Yoga

Free Yoga Classes – Daily

Yogis Wanted!

Runyon Canyon has taken yoga to the next generation and then some. Take yoga, sprinkle in some sunlight with the perfect amount of shade from the trees, add some fresh air, a soft patch of grass, some soulful tunes and you have Runyon Canyon’s FREE daily yoga class. 3-5 times a day (see schedule below) you can take FREE yoga classes at Runyon Canyon in the park on a daily basis. Did we mention it was FREE?


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Jumping in on a yoga session at a new class or time can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s been a while since your last yoga class. Instructors can be harsh and make you feel unwelcome or even unwanted – this is not the case with the FREE daily yoga classes at Runyon Canyon. Whether you are a super yogi or new to the sport – all are welcome to the FREE daily yoga classes at Runyon Canyon. The instructors are helpful, knowledgable, the eye-candy is plentiful and it’s ALL FREE. Although it sounds too good to be true…it’s not.

What will you need?

You should be prepared for a full yoga experience when you come to the FREE daily yoga classes at Runyon Canyon, you should come equipped with a yoga mat, a towel for sweat, some water and a smile. Although the yoga classes at Runyon Canyon are FREE, donations are always accepted and welcomed by the yoga instructors that make these yoga classes possible. Show your support in keeping the yoga classes at Runyon Canyon alive, dig deep and bring a few dollars with you to show your appreciation.


Runyon Canyon Yoga Videos

The video below will help answer some of the questions you may have about the FREE daily yoga classes at Runyon Canyon and get you prepared and motivated to start your yoga workouts at Runyon Canyon sooner than later.


Runyon Canyon Yoga Instructor Profiles

Runyon Canyon Yoga Instructor - Yogi Steve

Yogi Steve

Yogi Steve have been teaching free Yoga classes at Runyon Canyon for over 10 years. Yogi Steve’s background includes 10 years of martial arts training followed by 10 years of yoga practice. Yogi Steve’s motto is “Dont take this yoga practice too seriously but train like your life depends on it.”

See the Current Daily Yoga Schedule listed below catch Steve’s next FREE Runyon Canyon yoga class.

Runyon Canyon Yoga Instructor - Daniel Overberger

Daniel Overberger

Daniel started teaching at Runyon in 2005 and has been a student since its beginnings. He has two teaching certificates from his studies in Mysore, India and teaches Vinyasa Yoga (with roots in Ashtanga). Daniel’s teaching is laced with a sense of humor and a down-to-earth attitude which makes yoga accessible to anyone willing to show up for the gig. “You’re living your dream… don’t miss it.”

See the Current Daily Yoga Schedule listed below catch Daniel’s next FREE Runyon Canyon yoga class.
Siri Khalsa - Runyon Canyon Yoga Instructor

Siri Khalsa

Siri teaches Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Hatha Yoga, and Wholistic Living. He was raised in a spiritual yogic community and brings this life long knowledge to his Runyon Canyon FREE yoga classes.

See the Current Daily Yoga Schedule listed below catch Siri’s next FREE Runyon Canyon yoga class.

FREE Runyon Canyon Daily Yoga Class Instructor Kamala Mathis

Kamala Mathis

Kamala has been teaching at Runyon since 2003. Kamala’s loving heart, intuitive spirit, and healing abilities have drawn people to her since she was a child. She began practicing yoga in the mid 90′s to relieve stress and migraines, and rapidly began to notice the healing benefits of yoga. It made such a dramatic impact in her own life; she realized her calling to share these gifts with others. Kamala received her teacher certification at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara.

See the Current Daily Yoga Schedule listed below catch Kamala’s next FREE Runyon Canyon yoga class.
FREE Runyon Canyon Daily Yoga Instructor Donna DeCoster

Donna DeCoster

Practicing:
Yoga has been one of the greatest gifts in this life for Donna. Every time she steps to the yoga mat, new challenges arise which helps her learn so much about herself. Yoga is her alone time and it has become a huge tool for her to be able to remain open, loving, peaceful and balanced.

Teaching:
Donna feels very present when she teaches yoga. She looks at the students in her classes and sees them learning, which is just thrilling. Donna loves sharing yoga and the fact that she gets to teach outdoors at Runyon with no ceilings or walls in nature, well, she couldn’t have dreamt up a better place to spend so much of this life. She is so grateful, after being given this gift for so many years, to be able to give back to this beautiful community. It’s the best feeling when students come up after class and say “that is exactly what I needed”. Donna’s heart literally melts with joy.

Current Daily Yoga Schedule listed below catch Donna’s next FREE Runyon Canyon yoga class.


Current Daily Yoga Schedule

Monday:

Time: 8:45am
Instructor: Donna
Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Kamala
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Steve / Donna
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Nicole

Tuesday:

Time: 8:45am
Instructor: Donna
Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Kamala Mathis / Siri Khalsa
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor:  Yogi Steve

Wednesday:

Time: 8:45am
Instructor: Donna
Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Daniel
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Donna
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Siri

Thursday:

Time: 8:45am
Instructor: Donna
Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Kamala Mathis / Siri Khalsa
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Donna
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Hollis

Friday:

Time: 8:45am
Instructor: Donna
Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Daniel
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Patricia

Saturday

Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Instructor: Yoga Boot Camp with Yogi Steve
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Amy

Sunday

Time: 10:30am
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 2:00pm
Instructor: Yogi Steve
Time: 6:00pm
Instructor: Scott

Breathing Exercises

-Tips from Natalie Mirsky founder, owner and instructor at Body Wellness

Here are 5 different types of breathing exercises to help you: slow down, relax, detox and activate your core (not a core workout but you will feel your belly working). After doing these five breathing exercises you will feel invigorated and ready to handle anything.

  1. Take a deep breath in through your nose (make sure your mouth is closed), hold the breath for a moment, and then take 10 seconds (that’s the goal!) to exhale through your mouth. Repeat this 5x’s. You should feel the beginning of your exhalation (counts 1,2,3) up at the top of your torso, towards the middle of the exhalation (counts 4,5,6) traveling down your torso, and by the end of your exhalation (counts 8,9,10) you should feel your lower abdominal (transverse abdominal–which is the most difficult to activate!).
  2. Breath work for the Pilates 100. Inhale through your nose for 5 seconds–keeping your mouth closed, then, exhale through your mouth for 5 seconds. The inhalation should sound like a sniff. These are percussive breaths, forcing you to engage the abdominals. The exhalation should sound like “shh, shh, shh, shh, shh,” Repeat 10x’s
  3. Repeat the breath work for the Hundred but instead of a percussive breath, switch to a smooth breath. Inhale through the nose for 5 seconds, exhale through the mouth for 5 seconds.
  4. Now close your mouth. Inhale through your nose for 5 seconds, and exhale through your nose for 5 seconds. Remember to keep your mouth closed. Repeat 10x’s.
  5. For our last exercise, move the breath from your nose to the back of your throat. Your mouth stays closed, you might feel a tickle in the back of your throat, and your body will create a sound similar to an ocean wave. Welcome to Ujjayi breathing! Ujjayi breathing is a diaphragmatic breath, it helps with detox and will leave you feeling centered and at peace.

By this point you should be feeling relaxed!



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