Based on the guidance from California health officials, and to care for everyone’s health in this uncertain time, the physical location of Inner Way LA will be temporarily closed.
However, our community remains open and connected
and some events will be available online. 
Please check our calendar for more information.
Our amazing community, teachings and practice can be a great source of refuge in these troubled times.
Please make an effort to stay connected and engaged.
May you be well, safe and happy.
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to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
  • Featured event

    Happiness in Trying Times
    with David Leonard

    Happiness in Trying Times
    with David Leonard

    Wednesdays 7:30 pm - 9 pm

    This is an online event

    Please RSVP below to get the link to online conference

    Join us for a talk on ways to cultivate and maintain a happy mind in trying times. We will discuss powerful mental skills and practices to sustain mental peace in difficult times and throughout the rest of our life.

    By donation.
    Your generous donation supports David and Inner Way LA. Click here to donate.

    David Leonard has practiced and taught meditation for over 50 years, after receiving teacher training in Sri Lanka where he was a monk for three and a half years in his early 20s. David has done over eight years of deep retreat, and maintains an extensive daily practice. His intuitive approach to practice is uniquely suited to western minds, and he has been influential in the training of some well-known western teachers.

    More teachings from David are now available at his YouTube channel, Mind Moment. Here's a video from that channel:

     

    WHEN
    April 14, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online
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  • Featured event

    Treasure Map: Unearthing True Value in Yourself and Your Relationships

    Facilitated by Blake Abramovitz

    “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

    –Joseph Campbell


    Date: Fridays - an ongoing all levels class. Drop-ins welcome
    Time: 7:30 till 9:00pm PST (Los Angeles time zone)
    Price: $10 per class, $35 for a 4 week pass, $70 for an 8-week pass 

    To Register: Please contact Blake directly at [email protected]

     

    Treasure Map is a rolling eight-week meditation course, employing Buddhist mindfulness techniques, creative journaling practices, the evocative power of poetry, and authentic community to catalyze development across multiple lines.

    This course is a skills-based training, guaranteeing no radical overnight transformation, no permanent ecstatic state. The aim of Treasure Map is to equip students with real, practical tools for navigating rough terrain. It focuses on the messy but necessary work of facing raw, vulnerable dimensions of our humanity, empowering practitioners to show up more authentically in their creative lives, their work, and their relationships.

     Human beings employ various methods for fleeing what’s uncomfortable. As Carl Jung put it:

    People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

    The shadow reappears despite our best attempts to escape it. With the realization that there in the shadows is where our treasure is buried, we can radically shift our relationship to the places within that scare us. 
     

    Your treasure is locked in some inky cellar.

    Or it is lying in a sodden swamp,

    guarded by Will-o’-the-wisps,

    Or it is clutched in the skeletal hands

    of a mummy.

    It doesn’t matter. Find your own tiny body

    in the yellow of this faded map—

    there you are—

    and set out.

    Like a dotted line twisting

    across parchment,

    your diamond feet

    will find the way.

    Bio

    After many years as a hard-partying Hollywood actor, I heeded a deeper calling to find a more balanced and fulfilling life purpose. I dedicated myself to serious yoga and meditation practice and study, training extensively with an array of L.A.'s most dynamic and respected teachers in both disciplines. The resources I’ve developed as a result of my studies have brought profound healing to the wounds of my rocky childhood and have allowed me to flourish mentally and emotionally.

    I’ll be sharing these practices alongside insights on how neuroscience, psychology, and addiction theory support and expand our path to wholeness, allowing us to radically increase our overall life satisfaction and happiness. Though I am a meditation teacher of eight years now, I remain fiercely devoted to creativity as a spiritual path and still practice as a poet, musician, playwright, and actor.

    To learn more about Blake, visit www.veniceyogi.com.

