come and explore the rich spiritual heritage of the Ashtanga yoga tradition, a living lineage that dates back thousands of years in an unbroken line of sages and gurus. In this class, we will discuss the basic philosophical and practical aspects of the method. A short āsana practice will follow, exploring the very beginning of the Ashtanga yoga sequence including surya namaskara, fundamental standing and closing poses.
    Natalé discovered yoga in London, England 20 years ago and by 2002 was inspired to leave everything behind to journey to India to devote herself completely to the practice. She lived in Asia for several years, studying and teaching yoga. She makes regular trips to the KPJAYI (Ashtanga Yoga Institute) in Mysore, India and has received the blessing of her teacher R.Sharath Jois to share this practice, Natalé runs the only dedicated authentic Ashtanga yoga program in the South Bay (in Hermosa Beach).

    Family Yoga with Jules Hogan-Sahay

    Family yoga is a fun + playful way to move together mindfully through song, Sanskrit + even sometimes - silliness! Developmentally appropriate yoga posed, animated breathing exercises + soothing relaxation techniques awaken the inner-child of all age participants. Laughter + love fill the class + family's are inspired to connect + move together on the mat + at home!

    Jules Hogan-Sahay, EYT500, RCYT, co-owner of happy baby - a family yoga + wellness studio

    Actress turned yoga instructor turned business owner, my 20's were spent singing my way around the country with theater gigs. In my early 30's, I began teaching kids yoga classes (+ musical theater) with the intention to keep auditioning for my 'big break'. Within months, I was teaching full time + never returned another call from my agent. In the meantime, I immersed myself in yoga trainings, met my husband, Sidd + finally fulfilled my dream of motherhood with the birth of my son, Hawk Bodhi, in 2014. Since then, I have been teaching yoga + mindfulness to nearly 500 kids per week, as well as family yoga, pre/postnatal yoga + hatha based adult yoga; teaching feels like home to me + there’s no better way to ‘hold a room’ than by bringing wellness of mind, body and spirit to children + adults alike. Now, my 40’s bring me my second baby – happy baby! For a long time I’ve envisioned a place that focuses on yoga + wellness for the entire family + also creates a community of support. That is happy baby! I am truly honored to nurture, grow + love our happy baby community! Come visit us on Main Street in the heart of downtown El Segundo!


    Trauma Informed UpRising Yoga with Jill Ippolito

    UpRising Yoga is a non-profit organization known for teaching yoga in juvenile hall as well as offering instructors and service providers how to instruct a trauma-informed connection with those healing from trauma by utilizing yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Founder/Director Jill Weiss Ippolito will lead a class using Yoga Life Skills and focusing on developing a healing centered practice. Experience instructional choice, alignment and safety with mindfulness, awareness and the sense of union and connection. Be prepared for a positive experience of gentle yoga postures and information on how to work with with all levels of experience.

    Incarcerated as an adult and arrested as a teen, Jill Ippolito turned her life around with yoga and went on to become a yoga instructor. In 2011, Jill founded UpRising Yoga (URY) and began teaching yoga life skill classes in youth detention facilities, group homes, hospitals, schools, camps, homeless shelters, and underserved communities. Now, Jill educates hundreds of yoga instructors, childcare providers, mental health professionals, and educators worldwide through her trauma-informed yoga trainings, and advocates for the reformation of prison and probation culture through yoga. 


    It's Only Natural...It's Yoga! with Jasmine Lieb

    I will share with you a fun viniasana series to inspire and encourage your appreciation of the inter-dependency and inter-relationship of all living creatures. This practice will reflect an understanding of yoga which I value, enjoy and share in all of my classes. A sensitivity to the delicate balance of the universe which evolved from being immersed in nature as a child. The 'morphing of asana' was originally inspired by my teacher, Indra Devi, and dates back to lessons during my very first teacher's training.

    I attended my first yoga class with my Mum when I was 18-years old. Following that class I told my Mum "I want to teach this stuff!"
    I studied and practiced independently for 10-years until my Dad called me on the 'phone and said "Jasmine you have been talking about this for a long time! I am sending you $500.....Go take a teachers training!" Trainings in the 70's were much little less expensive than now! 
    Thankfully the teachers-training I chose was lead by Indra Devi who was teaching here in Los Angeles at that time. I then continued my studies and took many other trainings in each of the major disciplines. I drew from each what I found to be valuable and began to develop and to share what has become my own method of teaching. I recently created and lead my own teachers training which I named "liv-INg-yoga with Jasmine Lieb. A 1000-hour training which I extended over two-years! It was a great experience for myself and also the students who graduated...they have all, like myself, become not only Yoga Teachers but Yoga Therapists!


