The Chopra Center comes to City


Chopra Center instructor Kali Love practicing yoga in Big Bear Lake, Calif. (Facebook)

Amber Henry

City College’s World Cultures Program has invited Kali Love, a world renowned teacher from the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, to speak with students on relaxation techniques and mindfulness training on Sept. 4 at the Saville Theatre.

The event will begin with Love presenting “Mindfulness: Transforming a New You!” an interactive workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m., followed by breakout sessions in yoga, hooping and energetic healing from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Students will have an opportunity to choose two of the three sessions, which will rotate every 30 minutes. Two rotations will be held directly outside the Saville Theatre. Dede Bodnar, City’s head coach, will be leading students in yoga positions and Shon Nelson, a certified hoop instructor, will be bringing 50 to 75 hula hoops for students to experience the joy of hooping first hand.

The third rotation will be inside the theater, where Carlos Calderon Granados will be demonstrating his modality of traditional shaman energy healing. Granados uses sound healing through a mixture of vocalization, drumming, bells, and rattles.

Karen Lim, co-director of World Cultures Program, was inspired to bring the Chopra Center to City after attending a personal growth workshop last April at La Costa Resort and Spa.

“Students are our future leaders in the world and stress management, dealing with people, healing of the heart, all those things are techniques and tools that students need to learn how to use,” Lim said.

According to their website, the Chopra Center was created by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996 and seeks to help improve the health and wellbeing of mind, body and spirit.