YOGANONYMOUS Weekend Picks: November 24-28

Hello yogis!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend. At this time of year, there is one word that seems to recur and gain importance, and that is gratitude. We must remember what we are thankful for, and cherish our loved ones and ourselves. Yogi Bhajan says that “the attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” We’ve got some great events lined up for this weekend that will help you to embrace and celebrate all that you are thankful for. 

New York, New York

Thursday, November 24
Join Ali Cramer at Laughing Lotus for a special holiday flow class to leave you feeling grateful and balanced. 

Laughing Lotus will be accepting donations for the first Church of Yoga, a donation-based studio in New Orleans. You can help by donating here!
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Sonoma, California

Friday, November 25 - Sunday, November 27
Head to Sonoma Wine Country for a Thanksgiving Gratitude Retreat. Take time to reflect, connect, and rejuvenate your mind and body through yoga (hatha and vinyasa flow), meditation, and hiking. 

The retreat includes four yoga classes including pranayama and meditation for all levels, Thanksgiving gratitude practice, guided hikes through Sonoma Valley Regional Park. There is also an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, and beautiful hiking trails in the surrounding area. Meals and wine are all homemade, local, and organic. 
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 24
Head to Yoga Home on Thanksgiving day for two special classes. Yoga Home is a studio that seeks to create a holistically-based community of happy and healthy individuals, and to educate and empower them through the art and science of yoga. This is a safe space where curiosity is encouraged and exploration is nurtured. 

Candace Stevens will lead the morning class set to live music. All levels are welcome to experience this embodiment of thankfulness, groundedness, and freedom. In the afternoon, Kristin Page will lead a meditation and yoga class also focused on gratitude and bringing stillness into our minds, bodies, and hearts and finding our collective and individual breaths. 
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Freeburg, Illinois

Friday, November 25
Spend a relaxing evening of singing bowls and gong with Samantha Grodecki at iBloom Yoga this Friday. 100% of donations will go to Give Back Yoga. 

Give Back Yoga is a national non-profit yoga organization that funds certified teachers in all traditions to offer yoga to the under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community. Yoga should be accessible to all, and Give Back Yoga strives to make this a reality! Some of Give Back Yoga’s programs include Yoga 4 Cancer, Yoga of 12-Step Addiction Recovery, the Prison Yoga Project, and Eat Breathe Thrive. Help give back to the community this Thanksgiving and donate what you can toward these causes! This is a family-friendly event and all levels are welcome. 
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New York, New York

Saturday, November 26
Join Christina Ilisije and Julia Stephens at Pure Yoga West for a hot vinyasa flow class with Figure 4 Barre geared toward detoxing the body and toning up the muscles. 

The class will begin with a grateful intention in alignment with Thanksgiving. The vinyasa flow series will open up the body and the barre exercises will help to tone and fire up the muscles. The class will end with an elongation of the muscles to relax the nervous system. 
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New York, New York

Sunday, November 27
This Sunday, Caitlin Bailey will be leading a half-day meditation retreat at the Interdependence Project, a meditation center founded by renowned teacher Ethan Nichtern. This retreat is designed for new meditators, and is an opportunity for experienced students to cultivate their practice. 

The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as discussion and a Q&A session. Wind down from the weekend with mindfulness practice. 
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Goa, India

Monday, November 28 - Saturday, December 3
Meet Thyself is a Yoga retreat festival taking place from November 28 through December 3 in beautiful Goa, India. This retreat is focused on embracing and accepting oneself, and letting anxiety and stress dissipate. 

Classes will include meditation, yoga, philosophy and music, and will be held at Riva Beach Resort in Mandrem, Goa, overlooking the Arabian Sea. 
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