End of April Sub Schedule

HELLO Yogis,

To prepare for my two week vacation to The Bahamas (with one week at the Sivananda Ashram on Nassau!!!) I will be subbing several extra classes to make up for my absence. In addition to my regular schedule, I am also subbing the following classes, starting TOMORROW April 16th.

There are a variety of times and class styles, so there should be something for everyone – including a Yoga Barre class that blends the strengthening aspects of Ballet barre work, sculpting exercises, and the fluidity of Yoga.

I hope to see you all in class soon.

Namaste,

Beth

Saturday, April 16th ◊ 10:45am-12:15pm ◊ Level 1 ◊ Yogaworks Westwood

Sunday, April 17th ◊ 2:00pm-3:00pm ◊ Yoga Barre ◊ Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica

Sunday, April 17th ◊ 6:00pm-7:30pm◊ Restorative Yoga ◊ Yogis Anonymous Santa Monica

Monday, April 18th ◊ 6:00pm-7:30pm ◊ Gentle Yoga ◊ Yogaworks Larchmont

Tuesday, April 19th ◊ 1:00-2:30 ◊ Therapeutics ◊ Yogaworks Montana Ave

Tuesday, April 19th ◊ 4:00pm-5:15pm ◊ Hot 8 Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica

Thursday, April 21st ◊ 4:00pm-5:15pm ◊ Hot 8 Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica

Friday, April 22nd ◊ 4:00pm-5:00pm ◊ Yoga Barre ◊ Hot 8 Yoga Santa Monica

Plastic Planet

It is January, month of intention, resolution and perhaps life changing Sankalpa. As I understand Sankalpa, the purpose is to make a change that is positive and life-affirming, not one we will feel guilty about if we do not follow through, NOT AN EXERCISE IN SELF LOATHING!

With this in mind, please do not become overwhelmed when watching the movie trailer below (I become overwhelmed by these types of documentaries). Obviously, with the state of plastic in our world, we can no way avoid it all together. However, we can certainly take simple steps to cut down on our plastic usage and stop our waste of time, money, precious resources and of the planet.

Perhaps after watching this trailer you will want to join me in my resolution to cut down as best I can. Please post any ideas you have for cutting down on plastic usage, and check out the suggestions I have listed underneath the trailer<3

Shanti,

Beth

Plastic Planet

Ideas for cutting plastic usage:

-refill old soap dispensers/shampoo/conditioner bottles at your local health food stores (The usually have liquids such as EO or Dr. Bronners in bulk)

-choose to buy grocery items with the least packaging possible. Avoid tiny plastic bags/packaged foods within a big plastic bag, all of which could be avoided from buying from the bulk bins at your local health food store)

-choose to buy products such as flour, grains, nuts and snacks from bulk bins. Bring your own paper or cornstarch bags to use if not available.

-bring your own bags to the grocery store (duh)

-when bags are needed (trash, etc) choose to buy those made of starches, such as corn based Bio Bags for trash and Pooch Pickups for dog waste and small items.

-reuse glass jars as to-go cups

-bring to-go mugs and cups with you to work, meetings, etc

-bring reused cups/jars/sigg/kleen kanteen, type bottles/cups with you to work-out

-in the moment, think about what you are buying/using, brainstorm and see if there is a less trash based choice :)

-Have some culinary adventures and cook for your family, friends and self with local fresh ingredients (farmer’s market time).

-bake some extra delicious home made cookies to avoid the packaging

-For some hard-core inspiration check out this zero waste family I read about in Sunset Magazine

Let me know of any other ideas you have!!!!!

December Sub Schedule

Hi Friends,

In addition to my regular schedule, I am also subbing the following classes in December, starting TOMORROW December 13th.

There are a variety of times and class styles, so there should be something for everyone – including a new offering! I am now teaching a Yoga Barre class that blends the strengthening aspects of Ballet barre work with sculpting exercises, and the fluidity of Yoga. I will be subbing this class December 20th, and will be posting as I begin to teach this class on a regular basis <3

I hope to see you all either in class, or at a Holiday event soon.

Namaste,

Beth

Monday, December 13th ◊ 2:30-4:00 ◊ Level 1 ◊ Yogaworks Montana Ave

Wednesday, December 15th ◊ 2:30-4:00 ◊ Level 1 ◊ Yogaworks Montana Ave

Friday, December 17th ◊ 10:30-12:00 ◊ Level 1 ◊ Yogaworks Tarzana

Monday, December 20th ◊ 5:30-6:45 ◊ Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga 2nd St, Santa Monica

Canceled

Monday, December 20th ◊ 8:00-9:00 ◊ Yoga Barre ◊ Hot 8 Yoga 2nd St, Santa Monica

Wednesday, December 22nd ◊ 5:30-6:45 ◊ Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga 2nd St. Santa Monica

Canceled

Monday, December 27th ◊ 9:00-10:30 ◊ Level 1 ◊ Yogaworks Montana Ave

Monday, December 27th ◊ 5:30-6:45 ◊ Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga 2nd St, Santa Monica

Wednesday, December 29th ◊ 9:00-10:30 ◊ Level 1 Yogaworks Montana ave

Wednesday, December 29th ◊ 12 :00-1:00 ◊ Power Yoga ◊ Hot 8 Yoga 2nd St, Santa Monica

Free Yoga

Complementary Yoga Class At Lululemon Brentwood

This Sunday Only

October 24th, 9:30am

Location: Lululemon Athletica Brentwood
11920 San Vicente Blvd, 90049

Every Sunday Lululemon Brentwood hosts a complimentary Yoga class with the greatest instructors in West LA. All levels are welcome perfect for beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners. During the month of October YogisAnonymous is the STUDIO OF THE MONTH and I am representing this Sunday October 24th :)

I hope to see you there!

