Thursday, April 17, 2014

Don't miss Saturday's Yoga in the Park

Thursday 4/17/14 Yoga in the Park, a little May/June Gloom, but still great for our yoga, just enough sun to keep us warm but enjoy the cool air. , a last chance to get some solid work in prior to your weekend celebrations!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Don't miss special Friday Yoga in the Park tomorrow!

Once again, there is no class this Saturday, so, don't let Friday get away, the weather is great join us at 8am tomorrow for Yoga in the Park, at the Montage public park as usual.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A Summer Day at Yoga in the Park 4/8/14

We work hard at Yoga in the Park, but the results show!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Yoga in the Park schedule change for this week only!

Yoga in the Park schedule change for this week only! I will not be able to teach yoga on Saturday, April 12th, so that class is canceled, but to make up for it I am teaching a special class this Friday, April 11th. Friday’s class will be at 8am as usual, we have some great weather I hope lots of you can make it out Friday. So, classes this week are Monday through Friday, and not Saturday!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Donations for Tara Abbey and The Himalayan Children's Fund

I wanted to say a special Thank You to all of you who stepped up and really made a difference in our donations for the girls in Nepal. With all of your help, my wife Linda is headed off to Nepal on Saturday with $2575 dollars for the specific purpose of providing for several important projects at Tara Abbey. Your donations really do make a difference in the lives of these girls. On top of the money raised for these projects at Tara Abbey, we are also directly supporting the education of 12 girls from Tara Abbey through the Himalayan Children’s Fund. Additional we are continuing to support the education of two girls in Bhutan, we added these girls last year and we will continue this in 2014 as well. Your donations are greatly appreciated, it is with great pleasure that I get to lead all of you in our Yoga in the Park classes. We have been very blessed with all the good weather this year for our class, I hope I see all of you soon. Thanks for your support! Carl

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rain Day Thursday 2/27/14, We will be at the Club House

The weather is looking very bad for Thursday, we have the use of the Club House so we will hold class there Thursday.  Also please be on time, due to the community pool, once we start the class at 8am the gate will close and you will not be able to enter.  I hope you will all make it out we have lots of room and you do not need anything other than your yoga mat. If you need more information please email me.  I hope I see you all tomorrow at the Montage Park and Thursday at the Club House.  So rain or shine we will be at the Club House Thursday! Our inside location for those not so nice weather days is the club house at Laguna Terrace Mobil Home Park. This is right across the street from the Montage Resort(see directions below). We will switch to the club house on any day where it is raining or is projected to rain. This blog site will always have the exact location for each practice if there are changes to The Montage Public Park. If you have any question please feel free to ask, email or phone (949-494-9928).


Directions - From North Laguna, turn left at Montage Resort signal. Make an immediate left and go past the Chabad Center. Make a slight right as you enter Laguna Terrace Park mobile home neighborhood. Continue up the hill until you see the clubhouse/pool. Park in front of pool.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Special fund raising effort for Tara Abbey in Nepal

Special fund raising effort for Tara Abbey in Nepal As most of you know, all of the funds I raise through Yoga in the Park and the Massage work I do goes to support The Himalayan Children’s Fund and Tara Abbey in Nepal. All of these funds are slated for the specific education of young women at Tara Abbey. Tara Abbey has several critical building projects that are in need of funding. My wife Linda and her teacher Arlene Dorius will be traveling to Nepal at the end of March. It is my hope to raise $3,000 to support this project that they can hand deliver on their trip. I need your help, and to that end I am doing a number of special things here in Laguna Beach. First, I am doing a Touch 101 Workshop on Sunday, March 30th, for which I still have 2 slots open. If you would like to participate the donation is $100. The workshop is from 9am to 4pm and is a day that I know if you enjoy massage you will find very rewarding. Email me if you would like to attend this workshop or if you need addition information. I am also asking that starting next week Monday, Feb 24 through Saturday, March 1st that everyone makes donations at Yoga in the Park, if you don’t normally make donations, now would be a good time, if you normally donate I am asking that everyone step it up a bit. With everyone helping we should be able to make the goal of $3,000. I appreciate your help, and I can assure you that every dollar donated goes directly to Tara Abbey for these building projects. I hope all of you make it to yoga next week. If you can’t make it to yoga, however you would still like to help, you can send cash or checks (made out to The Himalayan Children’s Fund) to; Carl Brown 775 Oak Street Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Presidents Birthday 2/17/14 Yoga in the Park

Great group, strong work!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Don't miss Yoga in the Park tomorrow, Presidents Birthday!

