Leslie Kazadi, LA Director
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At 11:23am on March 1, 2011, Shaunda Fifer said…
Hello Leslie, I work for a company called lululemon athletica. We are yoga inspired athletic apparel and are very ingrained in our community. We are in the Pasadena location and we have a store in Glendale as well. We recently chose your organization to make a charitable donation to but are having trouble finding a correct address and tax ID number. Are you able to help us with this?? Please call me at 626.792.0791. My name is Shaunda. Thanks!
At 2:25pm on September 23, 2010, Karin Hoffman said…
Hi Leslie,
I've been trying to become a recipient of yoga classes through yoga bear since June. I don't know what the hold up is, but if it is possible for you to help me out I would really appreciate it. You wrote me before that you would look into it. I still haven't heard anything, and it is now September. I was so delighted at the prospect of having yoga classes available to aid in my recovery. What a wonderful thing to do after a full year of surgeries, chemo and radiation.
thanks for your help,
Karin
At 1:06pm on June 3, 2010, Karin Hoffman said…
Hi Leslie,
I am trying to figure out how to become a recipient of yogabear. I was referred to you by Chani Nicholas at wespark. I sent a friend request, and filled out the eligibility form, but haven't heard anything yet. Can you let me know what the procedure is? I am really looking forward to getting back to yoga post treatment! thanks,
Karin
At 9:16am on April 13, 2010, G Vajrini said…
hi leslie.
i am a friend of jen passtiloff. thank you for yoga bear, such a great site.
my name, by the way, is gia, but i am using my spiritual name for anonymity due to my profession. i am a psychotherapist and astrologer and survivor of breast cancer. for the psychotherpay clients, i keep my personal story to myself. but i am thinking more and more about bringing it into the room. anyway. what i am really writing about is yogapalooza. it looks like we aren't having one in los angeles. is that true? is there any way we could make that happen? i would be happy to help if i can. sounds like it would be great. thanks gia vajrini
At 3:21pm on November 10, 2009, Marge Abrams said…
Hello Leslie - how do I link up with a Yoga Center? I've requested this information twice to no avail. Is it up to me to find a local center or am I still waiting for someone to connect with me? Is that you or some other divine beings at Yoga Bear? Thanks,
Marge
At 3:28pm on November 3, 2009, Robin Brourman Munson said…
Thanks, Leslie - I think my husband is going to bring me - I'm not good at going out alone at night - but I really want to be there.
At 9:06am on November 3, 2009, Haydee Urita-Lopez said…
Thank you Leslie, I just went thru 2 surgeries and radioactive iodine treatment this past summer...needless to say I am soooooooooo happy to have found Yoga Bear and this community of survivors, friends, and advocates! I LUV IT! Please keep me posted with events, petitions, articles, healthy cooking, you name it, I am open to learning more and just keeping positive about all this stuff that I've gone thru.
Have a wonderful day!
Kindly,
haydee
At 10:23pm on November 2, 2009, Robin Brourman Munson said…
Thanks, Leslie. I'm trying to figure out a way to be at the event -- I have a hard time driving at night, but my husband might come with me, or I might just stay overnight at my sister's.
At 10:17pm on November 2, 2009, Robin Brourman Munson said…
Hi, Leslie,
Thanks for friending me! I'm so new to this. I'm hoping to become a yoga instructor and to teach other cancer survivors. I hope to meet you in person soon.
At 12:02pm on September 10, 2009, Donna Freeman said…
You are the perfect person to the LA Director. Thanks for giving of your time, knowledge, & talents to share yoga with cancer survivors.

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I started practicing yoga 16 years ago just as I began my career in broadcast captioning. I was looking for something to balance the stress of the job and found so much more than that in yoga.

Through the years, I've practiced and fallen in love with many different styles of yoga and taught all different levels and types of classes. About 5 years ago, I taught an NIH-funded yoga study for seniors, which redirected my teaching to focus on seniors. Last year, I led a pilot study through USC on yoga for Parkinson's. I'm looking forward to teaching another NIH-funded yoga study for seniors beginning this January.

As I found myself drawn more to working with people with injuries and in dis-ease and the rewards it brings to the soul, I got additional training in a two-year certificate program at LMU for yoga therapy. This program deepened my understanding of the body's structure and systems, increased my understanding of how yoga works at a deep level to effect healing, and taught me how to read and understand medical reports and interface with the allopathic medical community.

I currently teach a therapeutics yoga class at TruYoga and at Sherry Brourman's Yoga Therapy Clinic and a volunteer seniors yoga class at the Beverly Hills Roxbury Community Center. I also teach privately.

My volunteer experience began with a local non-profit, Heart Touch, where I participated in a variety of positions over a four-year period. The initial mission of Heart Touch was to provide free massage to people with AIDS. I provided volunteer massage at an AIDS hospice, was an area coordinator for volunteers and assisted their training program. Heart Touch has now expanded its mission to include children in hospitals, people with ALS and retired nuns. It was an amazing, rewarding experience, not only for the opportunity to be of service and to be in a like-minded community but also to watch the organization blossom into more than Shawnee, its founder, had ever imagined.

I'm thrilled and humbled by the opportunity of being the LA Director of Yoga Bear and participating in its and my growth. My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 46, my current age. So the opportunity to be part of an organization that serves cancer survivors through the healing power of yoga is a perfect match.
 
 
 

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