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Started by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 Sep 1, 2011.

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Comment by Tira Joanna Richmond on July 7, 2010 at 2:31pm
I tried to "friend" you and left you a message, did you get it?

Thank you,
Tira Richmond
Comment by Leslie Kazadi, LA Director on June 7, 2010 at 8:10pm
THANK YOU so much.... volunteers, and especially briana, and yoga works south bay and yoga vibes and the lovely yogis who came to practice and support Yoga Bear for Yogapalooza!!!!! xoxox
Comment by Chad DesMarteau on June 7, 2010 at 1:35pm
i had a great time with you all yesterday! thank you so much Briana for all your hard work on that.. I delivered those extra sandwiches to Venice, so hopefully we helped feed a few people too =]
Comment by Briana Ford on May 27, 2010 at 8:25pm
I hope to see you all at Yogapalooza Los Angeles! It'll be held Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Yoga Works South Bay at Plaza El Segundo between 10am and 2pm. Come out and enjoy yourself!
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on April 29, 2010 at 12:40pm
Gary Lightbody, lead singer of Snow Patrol about our Yogabear So Cal Director of Yoga Teachers Jennifer Pastiloff ( who does indeed has a hearing problem) "
jennifer is an awesome creature. i was like four planks of wood nailed together haphazardly before i started with her and she has somehow fashioned rubber from wood. well, i can touch my toes now anyway. as patient and delightful a teacher and person you could hope for. she's deaf as a post though so be prepared for some confusing discussions whilst in down dog. if she can fix me she can fix anyone."
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on February 25, 2010 at 8:45pm
The Marriage of two different Cultures: one in Need, one in a place to Give.

I was never one of those girls that sat home and cut out pictures from BRIDE Magazine or planned my big white wedding.

Maybe because my father died when I was eight, and I was worried no one would walk me down the aisle? Or, because before he passed, he and my mother fought like cats and dogs and were possibly the most mismatched couple, always about to divorce? Maybe because I have the world’s smallest family. Maybe I was scared? The reason never mattered to me. I just didn’t envision myself getting married. Not that I didn’t necessarily want to, per se, it was just the visualization of it that eluded me. And, if you have ever been to one of my yoga classes, you know that I talk a lot about visualization. I make vision boards. I watched “ The Secret.”

So when my boyfriend asked me in December to marry him, I naturally freaked out a bit. Not only is a big wedding kind of antithetical to my personality (I am not very good at organizing and planning), but I was just stumped.

How would we do it?

We went to London over Christmas, where he is from. We were going to elope (naturally, I couldn’t imagine my wedding…and I wouldn’t have to, if we eloped in Hyde Park. The answer was clear.)

It didn’t work. I would have had to stay in London for 20 days due to some ancient legal passport baloney, and I simply could not miss that much work. I am a yoga teacher. I pay rent to teach at the donation-based studio where I work and I simply cannot afford to miss that much. One day I visualize I will be able to. Not December 2009.

We came back. Not married.

Then Haiti had the big earthquake.

That is when my visualization happened. I would turn my yoga class, which is run by donation, into a wedding party where all the money would go to Haiti. They, after all, need much more than me, who could use a new frying pan and a lamp…but that’s about it. I created an “event” through Facebook. You can see already how I am not the white wedding dress type of gal. My wedding invite was through Facebook! I even invited all my yoga “fans.”

I instructed everyone to bring something to share. Whether champagne or a poem or popcorn or a song…and definitely a donation to Haiti. There is nothing making me happier right now than the idea that I get to have “my day” as well as help out our brothers and sisters over there. The Red Cross got wind of what I was doing and want to be a part of it. Also, OneHope Wine, a most amazing wine company, is sponsoring me since they donate half of their proceeds to charities.

I am a huge fan of Wayne Dyer and I have learned from him to ask myself daily, “How may I serve?” I live my life like this, and I realized that my wedding party must reflect that as well.

I am in a position to help. So I will. I pay rent on the space I teach in, but I firmly believe that the money will always come back to me. It always does.

This is such a special occasion. Not only is it marking my new life, but it is a sign of the yoga (meaning “union”) of the human spirit. When I told people I was giving the money to Haiti for my wedding, they wanted to be a part of it. Not only are we all coming together on Sunday February 28, 2010, for something as beautiful as a marriage of two people (Jennifer Pastiloff and Robert Taleghany), but for the marriage of two different cultures: one in need, one in the place to give.

I truly believe that sending out our goodwill like this will begin the healing of Haiti, and of the human condition. The pots and pans and dish towels will always be there.

I would really love a wok, though.


Sunday Feb 28 1245 pm at Yogaco. 1408 3rd st Promenade Santa Monica , ca 90401

Jennifer Pastiloff is a yoga teacher and poet based in Santa Monica Ca. This is her first and hopefully last wedding.
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on February 25, 2010 at 8:44pm
Elephant Journal published this cool article about Jennifer Pastiloff's wedding at Yogaco where all the money is being donated to Haiti.
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on February 12, 2010 at 11:22am
Thank you for your leadership in the YOGABEAR cancer survivors program. It has been really wonderful and helpful in my daily challenge to fight the brain tumor that is in my right frontal lobe. I had 99% of it removed in 2004. I did not worry about the small remainder until 2008 when my oncologist had me start 12 months of chemotherapy. It really sucked. I don't want to be on and off Chemo as is so prevalent with cancer patients/victims.

I have since done a lot of reasearch on what the realities of cancer are for all of us humans; especially those of us who live in the westernized nations. Everyone of us has micro tumors our entire life. Some of us have a failure in our natural defense system that instead of fighting the cancer our systems feed the cancer. It is a reality every family is familiar with. With education and action everyone can make an incredible dent in the risk that we all live with.

There are a few basic actions that everyone can take:

1. Detoxification of Carcinogenic substances.
2. An Anticancer diet.
3. Adequate Physical activity.
4. A Search for Emotional Peace.

This simple list is written by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD in the highly recommended book 'Anticancer' A NEW WAY OF LIFE

The practice of yoga and a yogi lifestyle is intregral to this health approach to a great life. It is not bad news to know that we all have micro tumors. It is an opportunity for everyone to be in touch with our own mortality. This opens up the realm of living life today and enjoying the life we live. Our demise is eminant. Live life today. Yoga, good food, great friends, family and good times are ours to design, and enjoy. I wish for everyone to know about the chance we have to decide to live. I am talking to everyone.

I love you all.

Jim We Be Cool Wiebe
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on February 10, 2010 at 2:51pm
Jennifer Pastiloff, So Cal Director of Yoga Teacher and the amazing Leslie Kazadi, Director of our So Cal Chapter of Yoga Bear ( at Earth Bar in Santa Monica)
Comment by jennifer Pastiloff on February 10, 2010 at 2:50pm


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