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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yoga Therapy

Susan Raglin aka "Anasuya" has been a dancer all her life. She was into ballet, modern dance and martial arts. At age sixteen, she took some yoga classes, but was more into dance. She "blew out" her knee (tearing the ACL) 10-12 years ago. After physical therapy, she turned to yoga to help her heal from the injury. In 1986, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. According to Anasuya, yoga helps her in managing pain with deep, slow breathing and relaxing. She has taught yoga for over 20 years In 1994-95, she was certified as a yoga teacher. In 2004-05, she graduated from LMU and was certified to teach yoga therapy. Vini yoga focuses on adapting the poses to the needs of students, a majority of them are over 50 years old who suffer from some type of injury. "Be real with what you can really do and what's healthy." Anasuya said in our interview.


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Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LetsMove! WLA Training

LetsMove! WLA Training - Brentwood Science Magnet Elem
June 14, 2012 from 8am to 8:30am
740 Gretna Green Way, 90049
Celebrity Trainer Luis Aracena will lead a session with the graduating 5th grade class at highly-rated Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School.  The brief workout will highlight the value of exercise as the right way to start a day of learning. 
Luis is a Personal Trainer on Univision TV's 'Dale Con Ganas' created by the producers of 'The Biggest Losers'.
Check out upcoming fun, free events at
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Green Events

Tour of Santa Monica Place, Farmers Market & Cooking Demo 
June 9, 2012 from 9am-11:30am
Meet at the corner of 3rd St & Arizona
Registration is FREE but space is limited to 45 rsvps

Join A Sustainable Kitchen's Annette Eason for a morning at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Immediately following the demo, there will be a tour of some of the sustainable features of Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Place is one of the very few shopping centers to ever receive LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Menu: Warm Roasted Weiser Potato with Arugula/Walnut Pesto, Beans and Pancetta, Fresh Ricotta with Mixed Herb Salad, Lemon and Olive Oil

Would you like to take the Green Living Workshop but don't want to go alone?
Then recruit 5 Santa Monica residents to attend all 3 meetings of the 1-week workshop, and earn $100.
For the very first time, you can complete the entire Green Living Workshop in one week!!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Energy & Transportation
6:30 - 8:30pm

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Water & Shopping/Food
6:30 - 8:30pm

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Waste & Chemicals
2:00 - 4:00pm
Santa Monica Main Library 
601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica 90401

Contact Gina Garcia with any questions.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Friday, June 1, 2012

Brentwood Community Fair

Local Event


11 am - 4 pm at 740 Gretna Green in Brentwood. This is fun-filled, much anticipated event includes moon bounces, giant slides, games, exhibits, stage shows, food booths and a fantastic silent suction. There are no admission fees. All costs are kept low to keep this a fun-filled and family-friendly event.

The exciting Silent Auction includes items such as golf for 3 guests at Riviera Country Club with Sugar Ray Leonard, celebrity signed items such as Magic Johnson's Lakers jersey and Pau Gasol's basketball, a Kardashians poster signed by all of the Kardashians, a gourmet chef-prepared dinner for 10 at your house, jewelry, classroom gift baskets, summer camps, restaurants and spa certificates, tickets to Disnelyland, Legoland, Dodgers and much more. The proceeds from the auction help support the school's arts and music programs and gives needed supplies for the magnet school science classes.

"This year's fair is going to be fantastic and reflects the wonderful community of parents and children at Brentwood Science Magnet" said Brentwood Science Magnet School Principal Ms. Aleta Taylor. "The funds we raise will enable us to continue the arts and music education that is so vital to a child's early education."

The amazing volunteer team of parents, teachers, alumni and community supporters work hand-in-hand to create a day treasured by all. The Fair is open to the public and is a wonderful event that highlights our school and community. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Fair - so help save lives too!

Brentwood Science Magnet is the most diversified school in all of the Los Angeles Unified School District with more than 27 languages spoken in the home. It is a wonderful environment that teaches children to appreciate their differences while working together. Recently, Brentwood Science Magnet was the recipient of a mural of California painted on two full building walls by the acclaimed artist, David Legaspi. The mural was made possible by the generosity and efforts of Brentwood Green, the Brentwood community group responsible for the beautification of school grounds that doubles as a community park.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla