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Inner Way LA is an inclusive community and space
to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
  • Featured event

    Concentration is Key

    Concentration is Key
    Time: 7:30pm
    Price: $15-$20 suggested donation for drop-ins

    By integrating insights and practices from Buddhist mindfulness meditation and the evolving fields of yoga, neuroscience, western psychology, and addiction theory, Blake responsibly and empathetically guides beginning and intermediate meditators into profoundly liberating encounters with even the most difficult dimensions of their experience. He offers tried and true methods for regulating interior states, with these ultimate goals:

    1. Learn to inhabit the present moment in an increasingly rich, embodied way.

    2. Unwind your most deeply held emotions and trauma.

    3. Gain liberating insight into the maddening thinking mind.

    4. Learn to generate high states of kindness, compassion, and joy that will provide you with an alternative strategy for regulating your emotional states. 

    Bio

    After years as a sometimes focused, sometimes hard-partying Hollywood actor, I decided to plunge into serious yoga and meditation practice.

    I had always wanted to undertake such a journey, had read a thousand books about it and could think of nothing more meaningful, but it had always seemed somehow beyond my grasp. Call it low self-esteem left over from a rocky childhood. And so it was a profound overcoming when I finally pushed through my fear, and began.

    In yoga, I trained extensively with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker in their science and psychology-informed Awakened Heart Embodied Mind training, and with Saul David Raye in his devotional Atma Yoga style.

    I also trained in the vipassana meditation tradition for ten years with senior Buddhist teachers including Shinzen Young, George Haas, and Jack Kornfield, attending over twenty-five silent residential retreats in that time. I mentored closely with Dharma maverick and recognized attachment theory expert George Haas, and was honored to teach alongside him before striking out on my own.

    By now I have been teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga in Los Angeles for eight years. I believe passionately in the transformative power of these modalities, and especially in their contemporary intersection with neuroscience and psychology. 

    And finally, as a longtime poet, musician, playwright and actor, I remain fiercely devoted both to creativity as a spiritual path, and conversely, to exploring the ways spirituality enlivens the creative domain.
     
    To learn more about Blake, visit www.veniceyogi.com.


    WHEN
    February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Mindful Living

    Mindful Living: How to Live Fully and Happily in the Present

    Saturdays, 7 March - 11 April 2020
    6pm CT (4pm PT/5pm MT/7pm ET)
    2-hours

    To Register

    https://mindoasis.org/classes/classical-texts-and-authentic-practices-of-eastern-spirituality/


    Brought to You by Senior Students of Lama Marut

    The CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life. 

    The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years. When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality. 

    Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, each course consists of six weekly two-hour interactive online classes, including lecture, discussion, and guided meditation portions. 

    These courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view. They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner.

     

    The success of one’s meditation sessions and the application of mindfulness throughout the day requires certain adjustments in lifestyle as well as instruction in the actual techniques for “mindful living.” In this course, we review and offer practical ways to apply the authentic teachings on mindfulness drawn from the classical spiritual texts dealing with the subject.

    Topics include: “Living a Life Conducive to Mindfulness,” “The Practice of Mindfulness and the Obstacles to It,” “Taming the Mind,” and “Mindfulness in Action.”

    Benefits of the Course:

    • Acquire authentic mindfulness training based on the ancient classics
    • Create a mindful lifestyle
    • Avoid activities detrimental to mindfulness
    • Learn meditations and contemplations for establishing priorities
    • Cultivate the methods for mental awareness and successful meditation

    Based on selections from the Buddha’s Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Kamalashila’s Bhavana Krama, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, and Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

    This course is offered online through Mind Oasis. It will be broadcasted from Inner Way LA, and registered students are invited to join in person.

    Facilitator: Brian Reid, Senior Teacher

    Brian Reid completed an 18-course foundational program and 18-course advanced program in Tibetan Buddhism in 2010 guided by Lama Marut. He formerly served as the Executive Director and Board Vice President at Lama Marut's flagship center in Los Angeles. Today, Brian serves as a Senior Teacher at Inner Way LA and teaches nationwide and abroad.

     

     

    Each of the twelve courses consists of six classes, and each class includes a practice to help you directly integrate the teachings into your everyday life. Registrants for each course will have access to the archive of visual and audio recordings of the classes. Classes that will meet weekly and last 2 hrs.

    Each class includes a lecture and time for Q&A as well as either a live guided meditation or a recording to work with during the week. Participants who complete all twelve of the classes will receive a certificate of completion from Lama Marut’s spiritual center, Inner Way LA.

    • One course: $225.00 USD
    • Three courses: $500.00 USD
    • Complete twelve course package (save $900.00 USD): $1800.00 USD

    For more information on the Two-Year Intensive Series "Classical Texts & Authentic Practices of Eastern Spirituality"

    https://mindoasis.org/classes/classical-texts-and-authentic-practices-of-eastern-spirituality/

    WHEN
    March 07, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA & Online
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Dharma Circle

    Dharma Circle with Chris Weeks
    1st Monday, from January 6th
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm

    Dharma circle is a peer-led discussion group for practitioners of all levels to come together and share the questions and insights you have about your practices, and about the dharma in general. Those of us on the path often find we don’t have outlets in our daily lives and primary social circles to explore the ideas and feelings that inspire us as we travel on this inward journey. This group aims to offer a casual forum, without the need for teachers or specific instruction, allowing the community to come together to enrich one another's practices. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner wishing to discuss a particular issue that is on your mind, or a beginner who wants to gain some clarity on what the dharma is about from friends rather than institutions, absolutely all are welcomed! 
    By Donation
    WHEN
    March 02, 2020 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Find Your Voice

    Find Your Voice - A standup comedy class
    Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 7
    Show: Saturday, April 11
    Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
    Price: $275

    Whether you have honed your comedy craft over time, or want to step out of your comfort zone, this class takes a personalized approach to helping anyone find and express their comedic voice.

    Class includes:

    ‣ Writing exercises
    ‣ Performance practice
    ‣ A rockin’ show

    Bio:

    Solange Castro’s first comedy album, “A Journey of Self Discovery,” is available on Spotify. Her play “Changes In The Mating Strategies of White People” is
    published by Broadway Play Publishing. She has performed comedy all over Mar Vista.

    Testimonials

    “Solange has a talent for recognizing and drawing out the strengths in people which enables them to develop their unique comedic voices.” — Joe F.


    “It’s a safe place and Solange has a plethora of comedic knowledge that she shares freely. I highly recommended this class and throughly enjoyed it!”—Ashleigh S.

    “Solange has a gift at knowing your persona and guiding you toward it. She provides a steady structure to grow material.”— Jocelyn R.


    WHEN
    March 17, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    $275.00 USD ·
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Weekly Events

Wednesday 7-8pm Moving Meditation (Tai Chi)
Thursday 7:30-9:30pm License to Chill