Yoga Fest!

Our day-long Yoga Fest at the SF Buddhist Center in The Mission is coming tomorrow!

It is 6 hours of practice, starting with Buddhist chanting and a guided meditation, then one-hour asana practice on the half-hour led by 5 wonderful Yoginis, finishing with a Buddhist puja and chanting. 
Come for an hour, a few hours, or the whole day. 

An opportunity to come together in celebration of yoga and community.

See below our day-long program with a introduction about our brilliant teachers! 

10:00 - 10:25 Welcome! Buddhist Chanting and Guided Meditation led by Dh. Hridayashri


Our YogaFest is not just yoga! There will be meditation and chanting to start the day, and it will be led by our dear friend  Hridayashri. Dhammacarini Hridayashri is a Buddhist ordained in the Triratana Buddhist Order, as well as a professional photographer, an accomplished rock climber and a terrific cook and baker. She teaches meditation at the Buddhist Center and often organizes the meals on our retreats. To know Hridayashri is to be nurtured by her. She and her husband Prasadachitta have supported our team on the ground in San Francisco in so many ways, from doing lay-outs for flyers and appeal cards to bringing joy to our fundraisers. We are very grateful for their love and support. Jai Bhim, Hridayashri!

10:30 -11:25 Morning Flow with Jody Hahn

Yoga Teacher Training Program (Los Angeles) in 2003. Elements of Anusara, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, and life are incorporated to create dynamic, challenging, fun classes.  Jody enjoys teaching students of all ability levels and focus on creating a safe practice by using verbal and hands-on adjustments for correct alignment.  In order to accommodate varying skill levels she recommends alternative poses and pose modifications when necessary. 

her classes are infused with the philosophy that we are engaged in a process at all times which can be illustrated by finishing any statement with "yet": "I can't do this (yet)"... "I'm not flexible (yet)." If we can be involved in the process and not focused solely on the outcome, then both the process and the outcome may be surprising and rewarding. We are explorers - discovering poses, discovering mental clarity, discovering how we deal with challenges and, maybe, discovering some spiritual awareness. Oh, yeah - and it helps to keep a sense of humor about all of it.
Jai Bhim, Jody!

11:30 - 12:25 Stillness and Balance with Elise Collins


This is the second JBI fundraiser where Elise will be leading yoga with us. 2 years ago she put on a pair of butterfly wings and taught a wonderful family yoga class. It is always fun working with Elise! Elise and Dayamudra met at a Restorative Yoga Training with our inspiring teacher Judith Lasater, and Elise teaches an amazing Restorative class. Take a look at her video to learn more about her approach to Restorative:

Elise will be leading our 11:30 morning yoga Session, Stillness and Balance. We are very grateful for Elsie's open heart adn the many ways she has supported JBI's projects. 

Jai Bhim, Elise!

12:30 - 1:25 Slow Revolution with Sri Louise

Sri Louise is an Indie Yoga Instructor whose primary interest is in deconstructing how privilege has infused Hindu and Buddhist practices in America, especially from the proprietorship of whiteness. Sri teaches on-going classes that explore post-colonial, feminists topics at the Underground Yoga Parlour for Self-Knowledge & Social Justice. She is a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati and is currently researching Non-Duality and Racism: How Whiteness Infuses our Understanding of Oneness…

Jai Bhim, Sri!

1:30 - 2:25 Moving Meditation with Ann Torres

Ann has been practicing yoga in the Bay Area for over 15 years and has been fortunate enough to study various styles with many incredible teachers.  She draws inspiration from a broad set of interests as a traveler, as a designer and engineer, and as someone who loves being outside climbing, swimming, running, and hiking.

Ann loves creating flows which synchronize movement and breath, and help people to connect physically and mentally and find a centered, meditative state.  She enjoys teaching classes which are accessible to all levels and encourage students to discover something unexpected about themselves.

Jai Bhim, Ann!

2:30 - 3:25 Deep Relaxation with Helen Fraser

One of the joys of being in SANGHA, in a committed community of friends, is knowing people, through thick and thin, over time.

Dayamudra and Helen have known each other for 15 years. They met doing their Yoga Teacher Training in 2000, have practiced Buddhism together at The SF Buddhist Center for 14 years, and both teach ESL at the same schools in SF. And did you know that Helen and Dayamudra led a yoga retreat together in Scotland, at Dhanakosa, 12 years ago? Look how young we were back then! (Pictured here with our good friend Singhashri who was our Cook and On-Site Organizer). Helen and her family have been generous supporters of JBI since we began and have encouraged both our team and our students. And at our YogaFest Helen will be leading our afternoon deep relaxation yoga session at 2:30.

Jai Bhim, Helen!

3:30 - 4:00 Buddhist Puja and Chanting to Close led by Dh. Viveka Chen

We thought we'd end our YogaFest with an opportunity to gather and rejoice in our shared practice, and since we are practicing at The Buddhist Center we will be closing the day with a Buddhist puja and chanting, led by The Chair of the SF Buddhist Center, Dhammacarini Viveka. Viveka has been a dear friend and mentor and a supporter of JBI since its beginnings. And it is Viveka who ordained  Dayamudra as a Buddhist, on a mountaintop in Spain, giving the name "Gesture of Compassion". Viveka is encouraging, kind and fun, and we are grateful to her for leading our closing rituals on September 27th, from 3:30 to 4 pm.

Jai Bhim, Viveka!

You can always purchase your tickets in advance here: 

See you Tomorrow!!

Jai Bhim!