Workshops & Events


Free Yoga Orientation & Intro to Yoga

FREE YOGA ORIENTATION with Indira Shekerjian

Saturday, March14
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!




with Mike Pottenger
Thursdays 7:45-9:15 pm
February 19 to March 12

with Indira Shekerjian
Mondays 7:45-9:15 pm
March 16 to April 6

$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



Family Yoga Class with Candis Berens and Marni Gittleman

Animals of the Zodiac, Chinese New Year

Discover your Chinese Zodiac animal as we stretch, bend, twist and breathe through a playful sequence of animal yoga asanas/poses.  Learn how animal yoga poses can serve you and your family in every day ways as a tool for expressing emotions, building muscles and mindfulness.  Ages 3 1/2 and older.

Saturday February 28, 6:30-7:30 pm

$17 per person
$15 per person early bird by Feburary 25
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Class Location:  Santa Monica Yoga North Studio (front entrance)

Candis Berens MS Ed and Marni Gittleman MS Ed, RYT have dedicated themselves to the service of children and families for over 35+ years.  Their combined specializations include Child and Brain Development, Special Education, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Children, Reiki, Iyengar and Kundalini Yoga.  They currently teach yoga to children and families through Peace It On Yoga.  Candis is a sought after Educational Consultant and beloved Classroom Teacher, she most recently was the Kindergarten Specialist at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH).  Marni is an Integrative Learning Specialist, Concept Developer and Artist who is known for the creation of exhibits and events that engage, empower and uplift the community, local projects of note include Noah's Ark at the Skirball and the GLOWmasphere at Santa Monica GLOW.


Full Moon Meditations with Indira Shekerjian

One hour session, $10 Pre-register Now

  • Sunday, January 4, 5:00 pm
  • Monday, February 2, 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:45 pm
  • Sunday, May 3, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, June 1, 7:45 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.


Iyengar Level II Course with Keri Lee

Mondays, 7:15 -8:45 pm

January 5 to March 2
9 weeks, $117 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.



Mommy & Me Series with Indira Shekerjian

Four Mondays, 12:00-1:15 pm
February 9, 16, 23, and March 2
$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.

Series price must be pre-registered or paid on the first day. No credit or make-ups for missed sessions.


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.




Pranayama and Meditation in the Himalayan Tradition with Luke Ketterhagen

Friday, March 13 and 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
$30 for one or $50 for both
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Why Pranayama?

The key to understanding where we have imbalances energetically, and how we can begin to correct them in order to heal physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually is to look at the breath.  A choppy, unsteady breath leads to an unsteady, disrupted nervous system and everything gets thrown off after that.  Pranayama practices are specific applications of awareness either using a mudra (hand position), bandha (lock), or control of the diaphragm to begin to regulate this unmistakable, vital force of prana.  When this vital force is under control we begin to clear away the hurdles that have been preventing us from taking that leap in health, wellness or understanding.  These practices are shortcuts to a clear, calm and tranquil mind.

Why Meditation?

To be able to bring rest to the mind is to be able to tap into a level of understanding not knowable by any other method. The sages say that meditation is the only way to introduce you to yourself.  Meditation is a process of consciously controlling the fluctuations in the mind field.  By understanding the process of meditation and learning a systematic process we can bring about that natural state of mental equilibrium that will move us to a focused and one-pointed mind. With a focused mind we will be more effective, more clear, more calm and more happy!

Join Luke for these two sessions and learn the tools and techniques in both pranayama and meditation (Dhyana) to aid on your journey to wholeness, to self understanding, and to awakening the latent power within. 

After these two sessions you will be able to:

  • Calm and rebalance your scattered mind
  • Awaken from an energetic lull
  • Purify your body and mind
  • Reconnect with your intuitive and creative self and more, much more



Teacher Training 2015 Free Information Sessions

The Santa Monica Yoga 2015 Teacher Training starts in June.

Meet our instructors and find out more at one of our free information sessions:

Saturday, February 28, 10:00-11:00 am
Friday April 10, 7:00-8:00 pm
Sunday May 3, 12:30-1:30 pm

Pre-register now

Read more about the teacher training...


Yoga Playdate Series with Nikki Dyson

4 Fridays, 4:15-5:15 pm
February 20, 27, March 6, 13
$48 for all 4, 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.