VINYASA :: Candlelight


This class is taught by:

Meg Shoemaker

Initially, I came to my mat in art school as a simple way to calm my mind from anxiety and uncertainty. What I was surprised to find was an entire universe of awakening, from an unthawing of movement and breath, strengthening and aligning my physical body, and ultimately a continued fine-tuning of the subtle body and energetics of my mind.
The working through Samskaras, the Sanskrit word and idea of “mental impressions and psychological imprints” is what I’m interested in offering to my students. What you’ve come into the world with and onto your mat with has a chance of transformation everyday just by incremental shifts in continued showing up.
After intense study for about ten years in various methods, I felt called to become certified to teach. I completed my 200-hour training at Kula Yoga Projects in New York City, led by my incredible teachers Nikki Viella, Schuyler Grant, Nikki Costello and Erin Dudley. As well as study in various methods of meditation, from workshops in meta-meditation at Om Yoga in New York, to training in transcendental mediation through the David Lynch Foundation.
My intention with every class is to wake up dual-action in the body with clear and intelligent alignment, to keep the practitioner safe in the uncovering of fresh territory within the mind, body and the changing relationship of the two through the elixir of deepened breath and above all, to leave my class shining!

Hannah Skye

Hannah was born in Colorado, so a love of the mountains and of nature circulates in her soul. With her background in acting and dance, she will gracefully guide you through a seamless vinyasa flow that incorporates both strength and ease.
Hannah believes that yoga is for every body. Poses are just shapes, so they will look and feel a little different for each individual, and there can be great joy in the exploration of those internal and external nuances. Every class Hannah teaches is layered with different options so that students can customize their flow, either to be more energetic and challenging, or more grounded and relaxing. Everyone is inspired to practice for different reasons, usually when they are seeking something more in their lives. Whether that's physical health, emotional peace, or a meditative journey, Hannah encourages students to bring themselves to the mat. Spend some time in your own body; move, sweat, breath deeply, and play in your practice. Yoga can be an outlet to detoxify and destress, or a medium of play and expression -- and often times both. You can expect to sweat in Hannah's class, so bring your water and come ready to flow!
 
Certifications:
RYT 200, CorePower Yoga
Corepower Extensions Program & mentorship
Corepower Yoga Level 2 Training
Kids Yoga training, Yoga Works
Advanced Sequencing Immersion, Mukti Yoga School
Safe Teaching Immersion, Mukti Yoga School

Alex Halenda

Connect with Alex Halenda for a mindfully guided practice in movement, breath, alignment, and inner-awareness. With over 10 years experience in practice, 8 years in teaching, Alex leads classes in Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Pranayama. She consciously weaves each style together to suit your needs, and captivate your attention, leaving you with a heightened sense of self, from skin to soul. With precise verbal cuing, and optional hands-on assists, Alex lovingly seeks to enhance your skills.

Alex has studied with many teachers across the country, and various lineages. Spiritually inclined and physically trained in gymnastics since early childhood, Alex is passionate about her personal and professional studies. In 2007 she expanded her love of yoga practicing Bikram Yoga with Afton Carraway. In 2008 she received her first 200hr RYT at Urban Ashtanga, with teachers Linda Walker, Krista Shirley, Steve Rubin, Greg Nardi, and Juan-Carlos Galan. In 2011-2012 she lived and worked at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville CA studying with the Guru, Baba Hari Das and his senior teachers.

Following that experience she continued her studies with several peers turned mentors in Orlando FL, most pivotal in her growth were Kelly Senn, Alexandria McCoullough, and Lori Maiar. In 2015 Alex received her second 200hr RYT with Mark White at Mbody Yoga in Jacksonville, in Baptiste style Power Yoga. In 2016 she continued her studies with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling in their "Off the Mat Into The World" Yoga and Activism training. As teaching large groups is one of her passions, in 2017 she led several classes at Okeechobee Music Festival in Florida, bringing the healing power of yoga to hundreds of festival goers. Currently Alex resides here in Los Angeles, where she is further developing her skills with our community.

Dana Kraft

Dana Kraft’s yoga experience is about limitless possibilities on and off the mat. She fills the room with her sense of fun and radiance and empowers her students through her philosophy- the challenges we face in our yoga practice parallel the obstacles we face in our daily lives; breathe through them on the mat, and we can overcome them off the mat.

Dana’s approach to teaching stems from her belief that yoga is accessible to everyone. Her experience as a former high school teacher enables her to effectively work with students by differentiating between learning styles and using the one that is most applicable for that individual student. Dana is known for her hands on approach and sheer enthusiasm and joy for the practice. Her personal style of teaching yoga draws attention to breath, alignment, and incorporates intelligent sequencing. She creates a safe space for her students where they can focus on “being a better me” by cultivating courage and compassion from within, leading to clarity. Her students work to balance that fine line between ease and effort creating the endurance and fortitude they need to overcome the obstacles on and off the mat and enjoy a fulfilling life.

Dana has worked with high profile private clientele on both the east and west coast, ranging from major league athletes, musicians, Broadway talent, top models, and film and television actors. She is the official yoga instructor to the 2015 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors and has worked with the UCLA men’s golf team and women’s basketball team. She provides Vinyasa, Restorative, meditation, and The Roll Model® Method to players such as Festus Ezeli, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Shawn Livingston, and Splash Brothers: Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

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.

Wind down your day by the candlelight. This well-rounded evening class infuses a vinyasa flow with quiet, cooling, relaxing restorative poses at the end and an extended savasana. Perfect to ease away the day and prepare you for a restful night's sleep.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Oct 18 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Christina Sewell
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Oct 19 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Meg Shoemaker
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Oct 22 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Oct 22 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Alex Halenda
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 25 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Alex Halenda
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Oct 26 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Oct 29 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Oct 29 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Alex Halenda
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Oct 30 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Nov 01 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Alex Halenda
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Nov 02 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Nov 05 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Nov 05 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Nov 06 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Nov 08 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Thu Nov 09 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Nov 12 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Nov 12 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Nov 13 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park