Workshops & Events


Free Yoga Orientation & Intro to Yoga


Saturday, May 10
1:00-2:30 pm with Allison McCready

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!



Four-week Series

Thursdays 7:45-9:15 pm, May 15 through June 5

$80 for series of four 90-minute classes (plus two bonus classes from our regular schedule)
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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 cell phone in your car
  • please refrain from wearing scents to class as some folks are allergic to perfume and cologne



Experience Deep Relaxation with Amy Rose Stabley and Joyce Dvoren

An Introduction to Satyananda Yoga Nidra®

Saturday May 31, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 if pre-registered by May 27
$35 after May 27
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Satyananda Yoga Nidra, developed by Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga, is a powerfull, guided meditation for deep relaxation, healing, stress management and personal transformation. Join Amy and Joyce for an experiential, fun afternoon learning about the stages of Satyananda Yoga Nidra and its applications for a variety of mental, emotional and physical health conditions.

This is a great workshop for teachers or students who are interested in hearing more about the Satyananda Yoga Nidra Certification Course at Santa Monica Yoga on August 1-3 and November 1 & 2, 2014. For more information, pick up a brochure at Santa Monica Yoga or visit

Amy Rose Stabley is a 500 RYT Yoga Works and Accredited SATYANANDA YOGA® Teacher NA1032. She has taught Satyananda Yoga Nidra workshops at the Cancer Support Community and integrated this restorative practice into her Los Angeles Yoga Works classes for seven years. 




Joyce Dvoren, a 500 RYT and Certified Yoga Therapist, has experienced the transformative effects of yoga nidra and is excited about taking the Satyananda Yoga Nidra training at her home studio. 





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Full Moon Meditations with Indira Shekerjian

One hour session, $10 Pre-register Now

  • Sunday March 16, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday April 15, 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday May 13, 9:00 pm
  • Thursday June 12, 9:00 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.

The Full Moon sheds light on the things that we no longer need to hold on to.  Once we have become enlightened to ways that are blocking us, they are easier to let go.  Traditionally, the Full Moon is also used for the setting up of plans and for the releasing of old and unwanted patterns or issues.

Most cultures have a tradition and practice of relating to the moon for its influence and inspiration.  Whether you are a man or a woman, no one needs to explain the meaning behind "lunar cycle" --- it is a powerful influence and the strongest pull on our body that can take us out of our habitual physical fixation and into the etheric.  The moon is the celestial orb of dreamtime and tied to the unconscious. When we meditate, we can drop into our subconscious and hear the quiet voice of the heart.
A great time for fasting or eating very light is during Full and New Moons. We sit together to give support to that choice because the group energy can help the individual ride the wave of the collective.  Sitting in groups makes it easier for the individual to practice stillness and allows one to go deeper more quickly.

We begin with some gentle yoga stretching, followed by a guided meditation, walking meditation and a second, shorter sit.  There is also time to ask questions as well as share your experiences regarding the meditation.  Beginner or experienced students benefit from this collective community meditation.


Introducton to Meditation with Nathalie Kramer

Two Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
June 14 and 21

$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
11 Week Session - March 31 to June 16 (no class May 26)
$143 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.



Paulie Zink Yin Yoga Teacher Certification

100-hour course with Master Paulie Zink

This is the only official Yin Yoga Teacher Certification Course authorized by The Yin Yoga Institute and taught by the founding master of Yin Yoga, Paulie Zink. Learn to teach the art of Yin Yoga as it is intended to be taught.

  • Week 1: May 3-9, 2014
    (Early-bird deadline: April 4)
  • Week 2: September 13-19, 2014
    (Early-bird deadline: August 15)
  • Daily Schedule: 12:00-6:00 pm
    (Note: schedule for May 3-4 will be 12:45-5:15 pm.)
  • Cost: $1475 per week
    10% early-bird discount if registered by deadline; payment plans are available
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Yin Yoga was developed by Master Zink from the Taoist spiritual traditions and health practices of ancient China. In Taoist philosophy, the entire universe is regarded as a living organism imbued with life force. Being in harmony with the flow of this energy in nature is the essence of Taoist attitude. The primary purpose of Yin Yoga is to restore and enliven our innate ability to move with fluidity, power, and grace.

Participants will learn to open to their intuitive hearts, to discover the individual expression of the artist within, to awaken to our spontaneous and playful spirit, and to transcend the boundaries of the analytical mind in order to advance beyond the techniques for doing yoga into cultivating a way of being yoga, of living it in our day-to-day lives, and sharing these gifts with the lives of those we touch.

