CORE :: Yoga for Strenght


This class is taught by:

Steven Arcos

Steven is an Echo Park native. Born and raised here, his teaching style reflects the LA lifestyle: equal parts relaxing and adventurous. As someone who practices many different styles of yoga, he loves to keep classes fun and challenging by incorporating those styles into his teachings. His motto is Sapere Aude or Dare to Know. He believes that by keeping an open heart and mind you will never stop growing. Always looking for new ways to push himself, Steven found yoga. After it changed his life by connecting him to his more spiritual self, he became eager to share his passion with the rest of the world. He teaches that yoga, although an amazingly effective physical activity, is in reality so much more. When he is not teaching he remains very active. Steve is an avid runner, cyclist, as well as personal trainer and believes in healthy living through physical fitness.

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.

Dana Kraft

Dana Kraft’s yoga experience is about limitless possibilities on and off the mat. She fills the room with her sense of fun and radiance and empowers her students through her philosophy- the challenges we face in our yoga practice parallel the obstacles we face in our daily lives; breathe through them on the mat, and we can overcome them off the mat.

Dana’s approach to teaching stems from her belief that yoga is accessible to everyone. Her experience as a former high school teacher enables her to effectively work with students by differentiating between learning styles and using the one that is most applicable for that individual student. Dana is known for her hands on approach and sheer enthusiasm and joy for the practice. Her personal style of teaching yoga draws attention to breath, alignment, and incorporates intelligent sequencing. She creates a safe space for her students where they can focus on “being a better me” by cultivating courage and compassion from within, leading to clarity. Her students work to balance that fine line between ease and effort creating the endurance and fortitude they need to overcome the obstacles on and off the mat and enjoy a fulfilling life.

Dana has worked with high profile private clientele on both the east and west coast, ranging from major league athletes, musicians, Broadway talent, top models, and film and television actors. She is the official yoga instructor to the 2015 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors and has worked with the UCLA men’s golf team and women’s basketball team. She provides Vinyasa, Restorative, meditation, and The Roll Model® Method to players such as Festus Ezeli, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Shawn Livingston, and Splash Brothers: Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Hannah Skye

Hannah is a native of Colorado, so a love of movement and nature circulates in her blood. With her background in acting and dance, she will gracefully guide you through a power yoga flow that will cultivate health and fitness and nourish the spirit.

Hannah believes that everyone is suited for yoga, no matter their background.  Those who practice do so because of how it makes them feel and because it's fun! So come play on the mat! Expect deep core strengthening, interesting challenges, and a seamless flow in her class.

Strength emanates from the core outwards. Build heat, stamina and strengthen your core muscles so you can flow with grace and ease in your yoga practice. Be prepared to generate heat with longer holds, to work and sweat in this power session.
EXPECT a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jun 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Jul 01 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Jul 02 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Jul 06 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Megan Reinking
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Jul 08 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Jul 09 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Jul 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Jul 13 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Megan Reinking
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Jul 15 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Jul 16 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Jul 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Dana Kraft
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Jul 20 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Jul 22 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Jul 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Jul 25 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Thu Jul 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sat Jul 29 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Shira Barlas
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Sun Jul 30 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Steven Arcos
    at Namaste Highland Park
  • Tue Aug 01 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Hannah Skye
    at Namaste Highland Park