“Listen to your inner teacher” is a common refrain among yoga and meditation instructors. In this busy, fragmented world, how do you tune in to that internal frequency? Where do you identify, strengthen and practice the tools that empower you to be your own best teacher?
La Maida Institute, contained in a historic, retreat-like center in the middle of the bustling NoHo Arts District, is providing a forward-thinking platform for answering these important questions.
It is many things wrapped up in one beautiful box – an integrative mental health clinic offering a collaborative, team-based approach; a yoga and meditation studio for supporting daily practice; and a community gathering space for workshops, intensives and retreats.

About La Maida Institute

From a broader perspective, La Maida is an example of what the future of “healthcare” looks like. In contrast to systems that place a bandage on symptoms, trauma, and pain, La Maida offers a preventive, resilience-based, communal model where the emphasis is on restoring wholeness and balance.
“We become our own creators of health when we awaken the innate wisdom that dwells inside each of us and our communities,” says La Maida’s founder and integrative psychiatrist, Omid Naim, MD.
Skilled therapists, yoga instructors and workshop facilitators are the norm at La Maida. A diverse, yet integrated array of programs can be found – from a state-of-the-art neurofeedback lab, to an Ayurvedic practitioner for diet & lifestyle counseling, to monthly programming like New Moon soundbaths, and workshops for health professionals, families, teens, new parents and women.
People can participate at La Maida on multiple levels. You can drop in for a yoga or meditation class, join as a member for unlimited classes and special perks, or receive a fully personalized assessment and multi-modal treatment plan.
Don’t miss La Maida’s Grand Opening Open House on October 22 from 2-5pm where you can take tours, meet the staff, teachers and clinicians, and learn more about this transformative space.

Contact La Maida Institute

11159 La Maida St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Felicia M. Tomasko
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.