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Julie Carmen

Psychotherapist, Yoga Therapist, YogaTalks Founder


Julie Carmen, LMFT, ERTY-500, YTRX is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice working with individuals, couples, teens and children. After a long, rewarding acting career in Hollywood, she has an affinity for performers who struggle with creative blocks and career transitions. She enjoys working with couples and discovering how early love relationships affect each partner's style of intimate attachment. She works with teens towards an effective launching phase and with children who are adjusting to divorce. Julie is also a Registered Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level. Physicians often refer clients to Julie's Yoga Therapy Lab or Individualized Private Classes where she works with a range of body/mind issues such as eating disorders and trauma. Julie recently joined the faculty of LMU Yoga Therapy Rx Certificate Program, teaching Western Psychology Standard of Care: Assessment and Treatment Planning for Depression and Anxiety geared towards Level II and Level III Yoga Therapy students and is Associate Director of Level IV Mental Health Internship.

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My new "Teaching Yoga One on One" DVD has 15 chapters to help teachers increase mental health language within the scope of their practice. "Yoga SlowFlow" DVD is a moving meditation designed for Level 1 & 2 practitioners. $14.99 each.

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John Casey, PhD

Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads...


John Casey, PhD first encountered the Yoga Sutra while studying Psychology as an undergraduate at UCLA in 1971 - an encounter which launched a lifelong study of Indian and global contemplative traditions. Since completing his doctoral work in Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the University of Hawaii in 1996, Dr. Casey has taught over 100 courses for various colleges including Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, UC Irvine, CSU Long Beach, and Soka University. Courses taught have included World Religions, Buddhism, and Sanskrit Language, along with specific textual studies of the Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads. For more info, contact

John Casey, PhD is available for private and public instruction in:

- Buddhism
- Sanskrit Language
- Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Bhagavad Gita
- Upanishads
- more...

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Shanti Shivani

Singer of Sacred Music, Sound Healer, Teacher of Nada Yoga - The Yoga of Sound and Dhrupad


Shanti Shivani is one of the few Western pioneers bringing the sacred traditions of Nada Yoga and Dhrupad, the most ancient style of Hindustani classical music to the West. She had the great fortune to be accepted as a parampara student of the premier family of the Dhrupad lineage, the Dagar family. The Dagar family has been passing on the Dhrupad tradition for nineteen generations. Shanti has been performing in concert and at festivals such as the World Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles since 1989. She has several albums to her credit and has been recording as a solo artist and in collaboration with many World Music artists since 1997. To schedule a workshop, private tutorial, one-on-one sound healing session or a concert or kirtan, contact Shanti at:

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Light Miller

Ayurveda Treatments and Consultation.


Light Miller, ND, DD received her B.S. in Social Science from UC Berkeley, became a Certified Massage Therapist at the LA School of Massage in 1967 and has since acquired over 32 years experience as a health practitioner. In addition to providing individual health counseling and teaching seminars, Light has trained and certified over 500 massage therapists. She is currently the only woman out of the 18 practitioners of Kaya Kalpa in the world. Kaya Kalpa is a branch of Ayurvedic Mystical Medicine, the oldest recorded healing art.

Pancha Karma is a purification therapy used to cleanse, detoxify and revitalize the organs and body functions. Cleansing of the intestinal track with herbal teas, and oils removes accumulated toxins, freeing the immune system so that rejuvenation can take place. You receive a Special Diet, Aromatherapy Steam, Shirodhara, 4-handed Indian Massage and special oil treatments daily. Tarpana is an ancient Ancestral and Relationship Emotional Release Ceremony which is profound and breaks patterns inherited from your gene pool. Shirodhara is a focused streaming of special oils onto the forehead, bringing balance to your emotions and mind. Patients sometimes experience lucid dreaming, past-life remembrances, or samadhi-meditative states. Pizichilli is considered the most luxurious of all massage treatments. It is a gentle and rhythmic massage that offers a continous stream of warm, herbalized oils massaged into your body by two therapists, to enhance circulation and eliminate toxins.

Diana Temple

Founder of Creative Fare Catering.


