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  • Knocking

    By Michelle Azar

    June 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    We were about half way through class Tuesday night, when I heard a light knock at the door of our studio. To be clear, our studio also serves as a meeting room, sometimes a storage room, and weekly as a house of worship to the Orthodox congregation who rents space at Temple...

  • Daddies

    By Michelle Azar

    June 17, 2013 | 10:52 am

    I sent my big girl to the mall with her daddy today. I wanted to buy him new pants but there were two problems with my idea. He rarely likes what I buy him, and I hate shopping so all I wind up doing is having to return things, and who’s got the time for that?? I figured if he went...

  • Gardening

    By Michelle Azar

    June 10, 2013 | 10:16 am

    I was out gardening yesterday  Did I really just start a sentence like that? I promise, I have never actually gardened in my life, except at kibbutz camp maybe when I was 12. Something about weeds and watering And sunlight.

    So yesterday, I was outside looking at the dry mud and...

  • Bathing in Sound

    By Michelle Azar

    April 17, 2013 | 11:26 am

    I lay on my mat at OMKAR 108 YOGA in Culver City this past Sunday being sung to by the buttery voice of Prandithi. I hear the Sanskrit words I have grown to love. The sounds of the consonants I have learned, the rich tones from the Tibetan bowls resonating in my chest, and the...

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  • Happenings

    By Michelle Azar

    April 10, 2013 | 10:32 am

    I miss matzah. I actually miss it.  One would thing a week that dry piece of cardboard might be enough, so it makes me wonder… what am I really missing? The “food” itself or the surroundings?

    This Passover was spent with family, ALL family really, from the newly born to the super...

  • Mindful Morning

    By Michelle Azar

    March 15, 2013 | 11:02 am

    A friend gave me a little list of affirmations. I printed it out. Read the first one, and stopped. It was a simple notion about unconditional love. A phrase that always trips me up. For reasons I have spent great amounts of time and money figuring out. I thought how interesting...

  • Password

    By Michelle Azar

    March 8, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    “Mommy?” called my sweet seven-year old from her tuft of tulle. “Do you think I should have a password now to come into my bed?” She was nestled within the new pink canopy around her bed. It has been difficult for her to fall asleep, so we put up a little protection against the...

  • Yoga Schedule

    By Michelle Azar

    March 4, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Summer sun feels like its coming. Hopefully that heat can warm us up, opening our minds and bodies for a new asana or two (and if you don't know what asana means, get yourself to class!)

    Lots of new times to practice! And please let me know if you would like the restorative class...

  • All Good Things

    By Michelle Azar

    February 15, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    I walked confidently into Starbucks this afternoon, excited at the prospect of a skinny vanilla latte, the treat of choice from the cast of BOEING BOEING. I was even going to splurge and get a grande I had decided. And their veggie juice, to mitigate the evil I’d ordered. I pulled...

  • Joy Time

    By Michelle Azar

    October 9, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    The thing is, I don’t want to leave my sukkah. I know, it’s time to move inside, to stop shaking greenery all around, and just let lemons turn back into, well, lemons. But  we only got the darn hut up in full regalia a couple of days ago, AND it's southern California, of course I...

  • The P90X of Yoga Has Arrived

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    August 16, 2012 | 9:33 pm

    Check out my review in The Huffington Post on The Ultimate Yogi here.

  • Finding balance at the intersection of yoga and Judaism

    April 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Yoga means “union” or “union with the divine.” It doesn’t mean “contortionism,” “hippie commune” or “Lululemon.”

    “Judaism” means “monotheistic religion [of the Jews]” or “belief characterized by one transcendent God.” It doesn’t mean “bagels and...

  • Exercise your options

    November 29, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    As the holidays roll around, so, too, do days spent cooped up indoors with kids and relatives, braving rainy weather (or even snow, for those who head East) and moving very little, except perhaps to the dining room table and back.

    It might seem like a time to abandon all hope of...

  • Day Five of the Cleanse: Fail. The End

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 11, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I’m about to leave for my yogi pow-wow about this past week’s cleanse.  I’m dreading having to admit that I’m a cleanse-failure.  The thing is, I know I didn’t do it properly so I shouldn’t really comment on it but I really did try.  If you’ve ever had ultimate meal, you...

  • Day Three of the Cleanse: cheat, quit, or metabolic shock

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever done in my entire life. 

    At about 6pm tonight, the third day of my stupid ayurvedic cleanse for my yoga teacher training, I started to feel really ill.  I hadn’t been feeling well all day, and it had progressively gotten worse and worse,...

