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Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan teacher Matthew Cohen discusses what Tadasana means to him. 


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!


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.


Los Angeles-based Mia Togo may have grown up an equestrian and dancer, but when she found yoga in 1996, she had found a calling. They YogaWorks-certified instructor is also a mentor for the school’s 300-hour teacher training, teaching with an emphasis on detailed alignment so there is an intelligence and a purpose to her sequencing. Here the ‘ex-misfit’ takes a few moments to discuss her own mountains and dreams. Look for her on the Tadasana schedule teaching ‘Let It Go, Let It Flow’ featuring live music by MoMo Loudiyi, as well as her special class with Joan Hyman, Empower Yoga Flow, featuring Tony Khalife

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
I hope to share my expression of yoga in a way that brings our community together to celebrate the planet and each other. My hope is that this experience inspires every one of us to live aligned with our personal truth and connected to our deepest purpose.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
It is the sense of freedom I feel here. In the early part of my life I felt different, like a misfit. When I moved to santa Monica at 18, I felt embraced and at home. I felt free to celebrate my uniqueness rather than fit in. There’s an openness here that reflects back to me exactly what I’ve needed to see so that I can grow and expand in alignment with my spirit.

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
I grew up hiking in the Eastern Sierras and Yosemite, so those are my favorite areas to climb. Recently I dreamt I climbed to the top of a mountain. Before I descended I had a choice to take an escalator (it’s a dream), or an ungroomed path. As I made my way down the unknown side of the mountain, I started to slide, almost fall, but then I remembered Tadasana. The mountain which I stood on was there to support me I just needed to find my tadasana, my foundation. As I did,  I was able to trust my path and have faith that I could find my balance in any experience that life reveals.


Famed digital entrepreneur and environmentalist to help redefine yoga and music festivals 

January 30, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - Kevin Wall, producer of the most watched concerts in history—including the opening concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Live Earth: the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis and Live 8—is now partnering with the Tadasana Festival. The first person to ever win an Emmy for an interactive event has joined forces with Tadasana founders Fabian Alsultany and Tommy Rosen to help spread the teachings of yoga and the beauty of international music at this groundbreaking gathering on the Santa Monica beachfront over Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22, 2012.

“With Fabian and Tommy we have an opportunity to set the gold standard as we launch our first major urban yoga and music festival,” says Wall. “We will bring together the best mix of yoga, music and environmentalism and spread the message throughout the community.”

“I am incredibly excited to be working with Kevin as our influence on the cultural landscape will be much greater,” says Alsultany. “With Kevin’s help we are going to be able to produce an event that points towards where global cultures are heading. This expression has never been put forth in the way that Tadasana offers. Kevin Wall is enabling Tommy and I to express this vision as we have always dreamed it.”

Wall has been an expert in high-profile events since his early days in Indiana playing DJ at his parents’ popular roller-skating rink. To date he has produced over 300 concerts, including Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration featuring Eric Clapton and George Harrison, Michael Jackson’s The Dangerous Tour in Bucharest and special events for Prince and Elton John.

He is best known for his activist work, however. Helping raise awareness of important social and political events remains Wall’s greatest inspiration, evidenced by his creation of Live Earth after watching Al Gore’s unprecedented survey of climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. Live Earth concerts were held on seven continents and reached an audience of two billion. Wall has also been a part of other important activist events, including Amnesty International: Human Rights Now, and as a producer of the Inaugural Green Ball, sponsored by Al Gore and hosted by Van Jones.

All of this consciousness-raising work makes him the perfect partner for Tadasana Festival, which brings together a host of international influences through the celebratory mechanisms of yoga and music looking to forge a healthier, happier and more progressive 21st century global culture.

“We are thrilled that Kevin Wall has partnered with Tadasana Festival,” says Rosen. “We’re ecstatic that he sees the global calling for this kind of transformative event, which combines yoga, world music, environmentalism, and the lifestyle of health and wellness. Our partnership signifies a positive evolution within the yoga industry and gives the festival significant leverage in producing events internationally, with the intention of unifying the global yoga and music communities.”

