CLASS DESCRIPTIONYoga can be as much or as little as you want it to be. For some it is purely a physical pursuit, keeping the body toned, strong and flexible. For others, yoga becomes more of a mindset and a way of living. Whatever your reason for practicing, or your level of experiencewe welcome you to Being Yoga.Everyone can practice yoga. Regardless of age, experience, or level of flexibility – we can all benefit from yoga if we maintain “mental flexibility”…patience. The atmosphere at Being Yoga is friendly, supportive and attitude-free. We offer a variety of active and meditative yoga classes to help bring balance to your day.Yoga, like life, is about finding bliss and serenity in the moment. So come on in, relax and learn to ‘be’ your yoga. BIKRAM YOGA“I love the way bikram yoga has quickly toned my body and how it has relieved my back pain.” ~HANIN RAFIN This classical style hatha yoga class systematically works the entire body, stretching muscles, building foundational strength, detoxing internal organs, stimulating the glandular systems, and challenging the cardiovascular system. This 90 minute class is appropriate for beginners and more experienced students alike. It is truly a complete mind-body work-out. Your focus will improve, your mind will become clear, your body will detox and you will feel as if you are floating out of class.Benefits of a regular Hot Yoga practiceLose weight • Reduce stress • Detoxify • Improve flexibility • Greater lung capacity • Increase strength • Better sports performance • Keener concentration • Better balance • Deeper sleep • Improve Posture • Feel good from the inside out! SILENT CLASS“The silent class helps me reliably achieve stillness.” ~JOHN LARSONTurn inward, listen to your breath, make your class a moving meditation, and explore a group practice a whole new way. Our silent classes move through the Bikram Yoga series to background music without dialogue from the teacher. Best for students who have taken a minimum of ten Bikram Yoga classes. KRIYA YOGA Kriya Yoga is considered the practical way to purify the body, subtle coverings of the mind, and the mind itself. Kriya Yoga is more than just meditation procedure, it includes the entire range of philosophy and procedure which makes possible the enlightenment experience. YIN YOGA“Yin soothes my soul.” ~JENNIFERA gentle & relaxing 1 Hour class that works deeply into muscles and connective tissues through extended holds of postures. It is the perfect class for meditators & those who lack flexibility because we will be working deeply into the body. The focus is less on fitness and more on restoration, de-stressing, & relaxation.Most forms of Yoga practiced in the U.S. are Yang; they emphasize muscular movement, contraction, and stabilization (all of which are important). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue especially in the hips, pelvis and lower spine, and emphasizes deep tissue opening and restoration. It is a perfect cross train with the other more vigorous styles of yoga. Not heated. No prior experience necessary. MEDITATION“I feel like I’m home during meditation”~CYNTHIAOriginally designed to strengthen the bodies of monks so they could sit for long periods in meditation, yoga’s true promise is to “quiet the mind.” Come experience the incredible benefits of a meditation practice, including reduced stress, better concentration, a strengthened immune system, and inner peace.DONATIONS WELCOME FLOW“The Flow class makes me feel alive! I am really focused and find strengthening benefits with every class.”~CATHERINE PALTERFlow Yoga is a dynamic practice where breath and movement are seamlessly united so that each action encourages the other. The linking of rhythmic pranayama, asana & music allow the body to flow through the sequence in a moving meditation. Class is one hour in a non-heated room. YOGA KIDS“I am thankful for my mummy for bringing me to yoga….it is fun and makes me feel fantastic!” ~CAMILLE KLEIN Kids 10+ are welcome to join the Beginning Yoga or Flow classes.Children who practice yoga: BEGINNING YOGAWe welcome the community to the studio. Join us for a shorter, fun practice. Explore Bikram’s 26 posture sequence just one set in a non-heated environment. Great for a quick workout, for beginners, or for those looking to ease back into practice after an injury. Experience a practice with a community of like minded students looking to ease into yoga. Q & A WITH ONE OF OUR TEACHERSBefore/After classesStay after class to get your questions answered by one of our qualified teachers. If you need to receive posture modifications due to a recent injury, surgery, pregnancy and postpartum…ask an expert. POWER YOGAPower Yoga is a challenging, flowing yoga class taught in a heated room with a focus on stability, stamina, freedom and FUN! The poses are simple and easy to learn with room to vary and elaborate as students progress. GENTLE YOGAThere’s no doubt about it, a class of challenging yoga is good, but sometimes it’s good to go GENTLE. And now Being Yoga is giving you that option. We offer a non-heated Gentle Yoga class designed to help students slowly stretch tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. This class is ideal for anyone wanting to work on stress-release, flexibility and balance ~ gradually and comfortably. Students of Gentle Yoga will ease into a variety of Hatha yoga postures, breath work and focused relaxation ~ and come out feeling great! NEW 5 MINUTE PARDON POLICYYou spoke and we listened: There is an official 5 minute cut off for all classes! If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will not be allowed to join the class, which would be terrible so please be on time.Every class is designed for beginners. This is going to be fun, so bring your friends!**As in life, the schedule is subject to change** Beginning Yoga – 60 minutes Bikram – 90 minutes Flow – 60 minutes Gentle Yoga – 60 minutes Kriya – 60 minutes Meditation – 30 minutes Silent Bikram (Bikram class without teacher dialogue)- 90 minutes Yin – 60 minutes 15 minute optional meditation Power Yoga – 90 minutes Develop their bodies gracefully Learn to find peace within themselvesIncrease their focusSleep more soundly

