YOGA CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Although all of our teachers have been influenced and/or trained in the Iyengar style of yoga, each teacher’s development may reflect influences of other traditions as well. View our yoga classes below.

  • Beginning Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Large & Graceful
  • Level 1-2
  • Level 1-3
  • Mom & Baby Yoga
  • Motion Theater
  • Performance Lab
  • Pre-Natal
  • Restorative
  • Senior Yoga
  • TriYoga
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Yoga in Balance
  • Yoga for Bone Health

Yoga classes, Berkeley, CABEGINNING YOGA CLASSES

This class is appropriate for first time students and those wanting a review of basic hatha yoga practice. All body types are welcome.
We will learn movement principles that will give you building blocks to help easily guide you into beginner hatha yoga poses (asanas) with comfort, proper alignment and attention to the breath.

Over the course of the classes we will:

  • Move into and out of classic standing, sitting, twisting, and balance poses
  • Learn how to transition from one asana to another with mindfulness
  • Explore which props you need for your own personal architecture so that you experience comfort in the asanas

You will be provided with the opportunity to:

  • Center and align around your axis
  • Begin to move from your bones
  • Move from the center of your body to support poses

CONTACT: Barbara Steiber

GENTLE YOGA

A soothing practice for all ages and body types. Focused attention on breathing, stretching, gentle strengthening, and refinement of balance.  Contact: Deborah Saliby, Barbara Voinar

LARGE AND GRACEFUL YOGA CLASSES

Yoga designed for full bodied women in a community of support. An opportunity to begin or to deepen and expand your yoga practice and enhance body, mind and spirit integration. We will include asanas that strengthen the core body, develop balance, flexibility and strength. Breathing and meditation practices help awaken presence, center and ground. We also address individual participants needs and desires for finding ease in their practice. Beginners are welcome.
Contact: Sally Pugh

LEVEL 1-3 YOGA CLASSES

A class to help you refine and deepen your sense of focus, coordination, balance, strength and breathing awareness.
Contact:  Barbara Papini, Beth Greenfield RogersDon TuttleBarbara Voinar

MOM & BABY YOGA  (moms still pregnant welcome too!)

is a yoga class where new moms can bring their babies (from 6 weeks old to just before crawling) and practice yoga tailored for the postpartum time while connecting with other moms and babies. Class includes gentle warm-ups and stretches, core strengthening poses and shoulder/upper back openers. Mom should feel comfortable to attend to their babies needs, this is not seen as an interruption but part of the flow of this class. Generally, the majority of class is focused on Mom however, time is saved for baby songs and movements or baby massage in every class. All levels welcomed.
Contact: Tania Varela-Ibarra       

MOTION THEATER

Workshops with Nina Wise & Sybil Meyer give you the physical and spiritual tools to translate your inner life into theater. Everyone has a story to tell. But few of us have the opportunity to express ourselves freely in a safe and supportive environment. What makes these workshops unique is the emphasis on the integration of body, mind and spirit.
Contact: Nina Wise, Sybil Meyer

MOTION IMPROV 1

For those new to Motion Theater and for those who want to refresh their skills, this workshop offers training in the foundations of autobiographical improvisation.  Learn to  move with ease, generate person narrative, find meaning in common things, develop ease in front of an audience, and engage in spontaneous creative expression.
Contact: Sybil Meyer

MOTION IMPROV 2

Offers more complex forms of Motion Improv 1.  Improve your story telling, develop your improv craft, expand your movement vocabulary and have a great deal of fun.
Contact: Nina Wise

PERFORMANCE LAB

This advanced Lab meets once a week for three to six months and is intended for people who’ve already taken a Motion Theatre workshop. You’ll hone your Motion Theater skills practicing solo, duet, trio and ensemble forms with other trained improvisers. Advanced Lab culminates in a public performance. Through this expressive, transformational practice, you’ll cultivate presence, advance your artistic craft and develop your leadership and presentation skills.
Contact: Nina Wise

