10-02-2014 CFALA Lunchtime Meditation Class for Beginners

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Speaker: Lois Leonhardi

Chair: David Bradley, CFA 

Are you stressed out? Try Meditation.

This lunchtime meditation class for beginners will help you de-stress, refocus and energize. Seated in chairs, you will be guided through 30-minutes of easy breathing and concentration exercises to bring your mind into a zone of tranquility and focus. At the end of the class, your mind will feel refreshed and energized. No prior experience or special attire is required. A light lunch will be served after the class.

Meditation practices have been around for thousands of years, originally practiced by monastics, yogis and anyone seeking to journey into the realms of serenity or enhancing intuition. Today, leading business owners are rediscovering these ancient holistic practices for improving health, productivity and mental focus so they can consistently perform at peak levels. Visionaries and high achievers like Bill Gross (Pimco), Ray Dalio (Bridgwater Associates), Peter Ng (Government of Singapore Investment Fund) and Larry Ellison (Oracle) are notable businessmen who practice regularly and are vocal promoters of meditation at the workplace.

Scientific studies have verified the benefits of meditation for right brain activity (the area linked to intuition and “big picture” thinking)1 and for reducing stress/anxiety2. A few minutes of meditation will calm your mind, reducing stress and promote clear, sharp thinking. If practiced consistently, meditation will help with many imbalances such as: insomnia, impatience, anger, irritability, fear, digestive issues, anxiety, lethargy, depression, chronic pain, etc.

Meditation will help you stay ahead of the competition. Come check it out and feel the difference!

1 Meditation Training Program Shows Brain Effects Even Outside a Meditative State. Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, et al. Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. November 1, 2012. Epub ahead of print. http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/110112

2Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: :  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, March 2014. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):357-368. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1809754

Lois Leonhardi
 is a certified ayurveda wellness practitioner and author of “Eat Well, Be Well: Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living”. She trained under Dr. Lad at the prestigious Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and in Pune, India. She has over 20 years of training in holistic studies including ayurveda, yoga and Buddhism.

A retired CFA and owner of an investment advisory firm, she understands firsthand the challenges of maintaining balance (physically, emotionally and spiritually) and an ayurvedic lifestyle. This makes her uniquely qualified to create a realistic, accessible plan for her clients that they can seamlessly integrate into their life. She demystifies the core ayurvedic principles, showing how this practice can be embraced by a wider audience interested in healing and better health. Her approach is flexible and inviting. By including non-vegetarian options and expanding the recipe repertoire to include dishes beyond the continent of India, she appeals to a mainstream audience seeking healthy change. Sufferers of chronic illnesses such as cancer, IBS, Crohn’s, auto-immune disorders, etc., benefit from her knowledge by gaining an understanding of how to use food as medicine to augment their medical care. 

In India, yoga and ayurveda were traditionally studied together; ayurvedic diet and lifestyle recommendations supported good health for the yogic journey. Seeing the benefits of getting this information beyond the yoga community, Leonhardi bridges the gap with her broad interpretation and application of the ancient principles. By encouraging a slow, flexible and realistic approach to incorporating healthy changes, she has made an ayurvedic lifestyle accessible to the masses. Whether it be for weight loss, chronic illness or general wellness, ayurveda can benefit all when interpreted in this manner. By following the ancient practice of integrating yoga with ayurveda, she helps her clients achieve balance in their modern life.


Registration Links:
Members: $10
Non-members: $20

Time: Thursday, October 2nd, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, Lunch and Meditation

Location:  Biltmore Court
                   520 S. Grand Avenue, Ste.  680
                   Los Angeles, CA  90071

Parking:  Self-Parking at Pershing Square (located directly across the street on Olive St.): $10.00. 

Central Library Parking: For information on discount parking rates at the library, please click here.  Library validation required.

Payment Information:

Methods of payment accepted: Visa/Mastercard, American Express and Discover. If you prefer to pay by check please register online and select "purchase order" as your payment option and enter your last name as the purchase order number. Mail check to: CFA Society of Los Angeles, 520 S. Grand Ave, Suite 370, Los Angeles CA 90071.

*Credit card payments will only be accepted through the secure online registration, and not by phone or email.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 9:00 am the day prior to the event. No phone cancellations are accepted. Please fax to the CFALA office at (213) 613-1233 or e-mail info@cfala.org. Member “no-shows” will be billed the non-member fee ($50) for the event which is posted on the CFALA website.


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