    The Bhagavad Gita with Gopi Ona-Ali

    Join Gopi Ona-Ali in exploring some of the main themes of the Bhagavad-Gita, in a workshop that will include meditation and chanting. Together, we will unlock some of the Gita’s mysteries, and draw inspiration from Krishna’s poetic teaching, so relevant today.

    Gopi Ona-Ali has practiced Yoga for over 25 years in a kundalini-tantra tradition, initiated by her guru and matriarchal lineage. When she was 23, she followed the divine call of Krishna to a simple life of monasticism, inspired by a need to preserve the teachings of Yoga for future generations. She is an ongoing student of Srivatsa Ramaswami at LMU’s Summer Institute, where she has studied Raja Yoga and traditional Sanskrit texts. Gopi teaches meditation, Bhagavad-Gita and Yoga Sutra, Vinyasa Krama, pranayama, chanting and puja weekly in Long Beach. 


    Sound Bath with Madelaine Edmonds

    A perfect dose of relaxation and restoration, this class will begin with a short guided meditation practice, followed by a sound bath. Come lay down and relax as crystal bowls, tuning forks, and gongs are played. Allow the waves of sound to wash over you and experience how vibration can promote relaxation, release stress and tension, and allow for restoration of the mind, body and spirit. Bring a yoga mat and optional blanket, eye pillow, bolster, and/or anything else you might need to be most comfortable in supported savāsana. This class is suitable for all levels and is free and open to all.

    Madelaine Edmonds is a Yoga Therapist, a Certified Sound Bath Practitioner, a Yoga Alliance Certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher, and an Interdisciplinary Artist and Musician based in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a candidate of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University and has earned her credentials in Clinical Yoga Therapy from LMU’s Yoga Therapy Rx program, the only university accredited program of its kind. Passionate about music from a young age, Madelaine attended the Vocal program as a recipient of the Outstanding Vocal Performance Scholarship and earned a degree in Music Composition (Songwriting), from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California. Integrating sound and vibration with therapeutic yogic techniques, Madelaine aims to create a space for students to achieve deep relaxation, reduce stress, and allow for restoration of the mind, body and spirit. 


    Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living: A Vedic Approach to Well-Being with Krista Noble

    What is well-being, and how can we cultivate it? Dr. Noble will explore this subject in light of the Vedic wisdom of ancient India. Drawing on modern psychology, she will consider well-being from two perspectives: namely, hedonism and eudemonism. Hedonism focuses on the attainment of happiness, whereas eudemonism emphasizes purposeful living and self-realization. Dr. Noble will discuss how Vedic knowledge supports both perspectives, thereby providing a profound basis for human flourishing.

    Krista Noble earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Vedic studies from Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.). She is an Adjunct Professor at both M.U.M. and the University of Philosophical Research. Dr. Noble received the M.U.M. Veda Vyasa Award for a Ph.D. dissertation that “displays great depth of vision.” She is a lifetime member of the World Association for Vedic Studies (W.A.V.E.S.), and presented at the 2018 W.A.V.E.S. conference in Dallas, Texas. A seasoned public speaker, Dr. Noble has given 29 dynamic oral presentations on Vedic topics. She has been meditating since she was 10 years old, and is an experienced practitioner of yoga asanas.


    Cultivating Bhakti and Rituals in your personal Practice with Prema and Rama Torres

    We will explore and share various practices and rituals that come from the Himalayan and Southern Indian lineage. We will share with you some of the ways to cultivate more Bhakti (devotion) in your life and we will open our hearts with devotional call and response chanting (Kirtan). We will also share some breathwork exercises (pranayama), to open up the energy channels in the body.

    Prema and Rama are Husband and Wife and best friends. They are both Certified Yoga Alliance 500-hour Master Yoga and Mediation Teachers. They teach locally in Los Angeles and also lead 2 -3 International Retreats per year, taking groups on pilgrimages to the inner self. Prema is currently in Graduate school and is a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee. Rama is a Director of Photography and Documentary Filmmaker. As well as teaching in Los Angeles, Prema and Rama also sing and share Kirtan (call and response chanting) at various Yoga studios. They love travel, music, adventure and trying new things together. The ancient practices of yoga, kirtan, mantra, breathwork and meditation have transformed their lives deeply and it brings them great joy to share these ancient practices with others and raise the awareness of the collective consciousness.