PRE-NATAL YOGA CLASSES

Prenatal yoga is a balanced, sequenced yoga practice including many modifications and comfort measures for pregnancy, including standing poses, breath awareness, birth breathing techniques, relaxation and restorative poses.
Contact:  Rosy Moon  or Deborah Saliby

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Focuses on gentle supportive poses to help you release into a deep state of relaxation. Practice simple warm-up stretches, breathing awareness exercises and deep rest. This class is beneficial for anyone with/or recovering from illness or injury. No previous yoga necessary. A practice that contributes to restoring one’s energy.
Contact: Ariel Roland Holst

SENIOR YOGA CLASSES

As your body changes with age your yoga practice should reflect and celebrate those changes. This class explores yoga that is appropriate for older students regardless of experience or fitness level. The focus is on balance and coordination, as well as offering lots of gentle stretching to keep joints moving smoothly or to loosen up stiff and achy joints. Recommendations for developing a safe yoga practice with age-related health conditions are given.
Contact: Betty Aten

SPINEFULNESS YOGA CLASSES

In Spinefulness class we will practice the alignment of our skeleton over our axis. This new alignment will help reduce stress in the back and joints and help you feel lighter and more relaxed. We will learn how to elongate the spine and tone our core.

We will center ourselves over our axis and discover a new awareness of ease. When we sit we will experience a quiet meditative state of lightness. I will help you learn to sit, bend, walk, and lie down with new Spinefulness guidelines.

In each class, you will receive verbal, visual and hands-on guidance, helping you feel your bones support you while your muscles release tension.
We will also practice restorative poses, Eden Energy routine and loving kindness meditation.

Come experience a class that will bring you into a blissful state of flowing energy and deep relaxation.
Contact: Beth Greenfield

TRIYOGA

True to the concept of non-violence, TriYoga’s meditative and transformative flows emphasizes relaxation-in-action. The sequences unite asana with breath and focus to create a greater flow of life energy. Enabling one to gently progress in flexibility, strength and understanding. Breathing practices, concentration techniques and meditation are included.
Contact: Pamela McKernan

VINYASA FLOW

This slow flow vinyasa class is moderately challenging. Emphasis is on core strength to safely transition from pose to pose. Correct alignment is encouraged; attention to the breath is used to deepen and steady poses.  Although some yoga experience is necessary, classes contain people with a mixed level of experience and skill. All are welcome.
Contact: Jonothon Gross

YOGA IN BALANCE

Balance yoga emphasizes a different alignment of the bones which helps reduce stress.
You will be guided to elongate the spine, gently stretch muscles and focus on the meditative quality of the breath.
Each class becomes a meditation of centering and sensory awareness while practicing basic yoga postures. Expect gentle warming stretching on the floor, slow easy sun salutations, a focus on alignment, the breath, and creating spaciousness. This class is especially helpful supporting a pain-free back and joints. This style of yoga is based on the teaching of Noelle Perez in Paris and Jean Couch in Palo Alto. Contact: Beth Greenfield Rogers

YOGA FOR BONE HEALTH

Join Yoga for Osteoporosis certified teacher, Betty Aten
for this all-levels class to practice the 12 yoga poses shown to improve bone health based on the long-term study done by Loren Fishman, MD. The class is appropriate for those already diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, and anyone interested in learning ways to maintain or improve bone health.
Contact: Betty Aten

YOGA NIDRA

Lay down and experience an incredibly easy, yet profoundly powerful form of meditation called yoga nidra. Instead of asking the mind to “be still,” we use the active nature of the mind and direct it in a way that relaxes the actual cerebral cortex, and thus rejuvenates the brain, mind and body. In this delicious state of receptivity, it is easy to shift old patterns of thought or behavior and rewire neural pathways to bring about more optimism, satisfaction and happiness. Nidra is also known to heal sleep difficulties, and nourish our entire system.
Contact: Shakti

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