Guest Teacher Naheed Radfar -

Guest Teacher Naheed Radfar

November 5th, 2013 by Kelsey

DATE:  Feb 22 – Mar 1, 2014

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PACKAGES:  We have a number of Yoga Retreats. Try our Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, or Yoga & Surfing. For more info visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). We are happy to have Naheed Radfar as our guest yoga teacher for this week.

Guest Yoga Teacher Naheed Radfar

Naheed Radfar Naheed Radfar is a dynamic expert in holistic health and wellness and a certified instructor and practitioner of multiple modalities of fitness, yoga, and acrobatics. She has over 17 years of international teaching experience across various disciplines, having taught extensively throughout major metropolitan cities in the US, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Europe, and Central America. She has worked with premiere health clubs like Equinox Fitness and Richard Branson’s Virgin Active Health Clubs, upscale yoga studios, revered rehabilitation and recovery facilities, and scenic beach and park venues. She maintains an active teaching schedule to a dedicated following of group classes and private clientele throughout Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Westwood/West LA, and Los Angeles area. Naheed holds numerous certifications with the athletic and fitness elite through AFAA, Equinox, Virgin Active, Reebok, and more. She is also certified at the 300-hour Yoga Alliance recognized level with Annie Carpenter/SmartFlow Yoga and CorePower Yoga, and has studied and practiced endlessly with LA’s finest teachers.

Naheed Radfar is the founder of Heed Fitness, a Los Angeles based company offering specialized instruction, personal training, and related services through its multi-disciplinary approach to high level fitness and functional training, yoga and acrobatics, holistic health and wellness, and a balanced lifestyle. An athlete and practitioner of multiple modalities of sport, fitness, yoga, gymnastics and acrobatics since early childhood, Naheed draws upon each of her passions to design classes and programs to empower others to build the foundation for profound physical strength, personal growth, and increased mind-body awareness.

Naheed’s specialties include functional fitness, metabolic/interval training, plyometrics, calisthenics, and martial arts inspired cardio kickboxing. Her classes creatively combine various techniques using body-weight and cross training equipment to achieve cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal strength and flexibility, increased energy, and clarity of mind. Her yoga specialties are Power/Vinyasa based in both heated and non-heated rooms and designed to strengthen the mind-body connection and open energetic pathways. Naheed emphasizes alignment with incorporation of anatomy and movement principles throughout. As a highly impassioned acrobat and hand balancer, Naheed’s classes frequently include playful and energizing inversion/handstand flows that build the foundation for meaningful practice in handstands, inversions, arm balances, backbends and more. Her method includes yin/restorative components to balance the body and mind after energizing flows.

Naheed is an also an avid acrobat specializing in hand-balancing, partner-based acrobatics and yoga (acroyoga, yoga acrobatics, partner acrobatics), high flying acrobatics, and other gymnastics-based routines such as the flying rings. She regularly performs and leads groups and individuals in acrobatics and performance tricks at Santa Monica Muscle Beach and incorporates these teachings into her classes and workshops.

In all disciplines, Naheed is known for her contagious energy and enthusiasm to inspire her clients and students with confidence and skills to achieve levels they did not deem possible. Her methods are infused with practical information to educate her students and clients about movement based principles, mind-body integration, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, holistic health, and overall wellness. While she passionately pursues the power of strength, exertion and effort, she equally emphasizes the need for upkeep and balance with proper nutrition, rest, and recovery. To that end, each of her disciplines incorporates opening and restorative phases to promote openness of the body, healthy tissue regeneration, prevention of injury, and calming of the mind. Her knowledge of therapeutics, myofascial release, and neuromuscular feedback are revered as invaluable techniques to maintaining lifelong practice of any discipline. Her classes are accessible, challenging, and inspiring to every level, from the first time beginner to the experienced practitioner.

Naheed Radfar is thrilled to collaborate with the esteemed aerialist and world-champion Christine van Loo on February 22-March 1 at Anamaya Resort for a week of acrobatics, yoga, and aerial adventure. Naheed will be leading twice daily Yoga (begin the morning with an invigorating flow, end the day with a restorative yin practice). Naheed will be offering additional workshops in Intro to Inversions /Handstands, Acrobatics, and Functional Fitness. Private sessions for additional personalized instruction are also available by appointment with Naheed.

Attendants that are already signed up for Christine’s aerial retreat will have access to Naheed’s daily yoga and special workshops. Attendance in Christine’s aerial workshop is not required for attendance in Naheed’s sessions and workshops.

By Kelsey

Kelsey, one of the founders and co-owner of Anamaya Resort, is also an actress, model, and mom, living in Toronto, Canada. More information about Kelsey and her projects can be found at