Workshops & Events


Free Yoga Orientation & Intro to Yoga

FREE YOGA ORIENTATION with Indira Shekerjian

Saturday, May 30
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 Indira Shekerjian
Mondays 7:45-9:15 pm
June 1 - 22

$80 for series of four 90-minutes 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 mobile phone in your car
  • please refrain from wearing scents to class as some folks are allergic to perfume and cologne



Children's & Family Classes










Full Moon Meditations with Indira Shekerjian

One hour session, $10 Pre-register Now

  • Sunday, May 31, 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 1, 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, July 29, 7:45 pm
  • Sunday, August 30, 7:00 pm
  • Monday, September 28, 7:45 pm
  • Monday, October 26, 7:45 pm
  • Monday, November 25, 7:45 pm
  • Monday, December 21, 7:45 pm - Solstice Meditation

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 Ayurveda with Jeff Perlman

Saturday May 23, 2:00-3:30 pm
$20 Pre-register Now

Ayurveda is the Indian Holistic Medical System which has been practiced continuously for over 5000 years and is considered the sister science to Yoga. Ayurveda explains how our interrelationship with nature's cycles, rhythms and patterns affect our daily lives and how by making simple lifestyle changes can bring true health, balance and wellness.

In this workshop we will be discussing the history of Ayurveda through time and the basic principles including: the Five Elements, the Three Doshas, the Physical & Mental Gunas, What is Constitution and the Five Sense Therapies.

Homemade Organic Chai Tea will be served

Jeff Perlman is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Certified Massage & Marma Therapist, a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and Certified Cordon Bleu. For more information visit


Iyengar Level II Course with Keri Lee

Mondays, 7:15 -8:45 pm

March 16 to June 8
(No class March 30, May 25)
11 sessions, $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.



Teacher Training 2015 Free Information Sessions

The Santa Monica Yoga 2015 Teacher Training starts  June 26.

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

Sunday May 17, 10:00-11:00 am

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Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training with Kyra Haglund

A training for yoga teachers, clinicians, social workers, medical personnel and/or individuals working with communities with trauma.

Friday, June 12 - 2:00 - 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 13 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 14 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

$300 if pre-registered by June 1
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This 3-day training, led by Kyra Haglund is designed to offer a physiological framework of shock and complex trauma and how they manifest in the body and mind.  She will give you tools from the growing field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to manage, and even resolve, symptoms of trauma. 

Along with addressing individuals, this training will also explore how systemic patterns of trauma, at the heart of social justice issues such as poverty and racism, impact entire communities of people.

Kyra Haglund is a clinical social worker, somatic experiencing practitioner and yoga teacher. She is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and energetic teacher who takes an integrative approach to therapy and social justice work.  She blends traditional psychotherapy, holistic arts, and somatic tools to support greater self-regulation and well-being. In addition to private practice, Kyra works with the homeless and veteran community and co-facilitates yoga teacher trainings.