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Tap into your inner yogi with a weekend immersion in Los Angeles.
I’ve been teaching private yoga and hosting intimate women’s circles in my secret studio since 2012. It was just in the last year that I converted the space next door into an apartment and using the space in a whole new way. It has been a used for special events and has been a safe space for friends, family and occasional airbnb visitors to deepen their breath.
This unique studio apartment is an urban oasis in an unexpected yet convenient location in West Los Angeles. Attached to my private yoga studio, this intimate space is perfect for individuals, or a couple, looking for an introspective experience. With no TV, but strong WIFI and plenty of books and yoga props, this studio apartment is perfect for a mindful traveler.
Options for Private Yoga or Special Events available upon request. I specialize in yoga for beginners and women’s circles celebrating birthdays, baby showers, or bridal parties. The apartment’s kitchenette offers a juicer, blender, and food processor. This is great for people looking to try a yoga immersion and liquid cleanse although it’s upstairs above an IHOP restaurant, next to a Starbucks, and across the street from 7/11, Pizza and some of LA’s best tacos.
To reserve, book the studio apartment on airbnb or contact me for more details.
What do healthy relationships look and feel like to you?
In this fifth episode of the Modern Sacred Circle, I explore the topic of relationships with fellow yoga teacher and doula, Keya Nkonoki, and women’s coach and healer, Gwen Dittmar. These entrepreneurial moms and I discuss why working with women is so magical, the power and beauty of duality, and what it takes to maintain balance in healthy relationships.
The Modern Sacred Circle podcast was created to provide modern women with the inspiration, tools, and resources to host sacred circles of their own. Hosted by me, Gigi Yogini, each week showcases a sample women’s circle featuring two fabulous female guests who share their unfiltered and uninterrupted thoughts and feelings about a specific topic of the week.
The actual experience of recording this podcast was ridiculous. I didn’t have the normal podcast producer that I’m used to and everything that could go wrong, did. Luckily, these ladies and I were having a lot of fun and did our best to create continuity and flow. But I apologize ahead of time if this episode isn’t the same quality as normal. I hope you still enjoy.
Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, rate and review us on itunes, and please share using the hashtag #ModernSacredCircle.
Thank you for purchasing your Modern Sacred Circle deck of cards.
I hope these cards will bring you lots of inspiration and help you host many, many magical circles. Use this deck to help you come up with your three questions for a Modern Sacred Circle.
You can spread out the deck of cards and choose your questions randomly OR you can look through all the questions and find the ones you like the most. You can even lay out the cards and invite your participants to choose. Have fun. Get creative.
Remember, there are lots of ways to host a circle, but here are my suggestions:
MODERN SACRED CIRCLE FORMAT
(Copyright Gigi Yogini / Briana Anderson 2017)
1. Choose a specific day and time.
Start by picking a day and time. Consider picking a date that coincides with a full moon or new moon, a solstice, symbolic date, etc. or any date that is good for you.
2. Create a clean, safe, and comfortable space to gather.
Pick a place that is private, protected, and free from unwanted distractions and interruptions. Make women feel safe to express themselves.
3. Invite women (and invite those women to invite other women).
This is a great opportunity to intentionally build a strong community. When your favorite people invite their favorite people, the potential for powerful connections and lifelong friendships is potent. It will be wonderful whether it’s three women or 13.
4. Consider making the circle donation-based.
Money can be an obstacle for some, so making the gathering donation based can foster positive energy. Instead of money, we can also ask women to bring something for the shared experience including tea, snacks, candles, incense, or flowers.
5. Bless the center of the circle with an altar or offering.
Place objects of significance in the middle of the circle; including crystals, feathers, statues, candles, flowers, a mala necklace, or any special item with symbolic meaning. You may also cleanse/bless your space by smudging with sage, palo santo, etc.
6. Welcome women and share guidelines/agreements.
Remember that confidentiality is key for a safe environment. Another way to honor each woman is to agree to no interrupting or giving advice during shares. Remind each participant of the opportunity for each woman to be heard, witnessed, and seen in her divine essence. No fixing is required. Create agreements that everyone commits to.
7. Ceremonially open the sacred space.
This could be as simple as taking a deep breath together. Other ways include holding hands, chanting together, calling in the light, reading a passage or poem, or doing an invocation or grounding exercise.
8. Ask your first intro question.
The first question is a warm up. Have each woman share her name and answer a question. Sample questions can be found in the green cards of your Modern Sacred Circle deck.
9. Ask a more in-depth question (time limit & timer optional).
The second question is the main body and offers more space for sharing. As facilitator, you can decide whether this is an open ended question or whether you want to enforce a time limit. Sometimes a timer can help limit the women who have the tendency to over share while also stretching the women who find it harder to speak in public. You can choose your main body question from the blue cards of your Modern Sacred Circle deck.
10. Ask a closing question.
After going around the circle with your intro and main body questions, ask a significant closure question. These questions can be found in the purple cards of your Modern Sacred Circle deck.
11. Have a specific, ceremonial closure.
Just as you opened intentionally, finish with a deep breath, poem, or prayer. You can also hold hands, chant together, read a passage or poem, or choose any closing ceremonial exercise of choice.
12. End with lots of connection.
When the circle comes to an official end, leave time and space for women to visit and connect in smaller clusters. Practice and encourage lots of eye contact, hugs, and gratitude for sharing. It’s always a good idea to set a specific time for the next circle.
Take a photo of you using the cards, or your alter, or your group of women and when you share it, use the hashtag #ModernSacredCircle
At my studio, a few of my events are by donation. FYI friends…
*BY DONATION* does not mean free.
