Yoga Day 2018

Woman doing yoga on lawn

Yoga Day 2015

September 19, 2015
Various locations, Loyola Marymount University

This event is free and open to the public.
Please bring a mat, towel and water.

Celebrate Yoga! Yoga Day is LMU’s annual celebration of Yoga tradition, experience, and its many expressions, past, present and future. Workshops, lectures, and practice will go on throughout the day at various locations on campus.

Food trucks will be on site, and the Lair will be open for sustenance throughout the day. Bring your friends and family.

Schedule below. Welcome table opens at 9 a.m. No pre-registration necessary for classes, but plan to arrive to early to each session to make sure you get a spot - first come first serve. 10 a.m. Info Session on our Masters in Yoga Studies Program.

10am-11:15am | Dava Schatz: Yoga for Athletes | Lawton Plaza

This exciting class stands as a bridge builder between athletics and Yoga. Towel, mat, and water are recommended.

Come practice with instructor Dava Schatz, who has trained Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, and Men's Tennis at LMU, is a graduate of the MA in Yoga Studies Program, and continues to teach Yoga to athletes in Los Angeles. 

10am-11:15am | Daniella Tatik: Jivamukti Yoga | BUR 229

Jivamukti Yoga is a full body, mind, and spirit experience yoga class incorporating the five tents of Jivamukti Yoga: Asana (postures), Bhakti (devotion), Dhyana (meditation), Nada (sound), and Sahastra (scripture study). Look forward to flowing vinyasa sequencing, with chanting, meditation, focus on breath, relevant yogic philosophy, hands-on assists, and eclectic fun music playlist of everything from traditional Indian ragas to reggae to rock and downtempo beats. As a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” - relationship to the Earth. Appropriate for all levels of yoga experience

Daniella's passion for the sacred teachings of Yoga is as great as the joy she finds in sharing them with others. Teaching since 2009 in Hawaii, NYC, and now LA, Daniella is an 800hr Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, registered E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. Daniella's classes hold space for you break through limitations and realize your true self which is nothing other than LOVE so that you can move with more grace and flow in all aspects of your life. Her teaching is intuitive and heart centered while rooted in the ancient teachings of Yoga. She is inspired by the mystical aspects of life and draws inspiration from her studies of Sanskrit and Bhakti philosophy, love of vegan cooking, journeys to India and abroad, and spending time in nature. Daniella offers gratitude to her most influential teachers: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Jules Febre, Rima Rani Rabbath, Uma Nanda Saraswati, Nicki Doane, and Manorama.

10am-11:15am | Shanna Hughes: Gentle Healing Yoga | BUR 239

The way that gentle yoga works without putting any unnecessary strain on the practitioner is by using modifications of standard hatha yoga poses. This approach includes carefully orchestrated movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises all with the support of the breath. Postures may be approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition, so that the practice is simple to do and easy to remember. A gentle yoga style encourages a highly individualized approach to practice with on-going encouragement to make moment-to-moment adjustments.

Shanna Hughes is a trained yoga therapist with 12 years of experience in classic yoga training with a special emphasis on therapeutic and clinical applications of yoga and special-needs yoga integration. For the first fifteen years of her life, Shanna lived in Kashmir, India where her parents studied yoga and meditation under the guidance of a world acclaimed teacher. By joining these classes as a child, Shanna learned at a young age the healing power of meditation and yoga. Shanna has traveled the world teaching 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. 

10am-11:15am | Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Information Session | St. Robs 106

Guests will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and students currently enrolled in this accredited Masters program. Frequently asked questions will be answered on the following topics: Pre-requisites, class schedule, travel to India, scholarships, assistantships, and application deadlines.

10am-11:15am | Andre Haralyi: Subtle practices of Yoga: Pranayama, Meditation and Deep Relaxation | St. Robs 109

“Yoga is the oldest and most complete technique of self-development, Yoga can be used as a powerful tool to achieve perfect physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony, giving you an extra edge in your life.” Join Andre in a practice grounded in the subtle Yoga techniques of pranayama (breath-work) and meditation, from which the body, mind and spirit finds deep relaxation.

