Chakra 5 Yoga: Mobile Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Office Yoga Classes Los Angeles

Featured Instructor : Tasha Rein

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tashayogaphotoMeet Chakra Yoga instructor Tasha Rein. She services our clients on Los Angeles’ west side.

Tasha found herself twisted upside down, sweating like never before and loving it when she took her first yoga class over 13 years ago. Since that beautiful day she has never looked back. As a beginning yoga student she found herself fearless in class, willing and eager to try any pose, and when she would fall over she would smile, laugh, and try again. Yoga was a safe place to experiment with becoming more joyful, loving and fearless.

In her classes she aims to create this same space so that you too can play with becoming more joyful, loving and fearless. With a strong focus on breath and alignment her classes build strength, flexibility, stability and balance in the body while opening and softening the heart and mind.

She also teaches a deeply nourishing restorative yoga and mediation class.Along with being a yoga instructor Tasha has studied the scientific effects of yoga on the brain through a federally funded grant at Boston University and is a published author in a scholarly journal. See and read the article here (www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/acm.2010.0007) that shows how yoga really does help improve mood and lessen anxiety.

Tasha is also a trained herbalist, certified Reiki practitioner, and jewelry designer.

 

 

Posted in Los Angeles, Yoga Business

Recipe : Flourless Double Chocolate Brownies

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Ahh, we see we’ve got your attention!

What’s a health and wellness blog doing promoting brownies, you ask? Well, sometimes health and well being should include a little indulgence and things that make you happy. And this recipe is full of wholesome ingredients with nutritional value!

Finally, this recipe has real soul. Recipes are a tangible form of your love and time that you can use to nurture yourself or share with others.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp organic coconut oil: We like Nutiva brand, which has a a very mild to undetectable coconut flavor. Coconut oil is known as a “superfood”, and is a very healthy type of fat for your body. Google “coconut oil nutrition”: many studies out there suggest that it helps the body burn fat, nourishes the brain, fights off infections and keeps you satisfied and eating less overall.
  • 2 large, room-temperature organic, free-range eggs: We prefer Happy Eggs or Vital Farms. We do recommend eggs (from humane sources) as a very valuable nutrition source. You could try a vegan egg substitute but we won’t be able to vouch for the results/flavor.
  • 6 oz semi-sweet organic chocolate chips: We like Sunspire Fair Trade Organic chips.
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Sugar: We use this one from Viva Labs. Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the cut flowers of the coconut palm. It has a more robust, caramel taste than sugar, so you can cut back on the amount of sugar you would typically use. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar. We would call this type of sugar slightly more nutritious and slightly more “healthy”, but at the end of the day, sugar is sugar…which can be addictive. So take it easy. Since these brownies have very rich and satisfying coconut oil, you’ll be able to stop at a couple of them pretty easily.
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup organic unsweetened raw cacao powder: our favorite one is from Healthworks. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries.
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder: a natural thickening agent.
  • 1/4 sea salt: We prefer Redmond’s Real Salt, chock full of minerals.
  • 1/2 chopped organic walnuts: Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and minerals like manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 baking pan by spraying it with natural coconut oil spray.
  2. Add coconut oil and chocolate chips to a small saucepan set over low heat. Be sure to have a heat-resistant spatula ready. Stir until oil and chocolate have melted before removing from heat and setting aside to cool slightly.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and pale, about 2 minutes. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low and add cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, and salt, mixing until well combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Batter should be thick and smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading it evenly with a greased spatula. Sprinkle your chopped walnuts evenly across the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is set. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for about 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
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Featured Yoga DJ : Tessa Young

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Meet Chakra 5 Yoga DJ Tessa Young, who provides a fun, live music landscape at our classes and wellness events. Learn how she got into DJing, why she was attracted to working with us and how she sees the future of yoga at the office.

1) How long have you been DJing and how long have you been working with Chakra 5?

I’ve been DJing since 2009 and working with Chakra 5 since 2010.

2) What are some of the rewards/what do you like best about working with Chakra 5?

