Get the holidays off to a healthy start with these events

A Goda Yoga class.
Right before the holidays is as good a time as any to practice deep breathing.
(Goda Yoga)

The spirit of giving, transformational breathwork and a stylish fitness-gear shopping event are all on hand as we head into the holiday season.

Bring a new sleeping bag to donate at a free yoga class in Santa Monica on Dec. 3. The event is a collaboration between Reach & Root, a community based yoga group (participants pay whatever they wish to for classes) and Yoga Wake Up, an audio app for yoga, stretching and meditation. The two-hour event includes a vinyasa class and meditation. The sleeping bags are earmarked for Safe Place for Youth, a drop-in center for young homeless people in Venice. 

Info: Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Dorothy Green Park, at the intersection of Ocean Park and Barnard Way in Santa Monica. For all levels.

Right before the holidays is as good a time as any to practice deep breathing. The Embody Peace Breathwork Workshop, led by breathwork teacher and healer Julia Mikk, is designed to help alleviate holiday stress, address anxieties and help participants feel more grounded and centered.


Info: Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Goda Yoga, 9711 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $40 if booked before Nov. 30, $50 thereafter.

The program repeats the next day, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Yogala, 1840 Echo Park Ave, Echo Park. $45 before Dec. 1, then $55.

For the fitness buff who wants to look good while working out: luxury activewear retailer Carbon38 has opened a pop-up shop offering exclusive pieces for stylish workouts, like ski pants and performance tights from Adidas by Stella McCartney. From now until the end of January, shoppers are greeted with a glass of champagne before they peruse the offerings, many made of technical activewear (like the red or green leggings that look like they’ve been coated in wax). 

Info: Carbon38 pop-up shop, 110 Robertson Blvd. Open until Jan. 31.



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