Yoga in the Park Class schedule for tomorrows holiday, Presidents Birthday, is as usual 8am, Treasure Island Park (Montage Park). I hope I see everyone out.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Laguna Beach Indi features Yoga in the Park

Laguna Beach Independent — February 14, 2014 Work-Out Addict Sweats To Educate Girls Five mornings a week, promptly at 8 a.m., Carl Brown, lean and focused, begins his yoga class beneath whatever sky the day has brought in the public park north of Laguna Beach’s Montage resort. For more than seven years, the former communications executive has led free or donation-based classes in local parks. As a result of Brown’s leap from the corporate world to the yoga mat, girls in Nepal are getting an education that they would be hard pressed to afford without him. It all started when Brown realized he could not touch his toes. As senior executive in a firm hired to set up satellite communication for companies like CBS and HBO, Brown traveled extensively, internationally and domestically. He was moving around the world, but he wasn’t getting much exercise. After his wife, Linda, commented on the love handles padding his torso, Brown took up running. Brown lost his breath running a block. Embracing “Positive Addictions,” a 1925 treatise on the physical and mental power of healthy habits, Brown committed to a regime of running consistently, transforming himself into A 40-pound lighter, award-winning marathoner in his age group. But eventually, his joints suffered. At 50, a fourth knee surgery loomed and his flexibility was nil. Brown stepped into his first yoga class and liked it enough to attend a few times a week. At 55, urged into an early retirement when his company was sold and an attractive package was offered, Brown started taking classes daily. Again, Brown was positively addicted. To improve his own yoga practice, Brown embarked on a 200-hour teacher-training program. To increase his understanding of how yoga postures impact the body, he studied human anatomy while earning his massage therapist license. “I was a guy with a lot of time on my hands,” he admits. As his yoga practice deepened, Brown discovered that the ancient Indian discipline encompassed far more than mastery of physical postures. Enrolled in a yoga and Buddhist studies certificate program at UC Irvine Extension, Brown learned about asanas, mudras, chakras, bandhas, and that yoga’s ultimate purpose is to focus the mind and experience the divine. Another stepping stone was laid in Brown’s future path when he met fellow student, Arlene Dorius, a Newport Beach psychologist and Buddhism teacher. Through Dorius, Brown learned about the prolific good Works of her teacher, Tibetan lama Thrangu Rinpoche, whose projects include schools in Nepal ensuring that Himalayan children receive a quality secular education while retaining their Tibetan Buddhist heritage. While Brown’s wife, Linda, became a regular student of Dorius’, immersing herself in Buddhism and meditation, Brown started teaching at a local yoga studio and gained a following. When the studio closed, he began holding class outside as a community service. For over a year, Brown lead free classes on the tennis courts at Moulton Meadows. Beginning in 2008, when “Yoga in the Park” moved to Heisler Park, Brown began accepting donations, receiving $10,000, which he donated to the Friendship Shelter. While he has great respect for the local non-profit that helps people who have suffered homelessness and addiction get back on track, Brown had become increasingly moved by the plight of children in Nepal, especially girls, who often have little access to educational opportunities. Since 2009, Brown has contributed all of the donations he receives - an average of $10,000 each year - to Thrangu Rinpoche’s Himalayan Children’s Fund, which operates Tara Abbey, a monastery and school for girls in Kathmandu, Nepal. While he has yet to visit Tara Abbey, Brown is a hero to the 230 girls and women who live at the well kept, colorful monastery sitting on a dusty, rutted street above the chaos of Kathmandu. Last year, donations from his yoga classes were used to cover the educational and living expenses of 12 girls, some of whom Brown is friends with on Facebook. “It’s a connection that’s just neat,” he said. Occasionally, using public outdoor spaces has not been a ‘walk in the Park.’ From the start, the city has received a few complaints about the yogis spreading their mats on public walkways. The latest grumble resulted in a police officer attempting to disband the group, citing a statute prohibiting anyone from lying, kneeling or sitting on a public walkway. Deputy City Manager Ben Siegel informed the officer about the class’s history of park use and that as long as walkways are not blocked and no business is being conducted, the yogis are free to use the space. “We want everyone to get along and enjoy that park,” Siegel said. An average of 18 people attend the class that Brown admits is “intense.” His goal is to ensure that each posture presses against his students’ edge and that they are “spent” when they release the pose. “Hard work is not fun,” said Brown who regularly spends an hour on a life cycle getting an aerobic workout before class. “The fun is when it’s done.” Some first timers never return and since it is outside, some “yoga snobs” dismiss it since it is not held in a studio. Others, like Sandy Weiss, faithfully show up, regardless of the weather. “I love doing it outside,” Weiss said. “The setting and Carl are part of the attraction.” Weiss had attended class on a morning of dense fog and a wet chill. “There was a lesson there for me today; that you have to deal with whatever is,” she said. “I never took off my jacket and I put my hoodie up.” “You generate heat real fast,” said Brown, who can’t imagine returning to a studio. “In the park you have all the space in the world, warm sun, cool air, 90 percent of the time. I come to the mat and everything else disappears. It’s me and the postures, a moving meditation.” Brown leads classes daily except on Fridays and Sundays. For more information visit By:Robin Pierson Special to the Independent

