Zen & Juice with Breckenridge Whiskey – April 7

Zen & Juice with Breckenridge Whiskey – April 7
ZEN & JUICE Whiskey and Yoga event, featuring Jenni of Bloom Yoga
and Breckenridge Bourbon from Colorado!

To purchase a ticket:
Zen & Juice with Breckenridge Whiskey! Tickets, Wed,
Apr 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

About this Event

Get ready to get flexible with another whiskey and yoga night! We’ve partnered up again with the amazing Jenni Brandon, owner of Bloom Yoga and with Breckenridge Distillery for some self-care, mindfulness and education. Tickets on sale now! Join us for boozy yoga on Wednesday, 4/7 at 6:30 pm.


First, Jenni Brandon, owner of Bloom Yoga in Long Beach, will be guiding us through an all-levels yoga session of movement, breath work, and meditation. Set your intentions and re-center yourself with as much (or as little!) challenge as you like in this 45-minute session. No previous yoga experience required!

Chakras good and cleansed? Good, because next we’ll be sipping through a 3-pour flight of whiskey from multiple award-winning (and Colorado’s highest) distillery, Breckenridge! Southern California Market Manager Nik Sonetgareth will be online and guide us through the lineup and virtual distillery tour. Tasting flight includes:

• Breckenridge 86 Proof Straight Bourbon

• Breckenridge Port Cask Bourbon

• Breckenridge PX Cask Bourbon

Now into their lucky 13th year of operations, Breckenridge has been consistently pushing boundaries with their innovative and ward-winning bourbons, malts, and blended whiskeys (among other spirits). Whether you’re a traditionalist or are looking for something new and exciting, Breckenridge doesn’t disappoint.


For all you whiskey-loving yoginis and yoga-loving whiskinis, this is not a night to miss!

  • This virtual event is on Wednesday, 4/7/21 at 6:30 pm.
  • Tickets are $30 (inclusive of Eventbrite fees); ticket sales end 4/3.
  • Whiskey and a Zoom code for the event can be picked up at a private residence in Long Beach on Saturday, 4/3, from 3-4:30 PM (or let me know what works for you and we can arrange pick up). Address will be provided after purchase.

Must be 21 and over to purchase a ticket and ID must be presented upon pickup.

New Year’s Renew Yoga Series

New Year’s Renew Yoga Series

Renew and restore in this gentle yoga series for the new year, you’ll breathe, stretch, meditate, and ground yourself to start 2021 off just right. 

A great class for everyone – no previous yoga experience required.

Restorative yoga is a great way to find calming and grounding in your life. During this 4-week series you’ll learn poses (asana), breath work (pranayama) and meditation to support your mind, body, and spirit. Learn how to use props such as blankets, blocks, and straps to support the body in gentle poses. Yoga provides an anti-stress solution for our lives, as well as supporting the immune system in a way that is beneficial for keeping us healthy, grounded, and focused.

Time: 6:15-7:15 pm PT Monday evenings

January 4, 11, 18, 25

If you cannot join us at 6:15pm PT because of schedule or your time zone, a link to a recording of the class will be made available to you for 7 days after the original class(link will expire after 7 days).  Everyone registered for the class will receive links to these classes so you can continue to practice all week!

Cost: $48

Practical Self Care for Musicians Workshop at Meg Quigley Vivaldi Symposium

This interactive workshop will give participants practical and useful tools in the form of simple meditations, breathwork, gentle movement, and the principles of LEAN (lifestyle, exercise, attitude, nutrition) to apply directly to their personal and professional lives. Participants should plan to have a chair on hand for a short chair yoga practice as part of the session.

Presented by Jenni Brandon and Marianne Breneman


Presented during the Online Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Symposium January 3-10, 2021

What is Yoga?

What is Yoga?

What is “Yoga”?

The word “yoga” comes to us from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It means “yoke” or “union”, and our practice of yoga unites the body, mind and spirit. In contemporary terms, yoga includes a reinforcement of personal ethics, physical practice (asana), breath work (pranayama), and meditation to create a deeper connection with one self.

In our society today, Yoga is very visible and a very large industry.  There are close to 16 MILLION Americans that practice yoga every month.  Today there are many different types of yoga that one may choose from, and it can feel overwhelming when looking at a veritable smorgasbord of yoga choices.  Many people today practice what is referred to as “Vinyasa” yoga, or a physical practice of connection of breath and movement, but where does it all begin?  What is the root of the yoga we practice today?

Much of what we see as far as yoga being offered around us focusses on the physical postures, or asana, the Sanskrit term for posture.  This type of physical or posture-based yoga, comes from Hatha Yoga, which is rooted in the teachings of the sage Patanjali (c. 200 BC). He outlines a philosophy of yoga called the Yoga Darshana , which is where the larger system of yoga is explained.  There may be many types of yoga to practice these days, but his explanations offer an overall explanation of the philosophies of yoga.  In particular, Patanjali’s system of yoga is called Raja Yoga, or “royal yoga” and is defined as a high level of teaching of this yoga system.  Hatha Yoga focusses greatly on the physical postures, and breath, but this is only the beginning of this larger system of yoga.

Patanjali outlines the eight limbs of yoga which are a guide for our lives, both our external being and the internal work.  The eight limbs of Yoga are:

  1. Yamas – restraints, or behaviors
  2. Niyamas – observances or personal development
  3. Asana – physical postures
  4. Pranayama – control of Prana, or breath work
  5. Pratyahara – control of the senses
  6. Dharna – Concentration
  7. Dhyana – meditation
  8. Samadhi – Realization

Each of these limbs has a much deeper explanation and importance to the practice of the whole picture of Yoga.  As yogis, we can begin to explore these eight limbs of yoga through our asana practice because these physical postures allow us to explore the greater connection between each of these limbs.  We work the physical postures to discover how to control our prana, or work on the breath to support us in these poses.  We practice self-discipline and self-study through the physical postures, allowing us to explore the yamas and niyamas.  As we hold postures, we become still, allowing for reflection and meditation, and a focus of energy.  We control our senses in these poses, often letting the outside world slip away to focus on the uniting of mind, body, and spirit.

When you come to your mat to practice, you are probably practicing a form of yoga that finds its lineage from the teaching of Patanjali.  In this regard, it makes the connection of doing yoga strongly rooted in tradition and in a philosophy that has had thousands of years to develop.  This feels exciting – not only are we a part of something that supports us body, mind, and spirit, but in a larger sense we are a part of something vast and universal.  It is this practice of yoga that can connect us to each other, creating community, and allowing us to practice on our mat what we want to practice and bring to the world around us.