In the spirit of abundance, the suggested donation is $20 but other donations are also welcome. Some people give more (I’ve found $100 bills in my donation box), some people give less (I also find wads of $1 bills). Some people bring food to the circle (fruits, veggies, nuts, chocolate, etc). Other bring gifts for the space (see suggestions below).
I have loved receiving the variety of beautiful gifts and because people have things I no longer need in their lives, and I have a lot of space to fill, I have created a wish list. Cash is not the only form of payment I am willing to receive. I’m happy to receive other valuable goods. And by *VALUABLE* I mean things that can improve the experience of the circle or the space.
This wish list includes but is not limited to:
– fruit, nuts, chocolate, energy bars
– hanging plants / ivy
– succulents / cactus
– candles & nagchampa incense
– beautiful pillows
– clean baby toys, clothes, books
– musical instruments
– crystals, stones, feathers
– wood carvings, mirrors
– fabrics, tribal rugs
– wooden bowls, straw baskets
– mugs, glasses, dishes
– coffee, tea, beverages
– hangers, organization supplies, storage
– first aid equipment, feminine supplies
– canvases, art n’ craft supplies
– picture frames, artwork
– bathroom or kitchen towels
– soaps, lotions, essential oils
Today I’m going to take a moment to toot my own horn. Beep. Beep.
I am a good person. My capacity to love is infinite. I am One with Divine & I see the light in you. I pray for the Highest Good for all. I am always doing my best & I can always do better. I am a great mom & I try to be a good wife. I hold space for my loved ones & strangers to grow in my presence, with my support. I facility opportunities for transformation & always aim for my Truest Self. I am a work in progress & I’m ok with not being perfect.
Thank you for witnessing me. . .
It’s been two weeks since my 15 year old fur baby took his last breath while lying on my lap. He was the kind of dog who kissed me until the very end.
Zoid was endless love. Pure, authentic, unconditional, furry and slobbery love.
I haven’t allowed myself to write about him just yet because the emotions were initially too intense. And then life kept happening.
I feel like he and his memory deserve so much more attention than a quick post. But time escapes me these days as I juggle the developing twins, getting back to work, and balancing a new chapter of my household.
But I will always remember…
The day Zoid and I first met at Molly’s pet store and introducing him to Dan, Brynn, Sara, Lizzie, and the rest of the Boulder family…
Him sitting at my feet throughout college classes without teachers even knowing…
The hike we took on the day my niece was born…
Thousands of miles of road trips…
Hours of playing fetch…
Thousands of miles of walking, running, hiking in CA & CO mountains…
Him climbing trees and chasing deer…
The way he smiled for photos…
Swimming at the beach and my mom’s pool…
Cuddling on lonely nights or early mornings…
Him licking tears off my face…
How he’d wait to eat until I sat down for dinner…
The way he would greet me when I’d come home from work with his entire butt wagging (not just his tail)…
The way he stayed close to my newborn babies when I brought them home from the hospital…
How he’d patiently let my children crawl all over him…
The way he made eye contact when I pressed my forehead against his…
…I will remember all of this and so, so much more.
I am endlessly grateful for our time together. His love and loyalty was more than I could have ever asked for.
2002 – 2017
Enjoy Complimentary Yoga @ 10am every Saturday & Sunday at the luxury Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.
These free classes are open to everyone. Please ask the front desk for class location.
Here’s January’s Schedule:
1/1 – Sara
1/7 – Sara
1/8 – Katie
1/14 – Sara
1/15 – Katie
1/21 – Gigi
1/22 – Katie
1/28 – Gigi
1/29 – Katie
The Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 260-7500
Valet or Street Parking is available. Limited yoga mats are available so please bring your own. You might also want to bring sunglasses, bathing suit, and sunblock to enjoy the pool after class.
Pregnancy is an extremely personal experience, yet trillions of women have experienced it. So I wanted to share a few books that I found extremely helpful to me furing my experience as a yoga teacher who got pregnant with twins, and had a seemingly perfect pregnancy until I delivered two months “early.”
Check out these books and see if anything might benefit you, or a woman you know, who is experiencing this life altering miracle of motherhood and pregnancy.
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh
What to Do When You’re Having Two by Natalie Diaz
Multiples Illuminated by Megan Woolsey & Alison Lee
The Premature Baby Book by William Sears
Mama Mala from Ravishing Jewelry
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In addition to my regular classes (although some are canceled for Christmas Eve & NYE) I’ve added some classes to my schedule for the Holidays. I hope you’ll join me!
Tuesday 12/22: 6am @ YW Brentwood – Level 1/2 (55 minutes)
Tuesday 12/22: 7:15am @ YW Brentwood – Level 2/3 (70 minutes)
Tuesday 12/22: 6pm @ YW Westwood – Level 1/2 (85 minutes)
Wednesday 12/23: 12:30pm @YW Montana Ave – Prenatal Level 1 (85 min)
Thursday 12/24: 6am @ YW Brentwood – Level 1/2 (55 minutes)
Saturday 12/26: 12:15pm @YW Montana – Prenatal (85 min)
Sunday 12/27: 6pm @ YW Westwood – YIN (85 min)
Tuesday 12/29: 6am @ YW Brentwood – Level 1/2 (55 minutes)
Tuesday 12/29: 6pm @ YW Westwood – Level 1/2 (85 minutes)
Thursday 12/31: 6am @ YW Brentwood – Level 1/2 (55 minutes)
Thursday 12/31: 8am @ YW Westwood – Level 1/2 (85 minutes)
Sunday 1/3: 6pm @ YW Westwood – YIN (85 min)
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- Modern Sacred Circle Podcast, Episode 5: Relationships October 9, 2017
- Modern Sacred Circle Deck of Card October 6, 2017
- No Zen Master Here. #notperfect September 20, 2017