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MOVEMENT: a yoga-inspired gathering
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

MOVEMENT: a yoga-inspired gathering

We've always said that we believe in the power of social yoga, so we're putting the party back in politics with this monthly activism yoga class. We call it MOVEMENT.

MOVEMENT is a yoga-inspired gathering that helps shift us towards a better world.

For a donation of $10-20, you get to participate in a yoga class and a chance to vote on a creative idea. Community-minded activists and artists present their proposals, the group votes, and the winner gets all of the money raised. You can also help the presenters with your donated time, funding, connections, and expertise.

Have an idea that needs funds to move forward? Submit a one page proposal to alissa@alissanelson.com by midnight one week prior to event

Thinking about submitting a proposal? Go here for more information:

After class, we will share a half-priced beer courtesy of Indie Brewing Co while chatting with some like-minded people about how we're going to save our world.

10.45am - 75-minutes of YOGA
12.00pm - SOCIAL ACTIVISM (+ beer)

Register in advance here

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Sep
7
to Sep 15

Becoming Naturally Therapeutic

This trauma-informed course asks important questions about how yoga is working in our society for inclusion, healing, and personal empowerment. If you work with at-risk populations, if you want to encourage diversity in yoga, or if you want to understand more about how yoga and meditation can be used as a complement to other methodologies to encourage healing, this course is for you.

  • Fridays 7:30p-9:30p

  • Saturdays 11a-5p

  • Sundays 1-3pm

$400, $350 before 8/15 includes all supplies

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Dungeon Dharma: Play
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Dungeon Dharma: Play

Why so serious? Yoga in the dungeon is a place where you can explore your edges. With an open mind and a willingness to mess up in public, we can achieve anything.

This class will focus on playing around with inversions and arm balances. You’ll probably find something to laugh at while we explore the eight limbs of the dungeon dharma: sensation, breathwork, restraint, discipline, concentration, meditation, detachment, and total absorption.

Note: your physical safety is important! Bring a towel, blanket, or something else that will help you feel safe and secure.

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Dungeon Dharma: Bondage
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Dungeon Dharma: Bondage

Bound yoga poses require flexibility, curiosity, determination, and compassion. They are not for the faint of heart, but are more attainable that you might believe at first.

This class will focus on lovingly warming up the body in preparation for bound yoga poses while we explore the eight limbs of the dungeon dharma: sensation, breathwork, restraint, discipline, concentration, meditation, detachment, and total absorption.

Note: feel free to bring a yoga strap, rope, or anything else that you could use to connect two points. Some rope will be available to borrow at the dungeon.

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Downdogs + Democracy: Gun Reform
Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

Downdogs + Democracy: Gun Reform

Downdogs and Democracy is coming to LA! That's right, SameSide is teaming up with Downward Grog to bring activism and yoga together. Come take a class and then share a half-priced beer courtesy of Indie Brewing Co while chatting with some like-minded people about how we're going to save our world. Our February class will be advocating for sensible gun solutions. We will be asking Congress to ban bump stocks and assault rifles. Don't miss it!

10.30am - 75-minutes of YOGA
12.00pm - SOCIAL ACTIVISM (+ beer)

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Dungeon Dharma: Foot Worship
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Dungeon Dharma: Foot Worship

Caring for our feet is a act of ultimate humble service to yourself, giving us a pathway for deeper connection with ourselves and with the earth.

This class will focus on strengthening and opening the muscles and connective tissues of the feet and ankles while we explore the eight limbs of the dungeon dharma: sensation, breathwork, restraint, discipline, concentration, meditation, detachment, and total absorption.

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Downdogs + Democracy: Climate Change
Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Downdogs + Democracy: Climate Change

Downdogs and Democracy is coming to LA! That's right, SameSide is teaming up with Downward Grog to bring activism and yoga together. Come take a class and then share a half-priced beer courtesy of Indie Brewing Co while chatting with some like-minded people about how we're going to save our world. For the first class in our series, we will be advocating for climate change, specifically asking Congress to stop defund fossil fuel companies. 

