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February 11, 2016

Workshop: Demystifying Sun Salutations

Sun salutations

Join Elaine Oyang and Meredith Holt as they lead you to a deeper understanding of the postures and the foundation behind the flow of Sun Salutations also known as Surya Namaskara.

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February 11, 2016

Scholarship Contest : April 12-Weeks and May Immersion


It’s time for our second Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship Giveaway!

Are you ready to make a change within yourself and through others? Turn your passion for yoga into a career. Let what you love, become what you do!

We are calling all dreamers, doers, artists, athletes, and agents of change. Yoga Garden SF offers smaller, intimately-sized teacher training programs, which provide you with unparalleled access to lead teachers during the program and ongoing mentorship and career advice well beyond program completion.

This scholarship is valid for Yoga Garden’s 200 Hour Teacher Training: April 2016 Extended and May 2016 Immersion

Ready to take the next step? Sign up to win our scholarship!

*Cut off date for entries is March 15th

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February 10, 2016

Free Prenatal Classes in March!


Support our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainees!

Yoga Garden SF is proud to host FREE Prenatal classes in March as part of our as part of our internationally-acclaimed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. The trainees will teach public prenatal yoga classes under the expert supervision of our Prenatal Program Director, Marisa Toriggino.

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February 10, 2016

Demystifying Down There: Explore the Pelvic Floor


A healthy pelvic floor is more than doing Kegels. Proper work of strengthening and stabilizing the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. It is a basic tool to avoid loss of energy from this important area. A strong pelvic floor helps keep the pelvic and abdominal organs healthy as we age.

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By Morgan Webb

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February 8, 2016

Set your 21-Day Challenge Goal

Congratulations! You have joined the Challenge and been assigned a team. Your next step is to set a personal goal of the number of yoga classes at Yoga Garden that you will attend between February 10 and March 1.

By David Nelson

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February 2, 2016

Management Change

Kerri-thumbKerri Stimson Leaves

Yoga Garden SF regrets to announce the departure of General Manager Kerri Stimson, the result of a reorganization within the company. Owners, founders, and teachers Marisa Toriggino and David Nelson have taken active control of the management of the yoga school and studio.

Stimson began working at the Garden in 2012 at the front desk, then as Assistant Manager, Studio Manager, and then General Manager.  Stimson said, “My time at Yoga Garden represents the greatest period of professional growth in my career. I am grateful to have worked with a passionate team in an industry focused on self-reflection, mindfulness, and service. I reflect over the past four years, since my first class at YGSF, and I find I am proud of what I have contributed, and enriched by this community. Thank you for sharing these years with me.”

YGSF’s management changes are a result of its re-commitment  to strategic goals of financial stability,  support for its instructors, and a commitment to the growth of professionalism in the fields of mindfulness and consciousness practices.  Questions about management changes at YGSF can be directed to

By David Nelson

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February 1, 2016

Featured Teacher Max Kopeikin


Meet Max Kopeikin!

We’ve introduced an exciting AcroYoga class with an equally exciting and playful teacher Max Kopeikin. His passion for yoga, community, and playing upside down will inspire you to roll out your mat and partner up, and experience movement in a whole new way!

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February 1, 2016

Introducing New Ageless Yoga Class Time

Ageless YOga

We’ve now added a new class time for Ageless Yoga! Join Elaine Oyang every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:30-11:25AM.

Ageless Yoga is open to everyone, but is specifically geared for students whose mobility, balance, flexibility, and strength limitations require a more careful class. The pace is slower and more props are used to establish stability and access to the poses. Regular practice of Ageless Yoga is guaranteed to improve health, flexibility, strength, and balance.

Check out our full class schedule and see what classes are best for you!

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January 27, 2016

21 Day Yoga Challenge!


Get ready, get set, and get on your mat! Join our 21 Day Yoga Challenge starting Feb. 10th.

When you want to make positive changes, it’s paramount to have a supportive community around you. Team up with yogis just like you and make it happen! Practice together, reach goals together, win prizes together, and most importantly have fun while doing it!

Transformation begins with small steps. First step is to sign up for a team, share with your friends and let the transformation and teamwork begin!

How to win: 4 Prize Winners

*Participants will have 21 days ( Feb. 10- March 1) to reach the following goals:

Disciplined Yogis Award: Team that is closest or most exceeds their team goal

Each team member sets a goal for the number of classes they are planning to attend at Yoga Garden SF within 21 days. (Feb 10- Mar 1) The number of classes are combined into a collective team goal. Whichever team is closest or most exceeds their team goal wins the Disciplined Yogis Award.

Most Ambitious Yogis Award: Team who takes the most classes

A tally in the lobby will be kept of the number of classes each team attends. At the end of the challenge, whichever team has taken the most classes will win as the Most Ambitious Yogis Award.

Most Social Yogis Award: Team that best documents their efforts through social media using the hashtag #YogaGardenSFChallenge wins the Most Social Yogis Award.

Each team will be encouraged to use the challenge hashtag #YogaGardenSFChallenge as well as given an individual team hashtag to use for documenting and sharing the journey of their team’s challenge through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each post with the appropriate hashtags will be counted and whichever team has the most will win  the Most Social Yogis Award!

Triple Crown Winner: The Grand Prize!

This title will be awarded to the team that has the most of all three of the above.

The goal + number of yoga classes attended + number of social posts using the appropriate hashtags = Team score

How to Track Progress:

The blackboard wall in the studio lobby will have all the teams and their progress tracked regularly. Each team will have three metrics displayed:

  1. How many classes they have attended
  2.  Their team goal
  3. How many #YogaGardenSFChallenge and individual team hashtags have been used

Winners will be announced Thursday, March 3rd. We have some amazing prizes for you and your team! The part that everyone wins is the transformation that comes with commitment and the joy of a supportive community.

Questions? Feel free to contact us here.



By Charmie Stryker

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January 26, 2016

Date Night at Yoga Garden- Bring a Partner for Free!

date night

Date night at Yoga Garden SF – bring a partner, or don’t! Meet someone new – mingle in the lobby

All you need is love! Love and yoga is the perfect way to celebrate a day of connection and grounding with a little me-time, or bring your sweetie, partner or galentine to celebrate with you!

We want to make this visit extra special for our members! On Valentine’s Day (2/14) we’re offering MEMBERS an exclusive promo code to bring a guest or partner for a free evening class .

The promo code will be sent to all members- so check your email for exclusive details!

That’s not all.. we have some other sweet surprises for you!

• Members get to bring a partner for free to the 4 evening classes (After 5pm)
• Have chocolates at the front desk
• Raw vegetables with dip
• Champagne, and wine and beer *refreshments start at 7:25


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