  • Day Two of the Cleanse: weak, tired, and about to pass out

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    I hate this stupid cleanse.  I feel like I’m about to faint.  Part of the problem is that one of the integral aspects of doing this cleanse is eating this Ultimate Meal smoothie.  It is just so repulsive I cannot force myself to get that thing down.  I ate about half of it for...

  • Day 1 of the Five Day Cleanse: irritable, aggravated, short-tempered

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 7, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Man this cleanse sucks.  I’m reconsidering my pledge to write about it daily because right now I don’t have much to say about it except how awful everything tastes.  I’ve also had a horrible headache all day from caffeine withdrawal so this may be tainting my outlook right now....

  • Fall Cleanse

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

    I’ve been doing a yoga teacher training on the weekends for the last few weeks.  I did it mainly to deepen my yoga practice but it turns out, I love it a lot more than I realized I would.  In any case, I’m approaching Week 7 and this means that on Monday, November 7th, I begin a five...

  • The skin game

    September 16, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Most of us have one body part that we’d like to change, be it our double chin, our tuchis or our belly. And as a quick fix, plastic surgery has become pervasive – according to the American Academy for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1.6 million surgical cosmetic procedures were done...

  • Wrap mind, and body, around Holy Days prep

    By Rachel Heller

    September 14, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days are a time of account settling for Jews, marked by personal reflection, repentance and prayer.

    But how about some Jewish yoga to get the ball rolling? Why not try some visualization exercises or Jewish meditation?

    About 30...

  • Yoga, Jill Zarin, Jaycee Dugard & Missing My Son So Much It Hurts

    By Ilana Angel

    July 11, 2011 | 1:04 am

    I took a two hour yoga class on Sunday.  It was a great class and I left feeling very calm and relaxed.  I learned a lot about the practice of yoga, and pushed myself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It is amazing what emotions are felt if you listen to your own breathing.

    ...
  • Classes bring a bit of shul to yoga

    June 28, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    In a dimly lit room overlooking Santa Monica’s bustling Third Street Promenade, prayers set to electronic music float between bodies in motion. Barely audible over the melodies are the deep exhales of students.

    “Shabbat Shalom,” said Zach Lodmer, walking around the room....

  • Mind, body and sole

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    The Grinberg Method, named for its Israeli founder, Avi Grinberg, is described as “a structured way of teaching through the body.” But a better way to explain it is through an example. Let’s take a universal source of anxiety that most women can relate to: waiting for the guy...

  • Turning the world upside-down on Purim

    March 14, 2011 | 10:23 am

    When was the last time you stood on your head?

    If you don’t practice yoga, and you’re not a 2-year-old, it’s probably been quite a while.

    Noting that my toddler couldn’t get enough of being upside down on his little sister’s infant seat, I understood the allure. Seeing the...

  • Warrior pose: The battle for 21st century yoga

    By Marcus J Freed

    December 1, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    If you thought that yoga was all about peace and love, think again. The vitriolic fight that has erupted within the world of this ancient meditation system gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Warrior Pose.”

    The co-founder of the American Hindu Association, a relatively...

  • For a few good laughs

    By David Suissa

    July 30, 2008 | 11:07 pm

    It's not often I get to celebrate Shabbat right by the ocean waves, howling with laughter.

    It started innocently enough, on a lazy Shabbat afternoon last week in Laguna Beach.

    I was feeling a little guilty that I had missed the two-mile trek to the local Chabad for Shabbat morning...

  • Balancing music and yoga

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With his arms outstretched above his head, his left fist clenched and his right hand delicately pinching the baton, Brad Keimach conducts Brahms Symphony No. 1 with the fervent grandeur expected of a symphonic masterpiece.

    Watching Keimach, 53, one might wonder whether it is the...
  • Enjoy Wedded Bliss in Lotus Position

    By Alison Ashton

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Not every couple's notion of the ideal honeymoon entails a hedonistic beach resort and lots of fruity drinks garnished with umbrellas. Some want to begin married life with yoga.

    Some couples pursue tantric yoga, a form that includes a tranquil sexuality, in hopes of creating a...

  • Maahj Cracks Fashionistas

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What, you may be asking yourself, is the next hot trend? The style universe looks to Los Angeles in general, and this column in particular, for those cutting-edge trends that define the culture. No wonder this column has become such a favorite of trendsetters and fashionistas...

  • Fierce Determination

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I admit, it doesn't sound pleasant. You enter a room that's been heated to above 100 degrees. The heat isn't as suffocating as the odor, a wall of smell that hits you like a thousand stinky shoes.

    You inhale the scent of sweaty armpits and groins, of excreted toxins, byproducts of...

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