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 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



Children's & Family Yoga with Peace It On

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.




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.


Introduction to Meditation with Nathalie Kramer

Three Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
April 18, 25 and May 2

$60 for series, 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

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.



Mommy & Me Series with Indira Shekerjian

Four Mondays, 12:00-1:15 pm
May 4 - June 1
(no class May 25)
$48 for all 4, or $15 each Pre-register Now

Note: Series may be canceled if a minimum number of pre-registrations is not reached.

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.


Mother's Day Family Yoga Event with Candis Berens and Marni Gittleman


Join us for a MOM-centric celebration where MOMs take center mat! 

We’ll practice mindful, MOM-full postures, create personalized MOM-tras, nurture and be nurtured with MOMMAlicious-hugs.

Ages 3 1/2 and older.

$15/person EARLY BIRD rate if registered by MAY 6TH

Class Location: Santa Monica Yoga - North Studio

 PRE-REGISTER  or DROP-IN day of the event.



Motherwell with Deborah Raoult

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

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 pm

For women with babies with babies six weeks

to four months. Registration is a membership in an on-going six week cycle.

Motherwell is an on-going small group series offering breath, yoga, movement exploration and community building for women and their babies.

  • Participate in a weekly circle of inquiry into the practice of soulful mothering
  • Practice basic abdominal and pelvic strengthening to restore your body from within
  • Learn simple yoga sequences for home practice to calm and stabilize your nervous system
  • Mother/baby movement improvisation and singing
  • Introduction to developmental movement processes in the first year of life
  • Group mother/baby walking meditation and other mindfulness practice adapted for early mothering

Registration & Other Information

Six week cycle $200.00. Sliding scale may apply, please inquire. There is a minimum of five women and a maximum of seven required for an optimal experience.

Pre-registration is required! You may also reserve your place with a deposit of $80.00 for the week your baby is six weeks old. Participants will need to purchase a copy of Everyday Blessings by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn. They will receive practice material notebook the first week.

Class is held in the Garden Studio at Santa Monica Yoga, which is accessed from the back/alley entrance.


  • By credit card through PayPal to
  • By check to Deborah Raoult, 1122 Marco Place, Venice, CA 90291


Contact Deborah by phone at 310-625-3739 or by email at

Deborah Raoult is pregnancy and mothering mentor who has led yoga and movement meditation practice groups for women for three decades. As a yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator her primary interest is exploring the dynamics of breath, mind and motion as gateways of transformation. Through various asana, movement, breath explorations and informed discussion Deborah supports women in trusting the change mothering brings and growing the circles of allies that can make it meaningful. Deborah’s focus in pre and postnatal work celebrates pregnancy, labor and parenting as powerful rites of passage that can heal and transform our relationship to body, community and the Earth.


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.


Shari Friedrichsen Workshops

Yoga for the Heart

Thursday May 7, 12:30-2:30 pm
$40, or $35 if pre-registered by May 1 Pre-register Now
$108 for all 3 workshops - contact the studio to sign up by May 1

Our hearts are hurting, personally and collectively. We need to find a way to listen, unfold the wisdom and compassion that is inherently ours, and allow our hearts to heal. To do this we will use postures and breathing that specifically address the heart and its internal support structures. We will work on the physical level and the subtle level. This class is not a substitute for medical care or medications, but can supplement your knowledge and caring for your own heart. It can inspire you to strengthen your relationship with your heart and yourself. It can give you a foundation to live more heart-centered and heart-healthy in the world.


Yoga for Women

Friday May 8, 12:30-2:30 pm
$40, or $35 if pre-registered by May 1 Pre-register Now
$108 for all 3 workshops - contact the studio to sign up by May 1

This class is designed to address specific physical, emotional and mental discomforts and changes that affect women. We will be guided to remember we have strength, courage and an inner teacher that is always there to guide us. We will use practices that reclaim and enhance this inner teacher, this inner guiding light. It’s about reclaiming our intuitive wisdom that is always there, but sometimes gets drowned out by all the competing voices. There is a way to tune in to the deeper and abiding intelligence. And this asana practice is designed to reclaim that connection.


Chakras and Healing: In Depth

Saturday May 9, 1:00-4:00 pm
$60, or $50 if pre-registered by May 1 Pre-register Now
$108 for all 3 workshops - contact the studio to sign up by May 1

This class will use asana and pranayama to look at ourselves and our potential for healing through the system of chakras. These subtle energy centers have a direct relationship and influence on our health and our minds. By addressing the energy directly we can begin to heal long-held habits that limit our vitality and our peace. Join Shari in the exploration of our deeper ability to live with greater radiance and freedom.


Shari Friedrichsen
Teaching yoga for more than 38 years, Shari Friedrichsen is a key facilitator of the Himalayan Institute teacher certification program and a member of the 500-hour teacher training faculty at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, Washington. She has studied asana, meditation, and philosophy in the US and India with respected teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Amma Sri Karunamayi, and BKS Iyengar.

Shari’s passion is to use yoga, its practice and the foundational philosophy, to heal our bodies and our minds. Her approach is unique, driven by the heart combined with practical intelligence. She is an expert in teaching subtle body awareness, guiding students to a deeper and profound experience of themselves and supporting this with the knowledge of ancient wisdom and modern anatomy. Shari teaches classes, seminars and trainings worldwide.


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
May 8 - May 29
$48 for all 4, or $15 each Pre-register Now

Note: Series may be canceled if a minimum number of pre-registrations is not reached.

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.