This is the year you start mindfulness and yoga practices

Stilling the mind.
Mindfulness training underway at Kit and Ace.
(Kit and Ace)

Struggling with mindfulness? Here are a few events that can help sharpen those stilling-the-mind skills.

Kit and Ace, a maker of technical apparel, will be offering complimentary mindfulness sessions from Saturday to Monday at its Pasadena and El Segundo locations. The hip clothing brand is hosting what it describes as “Reflection Rooms” -- sanctuaries created in conjunction with Blu Dot furniture. People can try out headsets from Muse: Its brain-sensing technology lets you know when your concentration is wavering. You can also sample Whil, a new digital platform offering more than 200 programs designed to help with mindfulness, relaxation, improving insomnia and ending bad habits.

“Mindful Morning” guided meditations take place at the Pasadena location at 107 W. Colorado Blvd. from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, with treats from Canyon Coffee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, a Mindfulness Station featuring Muse headsets and group meditations using Whil will be available all day.

At the El Segundo location, at the Point at 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., there will be “Mindful Morning” guided meditations from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, and the Mindfulness Station will set up shop there all day Monday, .


Julia Frodahl, a Los Angeles teacher of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, is going back to basics with a workshop Sunday in Sherman Oaks. The 2½-hour “Fundamentals of Yoga” is designed for those still pretty new to the practice; it will be part discussion and part working on poses. Take along your mat and a notebook. $40 in advance, $45 day of. 1 to 3.30 p.m. at Rising Lotus, 14148 Magnolia Blvd., in Sherman Oaks

Any parent will attest to the challenge inherent in staying mindful while dealing with kids. Help is at hand with the affordable Mindfulness for Parents workshop, which runs four consecutive Tuesdays in Los Feliz. Hosted by teachers Lara Plutte and Sara Lamm, the series is designed to help those caring for children to be more mentally present and teach them skills and exercises to use at home. Parents only. $15-$25. 10.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. Feb. 7-28 at the Studio at the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center at 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. Sliding scale cost from $15 to $25 per person.


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