Yoga Workshops

Large & Graceful: A Deepening with Sally Pugh
Saturday,  May 12, June 30,  July 28   2:00 – 5:00pm

Yoga designed for full-bodied women, offering an opportunity to begin or to deepen and expand your yoga practice, and enhance body, mind, body, develop balance, flexibility and strength, and breathing practices to awaken presence, center and ground. The last hour of the workshop will be Restorative Yoga, relaxation and meditation. We address individual participant’s needs and desires for finding ease in their practice. Beginners are welcome.         Contact: Sally



Hands to the Head Workshop & Fund Raiser for SEVA
Saturday, June 23  1:00 – 4:00pm with Kristie Lavelle and Barbara Voinar

Barbara & Kristie will present relevant information to you on how best to learn and recognize postural & repetitive habits that cause discomfort.  Become familiar with the general pathway of nerves, muscles, bones that influence the health of the hands, wrists, shoulder and neck. Discover ways to forge new habits that maximize ability to bear weight through the upper extremities, maintain functional grasp, and prevent discomfort during repetitive daily tasks.  All of which enhance moving with ease.

The proceeds of this workshop will be donated to SEVA. SEVA is a global nonprofit eye care organization that transforms lives and strengthens communities by restoring sight and preventing blindness.

To Register $60 cash or check payable to SEVA.  Send to Barbara @ 4th St Yoga  Contact: Here

Kristie Lavelle is an Occupational Therapist (since 1994) and Certified Hand Therapist (since 2001), currently working at San Francisco General Hospital. She has been a student of yoga for 25 years and often finds herself incorporating yoga into treatments with her clients with upper extremity injuries.

Barbara Voinar is an IAYT certified yoga therapist. Her primary home for teaching is at 4th St. Yoga in Berkeley, CA which she co-founded in 1993. She teaches yoga as a path of healing in the substance abuse recovery community and works therapeutically with MS, and ALS, Stroke and Cancer yogis. She has taught in prisons, specialized in pre-natal yoga, and supported programs for vulnerable youth.

Reclaim Your Health with Ayurveda Workshop with Nicole Matthiesen                                     Sunday,  June 24th, 2:30 – 4:30pm

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and is considered Yoga’s “sister science.” Though shunned for many years, modern science now recognizes the incredible efficacy of Ayurvedic practices in healing disease and imbalances of the modern world.

In this workshop we’ll:

•Explore the underlying concepts of Ayurveda
•Discover how the principles of Ayurveda can empower us to awaken our body’s natural ability to heal and thrive
•Learn more about your specific constitution and current imbalances

All workshop participants will be offered a FREE 15 minute Ayurvedic phone consultation by appointment after the workshop!

Bio:After spending many years in the corporate world, Nicole Matthiesen became a Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Wellness Coach. She was led to the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda in her search for a healthier and more fulfilling life. The deep healing and transformation she experienced by embracing these traditions has inspired her to share this knowledge and support others on their own journey towards more balance, better health and happier lives.

Cost: $30 through June 20th/$35 after Register: HERE                    Contact:Nicole   


New classes to know about

The Alexander Technique with Don Tuttle and Mike McKenna
Sundays 1:00 – 2:00pm
No experience required – open to all.

Do you experience undue tension or pain in your daily activities- working at the computer, driving and perhaps in aspects of your fitness routine or yoga practice? Do the fruits of your best efforts to transcend these tensions or pains evaporate moments later? Here is a method to help you make more lasting changes.

The Alexander Technique is a practical method for learning to live and act with more ease and effectiveness. It is known for improving posture, easing stress, reducing, neck, back and other pain and improving general health and well being. This simple method can underlie all activity and be practiced at all times. We will introduce and develop these skills and concepts through fun and engaging activities and then apply them to daily activities.

Traditionally this method has been learned through weekly private lessons. Since this is impractical for many people we offer this small on-going group class as an effective alternative. Everyone will learn skills with weekly hands on guidance from the teachers. This is a convenient and practical opportunity to learn the Alexander Technique.

Mike and Don have been teaching Alexander Technique workshops in Berkeley and now offer an on-going weekly class at 4th Street Yoga.  FMI Contact: Don


Mike McKenna has been a student of Alexander Technique for many years and is an American Society of Alexander Technique Teachers 1600 hour certified teacher. He maintains a private teaching practice in Albany CA.


Don Tuttle has taught yoga since 1983 in San Francisco and Berkeley at the Yoga Room, the Berkeley Yoga Center, 4th Street Yoga and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a teacher training faculty member. He has studied several times in India with B.K.S., Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.


Yoga for Bone Health 
with Betty Aten
Tues. 9:30 – 11:00 and
Wed. 9:30 – 11:00 (starts May 2nd)

Betty Aten, certified Yoga for Osteoporosis teacher, is pleased to announce a second Yoga for Bone Health class starting Tuesday, May 1 at 9:30 – 11:00 AM. The new class is in addition to the current Yoga for Bone Health class on Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM. Both classes are based on the long term study by Dr. Loren Fishman demonstrating that practicing 12 specific yoga poses can have a positive effect on bone health. For more information about Dr. Fishman’s work, visit and click on the Osteoporosis tab. Dr. Fishman has recently announced 12 additional poses, also believed to be beneficial for bone health. All 24 poses will be covered.

These are all levels classes for those already diagnosed with osteoporosis, osteopenia, or anyone interested in maintaining or improving bone health. Come to either class or come to both!

FMI Contact: Betty 

Yin Yoga with Carla Koopal
Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00pm

Take a mini vacation in the middle of your busy day with this meditative yoga of surrender, to deeply restore, rejuvenate & relax your body*mind*spirit with floor poses 1-5minutes in duration. As you explore the depth of stillness mindfully, your nervous system will calm, allowing cellular memories, anxieties & tensions to release, and the heart to blossom.

Whereas Yin Yoga traditionally focuses on hips & spine, we will focus on the entire body, releasing the deepest toughest connective tissues to enhance flexibility and stimulate the meridians carrying your life force energy. Carla’s Yin Yoga mirrors self acupressure & acupuncture, self massage & chiropractic, self healing & psychotherapy. Lastly this Yin respite will support the Yang activities of your life with a clearer mind, lighter body, and fuller heart, resulting in more balanced life:
Contact: Carla Koopal

Motion Improv 1 with Sybil Meyer
Wednesdays  7:30-9:30pm    

For those new to Motion Theater and for those who want to refresh their skills. This workshop offers training in the foundation of autobiographical improvisation. Learn to move with ease, generate personal narrative, find meaning in common things, develop ease in front of an audience, and engage in spontaneous creative expression.
$275 for 8-week series  Contact: Sybil 


Performance Lab
with  Nina Wise
Thursdays 7:30–9:30pm 

This advanced Lab meets once a week for three to six months and is intended for people who’ve already taken a Motion Theater 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

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