Andre began practicing Yoga after a serious accident in 2000 when he discover in Yoga more than simple techniques to improve general health, but a new way of approaching life, which played a key role in his recovery. His passion for Yoga, led him across the globe to complete his teacher training with Professor Marcos Rojo Ph.D, following the lineage of Kaivalyadhama Institute in India, to be certified in Thai Massage in Thailand and in Yoga Therapy RX in US. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Yoga Studies at LMU. He was a staff member of Integrative Medicine at Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil, where he taught yoga and meditation to cancer patients and is currently using traditional Yoga techniques to extend and improve the potential of Athletes.

10am-11:15am | Irma Graciano: Warriors for Healing, Level 1 - Yoga for Veterans | Malone 112AB

This is an expansion class intended to introduce students to gentle movement, breath awareness and to be present in the moment. Shifting from Fight and Flight, to Rest and Restore. This is a 50 min sample class designed for veterans and those facing traumatic stress. Yoga science offers extremely effective tools for dealing with this crisis. Numerous studies confirm that veterans who participate in yoga (including postures, breath work, guided visualization and affirmation) show improvements in coping with PTSD and emotional challenges while enhancing their physical and mental stability. Veterans practicing yoga have reported improved sleep habits, decreased stress levels, an increase in physical and emotional flexibility, and greater self-compassion and self-esteem.

Irma Graciano, a certified Warriors for Healing Instructor, firmly believes in the capacity of yoga to heal on both the physical and emotional level.  She loves finding strength in community and to see others committed to social responsibility. Yoga saved her life and it is her sincere wish to offer this gift to others as it was once offered to her.


11:30am-12:45pm | Viviana Vallin & Millie Heur: First Nature Yoga | Lawton Plaza

It is the mission of naturalist and teacher Viviana Vallin and yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher Millie Heur, working together as First Nature Yoga, to inspire and cultivate the awareness that nature is we and we are nature and to explore through yoga, mindfulness meditation and direct experience in the outdoors the interconnectedness of all beings and things present in Life on Earth.  By following this mission it is our intention to foster greater familiarity, by the participants, to the natural environment, the health of that environment and to their own emotional and physical health and well-being through a guided walk combined and integrated with a yoga and meditation practice. More and more studies have cited the positive effect time in nature has on our lives and how effectively it can mitigate the harmful events of the stresses of every day contemporary living.  It is not only through mindfulness meditation and yoga but also through time spent in the natural world, whether it be a backyard, a park or a nature trail, that we can find a ready and reliable resource to aid and support us as we face the challenges and trials of our lives and that at the same time can also help to promote a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being and vibrancy. Be prepared to meditate, walk, and engage light yoga stretches!

Viviana Vallin is trained as a Teacher Naturalist with the Audubon Society. She worked at the Audubon Center of Debs Park located in northeast Los Angeles for three years, first as a Teacher Naturalist and then as the Education & Engagement Manager. Viviana developed curriculum and delivered programs to engage k-12 students, families and the community to connect with nature in their own way. Using interpretive techniques, place-based learning and inquiry driven presentations, Viviana believes we can rebuild our inherent connection with nature and strive for balance and wellness for ourselves and the environment. Viviana is currently a second-year graduate student in the Yoga Studies Masters program at Loyola Marymount University.

Millie Heur has been certified as a yoga teacher by the Yoga Alliance since 2005. Millie started her own meditation and yoga practice in her late teens while a university undergraduate student and has continued through the years studying with some of the most respected teachers in the country. Besides yoga, Millie is also passionate about nature, as an advocate for its preservation and also its use as a resource for connecting to spirituality and promoting emotional and physical health and fitness. She currently teaches private yoga students and a Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra class at Yogala Studio in Echo Park.  In the past, she taught office yoga twice a week for several years at her former place of employment, taught groups of survivors of state-sanctioned torture and victims of human trafficking.  Last year she completed the training to teach yoga to veterans suffering the effects of PTSD and has a great interest in teaching yoga to underserved groups who might not find their way to yoga in the traditional avenues.  Millie has a Masters degree in Education, Instructional Systems Technology and Bachelors degree in Communications. 

