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Winner of LA Magazine's Best Free Fitness Class
"Savor the fresh air, the greenery, and the happy yelps of
dogs on leash-free frolics outside the fenced-in area. "
- LA Magazine (Aug 2009)


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Runyon Canyon ~ Everday Year-Round 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Monday's & Wednesday's: Hannah
Tuesday's & Thursday's: Kamala
Friday's: Daniel
Saturday's & Sunday's: Steve - LA Yoga (July/Aug 2009)

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Kamala Mathis, right-standing, teaches a free yoga in the
park class Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, on a warm sunny day in Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles.
- Yahoo.com (Jan, 2009)
   
TransWorld: Where you'd find those fire-twirling girls? Did
they light anybody's hearts on fire?
John Rattray: Firegroove.com. Stunningly beautiful and incre-dibly professional. - TransWorld Skateboarding Mag (Oct, 08)

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"I have discovered there are people who defy gravity; people who have the power to make objects levitate and spin
around their body. And as if this levitating magic was not
enough these objects are then set ablaze so it circles around their bodies creating a fiery blaze of art? Welcome to the world of Fire Groove." - Santa Monica Observer (August, 2008)

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"Fire Groove teaches classes in fire-hooping, blazing darts and anything else that might set your hair on fire."
- Metro Mix (July, 2008)

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"Free scenic exercise classes sounds like a stretch...but
they can be had by all, compliments of Fire Groove's outdoor yoga in Runyon Park."
- Vital Juice Daily (June, 2008)

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"The Met Warner Center in Woodland Hills launched their
newly renovated deluxe condos with a chic circus-themed
event."
- 944 Magazine (March 2008)

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"And the flames became even hotter in "Firemageddon,"
with Hannah Mooney, Kamala Mathis, Anah Reichenback
and Jade Mangiafico manipulating burning hoops, batons
and poles around the central performer, a supercool Lester Mooney." - LA Times (Sept 2007)

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How could you possibly pass this one up (unless, of course,
you live nowhere near Hollywood…)? But, then again, it’s
free! Grab your mat or blanket and head on over to this
all-level outdoor yoga class under the SoCal sun.
- The White Apricot (Sept 2007)

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"What could be better than executing an unflinching Warrior
pose with the sun on your shoulders and the grass beneath
your feet? Sisters and professional fire dancers Kamala
Mathis and Hannah Mooney joined up swith Steve Tarter to
offer free outdoor classes in magnificent Runyon Canyon..."
- Whole Life Times (May 2007)

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Fire Groove rocks USC's Springfest along side Snoop Dogg, Zion I, Ghostface Killah and The Game!
- Daily Trojan (April 2007)

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"People rave that yoga creates a sense of calm, but what
about poi? The art form is emerging as the next trend in America. As Chantal Allan reports, poi combines physical
fitness and spirituality - with fire or without it. “
- USC PodPress (Feb 2007)

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"Fire Dancing creates the most amazing adrenaline rush...
you find yourself on the edge, balancing between danger
and pleasure. You lose yourself in the moment, fear
dissolves and all that's left is pure joy and happiness."
- Rhythmic Artists Magazine (Feb 2007)

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"An ancient training regimen for Maori warriors - twirling
flaming weights called poi - has found new adherents
among health-conscious people seeking unusual exercise regimens. Look at it as yoga with flames. And it gives new meaning to the phrase "burning off those calories."
- LA Times (Sept 2006)

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"...nothing looked more magical than the set by Fire Groove,
with flames leaping from hoops, fans, wheels and batons —
all manipulated flawlessly by Hannah Mooney, Kamala Mathis and Lester Mooney." - L.A. Times (Sept 2006)


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"Performers range from comedic to musical, and can include hoop, glo-ball dancers, DJ's and artists."
- CampusCircle.net (Sept 2006)

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"There was lots of hot stuff at the Fire Arts Expo over the weekend"
- SFGate.com
(May 2006)

