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Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative composer, teacher and invoker of the sacred. Both as a performing and recording artist, as well as a facilitator of transformational workshops and intensives for many years, Suzanne creates sacred and participatory ceremonies for large gatherings and festivals worldwide. She is a co-creator of Off the Mat, Into the World and co-founder of “Bare Witness” Humanitarian Tours. Here she chats with us about connection, cruiser bikes and green drinks. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
I wish to share the connection between the yoga practice and living a fully expressive and authentic lift. The joy and power of singing yourself awake. 

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
Riding my cruiser bike or roller bladed at the beach, the green drinks at Rawvolution, and the fact that more than any other place it is a fertile ground for the conflux of yoga and music. 

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
Red Rock Canyon in Topanga is my favorite in SoCal. Otherwise Mt. Batur in Bali. Having climbed many figurative mountains in my life, I am currently enjoying the level ground beneath me.


Growing up as an athlete in Japan, Kiyomi Takahashi excelled as a runner, running half- and full marathons. In 2007, she enrolled in her first 200-hour teacher-training program at Yogaworks with Annie Carpenter and Brigitte Kristen. In the same year, she completed an additional 300-hour teacher-training with Carpenter. She then completed the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga West, Yoga Therapy RX Certification at LMU and Prenatal Teacher Training with Patti Asad at Yogaworks. So you know there’s plenty of knowledge and awareness going into her class, Iyashi Yoga: Celebration of Earth Healing Energy featuring Aykanna, Adam Stern & Sheela Bringi, during Tadasana.

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
The moment of pure bliss! Tadasana is the celebration of connecting with your own soul, nature and this beautiful community of highly charged like-minded people, as well as inspiring and empowering teachers, leaders, healers and musicians. Together, we can inspire one another, and we each can be the change that we want to see in the world.  

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
Being in Santa Monica satisfies the important aspects of my life: world class yoga teachers and healers, ocean waves for surfing, trails for biking and jogging on the beach, farmers markets, many options of raw and vegan restaurants, and like-minded conscious people.  This all makes Santa Monica to be my favorite place to be! 

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
It does not have to be the highest, steepest, nor most well-known mountain. The mountain I look for challenges me so that I can expand my capacity, and has beautiful trails and spectacular views to allow me to fully enjoy each step and every breath that I take. Mount Fuji is the one that I would like to climb next time!


Hemalayaa’s special gift is a teaching style that invites students to embark on a journey to their own inner joy, fitness in the fullest possible sense. Based in Los Angeles, the creator of Bollywood Vinyasa and the Hema Wellness Program teaches locally as well as in Ojai, Santa Barbara and also offers frequent workshops in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Don’t miss her classes at Tadasana: Soul Liberation, taught with Parashakti and featuring DJ Fabian Alsultany, and Bhumi Ma! featuring DJ Cheb i Sabbah.

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
I hope to share the ability to be with nature (on Earth Day) in our practice and use the elements to transform, and transcend all things negative into the absolute radiant you!

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
I love the palm trees that look like fireworks in the sky, morning and night - there’s fireworks going on all the time.

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
I was going to try to be punny with saying something about the Himalaya’s…but I’ll say it like it is: I love Temescal Canyon.


One of most widely respected teachers today, New York City’s Elena Brower has brought yoga to brand new territories, including Central Park’s Great Lawn and numerous museum and art gallery settings. The co-owner of Soho’s Virayoga and founder of Art of Attention, Elena talks with us about a few of her favorite things: sunshine, sharing and pre-sleep meditation. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
Planning to share ways of relating - to our practice, to each other, and to our families - that cultivate real recognition and trust.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
The sunshine. Coming from NYC, I love my Santa Monica sunshine. 

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
My favorite mountain to climb is consistently meditating every single night prior to sleeping. In bound lotus. 


Founder of Radiant Body Yoga, Kia Miller, pulls from multiple styles of yoga - including Kundalini, Vinyasa and Ashtanga - in her dynamic and challenging classes. We look forward to having her teach The Warrior Saint, Breath Within the Breath and Root Down Rise Up (with her husband Tommy Rosen), as well as at our Off the Mat, Into the World charity class, Stand Together, during Tadasana. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?  
I am looking forward to sharing my deep love of yoga, with a soundtrack of live music that evokes the sacred. This will be an environment where magic happens. In the words of Yogi Bhajan, it only takes one person in a group to be connecting to the Divine and all others feel it. I am looking forward to that moment where students let go, let loose and touch the deepest part of themselves. To me, this is the joy of Yoga, when we unite not just as an individual connecting mind body and spirit, but as a community, and Earth day on top of that – wow! Bring it on! 