Tadasana Festival is unique in that it pairs the most respected yoga teachers with some of the top world and spiritual musicians in every class taught. A number of names on the Tadasana Festival roster are immediately recognizable: Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Elena Brower and Kathyrn Budig are among the most highly regarded yoga instructors of today. Pairing these teachers with international music luminaries, such as Karsh Kale, Hassan Hakmoun, Cheb i Sabbah, Vieux Farka Toure’, Idan Raichel, and Vishal Vaid, is revolutionary.  For the full schedule of yoga classes with their musical pairings please see http://www.tadasanafestival.com/yoga-schedule.

Tadasana Festival is taking place on April 20th through 22nd beachfront in Santa Monica at 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 near the corner of Ocean Park Blvd and the beach. For more information on festival please go to http://www.tadasanafestival.com. 

For press information please contact Susan von Seggern on susan@susanvonseggern.com or 213-840-0077.

Tadasana Teacher Profile: Amy Ippoliti

We are psyched about Tadasana teacher Amy Ippoliti's classes at the festival: 'Be the Light,' which will feature live music by Steve Gold, ‘The Secret of Happiness,’ and ‘Release,’ co-taught with Elena Brower and featuring live music by Hassan Hakmoun, Karsh Kale and Vishal Vaid. The Anusara-trained, Colorado-based teacher took a few moments from her busy schedule to answer questions for us. 

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
Time is finite. I’m pretty pumped on sharing how we can approach our practice as a means to choosing happiness and deep fulfillment so we have no regrets when we die. While we are alive for this precious period on the planet, how do we want to be of service to the world? And let’s have major fun while doing it! I’m also psyched we will be together on Earth Day and can scheme as a yoga community about ways to live on earth more sustainably.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
I’m living in Colorado right now, so by far, the ocean is my fave - and of course the occasional dolphins sightings!

What is your favorite mountain to climb?
I’m a big fan of climbing Mt. Everest on a yearly basis. (Kidding!) Actually I hike a lot in Colorado, but rarely climb the mountains. I should do one of the fourteeners here. Add that to the bucket list.

In case you missed it (and you shouldn’t have), Tadasana teacher Kia Miller graced the cover of Yoga Journal’s January 2012 issue. Congratulations Kia!

Tadasana Teacher Profile: Joan Hyman

Although busy preparing to lead her next Yogaworks Teacher Training in March, Tadasana teacher Joan Hyman took a moment to answer a few questions for us about April’s upcoming festival. Make sure to check out her classes at Tadasana: Burning Through Your ‘Stuff’ and Break Free in Backbends.

What do you most hope to share with your students at Tadasana?
To help them connect to a community of like-minded yogis on a similar path, and have the opportunity to experience new teachers and even other types of yoga. Music is also a great way to open people up and be moved on a deeper level. This festival is a great opportunity to bring yogis together to create more awareness on a healthier and more conscious way of living.

What is your favorite thing about Santa Monica?
The fresh clean air (compared the the rest of Los Angeles). The constant breeze from the ocean, the healthy vibe and the glowy look on everybody as they ride their bikes, come from yoga, and take walks appreciating the great outdoor environment. 
What is your favorite mountain to climb?
I have never climbed the Himyalayas, but have spent time at the foothills and have taken long drives into its windy roads enjoying the majestic views. The energy is amazing and I feel a deep sense of how huge this world is, helping me see the bigger picture and God’s plan!

Tadasana teachers Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling just wrote this important and informative blog on Yoga Journal about Off the Mat, Into the World’s latest initiative in India. It’s a must read.

Each day, there are at least 3 million women and children enslaved for sex. That’s more than three times the entire population of San Francisco, the home base Off the Mat, Into the World has to come to love and adore. Most of these victims are between 12 and 14 years old, and many are sold into slavery by their families out of desperation or misinformation. The sex trafficking industry is an estimated $32 billion gig, outdone in size only by the illegal trade of arms and drugs. And it flies mostly under the radar in many countries due to a complicated web of socioeconomic issues. It is a devastatingly prevalent but mostly hidden epidemic that can be challenging to face head on.

Continue reading A Shadow on Humanity.

Check out Tadasana artist Morley's latest video, “Be the One,” which features plenty of yoga, including Tadasana teacher Derek Beres!

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