Health happenings: free yoga and a long walk to the beach

Show up in costume for a free Halloween-themed outdoor yoga class set to live music in Santa Monica on Sunday, put on by Leah Marsh, who spearheaded the Fit Girl Club movement, and Yoga Nation, which wants to make the practice accessible to everyone. Yoga buffs of any level are invited to Hotchkiss Park for a half-hour visualization and meditation session, followed by a 60-minute class led by Goli Gabbay. Stay after for a workshop on the true meaning of Halloween” with a Siberian shaman Ladamira. There will also be sampling and giveaways from Royal Sense Bulgarian Rose Water, probiotic drink KeVita and coconut water Harmless Harvest. People start gathering at 2 p.m., the class is at 3 and the event wraps at 5.

Sunday, Hotchkiss Park, 2302 4th St., Santa Monica. The class is free; donations are welcome. RSVP to

Tranquil retreat

Tranquil Eden Gardens in the Thousand Oaks-Moorpark area — complete with a pond and aviary — is the site of a daylong retreat hosted by fitness instructor and personal trainer Shana Daniels. The Nov. 4 event will include motivational talks by Daniels and Stephen Rambo of the Center for Spiritual Living, a reception with Champagne, mimosa and juice, a healthful buffet lunch and an outdoor yoga class. Attendees can also select from offerings such as 15-minute massages and reiki sessions.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Eden Gardens, 3900 Brennan Road, Moorpark. $75 per person until the end of October, after that $100. Tickets at


16-mile walk on Pico

Pencil in Nov. 19 for the 11th pre-Thanksgiving Great Los Angeles Walk. Some 400 people are expected to participate in the low-key, no pressure trek from downtown to the beach, traversing 16 miles along Pico Avenue. Organizer Mike Schneider says that the walk can be “as long or as short” as people want, although with breaks, the exercise usually takes about eight hours. Walkers can opt out at any time. The walk is returning to Pico Avenue for the first time since 2007. The new Metro Expo Line runs between the start and end points.

9 a.m. Nov. 19. RSVP to


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