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March 18, 2013

Sankalpa: The Power of Intention

by Sonya Genel (

I have heard many interpretations of the Sanskrit word Sankalpa. It roughly translates to “will, purpose, or determination” but I believe it can best be understood as an affirmation of intention. In the practice of yoga, working with a clear and honest Sankalpa consistently over time is incredibly powerful and often utterly transformative.

For me, yoga has always been so much more than just exercise. By weaving in a Sankalpa, I sense that each pose is both a dedication and a reflection of the intention in my heart. The physicality of this translation from mental words into embodied actions generates great power. The experience is profound. In doing asana, I am making prayerful art with my body. more »

By David Nelson

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March 14, 2013

Bi-Rite cements Divisadero’s star status – SFGate

If there’s any doubt that lower Divisadero Street is now officially one of San Francisco’s coolest neighborhoods, Wednesday’s opening of a Bi-Rite Market there should lay it to rest.

via Bi-Rite cements Divisadero’s star status – SFGate.

By David Nelson

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March 12, 2013

Master Class: Meet your Teacher Trainers!

Curious about teacher training at Yoga Garden SF?

Choosing a teacher training program is easier when you can talk to those that know first hand.  Meet your teacher trainers, teacher training alumni and current trainees at  Master Class on Sunday, March 24. 

Enjoy a 90 minute Master Class taught by Teacher Training Advanced Studies Director Michelle Myhre. This will be a strong, fun, all-levels vinyasa yoga class followed by food, refreshments, and mingling.

It’s a chance to learn more about the program, and get insights and perspectives from those who’ve been there.   You can also learn about our alumni on our Graduates Page, but once again, tasty snacks are only available at the Master Class.  more »

By Kerri Stimson

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March 5, 2013

Yoga Tune Up® Core Immersion

Core Training for Yoga Students & Teachers

The YTU Core Immersion enhances your connection to the abdominal core and is filled with practical tools for effectively integrating profound core work into your practice and teaching. Learn how to apply conscious core moves into your daily fitness or yoga practice, as well as ways of “core”ganizing and sequencing the exercises within a classroom setting. more »

By Kerri Stimson

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March 5, 2013


A doula is a labour coach, a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partner and or family, by providing information, physical assistance and emotional support.  The provision of continuous support during labour by doulas has been associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits.

At her recent workshop, Helping Women Heal from A Traumatic or Negative Birth, Gabby Yates and I were forturnate enough to meet some wonderful doulas.  We would like to recommend Carmen, Lucy and Ilka to all of you.  I’m providing their information below.  I’d like to encourage you to learn more about doulas, and to conduct careful interviews before making a final decision. more »

By Kerri Stimson

Posted in Prenatal, Prenatal/Parenting | LEAVE A COMMENT |

February 26, 2013

We’re Making Changes Based on Your Feedback

Two weeks ago we asked for your input regarding possible changes to class times during peak hours. Thank you for your responses! Based on your responses, we are making two changes. As most of you requested, we are working with the instructors to ensure that they start and end promptly. Second, some classes during the busiest peak hours will now end five minutes earlier for a smoother transition between one group and the next. more »

By Kerri Stimson

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February 26, 2013

Alignment-What and Why?

When you do a yoga posture in class, your teacher gives you cues to deepen the posture and to further experience the essence of the pose.  As this pregnant student practices Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2), she is bending her right knee and turning it outward; straightening her left leg, pressing it back and turning it outward;  lifting and broadening her chest, releasing her shoulders, etc., all the time attending to a steady breath, solid footing, and inward focus.

One of the main themes in our teacher training program is how these alignment cues are actually the pathway to personal transformation, or growth. In the pursuit of these alignment ideals, the benefits of yoga are delivered. How does alignment bear in this process and what are the misconceptions or misuse of alignment cues?

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By David Nelson

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February 26, 2013

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By David Nelson

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February 12, 2013

Greetings from Louisiana!

Yoga Garden SF owner and instructor Marisa Toriggino has been on retreat since Friday and she’s written a letter home!  Here she shares the highlights of her experience studying with Patricia Walden (recently returned from studying with B.K.S. Iyengar) at an abbey in southern Louisiana.

Marisa’s travels will continue when she and Gabriella Yates host their own Mediterranean Yoga Retreat on the island of Ischia in Italy this June.  There’s still time to register for the Italy retreat with a $100 discount before February 15th.

Read Marisa’s letter: more »

By Kerri Stimson

Posted in Articles, Community News, People News | 2 COMMENTS |

February 11, 2013

Free to Fly: Exploring Handstands

Handstands are not just for gymnasts. Standing on our hands offers a wide range of physical, energetic, and emotional benefits. It strengthens our wrists and fingers, opens our shoulders, helps us to be more playful, and offers us a new perspective from which to view the world. Handstands also teach us how to be more fearless and free—on and off the mat.

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By Kerri Stimson

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