In this Teacher Certification Course, participants will study the deeper dimensions and comprehensive components of the art of Yin and Yang yoga, including:

  • The alchemy of the Five Elemental Energies
  • The circular flow of energy and the cycle of yin and yang in yoga practice
  • Master Zink's teaching philosophy with emphasis on developing the intricacies and variations of postures
  • The opportunity to practice teach under Master Zink's supervision

Master Paulie Zink received private intensive training for ten years as the sole protégé of ChineseTaoist yoga and kung fu master, Cho Chat Ling. A three-time international martial arts grand champion, Paulie is renowned for his fluidity, flexibility, and artistry of motion. He teaches with a relaxed and playful demeanor that encourages everyone to feel accepted and comfortable. He brings to his teaching over 30 years’ experience.

“Our bodies are mostly water. Our natural state is to move fluidly like water and adapt to our environment. When I do yoga I want to be like water pouring from a vessel.”

~ Paulie Zink

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Satyananda Yoga Nidra┬« Certification

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

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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.


The Inspired Teacher with Shari Friedrichsen

Friday May 16, 1:00-5:00 pm
$120 pre-registered by May 2
$140 after May 2

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What makes an excellent yoga teacher? Challenge yourself to explore a wide range of teaching methods, develop your personal style, and refine your skills. Using both gross and subtle anatomy, you'll practice seeing when, why and how to make adjustments and assists, and learn to use verbal, visual, and kinesthetic instructions effectively. Learn to skillfully instruct large and small groups and conduct private sessions. Enjoy practice teaching with peer and senior teacher feedback.

Shari Friedrichsen has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. Her unique approach draws on her personal practice as well as her studies with world renowned teachers such as Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Sri Karunamayi, and BKS Iyengar. She is considered to be an expert in working with subtle body anatomy. Shari currently is a senior faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and also faculty for Seattle’s 8 Limbs 500 hour Teacher Training. She travels nationally, presenting trainings, seminars and classes.


The Secret of the Yoga Sutra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

National Lecture & Book Tour
with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
Spiritual Head, Himalayan Institute

Saturday September 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
$30 in advance by September 15, $35 at the door Pre-register Now

“Renowned for over two thousand years, Patanjali’s aphorisms on the practice and philosophy of yoga shine brilliantly, like a garland of jewels. Every sutra directly or indirectly helps us to understand the mind, turn it inward, and achieve life’s purpose.”

~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As a leading voice of and the author of 15 books, his teachings offer practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. Over the past 35 years, Pandit Tigunait has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader.

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Truths about the Pelvic Floor and Core with Marti Bradley

Sunday May 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$30 if pre-registered by April 28 Pre-register Now
$35 after April 28

This two hour workshop will explore the truths about the pelvic floor and how to both soften and strengthen these areas.  It will also include supportive core work . The pelvic floor can be strained, weak or both at the same time.  Kegels are not enough and sometimes too much to keep the pelvic floor balanced.  This session will include a focus on the musculature of the pelvis and core, exercises/asana and short discussion.  Prepare to move and dive in deep beneath the surface.  All levels welcome. Students should have some experience on the mat.  

Marti Bradley teaches a Vinyasa flow class that is balanced with strength, sweetness and breath. Focused on mindful movement, she challenges her students' edge while honoring the ever changing dynamics of the body.  Marti is not only a Yoga Alliance certified teacher but is also a fully certified Pilates apparatus teacher.  She continues to take master workshops each year and believes in the deep healing power of yoga for all.  It is her desire to create space that allows for greater depth, awareness and overall wellbeing in one's practice.

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Yin and Yang Yoga with Paulie Zink

Yin and Yang Yoga 4 Sessions

Saturday & Sunday May 3-4, 2014
2 sessions each day - 12:45-2:45 pm and 3:15-5:15 pm

$60 each session
$220 for all four sessions

Early-bird discount price through April 21, 2014:
$50 each session
$180 for all four sessions

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All sessions will include some lecture on the alchemy of Yin and Yang yoga. We will explore specific yoga postures for each of the five transforming alchemical elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. These elements animate distinct qualities in the body such as lightness, fluidity, strength, springiness and calm. By integrating the power and healing aspects of these properties we stabilize emotions, harmonize the internal organs, and resonate with the true nature of our being.

The Art of Yin and Yang Yoga
Saturday May 3, 12:45-2:45 pm 

Developed from the healing practices and spiritual philosophies of ancient China, this art is based on the Taoist principles of living in oneness with nature. We will experience how to cultivate vital life force and direct it through the body, balance our yin and yang energies, liberate ourselves from limiting perceptions, feel with the intuitive heart and express the artist within.
Appropriate for all levels. Includes asanas & energy awareness exercises.

