|From the Editor
Monday, November 9, I went to hear Caroline Myss speak about her new book, Defy Gravity, Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason. I had the opportunity to interview her for the magazine, and you can read the interviews here: Part one: and Part two: A few of the things she said in her Pasadena talk struck me and have given me something to think about in terms of what healing and holism really means. For example (and I’m paraphrasing), if we’re trying to heal one part of our life or part of our body, we can only do it if we heal everything. And if we’re working with forgiveness, how can we forgive one person and still be angry with ninety others? If we’re practicing forgiveness, we have to practice forgiveness. If we practice healing, we have to practice healing. And if we practice service, we have to practice service. Not just if we make a donation or volunteer for an hour, but at a stop light, with our families, with our friends, our significant others, our children, our parents, our pets. How are we holistically practicing service?
Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
LA Yoga Magazine, Editor in Chief
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This weekend is one of those that makes us think of abudance, of so much happening, it’s hard to choose. Here’s a few on the LA scene:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Joey Lugassy is singing his heart out at Bhakti Yoga Shala, Friday the 13th at 9:00 P.M.
The ever-gorgeous Snatam Kaur is performing November 13 in Huntington Beach and November 14 in San Diego with the soulful and heartfelt Bhava Ram, with events that include special kids’ programs in both cities. For more information, visit here.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
On Saturday, November 14, there are a lot of choices (we’re only listing a few here!). The hardest part is deciding where to go.
Deva Premal, Miten and Manose will be performing sacred song at the Barnum Theater in Santa Monica at 7:30 P.M. You can buy tickets online here.
Durga Das, Mira and Phillipo Franchini at Bhakti Yoga Shala at 8:30 P.M. More info
Jennifer Pastiloff and Lululemon are hosting a gentle candlelight Yoga class with live cello and Tibetan signing bowls that is a fundraiser for YogaBear (who sponsors free Yoga for cancer survivors). Survivors come free. 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. More info
KCRW’s Jason Bentley, Jeremy Sole and Carmen Rizzo will be spinning while Lucent Dossier Experience wanders and performs during a fundraiser for Mama Mia’s medical expenses, her 31 adopted children and 2 soup kitchens in Peru. Hosted by Ted McDonald, Ashley Turner, Chandler Sky, Brian Mahan, and Cristine Urioste at Yogaglo.
Win two tickets to the premiere of Oh My God in Santa Monica at the Nuart Theater on Friday, November 13. We reviewed the film in this month's issue of LA YOGA. This film is the result of opportunity to travel the world and ask, "What is God?" It's a glorious, controversial, compelling, thought-provoking global tour and it leaves us with a new appreciation for our relationships with God, the Earth and each other.
Write us by midnight, Thursday, November 12, at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter to win.
We’ve been continuing a tradition in the November issue of LA YOGA that we focus on Karma Yoga, seva and selfless service and all the ways that we can and do give back, pay it forward and give to each other. It’s a powerful practice, and we’re participating on November 22 with Yoga Gives Back, a nonprofit founded in Los Angeles by Joel Bender, our teacher profile in this issue: and filmmaker and yogi Kayoko Mitsumatsu, people who wanted to give back to India, the birthplace of Yoga, since Yoga has given so much to them. Read how they’re facilitating changing lives in India in Kayoko’s story and join us for a team-taught Yoga practice (with LA YOGA editor Felicia Tomasko, Kasey Luber, Gary Margolin, Chris Stein , John Sahakian and Tara Judelle) where the donations will support Yoga Gives Back. November 22, 10:00 A.M. -12 Noon at Yogaglo in Santa Monica.
LA Yoga on the Scene
Strike a pose and let’s get to it! Friday night, November 6, YogaCo hosted a Yoga fashion show with runway models who included: Angela Kukhan, Darshan O’Connore, Sarah Ezrin, Danielle Dumani, Tommy Rosen, Vyas Bishop, Erik Milosovich, Nazanine Navab, Jailyne White, Desiree Bartlett, Katrina Amato, Lila Jones, Danielle Wolf and Kia Miller. Spectators got to see designs by Energy Muse, Global Ghetto Organics and Beyond Yoga. (photo taken by LA YOGA’s Man on the Scene, Kailas.)
Fall is a festive time to curl up with a bowl of hot steaming soup. Soup helps to calm the vata dosha, the air and ether elements predominant this time of year. Soup made from the abundant Farmers Market squashes ensures that we’re eating fresh, local, seasonal food, putting us in touch with the rhythms of nature, which supports our Ayurvedic practice and our overall health and well-being. Warm soup is a lovely tonic for the lungs and supports immune system vitality.
We featured recipes from Komali Nunna in the November issue of LA YOGA.
Read her Kobucha squash soup recipe here.
From the Pages
“Vision Without Action Is A Fantasy And Action Without Vision Is Chaos"--Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, said this to us in this month’s story about the Agape International Spiritual Center, Rickie Byars Beckwith and the Agape Choir and the creation of community. We had the opportunity to spend some time in the community, listening to the choir and asking questions of Reverend Michael. As he says, “People have forgotten that they are not here to be consumers; they are here to be creators, artists; they are here to deliver their gifts, talents and skills so that society evolves.”
Ayurveda for Daily Life
As Mary Thompson replies to a query in this month’s Ayurveda Q and A: “When we see an imbalance anywhere in the body, we understand that the entire body is involved. In order to be truly effective, treatment must include diet and lifestyle modifications to bring balance to all the body’s tissues. A diet rich in wholesome, organic foods, taken consciously along with adequate water intake is recommended.” The holistic system of Ayurveda takes the entire body, mind and spirit into account in answering any question. At LA YOGA, we’ve been fielding health questions and passing them on to one of a number of Ayurvedic experts for years. Read this month’s solutions here.
Submit your question to: Ayurveda@layogamagazine.com