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October 10, 2015

Nutrition and Self Care for Modern Yogis


What are the foods that make us thrive? How much should we eat and how often? Is it okay to have a cheat day? Should I go Paleo or Vegan, and what difference will it make on my mind and body? These are some questions that most yogis ask themselves when it comes to the subject around food, diet and nutrition.

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October 4, 2015

Featured Teacher: Marisa Toriggino

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Behind Yoga Garden’s tranquil studios, wonderfully curated shop, and lobby full of smiles is a woman who built her dream out of her own home. Meet Marisa, Co-Founder and Prenatal Program Director of Yoga Garden and full time mom of two beautiful daughters. Allow her journey to inspire you as she shares her heartfelt story with us today!

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September 28, 2015

Master Class: YGSF Teacher Training Info Session October


Thinking about taking the leap into your yoga journey? Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training program is easier when you can talk to those who know first hand. Join us for Yoga Garden SF’s Master Class on October 25th, 2PM-4PM, FREE to all participants. Here you can get your questions answered by teachers of the program, graduate alumni and current trainees!

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September 27, 2015

4 Yoga Poses for Those on Their Feet All Day


Many of us are on our feet all day. From doctors, to bartenders, to retail salespeople, a large majority of our jobs require us to spend hours on our feet. If you fall within this category, you might notice tightness in your lower back, pressure on your feet, legs, hips and overall fatigue in your body. How do we decompress and find relief from a long day of standing?

These 4 restorative poses are a great way to stretch your legs, open your hips, increase circulation and relieve your back, neck and shoulders from stiffness. The best part is that you can do these poses anywhere. So kick off those shoes and treat yourself to a relaxing and mind renewing practice!

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September 24, 2015

Featured Teacher: Sonya Genel

This week, we are excited to highlight Sonya Genel, ERYT500, as Yoga Garden SF’s Featured Teacher! Sonya embraces the power of yoga not only to heal the body but also to heighten human consciousness. She is an inspirational teacher with a heart for travel, art, and practical magic. Over the last decade, Sonya has studied in many trainings on yoga, anatomy, therapeutics, mysticism, tantra, and meditation.


Most recently she completed the YGSF 300 hour training with Jean Mazzei! Sonya’s highest intention as a teacher is to hold space for her students to experience a direct embodied connection with spirit. She is also a lead teacher in our 200 Hour Teacher Training Program.

Don’t miss Sonya’s awesome upcoming workshop on October 24th: The Yoga of Lower Back Care !


Register Now!

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September 23, 2015

Teach in Our Community Classes!

Gain valuable experience, develop your style and build a student following as a new yoga professional. All graduates of YGSF200 YTT, students currently enrolled in YGSF500 YTT and students undergoing a mentorship are eligible to teach these classes.

These classes will be free to current YGSF members and 5$ for anyone dropping in for the day. Best part? Proceeds from the class will be used for merit-based financial assistance for our yoga school students.

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September 21, 2015

Barre 101 Classes Added!



Great news Barre 101 warriors! We have received such wonderful feedback and love for our Barre 101 class that we have added Barre 101 class to Thursday nights and Sunday mornings!

  • New Thursday Barre 101 class: 6:30PM –  7:30PM
  • New Sunday Barre 101 class: 9:30AM-10:35AM

New to Barre 101? Come see what the excitement is all about. Check out our weekly schedule here.

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September 6, 2015

Join us for Yoga Garden SF Park(ing) Day!


We’re excited to be taking part of this year’s Park(ing) Day with our incredible neighbors, Repose Coffee and Little Chihuahua. We invite you to join us!

What is Park(ing) Day?
If you’re not familiar with it, Park(ing) Day is a DIY project taking place globally on the third Friday of September: it was originally started by two local SF designers in 2005 when they decided to create a “temporary public park” in a metered parking spot downtown (they literally rolled out a piece of astroturf, added two chairs, and sat there for the two hours they had paid to rent the parking spot at the meter).

It was a public art provocation and statement about how we allocate public space in cities — but the idea also had legs – their original project actually led to the city of San Francisco instituting the “parklet” program several years later, which resulted in the permanent parklets you see today, like outside The Mill and Mojo Coffee (the original permanent one!)

Today Park(ing) day is a daylong global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into enjoyable public spaces.

We’re excited about joining our neighbors and the community for this daylong event! We’ll be aiming to set our “parklet” right up front, but we won’t be sure where it will be until we snatch a spot!  Follow us on Twitter @yogagardensf for live updates on our location and current activities and goodies to share. Come by for temporary unicorn tattoos, hop-in/hop-out yoga sessions, free coffee from Repose, and more!

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September 4, 2015

Featured Teacher: Cora Wen


Cora has become such a coveted teacher here at Yoga Garden SF for her alignment based yoga classes, teacher trainings and workshops.  She doesn’t just bring her anatomy background into her classes but also her funky style and sense of humor which creates a beautiful energy that encourages and nurture her students .We’re honored to have such an amazing teacher as part of our family, and we couldn’t wait to learn more about her journey!

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September 1, 2015

We’re Hiring Prenatal Yoga Teachers!


We’re excited to announce that we are looking for experienced prenatal teachers to join our growing Yoga Garden SF team.

Preference will be given to applicants who have :

  • RPYT designation with Yoga Alliance
  • Graduated from Yoga Garden SF’s prenatal yoga teacher program
  • ERYT-200 designation from Yoga Alliance
  • At minimum, 2 years experience teaching pregnant or postnatal yogi’s

Does this sound like you? Please apply now!

Apply Now!


Interested in our Internationally acclaimed prenatal training? Learn more here.

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