Yoga, Dogs and Cancer Research

Reposted from Facebook and running out the door (sorry for the messy post) 🙂 Namaste!

“Cancer Dog” Benefit Class: Supporting Early Cancer Detection Research
Annie Carpenter, Ally Hamilton, Brock Cahill, Jerome Mercier, Jesse Schein ,Krista Cahilland Angela Kukhahn
Causes – Fundraiser
Saturday, February 27, 2010
10:00am – 12:30pm
Yogis Anonymous
Join Annie Carpenter, Ally Hamilton, Brock Cahill, Jerome Mercier, Jesse Schein, Krista Cahill and Angela Kukhahn for a morning of awakening and community!

This 2 1/2 hour yoga class will be followed by refreshments and a raffle of local products and services. One ticket per student will be given and additional tickets can be purchased for a $2.00 donation to the cause.


The Canine Cancer Detection Project LA is embarking on a very important project researching the early identification of cancer using canine scent detection. Dina Zaphiris (professional dog trainer and yogi) participated in one of the pilot studies in the field of canine cancer detection. It was in these studies that some interesting findings were made.

Studies have suggested that dogs have the ability to detect cancer earlier than other forms of testing such as MRI, CT Scan, Radiology, blood work, etc. We are committed to studying the efficacy of this amazing new discovery.

The early detection of cancer is paramount for successful treatment and saving lives. We are trying to do research specifically on early detection to enable early treatment.

How does the yoga community fit into this?

As yoga practitioners, we live the life of preventative medicine. Through research and innovative practices we could prevent the onset of a tragic disease such as cancer before it overwhelms the system. Early detection or preventative medicine is the key to surviving and prevailing over such illnesses.

Join us in raising awareness and funding for this cause as well as helping to donate to the continued efforts of these doctors and dog trainers to standardize the methods of training and detection. 100% of the proceeds will go to the non-profit organization specifically for research in canine cancer detection.

A minimum $20.00 suggested cash donation will be used to bring this incredible non-invasive medicine to our future medical practices.

To reserve your space for this event, please Donate at:

Use the “Donate” button to make a secure payment via Paypal, print a copy of your receipt and bring it to class for guaranteed entry.


Yogis Anonymous
Hard Tail
OM Girl
Om My Dog
Rock & Republic
Sujen B. Art & Design |
Woof Worx
Robert Green Fitness Training
Geralynn Cada |
Ashley Bordon Fitness |
Olga Tot
Grant Cramer
Melodia Medley |
Marla Johnson |
Gerald Minniti, MD |
Gabi Jewelry
Mr. Bilardi Hair
Krista Cahill Yoga
Brock Cahill Yoga
Debbie Kim Acupuncture/Herbalist
Dina Zaphiris Dog Behavior
Dr. Magdy Guirguis
Dr. Tamara Trebilcock
Dr. Katie
Gabriel Moreno Hair

Confirmed Guests
This event has 102 confirmed guests

Cancer Dog Video From Actual Event:
Cancer Dog Fundraiser

Making Space for Growth

A college professor came to a Zen master one day seeking knowledge. The Zen master sits down to tea with the professor . She places the teacup in front of the professor and begins to pour. The cup fills, and then begins to spill over the sides. Seeing this the professor shouts at her and says “Stop! The cup is full! Can’t you see? It can’t hold anymore!” To that the wise old Zen master smiles and says “And so it is with you. Your mind too, is too full of too many things. Only when you empty it will there be room for more knowledge to come in.”

What can you let go of to make space? How can you become empty so that you can become filled? Where can you prune back the old to allow new growth in your life?

Symptoms Of Inner Peace

Symptoms of Inner Peace
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fear
2. A unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
3. Loss of interest in judging others
4. Lack of interest in judging oneself
5. Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
6. Loss of interest in conflict
7. Loss of ability to worry
8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
9. Feeling connected with others and nature
10. Frequent attacks of smiling for no apparent reason
11.An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
12. An increased susceptibility to giving and recieving love

(Wish I knew who wrote this, its so true!)

