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

    Making Friends with Fear and Anxiety

    March 23, 2019 from 10am - 5pm

    "Making friends with Fear and Anxiety"

    A Daylong Meditation Workshop with Jessica Graham and Christopher Kelly, Ph.D.

    Registration - Sliding Scale $ 30-$100

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: 
    http://notyourordinarymindfulness.org/upcoming-events/ 

    Fear and anxiety are natural and useful parts of being a human, but they are also at the center of a lot of our suffering. This dayong retreat will offer practices for deepening your acceptance of mental and emotional discomfort to reduce suffering. You will get tools for finding relief from these challenging emotions, as well as techniques for fully experiencing them to reveal the deep wisdom they might offer. Through guided meditation, instruction, and discussion, you’ll begin a new relationship with the fearful and anxious aspects of self, releasing you to more freedom and flexibility. 

     

    About the instructors:





    Jessica Graham is a meditation teacher, author, and sex, relationship, and spiritual guide for couples and individuals. She is a contributing editor of the meditation blog, Deconstructing Yourself, in which her popular series, Mindful Sex, appears. She co-founded The Eastside Mindfulness Collective, dedicated to exploring secular spirituality through mindful living and learning. Jessica also founded Wild Awakening, to help people become more human through psycho-spiritual evolution, using meditation and self-inquiry. In her book, Good Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out, Graham demonstrates that a deep spiritual life and an extraordinary sex life are not mutually exclusive. This keenly personal and unflinchingly frank guide helps readers apply mindfulness in sex without losing the fun and adventure. Good Sex is available wherever books are sold. You can connect with Jessica on Instagram at @jessicaclarkgraham and at www.yourwildawakening.com. 



    Christopher Kelly, Ph.D. is an award winning teacher who has taught at several major universities including the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland, College Park. He has studied the nature of consciousness for over twenty years, receiving degrees in physics and philosophy. He is a dedicated practitioner having had the good fortune to study on retreat with some of today’s most insightful teachers including: Adyashanti, Shinzen Young, Luang Por Pasanno, and Soryu Forall. He is the author of two books, including A Theory of the Good.

     

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: 
    http://notyourordinarymindfulness.org/upcoming-events/ 

     

    No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. 
    Call or Text Carol for Scholarships or Volunteer Opportunities
    Kind Regards,
    Carol Houst
    Co-Founder  Not Your Ordinary Mindfulness 
    Mb: 310-927-1025  
    WHEN
    March 23, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Clown! Level 1

    Clown! Level 1

    March 24th thru May 5th, 2019
    5pm - 9pm, Sundays (only)

    Must Register through The Clown School website
     
    Begin the extraordinary pursuit with Caitlyn Conlin. In this class, we will peel back the layers of socially acceptable behavior and let loose the wild duck that lives inside us all. We will quiet the little critics in our heads and learn to play from our most vulnerable and innocent place. From there, we will be able to experience the most triumphant triumphs and the most beautifully disastrous flops. Come along for the ride!   "A truly spectacular and unforgettable class" - LA STAGE. 
     
    Bios
    Caitlyn Conlin is a Los Angeles-based actress, musician, clown and educator. She received her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and holds a BA in Acting from Arizona State University. Caitlyn has worked with several award winning movement based theater companies and her work has been performed at notable venues around Los Angeles and internationally.  
     
    Currently, Caitlyn serves as program supervisor for USC School of Dramatic Art's new program in Medical Clowning, the practice of bringing highly skilled performers into the hospitals.  As a medical clown, Caitlyn works at Norris Cancer Center, LA County Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has also taught clowning workshops at various centers and universities including CalArts, USC, Pomona College, Improv First (Beijing, China), Beijing Clothing Technology University, Nevada Arts Council, All Saints Church and The Clown School.
     


     

    Must Register through The Clown School website

     

    WHEN
    March 24, 2019 at 5pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Ayurvedic Spring Rituals Day Retreat

    AYURVEDIC SPRING RITUALS DAY RETREAT

    Sunday, March 31, 2019 
    10:00 am -2:30 pm
    Cost: $75 per person 
    (Register and pay online before March 17th)

    Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice from India that incorporates herbology, nutrition, bodywork and counseling to heal the entire body and explore the roots of present illness and imbalance.
    Join Ayurvedic Practitioners Erica and Meryll as they guide us through meditation, an introduction to the foundational principles and philosophies of Ayurveda, a Spring cleanse cooking demonstration in which we will learn the medicinal properties of the staple ingredients in the featured cuisines and participate in the cooking, and a mindful lunch with Q&A on Ayurvedic practices.