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
Riding on my bicycle to the yoga studio and teaching yoga are two of my favorite things in the world. What better place than Santa Monica for that!  I am deeply grateful for the incredible yoga community that we are celebrating through Tadasana. It brings me so much joy to be surrounded by people who are on this path of conscious living and dedicating themselves to a practice that inspires change on the deepest level.   

What is your favorite mountain to climb? 
My favorite and only real mountain I have climbed so far is Mt Whitney, right here in California!  I went the mountaineers route and loved the physical challenge, which was in parts exhilarating and terrifying.


Hala Khouri is one-third of the super team that founded yoga activist organization Off the Mat, Into the World. The Venice-based teacher has truly taken yoga off the mat, into settings such as juvenile detention centers and police stations, putting into action the oft-touted notion that yoga is ‘for everyone.’ 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
I hope to share the side of yoga that is creative, expressive and inspiring. I want student to leave with seeds planted that will affect the rest of their lives.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
That at any given moment there’s an amazing yoga class happening within half a mile of where I might be standing. And if there isn’t, I can just go to the beach.

What is your favorite mountain to climb? 
I love the hike at Temescal Canyon.  It’s challenging, yet levels off at just the right moment. There’s a great park to chill in at the bottom and a waterfall. What else can you ask for?

Tadasana Artists on Tour

Our weekly collection of where you can find artists performing at Tadasana now.

GlobeSonic DJ Fabian Alsultany
Sacred Dance Live | Santa Monica CA | 02.16.12

Kirtan Rabbi
LimmunLA | Costa Mesa CA | 02.17.12

Sheela Bringi
Bhakti Yoga Shala | Santa Monica CA | 02.18.12

Naam Yoga | Santa Monica CA | 02.18.12

Jai Uttal
Urban Flow Yoga | San Francisco CA | 02.18.12

Yoga Tree | San Francisco CA | 02.18.12

Spirit Festival | Bryon Bay Australia | 02.18.12

Steve Gold
Mosaic Institute | San Diego CA | 02.18.12

Chris Pierce
Witzend | Venice CA | 02.18.12
The Foundery | Hollywood CA | 02.23.12


Finding her way into yoga after an injury no longer allowed her to train with the Olympic diving team, Cristi Christensen, the Director of Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, shares with us all the things she loves about yoga and Santa Monica. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
How lucky we are to be alive right now! So many people coming together in a conscious, positive and beautiful way! We have the power to change the world and make an impact! We can shift and raise our own vibration, therefore shifting and raising the vibration of the planet. Power to the people.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica? 
The beach, the mountains, the weather, the peeps! Impossible to just pick one thing!

What is your favorite mountain to climb ?
In Santa Monica, Paseo Miramar. You can find me there at sunset at least once a week. Nothing grounds me like putting my feet on the earth and climbing a mountain. Besides I love being above the clouds and closer to God!


Shaman’s Dream has created some of the most well-known music in yoga studios today. Led by Craig Kohland, albums like Kerala Dream, Prana, Bindu and African Dream have dedicated folders in most yoga teachers’ iPods. Pond-hopping from Hawaii to join us over Earth Day Weekend, Craig discusses going old school and the mountain of love he keeps on hiking.  

What are you planning on sharing with fans who attend Tadasana?
We’ll be bringing back the old school live improvisational Shaman’s Dream ritual dance experience that we started in 1997, plus providing awesome live music and kirtan for yoga classes.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
My yoga and ecstatic dance community. 

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
The Mountain of Love. The one that keeps expanding me to love deeper with every step.


One of the more unique offerings during Earth Day weekend will certainly be Zack Lodmer's Om Shalom Yoga's Shabbat Flow, featuring live music by Kirtan Rabbi. The attorney-musician-yoga instructor has filled a space that he probably didn’t know existed with his blending of Jewish and yoga philosophy in his popular classes and workshops. While he couldn’t pick out just one favorite thing about Santa Monica, we let him pick five. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
No matter what our differences may be in upbringing, beliefs, projections or desires, we are all one. The practice of yoga is the perfect way to explore this unity of community, the experience of oneness.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
Since it’s too hard to just pick ONE thing, I’m gonna go with five: 1) Bay Cities Italian Deli 2) SAMOHI (go Vikings!) 3) The incredibly diverse and supportive yoga community 4) The beach/weather/culture and 5) Sunday morning Main Street Farmer’s Market with my family - my favorite time of the week!

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
Mt. Ego.  It’s not a day trip, or even a week-long trial, but a life-long process of getting out of our own way. Transcending the egoself/ahamkara/yetzer hara is one of the greatest byproducts of a consistent yoga and meditation practice.

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