Diana Temple, owner & founder of Diana’s Creative Catering was born and raised in Malibu. She has returned to her hometown after a lifetime of culinary experiences, to enhance your special day. Diana’s culinary expertise has been developed through years of service with 5 star hotels. The hotels include the Princeville Hotel on Kauai, the Hotel Bel Air, and the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey. Diana’s standard of excellence is a strong thread that runs through every part of her business including her staff. You will be pleased to see the tropical influence inside of the pages of the individualized menus Diana will create for you. Her many years of living in places such as Hawaii, Micronesia and Tahiti have given her the ability to blend tropical foods with everyday cuisine. She is proud of the high quality her kitchen consistently delivers, which she attributes to her staff and continuous development of new recipes.

Thanks Diana for your spectacular meals!

Contact Diana for a consultation today!

Swami Satyanand

Ayurvedic teacher & advanced yoga cleansing practices


Demonstrating at 'LMU Yoga Philosophy' fundraiser at Julie's home.

Swami taught at our past medical retreats. Namaste.

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Lama Lhanang Rinpoche

Tibetan Buddhist dedicated to world peace and the protection of the environment.


Born in Golok, Amdo, northeastern Tibet, Venerable Lama Lhanang Rinpoche is a spiritual teacher of the Nyingma Longchen Nying Thig Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The Sang Long Monastery in Eastern Tibet has recognized him as the reincarnation of Ken Rinpoche Damcho, an emanation of Nubchen Namke Nyingpo. He is an accomplished instructor of meditation, Anu-yoga, art, feng-shui, as well as a skilled practitioner of Tibetan medicine. Visit for more info.

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Benjamin Hoffman

Filmmaker, Storyteller


Benjamin graduated Columbia University with a BA in Biochemistry. Now is he is a director for film, new media and stage.

Ben on location in Costa Rica :)

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Felicia Marie Tomasko

Writer, Author, Healer


Felicia Tomasko RN E-RYT 500, inspires people to follow the path to personal freedom and vibrant health through Yoga and Ayurveda. Her practice includes teaching Yoga in studios, teacher trainings and conferences as well as a private practice in the healing tradition of Ayurveda. She is currently the editor in chief of 'LA Yoga Ayurveda and Health Magazine', serves on the editorial Board of the 'Light on Ayurveda Journal' and serves on the Board of directors of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. In addition to her work in yoga and Ayurveda, Felicia has degrees in nursing and environmental biology and has worked in cognitive neuropsychology and plant biochemistry research at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Thanks Felicia for teaching us about Ayurveda!

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Fran Vogler, MD

Founder of AIRescue International.


Dr. Fran Vogler is residency-trained in Emergency Medicine and has served on the clinical faculties of UCLA and USC Medical Centers. She was a member of UCLA’s MedStar air-transport team. Dr. Vogler’s work as an educator was featured on an “American Agenda” segment of ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT, based on her groundbreaking course teaching medical students the value of improved doctor-patient communications. As Medical Director of AIRescue, she was the subject of a CNN “Business Unusual” report and has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious “Women Who Make A Difference” distinction accorded by the Los Angeles Business Journal. As a Medical Team Manager of California Task Force One of Los Angeles City Fire Department’s FEMA/Urban Search & Rescue Unit, Dr. Vogler was deployed by military transport on 9/11 to help lead the rescue effort at Ground Zero during the first 10 days following the tragic attacks against our Nation. Her courage and heroism were recognized with citations from the City of New York, the City of Los Angeles, the State of California and the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

AIRescue uses aircraft specifically designed to accommodate patients who cannot travel on a regular commercial airline to reach their intended destination. The charter  aircraft has been modified to provide an FAA-approved stretcher system (or an incubator, in the case of neonatal patients), medical oxygen, air or a compressor and an invertor for electrical power. Under special emergency conditions, the FAA may permit a charter aircraft to be used for air ambulance missions without a stretcher. A medical team, specially trained in aviation physiology and transport medicine, accompanies the patient in the aircraft.


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Yogatalks - History

A short history of YogaTalks


Yoga Talks began in 2001 when John Casey, Phd, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche and Julie Carmen ERYT-500 led a four day silent retreat at a nature preserve where John taught the entire Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche taught Tibetan art, chanting and wind practices and Julie taught restorative and slow flow yoga and organized the event. Diana Temple cooked, Peter Ireland led silent hikes on the 100 acre nature preserve and Cho Kosh led Chumash blessings. After that, Yoga Talks became a store site for esoteric products created by it's members. Now we're a friendly directory and we still sponsor a few amazing events per year. Stay tuned...

In 2002 when LMU formed their Yoga Philosophy Program,

Yoga Talks held their fundraiser at Julie's home.

Past Events

Past Retreats

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