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Unconditional Happiness Workshop
Bliss Meditation
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Intro to Shadow Yoga
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Namaste Dear Friends,                                                                            

Year end. Seasons have finally changed. Nights are colder and the days short. We feel the call to turn inward to the fire, family and friends.

Symbolically this is a time of growing consciousness and a powerful opportunity to set intentions in our lives. Our yoga practice, our sadhana, is a doorway into our inner life and to the dreams we want to manifest in the new year. As we pass through the longest night of the year and the winter solstice, we remember that the new light of the year will shine brightly on the these growing seeds of our ever expanding intentional life. 

We can mark this transition with conscious reflection, heart intentions and joyful celebration. In this time of relative darkness and economic uncertainty, we can celebrate our good fortune and true abundance by sharing our love with others through the ritual of giving from our hearts as an expression of gratitude. 

We are committed to building community and to supporting the development of real, lasting peace, harmony and consciousness in our lives and in our world. We are always tremendously touched and grateful that so many of you have joined us on this journey. Your practice on the mat, your smiles, your growing families, and the moving comments we hear from you about your experience, are all a gift to us.

We thank you from our heart for helping us to build this beautiful, sacred community at Rising Lotus. We hope you'll join us on New Years to celebrate as we welcome 2011 together in joy. 

The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.
            - Ethel Percy Andrus.

May our yoga practice and our community continue to provide support and light into the new year!  

In deep gratitude and joy,
Daniel & Claire
Rising Lotus Yoga

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu

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Class Cancellation 
 Shadow Yoga with Matt Pesendian
 Tuesday  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
*The Thursday morning Shadow Yoga Class at 8:00 AM is being changed from a Level 2/3 to a Basics Class.

Class Addition 
Qigong with Matt Pesendian
Monday 8:05 PM - 9:05 PM  
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Max Strom
Heart-Core Yoga Workshop
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Is it possible that your hard body, so rigorously constructed, is really a means of building armor, to protect yourself?


This vigorous class will not only focus on core strength and healthy physical alignment, but will also invoke the question of our "life alignment." An aligned body is healthy - an aligned heart and mind is even healthier. This unique practice is designed to awaken the strength of the body and the healing power of the heart. Class will include vinyasa-flow, non-dogmatic philosophy, breathing, and meditation.

The Healing Power of Forgiveness Workshop
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Forgiveness is perhaps the most powerful tool we have for healing ourselves. To forgive another, heals oneself, just as anger toward another poisons oneself. Anger and resentment destroy our lives. For the body to heal, often times what is most vital is to heal the broken heart or spirit. Failure to forgive affects our stress level, power to heal the body, discernment, and all our relationships. The first part of this seminar is a powerful lecture on forgiving others, the second part will address forgiving oneself, and the third part include gentle yoga movement, breathing exercises, and guided meditation with emphasis on emotional transformation. Appropriate for all levels.

Innovator and teacher Max Strom is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students and has become one of the most revered teachers of personal transformation and yoga on three continents. He reaches beyond the boundaries of yoga postures and addresses the internal and emotional aspects of our life, subjects that often lie painfully neglected in the yoga community.


Due to an ever-increasing demand for his teachings, Max travels extensively teaching and lecturing on personal evolution, spirituality, and yoga. In 2008 he brought his unique system to nine countries and over 35 cities worldwide, guiding his students to grow into happier, healthier, and empowered human beings. You can see more of his work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and, Max Strom Yoga - Strength, Grace, Healing.


$40 in advance
$45 day of
$70 for BOTH workshops if paid in advance
$80 BOTH workshops purchased day of

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Discover the Power of Unconditional Happiness with Luca Bosurgi 
 Sunday, December 5th
 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Unconditional Happiness is the natural state of the mind and it is our Divine birth right to experience it on a daily basis. Childhood traumas and unprocessed experiences often interrupt this precious flow and create confusion, depression, stress, lack of self-confidence and fears. During this workshop we will explore the secrets behind restoring this sacred energy as the true origin of personal power, attractiveness, fulfilling relationships, health, wealth, and success.


Luca Bosurgi will initiate you on

a journey of healing old traumas and restoring your mind to its natural state of happiness. Luca will work on the levels of logic, spiritual awareness and subliminal personal powers during guided shamanic theta meditations and interactive teachings. You will experience the process that has already upgraded numerous lives to achieve success, companionship and personal balance.


About Luca Bosurgi, Healer and Therapist, DHyp, LCCH, MBSCH, CH
Luca is a Medicine Man according to Native American traditions with the gift of clairvoyance. His CognitiveOS Hypnosis practice is the accumulation of over 20 years of experience, practice, teaching and healing the mind and spirit. Luca Bosurgi achieves results for his clients by: clearing psychological traumas and overcoming depression, fears and confusion; repositioning spirit/mind/body hierarchy; enhancing individual talents and strengths; advancing spiritual evolution and clarifying spiritual purposes.


$50 advance /$55 day of


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ChakraBliss Meditation with Carmen Joy
Sundays - December 5th, 12th, and 19th
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ongoing Meditation Class

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● Cultivate a regular meditation practice

Learn practical tools to live a peaceful life

Experience radiant joy and bliss

Increase energy and clarity

Connect with your natural healing intelligence

Infuse creativity and positive energy

Increase vitality and productivity

Live all your dimensions

No meditation experience is required, just an open mind and heart.