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

New Flyer for Yoga in the Park

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Touch 101 Class Scheduled for March 30th!

I am going to be holding my Touch 101 Whole Body massage class again on Sunday, March 30, 2014. I was going to hold this class on March 2, but I have had to shift the scheduled date to March 30th. This class is open to all, the fee for the class is $100 including all supplies and lunch. All proceeds from the class go to The Himalayan Children's Fund and are tax deductible. There is a special fee arrangement for yoga instructors only, so let me know if you are an instructor when you email me your response. The class is limited to 6 people and I expect it to fill quickly. I wanted to get this notice out to those of you that have either taken the class before or have expressed interest, so that you will have an early opportunity to hold a spot for either yourself or someone you know. If you have taken the class before, you will be surprised how much more you can learn the second time through, if it’s a first time you won’t be disappointed. Please pass this email along to any one you know. Please respond back to me via email as to your interest ASAP. For more information please email me at If you have any questions please ask. Carl

Monday, January 27, 2014

Yoga in the Park Tuesday as usual with Carl

I hope you did not fall in love with Lindsey. You have me again starting tomorrow. See you all at 8am.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A special opportunity for Saturday Jan 25 and Monday Jan 27th at Yoga in the Park

A special opportunity for Saturday Jan 25 and Monday Jan 27th at Yoga in the Park While I nurse my Sciatica, Lindsey will be returning to Teach Yoga in the Park this Saturday, Jan 25, and Monday Jan 27th. Linsey Richard, is a wonderful yoga teacher form Jabulani Yoga in Corona del Mar, if you have not reviewed Lindsey's profile, check it out at : Lindsey earns some of her income from teaching yoga, she is teaching my classes without any direct compensation, so for these classes all donations will go to Lindsey for her efforts, as usual all classes are free, however as usual, donations are always accepted and appreciated, normal donations of $5 would be greatly appreciated. I hope you will all come out to Yoga in the Park during for her classes, it is a great chance to learn from a very special teacher. It is also a great chance to enhance and grow your practice. Your support for her while I am away will greatly affect my ability to make this happen again in the future, so if you like not having classes canceled make sure you make it to class on Saturday and Monday! 

Yoga in the Park canceled today, Jan 23rd!

