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By Michael Miller | December 18, 2007
Daniel and Shawna Head, the founders of Newport Beach Power Yoga, aren’t going to let anything stand in the way of spiritual enlightenment. Not even money. The couple, who launched their new studio in September, offer classes four days a week with no set price tag. Participants can make donations — usually around $10 — but the owners let them in for free even if they don’t. All that’s required are a mat, appropriate clothes and the ability to hold a number of tough positions.
July 14, 2007
The annual Bikram Yoga Summer Party brings a "whole lotta fun" to Costa Mesa. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will feature a live band, belly dancing, hip-hop dancing and a potluck dinner. The studio teaches Bikram yoga, a demanding series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. For the past five years, the studio has hosted the annual summer bash in an effort to bring together the neighborhood. "It's an amazing integration of community," said Stacy Corbin, studio manager.
By Michael Miller | May 9, 2007
If Wilson Elementary School students ace their standardized tests this year, it may be thanks to the inner light. The Westside campus spent more than a month preparing students for the California Standards Tests, which a number of schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District began taking on Monday. At Wilson, which is set to begin testing today, teachers reviewed material with students and gave out sample questions — but because study only goes so far, they also led yoga exercises to ease the tension.
By Amanda Pennington | February 4, 2007
UC IRVINE — Irvine resident Jon Pardoe has always felt an underlying connection with Buddhism. When he was 4 years old and living in his native England, he remembers being surrounded by Buddhist monks in orange robes because of his parents' belief systems. His two middle names are even Buddhist. Pardoe is a software engineer, and the constant pressures of his job were creating a hectic lifestyle for him. So when he saw an ad for an "Introduction to Zen Meditation" course at UC Irvine, he knew he had to stop thinking about it and do it. The class is offered through the university's extension and is part of the Yoga and Buddhism Studies program.
By Lauren Vane | June 14, 2006
Yoga means union ? and what better way to unify then by practicing yoga under sunset skies on Laguna's Main Beach with 20 of your fellow coastal Orange County neighbors? Thanks to one local community-oriented athletic store, you can take part all summer long. Every other Sunday at 7 p.m. on a patch of grass near Main Beach, Newport Beach's Lululemon Athletica is hosting sunset yoga lessons on the beach. "One of the things we hold in high regard is community relations," said James Freeman, of Lululemon.
By Michael Miller | June 13, 2006
Over the past year, students at Davis Elementary School have found a novel way of escaping the pressures of study: playing possum. Every four weeks on the Costa Mesa school's playground, students have gathered on Wednesday afternoons for Stacy Ahlgren-Wise's yoga class, laying out towels on the grass. During the half-hour session, Ahlgren-Wise leads the children through a series of ancient postures, including the salutations of the sun and moon, the mountain stance and the tree pose.
April 21, 2005
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January 30, 2005
Alicia Robinson Two competing Southern California stereotypes met and mingled Saturday as a bevy of yoga enthusiasts performed their exercises amid strolling shoppers at Fashion Island. With nothing but a quarter-inch of foam rubber between them and the stony sidewalk, participants bent, stretched and balanced during a free yoga class in the courtyard in front of the new Lululemon Athletica store. "It was nice to do yoga in the sun outside," said Jeremy Sandahl, 55, a boat captain who lives in the San Juan Islands but is currently working in Newport Beach.
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