By Donation: Suggested $15

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KirtanKirtan with Daniel & Friends
Friday, December 10th
8:30 PM

Daniel Kirtan May 2010

Daniel's kirtan is a unique blend of western soul and jazz style improvisation with authentic Sanskrit mantras. The joy he feels singing is evident in the energy that grows in the room and the heart opening often experienced by participants.

He believes that together the musicians and the audience find union as they create an ecstatic experience of blissful music and deep meditation.

Please join Daniel and many wildly talented musical friends on Friday, December 10th at 8:30 pm. No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart to the joy.

Click HERE to watch Sri Ram Jai Ram at Sunrise at Bhaktifest in September.

By donation - Suggested donation for the band $15.

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ShadowYogaIntro to Shadow Yoga with Matt Pesendian
Sunday, December 11th
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Shadow Yoga Workshop

"What is the body, that shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe." - Rumi

Matt Pesendian has been practicing and studying the art of Hatha Yoga for 20 years, dedicating his studies to the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Zhander Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga. He received his master's degree and licensure in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the co-owner of Village Community Acupuncture in Sherman Oaks, Ca. He also developed a Medical Qigong program at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and teaches yoga/qigong workshops and retreats.


Shadow Yoga, founded by Zhander Remete, is a Hatha Yoga system designed to integrate the common principles of yoga asana, martial arts, South Indian dance and Ayurvedic medicine. The starting point consists of 3 standing prelude forms, all devised to prepare the body for asana-vinyasa. The full practice format consists of prelude forms, asanas, inversions, bandhas, kriyas, mudras and pranayama. This class will focus on the basic yogic principles, focal points, postures and techniques which stand at the heart of this unique Hatha Yoga practice.

$25 for session

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New Years Celebration Intentional Yoga Class and Rocking Kirtan with Daniel and Claire
Friday December 31st
 7:30 PM - 11:55 PM

We will bid 2010 adieu with a bang of community practice lead by Claire and live music by Daniel and friends.


7:30 PM-9:30 PM
We'll align ourselves as one in joyous flow led by Claire and welcome 2011 in with grounding rituals that cultivate clarity for envisioning the path ahead, collectively and individually. Daniel and friends guide the flow with live music.

10:00 PM to Midnight
Join Daniel & Friends for a joyous, rocking, intentional New Years Eve Kirtan to celebrate the dawning of 2011. We'll sing and dance as we set our intentions and welcome the New Year. Chant and be happy!
Musical family for the evening: Emily Kerns, Shannon Baker, Arielle Silver, Jeff Harris, Darby Orr, Greg Klimuk, Cooper Madison

Midnight - ??
Potluck Feast and Champagne! For those who wish to stay and celebrate, we'll gather upstairs to a feast. If you plan to attend the potluck there is no additional charge, only a dish to share with the group. Please let us know if you plan to attend and what you will be bringing!
Sing and Dance into 2011!

Yoga Class only $20 in adv/$25 at the door

Kirtan Only $20 in adv/$25 at the door

Both Event $30 in adv/ $35 at the door


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FeaturedTeacherFeatured Teachers

The Lovely Kiera Anderson!
Mondays & Fridays
Level 1 - 10:35 AM - 12:05 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays 
Level 1/2 - 6:30 PM - 7:55 PM
Prenatal - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Kiera began her yoga journey eight years ago in New York City, completing her 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks in New York under Chrissy Carter and Ann Mosca in 2003. She is now working towards 500-hour certification with her mentor, Jasmine Lieb. Kiera focuses on alignment and breath integration in her classes, and strives to approach the practice with a playful and light-hearted attitude. She is inspired by music, theatre and poetry, and endeavor to use these as teaching tools in the studio. Currently, Kiera is immersing herself in the study of therapeutic yoga and hope to continually grow as a teacher and student of this discipline. She lives in the Valley with her new husband Bradford, and their dog, Huck. Kiera is so grateful to be a part of the beautiful community at Rising Lotus Yoga!

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The Beautiful Kate!
Mixed Level Flow - 6:00 PM - 7:25 PM
Mixed Level Flow - 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

As the child of two medical doctors, Kate grew up with a profound interest in well-being. A passionate athlete, she ran Division I track and field at Dartmouth College; she later devoted herself to long-distance running and finished near the top of her age group in half-marathons and marathons around New England. She discovered yoga in 2002, and within a few years developed a daily, breath-focused and alignment-based practice. Kate moved to Los Angeles from New York in 2007, and received her yoga certification a year later. She is currently a yoga instructor and a health psychology graduate student at UCLA. Kate feels blessed to have discovered yoga, a practice which continuously encourages her own self-development, self-acceptance, and sense of gratitude for the beauty of the world around her. In her classes, she strives to make yoga a joyful, challenging, and deeply personal practice for her students. Kate is deeply grateful for her students and fellow yogis, who continue to teach her profound lessons about life; in return, she is delighted to be able to help them discover and manifest their own paths!

Come and say hello to Kiera and Kate and try their classes with the coupon below! 

CouponOne Class Free

(for featured teacher)
Please print this coupon and present to the front desk prior to class.
     Kiera Anderson
     Monday & Fridays - Level 1 - 10:35 AM - 12:05 PM 
     Tuesdays & Thursdays - Level 1/2 - 6:30 PM- 7:55 PM
     Wednesdays - Prenatal - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Kate Szilagyi
    Mondays -  Mixed Level Flow - 6:00 PM - 7:25 PM
    Thursdays - Mixed Level Flow - 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

  Offer Expires: December 31, 2010.
  Valid for one class only per teacher. 

 Rising Lotus Yoga ❘ 13557 Ventura Blvd ❘ Sherman Oaks ❘ 91423

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