HATHA :: Intermediate


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

In this steady-paced yoga class traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment with emphasis on building core strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as improving concentration and breath control.
**Focused on refinement of the basics, the practice of Sun Salutations and introduction to revolved standing poses, hand balances, inversions and backbends. Using props when necessary, we move at a faster pace than in an All Levels class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Matthew Clark
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Aug 25 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Aug 28 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 29 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Aug 31 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 01 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 04 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Sep 05 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Sep 07 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Ani Raya-Flores
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 08 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 11 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Sep 12 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Sep 14 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 15 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Mon Sep 18 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Sep 19 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Sep 21 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Nora Brank
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Fri Sep 22 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Sondra Sun
    at Namaste Highland Park