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)


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

Step into Your Power with Arm Balancing

Sunday, September 14th, 12:30pm

Practice 10 arm balancing variations throughout this 90-minute class. Learn tips, techniques and "kramas," steps, to finding the full expression of this empowering postures. Bethany will offer 1-on-1 assistance, helping you with hands on assists and the use of props as you explore techniques like jumping into and out of crow pose. Learn to incorporate balances into any yoga class you attend!

Come ready to sweat  as you discover your own strengths, both physically and personally.

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Sound Bath*Voice*Meditation ~ Sunday, September 14th, 7:15pm ~$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.

Regular plass packages and memberships apply.

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Twist & Shout Yoga - Sat, Sep 20th, 6:30pm ~$17

Guided by the soulful sounds of the 1960s, we'll dive into an upbeat asana practice.  We'll build some heat to Motown and incorporate cleansing twists to Soul.  After a fast-paced first half, we'll slow things down with cooling postures and love ballads.  The trademark sounds of the 60s have their roots in Gospel, which will add a celebratory and sacred element to this class.  Expect The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Maxine Brown.  So come detox to the music of Detroit!

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Crystal Bowl Sound Bath ~ Sunday, September 28th, 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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Candlelight Flow with live Sitar ~ Oct 1st ~$17

Wind down your day by the candlelight and the soothing sounds of LIVE SITAR. This Class happens every first Wednesday of the month; October 1st, 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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Splits, Bound Twists & Grounding Play

Sunday, October 12th, 12:30pm

"Lila" is the sanskrit word for divine play, and it could not better describe the precocious monkey-god Hanuman for which full splits is named. This 90-minute class will build grounding energy, helping you connect with your foundation, while exploring the theme of play in a yoga class.

You will have opportunities to try fun variations on yoga poses through "binding," the practice of grabbing hold of one limb with another in an unpredictable, opening way. Learn techniques for staying playful on the mat! 

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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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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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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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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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