LMU M.A. IN
Loyola Marymount University held an
inaugural celebration for the launch of their
new Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Program
on Saturday, September 28. The all-day
event was free and open to the public. The
schedule included yoga classes, meditation
sessions, a premier of the film, The History
of Yoga, and a discussion of The Radiance
Sutras with Lorin Roche. The day culminated in a presentation by Phil Goldberg, author
of American Veda, called “The Beatles’
Yoga: How the Fab Four’s Passage to India
Enlightened the West,” which was accompanied by a Beatles tribute band arranged and
produced by Joey Lugassy.
The LMU Program is notably the first Masters Degree in Yoga Studies in the U.S. to be
sponsored by an accredited university. They
are currently accepting applications for 2014.
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BEYOND THE SHORE
Boards, paddles, sunglasses, and smiles. These words made up
the foundation of the Beyond the Shore Stand Up Paddleboard
(SUP) Festival held Sunday, October 13, in Redondo Beach. A
nonprofit working to bring awareness to ocean conservation,
the organization also attempted to break the world record for
the largest SUP Yoga class.
Participants of all ages and levels attended, with vendors giving
away freebies and promotional items. Over 153 water-loving
yogis congregated at the harbor, paddled their way to the site,
then linked side by side in one giant cohesive floating yoga class.
On boards locked onto buoys, the class was led through a series
of asanas by Michelle Gierst, a founder of Beyond the Shore.
AT BLACK DOG YOGA
At Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, donations tucked around the statue of
Ganesh, the Hindu Elephant God, have been designated for the studio's
recently established Ganesh Fund, in support of elephant conservation projects
around the world.
In March, the studio donated $50 to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya
( sheldrickwildlifetrust.org), to foster an orphaned female baby elephant named
Laragai. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has rescued many baby elephants,
most of whose parents were the victims of poaching. Even though the ivory trade
is illegal, adult elephants are still hunted for their tusks, leaving the babies helpless to survive on their own in the wild.
In July, the studio donated another $50 to ElephantVoices ( elephantvoices.org),
a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the plight
of elephants and supporting global elephant conservation efforts.
Since then, the Black Dog Yoga Ganesh Fund is close to collecting another $50,
which will be used to help care for Laragai or another orphaned baby elephant.