VINYASA :: Intermediate


This class is taught by:

Chona Bernardo

Chona has been a Reiki practitioner since 2009. After her first attunement she began her self healing process, enabling her to heal physically and emotionally, and has profoundly impacted her spiritual growth. She received her second Reiki attunement, which strengthened her intuitive abilities. After six years of practicing, she is now empowered to offer this service to others. She hopes to spread the awareness of Reiki to the community as an alternative holistic approach to healing.

Steven Arcos

Steven is an Echo Park native. Born and raised here, his teaching style reflects the LA lifestyle: equal parts relaxing and adventurous. As someone who practices many different styles of yoga, he loves to keep classes fun and challenging by incorporating those styles into his teachings. His motto is Sapere Aude or Dare to Know. He believes that by keeping an open heart and mind you will never stop growing. Always looking for new ways to push himself, Steven found yoga. After it changed his life by connecting him to his more spiritual self, he became eager to share his passion with the rest of the world. He teaches that yoga, although an amazingly effective physical activity, is in reality so much more. When he is not teaching he remains very active. Steve is an avid runner, cyclist, as well as personal trainer and believes in healthy living through physical fitness.

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.

Veronica DeSoyza

Veronica is a former ballet/ modern dancer and aerialist. She worked professionally with companies both nationally and internationally. She has performed on and off Broadway as a singer, dancer, and aerialist as well. During her career as a performer she began to get deeply involved in yoga and it became the new love of her life. Over the years in a highly competitive field, the intrinsic philosophy of yoga has helped her maintain joy, compassion, and a lust for life. She holds 200 hr certifications in Kundalini yoga, Power Vinyasa, and AIReal Yoga. Veronica has been teaching for over 10 years and is thrilled to be a part of the Namaste Highland Park team. Her passion for movement in all its many forms has inspired her to share her knowledge, be creative with her style of teaching, and continue to follow her bliss and share it with her students.

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.

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.
Linking breath to movement, this class offers a faster pace practice, explores more complex movements and sequences including twists, backbends; options for inversions and arm balances layered over solid foundations. The teacher will encourage rest periods and offer modifications as needed.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 22 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 22 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 22 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Fri Aug 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Veronica DeSoyza
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Aug 25 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Alex Halenda
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Aug 25 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Aug 25 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Marcella Jacobs
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Aug 27 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 29 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 29 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Fri Aug 31 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Veronica DeSoyza
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Sep 01 9:15 am - 10:45 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Sep 01 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Sep 01 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Hannah Rodriguez
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Mon Sep 03 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Sep 05 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Sep 05 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Sep 05 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Fri Sep 07 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Veronica DeSoyza
    at Namaste Highland Park