May update from Les Leventhal | It’s time to Retreat!

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From retreats to rafting trips, he’s got something for everyone! If you can’t travel with Les Leventhal this summer, you can download his video podcasts and have Les travel with you!

Check out the latest from Les in his May newsletter:

Finally, we have some amazing weather that seems like it will last in San Francisco.  So, please, get outside and enjoy.  I’m always talking about doing more than just having yoga be this 90 minute experience we share with each other a few times a week on the mat inside the studio.  Don’t worry, I love the energy we co-create on the mat together – lately it’s been beyond amazing and inspiring.  But, the gypsy in me needs to be on the road a little and share the love.  You can come with me.  I would love for you to join me.

Here’s why I travel and go on retreat.  I love my home and where I live and I feel incredibly blessed to have the life I have been gifted.  I also love to meet new people and fantasize about far away places and see how other people live their lives and spend some time completely free from the the day to day structure of my life where I can wake up, take a walk and chant and meditate and practice yoga and do service and share a meal with people and go to sleep knowing I will wake up and do the very same thing the next day with the same people.  We create sacred community on retreat and get in touch with our sacred selves.  I lead one day retreats, weekends and week long retreats locally and around the world.  Here’s a few things going on or you can go to for my complete schedule in San Francisco and on the road offerings for 2011, including upcoming retreats:

Friday May 6 to Wednesday May 11 – Shenzhen, China, 40 Hour Advanced Training – YogaLife Shekou Yoga Studio

For more info and to register, click here or call +86-755-2689-0137 or e-mail [email protected].  There’s still room if you just decide sure why not, and if not, I will be teaching that same module in San Francisco later in 2011.

Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22 – Chicago, Illinois, Presenting - Midwest Yoga Conference

For more info about the Midwest Yoga Conference and to register, click here.  This year’s theme is All For Love.

May 26-30 – vacation.

Upcoming retreats:

you can find all of my retreat information by going to my website but here is a quick list of summer 2011:

Sunday June 5- San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, Buddha Hall, 10:00am-5:00pm –  Zen and the Yoga of Recovery

Yoga and Zen meditation as aspects of recovery will be the focus of this day long retreat. This retreat is open to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners of the three disciplines: yoga, meditation, and recovery. No prior experience is necessary. For more info about the San Francisco Zen Center and to register, click here.  We sold out last time – so register early.

Saturday July 16 and August 6th – Yoga and Rafting on the Stanislaus River

For more info about Sunshine Rafting Adventures and to register, click here or call 1-800-829-RAFT.  Yoga and Rafting on the Stanislaus River – a 1 day retreat that is going to be beyond amazing.  2 yoga classes with live drumming, lotsa rafting, lunch and a whole lot of fun.

Saturday August 27 to Saturday September 3 – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Retreat to Bali at Michael Franti and Carla Swanson’s new Stay Human Yoga and Retreat Center.

Come play in paradise! Retreat will include airport pickup and drop off, all breakfasts & dinners, ceremonial dances, visits to sacred temples, cooking classes, traditional Balinese cleansing ceremony and plenty of time to relax by the pool or river. Availability for 20 people. All rooms double occupancy.  Shared bath $1,495 or private bath $1,795 (both rates are for double occupancy). For more info about the Stay Human Yoga and Retreat Center (and to see photos), click here . To register, click here.  Only a few spots remaining.

Sometimes, the things that come to those that wait, are the things that those who seized their moment, left behind.  Trust me, I waited on some things when I should have taken that leap of faith.  Seize your moment and allow yourself to go a little deeper on your spiritual quest.  If you have any questions I’m always available (even if it takes me a few days to respond when I’m away).

If you can’t figure out how to get away – you can practice with my downloadable video podcasts and you can try one for free at

If we know each other, I can’t wait to see you again and if for some reason we’ve never met eye to eye before, I look forward to spending time with you somewhere in this unbelievable life we have been gifted.

Many OMs,