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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter July 2019

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the Bay Area, plus opportunities to learn about the chakras. If you’re interested in the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, check out the events listed at

Wheels of Life Chakra Workshop with Anodea Judith
A Free Video Event
 July 17,
5:30 pm Pacific

Learn about the Chakras with #1 Bestselling Author & Expert on the Chakra System Dr. Anodea Judith, PhD

Discover how to open, align, and heal your chakras to activate your energy system, nurture your spiritual awakening, and enjoy a vibrant, thriving, and full-spectrum life.

We’re all fueled by life-force energy. Yogis call it prana… Asian healers call it chi or qi…

We’re often more in tune with this vital charge that flows through us when we’re excited or scared — or we notice its absence when we’re depressed or exhausted.

Did you know that you have the power within you to control the flow of your energy — dialing it up or down at will?

If you long to have instant access to your life force so you can live the full spectrum of your life — from feeling more alive and comfortable in your body to more ecstatically connected to the Divine — the good news is there’s a “user’s manual” for your energy system which can help you work with it at the deepest level… through your chakras.

Reserve your free spot

See below for Anodea’s interview with Saraswati Clere on the YogaPedia Podcast.

More upcoming events:

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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter June 2019

Hi all,

Happy Summer! I just returned from Spain after walking my fourth Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I will write more about it later on my blog, but if you want a sneak preview of my adventures, I did a few posts on Instagram and Facebook

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the Bay Area, followed by the latest Yogapedia podcast and a fun video, If I Were President – Litterbug Patrol. 

Sound Bath Immersion with Melissa Felsenstein

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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter May 2019

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the East Bay Area, followed by the latest Yogapedia podcast and a good read from the Greater Good Science Center.

Bay Area Events

May Day Yoga Dance @ North Berkeley Library
Wednesday May 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
North Branch Berkeley Public Library

dance logoPlease join Angela, an instructor from Big Yoga Life, for a very special May Day version of Sit Stand Dance, a fun new event that blends meditation, yoga and dance. We will start with a brief meditation, chair yoga (sitting and standing) and then moving our bodies in a free-flow dance. You will have the option to sit down and pause at any point during the event. Our main focus be about your own personal experience with movement and what feels good to you to move.
These take place the first Wed. each month, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.
FREE! Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library

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Interesting Facts about Baroness Oona King, I-House Alumna of the Year

I-House: Where UC Berkeley Meets the World

The I-House Connection

Greetings from Berkeley!

We are so pleased to honor Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) at this year’s Gala and present her with the 2019 Alumna of the Year award for her advocacy in human rights, her visionary leadership, and the many accomplishments throughout her career.

Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) to be honored at I-House Gala on May 9, 2019 Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) to be honored at International House Gala on Thursday, May 9th

Here are a few inspiring achievements and interesting facts about Baroness Oona King:

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Journey to Inner Peace Hawaii
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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter April 2019

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the Bay Area and Maui, followed by online freebies, including a new podcast series by Saraswati Clere, owner of the YogaKula studio in Berkeley.

Later in April, I’ll publish some exciting news on my blog about: a campus wellness award we just received; yoga mat tips and bargains; and a “rolling joints” yoga sequence for 4/20. This is separate from the free monthly wellness newsletter that I send to subscribers via Mailchimp. Follow my wellness blog at so you don’t miss out on the occasional bonus content.

Bay Area Events

FREE Sound Meditation with Melissa Felsenstein
Saturday April 6th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
North Berkeley Library
1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707

Start your morning with a Sound Meditation and then peruse your imagination in a world of books and ideas after. North Berkeley library is a gorgeous space, come see it and enjoy this free library hosted community sound bath! No prior yoga or meditation experience needed, beginners and all ages welcome. See library details and directions.

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EQUANIMITY~ Spring Equinox Sound Healing Bath by Inner Sounds Meditation
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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter March 2019

Wellness and yoga events are mainstays on this newsletter, but I’ll occasionally include a review of a book that I enjoyed — one that you might find inspiring or useful on your own journey. The first of my “Required Reading” series is a book I highly recommend, Perception and Deception: A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, by Joe Lurie.

Below are a selection of Bay Area events, followed by online freebies, the book review, and an update on my birthday fundraiser.

Bay Area Events

Yoga for UC Berkeley Staff
Friday, March 8, 12:10 – 1 pm
251 Hearst Gym, UC Berkeley Campus

View from Hearst Gym

It feels great to be teaching yoga again at the beautiful studio in the Julia Morgan designed Hearst Gym this semester.

I like to have students face the windows during class, not just for the nice view of the Campanile, but to witness the prana (life force energy) that surrounds us. After our last class, one student wrote, “The amazing windows of Hearst Gym is the perfect backdrop. We even had a hail storm during class that ended with perfect timing as we came out of shavasana to sunny skies! Dreamy!” Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Newsletter March 2019”

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Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019

“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!”
– a reading from the groundhog prediction scroll on Feb 2, 2019

My birthday is on Groundhog Day, and both Phil and I didn’t see our shadows this year, which means there are only six more weeks of winter. Woohoo! For my birthday, I decided to do a fundraiser for my favorite non-profit, International House at UC Berkeley, which is also where I work. Its annual online fundraiser takes place on March 14th, but this year there is a VIP link for early access to donate. Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019”