    *SPECIAL PERFORMANCE*: Intuitive Men by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

    During the course of a 60-minute hot yoga class, two men breathe. They tighten their core. They visualize their chi. They express a desire to change. They accept humiliation. They are good. They are bad. They are rotting. The world is not better for them having been in it.

    Intuitive Men is a 60-minute psychic-fatalistic power yoga class play.

    Sofya is a current Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center. She's a member of EST/Youngblood and has developed work with EST, the Brick, Williamstown, the cell, JACK, BAC, Barn Arts Collective, The Hearth, the Araca Group, the Tank, Hearth Gods, Dixon Place, the Flea, Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and more. Commissions from the Sloan Foundation, Steep Theatre, The Motor Company and Chinatown Soup. Semi-finalist for The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship and Princess Grace Award. Finalist for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and published (twice) in The Dionysian. She was chosen for UCF’s inaugural Pegasus PlayLab this spring and serves as the official annual judge for Hendrix College’s playwriting competition. She got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University and teaches writing at St. John’s University.




    Alumni Mall


    Welcome Message - Christopher Chapple
    Alumni Mall


    St. Rob 109

    BUR 229

    Malone 112 AB

    Lawton Plaza

    BUR 239

    Sculpture Garden

    Bell Garden


    Pranayama Pathway to Meditation

    Kari Ross-Berry

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

    Susan Chapman

    Yoga for Dancers

    Paula Tapia

    Finding Balance

    Catherine Weiss

    Yoga Therapy for Life

    Andre Haralyi

    Pranayama (Breath Work) for Health and Wellness

    Surendra Mehta

    Family Yoga

    Jules Hogan-Sahay



    Anatomical Asana-personalizing postures for healthy joints

    Lori Rubenstein-Fazzio

    The Bhagavad Gita

    Gopi Ona Ali

    Be the Balance You Want to See in The World

    Amy Wheeler

    AcroYoga: A Practice of Ahimsa and Authenticity

    Jenn Guinter

    Yoga Doctors Master Class: Chikitsa Vinyasa Yoga/Therapeutic Flow Yoga

    Eden Goldman

    Flow your Asana into Dhyana (Meditation) 

    Lizbeth Vazquez

    Sound Bath

    Madelaine Edmonds




    Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Info Session

    Program Director Christopher Chapple & Program Administrator Sarah Herrington

    Food Options:

    - Food Truck available at Alumni Mall
    - Jamba Juice
    - LMU Lion's Den Cafeteria
    - Iggy's Diner 


    It’s Only Natural 
    – It’s Yoga!

    Jasmine Lieb

    Remembering TKV Desikachar

    Larry Payne

    Kundalini and Yoga

    Kija Manhare

    Yoga Chanting

    Jensen Martin

    Savitri and Satyavan: Ananda Flow with Sound Bath

    Erika Burkhalter

    iRest Yoga Nidra - Meditation

    Shauna Hughes

    Mindful Nature

    Traca Gress


    Tonal Yoga 

    Terra Gold


    Cultivating Bhakti and Rituals in Your Peronal Practice

    Prema and Rama Torres

    WRITE EFFORT, Creative Writing through a Buddhist Lens

    Noel Alumit

    Spicy Slow Flow

    Shaun McNally

    Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga (in the tradition of K Pattabhi Jois) 

    Natale Ferreira

    Introduction to Mindfulness: A Practice to Support Well-being

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple

    Exploring Kundalini Yoga

    Kara Looney


    Ayurvedic Techniques for Stress Management 

    Felicia Tomasko

    Sleep Sessions

    Sara Ivanhoe

    Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living: A Vedic Approach to Well-Being

    Krista Noble



    Yoga Sutras

    Chris Chapple

    Yoga of Joy & Vajra Wind: Ancient-Future Practices of Tibetan & Primordial Yoga

    Carry Kim 

    Trama Informed UpRising Yoga 

    Jill Ippolito


    MC YOGI Concert
    Combination class and performance in St. Robs Auditorium
    **Doors open at 6:30pm**





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    **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. Enter campus off of Lincoln Blvd. Registration is labeled with the purple circle.