Workshops & Events


Free Yoga Orientation & Intro to Yoga


Saturday, July 12
12:45-2:15 pm with Indira Shekerjian

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 with Indira Shekerjian

Mondays 7:45-9:15 pm, July 14 - August 4

$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



Agni Sara: The Master Practice with Luke Ketterhagen

Sunday August 31, 2:00-5:00 pm

$35 if pre-registered by August 25 Pre-register Now
$45 after July 25

“Agni” is the foundation on which good health is built and manifests in your digestive fire, intuition and passion for life. “Sara” means essence. Through this practice you create – and become - the energy, light and essence of the transformative qualities of fire. In this workshop we’ll take an in-depth look at one of the most strengthening, applicable, and impressive practices of yoga. The sages say that if you have time for only one yoga practice each day, choose agni sara.

With its deep contractions of the abdomen and pelvic floor, agni sara targets the abdominal organs and the centers of consciousness (chakras) responsible for regulating and carrying out the instinctive life of the body. It therefore affects not only our physical health but also our vitality and emotional life. Ultimately it facilitates spiritual growth and transformation.

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Luke is a teacher in the Himalayan Tradition. He completed his yoga teacher certification and spent over seven years of residence at the Himalayan Institute living and learning yoga. After that intensive, Luke began teaching classes, workshops and teacher training programs specializing in hatha, meditation, diet and nutrition, and stress management. Luke’s teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, has always inspired him to share the knowledge of yoga - breathing, relaxation, and meditation - in a practical way that will help bring equanimity and balance to people’s lives.


Full Moon Meditations with Indira Shekerjian

One hour session, $10 Pre-register Now

  • Thursday June 12, 7:45 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 10, 7:00 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.


Gong Vortex Meditation Concert with Jere Friedman

Wednesday, July 30, 8:30-10:00 pm
$15 in advance or $20 at the door
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Jere Friedman and a multitude of gongs will create a unique GONG VORTEX that will envelop your body, mind, and spirit in healing and energizing vibrations!

Allow the soothing vibrations of the gongs to raise your awareness of your true Self, balance your energies, bring you into alignment with Universal Truth, and uplift your spiritual essence.

Bring a yoga mat and/or blankets and pillows, as you will be sitting and lying on the floor.

“The gongs found me - From the moment that the mallet struck the gong at my first gong bath, I felt drawn – compelled – to learn to play these marvelous instruments and to share with others the joy and healing they bring to me.”

     ~ Jere Friedman

There is only one thing that can supersede and command the human mind – the sound of the Gong. It is the first sound of the universe, the sound that created this universe. It is the basic creative sound. To the mind, the sound of the gong is like a mother and father that gave it birth. The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.”

     ~ Yogi Bhajan



Iyengar Level II Course with Keri Lee

Mondays, 7:15 -8:45 pm

Note to Students: Keri is away on a trip to India. Lori McIntosh will teach a short session while Keri is away.

July 14 - August 4
4 Week Session with Lori McIntosh
$52 Pre-register Now

August 11 - October 27 (no class 8/25 & 9/1)
10 Week Session with Keri Lee
$130  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.



Keep Calm... and Regulate On with Kyra Haglund and Bonnie Goldstein

This workshop is dedicated to cultivating a more resilient, connected and engaged relationship with your family in the face of day-to-day stresses as the school year gets under way.

Sunday September 7, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Individual Participant: $45
Additional family members: $20 each
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CE’s are offered for practitioners and clinicians

Kyra Haglund & Bonnie Goldstein integrate yoga, mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experience, and interpersonal neurobiology to help you and your teen:

  • better manage stress 
  • regulate emotions by connecting to resources
  • develop clear, compassionate communication 
  • learn to attune and read non-verbal body language
  • cultivate tools to move from reactivity to receptivity
  • reconnect with empathy
  • bring ease, laughter, and joy to relationships

This class complements your own current practice or journey towards understanding yourself and others.  We welcome parents, teens, practitioners and clinicians wanting to learn tools to enhance well-being.  Please join us for a collaborative afternoon of connection, laughter, movement, and play with the goal of strengthening the family unit.

Bonnie Goldstein, LCSW, Ed.M. Ph.D. works to integrate traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with progressive psychotherapeutic interventions such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness exercises and EMDR. In 1989 Dr. Goldstein founded and has continued to director the Center for Psychological Services, offering a training opportunity for clinical interns, school-search assistance, and ongoing weekly therapy groups helping children, adolescents and young-adults transition to the next stage of life as well as parenting groups addressing the multi-layered challenges of family interactions. She teaches Group and Family Therapy at USC and is Associate Programming Director for Lifespan Learning Institute.


Kyra Haglund, ACSW, SEP, E-RYT, draws on her extensive background in mindfulness, yoga, and movement to offer an integrative approach to the therapeutic process. She weaves together traditional psychodynamic and cognitive interventions with mindfulness practices and somatic techniques to support the whole person – mind, body, and heart.  Kyra is certified in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body modality that works directly with the nervous system to relieve and resolve symptoms of trauma, and uses this and other techniques to help her clients with developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.  She offers individual and group therapy in West Los Angeles at the Center for Psychological Services.


Moving with Stillness - Building a Flow Practice with Mike Pottenger

3-week Series
August 9-23, 1:30-3:30 pm

$45 for series if pre-registered by August 6
Or $20 each drop-in
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Whether you are new or experienced in yoga, it’s worth your time to spend some time with the humble vinyasa. This workshop series will first explore the proper execution of sun salutes and other vinyasa variations, and then will progress to use sequences of vinyasa and balancing postures as an avenue towards inner and outer stillness.

Movement tends to draw the mind's awareness to external things and scatter its attention; balancing postures draw the mind's awareness inwards and focus its attention. In this workshop you will practice trying to find the right combination so that movement and stillness are just different expressions of the ease and stability that are the basis for all postures in the Hatha tradition.

August  9
Introduction to Flow

Sun salutations are a common starting point for many students’ practices.  Starting with breathing exercises and adding simple movements, this workshop will include a detailed breakdown of each pose and movement in surya namaskar (A and B). For experienced students, this is an opportunity to slow down your practice and identify the source for challenges you are having with more advanced postures such as backbends, inversions and arm balances.  Appropriate for all levels.

August  16
Moving and Stillness

Flow sequences emphasize fluidity of movement and ease in the mind often at the expense of form and alignment. Balance postures emphasize form and alignment often at the expense of fluidity of movement and ease in the mind. Both practices can develop the student’s breath, focus and internal awareness. This workshop will counterpose flow sequences with balance postures. Appropriate for all levels.

August  23
Moving with Stillness

Incorporating balance postures into flow sequences compounds the potential benefits as well as the challenges of each: The student will emerge from such sequences with deeper (or shallower) breath, more focused (or scattered) awareness, greater (or diminished) sense of grounding, etc. This workshop will focus on flow sequences that include one or more balance postures. Appropriate for all levels.


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 2: September 13-19, 2014
    (Early-bird deadline: August 15)
  • Week 1: watch for 2015 dates!
    (Note - it's OK to take week 2 before week 1)
  • Daily Schedule: 12:00-5:45 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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Peace it On Kids Yoga

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

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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.

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.


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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Yin and Yang Yoga with Paulie Zink

Yin and Yang Yoga 4 Sessions

Saturday & Sunday September 13-14
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 August 15:
$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 September 13, 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 September 13, 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 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 Playdate Series with Nikki Dyson

4 Fridays, 4:15-5:15 pm
August 1 - 22 

$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.

Note: You may join a session already in progress for a pro-rated price if signing up for 2 or more sessions.