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meditation . yoga . teachings
retreats . dance . arts 

Middle Way LA provides practical instruction for a vibrant, meaningful life
infused with ethical integrity, compassion for others, mindful awareness and wisdom.

  • Featured event

    Restorative Tai Chi

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    Come together and experience gentle stretching to feel good, Chi Qong to break up stagnant energy, Tai Chi to move energy throughout the body and Meditation to calm the mind.

    Tai Chi is practiced worldwide by tens of millions of people, ranging in age from very young to the very old. In addition to relaxing the body and mind, Tai Chi will contribute to overall fitness and health. Tai Chi Chuan helps to balance energy within the body thereby improving a number of conditions such as backache, headache, high blood pressure, stomach disorders and poor metabolism.

    Sliding scale: $10-15, no one refused due to lack of funds.

    Bio: Ara Elian

    With over 40 years of experience in holistic healing, as well as marital arts, Ara brings a dynamic and compassionate style to his teaching. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Cal State Northridge and continued his higher education at the Philosophical Research Society, Whirling Rainbow Institute, and Sophia Gnostic Ecclesia. Firmly rooted in the belief of "No Student Left Behind", Ara always emphasizes quality.

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    April 30, 2017 at 10am
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    Map to Freedom

    The wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions is now easily available to everyone. Many effective practices exist for dealing with life’s challenges and for realizing the state of ultimate freedom and love. But how do we know which of the many practices is best for us at any given time? How does one avoid getting lost or aimlessly trying one thing after the other with no results?

    The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has gifted us with a “map” that can be used to safely and effectively navigate the inner world and clearly identify which practices are most helpful in any given situation. This “map” can be a helpful guide for practitioners of any spiritual tradition and for those who are simply seeking to be happy and kind.

    In this course we will be guided by the “Lamp for the Path to Awakening” composed by the Buddhist Master Atisha in the 11th century. This text was the first such “map” and started a long tradition of teachings known as “The Steps on the Path” (lamrim).

    This course will emphasize experiential discovery of each of the steps of a spiritual path in our own life through meditations, discussions and real-life practices.

    Mondays, May 15 - July 17,  7:30 - 9:30 pm
    (no class on May 29 and July 4th)

    Cost

    Sliding scale from $120 to $160 (includes audio recording of all classes)
    Note: Drop-ins allowed for first 3 classes only ($20 per class, which will be deducted from the total if you sign up for the course).

    Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend. Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to Middle Way LA. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. If you are unable to pay, please contact us.

    Lead by Dima Yepishin

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    May 15, 2017 at 7:30pm
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  • Featured event

    Meditation Day with Jeremy Graves

    Join us at Middle Way LA for an all day urban meditation retreat - a perfect opportunity for meditators of all levels and backgrounds to kick start their practice with personalized instruction and one-on-one interviews with the teacher – or simply to relax and set their stress aside. We will be led by Jeremy Graves, who along with his teacher Culadasa, and Matthew Immergut PhD, is an author of the bestselling meditation manual, The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science. Come treat yourself to a day of serenity and inner exploration, from morning to evening. Please bring your own lunch.

    Praise for The Mind Illuminated

    “This book is a rare and valuable treasure, providing a detailed, step-by-step account of how meditation practice progresses.” – Shinzen Young, author of Break Through Pain, and meditation teacher.

    “The Mind Illuminated will be a great help to anyone who wants to completely fathom the process of meditative development in all its stages…  In largely Western language, with help from wonderful images and diagrams, this book brings the path of meditation to life.” – Sharon Salzberg, The New York Times best-selling author of Real Happiness.

    Cost

    Sliding scale from $50 to $80.

    Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend. Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to Middle Way LA. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. If you are unable to pay, please contact us at info@middlewayla.org.

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    April 23, 2017 at 10am
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Weekly Yoga Schedule

Yoga Slayers

Wednesday
5:30-6:45pm  Beginning Hatha
7-8:30pm  Intermediate Vinyasa

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Suggested Donation: $10/class or become a monthly donor