meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter March

There have been so many event cancellations due to the coronavirus and I’ve been scrambling to adjust for changes in our new reality of “social distancing” in all aspects of life. Please bear with me. I am trying out new online offerings and will share some of these in my next newsletter. We’re in this together.

Over the last month, I’ve been focusing on raising money for a personal cause that I kicked off for my birthday. In the end, 22 people answered the call and made a donation either through my Facebook fundraiser or the VIP early bird link. I sincerely thank everyone who responded with such generous gifts!  Watch the video below to see how grateful our residents are for the support.

Laurie’s Big Give 2020 Campaign

I am overflowing with gratitude for the generosity of the following people who supported my fundraiser!

Honor Roll / Wall of Gratitude:

Todd Rydstrom & Mike Dickman $250
Susan Alcorn $100
Anonymous $100
Andrew Cohn $100
David Cook $100
Mike Miller $100
Martin Pena $100
Joseph Lurie $90
Chase Livingston $50
Audrey Dittrich $25
Joy Iwasa $25
Bonnie Johnston $25
Roberta Maguire $25
Chris Orrey $25
Jane Tishkoff $25
Regina Parker $20
Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky $20
Alexander John Shaia $20
Angela Rauch $20
Scott Williams $20
Ray Sharp $15
Kathy Gower $10

This adds up to $1,265 total for International House. Hooray!!! Big thanks!

There's still time to help us make our goal! Donate $10 or more at

International House at UC Berkeley is home to nearly 600 students from over 75 different countries. Our mission is to promote peace, friendship and cultural understanding through programs, leadership training, and the simple act of living together under one roof.  I have worked at International House for 15 years now and see how gifts to I-House make a big difference in the lives of deserving students.


Please note that I cannot guarantee that these events will continue as planned. They might be moved online. I will update this page with news as I learn more.

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief
For UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff
Friday, March 20, 12 – 1 PM

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Come early and be ready to start promptly at 12:10 and you’ll get to try lavender aromatherapy oil to relieve stress. As you can see above, my classes now have a variety of yoga props, thanks to the yoga teacher who teaches in that space! You can bring your own if you’d like, or use the ones in the room.

This is a series of classes I teach for UC Berkeley faculty and staff.  If that’s you, use your CalNet ID to register for classes on this page by clicking the link for each date: 3/204/105/1

I really hope that this class won’t be cancelled. This is the Vernal Equinox. 

All classes take place at 251 Hearst Gym on Fridays, @ 12:10-1pm Read my bio.

Optional: Join the Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a Clever Yoga prize! Bring your passport to each session you attend and have a square stamped for each date. Fill out the class evaluations for more chances to win.

Yoga + Writing Retreat at Green Gulch Zen Center
With Albert Flynn DeSilver & Saraswati Clere
Saturday, March 28th 9 AM – 5 PM

Green Gulch Zen Center

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.


Below are a few of my favorite “tried and true” products that I have scouted out. Some are available through affiliate links from companies that have an ambassador program. I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases, which helps to cover my costs of hosting and maintaining this website. There is never any additional cost to you, and I always look out for the best deal.

Clever Yoga

I have arranged a 15% discount for anyone who shops at Clever Yoga. Just use the code BEWELL or this link:

Social CBD

I have been testing some products by Social CBD and really like the effects so far.  CBD is Cannabidiol a nonintoxicating element found in cannabis and hemp.

Check out New customers get a 15% discount!

Stay tuned for more reviews after testing more of their products.

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