10.30am - 75-minutes of YOGA
12.00pm - SOCIAL ACTIVISM (+ beer)

Reserve your spot here

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CTZN Summit
Aug
23
to Aug 26

CTZN Summit

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We understand that "there can be no social change without inner change" (Rev angel Kyodo williams). So we are designing an experience that builds leadership and capacity to confront the critical issues of our time including facilitating across difference, relational organizing, race equity training and election mobilization.

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Black Metal Brewery Yoga 003
Aug
11
10:45 AM10:45

Black Metal Brewery Yoga 003

Come join LA's premier brewery yoga experience at our favorite DTLA location. Downward Grog will be at INDIE. We love their taproom and we love their beer. You will too.

Tickets are just $12 in advance! Purchase your ticket now or we take $15 cash or Venmo on the day. For group bookings of 4+, email group@downwardgrog.com for a discount.

10.45am - Mixed-level vinyasa flow YOGA
12pm - We drink BEER!

Whether you're handstand-ready or just learning Warrior II, we won't leave anybody behind.

DETAILS:

- Please bring your yoga mat and a towel.
- Please arrive 15 mins before class to check in and set up.
- Class is held INSIDE the brewery taproom.
- Parking is FREE and plentiful around the brewery.
- ALL yoga experience levels are welcomed and encouraged!
- Participants will receive one discounted beer from the brewery at the end of class. No yoga under the influence!
- For every ticket sold, we donate 1 meal to our official charity partner, the LA Regional Food Bank.

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Jul
13
to Aug 5

FLOW 50 hour sequencing training

Objective:

This module is for those new to teaching FLOW or those who are ready to explore new ways to guide FLOW classes. It is easy to get “stuck” teaching the same thing, and we as teachers need inspiration and fuel to get out of our formulaic way of being. Through worksheets, workshops, and thoughtful feedback, you will find a FLOW style that is uniquely you. Our FLOW philosophy is to keep people interested, safe, and confident in class. We teach people, “Don’t choreograph your yoga classes. Sequence them.”

You will leave with a simple way to fully master your class plan, making it easy for you to plan exciting, engaging, personalized classes with just a few minutes of your time.

This module includes:

Creativity to keep yourself and your students engaged and interested
Counterposing to keep yourself and your students safe
Clarity to keep yourself and your students calm, connected, and confident
Prerequisites:

This module is open to anyone seeking insight into yoga sequencing. It helps to have a solid anatomy and asana foundation, either through The Yoga Harbor's READY and STEADY modules or through your personal background.

Register at http://theyogaharbor.com/news/teacher-training/course-schedule/ 

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Black Metal Yoga
Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Black Metal Yoga

This class will include meditation, vinyasa flow yoga sequence that is accessible to all bodies. It heavily relates to musical choice, selected to invoke emotions for your shadow/dark and light side. Not your typical play list for a yoga class. Come experience something totally different.

In an interview with Self, Alissa describes this class saying: "Look at yoga not just as something that is super positive and all light and shiny, but also just giving you tools to deal with all the hard stuff and the shadow side of everything."

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Black Metal Brewery Yoga
Feb
24
10:45 AM10:45

Black Metal Brewery Yoga

Come join LA's premier brewery yoga experience at our favorite DTLA location. Downward Grog will be at INDIE. We love their taproom and we love their beer. You will too.

Tickets are just $12 in advance! Purchase your ticket now or we take $15 cash or Venmo on the day. For group bookings of 4+, email group@downwardgrog.com for a discount.

10.45am - Mixed-level vinyasa flow YOGA
12pm - We drink BEER!

Whether you're handstand-ready or just learning Warrior II, we won't leave anybody behind.

