Workshops & Events


Free Yoga Orientation & Intro to Yoga


Saturday, September 27
12:30-2:00 pm

Space is limited; please Pre-register

Santa Monica Yoga welcomes new students to our studio for a free orientation. Learn about what yoga is, where it came from and basic guidelines for practice. We also help you find classes that suit your needs and answer any questions you may have. A beginning level class will be included. After the orientation, students may want to sign up for the Intro to Yoga series or purchase a pass. Ask about new student specials!



Thursdays 7:45-9:15 pm
October 2-23

$80 for series of four 90-minutes classes (plus two bonus classes from our regular schedule)
Pre-register Now

This is an in-depth course which provides a solid foundation for practicing yoga either on your own or in group class setting. Step-by-step instruction is given for basic yoga postures and breathing techniques, allowing you to move at your own pace in a comfortable setting. Special package price includes two additional classes on our regular schedule (which must be taken within 60 days). No credit or make-ups for missed sessions.

Helpful notes for both workshops:

  • wear comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • do not eat at least two hours before class
  • bring a small towel
  • mats and props will be provided
  • please leave your mobile phone in your car
  • please refrain from wearing scents to class as some folks are allergic to perfume and cologne



Eat, Breathe, Thrive - Workshop Series

Note: This is a rental event at Santa Monica Yoga. To register contact the organizer directly. There is no registration through Santa Monica Yoga. For more information, visit:


Every Kid's Yoga with Craig Hanauer

Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs

February 7-8, Sat & Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$475 if pre-registered by January 5 Pre-register Now
$525 after January 5

Discover the many ways that yoga can promote the healthy development of children, ages 4-12.  Find out how the practice of yoga parallels and supports other therapeutic modalities in addressing difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and low muscle tone.

This experiential workshop will provide a strong foundation to teaching yoga to children with the following diagnosis: High Functioning Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD), Speech and Language Based Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Craig Hanauer MA, MS, LCAT, ATR-BC is a New York State Certified Creative Arts Therapist, Art Teacher, and School Building Leader.  He is also a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Experienced Yoga Teacher.  Committed to the health and empowerment of children, Craig has developed "Every Kid's Yoga", a unique and successful program for children with special  needs that integrates the creative arts, yoga and play. He specializes in training  yoga teachers, special educators, therapists and parents in this therapeutic and fun-filled approach to working with kids. Craig maintains faculty positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and The Parkside School, a non-public special education elementary school, in New York City.


Full Moon Meditations with Indira Shekerjian

One hour session, $10 Pre-register Now

  • Monday, September 8, 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, October  8, 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, November 5, 7:45 pm
  • Sunday, December 7, 5:00 pm

Join Indira as she guides you through gentle yoga stretching in preparation for a seated meditation, a walking meditation and another seated meditation.

The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and profoundly affects every body of water, including US.  It communicates to us and ties us rhythmically with all of life's cycles.  We acknowledge that cycle by taking the time to get quiet and be still so that we may feel that influence and hear the primal inner voice with which Nature is speaking to us.

By acknowledging these natural cycles, we can take the opportunity to experience some of the benefits of meditation.

Meditation is:

Good for our bodies

Scientists gathering data on meditation have found that a consistent practice not only boosts the mind, but it also bolsters the body. Studies bear out that meditation can help reverse heart disease, reduce pain, and support the immune system, better enabling it to fight disease.

Good for our relationships

Paradoxically, while meditation helps us tune in and turn inward to our true essence, it also helps us detach from our own egos to connect with others in more meaningful ways. Couples counselors have found when they assign their clients meditation, the couples become less angry, more self-reflective, and more loving.


In a world rife with never-ending fast fixes, crash diets, and get-rich-quick schemes, it’s nice to know there is a proven practice that really can change your life (or at least bring about dramatic effects) in just a little time in each day.

Yogis and doctors both agree: meditating—even just a few minutes of deep breathing—relaxes the brain, reduces anxiety, and decreases depression. When we feel as though we can't afford the time to meditate, but the truth is we can't afford not to.


Introduction to Meditation with Nathalie Kramer

Two Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
October 18 and 25

$40 for both dates, or $25 each Pre-register Now
Series price must be pre-registered or paid on the first day. No credit or make-ups for missed sessions.

Learn a simple and practical way to integrate a meditation practice into your daily life. It is best if you take all sessions, as you will be given simple homework and we will bit by bit set up your meditation practice. You will be given tools and simple instructions on how to prepare the body and mind for meditation.