Edwina Ferro

Edwina, aka Eddie, has been practicing and studying Yoga for 15+ years. She lives her dharma teaching the art of yoga in the hopes that her students reconnect with their true Self and feel good about their WHOLE BEING! Edwina encourages her students to have fun in their yoga exploration, to embrace practical mindfulness and to embody a deep sense of fluidity in their practice while they shift beyond their perceived limitations and mental blocks. Edwina's varied skill set include : Vinyasa, Bakti, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin, Pre+Post Natal Yoga, and Advanced Levels. E-RYT Yoga Tree Alumni.

"See the world as yourself. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; Then you can care for all things." Lao Tzo

Yelena Lepina

I started Bikram yoga in 2009 and I knew nothing about Bikram yoga or any yoga before. It was very different challenge than working out at the gym. Bikram yoga is not a seasonal activity for me. Bikram yoga is preventative medicine and it helps for me to fight stress, slow down the aging process, create energy, and stay toned and lean. It has become my physical therapy and permanent part of my schedule. I completed 200 hours Hot Yoga Teacher Training Course and 100 hours of advanced vinyasa yoga teacher training in July 2014 in Bali Indonesia by Yoga Alliance group. I feel compassion for every single person in each class because I know we have all gone through phases of suffering and deep pain. I just want to treat you with kindness and care. I just want to make your life a little bit easier and happier.

"You cannot give your life more days, but you can give your days more life"

Robin Duffy

The practice of yoga is to unite the body and mind so to connect with the essence of your being. Robin is passionate about leading students on this inward journey to wholeness. As a yoga teacher, her intention is to a hold a still, safe, quiet place for others to do the work of freeing body and mind.

"Robin will teach you the yoga poses as though they are tools to harness the fluctuating mind. I've learned taking her classes for 17 years that being attentive to the body for 90 minutes is an elixir shot for my well-being." -Michele Forrette

Denise Colby

I am committed to inspiring others to discover and nurture their inner spark by developing a strong asana practice through a deep connection between the breath and the body. By bringing gems of wisdom from multiple disciplines, I take a pragmatic approach to my practice and teaching to create a playful and open-minded environment, helping you to discover the practice that works for your unique and beautiful body. My teaching approach is alignment-focused, and I offer variations and modifications to accommodate any ability level. We will build strength from the ground up, to establish a strong and healing practice that you can carry with you throughout your life - on the mat and as you tackle life!

Nadia Sheibani

To teach yoga is to give. My belief is to give the students a sprinkle of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana so the tradition continues. My classes are strong but adjustable to each body type. I believe in proper alignment and foundation where a slow start can bring the student to bigger achievements. I never stop learning from my teachers, from the students and from the ancient teaching of the yoga philosophy. There are no limits for the mind to fly even when the body starts to stumble.

As Rumi said: "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." Hard to do but trying is part of the process. Namaste.

Erin Berkowitz

You will be guided through erin's class with kindness and heart while not realizing you are working harder than you thought you could. She likes it hot but will definitely cool you down with a sweet song at the end.

