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Wisdom From the Love Guru

  • Posted on: 31 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

The Love Guru (brought to us by Mike Myers) is either one of those love it or hate it films...but I thought it was pretty funny despite an over-reliance on penis jokes. Maybe you need to have lived in Southern California and joined the new age community to get it.

What made this film for me was the spot on parody of the yoga gurus who cropped up in America in the 1960s. The first part of the film really hits the satire hard, starting with a sea of starry-eyed followers at the Love Guru's ashram. Everyone greets each other with "Mariska Hargitay," which, despite being the name of an actress, actually does sound like some sort of funny Sanskrit mantra.

At the ashram, "Guru Pitka" (the Love Guru) gives a hilarious yogic talk complete with silly acronyms and words turned into other words. For example:

Intimacy = "Into-me-I-see"

Yoga in West Los Angeles

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Yoga is on hiatus until the week of April 20, 2010
Due to on-and-off problems with a roof leak in the event room, yoga classes are on hold until the GATEWAY moves to its bigger and better location across the street. Stay tuned for more info!

Kundalini Yoga for Prosperity – Mondays, 4-5:30 pm
Kundalini yoga is a powerful, life-changing form of yoga that incorporates breathwork, energizing movements, mantra and meditation. It is very different from hatha yoga, so if you haven’t ever been to a kundalini yoga class, you should stop by! Anyone can do kundalini yoga. You can do what you can and rest frequently if needed. It is therefore a wonderful yoga for people of all fitness levels. This special kundalini yoga class focuses on kriyas (exercises) and meditations for prosperity. Many of us could use an extra boost in this economy, and if you are already doing well, then why not do even better?

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Exercise and Breath

  • Posted on: 29 March 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I can't tell you how many times I speak to a client on the phone about their stress, only to find out they are not exercising at all.

Exercise is probably the number one thing you can do for your well-being. Even if you can't do strenuous exercise, try doing mild exercise that works with your fitness level.

Not all exercise is equal.

I was in a yoga class with Guru Singh once, and he explained that any exercise that combines movement with the breath is exercise that is healing.

He gave as examples yoga, swimming, and bicycling. (All things I love to do!)

Qigong or tai chi are also excellent exercises that combine breath with movement.

The breath oxygenates the body and the movement improves muscle tone and cleans out physical toxins. Mindful breathing also helps reduce stress and anxiety.

The Spinning Dancer Optical Illusion

  • Posted on: 26 January 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I received an email sharing the spinning dancer optical illusion (also called the "spinning lady"). Supposedly, the way the dancer "spins" tells you whether you favor your right or left brain. If she spins clockwise, you supposedly favor the right brain and if she spins counterclockwise, then you supposedly favor the left brain.

Scienceline offers an excellent analysis as to why the left brain/right brain delineation may be an oversimplification:

Yoga & Meditation

By and large, when clients tell me they are feeling anxious and stressed out, and I ask them if they have an exercise routine, the answer is typically "no."

Regular exercise is vital to physical and emotional health. It not only keeps the body tuned up, it helps clear away stress and negative emotions. Exercise such as yoga goes one step further and cleanses the energetic pathways of the body, bringing fresh, vital chi or "prana" to the organs. Yoga has been proven to help alleviate depression and anxiety.

This is why I typically recommend that my clients begin an exercise program if they don't already have one. As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, I offer private yoga classes in Los Angeles and for those outside the local area, yoga coaching by telephone.

Finished Yoga Teacher Training

  • Posted on: 12 May 2008
  • By: mokshalom

I have just finished my 200-hour yoga teacher training, including my take-home final exam and all my other requirements. Hurrah! This was an intensive program that lasted seven weeks and literally took over my life. I learned a lot and I'm very happy I did it. The program combined regular hatha and kundalini yoga, which is a meditative and movement-oriented branch of yoga that really works to clear out old blockages and energetic gunk.

I will soon be adding "yoga" to my list of services. This will include private sessions here in Los Angeles, as well as "yoga consultations" over the phone for people who want to create a home yoga practice but are not in an urban area where there is easy access to yoga studios.

I have come to the conclusion that incorporating some sort of mind/body fitness practice such as yoga is essential for people who are in the process of healing. You must move and breathe to let go of all that old stuff that is holding you back!

Yoga Trance Dance

  • Posted on: 12 May 2008
  • By: mokshalom

Saturday, May 17th from 7:00-9:00pm YNS will be hosting a donation-based Yoga Trance Dance event. Yoga Trance Dance is a fun, liberating, spiritual dance bringing the best of Yoga and Dance together. Warm up with fluid yoga movements that evolve into a wild, free-form ecstatic dance, followed by meditation and savasana. The evening will be led by Stephanie Brail who has trained with the world-famous creator of Yoga Trance Dance, Shiva Rea. Suggested Donation: $15.

Your Neighborhood Studio
11154 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
310.876.3498

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Creative Yoga

  • Posted on: 4 April 2008
  • By: mokshalom

A fun yoga class designed to free your creativity with poses and breathing exercises to open your body and stimulate your mind.

You MUST bring your own mat to class. Please also bring blocks and a strap if you need them. This is a small theater, not a yoga studio, so the usual props are not available.

Wednesdays, 6-7pm
Suggested Donation: $5-10

DreaMakers Center for the Aspiring Performing Artist
3852 Albright
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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Creative Yoga

  • Posted on: 4 April 2008
  • By: mokshalom

A fun yoga class designed to free your creativity with poses and breathing exercises to open your body and stimulate your mind.

You MUST bring your own mat to class. Please also bring blocks and a strap if you need them. This is a small theater, not a yoga studio, so the usual props are not available.

Wednesdays, 6-7pm
Suggested Donation: $5-10

DreaMakers Center for the Aspiring Performing Artist
3852 Albright
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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