We do not need a temple, or a perfect setting, or a perfect posture or a special time in our lives for us to sit down and close our eyes for about 20 minutes. It’s really no big deal! What is a big deal is that we can go through life without ever feeling completely relaxed and at ease, without ever really knowing moments of deep peace and awareness, constantly harassed by our thoughts and all that we absorb through-out our days. There are many ways to feel moments of peace; connecting to nature, connection with a loved one, yoga, exercising, a beautiful poem, etc. Unfortunately sometimes we can do all these things and not sustain or deeply connect to peace.  When we meditate there are no distractions, nothing outside of ourselves that we need to rely on.  We come to realize that our inner resources of peace, joy, wisdom are infinitely vast. Having this experiential knowledge on a daily basis is an invaluable tool for living in this world.

Benefits of a daily meditation practice over time include:

  • Dropping stress out of the body - it literally leaves
  • Letting go of negative thought patterns or habits
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Making the mind clearer and sharper
  • Giving the body and mind the deepest rest (deeper than sleep)
  • Connecting to your own joy and self-sufficiency

No prior Yoga experience required.

Nathalie has been teaching meditation and meditating for years. She is greatly inspired and influenced by the teachings from the Vedic tradition, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Deepak Chopra, as well as the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn. For more information visit


Iyengar Level II Course with Keri Lee

Mondays, 7:15 -8:45 pm

August 11 - October 27 (no class 8/18 & 9/1)
10 Week Session, $130  Pre-register Now

Note: Class for August 18 has been added with Lori McIntosh.
Separate registration for this date is required.
  Pre-register Now

Please note:

  • There will be no make-up, credit, or refund for missed sessions.
  • 30% discount for students with an existing unlimited pass
    (contact the studio for more information).

This multi-week Iyengar Yoga Course is for students who have a strong foundation and knowledge of level I/II poses, especially standing poses, twists, seated forward bends and the beginning of backbends. Students should be able to do salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and variations for 5 minutes as well as regularly practice sirsasana (headstand). The course will be a very safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class. All students in the class will be registered for the entire series. This highly developed methodology of teaching the poses in a certain order and individualizing them for each student are distinguishing marks of Iyengar yoga. We will help to build or start your own home practice by giving you sequences to work on during the series. Principles of yoga philosophy will be taught throughout the course; as well as furthering your pranayama practice in a clear and safe way.

Keri Lee is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.  She studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India in the summer of 2010.  Before teaching yoga she already had over 15 years of teaching experience including the movement principles of the Yoshida Technique, various kinds of dance and fitness classes.  Her career before teaching yoga was performing in Broadway shows.  She holds a BA in English. Her primary teachers are Marla Apt and Carolyn Belko.  The profound change she has experienced with her practice instills her teaching with clarity, warmth, humor and devotion.



Jamie Elmer Workshops for Teachers & Deeper Study

Vinyasa Flow without the "Vinyasa"
Part 2 of 3 (attendance in part 1 not necessary to attend)
Sunday November 9, 2:00-4:30 pm

Inversions and Arm Balances
Part 2 of 3 (attendance in part 1 not necessary to attend)
Sunday November 9, 6:00-8:30 pm

Each workshop: $50.00 in advance by 11/5, $60 after 11/5
Both workshops: $80.00 in advance by 11/5, $100 after 11/5
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Both workshops qualify Yoga Alliance CE credits.

Note: Santa Monica Yoga teachers, teacher trainees, and teacher training graduates recieve a discount on these workshops. Please contact the studio for more information.


Vinyasa Flow without the "Vinyasa" Part 2

This Continued Education clinic, for teachers and teachers in training, will give you tools to optimize the benefits of movement and breath, which is Vinyasa Flow Yoga, while minimizing strain on overused joints. Learn to teach your students this life changing practice without using the typical format of vinyasas. Many yoga students experience wrist, shoulder and lower back strain from the repetition and mis alignment found in our typical vinyasa style practice (downward facing dog, plank, chatturanga, cobra or upward facing dog).

In Vinyasa 102, we’ll focus on modifications for the common vinyasa in order to gain the internal heat of the flow practice, while lessening the strain on overused joints.

