June 5th Live Music Yoga

Live Music Yoga Class with Special Guest Johanna Beekman

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Sunday, June 5th                9:30- 11:00am
Investment: $20 in adv., $25 the day of
Please Call The Yoga Den to Register
*PotLove: Please bring your favorite food, drink or dessert to share*

Come enjoy a All Level Gentle Flow Yoga Class taught by Leeza with special guest Johanna performing live!! Experience the magic of live music – powerful Sanskrit chants set to modern melodies – while you practice yoga. Johanna Beekman is a kirtan artist and songstress loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her inspiring chants and songs that tap deep into the collective soul. This class will be followed by a PotLove.

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Pop-Up Restorative Prop Yoga with Brian

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Have you wondered what the balls, blocks, blankets, & straps are for? Restorative Prop Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation, with the aid of a wide range of props to support the body. When the body is fully supported in a pose, students can relax into the shape of the pose without exerting any physical effort to stay there. They can therefore “receive” rather than “do” the pose.

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Inner Awakening Journaling Workshop with Melissa Hoon

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Saturday, June 4th         1:00 – 7:00pm
Investment: $65 if paid by May 28th, $75 After
Please Call The Yoga Den to Register

*Please bring a journal. This workshop is designed to be given in a six-hour time slot at a comfortable, no-rush pace, with a 45-minute meal/satsang break*

The Inner Awakening Journaling Workshop is an interactive therapeutic journaling and meditation workshop designed to help uplift, inspire, heal and transform individuals. Through journaling exercises, guided meditation, group discussion, and talks on the exciting science behind journaling and meditation, individualswill learn innovative ways to practice introspection by looking deeply within and getting to know their highest Self.

Discussion Topics include:

• Journaling tips and techniques

• The “Conscious Journaling and Meditation Model”—a simple yet profound equation to find healing, success and happiness

• Writing and the brain—how the physical process of writing affects our ability to process memory, make decisions and control our emotional reactions

• Journaling and meditation exercises that encourage deep introspection, which literally means “to look into”

• Scientifically proven health and well-being benefits of journaling and meditation

 

Melissa Grace Hoon, M.A., RYT 200, is the founder and executive director of Inner Awakening Writing Center. She is a sexual assault counselor, documentary filmmaker and journalist, and works at Chapman University. She has written for the Orange County Register, LA YOGA Magazine, Asana Journal, among many others. She is the associate producer on Urban Sutra: A documentary, and volunteers with Orange County’s Sexual Assault Victim Services and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

 

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Summer Cleanse & Detox with Leeza Villagomez

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$199 if paid before June 30th, $239 After
*Re-trainees $108

4 Day Schedule:
Thursday, July 7th 4:30pm-9:00pm Leeza’s Ashram
Friday, July 8th 6:00pm-9:00pm At Leeza’s Ashram/Yoga Den
Saturday, July 9th 7:30am-1:00PM At Leeza’s Ashram/ Yoga Den
Sunday, July 10th 8:00am-1:00pm At Leeza’s Ashram

Please sign up and receive your prep info to make the transition into fast. The Cleansing retreat is a 3-4 day fast, you will learn how to facilitate your own fasts, with proper information and guidance. Did you know the average person carries about 5-10 lbs of waste in their colon? What does that do? Sign up ASAP to start the pre-cleanse and learn how to clean out your body temple and heal your self with Yoga, fasting, lymphatic movement and massage..

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Kirtan with Kathy Bolte & The Bombay Rain

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Saturday, July 16th           7:00-9:00PM
$20 in ADV., $25 the day of
Please Call The Yoga Den To Register
*PotLove bring your favorite, food, drink or dessert to share*

Join us for heart opening kirtan and the sharing of delicious food in celebration of the recent release of the band’s new CD “Wakefulness”.The band’s goal in offering their music is to create Sacred Space for the listener to connect to something bigger than themselves and to take a journey back to their own most sacred space – their own heart.

Kathy is the band’s soulful vocalist and plays Guitar and Harmonium. She also composes all the band’s chants, combining ancient Sanskrit mantras and English lyrics. Eddie Young adds his masterful touch with Cello, Bass, Flute and Udu. Nick Young creates the band’s Indian/Eastern sounds with Sitar and Bansuri Flute. Christie Smirl offers her deep, rich vocal responses. Christo Pellani brings it all together with Drums & Percussion.