Update: Saskia Davis is the origanal author of this beautiful piece ©1984 and has honored this blog by letting me post it here. A huge thanks to Saskia Davis and for more amazing works please visit

Donation Yoga

I taught alot of yoga today and am sitting here sleepy and ready for bed 🙂

Proof of this is the fact that I am eating dried Kale and half of the coconut that I cracked open earlier for dinner. Bon Appetite!

Happy, content and tired..ahhhhhh

Ally Hamilton (owner of Yogis Anonymous with her husband Dorian Cheah) wrote a fantastic note explaining how the donation yoga thing works.

I often get asked about this, and since I can’t say it better I just reposted what Ally wrote from the Yogis Anonymous Facebook Fan Page

Today at 10:58pm

Q: People want to know, how is it possible to offer free yoga classes?

A: It isn’t.

We charge the teachers rent to teach at Yogis Anonymous. They keep the donations left by students. If they do well (enough students, good donations), they earn money. If not, they end up paying to teach.

We don’t want that to happen. There are at least three ways we try to avoid that scenario.

– First, we only choose teachers whom we believe offer something special, and, if they are newer, have what it takes to build a class.

– Second, we work hard to promote our teachers (that’s why it’s so important for us to really believe in them).

– And third, we try to make sure that all the students know that “donation” doesn’t mean “free”. The money you put in the box is not a tip. It’s the ONLY money the teacher gets, and they have to pay their rent and admin fees out of that.

SO… please donate fairly. We’re not saying don’t come if you can’t pay the suggested amount – we’re here because we believe everybody should have an opportunity to practice. But we ARE asking you to take a minute to understand how this system works, and how we all fit into it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. We really love our teachers and want them to thrive. You can help.

Dorian & Ally

Floating, Flying and Balancing: A Guide To Yoga Wrist Care and Proper Alignment

Angela Kukhahn and Marysia Weiss in doing handstand at Yogis Anonymous. Photo by Jim Knowles

How to care for your wrists when practicing yoga. Tips on how to modify your yoga practice to prevent wrist injury and what to do if you have already injured your wrists and still want to practice yoga.

These tips are especially helpful to the yoga student who is interested in inverting, arm balancing or practicing flow yoga.

Do you dream of balancing on your hands, suspended between the Heaven and Earth transcending all reason while mocking gravity? Well, I thought so…but first let’s take a moment to talk about what you are balancing on, your hands and wrists!


1. Take a moment to look at your palm, the are peaks and valley (the center of your palm is a valley for example, so is the area between the index finger thumb, and the center of the wrist) When placed on the floor the weight should mainly rest on the peaks, or fleshy mounds of the hands, and the rest distributed evenly through the extended fingers

2. The Median Nerve passes through the center of the wrist. It is important not to collapse on a nerve; I think that one is self – explanatory. (I mean it just sounds bad!) To avoid doing this grab the floor with your hands like you are palming a basketball. For most people this requires them to lift the forearms further away from the floor.

3. Never practice arm balances, or for that matter any weight bearing exercises on a soft, squishy surface. Sand, carpet, and super cushy mats fall into this category. Anytime the base of your wrist dips below the fingertips it is in hyperextension.

4. Spread your fingers WIDE apart from the thumb to the baby finger. This will insure that your weight is evenly distributed on your hands, protecting your wrists.

5. Here are some options if you are experiencing wrist problems. If you feel a strain in your wrist, try using a yoga wedge or a slant board to lift the base of the wrist and reduce the angle. The wedge has many uses and can be good for  Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), but I also like using two blocks tipped up against the edge of a wall as well. Also good to try is making fists, using Foam Dumbells, special yoga gloves or alternate Dolphin Pose with Down Dog when your wrists get tired. Of course, Child’s Pose or Cat/Cow are always wonderful options as well.

6. Sometimes soreness in the wrists is due to a lack of conditioning, so take a day off and relax : )

7. Remember to stretch the wrists gently, and perhaps give yourself a mini wrist massage. Yum!

8. Finally, if you have hot, intense, shooting pain you should see a doctor, as much advice as I can pass along it is not a substitute for a qualified medical practitioner.

Happy wrists = joyful arm balancing, inverting, floating and flying!