Memorial Day Weekend Yoga Retreat!

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Join instructors Julia Sterling and Sonya Genel for a weekend immersed in community and yoga! Get inspired!

Deepen your practice over the course of four days through a comprehensive yoga program that is invigorating, informative and deeply restorative. Your retreat package also includes a 60-minute massage, three organic catered meals, a personalized memento which you will create, and a special gift from Yoga Garden that you will take home with you.

Yoga heals the heart, energizes the body, and creates a sense of well-being. But most importantly it allows us to live as our most authentic selves. Immerse yourself in yoga and watch as you feel more alive, enthusiastic, and inspired about your life. Get creative, get flexible, get restored, and step back into life  joyfully with full potential!

Massage and Yoga is offered on-sight at the Yoga Garden of San Francisco, 286 Divisadero St.

Fresh organic meals will be catered in Alamo Square Park, or if whether does not permit it, food will be served in the Yoga Garden kitchenette.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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Total Cost: $295 – if registered by May 23th ($320 after)

Please arrive for the first session at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get set up so that we may begin promptly. Yoga mats are available to rent at no charge but you may bring your own mat if you have one. This retreat program is non-refundable, cannot be used to pay for other programs, and cannot be pro-rated.


Yoga Garden of SF is not equipped to offer housing, however, we do provide accomodation resources as a curtesy to our clients.

Click here to learn about Hotel and Lodging options in our neighborhood.


7:30 – 9pm, Mellow Flow with Sonya – Meet the group and kick off the weekend with an easy evening of yoga.

1:30 – 3:30pm, Iyengar with Julia – strong level 1-2 practice primarily focusing on standing poses. Refine you understanding of alignment while building strength.
3:30 – 5pm, catered lunch
5:30 – 7:30 – Hips & Twists with Sonya – Primarily a floor practice, focusing on hip openers and spinal twists.

12:30 – 2:30pm, Inversions & Pranayama with Julia – an invigorating practice working with breath and upside down poses.
2:30 – 4pm, catered lunch
5 – 6pm, Yoga Nidra with Sonya – a deeply restorative  and relaxing hour of guided meditation.

10am – 12pm, Backbends with Julia – a challenging strong class, maybe considered the apex of the program! having worked up to it all weekend, students will be guided into some intermediate to advanced back bends.
12 – 2pm – catered lunch
2:15 – 3:30pm, Yoga of Creativity with Sonya – close things out with a fun playful yoga class ending with a little art project! Create a keep sake to remember your experience.

Organic Meal Menu

Lunch Day 1

Almond Flour Tartlets with Seasonal Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Wheat Berry Salad with Greens and Lemon Tahini Dressing

Nut Butter Bites

Lunch Day 2

Homemade Crackers with Veggies and Green Goddess Dipping Sauce

Butter Bean Salad with Baby Artichokes and Aioli

Spring Fruit Salad with Toasted Nuts and Coconut Cream

Lunch Day 3

Smoked Trout or Smokey Edamame Spread
with Seeded Crostini and Endive

Spring Chopped Salad with Walnuts and Roasted Golden Beets

Tart Yogurt Cups with Honey and Dried Fruit

About the Instructors:

Julia Sterling

Julia is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She found Iyengar yoga as a respite from a dance career in the early 1990′s. Captivated and inspired by the precision and genius of Mr. Iyengar’s teaching, she studied, travelled, taught and lived Iyengar yoga for many years. Now, two lovely daughters and family life inform her teachings, too. She is especially drawn to working with mothers, specializing in helping to reduce stress and tensions of everyday life.




Sonya Genel

Sonya believes in the power of Yoga not only to heal, transform, and refine the body, but also to heighten human consciousness. The powerful transformative effects she experienced through her own practice compelled Sonya to share it with others. She completed her first teacher training at Kripalu in 2007. Today her teaching and practice are strongly informed by Anusara Yoga and Svatantra which she studies with her primary Teacher KK Ledford. Sonya has also spent a year immersed in study with world renowned scholar and meditation teacher Paul Muller-Ortega. Also, being an artist, she noticed the profound effects yoga had on her creativity and she has dedicated herself to enthusiastically guiding others toward enhancing their own unique life path through yoga. To learn more about Sonya at and


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