“My philosophy is that we should adapt “India Yoga” to “Nowadays Yoga”, where we integrate all the facts about the culture that we live in. It’s fast-paced, with tons of technical distractions, people are mostly sitting all day, not moving around, leading unhealthy diets or lifestyles. I want to take all of that and create a healthy, safe, and challenging practice.”
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 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” 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.
This Us News & World Report article, “Yoga Teaching Increasingly Popular as a Second Career” sheds light on reasons why people are beginning to teach yoga for supplementary income. According to this article, new teachers make $50 to $200 a week, so you pay off a $3,000 tuition fee in about the same time it takes to obtain your 200 Hour certification. We found this article interesting…let us know your thoughts! more »
I love this interview. Michelle introduces us to a mature and insightful teacher, who, in many ways, speaks the values we hold dear at Yoga Garden SF. This is a must see. I’m especially turned on by #2. – David
May 2012 Yoga Garden Teacher Training Graduate Mariah Frye just opened Stone Turtle Yoga in North Michigan! more »
Thanks to all of the yoga students, teachers and staff that helped us produce this little video and to our friends at TurnHere.com. Tell us what you think! (below)
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Sonya Genel, Yoga Garden SF’s Studio Manager and Instructor, shares her insights on daily practice, yoga and meditation, and 2012. It’s so great to work and practice in the company of people like Sonya who embody the effects of a daily practice and understand its contribution to one’s life. more »
Yoga Garden of San Francisco informational/promotional video from 2007. This video is a little out of date, as we now offer many styles of yoga; otherwise, this all still applies.
Yoga Garden SF co-founder and Director of Teacher Training talks about his personal experience with starting a yoga practice and how it has affected his life over the past 15 years.
Excerpt of an interview by Michelle Myhre.
via Devil Wears Prana.