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One of Leeza’s Salad Recipes

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1 bunch of curly Parsley=chopped
1/2 bunch of Kale =chopped no stems
1/2 bunch of swiss chard= chopped no stems
4 cups of baby spinach
2 lemons fresh squeezed juice (no seeds)
1 large tomato chopped
1 cup of Chia Seeds sprinkled on top (yes just like the cha cha chia plant)
1 cup preferred raw nuts or seeds
1/4 cup pureed garlic and ginger ( in food processor ginger and garlic equal amounts, add a little raw apple cider vinegar ..great for many dishes)
drizzle olive oil on top approx. 1/4 cup
drizzle “Braggs liquid aminos” on top approx. 1/4 cup
sprinkle 1 tsp of Himalayan sea salt
Toss and serve
Special note from Leeza: one of many tricks to a great tasting salad is tossing it for a good 4-5 minutes especially when using kale

Health tips: Drink plenty of water, (alkaline is best) but not while your eating meals, you need your natural digestive enzymes to digest.
Don’t eat late at night
Green inside, clean inside..keep the body flowing
Start your day with a large glass of water and half a lemon squeezed, this also helps digestion.
Remember you are what you eat, think and breathe.

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Heart and Yoga

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Modern science is showing that the human heart creates the single most powerful electrical field in the human body, about 60-100 times more powerful than the human brain. Science says that the human heart is 5,000 times stronger than the human brain. I find this very helpful in my journey. I have worked with a Shaman for nearly 8 years and she teaches the same golden rule, “To think from your heart not from the head” one of the most profound things she said to me was, “The longest distance you will travel in your lifetime is from your head to your heart”. My jaw dropped, I immediately felt that in my heart. I realized I was in the company of yet another radiant teacher in my life. For example, if you think about the heart for a moment and the different things we experience in life with our hearts, when you experience heartbreak, the chest becomes heavy and of course this is where the heart resides. When you think about stress or when you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to increase. This you also feel in the chest. It’s no wonder Living in a constant state of stress weakens your cardiovascular system.
So what are we to do? I know, YOGA.

Try this:
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged seated position where your posture is extended, meaning you are sitting straight up. If you have to use a chair, do so with legs uncrossed and feet on the floor. Root down through the base of the spine imagining a connection to mother earth, then scan through the spinal column up through the crown chakra into infinity and beyond. Now imagine you are the conduit and part of this oneness (because you are). Begin breathing through the nasal passage fluidly and at a comfortable pace. Inhale count of 4 and exhale count of 4, soften your thoughts, open your heart and you have just begun your very own science experiment.

In Love and Light Leeza

 

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Yoga Means……….

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When you begin your yoga journey one of the first things you will learn is what yoga means. You may hear the following: to unite, to bring together, union, to be yoked, balanced and there is more. But when you are fortunate enough to meet a linguistic master, the term “deepen your practice” takes on a whole new meaning, especially when he is also a Yogi.

I love Yoga. I also love how it reminds me every day that there is so much to learn and that I always feel as though I just scratched the surface. I have had the pleasure of studying with many amazing teacher’s of Yoga. Recently I have been studying with Jeffrey Armstrong and truly he is one of the most knowledgeable people about yoga, the Bhagavad gita, the Mahabharata and on top of this he is a linguistic master. This means he can teach you the root of languages and where they come from. For example our English word rhythm comes from the Sanskrit word Ritam.

Jeffrey say’s “Yoga means to reestablish the link between our eternal self and the source of our being” and he goes on to say “according to the Yogi’s, we have forgotten about this, which is knowledge that reminds us who we really are and give us the tools to reestablish that linkage to yoga and that this is the essence of Yoga.

Now as a student of yoga, as well as a teacher of Yoga I can easily say that when you practice every day balancing and uniting your mind, body and spirit you are ultimately lead down the path of living consciously at everything you do in the best humanly way possible. You can easily try this your self, I will be happy to help you.

Follow these simple suggestions:

  1. Acknowledge each day at the beginning and the end, remember you don’t get do over’s
  2. Each day think of 10 people and things you are thankful for.
  3. Acknowledge the planet as another radiant being

That should give you a great start
Be radiant and remember to inhale and exhale

In light and Love Leeza

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