I love working with Chakra 5 because everyone feels like family. It’s nice to walk into a Chakra 5 environment and automatically be comfortable.

Also, I communicate with McKenna very well. Every time we work together on an event, we make sure to touch base ahead of time to make sure we’re on the same page to collectively execute a successful class or event.

It’s rewarding to be part of the team (as a DJ) for C5’s yoga classes because obviously I love curating the music, but also I notice the transformation from when a student initially walks into the event/class to how they look and feel afterwards – refreshed and rejuvenated!

3) What do you see in the future for Chakra 5 and Corporate Wellness?

I worked in an office environment from 1998-2011. During that time, “Corporate Wellness” didn’t cross the minds of human resources and management. Now, we realize how important it is to take a break, meditate, stretch and be present in order to be more productive.

The future for Chakra 5 is bright because this wellness service is in demand and C5 is one of the first companies to pioneer it. I’m excited to see more of Chakra 5’s success in 2016!

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Tessa spins at a Chakra 5 wellness event at Pacific Oaks College

 

The view from Tessa’s decks as McKenna teaches marathoners at the Grand Disneyland Resort.

 

Posted in Los Angeles

Recipe : Lemon Arugula Salad

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Ditch the bottled salad dressing!

One of the quickest and easiest salads you can make is this zingy Lemon Arugula Salad.

This simple, fresh dressing provides the perfect balance to the slightly bitter, peppery taste of the arugula. Tip: you can experience a more sweet and mild flavor to these greens if you can get your hands on some baby arugula.

You can add anything you like to the salad base. In this version, we simply added some seared Albacore tuna (crusted with sea salt and peppercorns) and avocado. Here’s the basic recipe:

juice of half of a lemon

1/2 sea salt

2 tbsp organic olive oil (golden in color, not green; this will have a more buttery taste)

1 tsp zest from the lemon (optional)

That’s it!

You can mix all the ingredients in a small bowl separately from the greens, but you’ll eventually find that you can just “wing it” and toss everything on top of the greens. Using clean hands, toss everything well using your fingers.

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Featured Client : Pinkberry

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We recently talked to Pinkberry HR Manager Alicia Vajid about their experience working with Chakra 5 to provide yoga classes for their employees. If you didn’t know already, Pinkberry is a hugely successful international frozen yogurt franchise that clearly believes in offering healthy perks to their employees in addition to offering a healthy snack to the world.

Why did you decide to try yoga at Pinkberry?
We like to create different activities that help create a work-life balance. We encourage healthy living, and Yoga is one of the many activities that help encourage relaxation, re-focus, and a mental cleanse.

Why did you decide to partner with Chakra 5?
Chakra is very flexible in working with our hours, has great instructors, and are affordable. We were introduced to them when they attended our Health Expo, and have partnered with them on any Yoga related initiatives since.

Tell us how you liked our service and the benefits the employees experienced?
Everyone loved their experience! The class was great, and very beneficial to the team.

Posted in Case Studies, Los Angeles

Top 10 Best Outdoor Yoga Classes in Los Angeles

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It’s summertime and it’s spectacular outside! Well, some of us our blessed enough to live in Los Angeles, where the weather is generally great all the time. So, it should come as no surprise that Los Angeles regularly offers a ton of outdoor yoga classes all year round…and many of them are of little or no cost. We list out our top 10 favorites ones here for you. Grab your mat and sunscreen and hit up one this weekend!

10) Yoga on the Pier: Meet at 8am Saturday Mornings under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the top of the ramp on Colorado and Ocean for a 2-5 mile run around the beach and pier. At 9am, yoga class commences at the far west end of the pier. Running and yoga all right by the ocean? And it’s all FREE? Yes, please!

9) Sherman Oaks Mommy & Me Yoga Meetup: Mommies and kiddos meet up here to “work it out”. Mom’s enjoy a Vinyasa flow class combined with restorative poses, babes have a ball pit, bubbles, toys, and more.