11:30am-12:45pm | Amy Osborne: Intuitive Flow, Cultivating Social Consciousness | BUR 229

A brief lecture (15 min) will be followed by an “Intuitive Flow” asana class (60 min, all levels). Lecture will focus on what it means to cultivate social consciousness through our practice and achieve harmonious balance in our everyday lives, including an overview of the neurology of meditation. Asana class will include a short meditation, Hatha & Vinyasa-inspired asana, and a guided “open flow.” Beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners are invited to deepen their connection to their practice; particularly encouraged for those interested in beginning or advancing their own home practice.

Amy Osborne is a second year (Cohort II) graduate student in LMU’s M.A. of Yoga Studies program. Prior to studying at LMU, Amy worked for five years in public relations and government affairs in Boston & Los Angeles, and completed her 200-RYT teacher training at Liberation Yoga in Mid-City in 2014. Amy recently completed LMU’s 100-hour certificate in Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change and the Prison Yoga Project’s 14-hour training in San Diego.  She currently volunteer teaches weekly asana classes at Century Regional Detention Facility, a women’s prison in Lynwood, and formerly taught at Venice Family Clinic. 

11:30am-12:45pm | Paula Tapia: Yoga Therapy for Athletes | BUR 239

Every individual and every body has a background, a personal story, particular patterns of movement, and tendencies toward certain aches and injuries. As a system, Yoga Therapy approaches the whole individual honoring its uniqueness and seeks to create balance for the practitioner. Whether you are an amateur or an experienced athlete, this class is designed to enhance your performance and is specifically intended for those who deal with body aches and injuries and/or those who would like to prevent injuries and practice asana safely.

Paula Tapia RYT-500, YTRx-500, POLY-500, is a Los Angeles based certified Yoga Therapist and Instructor. A life of dance, sports and gymnastics-associated injuries led her to specialize in Yoga Therapy Rx™. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a member of the guest faculty of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program at Loyola Marymount University. Paula has been teaching the movement of the body for 20 years including dance, fitness, aqua therapy, barre therapeutics and Yoga. Her style is preventive, dynamic, safe and suitable for everybody. For more information, visit

11:30am-12:45pm | Lori Fazzio: Neuroplastic Yoga - Bhavana Your Asana | St. Robs 106

If you remember where your old injuries are, chances are they still impact you in some way. There may be subtle limitations you are not even aware of such as weakness, guarding, or compensatory movement patterns. In this workshop we will discuss and practice evidence based neuroplasticity science and present practical, easy to use tools you can integrate into your practice and classes to unlock these patterns. The result? Less pain, improved function and ease.

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, CYT, YTRX has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Boston University, an Advanced Masters Degree in Manipulative Therapy from the University of South Australia, and received her doctorate from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Rubenstein began practicing Yoga in 1993. Interested in the scientific applications of Yoga Practices on health, she was the lead investigator with Dr. Ellen Langer at Harvard University in a randomized control study entitled “Effect of Mindfulness on Memory and Function in Chronic Pain Sufferers”. Lori has been teaching in Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx since 2008 and is the Clinical Director of Level IV where she mentors students in an interdisciplinary chronic pain program at the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic.  She is on faculty in Loyola Marymount University’s Master of Arts in Yoga  Studies and has appeared on "Good Morning America". Lori is the founder and owner of Mosaic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles

11:30am-12:45pm | Sara Ivanhoe: Lotus Flow | St Robs 109

The Lotus Flower grows in still water.  It is said that the mind, like the Lotus, will only come to full bloom within stillness.  In our desire to be good students, many of us increase the challenge and pace of our asana practice.  While movement is a quintessential way of releasing tension, historically the yoga tradition is a path towards meditation.  In addition, the Lotus Flower itself thermo-regulates - meaning that no matter the outer climate - it retains its inner balance, an important lesson.  LOTUS will begin as a rigorous asana practice, then move into hip openers and lotus preparations.  We will investigate methods for attaining inverted lotus as a playful method of honoring our lineage and seated lotus, as it creates a perfect platform for mediation. Practice will culminate with an extended Lotus Flower meditation.

