What is your favorite tea served at Namaste?
Maple Walnut Green Tea. I have some stored at home and it makes my whole kitchen smell delicious!
What is your go-to hike in Los Angeles?
I love going to Deb's Park! It's the hidden gem of Highland Park with the best view of the city, a little lake with visiting owls, and the best tree fort to meditate under.
Shira, a graduate of Occidental College in Buddhist Philosophy and Critical Theory, a Buddhist herself, 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.
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 college Shira decided to not return 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 and teaches here.
- RYT - 200 Mukti Yoga School
- Teaching since 2015
- Practicing since 2013
Shira Barlas regularly instructs the following classes:
A steady practice with focus on proper alignment and holding of poses to engage, building strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as improving concentration and breath control.
**Introducing twists, some backbends, approachable inversions and the usage props (blocks, straps), this class is suitable for, and potentially challenging for ALL LEVELS as it can be taken as easily or deeply as one's body demands on a given day.
This class focuses on core asanas/postures and the foundations of breath-work.
Learn proper alignment, where to focus effort and where to find release.
**Good choice for beginners, great for all levels. A strong yoga practice begins with a sturdy foundation, this class can fine tune even an advanced practice.
The Vaginal Steam has been used for centuries as a traditional home remedy and generally for feminine health care. This pleasant and relaxing steam "bath" can help manage PMS symptoms, uterine cramping, fertility, post-natal; peri and post-menopausal symptoms.
In your first session you'll talk with our Steam Specialist who will determine the mix of herbs used tailored to your specific needs. Then you'll be shown to the steam room, where you undress completely and put on your silk robe (provided). You'll take your seat on the steam chair and the specialist will check in with you for comfort, bring you tea, wrap up your legs over a foot warmer. Cozy and comfortable, you savor the steam and relax.