VINYASA :: Advanced


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Chris Reed

Chris Reed took the first steps towards a more peaceful life with choosing to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle at the age of 11. It wasn’t until spring 2012, that he found the benefits of a yoga practice. Following years of looking for happiness from outside sources, yoga taught Chris to look within to find the answers he is seeking. Since his first yoga class Chris continues to learn and grow, trying to live a more spiritual life and be a more peaceful, present-minded individual. Stepping into the unknown, Chris recently relocated to Southern California to see what the universe might have in store. When off the mat, you can find Chris riding his beloved bicycle, sipping coffee, and DJ-ing around town.

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
This vigorously paced class offers dynamic transitions through poses and the opportunity to explore inversions, arm balances and backbends while building strength, balance, and flexibility. 

Since this class involves a strength work and a faster pace, its best if you are already comfortable practicing sun salutations and have an intermediate level of fitness.


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 21 6:45 am - 7:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 21 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 23 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Aug 24 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Aug 26 10:50 am - 12:05 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Aug 27 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 28 6:45 am - 7:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 28 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 30 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Aug 31 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Sep 02 10:50 am - 12:05 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 03 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Sep 04 6:45 am - 7:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park