“Lasting Intimate relationships usually need at least five positive interactions to balance every negative one.”


Rick Hansen

LMU Modern Yoga Extension Course October 4-November 1, 1-3 p.m.

Classes held at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the yoga we practice today? What did yoga look like 100 years ago? Or 50 years ago? In our last course, we looked at the Haṭha Pradīpikā and medieval yoga practices. In this next Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Extension Class (held here in Irvine at Be the Change Yoga) we will be examining “how we got to here” by tracing yoga from about 1900 A.D. to the current times through India, Europe and America. We will also be taking a look at the Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman), who were influenced by such texts as the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavad Gita.


We will also be examining yoga’s influence on modern science and art (such as Tesla, Schrödinger, the Beatles, and George Lucas’ Star Wars). The course can be taken for personal enrichment or can be taken for credit towards the Certificate Program. No prerequisites, can be taken for continuing education credit (Erika is a YACEP).

Classes will be offered at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, 3942 Portola Parkway,

Irvine, CA 92602.

Classes will be held for 5 Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1) $195


Courses are audio-recorded, so if you can’t make all the dates, you can listen in via the recording and hand-outs (which are e-mailed out weekly).

Texts: Yoga Body by Mark Singleton and American Veda by Philip Goldberg

To register: LMU Yoga Studies (Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program)



Deeper than Asana Teacher Training

My dear friend, Rebecca Fink, will be leading a 200-hour (Yoga Alliance-certified) training again this spring, and I will be teaching the philosophy, vinyasa sequencing, and vinyasa building blocks segments of the program. We have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind 200-hour teacher training program. Taking the best of what we know, we have crafted a unique program, rich with philosophical traditions, detailed information on anatomy, sequencing technique and adjustments, and Ayurveda fundamentals (taught by Kayla Freudenberg). The next session begins February, 2018. If you would like to be included, or to receive information on the program, please see Rebecca’s (lead trainer) website: http://www.8deepyoga.com/gallery  or e-mail either of us.


Yoga Works 300-hr Teacher Training Fall 2017

This fall, I will be mentoring once again for the Professional Program. If you are interested in mentoring with me, let me know. I will be taking 8 students.

This tends to fill up quickly. I will also be leading a 50-hour Yoga Philosophy Module.


Yoga Works 50-Hour Yoga Philosophy Module, September 30-December 3, 2017

In this four weekend course (spread out over three months so that you will have time to read and analyze the material), we will be delving into the origins of yoga in the Indus Valley, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Mahābhārata and the Bhagavad Gīta, the Yoga Sūtras, the Haṭha Pradīpikā, the Goddess Tradition, modern yoga, as well as subtle body, Ayurveda (taught by Simon Ballard) and meditation.


This training is open to teachers, aspiring teachers and serious students of yoga.

To register, go to YogaWorks.com/teacher training, or call 310-664-6470 x 131.


Sedona Yoga Festival Spring 2018