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January 25, 2016

From Shame to Shaman Workshop


Join San Francisco’s most sought after yoga teacher Jean Mazzei, as she leads you into a journey into the light with her Shame to Shaman workshop!

This lighthearted workshop takes a look at how our darkest moments can be the source of our greatest light. The workshop will begin with a 2 hour discussion, followed by a well rounded asana practice full of forward bends, twists, and hip openers. Jean will also lead you through a pranayama practice along visualization, kriya and meditation designed to cultivate your journey from within and out into the light!

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January 20, 2016

BREAK IT DOWN: The Handstand

with Meredith Holt



This handstand workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about this special pose. We will cover the fundamentals: the muscles and alignment points helpful to access the pose, as well as the skills to build strength and stability in the shape. Finally, we will move into a flow- integrating the handstand into a vinyasa sequence.

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By Morgan Webb

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January 19, 2016

Free Kids Yoga Classes in January

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We are offering Kids Yoga classes for free. Different yoga classes for different age groups. Limited availability, be sure to enroll soon!

Please be sure to register for the exact age group classes that we are offering, as this will allow us to give the class an age appropriate yoga practice and play!

Kids enjoy and benefit from yoga just as much as adults do. Yoga teaches us about our bodies, self acceptance while promoting exercise. We learn how to move with awareness and how to calm the mind, something all age groups can benefit from. Not to mention- kids think are natural yogis!

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January 18, 2016

Trauma & Spiritual Practice: Healing on the Path

with Sean Feit


It isn’t all in your head; trauma affects the totality of our embodied experience. This workshop will explore the experience and healing of trauma on the path of yoga.

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By Morgan Webb

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January 14, 2016

Detox for Life Workshop


Restore and rejuvenate your body with our Detox for Life Workshop! This workshop will be led by Yoga Garden SF’s, Leigh Stewart, and her Sonima Foundation colleague, Jenny Katz.

Experience an afternoon of fiery pranayama and stress-releasing yin poses and finish with healing and detoxifying products for drinking and topical application to detox and rejuvinate the mind and body.

Walk away with the knowledge of immunity-building practices that improve your well being from on and off the mat and into your everyday life!


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January 12, 2016

The Courage to Love Workshop



Yoga Garden is hosting a Valentines day treat for all your senses! Stir the soul with live music and chanting. Connecting with your body through a playful asana practice, and do some meditations for the heart.

The Courage to Love Workshop is led by power couple, Jen Hecht and Matt Newman. Practice and support the love that resides within and around. Reconnect with what has been there all along…our courageous, joyful hearts.


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January 7, 2016

Congratulations Yoga Garden San Francisco RYT-500 Yoga Teacher Training Grads!



Meet our Yoga Teacher Training RYT-500 Graduates!

In 2015 we saw our first year of graduates from Yoga Garden San Francisco’s 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Our 300-Hour Program allows graduates of a 200-hour program to receive their RYT500 certification.

What a journey! These students have completed some of the most rigorous and comprehensive training available to yoga teachers. We’re very proud to present each of these graduates their Advanced Yoga Teacher Training certificate. Not only have they accomplished their RYT-500 certification, but they have also accomplished their best selves as students, yogis, and teachers!

Sonya Genel:

“I have been teaching yoga for almost 10 years. I found the 300 Hour program with Jean was tremendously beneficial for review and refinement as well as introducing new tools for my teaching. It was an opportunity to deepen my own practice and I am really grateful for the wonderful community here. “


Cynthia Koch:

“When I decided to study the 300 hour teacher training, I was searching to understand why yoga was so transformational. I knew the poses, and how to teach them. I had some pranayama and meditations that I was doing consistently. What I didn’t understand was why I was changing. I didn’t really get how and why yoga worked. I wanted to understand why yoga was unravelling years of destructive thought patterns and habits more then any other modality had in the past. I found the answers. This program taught me the science of this practice. This program offered me a formula to understand how to heal myself and bring this power, this gift of connection and awareness through my words, actions and teaching. I am forever grateful.”


Maren Zweifler:

“The advanced studies program was something that I wanted to give space to, the freedom to breathe and be shaped in a flowing way without defined ideas of what I wanted it to be. I went in without definite expectations and I’m so glad I did.

The program felt both formative and co-creative, a unique and deeply reflective time when I learned about the subtler aspects of yoga, became more at ease with teaching and learned about the history and philosophy of yoga in an organic, naturally evolving way. ”



Paulina Julian:

“500 Hr program for me was a wonderful way to pause and give  myself the gift of time and good company with whom to delve deeply into the study of yoga. Doing this alongside other teachers and students passionate about the subject, made me commit even more fully to my own practice and my teaching.

The program allowed each of us to take our own personal routes of study, to be supported individually in honing our own talents and refining our particular skills as teachers. The studio and community environment make it easy to focus and create a retreat like atmosphere in the midst of our everyday lives.”



Sachi Doctor:

“As director and core teacher of Yoga Garden’s 300 hour teacher training, Jean Mazzei gifted us with her full wisdom and heart. She held an intimate space for us to learn, grow and transform in ways we couldn’t have conceived. Those days spent in the Air Studio were life-changing, and the lessons ever-evolving as I continue to practice and teach. I am forever grateful and humbled by the experience. ”


Shannon Handa:

“I can’t thank my teachers enough, for being so generous with their knowledge, and supporting me in becoming the teacher I am today. Yoga Garden will always be like a second home to me.”

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January 7, 2016

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winner: Isabel Perdomo!

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Big congratulations to our first-ever, Teacher Training Scholarship winner Isabel Perdomo!

Thank you to everyone who participated in sharing your love for yoga with us, your friends and family, and with the world through our Youtube channel! You have inspired us to continually find ways in supporting your growth and learning.

Check out Isabel’s video!

As a yoga school, we’re proud to extend the ways we support our students and aspiring teachers to take the next step in their journey. After 17 years, this is a big milestone for us. We’re honored to be able to present scholarships to passionate yogis!

We’re looking forward to creating more scholarship opportunities for you, so stay posted! Our mantra for the year, and always, NEVER STOP LEARNING!

Happy New Year yogis!

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January 4, 2016

Yoga & Nutrition Workshop Spring


It’s time to break free from your winter hibernation and set intentions for a healthier New Year! We’re excited to bring back our Yoga and Nutrition Workshop with certified nutrition consultant and yoga instructor, Elaine Oyang.


You will learn:

•  Why diet and lifestyle should be adjusted seasonally

• How nature provides the appropriate foods for detoxification and decongestion in the Spring

• Specific yoga poses suitable for Spring to increase blood and lymphatic circulation

• Meal plan and goal-setting tools to incorporate new habits into your lifestyle

We will practice gentle asana so please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. Complete the workshop with a customized yoga sequence, a sample meal plan for the Spring, and a deeper connection with Nature.

**Tuition is $45 or $40 before February 7th. | Earn 2.5 Yoga Alliance CEUs by attending this workshop.

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December 18, 2015

Flash Sale! 3 Days Only!


Setting intentions for the New Year? Kickstart your practice and commit to bettering your health and wellness with yoga. See what one year of yoga can do for you! Practice and all is coming…

For 3 days only, we are having a flash sale! Use promo code: FLASH15 at checkout and receive $200 off the “One Year Membership” pricing option.


By Charmie Stryker

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