HATHA :: Intermediate


This class is taught by:

Sondra Sun

Sondra Sun is a musician and artist whose practice of yoga began in 1998 and is informed by a lifelong interest in health and healing, as well as a passion for helping others. She obtained her 200hr teacher certification from Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn NY and shortly after, began her 300hr certification with Yoga Sukhavati.

She sees yoga as a powerful instrument for change in mind, body and health and is continually integrating her practice with her personal interest in nutritional/naturopathic healing and experience growing up w/ Chinese traditional medicine. Sondra's classes focus on alignment and moving w/ mindfulness of body and breath, respecting that every body is unique and different.

Ani Raya-Flores

As a trail runner and endurance athlete, Ani first came to yoga in search of increased flexibility and a stronger core. While she noticed the physical results immediately, it was the unexpected mental and emotional benefits that kept her coming back to the mat. She credits the yoga practice with giving her the clarity of mind, physical and emotional balance necessary to conquer the steepest of climbs, on and off the trails.

Ani strives to create an inclusive space for all bodies: a place to take the practice seriously, but not necessarily ourselves. She's always looking for creative ways to challenge and support her students, whether it's with blocks, blankets, or a gentle reminder to relax those grimaces while in chair pose. In Ani's classes you can expect detailed instruction, inventive core work, and playful transitions from pose to pose. Above all, it is her hope that students will leave class feeling a bit more at home in their bodies.

With a background in childcare and literature, Ani believes a great yoga class has all the elements of a great bedtime story: a knowledgable guide, a different journey ever time, and ultimately, a resting pose.

Matthew Clark

Matthew is a professional drummer, yoga instructor, chef, edible gardener and nature enthusiast. He has toured all over the US and Europe with various bands and finds a similar meditative space in music as he finds in yoga.

Trained in India and in the US Matthew combines the two worlds in his classes, the spirtual east and the physical west. Matthew often plays records in his class. Come to his hatha yoga class for some good music, a steady, mellow stretch, some core work and detoxifying twists, guided by the rhythm of your breath.

Shira Barlas

Shira recently graduated from Occidental College with a focus in Buddhist Philosophy and Critical Theory. A Buddhist herself, she loves taking different Buddhist theories and incorporating them into her yoga practice. She has traveled around Asia living in monasteries in India, Nepal, and China, where she studied under meditation masters and explored a monastic life style. This past spring she finished her yoga teacher training with Mukti Yoga School.
As a yoga teacher Shira helps to cultivate a diverse environment, moving beyond static and confining notions of what it means to be a yogi. She shines a light on the multiplicity and dynamism of the practice of yoga by cultivating an inclusive and accepting class environment, and always hopes to challenge her students to face their fears and find their powers.
After graduating from college Shira decided not to go back home to Philadelphia because she realized her home and family was right here at Namaste. She does hope to continue her education in the future by getting a Masters in Divinity with a focus in Buddhist Ministery, but until then she will continue to learn and find the divine through the classes she takes here.

Lea Kreamer

Lea Kraemer is a former professional modern dancer and choreographer from the East Coast. She performed and toured throughout the USA and in Asia, bringing this vitality and enthusiasm into her classes. Yoga began to enchant her in the late 1980’s, together with the lifestyle of non-violence, vegetarianism, and fierce compassion. Since then her extensive studies have taken her to India from Mysore where she studied with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, to Dharamsala where she received Tibetan Buddhist teachings. In the U.S. she completed training with a major, international ashram in Hatha Yoga and numerous certification programs in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, tremendously enjoying teachings from master Yogi Bhajan. She has studied classical Ayurveda, the ancient, Indian “science of life”, since 2004 through Kerala Ayurveda and the DINacharya Institute directed by Dr. Bhaswati Bhatttacharya, where she is also a faculty member.

Lea founded PRANA MANDIR Yoga in 2001 with a NYC studio that ran for nine years. The school continues with Teacher Trainings in Vinyasa and Yoga as Therapy. Privately, she adores working with clients to assist them in healing from chronic and life threatening illness.

Lea’s daily practice begins with meditation in the tradition of her Guru. She feels blessed to share Wisdom teachings everyday. Her classes are dynamic choreographies of the soul, balancing the major meridian channels for steady joy and radiant peace.

Nora Brank

Nora has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a very young child. Her dad was an avid yogi and introduced her to the sun salutations at the tender age of five. These days, Nora starts every day with a sun salute and thanks her yoga practice for her health and well being. She believes that yoga can instill all of it's practitioners with a flexibility, resilience and grace that they can use both on and off the mat.

Nora has a MA in philosophy from a program that allowed her to study both Eastern and Western texts. Her love and knowledge of the mystical traditions included in the Vedic texts guides and deepens her yoga practice. You can find her blend of attention to the physical, and knowledge of the ancient, traditional, and spiritual in her Yoga & Meditation classes at Namaste Highland Park.

In this steady-paced yoga class traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment with emphasis on building core strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as improving concentration and breath control.
**Focused on refinement of the basics, the practice of Sun Salutations and introduction to revolved standing poses, hand balances, inversions and backbends. Using props when necessary, we move at a faster pace than in an All Levels class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Oct 19 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 20 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 23 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Tue Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 25 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Oct 26 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 27 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 30 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 30 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Lea Kreamer
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Tue Oct 31 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Nov 01 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sarah Hess
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Nov 02 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Nov 03 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Nov 06 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Nov 06 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Tue Nov 07 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Nov 08 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Downtown LA