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.

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.

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.

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
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:

  • Tue Oct 17 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 18 6:45 am - 7:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 18 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Oct 19 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 20 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Veronica DeSoyza
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Oct 21 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Oct 21 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Sun Oct 22 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Oct 24 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 25 6:45 am - 7:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Oct 25 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Oct 26 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 27 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Oct 27 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Veronica DeSoyza
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Oct 28 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Chris Reed
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Oct 28 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm with Chona Bernardo
    at Namaste Downtown LA
  • Sun Oct 29 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park