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"The lightly costumed ladies perform at "Power of the Night."
- Kleine Zeitung (Aug 2005)

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"...Hannah Mooney hoop dances to the tunes of the Last
Minute String Band as a crowd of neighbors and friends gathers." - Post Independent (June 2005)

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"Dancers entertained the crowd before and after the five-
minute fashion show." - Apparel News (June 2005)

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"Fire dancing is the latest fitness craze to spark the interest
of Hollywood celebs." - OK! Magazine (Feb 2005)

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"But the show’s most astonishing moments come as the audience is sent into the alley to watch the fire gymnastics
of the Indra Yoga and Dance Troupe, who whirl flaming
Hula-Hoops and toss fire batons under the full moon."
- LA Weekly
(Feb 2005)

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"Due to the yoga boom in California, men and women are stepping outdoors to practice yoga in public parks."
- Salud Alternativa (Oct 2004)

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"...the super-flexible-glow-in-the-dark dancers from Indra
Yoga... kept the energy of the party buzzing well into the wee hours." - Yogi Times (Sept 2004)

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"She [Hydeus Kiatta] also sang freestyle with the
percussionist as they laid the bed of Eastern rhythms for the absolutely, most exciting and amazing performance of the
Fire Dancers!" - The Jazz Cat (July 2004)

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"As I kept up with my practice between classes, I began to experience some of the benefits attributed to this form of exercise; I was always calmer, more focused and energetic
after my sessions and life's little hassles seemed to fade into oblivion. In a word…I felt great! " - Trixie Montanile (May 2004)

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"Playing with fire is generally acknowledged as a bad thing,
but dancing with fire? Well, that's something else entirely.
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- LA Times (Jan 2004)

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Television & Film

Passport to Great Weekends (The Travel Channel)
D:Fuze Music Video (Lost Angeles Recordings)
En Vivo (KRCA - LA)
The Tyra Banks Show (Warner Bros.)
Los Pinguos Music Video (Independent)
HD News (HD Network)
Liam Sullivan's "Shoes" Music Video (Independent)
Damon Wayans The Underground (Showtime)
Till Death Do Us Part (MTV)
CSI New York (CBS)
Starting Over (NBC)
LA FLAVOR (LTN)
Across America (HD Network)

 

Student Testimonials

"Lester, Hannah & Kamala are amazing patient, encouraging and simply beautiful people. Learning poi and staff simultaneously is challenging but they managed to always help me through the "move" until I got it - then there was perfect harmony!" - Brad Riley

"Coming from a science background my whole life, it's great to get out of my head and into my body in such a creative/artistic environment." - Brenda Wilcox

"Learning poi was unbelievably positive! It reminded me that I can achieve anything I set my mind on. It also introduced me to a very loving and wonderful group of people" - Jamie Mackin

"I loved my classes. You guys rock as teachers! What an amazing family! Words can not describe what this will do to my life... I always envision myself flowing and dancing with fire... it's a part of my spirit now. Thank you!" - Sharon Wissel

"Seeing Hannah & Kamala spin fire made me finally want to commit to learning it myself. They inspired me enough to face my fears, and because of their amazing dedication to me as their student, I can now do something I never though I would get!" - Rayna McInturf

 

Performance Testimonials

"Nothing looked more magical than the set by Fire Groove, with flames leaping from hoops, fans, wheels and batons — all manipulated flawlessly by Hannah Mooney, Kamala Mathis and Lester Mooney." - LA Times

"But the show’s most astonishing moments come as the audience is sent into the alley to watch the fire gymnastics of the Indra Yoga and Dance Troupe, who whirl flaming Hula-Hoops and toss fire batons under the full moon." - LA Weekly

"...you will be delighted with music, comedy and something that will blow your mind, Fire Dancing!" - The Jazz Cat

"She [Hydeus Kiatta] also sang freestyle with the percussionist as they laid the bed of Eastern rhythms for the absolutely, most exciting and amazing performance of the
Fire Dancers!" - The Jazz Cat

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