8) FREE Yoga at Marina Del Rey Hospital: Chakra 5 instructor Lewis Victor leads a weekly yoga class on Tuesdays at 5:30pm at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Classes are held in the private, enclosed patio within hospital grounds. Handy online registration and parking validation. Be sure to get there a bit early as classes are growing bigger every week.

7) Outdoor Yoga @ Silverlake Reservoir Meadow Park in Los Angeles: Stefani Manger leads a weekly 1 hour Mixed Level Vinyasa Flow yoga class outdoors on the grassy field at the Silverlake Reservoir for just $5.

6) Y.E.P.: Yoga @ Echo Park: These classes are 70 minute vinyasa flow taught by a certified yoga instructorand are designed for all levels. YEP meets at the heart of the newly renovated Echo Park Lake, in the large grass area in the center of the park. Parking is free around the park, but be aware of signs for street cleaning.

5) Yoga Bunny Outdoor Yoga: This free beach class has been in the same location for over 25 years at Hurricane Street and the sand in Marina del Rey, CA. It’s a 75 minute yoga class, beginning at 9:30am every Saturday. Perfect if you like the beach, want to participate in a meditation and yoga practice, and be a part of a wonderful community of men and women ranging from 20s – 70s. And get this: every class is streamed live so students that can’t make it or don’t live in town are able to join.

4) Griffith Park Yoga:Griffith Park Yoga is an all level donation outdoor yoga class (suggested donation is $10). Jewel Greenberg is a 500 RYT with experience teaching alignment-based vinyasa flow to practitioners of all ages, sizes and experience levels. Griffith Park is a perfect location: beautiful surroundings, free parking, and the Fern Dell path and Trails Café are close enough to walk to before or after class.

3) Garden Yoga Classes at Liberation Yoga: If you can’t quite get away from the urbane and out to the parks or beaches, Liberation Yoga (mid-city on La Brea Ave) has classes in a lovely outdoor garden where you can practice with the breeze blowing in your hair. Check the schedule for classes labeled (Garden).

2) Kundalini Yoga in the Canyon: You’re not completely exposed to the outdoors in these classes, but this class is one of our very favorite experiences in Los Angeles. Imagine practicing in a laage, open space with high ceilings, surrounded by nine french doors on three sides, while the exhilirating and unique nature of Topanga Canyon surrounds you. All the beauty of Topanga without a sunburn!

1) Yoga at Runyon Canyon: You’ve probably seen classes going on in the background of a few movies. Hike down into the bottom of Runyon Canyon and enjoy an inspiring yoga class, immersed in nature. We especially recommend class with our friend, Daniel Overberg of Black Market Yoga.

Posted in Just For Fun, Los Angeles

Featured Client : New Balance Shoes

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Did you know that in addition to office yoga classes, Chakra 5 helps companies put on special, one-time wellness events?

New Balance contacted us to help them execute a fun party at the Grand Disneyland Resort for all the participants in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon…and everyone had a BLAST.

“Thanks for coming out! It was a great event and all of the girls had a really great time. It was the perfect class for that crowd!”
-New Balance Marketing Team

Around 100 enthusiastic runners decked out in every color of neon sparkle you can imagine joined us for an evening of yoga, killer music, delicious food and drinks and plenty of games and prizes. We kicked off the night with hot tunes from DJ Tessa (who is also Chakra 5’s resident “Yoga DJ”) and a “runner-optimized” yoga class led by McKenna, which included a special meditation to help runners focus at the starting line in the seconds leading up to the race start. Then our marathoners enjoyed a champagne toast, food, fun and prizes for the next few hours, and were able to ask McKenna lots of questions about using yoga to manage the trouble spots runners can get in the body (tight hips, tight IT band, inflexible ankles, etc.) Check out the Chakra 5 sequence for runners for some yoga poses specifically designed to help with these issues.

We had a great time working with New Balance and hope to be doing more events with them.

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Posted in Case Studies

Recipe : Spicy Black Bean Tacos

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This gluten-free vegetarian recipe is rich and flavorful enough to please anyone, and it’s a perfect way to get in a big dose of healthy veggies for the day.

