meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter August

Hello all! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer. Below are a few wellness events hosted by my favorite yogis and studios. I am super excited about the Full Moon Circle, Rockridge Sound Bath, Yoga Day at the Ballpark, and a Yoga + Writing Retreat. Online Freebies include Janet Stone’s interview on the Yogapedia Podcast, and the August Happiness Calendar, which encourages us to find our altruistic selves.

Atha yoga anushasanam
Now, the teachings of yoga.
—Yoga Sutra 1.1

Full Moon Circle
Friday, August 16, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Crab Cove Beach in Alameda

Join Anne Gregory & Nicolette Tura of The Luminous Awakening for this special gathering under the open sky. August’s post Eclipse season is extremely powerful for illuminating our relationships and restoring balance and harmony! The healing nature of community will amplify this magic.

Let’s come together to celebrate the Sturgeon Full Moon, named for the when this large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain are most readily caught. A few Native American tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon — because when the moon rises it looks reddish through sultry haze. The abundant energy of this phase makes it a great time for both releasing and manifesting.

We will open with a grounding meditation followed by a talk about the significance of the full moon. She will be in Aquarius in the 7th house which rules relationships, balance & harmony AND the opposing Sun is exactly conjoined with Venus who rules the 7th house with Mars not too far from his lover. Fireworks in the sky!

Flow through moon salutations, forgive, release and make space for what you would like to see emerge in your life. From there, you will be guided through Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep, a transformative practice designed to heal and restore you on all levels. We will conclude chanting together as the sun sets and the moon rises.

Location: Meet at Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1231 McKay Ave, Alameda. Practice will be on lawn or beach depending on tide.
Suggested Donation $30-$20​

​Questions? Email

More upcoming events:

August Sound Bath with Melissa Felsenstein
Friday, August 23, 7:15 – 8:30 PM
Namaste Yoga Studio on College Ave. Oakland

Melissa Felsenstein, photo by Melita Citrawireja
Melissa Felsenstein, photo by Melita Citrawireja

Lighten up your Friday as your week is washed away by the cleansing melodic sounds of crystal bowls and gongs.  Lay back and receive, no yoga or meditation experience required. Leave feeling renewed and refreshed for the weekend. 

5416 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Price: $10 Namaste Members / $35 Non-members
Sign up:

Yoga Day at the Giants Ballpark
With Janet Stone and DJ Sol Rising
Sunday, September 1, 1:05 pm

Yoga Day at the Park: Oracle Park – Giants Field with musical guest DJ Sol Rising
Sunday, September 1st vs. Padres 1:05pm

The Giants are proud to host Yoga Day at the Ballpark for the 2019 season! By combining two components of an active lifestyle – yoga and baseball, attendees are given an opportunity to practice yoga in a unique setting! You and your fellow yogis are invited to a special post-game yoga session held on the field at Oracle Park! Janet Stone, one of San Francisco’s premier vinyasa yoga teachers will be leading you through a private on-field yoga session. Additionally, Sol Rising will be providing live music throughout the session, adding to the on-field ambiance! Your Special Event ticket package includes a ticket to the game at 1:05pm versus the San Diego Padres, admission to the private post-game on-field yoga session and a limited-edition Giants themed Yoga Tank Top! We look forward to you joining us for a fun-filled day of baseball and yoga at Oracle Park! Please stay tuned for additional details regarding access to the field post game.

Please note, you will need to purchase special event tickets to get the Giants themed Yoga Tank Top and attend the post-game Yoga session with Janet Stone. Get Special Events tickets here

Learn about Janet Stone in her interview on the Yogapedia Podcast below.

Yoga + Writing Retreat
at Green Gulch Zen Center
with Albert Flynn DeSilver & Saraswati Clere
​Saturday, September 7th 9am – 5pm

Green Gulch Zen Center

Join us for a wonderful and rejuvenating day-long retreat of writing, meditation, and gentle yogaWriter and mindfulness meditation teacher Albert Flynn DeSilver will be joined by Saraswati Clere from Yogakula, Berkeley.
*Reconnect to your innate creative wisdom
*Learn new techniques for embodied awareness
*Experience peace of mind & heart in creative community
Through the transformative practices of yogawriting, breath, healing music, relaxation, and meditation we will awaken our senses, intuition, innate healing and inner source of vitality and harmony.
The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness, and moves us along the path of awakening to our true nature. Writing has the power, not only to inspire, but also to awaken the very best in the human heart. Mindfulness practices create the conditions for enhanced creativity by providing a space for self-reflection, increased emotional intelligence, and overall expansion of consciousness.
​We welcome both those who are published writers as well as those wanting to establish a writing practice.

The yoga sessions will include nature-inspired gentle grounding postures and inward practices that include pranayama and meditation. The movement portions will release tightness and stress to enable a deeper connection to our creative source. (Its fine to opt out of the movement session if you wish)

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
The Green Gulch Zen Center is located in a beautiful coastal valley just a short drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge, it is surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Parkland. 30 minutes from Berkeley or SF. The organic farm and gardens provide a serene environment for retreats. The Retreat center is next to Muir Beach. During the retreat there will be time to walk to the beach, to journal and to explore the beautiful gardens of the Zen Center.

Lunch: A delicious Organic Lunch is available at the Zen Center or you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Please email if you’d like to like to order the lunch. $15.

Retreat Fees:
$155 per person
$260 for two people (bring a loved one)
Register online

Stay tuned for an exclusive offer for my newsletter subscribers.

Online Freebies

Yogapedia Podcast Series
Janet Stone – Yogini and Yoga Teacher”

Listen to the final episode of season one of The Yogapedia Podcast, “Transformed Through Yoga,” featuring yogini and yoga teacher Janet Stone.

Yogapedia Podcast

The Yogapedia Podcast is here to help you navigate life’s biggest questions through the lens of yoga. Listen to insightful discussions with master teachers, leading experts, doctors, researchers and practitioners as they share all the tips, secrets and special knowledge you need for a healthier, more meaningful life. The ancient teachings of yoga offer extraordinary solutions for navigating many of the critical issues in our modern landscape. Through intimate conversation, our expert guests share their personal relationship to yoga, the discoveries that defined their path and the insights that brought meaning into their everyday lives.

These are free to listen on Apple podcasts:

For thousands of years, yogis gathered together in satsang to study the teachings of yoga. The Yogapedia Podcast is designed for that purpose, to be a place where we can gather and learn from modern yoga scholars and teachers.

Listen to Stitcher

Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center

Let these science-backed tips and tools be your guide this month. You’ll want to bookmark this calendar and refer to it often because there are links to articles and resources embedded in the PDF. Download happiness calendar for August


Dancing up the Spine: an Afternoon of Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith
September 14, 12 – 5 pm
Yoga Kula Berkeley

Anodea Judith, considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the chakras, will be coming to Yoga Kula Berkeley in September 14th!  Click for more details.

Stay tuned for an exclusive offer for my newsletter subscribers.

100 Hour Immersion Begins
Starting September 28-29, 2019
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:30am – 6:00 pm
Yoga Kula Berkeley

Take your practice to the next level with one of the best yoga studios in the Bay Area! Yoga Kula was my first yoga studio on my journey to becoming a yoga teacher.  I went through the 100 Hour Immersion at Yoga Kula in 2016 and enjoyed it.  Read about my experience, Immersing Myself in Yoga.

Stay tuned for an exclusive offer for my newsletter subscribers.

That’s a wrap for August! If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly wellness newsletter, sign up here!

Please let me know if you have events to consider for future newsletters.

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