I am dealing with an attack of Sciatica on the right side, I got through class yestersay, however today its worse, so I need to give it some rest. So class today is canceled. I am sorry for the short notice. Carl

Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Day Yoga in the Park 1/20/14

Yoga in the Park, real people working in their practice, this is not a class for just those that have masterd the postures, but rather for all of us that still have the long road ahead, join us, build your strength, gain your balance, both on the mat and in your life, and take the opportunity to look inside yourself. We work hard, but our rewards speak for themselves.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Yoga in the Park class tomorrow Monday(Martin Luther King day) same as always!

Take advantage of the Holiday, Yoga in the Park 8am as always. This weather is not to be missed, I hope I see you all out! Carl

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sunmer in January- Yoga in the Park Tuesday 1/14/14

This is why we live here, incredible weather, 70 degrees at 8am for the start of our class, great crowd, solid work!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Yoga in the Park 2013 Donations

I just finished sending out the Tax deductible notifications for those of you who have donated to support the Himalayan Children’s Fund and Tara Abbey in 2013. Through your help we raised almost $12,000 to support the education of girls in Nepal. I send notices to those who sign in for class and list their donation, I know that many of you just drop money in the bowl and do not sign in, I want to thank everyone who donates, without all of you our help for these girls would not be possible. Through the Sign-In sheet I track donations so I can send out year end statements for your tax records. I can only send these to people who clearly give me their first and last name and list the dollars donated, I also need to have a record of your email address. If you want to make sure you receive your tax notice, please sing in, it is the only way I have of recognizing your contribution. Again, my class is a free class, however I always accept donations, and as always I never keep any money for myself, all funds go to support the Himalayan Children’s Fund and Tara Abbey. I hope I see you all in 2014. Carl

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Years Day 2014 Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park has a great start to the New Year! Solid 2 hour class, lots of yogis out for the class.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve Day Yoga in the Park

I wonderful way to end 2013, 2 hours of yoga, great group, solid work!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Special New Years Eve Day and New Years Day Yoga classes!

To close 2013 and to start 2014, I am having two special classes for Yoga in the Park. Both classes will be 2 hours classes, still starting at 8am, but lasting till 10am. We will have lots of solid work and we will go where we have not for a while. Come help me close 2013 and don’t miss the opportunity to start 2014 out right. For those of you who have not been out for a while, make the effort, don’t miss this opportunity to put yourself on a solid path to health and happiness. As most of us learn in life, you need to put yourself out there, show up, be present, and do the work! It is never to late, but you need to start. I hope I will see you all out at Yoga in the Park. If not I will wish you all now a Happy New Year, stay safe, and I will see you in the New Year. Namaste, Carl

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Eve Day in the Park

Picture perfect day for Yoga in the Park. Great turn out, solid practice. A great way to start our Holiday!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Yoga in the Park Christmas Schedule!

Classes will be Monday, Tuesday (Christmas Eve day), Thursday and Saturday. All at 8am, all at the Montage Public park(Treasure Island park). There is no class on Wednesday, Christmas Day! I hope I will see you all next week, especially Christmas Eve Day, it is a great way to start this special Holiday! I hope the Holiday’s are great for all of you! Carl

Winter Solstice Yoga in the Park 2013

Winter Solstice Yoga in the Park, great day, cool, but warm sun, it was nice to see so many people out for class today!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Join Yoga in the Park for the Winter Solstice Saturday!

Saturday December 21st marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. With the sun out and the crisp clear air, yoga is at it’s best! I hope you will all join me as we move into the Holidays. Class is at 8am as usual on Saturday, at the Montage public park (Treasure Island Park).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Yoga in the Park is back on schedule starting Monday Dec 16th!!!

I am fully better now and all classes will be back on schedule starting Monday. It has gotten a lot warmer so it should be great for our yoga. I hope you will all be back starting Monday! Carl

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yoga in the Park classes canceled through the weekend!

The good news is I did get to my doctor today and he has me on a strong antibiotic, so I am on the mend. For those of you that have taken my classes for awhile, you have seen me deal with this problem in the past and it always takes me out for awhile. My plan is to start classes again on Monday December 16th. I am sorry for the break in our classes, but if I start back too soon, it will just take longer to get better. I hope you all have a good week and can keep your practice going though other classes. I will see you next Monday! Carl

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 "Yoga in the Park"

A perfect way to start our Holiday!