Hope you had a wonderful summer!

Convocation, Harvard Westlake’s traditional and formal gathering to kick off the start of the school year, is one of the things I look forward to virtually.

One of my favorite parts was when Laura Ross (a meditation practitioner) and Associate Head of School shared her favorite definition of Namaste.

Namaste is a greeting that yogis share with students at the end of class.

“The light, love, and teacher in me, respects the light, love, and teacher in you.”

As a community, we can all learn from and grow with each other, every single day.

Along those lines, I love the definition of Namaslay

“namaslay” is a life philosophy that marries “namaste”, with the modern slang “slay”, which means to go for it, and reach that goal.

A state of mutual badass respect. The warrior in me sees and honors the warrior in you.

May this new school year be filled with mutual respect and excellence.

What does the word namaste mean to you?

Joyfully namaslay,

Kalika Yap
Chair, Harvard-Westlake Parents Mindfulness Club
HW Parent ‘24, ‘26


We have some exciting in-person mindfulness events planned. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner these events will help you hone your skills and give you opportunities for deliberate practice.

• Mindfulness for Athletes
• Mindfulness Walking at Lake Shrine and the Huntington Gardens
• Mindfulness Breakfast/Lunch events
• Mindful Test Taking
• Day of Mindfulness: Walking with Monks at Deer Park Monastery

We will also have many virtual talks/events including the Neuroscience of Mindfulness with Brian Shiers and Would it Be Okay with You if Life Got Easier? with Dr. Nemeth.

In this webinar, you’ll find a simple yet powerful way to turn life’s inevitable obstacles into real opportunities for success.

Have you been thinking about shifting careers for a while now? Do you have a goal or dream you’ve been putting on hold until life clears up? Has it worked to your advantage to do it this way?

Join us in this complimentary session, and Dr. Nemeth will show you the most powerful way to access your inner wisdom.

Dr. Nemeth have taught it to people around the world for the past thirty-five years.

If you have any suggestions for events, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

Check out the website for the latest info!


Day of Mindfulness and walking with monks at @deer_park_monastery


If you have ever taken a yoga class, you have probably heard the instructor end by bowing and saying “Namaste.” In India, this Sanskrit word and gesture is common and understood. In the West, this divine salutation is often used without fully knowing and understanding its meaning and proper usage. Yet in India, this is a common greating used in daily life. Knowledge, devotion, and respect are all key components to empowering the meaning behind a yogi’s favorite way to end their yoga practice. Read More