YOGA :: Yoga & Meditation (c)


This class is taught by:

Nora Brank

Nora has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was a very young child. Her dad was an avid yogi and introduced her to the sun salutations at the tender age of five. These days, Nora starts every day with a sun salute and thanks her yoga practice for her health and well being. She believes that yoga can instill all of it's practitioners with a flexibility, resilience and grace that they can use both on and off the mat.

Nora has a MA in philosophy from a program that allowed her to study both Eastern and Western texts. Her love and knowledge of the mystical traditions included in the Vedic texts guides and deepens her yoga practice. You can find her blend of attention to the physical, and knowledge of the ancient, traditional, and spiritual in her Yoga & Meditation classes at Namaste Highland Park.

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.

Matthew Clark

Matthew is a professional drummer, yoga instructor, chef, edible gardener and nature enthusiast. He has toured all over the US and Europe with various bands and finds a similar meditative space in music as he finds in yoga.

Trained in India and in the US Matthew combines the two worlds in his classes, the spirtual east and the physical west. Matthew often plays records in his class. Come to his hatha yoga class for some good music, a steady, mellow stretch, some core work and detoxifying twists, guided by the rhythm of your breath.

Jasmine De La Paz

With a life-long passion for music and years of a dedicated yoga practice, Jasmine discovered the power of combining yoga and music during her first Kirtan chant – where she reached her deepest meditation. As a certified Mukti Yoga teacher, and music business professional, sound and movement constantly inspire Jasmine. Yogis believe that something sacred vibrates within us, and that vibrations are the source of life and the Universe. She feels the most powerful way to quiet the mind and experience this vibration is through the combination of asana and sound. Jasmine intuitively challenges and guides her students with a practice focused on alignment, flow, and breath – mixed with elements of sound through live music, meditations, mantras, crystal bowls, and unique playlists. Her classes provide a balanced, spiritual, and strength building experience that will resonate both on and off the mat. Jasmine also loves to promote ‘mindful eating’ through creating and sharing plant-based recipes, swimming at the local pool, and enjoying life with her fiancé.

Shira Barlas

Shira recently graduated from Occidental College with a focus in Buddhist Philosophy and Critical Theory. A Buddhist herself, she 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. This past spring she finished her yoga teacher training with Mukti Yoga School.
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 from college Shira decided not to go back home 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 here.
This gentle flow class is focused on the experience of being in your body and with your breath. Accessible to all levels, including beginners, this class is a combination of gentle & dynamic flow coupled with longer holds to help find alignment in our bodies, within ourselves, connect with clarity, humility, and love.
We begin end class with Mindfulness Meditation – a subtle but very special practice that is often overlooked.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 20 9:10 am - 10:30 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Aug 21 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 23 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 24 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Aug 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Aug 27 9:10 am - 10:30 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Aug 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 29 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Aug 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 31 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 01 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Sep 03 9:10 am - 10:30 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Sep 05 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Wed Sep 06 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Sep 07 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jasmine De La Paz
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 08 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Sep 10 9:10 am - 10:30 am with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park