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Freeform dance-cardio, the meaning behind mantras, women’s self-defense and a free workout in the park — here’s what’s happening on the local wellness scene in April.

Moved LA, a “creative movement space” in the Los Angeles area known as Frogtown, will hold workshops in April where people are encouraged to dance like no one is watching.

“I wanted to take out the rigid feeling of a stereotypical dance class,” said Moved LA founder Sarah Rodenhouse. “I like the feeling I get when I’m improvising rather than performing a piece of choreography that someone else has made up.”


The two-hour classes kick off with participants compiling a playlist of songs they’d like to shimmy to, followed by 50 minutes of freestyle dance that is sure to burn plenty of calories. After, they can socialize over champagne or — naturally — kombucha.

Info: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 12. 2926 Gilroy St., Los Angeles. Cost is by donation; $20 suggested. Register at movedla.com

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the hypnotic chanting that accompanies some yoga and meditation sessions, check out “Mantra — Sounds Into Silence,” a documentary about kirtan, the style of soulful group singing that has its roots in Indian Vedic traditions. (“Mantra” is Sanskrit for chant.)

The movie, which will have its Los Angeles premiere on Friday, was directed by Georgia Wyss. She charts the history of kirtan, interviews musicians who have made the practice accessible and talks to medical professionals about the physical and mental benefits of chanting.

Info: “Mantra — Sounds Into Silence” premiere followed by a Q&A with Wyss, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 6. Laemmle Santa Monica, 1332 2nd St. Tickets are $10 for children and $13 for adults. After, audience members are invited to nearby yoga studio Bhakti Yoga Shala for a kirtan session. The movie will play at Laemmle Santa Monica until April 12. laemmle.commantramovie.com


SOURCE: (LA Times)