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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Beginning February 6th–Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30
Join bilingual yoga instructor Paulina Chandani Julian for an alignment-based Hatha/Iyengar class conducted in Spanish. Paulina is a new addition to the Yoga Garden faculty. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, she has studied yoga in Mexico, New York and now, as a recent graduate of Yoga Garden’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance® Teacher Training program, San Francisco. We think Paulina’s precise, focused style of teaching translates well in any language. more »
Limited Space Remaining!
Jill Miller, Yoga Tune Up® founder, leads Level 1 Teacher Training immersion at Yoga Garden SF!
The Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 70 hour Certification Program strikes a balance between the worlds of Yoga and fitness, attracting trainees of all ages and body types. It breaks down the nuts and bolts of human movement by using a yogic lens of awareness, conscious relaxation, and proper breathing techniques. more »
Curious about the eight limbs of yoga? Wondering about the concepts of vairagya and avidya? Want to know the difference between Hatha yoga and Bhakti yoga, or why your teacher keeps bringing up the Bhagavad Gita in the classroom?
Saturday, March 23rd Karen Macklin is ready to answer your questions! This 3-hour class will cover some of the most popular philosophical concepts that are brought up in the modern yoga room, and serve as a jumping off point for further study on the yogic path.
As is the custom with the Mysore practice, there will be no practice on these follow days of either the full or new moon:
- Friday, January 11 New
- Sunday, January 27 Full
- Sunday, February 10 New
- Monday, February 25 Full
- Monday, March 11 New
- Wednesday, March 27 Full
- Wednesday, April 10 New
- Thursday, April 25 Full
- Friday, May 10 New
- Friday, May 24 Full
- Sunday, June 9 New
- Sunday, June 23 Full
- Monday, July 8 New
- Monday, July 22 Full
- Tuesday, August 6 New
- Tuesday, August 20 Full
- Thursday, September 5 New
- Thursday, September 19 Full
- Friday, October 4 New
- Friday, October 18 Full
- Sunday, November 3 New
- Sunday, November 17 Full
- Monday, December 2
- Tuesday, December 17
A jazz club in the ‘30s, the original home of KQED, and also a Dominican chapel, the Victorian house that Yoga Garden is in has been a rich part of San Francisco for some time — you can just feel the history! And the sound quality? It’s amazing, making your oms really travel through the room. The studio is spacious — it takes up three floors and the entrance is through the back door. The curvy pathway makes Yoga Garden feel like a charming retreat. We took a class with the attentive and earthy Sonya Genel — an intense lunchtime set that we highly recommend. Trust you will sweat at this urban escape and you’ll love every second of it.
Price: First class free, drop-in for $19, 10-class pass for $160, one-month pass for $150.
Yoga Garden, 286 Divisadero (between Haight and Page streets); 415-552-9644.
Working at Yoga Garden SF’s front desk, I’m always learning new things about my practice. Did you know you’re not supposed to take water during class? I was asking yoga instructor Danae Robinett to explain why that should be. She talked about building an inner fire (agni, clarifies Danae) during practice, and how drinking water is counter-productive to that aim. And really, she said, it’s often an excuse to check-out during your practice. I realized I’m guilty of exactly that. Often, I’m not taking a drink because I’m thirsty, but because a pose is too challenging, or a feeling (physical or mental) too uncomfortable. The ritual of opening the bottle, taking a sip, changing my breathing to accommodate it- it gives me 30 seconds to tune out of my practice. (I think I do the same thing when my hair comes loose and I re-tie it.)
So what do you think? Ever catch yourself doing this? Do you think not taking water in class is a good exercise of the same kind of discipline we apply to our practice?