Fun Events, Workshops and Retreats

Namaste Highland Park has a lot of fun WORKSHOPS planned for you: Urban Gardening, Jewelry Making, Kombucha Making, Drumming & Yoga, Sound Baths, Gong & Meditation and many, many more!

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Advance Your Practice Series

Want to add some flair to your flow? This series of 5 workshops builds on fundamental elements to the practice to help you find the freedom to incorporate advance postures into any yoga class. Come for 1 session or join all 5! 

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Pricing: $25 for 1 session$108 for all 5 sessions.  

Remember NHP members receive 20% discount! (use promo code IAMFAMILY)

ALL LEVELS WELCOME

Workshop 1: Step into Your Power with Arm Balancing; Sunday, September 14, 12:30 - 2pm
Workshop 2: Splits, Bound Twists & Grounding Play; Sunday, October 12, 12:30 - 2pm
Workshop 3: Royal Pigeon, Royal Dancer, Royal You; Sunday, November 16, 12:30 - 2pm
Workshop 4: Turn Your Crown Upside Down with Inversions; Sunday, December 14, 12:30 - 2pm
Workshop 5: The Sivananda Classical Program; Sunday, January 11, 12:30 - 2pm

Metal Yoga, Oct 18th, 6:30pm - $17

Guided by a soundtrack of ethereal heavy jams, we'll embark on a vigorous hatha vinyasa practice enhanced by pranayama, mudra and other esoteric arts. 

This unique 90 min. class is for adventurous souls who are not afraid of some heavy jams...the transformative and cathartic qualities of distortion, the trance inducing bass dirge, and the outer limits of exploratory space music.  Be prepared to sweat and nod to the sounds of Om, Sleep, Hawkwind and the like. Class is taught by Matthew Clark. Regular class packages and Memberships apply.

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Teacher Training Teaser - October 19th, 12:30pm ~FREE class

Want a glimpse into the typical day of a teacher trainee? Come enjoy this 45-minute FREE practice. Those interested can stay for discussion and learn about sequencing and many more teacher secrets!

Sign up for your teacher training at the workshop & receive a $100 discount off the Early Bird price!

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Fall Garden ~ October 19th, 12:30-2pm - $35

October is the last truly hot month in LA's extended summer...which means it is time to consider planning your fall garden. Join Matthew in this workshop and learn about what crops grows well in Los Angeles climate and how to get started growing your own food at home. Discuss the basics of setting up a new garden and/or maintaining an existing one, and make plans to phase out dwindling summer crops, and replace with with an exciting array of veggies that prefer cooler weather; such as lettuces, kale, broccoli, parsley, cilantro, mustard greens, etc. 

Bring a list of questions and gloves if you don't want to get your hands dirty. All participants will leave with a seed selection for the growing season and a tray of freshly planted seeds.

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Candlelight Flow with live Sitar ~ November 5th ~$17

Wind down your day by the candlelight and the soothing sounds of LIVE SITAR. This Class happens every first Wednesday of the month; November 5th, December 5th in 2014; 7:50-8pm in the Sanctuary yoga room across the patio.

This class combines a heating, vinyasa flow with the quiet, cooling, relaxing restorative poses. Perfect way to wind down the day! Get a work out in the first half of the class with vinyasa flow and melt onto the mat in the second part of class with slow, gentle, relaxing poses. Class is led by Bethany, accompanied by Alexander Wand live on sitar.  Space is limited, signing up is highly encouraged.

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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath ~ Sunday, November 9th, 8:15pm ~ $17

Join us for this hour long sound bath and access parts of the mind that are typically closed, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness. Guided by his Higher Self, Shane uses guided meditation, crystal quartz singing bowls, and a myriad of sound healing instruments in his healing. His soundscapes cleanse and purge negative blockages while amplifying and energizing positive vibrations, thereby giving listeners a blissful, transforming and uplifting experience in mind, body, emotions and spirit. Packages and memberships apply.

Shane has performed throughout the greater Los Angeles area and at festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle and Lucidity.

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Royal Pigeon, Royal Dancer, Royal You

Sunday, November 16th, 12:30pm

This class focuses on opening up the four corners of the body: the shoulders and the hips. In a free-flowing mandala namaskar (circular salutation), you will dance your way around the mat with elements of shadow yoga - an opening, strengthening practice lacking a predictable formula.

Bethany will help each student find an expression of "royalty" in his or her practice; in yoga, the royal poses have you grabbing hold of your feet behind your head. Props, assistance and the use of the wall will help everyone explore these bold poses safely.

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Turn Your Crown Upside Down with Inversions

Sunday, December 14th, 12:30pm

Yes, we will handstand. You are guaranteed to understand the elements of your personal handstand practice after this 90-minute class focusing on building body control when upside down. Learn how to use your hands, hips and shoulders to find proper alignment in headstand, handstand and forearm balance. Learn tools for practicing safely "away from the wall" so you can incorporate inversions into your practice each time you come to your mat.

Bethany believes adding elements of inversions in every practice is what will ultimately allow you to feel command of these postures, and she will show you how to do this on your own.

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Sound Bath*Voice*Meditation ~ Sunday, December 21st, 8:15pm ~$17

This grounding half restorative class half sound bath is accompanied by the mesmerizing voice of Odeya Nini. Come restore, reground and leave feeling connected to the Earth and Sky, drawing energy from the Odeya's vibrant voice as you relax into the poses.

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New Year's Day Half Mala ~ Thu, Jan 1st, 6:30-8:30pm ~$17

Come set powerful intentions for the New Year with 54 Sun Salutations. A traditional yoga mala is the practice of 108 series A sun salutations, typically taking about two-and-a-half hours to complete.

In this half-mala, each set of 6 salutations will feature a new and inspiring intention. You will be amazed at how easily your body glides through the movements while you enjoy uplifting music. Come lift your vibration to kick off 2015 with both mindfulness & fun!  

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The Sivananda Classical Program

Sunday, January 11th, 12:30pm

This is an incredibly profound, deeply meditative 2-hour class to bring you into a state of total relaxation and rejuvenation. Designed by medical doctor Swami Sivananda and passed down through his disciple Swami Janakananda to his direct student - Julie Rader - to Bethany, this practice is a treasured tradition within Mukti Yoga School. This class is best experienced rather than described; it involves holding various asanas from universal twist to headstand with several savasanas incorporated into the practice. While all are welcome, sone yoga experience is recommended as holding postures for several minutes can be taxing on a new student.

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