You’ll need:
small corn tortillas
1 can black beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin, plus 1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp chili powder
pinch sea salt
avocados, sliced
grape tomatoes, quartereed
4 thinly-sliced scallions
2 thinly sliced jalapeno peppers (more or less to your liking)
1/2 cup organic sour cream*
fresh torn cilantro
lime wedges

  1. Drain and rinse the black beans well. Combine the beans with the jalapenos, scallions, 1/2 tsp cumin, salt and chili powder in a saucepan and warm slowly over low heat on the stove or grill.
  2. Combine the sour cream with the 1/4 tsp cumin and the juice from a few lime wedges (adjust to your taste. you can make this more or less spicy/tangy)
  3. heat your tortillas in a skillet or on the grill, top with the black beans, then the tomatoes, layer avocado slilces on top, and top with the cumin sour cream and fresh cilantro

*If you don’t have sour cream you can do plain yogurt or a non-dairy alternative.

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Featured Instructor : Lewis Victor

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Meet Chakra Yoga instructor Lewis Victor, who received his teacher training at Moksha Center in Chicago in 2009 and also happens to be a talented voiceover artist. Learn about his take on teaching, yoga at the office, and more…

How long have you been teaching and how long have you been working with Chakra 5?

I became a certified teacher in 2006 and I’ve been teaching regularly ever since. I’ve been with Chakra 5 since 2011, since it’s days as a physical space.

What do you like best about teaching yoga?

There’s a lot that I’ve learned about myself through my yoga practice and I try to teach students to discover the same things about themselves. Seeing your students learn, apply, and thus improve their practice is the most rewarding aspect of being a yoga teacher.

What are some of the challenges of working with C5′s clients in a mobile capacity? What solutions have you come up with to address these?

Every student comes in at a different level in their yoga practice; so you learn to get better at teaching classes that truly accommodates everyone’s wants and needs.

What do you see in the future for Chakra 5 and Corporate Wellness?

There will always be a place in the world for a yoga studio, but considering all the benefits of having a yoga program in the workplace, it’s easy to see how much more commonplace corporate wellness programs will become in the near future. It’s already happening now.

You’re a voiceover artist in your spare time. How do you think this aspect of your life colors your yoga teaching style?

Actually, it’s more the other way around for me. Yoga is a tool I use to channel my energies toward everything else I do in my life; whether it’s VO, being a musician, or even being a teacher of yoga. But if it does come full circle, I’d say that perhaps I’ve learned to become more articulate in both my speech and my delivery. The best teachers are the best communicators.

Posted in Los Angeles, Yoga Business

Recipe: Golden Turmeric Tea

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Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, gives that beautiful golden color to many dishes in Indian cuisine. This magical root has so many healing properties! It’s biggest superhero strength comes in the form of curcumin, a compound that has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Many more controlled, human studies are coming out all the time showing that Turmeric could be a key factor in helping to prevent/reduce the plaque that develops on the brain, leading to Alzheimers and dementia.

We recently made this special tea and found that it is such a delight to experience in terms of its unusual taste and creamy texture. Sure, regular consumption of Turmeric throughout your life is very healthy…but in the immediate sense the experience of drinking this tea is so lovely and calming. There is ghee (clarified butter) in this tea, which will help soothe and “weigh down” your anxious, monkey mind. “Butter in tea?” you ask? Yes. Ayurvedic medicine often calls for ghee, which quickly and effectively transports nutrients throughout your body.  You need a little fat to help get the good stuff to “stick”, on other words. Ghee does have trace amounts of dairy, but because it is purified it seems to be safe for most people who are lactose intolerant. You can find handy jars of it at Trader Joe’s. Raw honey is a “benign sweetener”, as it has many trace minerals, nutrients and antibacterial properties, and isn’t absorbed and processed the same way sugar is in the body. And coconut milk contains lauric acid, a very beneficial fatty acid that nourishes the body.

Make the recipe below for you and a friend and let us know what you think!

In a small saucepan, on low heat combine:

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup water

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp ghee

Posted in Food & Recipes, Healing, nutrition, Pain Relief

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