    WHEN
    April 16, 2021 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Weekday Morning Meditation: A Down to Earth Program for Deepening Your Life

    Blake Shields Abramovitz

    Daily Meditation Practice with Blake Abramovitz

    Date: Daily Mondays through Fridays - an ongoing all levels class. Drop-ins welcome
    Time: 8:00am PST (Los Angeles time zone)
    Price:  $20 per week, or $5 per sit. No one turned away for lack of funds

    To Register: Please contact Blake at [email protected]

    Dear Friends,

    If you long to be happier and more alive, if you have an inkling that your heart could be more free, your mind a better friend to you, your relationships a sweeter refuge, then I invite you to run a bona fide experiment with yourself as the subject:

    Benefits of Meditation
     
    If you commit to some moderate meditation practice, say a half hour five days a week, I have a reasonable expectation that over the next few months, you will notice:
    a. Some genuine reduction in your overall suffering
    b. Some increase in your overall fulfillment (Life will get a little more fun)
    c. Some enhanced capacity for liberated action— action independent of the content of your thoughts and emotions.

    But wait, there's more!

    If you not only come meditate with me every weekday morning; if, rather, you also attend my Friday evening Treasure Map meditation course, you can ALSO expect:

    a. Better day-to-day alignment with pursuits you find genuinely interesting, leading to a richer sense of meaning.
    b. Coherent psycho-education around the legacy of childhood wounds and early attachment disturbances.
    c. Improved skill at emotional regulation. Basically, that means you'll learn how not to lose your balance when things get stressful.
    d. Increased kindness and authenticity in your intimate relationships.
    Even these might sound like bold claims. And I get it. But there's only one way to find out if there's truth in them.

    Commit to some practice. Show up.
    I promise you this is not skin deep.

    See you on the cushion!

    Love always,
    Blake

    Bio

    After many years as a hard-partying Hollywood actor, I heeded a deeper calling to find a more balanced and fulfilling life purpose. I dedicated myself to serious yoga and meditation practice and study, training extensively with an array of L.A.'s most dynamic and respected teachers in both disciplines. The resources I’ve developed as a result of my studies have brought profound healing to the wounds of my rocky childhood and have allowed me to flourish mentally and emotionally.

    I’ll be sharing these practices alongside insights on how neuroscience, psychology, and addiction theory support and expand our path to wholeness, allowing us to radically increase our overall life satisfaction and happiness. Though I am a meditation teacher of eight years now, I remain fiercely devoted to creativity as a spiritual path and still practice as a poet, musician, playwright, and actor.

    To learn more about Blake, visit www.veniceyogi.com

    WHEN
    April 19, 2021 at 8am - April 23, 2021 at 8am
    WHERE
    Online via Zoom
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Featured event

    Communicating with Spirit

    COMMUNICATING WITH SPIRIT: The Ancient Art of Speaking with Spirit Guides 

    A monthly workshop series, February-May

    DATES: 4th Saturday of the month: Feb. 27th,  March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd.
    TIME: 10:30am-1:00pm PST
    PLACE: Online via Zoom. Join live or by recording to watch at your convenience.
    COST: 
    sliding scale $25-$40 per session (or offer what is sustainable for you)
    REGISTER: To receive a Zoom link, contact Mirah at [email protected]
    If you have financial concerns, please contact Mirah.

    This series will provide direct experience in the ancient art of speaking with spirit guides. 

    During the workshops you will be led through precise methods to receive information from your higher self and guides, in a clear and grounded way. 

    We will also address common questions and concerns as well as ways to integrate communicating with spirit into daily life.


    ABOUT MIRAH LOVE

    Mirah Love is a mystic who serves as a spiritual counselor and psychic. She works one on one and in groups. Her sessions offer practical tools for exploring our multidimensional nature and living with integrity. 

    Mirah is the founder and guide for Lady Wisdom, a community that researches and teaches energy healing for women. She was a tenured Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with her research in somatic consciousness. She has also held multi-year teaching appointments at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The California Institute of the Arts. Mirah served as the resident teacher and spiritual advisor at the meditation center Inner Way LA, and has taught around the world for 20 years on creative and spiritual development.
    WHEN
    April 24, 2021 at 10:30am
    WHERE
    Online
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