Inversions and Arm Balances Part 2

Going upside down and balancing can be extremely empowering, and at the same time, calming for our nervous system. In these clinics, we’ll focus on the step by step process of how to bring your students in to inversions, in to certain arm balances, and also, learn how to recognize when a modification is needed instead.

Forearm balance is a great shoulder opener and strengthener. Headstand is one of the most calming asanas. Too often students learn headstand as their first inversion, and more often than not, the neck and shoulder muscles aren’t developed enough to be in headstand. In Inversions 102 you’ll learn how to brings students in to forearm balance, and eventually, if appropriate, from forearm balance into headstand. We’ll also look closely at medications for different body types in both of these poses in order for our students to gain the most benefit, while staying pain free.


Mommy & Me Series with Indira Shekerjian

Four Mondays, 12:00-1:15 pm
October 6-27

$48 for all 4, or $15 each Pre-register Now

These Mommy & Me series are designed for new moms and their little ones. Indira creates a space where it's OK to be a mom and do some yoga, too! Crying, nursing, stretching, even smiling are all allowed.

For moms and babies newborn through crawling.


Movement Classes for Children with Allison Diftler

Note: This is a rental event at Santa Monica Yoga. Contact the organizer directly to register. There is no registration through Santa Monica Yoga. For more information, contact Allison directly at the email listed on the flyer below.


Peace It On Yoga... for children and families

Note: This is a rental event at Santa Monica Yoga. Contact the organizer directly to register. There is no registration through Santa Monica Yoga.

Click here for registration info.




Satyananda Yoga Nidra┬« Certification

5-day training August 1-3 & November 1-2

For more details and to register, visit

Enrollment is limited to 12 students, so sign up early! The course includes 5 days over 2 weekends with mentored home study and practice.

Derived from the tantras, yoga nidra is a powerful technique used for deep relaxation, healing, stress management, and personal transformation. It induces complete physical, emotional, and mental relaxation through a systematic technique of moving the awareness from the more gross external environment to the more subtle realms of consciousness.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati began developing yoga nidra in the 1940’s while living in Swami Sivananda’s ashram.

In the 35 years since the Yoga Nidra book was published, the technique has been a key practice in SATYANANDA YOGA®. During this time, the technique has been reviewed, revised, and adapted to more fully serve the more modern Western student.

This course is your opportunity to learn Satyananda Yoga Nidra® through the Yoga Academy of North America. The Yoga Academy of North America is one of four locations worldwide that is directly affiliated with the institution founded by Swami Satyananda himself, the Bihar School of Yoga in India.

Nityatara (Cathy Prescott) is the Executive Director of YANA and certified in Satyananda Yoga Nidra®. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500, RPYT (prenatal yoga), and RCYT (children's yoga). She also holds a 1,000-hour certification and serves as a senior instructor and mentor with Integrative Yoga Therapy; is an Ayurvedic Consultant and Reiki Master; and has qualifications in Therapeutic and Remedial Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Yin Yoga. Nityatara received her spiritual name and initiation from Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati.


Atmadarshan is a Level 2 Accredited Satyananda Yoga instructor who is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Before and after graduating from Case Western Reserve University, Atmadarshan worked with University Hospitals of Cleveland in the Department of Biological Psychiatry. She is co-author of a paper investigating biological indicators of medication response in patients with schizophrenia. Atmadarshan is the Course Coordinator and a senior instructor for Yoga Academy of North America and also the Assistant Director of the Atma Center, a yoga studio celebrating 17 years in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her initiation into karma sannyasa from Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in 2010.

Swami Atmarupa Saraswati was the first Level 2 Accredited Satyananda Yoga instructor in North America. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 hour level. Prior to following her passion for yoga teaching, Atmarupa was a certified registered nurse anesthetist for over 25 years and taught anesthesia for 10 years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Atmarupa is also the Founder and Director of Atma Center, a yoga studio in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been open since 1996.

Swami Atmarupa is one of 22 emissaries worldwide named in 2004 to represent the yoga teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga in India. She was initiated into poorna sannyasa by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Swami Satyananda’s successor.


Yoga Playdate Series with Nikki Dyson

3 Fridays, 4:15-5:15 pm
October 10, 17, 24

$36 for all 3, or $15 each Pre-register Now

Classroom Location: South (enter from back/alley)

This series of parent and child classes is designed for little ones and their parents to play, socialize, and get in a little yoga, too. Class is a combination of yoga for the parents while the kids play, and combined activities with the parents and children.