Water, water, everywhere, but how much do I drink?

As I continually strive, and fail, to give up caffeine, I have made a mini-goal to at least hydrate properly. I did some quick research about exactly how much water I should be drinking and found that the general consensus is, we should be taking in about 64oz of fluids a day, water being the ideal fluid. A trick to help you drink this much water is is known to many as the 8×8 rule: Drink an 8oz glass of water eight times a day for optimal hydration.

According to the Mayo Clinic website:

“The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 oz) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace your lost fluids”

In the book “The Chakra Energy Plan” by Anna Selby, the following schedule is suggested as you practice the 8×8 rule:

7:00 am

Your body loses water during the night, so drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up. This will also help detoxify your kidneys and liver. Wait at least ½ hour to eat after drinking.

9:00 am

Drink your second glass of water. If you travel a long distance to work, bike, walk, or have a hot summer commute, carry a bottle of water with you and sip as you commute, in addition to your 9:00 am glass.

11:00 am

Drink your third glass of water, more if you are in a hot climate, or in the midst of a hot weather spell.

Mid-day

Have a glass a half hour before you eat lunch

2:00 pm

Drink your fifth glass of water to ensure clear afternoon thinking. At this time of day many people experience a dip in their energy and concentration levels.

4:00 pm

Instead of having your afternoon glass of coffee or tea, try a cup of hot water or herbal tea.

6:00 pm

Drink another glass of water as you leave work, or right when you get home. At least 1/2 hour before dinner

9:00 pm

Drink your last glass of water here to prevent nighttime dehydration. However, make sure you don’t drink too close to your bedtime, lest you have to wake up in the night to use the restroom!

Good Luck, and don’t forget to cut back on buying plastic by keeping some extra cups or reusable bottles in your purse or bag :)

Namaste,

Beth

Yoga at Hotel Palomar

Hi Friends,

I have been teaching this donation only class every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00am at The Hotel Palomar in Westwood for a while now, but it was just OPENED TO THE PUBLIC and moved to 6:30AM :) I know it is a bit early, so if you can’t come, refer us to an early bird friend.

Hotel Palomar

10740 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-8711

Namaste!

Beth

Sarveshaam Peace Invocation

I am teaching this beautiful chant in my classes this month, and some students asked me to post with audio and translation. Please enjoy the chant.

Text:

Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu

Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu

Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu!

Translation(s):

1. Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all; peace (shanti) be unto all;
fullness (poornam) be unto all; prosperity (mangalam) be unto all.

May the whole world be blessed with eternal peace and goodwill (sukhinah).

2. May good befall all

May there be peace for all

May all find fulfillment

May all beings be blessed!

Audio:

sarvesham_peace_invocation

Free Lululemon Class

Complimentary Yoga Class At Lululemon Beverly Hills

This Sunday only//April 18th//9:30am – 10:45am

334 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
tel: 310.858.8339

Every Sunday Lululemon Beverly Hills hosts a complimentary Yoga class with the greatest instructors in our community. All levels are welcome – perfect for beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners. During the month of April 2010, JK Zen Fitness is the STUDIO of the MONTH! I am the JK Zen Fitness Teacher this Sunday April 18th :)

I hope to see you there!

Marathon as Tapas?

Kaya Indriya Siddhih Ashuddhi Kshayat Tapasah

Yoga Sutra 2.43

“Through ascesis or training of the senses (tapas), there comes a destruction of mental impurities, and an ensuing mastery or perfection over the body and the mental organs of senses and actions”

I suppose I wasn’t finding enough discipline in my yoga and meditation practices, as I saw it necessary to train for and run The Los Angeles Marathon this year.

The whole time I was training people would ask me why I was doing this. Had I ever run a marathon before? – No. Was I in Cross Country in High School? – No. Did I even like running? – No, not particularly.

It was leading me though, this strange desire to run. I knew somehow that training myself to run a marathon would have untold benefits.

The first month I found myself angry. Angry all the time, angry for no reason. Was the added adrenaline making me this aggressive?

The second month saw bouts of crying replacing anger.  Tears, either of intense gratitude, or hidden sorrow, would pour out of me after each long weekend run.

The third month brought processing. I noticed that the held emotions from the first two months had been peeling off of me. I spent time on long runs uncovering, discovering, and attempting to discard old beliefs behind me on the path as I ran ahead.

As marathon time approached I notice a new sense of levelness and calm. Long runs were peaceful. I noticed a change in myself not only on runs, but in my every day life. I was also so proud of myself for following through with the discipline of getting up to run no matter what. In the cold, in the rain, when I just didn’t want to run – I got up, laced my shoes and did it anyway.

The marathon day was an amazing experience. Slowly and steadily, overcoming my emotional obstacles, I finished the task with joy and ease. I am not at all lying when I say that the marathon was FUN. I had a blast, and a  smile on my face the majority of the race.

I am blessed to have explored the destruction of mental impurities in this way, and look forward to the ensuing mastery over the body and mind, Marathon as tapas or not :)