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe, M.A. is celebrating her 20- year teaching anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, she completed Graduate School with Loyola Marymount University’s Inaugural Class in Yoga Philosophy.  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. Her mentor for Jnana Yoga is Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, for Bhakti Yoga, Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), and for Hatha Yoga, Erich Schiffmann.  For most of that 20 years, she can call Yoga Works her home.

11:30am-12:45pm | Sarah Herrington: Kids Yoga | Malone 112AB

Yoga is also great for children!  Come experience a full class, including breathwork and focus, Sun Salutations, poses and games especially for elementary school aged children.  Kids will not only have a fun yoga session, but will leave with games and tools they can use on their own to explore yoga and enhance their lives.  Expert mini-yogis and newbies are both welcome.

Sarah Herrington, MFA, is Program Administrator for LMU’s Master in Yoga Studies program and the founder of OM Schooled kids yoga teacher trainings.  She has taught elementary school yoga for over 8 years, primarily in NYC public schools and is the author of OM Schooled the book and the Idiot’s Guide to Yoga.  She believes yoga for kids can be both fun and educational.  

11:30am-12:45pm | Sheela Bringi: Kirtan | Living Room

An immersion into the theory and practice of sacred Indian singing and mantra yoga. Learn the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation and tonality. Sheela Bringi, MFA, is a sacred music performer, educator and recording artist. She holds a master’s degree in World Music Performance - North Indian Music from the California Institute of the Arts.

Sheela has trained extensively in North Indian classical music with maestros including Pandit G. S. Sachdev and Ustad Aashish Khan, as well as contemporary music with modern greats such as Cecil Taylor and Fred Frith. Raised in the foothills of Colorado, Sheela comes from a family of spiritual teachers, yogis, scholars and devotional musicians from South India. She received training in Vedic chanting, meditation and Hindu religious traditions from her mother, Sreedevi Bringi, a professor of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy at Boulder’s Naropa University. Sheela leads workshops around the world on mantra and the sacred music of India.


1pm-2pm | Christopher Chapple: Sacred Thread, The Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali | St. Rob’s 106

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!

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


2pm-3:15pm | Bobby Napolitano: Ashtanga Yoga | Lawton Plaza

Clearing up the misconception that yoga means a set of poses that function as a workout, this class gets to the essence of the practice: stillness of mind. Through the classical Ashtanga system, established by 5th Century Indian Sage Patanjali, we will tap into breath control, sensory withdrawal, concentration and meditation for a deeper experience.

Bobby is a certified yoga instructor from Yoga to the People (YTTP). After a year of studying their quick-paced, sweaty "vinyasa" style he began to teach his first classes at YTTP studios throughout New York City. Looking for a dose of "spiritual" yoga, he picked up and moved to Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Monticello, NY. There Bobby learned the traditional Hindu, hatha-raja style as taught by Swami Vishnudevanada. Bobby volunteered in Harlem, at the Urban Yoga Foundation, where he combined elements of the: vinyasa, hatha, and Bikram styles into his classes. Besides working with adults, Bobby worked in "kids yoga" at Democracy Prep Charter School, giving instruction to middle school children ages 11-13. He has taught privately to clients at their homes, building their practice according to personal needs. Bobby hails from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, a region known for its ethnic and cultural diversity.