Taoist Flow Yoga
Saturday May 3, 3:15-5:15 pm

Including both Yin and Yang yoga, Taoist movement is much more than a sequence of postures. It incorporates a continuous synergistic economy of motion designed to quicken our primal spirit, and to promote relaxed confidence, fluidity, and grace in the body.
Appropriate for all levels. Includes  asanas in movement with integrated breathing exercises.


Yin Yoga
Sunday May 4, 12:45-2:45 pm

Deepen your practice and enhance self-awareness by returning to the source of being and the mystery that informs all of life. We will hold postures of stillness to clear energetic blockages, improve circulation, and unlock the joints while focusing on visualizations for grounding, relaxation, and growing the body supple.
Appropriate for all levels. Includes  asanas and meditations.


Yin Yoga Alchemy
Sunday May 4, 3:15-5:15 pm

We explore specific yoga postures to endow the body with the energetic qualities of the five transforming alchemical elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Each element contains and animates distinct qualities in the body such as lightness, fluidity, strength, springiness, and calm. By integrating the power and healing aspects of these properties we stabilize emotions, harmonize the internal organs, and resonate with the true nature of our being.
Appropriate for all levels. Mostly asanas, energy awareness exercises.

Master Paulie Zink is the founder of Yin yoga. He received intensive private training for ten years as the sole protege of  Chinese Taoist yoga and Kung fu Master Cho Chat Ling. A three time international martial arts grand-champion, Paulie is renowned for his fluidity, flexibility and artistry of motion. Through his many years of practice and study he has evolved the ancient Taoist tradition into his own unique style he calls Yin and Yang yoga. With his relaxed and playful demeanor, students find him to be a very approachable and enjoyable teacher. He brings to his teaching over 30 years experience and a profound knowledge he conveys with a simple clarity that comes from true understanding.


Yoga for Inner Healing with Shari Friedrichsen

Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, 1:00-4:00 pm
$160 pre-registered by May 2
$180 after May 2

Saturday Only (no Sunday-only option):
$95 pre-registered by May 2
$108 after May 2

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Explore the healing dimensions of mind with asana. With skillful guidance you will develop sensitivity to the inner anatomy of your body, and be able to access energetic patterns held in your mind and manifested in your muscles, organs and glands. Learn to release both the physical and the mental habits that create pain and inner unrest and obstruct your minds' innate capacity for deep inner healing. Build a strong foundation in the physical body to support the awakening of the healing force and enjoy an inwardly-directed practice to discover yourself more deeply, heal where you hurt and take refuge in the sanctuary of your own inner being.

Shari Friedrichsen has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. Her unique approach draws on her personal practice as well as her studies with world renowned teachers such as Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Sri Karunamayi, and BKS Iyengar. She is considered to be an expert in working with subtle body anatomy. Shari currently is a senior faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and also faculty for Seattle’s 8 Limbs 500 hour Teacher Training. She travels nationally, presenting trainings, seminars and classes.


Yoga Mat Massage with Julian Walker


Saturday April 12, 2:00-5:00 pm
$50 pre-registered by April 7 Pre-register Now
$60 after April 7

Have you been told you have good hands, but never learned any massage techniques?

Are you a new or experienced yoga teacher feeling the desire to use your hands more in class?

Are you a massage therapist who wants to gather more tools?

Did you just complete teacher training, and are you hungry for more knowledge and experience?


The yoga mat is the meeting place of mind and body, psyche and soma, structure and function. As teachers, the more we are able to support and facilitate explorations of embodied experience, healing, relief and deepening awareness, the more we can be of genuine service to our students.

Yoga Teachers who want more tools for private and group classes —this is for you!

Students who just want to explore hands-on work for the first time will find this an accessible, safe and information rich way to get started. Join us!

Massage Therapists interested in yoga and in learning some great new techniques —please come and play!

This workshop will teach you short and highly effective hands-on sequences from Julian’s Open Sky bodywork system. All of the work will be fully clothed and take place on yoga mats.

Julian has been a yoga teacher and bodyworker for almost 20 years, combining tools and techniques from both, and creating his own approach which has him booked 5 to 6 months in advance for private sessions.

One of the unique features of Julian's group classes is the ability to address specific tension patterns, structural imbalances or pain syndromes in the moment as part of how he learns to support regular students in their body awareness, healing and personal growth process.

By the end of the afternoon, you will have:

  • Become more comfortable with “going hands-on”
  • Practiced techniques for the neck, low back and hamstrings
  • Explored a grounded and potent model of “energetic unwinding” in the physical structure of the body

Sign up to reserve your spot now!


Yoga Playdate Series with Nikki Dyson

Four Fridays, 4:15-5:15 pm
March 28 to April 11

$48 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.

Note: You may join a session already in progress for a pro-rated price. No make-ups or credit for missed sessions.