9.10.14

Kirtan with Gregg Filler and Sangha Taranga on Saturday November 8th 7:30PM




Kirtan is a beautiful form of group worship of the divine, where we sing traditional Indian names of God to simple melodies.  This communal repetition of these powerful names of God draws us naturally to the Divine state within ourselves.

“Sangha Taranga” can be translated as ” the vibrations” or “waves” that the “community creates together. Gregg Filler’sintention for all Sangha Taranga events is to experience thiscollective Divine vibration through our chanting of kirtan.

Living in Berkeley, California, Gregg has led kirtan for 19 years. His music is infused with divine power and love, drawing from the grace and his longtime practice of an authentic Indian spiritual path. Gregg has written dozens of original chants, which he delivers with a lyrical voice and refined harmonium touch. His chants, influenced by classical Indian ragas (melodic scales), evoke a wide range of inner states: joyful, sweet, haunting, yearning.

Suggested  Donation $15




3.9.14

This one's for you! Gentle Vinyasa with Liz Acord at 11AM on Saturdays!

New Gentle Vinyasa Class with Liz Acord at 11AM on Saturday Mornings

Okay, you asked, we listened. Many of the new teachers are teaching much more challenging classes, and we've been asked for some more beginner paced yoga. So after asking (and asking and asking and asking,) Liz Acord has committed to teaching at Loka again!!!

Liz had been teaching an ongoing Beginner's class last year, and everyone loved it. This "Gentle Vinyasa" is not strictly for Beginners, it's also for Advancing Beginners, people who used to practice but haven't made it to the mat for a while, students recovering from injuries, and regular dedicated practitioners who'd appreciate slowing down. There will be more in-depth alignment instruction than there would normally be in a faster class. 

This new Gentle Vinyasa Class will also be 75 minutes, just like Laxman's Gentle Vinyasa at 6PM on Thursday nights, and it starts this Saturday, September 6th!


1.9.14

New Classes coming your way this week!




Yes! We are open on Labor Day, Monday Sept 1st, morning class is at 9:30AM.

Kati Knox is back and aiming to help you Greet the Morning with her 7 to 8:15AM class every Tuesday and Thursday, starting this week!
Welcome home, Kati!

Next new class this week is with Annabelle Teleki, starting at 7:30 PM on Wednesday nights. Annabelle’s Vinyasa and Deep Flow classes incorporate the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vini Yoga -- expect to move with synchronized breath from one pose to another, finding depth and mindfulness in the transitions and spaces in between.

Welcome Annabelle!


And then, starting this Saturday at 4:30 PM, Khristine Jones will be bringing us her donation-based Yoga Punx class! Khristine is an Ashtangi, so be prepared to work hard.




This will be a crazy and exciting week for Loka with these three lovely new teachers. And if you haven't already, make sure to check out Melina Meza, Laxman Panthi, Erin Wimert, and Elyse Hochstadt, the superstars we added in August. And if going broke from spending every free moment and dollar on yoga is a concern, please ask about work trade opportunities. Changing Loka from having 9 public classes a week to what will be 24 by the end of September has tremendously increased our need for desk help and light cleaning. 

I know it might seem odd that I keep saying "we" and "us" when technically Loka is a sole proprietorship, but I would be lost without all the help I've gotten from the Loka community. This includes, but is of course not limited to, Liz A., Liz DJ, Carrie, Angie D., Amber & Angie W., Anita, Kat, Lesley & Maxwell, Lindsay, Srutih, Carol, Jen and everyone else who regularly rolls out a mat at Loka. I also must thank my absurdly patient and generous husband Scott, and Kimberly and Mae over at Namaste who've been more than helpful and accommodating. Most importantly, deepest gratitude and immeasurable thanks to Alice for trusting me to carry on with and take care of Loka. If this past month has been an indicator, I'm pretty sure "we" won't blow it! Thanks everyone.