2pm-3:15pm | Erika Burkhalter: Vinyasa of the Jeweled Isle - Backbend Flow | BUR 229

Explore the myth from the Devi Bhagavatam of when Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma landed on the shores of the Devi’s Jeweled Island, woven into a backbend flow. 

Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga since 1999, and exploring its practices since childhood.  Erika teaches at Yoga Works, Costa Mesa, and offers philosophy and āsana intensives to a variety of yoga teacher training programs in Southern California.  A graduate of Loyola Marymount’s inaugural class of the M.A. in Yoga Studies, Erika focused her research on the interconnection between mythology, philosophy and modern science.  As a former neuroscientist, Erika is particularly intrigued with how ancient wisdom correlates with modern science to allow us to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. 

2pm-3:15pm | Dr. Eden Goldman: Yoga Doctors Master Class, Chikitsa Vinyasa Yoga | BUR 239

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.

Dr. Eden Goldman, D.C., C.Y.T., E-RYT500, is a wellness-based chiropractor, certified Yoga therapist, physical rehabilitation specialist, and owner of The Yoga Doctors Institute and Wellness Center in West Los Angeles, CA.  His healing work integrates classical eastern Yoga therapeutics, Bhakti and Raja Yoga, Thai Massage, and myofascial release bodywork with western advancements in movement science, preventive medicine, peak performance athletic training, and chiropractic.  Co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, Dr. Goldman is also the Director of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.  Professionally, he has been featured in many forms of media including Yoga Journal, ABC News, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Yoga for Dummies, and LA Yoga Magazine. 

2pm-3:15pm | Denise Kaufman: Cultivating Santosha - Yin Yoga | 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.

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! 

2pm-3:15pm  | Kait Dilliplaine: Kids Yoga | Malone 112AB

Yoga is for everyone, including our youth! It promotes coordination, concentration and body awareness. It allows kiddos to tap into their creativity and begin developing a healthy sense of self. But mostly, it is fun! Kait’s youth classes incorporate yoga games, the asanas (poses) pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga nidra (guided meditation/progressive muscle relaxation) in order to promote a healthy body, clear mind and enlivened spirit!

Kait first turned to yoga in order to rehabilitate old injuries sustained as a former ballet dancer.  It was love at first Down Dog! She received her RYT 200 certification under the tutelage of Dharma Shakti at Yogalution Movement and Ayurveda in Long Beach,  CA.  Inspired by her mentor’s connection to the philosophical elements of yoga, Kait believes that this transformational practice is more than just a physical practice; it is a healthy, balanced lifestyle that can be adopted by any, and everyone, at any age! Kait recently concluded her first year of Loyola Marymount's Yoga Therapy Rx program, and is currently pursuing her MA in Yoga Studies. 

2pm-3:15pm | Maureen Shannon-Chapple: Mindfulness Practice | The Living Room

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.

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. Maureen leads InsightLA's Tuesday night Sitting Group at LMU and teaches beginner classes in the Mindful USC program at USC.


3:30pm-4:45pm | Carly Gaffey: Free Flow | Lawton Plaza

Join Carly on the lawn for a gentle vinyasa flow class exploring asana, breath and free movement. Connect your mind, body, and heart through this fun and free flowing practice. All levels welcome! 

Yoga found Carly three years ago during a stay in Costa Rica and it has been a rapid love affair ever since. Carly is a New Hampshire native who grew up studying dance. She was first hooked by the relief Yoga offered from her long standing hip injuries, but quickly found that this practice was taking healing off the mat and into other facets of her life. After completing her Hatha Yoga teacher training with the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico she moved the Los Angeles to pursue a MA in Yoga Studies here at LMU. Carly is fascinated by Yoga's ability to cultivate a better and more peaceful understanding of ourselves, while fostering the ability to connect with each other. 

