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.

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

Yoga classes, Berkeley, CA

BACKCARE YOGA

In this class you will learn a safe range of yoga movements to prevent, heal and minimize chronic & acute back pain.  Gather insights & techniques from diverse yoga traditions that support pain relief and optimal alignment. Carla makes it informative and instructional through examining a miniature skeleton and offering Q & A to better explore postural alignment & misalignment through asana.
Reference materials Carla draws from for class: Tom Myers Anatomy Trains, PT Barnum’s Fascial Release, and Paul St. John’s Neuromuscular Therapy as they apply to Yoga.
Contact: Carla Koopal                         

BEGINNING 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 learn, practice and refine your sense of yoga.  Heighten skills of focus, coordination, balance, strength and breathing awareness.  Gain a sense of confidence in learning the fundamentals of postural alignment and have fun doing it all!
Contact:  Barbara Papini, Beth Greenfield RogersDon TuttleBarbara Voinar

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 

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:   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

YOGA IN BALANCE

This practice emphasizes a specific alignment of the bones to reduces stress.  Each class becomes a meditation of centering and sensory awareness. Particularly helpful for a pain free back & joints.  Contact: Beth

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

 

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