The purpose: to help our bodies flourish inside and out; to open up the layers of our being.
We use props such as blocks, straps, blankets, the wall, chairs, (depending on the class). Students move mindfully, using alignment, the breath. Humor is also important! My classes have the intention to help us achieve a deeper connection and balance with the physical self.
2071 Antioch Ct #100, Oakland, CA 94611
MON: Hatha – Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 9:30am- 11:00am
WED: Hatha – Yoga for Every Body- level 1-3 -9:30 -11:00am
7200 Bancroft Ave, Oakland, CA.
MONDAY: Yoga –Sound Healing – BILINGUAL – English/SPANISH – 1:30pm – 3pm
WEDNESDAY: Yoga & Herbs – BILINGUAL – English/SPANISH – 1:30pm – 3pm
Casa Ubuntu is a creative wellness center for residents of the east Oakland community. It is an entry point to a system supportive and recovery services for people with a broad range of mental health needs and co-occurring conditions (substance abuse or physical health conditions). Casa Ubuntu’s services include state of the art onsite employment services, linkages to housing, benefits, and primary care. For more info, please see their website.
3276 McNutt Ave. Walnut Creek, CA
TUE: Gentle Yoga-Urban Zen Practie – 3:15pm – 4:45
This is a deeply restorative practice that includes: gentle movement, meditation, breath awareness, somatic awareness, Reiki, and aromatherapy. Many students have said this practice has changed their lives and allowed them to be more present, energized, and more loving and kind towards their own selves.
Currently, I also bring yoga to small and big corporations, lead private and semi-private classes as well as retreats and workshops, throughout the Bay Area and beyond. I design private classes based on student’s needs and goals. If you are interested in scheduling a private or corporate class, please call or email to check availability. For upcoming events, workshops and RETREATS, please see the EVENTS page!
A one-hour practice. This class incorporates gentle movements with soft opening and mind-body awareness into a slow, meditative, calm practice, linking each movement with breath. Perfect for everybody, beginners or advanced who wish to slow down their practice and deepen awareness.
Yoga for Everyone: Usually a 1 ½ hour class. It links movement and alignment with breath awareness. It draws from different modalities and styles of yoga; at times, we might combine Qigong movements, the ancestral Chinese healing practice. Great for all levels. Level 1 is adapted for beginners.
Restorative Yoga Therapy Practice -Urban Zen: A most beloved practice! This class incorporates restorative poses, aromatherapy, Reiki, breath awareness, and meditation.. Restorative Yoga gives us an opportunity to balance the effort in our lives with ease and surrender. Through gentle, supported poses, breath awareness, aroma therapy and meditation we’ll drop into a deep state of physiological relaxation. It is from this place of quietness and peace that the body is more able to access its natural ability to cleanse, heal, digest, sleep, and build a strong immune system. This practice gives us the opportunity to bring to our lives a sense of mental, emotional and spiritual ease.
Lakshmi VoElker Chair Yoga™: A one-hour practice based on Hatha Yoga. In this class we use a chair as support. This practice has three principles: use of gravity to make the pose stable; lengthening of the spine from a stable base; use of the breath linked with movement. This class is suitable for everybody, especially for those with limber muscles, or seniors who might want to increase their strength, flexibility and concentration.
iRest Yoga Nidra: iRest® is a meditative discipline of self-inquiry drawn from the ancient teachings of Tantra, which are a vast array of techniques that are designed to restore our innate understanding of our True Nature. It is a transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, balances the nervous system, and develops an inner peace and a sense of well-being to help you deal with any challenges you might encounter in your life. This can be as short as 15 minutes to an hour long practice.
Vinyasa Flow: This is a faster practice, usually for practitioners who are more familiar with the way to use the breath to access the physical postures and are able to move from pose to pose in a safe and mindful way. Alignment is still taught as a way to keep nourishing awareness.
Guidelines for practice:
- Remove shoes at the door
- Bring a mat if you have one (we have rental mats but it is better to eventually have your own).
- Turn cell phone off, unless, of course, you need it on for a reason.
- Heavy meals are not recommended two hours before practice
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Come a few minutes earlier to class (to allow time for registration, use of bathroom, etc.), if you have a health issues, discuss this with the teacher before class
- Stay for the entire class but if you must leave before the end, please tell the teacher before class starts
- Practice Ahimsa, non-violence, beginning with yourself. Practice respecting your limits; come out of a pose if you have to. Yoga is not a competition; it is a spiritual practice that makes the body and mind stronger, more balanced and healthier.
- Above all, have a wonderful journey, enjoy, and share your precious light.