T: 1 (310) 751-7550
1231-35 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Naam Yoga® Therapies

NEW! Community Classes

The Naam Yoga Therapies program is designed to address every major system in the body including the cardiac and circulatory system, the brain and nervous system, the immune and lymphatic system, and the digestive system*. These highly therapeutic classes employ a combination of self-healing and preventative techniques that have been used for thousands of years to support regeneration, physical and emotional balance, detoxification, mental clarity and restorative sleep. Every class includes gentle movement and stretching, healing visualization, breathing exercises, mantra, hand reflexology postures, conscious relaxation and healing music. Students may sit on a cushion on a yoga mat, in a chair or a stool.

Wall sized projections depicting powerful images of the elements of health and strength cycle through each class. Healthy white blood cells, well functioning nerve synapses and blood vessels are among the inspirational images that will be presented as images to meditate upon. Participants of Naam Yoga Therapies classes are guided in the essential process of empowering the brain and body's capacity to strengthen and heal thus making it an ideal practice for those currently undergoing medical care for illness as well as those seeking preventative health care strategies.

Part of the mission of this program is to support the care takers as well as those who are in need of healing. Anyone who wishes to join the classes will benefit from the self-healing techniques practiced therein as well and all are welcomed.

Students can benefit in the short term and long term from regular participation in only one of these weekly classes, that corresponds to the topic of their most acute need or focus.

In addition these 5 weekly classes can also be enjoyed as a complete holistic program of self-healing and cultivation of one's innate life energy.

The program is offered five days per week and is completely free to the public. Each class is between 75-85 minutes. On Tuesday and Thursday healing meditation classes will follow, also offered at no cost. Every class can be modified for participants with special needs (e.g., chair support, modified postures).

Description of Classes

Naam Yoga® Therapies for...

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Monday 2:00-3:15pm

Naam Yoga Therapies Classes for individuals with autism have been in the developmental stage since 2009 with the beginning of the children's Naam Yoga classes offered in hospitals and an after school program in New York City. With its specific emphasis on brain and neural balance, Naam Yoga Therapies are positioned as strong candidate for addressing the many disabling symptoms found in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This prescriptive form of yoga encompasses many of the most cutting-edge, nonmedical therapies used in the field of autism therapy such as cardiovascular exercise, stretching, breathing, hand movement and music therapy. This article highlights some of the most recent research on exercise, discipline-based therapeutic strategies and other promising but not yet researched modalities being investigated in the field of autism therapy. Successful participation in this class requires that students are either able to participate independently or to have the support of their own caretaker if needed.

Cardiac and Circulatory Health - Tuesday 2:00-3:15pm

The circulatory system has at its, center the heart, which in the yogic sciences is among the most important spiritual and physical organs. Naam Yoga Therapies specializes in techniques that strengthen the heart, improve blood flow and harmonize pressure. Many who use these practices also report experiencing greater lung capacity, reduced incidence of anxiety and greater sense of calm in the face of stress. This ancient approach to cardiac and circulatory health focuses not only on biologic functioning but also on heart conditions related to mental and emotional stress.

The Brain and Nervous System - Wednesday 2:00-3:15pm

The brain and nervous system play integral roles in mental health and wellness as well as the physical comfort all people hope to enjoy. The energy meridian system stimulated in acupuncture can also be utilized in yoga and meditation for harmonizing the body's ability to adapt to stress, regenerate from injury and maximize brain power. According to the yogic sciences, the nervous system is the bridge between the electromagnetic field and the physical body which explains the mysterious sensations and perceptions people describe when those systems are disrupted through injury or disease. While not understood scientifically nerves were recognized for their great importance in being comfortable and effective in the world and were thus the focus of most meditation exercises. This class is designed to promote equilibrium in the nervous system and brain, and to support nerve health and regeneration. It is also meant to serve those undergoing treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety and any other nerve related disease.

The Immune System - Thursday 2:00-3:15

Support for Cancer, HIV, Autoimmune Disease and Weak Immunity
According to the yogic sciences, a strong immune system requires a potent mind, strong bones, clean body and a happy heart. Cancer, HIV, autoimmune disorders and weak immunity are thought of, in Naam Yoga theory, as symptoms of an overall imbalance in the body and were historically placed in the category of "complex diseases". Naam Yoga Therapies classes employ many of the classic immune strengthening techniques such as positive visualization and breathing as well as other less known meridian-stimulating exercises, lymphatic strengthening movements and energy enhancing practices.

Thyroid and Complete Hormonal Health - Friday 2:00-3:15pm

Regulation of the hormone system is among the most important for achieving optimal health. The body's ability to self regulate the intricately woven hormone system is an example of pure physiologic genius. In an effort to address afflictions of this age, Naam Yoga Therapies classes place large emphasis on balancing the thyroid. Healthy hormone equilibrium can be supported during puberty, menopause and male andropause with these ancient techniques. They have also been widely applied for increased fertility, menstrual irregularities and adrenal fatigue.

*Digestive System

The digestive system is considered to be one of the most important systems for ensuring that proper nutrients are absorbed and detoxification is achieved. For this reason, every Naam Yoga Therapies class contains exercises that strongly support digestion.