DETAILS:

- Please bring your yoga mat and a towel.
- Please arrive 15 mins before class to check in and set up.
- Class is held INSIDE the brewery taproom.
- Parking is FREE and plentiful around the brewery.
- ALL yoga experience levels are welcomed and encouraged!
- Participants will receive one discounted beer from the brewery at the end of class. No yoga under the influence!
- For every ticket sold, we donate 1 meal to our official charity partner, the LA Regional Food Bank.

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Black Metal Yoga
Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Black Metal Yoga

Yoga teaches us to maintain presence in situations of discomfort. Black Metal Yoga teaches us to turn towards what is uncomfortable and distressing in order to move through it in community.

Black Metal Yoga features a 75-minute, strong, and accessible flow suitable for hangovers and beginners to send you into your weekend with a clear head and open mind.

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Punk Rock Yoga
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Punk Rock Yoga

Yoga is one of the punkest things around, constantly questioning the status quo and challenging existing systems of thought. 

Punk rock yoga features live DJ stylings from Toxic Toast Records' Andy George and a strong, accessible flow suitable for hangovers and starting off your weekend with a clear head and open mind.

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READY: $5 Beginners Workshop
Oct
8
4:30 PM16:30

READY: $5 Beginners Workshop

This READY class introduces you to basic breathing techniques and postures. In this class designed for newbies, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of yoga flow
  • Explore how to align and adjust your body
  • Ask questions openly and freely in an interactive and small group
  • Prepare yourself to enter the other classes on our schedule! (Or, stick around for awhile. You never can be too READY.)

This class is great for beginners or those who want to have extra time for Q&A. Offered at a $5 introductory rate, this is an easy place to drop in and explore what the yoga practice is all about.

It is the first step on your journey. READY, STEADY, FLOW!

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Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma

Trauma etches its stories on the body, leading to cycles of hypervigilance and dissociation. Over time, yoga and meditation can help rewrite stories of struggle and suffering to ones of growth. In this class we aim to use physical movement and breath awareness to help unite body and mind and increase feelings of presence.

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Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma

Trauma etches its stories on the body, leading to cycles of hypervigilance and dissociation. Over time, yoga and meditation can help rewrite stories of struggle and suffering to ones of growth. In this class we aim to use physical movement and breath awareness to help unite body and mind and increase feelings of presence.

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Black Metal Yoga New Moon Workshop
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Black Metal Yoga New Moon Workshop

Shine a light on your dark places and set an intention for the new moon with a specially sequenced 90 minute yoga class led by Alissa Nelson. Alissa is a gentle guide who will work you into exploring the dark to let in the light. 

The New Moon is a powerful reminder to reset, turn inward, and set out with intention for the rest of the month. In may cultures, that darkness indicates the beginning, the seed of intention. This class will include meditation, vinyasa flow yoga sequence that is accessible to all bodies, and time for setting your own intentions the next moon cycle. 

Please note: This class will include music to invoke emotions for your shadow/dark and light side. Not your typical play list for a yoga class. Come experience something totally different. 

$25.00 advance/ $30.00 Day of self investment

Register online at Olive Yoga

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Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma
Sep
13
4:00 PM16:00

Relational Yoga: Healing From Trauma

Trauma etches its stories on the body, leading to cycles of hypervigilance and dissociation. Over time, yoga and meditation can help rewrite stories of struggle and suffering to ones of growth. In this class we aim to use physical movement and breath awareness to help unite body and mind and increase feelings of presence.

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READY: $5 Beginners Workshop
Sep
10
4:30 PM16:30

READY: $5 Beginners Workshop

This READY class introduces you to basic breathing techniques and postures. In this class designed for newbies, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of yoga flow
  • Explore how to align and adjust your body
  • Ask questions openly and freely in an interactive and small group
  • Prepare yourself to enter the other classes on our schedule! (Or, stick around for awhile. You never can be too READY.)

This class is great for beginners or those who want to have extra time for Q&A. Offered at a $5 introductory rate, this is an easy place to drop in and explore what the yoga practice is all about.

It is the first step on your journey. READY, STEADY, FLOW!

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