3:30pm-4:45pm | Dakini Yuan Miao: Yoga of Joy | BUR 229

Experience the profound, tantric practice of Yoga of Joy from its Divine source! Yoga of Joy is an ancient-future system of Tibetan and Primordial Yoga, which combines mantra, mudra, visualization, intention, breath-work and postures. This practice helps us release the physical, mental and emotional stresses of modern life, while returning us to our "spiritual home" and our innate state of childlike joy. Empty the mind, open the heart and uplift our collective consciousness.

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 esoteric Tantric teachings which include mantric healing sounds, yantric imagery, Blue Pearl healing energy, 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. Widely recognized as an emanation of Guan Yin, she transmits sacred healing sounds in her mantric concerts throughout Asia and the U.S.

3:30pm-4:45pm | Sarah Mata: Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Meditation | BUR 239

In this class we will explore the Pranayama Mantra as a teaching that can help us to fink the link between our asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  The center of the manta 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. 

Sarah has been teaching yoga professionally for over 20 years. She is a certified Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama teacher, and has extensively studied all of the traditions of Krishnamacharya, including Ashtanga and Iyengar. Among her important teachers are T. K. V. Desikachar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Gary Kraftsow and numerous American teachers. Her work ranges from vigorous flow for the very fit to more user-friendly adaptations. Creative sequencing and attention to the breath are at the core of her classes.

3:30pm-4:45pm | Michelle Regius: Religious Pluralism Kirtan Celebration | St. Robs 109

Join yogini Michelle Regius for a devotional chanting meditation. We will praise the Divine through Hindu, Jewish, Jain, and Christian traditions in Sanskrit, Hebrew, and English. Though we may speak different languages, and talk to God in different ways, we are all children of God; we are all brothers and sisters. Come celebrate unity, life, love, and harmony among all of our unique souls. 

Michelle Regius is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University. She loves studying foreign languages and comparative theology.  

3:30pm-4:45pm | Michael Flynn: Hearts and Hips with a Twist, a Revolving Perspective | Malone 112AB

This class intends to open the heart and hips.  We will twist from side to side, look up and down, inside and out constantly changing our perspective. Along with strengthening and stretching the body, we will be stretching and strengthening the mind. Beginner to advanced options will be given. So, all levels are welcome. Start the process of shifting your frequency to a higher vibration!

Mike Flynn is a lover of life! He instills that enthusiasm into everyone he meets and teaches. His classes challenge well practiced students while at the same time making them accessible to all. Each class is meant to shift the students' perspectives, uplift their vibrational frequency and encourage people to dream bigger! Mike is a teacher in the truest sense of the word. He is insightful, focused, demanding and energetic. Mike completed his 200 hour teacher training at the Chula Vista Yoga Center under Jano Galindo and continued studying under Kristyan Stjerne in an intensive six month training that Mike likes to call “Yoga and Life.” Mike is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative/Yin Yoga. He has taught thousands of hours of class and is registered as an ERYT-200.

5pm-6:15pm | Alex Factor, Sonia Peltzer and Casey Stroud: Wanna Fly?! | Lawton Plaza

Join us for a taste of AcroYoga, the fun community practice based on trust and communication. 
AcroYoga combines the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of Thai massage to explore connection in community. We make acrobatics accessible to everyone by approaching all of our practices with a therapeutic intention. Come learn the foundational skills to support each other to fly and expand the possThis workshop will challenge your trust and balance as we find playful connections through communication and fun! 

Sonia and Casey, certified teachers, have been teaching together since 2012. The Squirrel, a symbol of

gathering and playfulness, has come to represent our offerings. Squirrels remind us that the balance between work, play, rest and contemplation is essential to our overall feeling of well being and harmony. This is why our mission is to share our passions with others. Our teaching style is fun, playful, challenging and encouraging. You can find out more about Casey and Sonia at

Alex is a 300-RYT Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher who teaches Vinyasa flow classes as well as AcroYoga classes. Though a strong believer of honoring your edge, he will encourage you to explore the space within, outside of your comfort zone both physically as you hold the postures and mentally as the mind begins to churn. Alex believes that your practice of yoga asana should be a playground for you to explore your personal rhythm of your breath and body connection, a place to learn from and connect with your own personal expression of self.