    Spring Menu:
    1. Barley and Mung Bean Kitchari made with spring pacifying spices: dill, cumin, coriander, hing, turmeric, black sesame, black pepper, sesame oil and cilantro
    2. Dandelion Root Salad with vegan goat cheese and avocado lime dressing
    3. Mint Lemonade with Lavender Simple Syrup
    Bios
    Meryll Montano is a proud Filipina Ayurveda Practitioner, botanical enthusiast, dancer, and whole health advocate. Prior to founding VeganVedas, Meryll spent 7 years battling anxiety, depression, bulimia, chronic constipation, and a variety of digestive disorders. Finding sustainable health and deep nurturing in plant-based foods & Ayurveda while attending Southern California University of Health Sciences, she expanded her personal wellness to those of her community. Meryll offers a variety of workshops, cooking classes, and events that intersect all things botanical food, culture preservation, and health. 

     
    Erica Rey is a Latinx certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and yoga instructor who also offers herbal medicine, bodywork, and doula services. She is passionate about healing and is committed to accessibility and intentionality that allow these practices to be tools of resilience and sustainability for our communities. Erica holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor certification from Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Certified Doula and Community Birthworker
    training from Matriz Birthwork and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner and Herbal Medicine degrees from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Erica guides yoga at People's Yoga and offers Ayurvedic consultations and yoga at WeSpark Cancer Support Center.
     
    Cost: $75 per person
    WHEN
    March 31, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    $75.00 USD · 2 rsvps
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  • Featured event

    Meditation day

    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 or simply to relax and set their stress aside.

    Come treat yourself to a day of serenity and inner exploration, from morning to evening. Feel free to come and leave at your convenience or practice strong determination and commit for the whole day.

    This event will have no meditation teacher and mostly provides space for your own inner work. There will be an after lunch discussion of traditional Buddhist scriptures.  Please bring your own lunch.

    This will be facilitated by Andrew Berezin, who is the member of Middle Way LA community. 
     
    Cost: Donation based.
    WHEN
    March 30, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Unleash Your Inner Comic: Standup Comedy Class

    Unleash Your Inner Comic: Standup Comedy Class

    Tuesday, April 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7-10pm.
    Show on Saturday May 4th 8:00 - 9:30.
    Cost: $225

    Would you like to sharpen your speaking, presentation or writing skills? Or are you an experienced comic who would you like to further develop your comedic voice? Or do you just stifled by your job and life and want to unleash your inner-comic? This class offers a fun challenging environment to find, refine or define your comedic voice. Through writing exercises and class performances, students will find their unique comedy voice and style. The goal of the class is to develop ten minutes of new material for a final performance. Have fun, challenge yourself, gain confidence in front of an audience, and enjoy some low cost therapy.

     

    Class includes:
    1. Writing exercises towards the goal of preparing a 10 minute set for a final performance
    2. Performance practice - comics will get up at least one or two times per class
    3. Feedback on writing and performance oriented around developing your personal comedic voice
    4. Support/Feedback on your personal comedic style/strengths/unique gifts
    5. For Experienced Comics: Support navigating the comedy terrain
    6. For Beginner Comics: Support getting up on stage and telling a joke
    7. A collaborative environment to take risks and try new things
    8. A rockin' show

    Reading: Sections from Judy Carter's book and Steve Martin's "Born Standing Up"

    About Solange: 
    Solange Castro is a writer and comic who has performed all over Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and has opened for Maria Bamford. Her first comedy album, "A Journey of Self Discovery" can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. She co-created The X Chromo-Show, a comedy show that raises money for women’s shelters. In 2014 she wrote and produced the play “Changes In The Mating Strategies of White People,” which ran at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood. She currently co-hosts the podcast “Take Down the Patriarchy” (available on iTunes) and has been chosen as “Comic of the Week” on The Jackie & Laurie Show (also on iTunes).
    You can learn more at www.solangecastro.com
    To confirm your spot, please venmo Solange @SolangeCastro by 4/5/2019.

     

    "Creativity is contagious, pass it on." - Albert Einstein

     

     

     

    WHEN
    April 09, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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Weekly Events

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