5pm-6:15pm | Danielle Fowler: Rest in the Essence of Your Divine Nature/Yoga Nidra | BUR 229

Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of guided meditation that has a profound effect on the body, mind and emotions. Yoga Nidra works with each layer of our being (Koshas) 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 include a brief lecture introducing the philosophy of Yoga Nidra followed by a guided Yoga Nidra practice. Come prepared with anything you need to rest comfortably in shavasana.

Danielle Fowler, E-RYT500, is founder and lead instructor of True Nature School of Yoga. She has lead Yoga retreats, workshops and taught Yoga classes for 15 years. Danielle has been the co-owner of two successful studios, Yoga Vista (2005-2009) and Yoga Oceanside (2010 to present). Most recently, Danielle is honored to be a graduate of the inaugural class of the Master of Arts Degree Program in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

5pm-6:15pm | Ana Funes: Embodying the Sanskrit Letters with Kundalini Yoga | BUR 239

In this workshop we will become acquainted with the Sanskrit letters through a sequence of asanas and pranayamas that will embody the symbolic quality of each character.

Ana Funes is full time professor in the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at LMU. She is certified in Kundalini Yoga according to Yogi Bhajan and Sivananda Yoga. She has led study groups on the yoga texts in Iyengar Yoga studios of Mexico and Honolulu and is concluding her PhD dissertation on bodily self-awareness and yoga philosophy at the University of Hawaii.                           

5pm-6:15pm | Gopi Ona-Ali: Samantrika Surya Namaskara, Sun Salutation with Mantras | St. Robs 109

We will learn the traditional Surya Namaskara to thank God for wisdom and light in our mindful breath based Vinyasa Krama class. Gopi Ona-Ali will teach the mantras that accompany the asana sequence and introduce a beautiful variation for mothers.

Gopi Ona-Ali has taught Yoga and meditation for over 15 years and has a monastic practice. She was initiated into the Gopi Order as sannyasi in 1997 by her guru Sri Donato and her spiritual successors Gopi Saravati and Gopi Chokru. They guided her to Srivatsa Ramaswami in 2014 where she learned the classical Raja Yoga that she teaches at Morningland Monastery in Long Beach. She teaches Bhagavad Gita, Vinyasa Krama and Pranayama classes weekly at the Monastery.

5pm-6:15pm | Traca Gress: Meditation on the Elements | Malone 112AB

Drawing from ancient yogic and Buddhist texts as well as shamanic and native teachings we will take an embodied journey of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space. The intention is that by paying attention to the way the elements live inside us we feel an innate sense of connection not only with a deep well of wisdom within but we are also more able to connect with nature and all beings. We naturally live more compassionately because we know we are not separate. No yoga experience necessary. We will use gentle practices of sounding, breathing, moving and meditating.

Traca Gress has spent most of her life exploring and practicing yoga, Peruvian shamanism, Native American teachings, Buddhism and dance. She moved to LA last year from Maine to pursue a Master's degree from LMU and will graduate in May. She is currently teaching a five week version of this class called Mindful Nature at Insight LA's retreat center in Benedict Canyon.

6:30pm-8:30pm | Philip Goldberg, Joey Lugassy and Band: The Beatles’ Yoga: How the Fab Four’s Passage to India Enlightened the West | St. Robs Auditorium

The Beatles' 1968 excursion to India legitimized meditation, introduced words like mantra, guru and ashram, and opened the floodgates for yogic teachings to spread in the west. Join Philip Goldberg, author of the award-winning, American Veda, and ace musicians led by Emmy-nominated bhakti rock artist Joey Lugassy for a magical mystery tour of the Beatles’ mind-blowing, world-changing spiritual journey. With audios, videos and live music, we will celebrate the Fab Four as ambassadors of India’s timeless wisdom and creators of unforgettable songs.