Diana Garibaldi

Margery first discovered yoga as a graduate student. Her many years of practice exposed her to a range of yoga and wonderful master teachers. She has studied and incorporated the teachings and practices of Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Anusara and Para Yoga into her classes.
Margery practices and teaches yoga for the physical benefits and clarity of mind. She brings her love and enthusiasm for yoga to help students connect their mind and body through the breath. She has the awareness from experience and the experience from cumulative practice that translates in taking students on their own path of discovery through yoga. Join Margery in all level flow, gentle, and yin classes to find your individual path and bring joy into your life. Watch your strength, balance and flexibility transform you into a changed person. We are all artists on the canvas of life. What does your painting look like?

Kevin Fitmaurice

I started practicing regularly in November 1996 and have been teaching regularly since completing the Bikram teacher training in June 2000. The emphasis in my classes is to get the form and alignment right, and then to go to whatever depth you feel is appropriate that day. I encourage the students to be aware of the entirety of their physical body in each posture so it becomes a holistic practice, so you can find that place of oneness while holding the posture. From there, you can do your own yoga therapy while holding each posture, sending energy to areas of the body that need it, expanding your awareness to experience cosmic consciousness, or just visualizing the energy flowing through the channels of your body to clear the energy flow. All this, while challenging yourself to work to your edge in the postures using a focused, relaxed, effort! At the end of class, feel your body purified, your mind calm, and your awareness clear.

Laura Jean Hahn

I have studied and became a qualified yoga instructor through the teacher training programs offered by the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In 2008 I graduated from the Integral Yoga "Basic Teacher Training", and it was in this training I found that place of peace inside. I came to learn this peace is always there and yoga is a path to it. With so much gratitude for discovering this I wanted to be of service to the path of yoga, and for the first time in my life I knew what my purpose was. I then proceeded in taking the "Gentle/Healing Yoga Teacher Training", in which I studied and learned how to instruct yoga to populations with varying degrees of disabilities. In 2009 I continued my training with the "Intermediate Teacher Training" where I undertook an intensive study of the ancient system of holistic health and self-actualization. While taking these trainings, I continued my personal practice of Bikram with Being Yoga. During this time I was introduced to Yin Yoga by Robin Duffy. Robin so graciously took me under her wise wing and under her tutelage I discovered Yin Yoga to be a beautiful complement to my Yang yoga practice of Bikram, enhancing it tremendously. With this passion for Yin Yoga, in January 2011, I completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training, which was taught by Paul and Suzee Grilley and included 30 hours of training in techniques, anatomy, physiology, and practicum. Along with my study of yoga, I am a bookkeeper; I live in community and have been doing workshops in communication and relationship for over 30 years. I am honored and grateful to practice yoga with the inspiring family of yogis at Being Yoga.

Fiona Bensen

After experiencing a series of injuries to her foot - sustained from years of punishing long distance running, Fiona decided to give up running and seek a more forgiving way to stay fit and healthy. She took up Bikram yoga, and was hooked from her very first class. She was particularly attracted to the intensity of the practice and how it made her feel both physically and mentally. Given the extraordinary benefits Fiona received from practicing Bikram yoga, she resolved to share her commitment to it by teaching others. She subsequently attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program in the Spring of 2010. Since then, she has taught at various yoga studios in San Francisco and the Peninsula.

Mary McKee

Mary practiced Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and a knee injury during this art martial practice brought her to discover the healing power of Yoga. Since this transition, Mary has been practicing and teaching Yoga in the Bay Area. Mary completed her training and certification with Bikram Choudhury in 2001. In addition to Bikram, she enjoys studying other Yoga styles. She teaches Yin, Flow, Bikram, and private classes weekly. Mary meditates daily and brings this experience into her teaching through the powerful vehicle known as "stillness."

Cary Chiao

Yoga became a part of my life since 2007, it's the only exercise I cannot live without. With consistency, I am not only physically trained, I found a whole new universe within my Self. As a Bikram yogi, I began my journey right here at Being Yoga. After my very first class, I knew I found an active way to meditate ~ holding still in balance, not only physically but more importantly my mind. To all my students/friends, i wish to share my passion in opening our consciousness. Practice with mindfulness, breathing in stillness, and ultimately, experience the serenity within.

Bill Graham

Bill has been teaching Bikram yoga since getting certified in 2000. His relaxed teaching style and his background in other styles of yoga give his classes a rich texture with lots of interesting nuggets of information. Bill also teaches Yin yoga.

John Ferreira

My yoga experience started with a flyer picked up while working in a sidewalk box in front of the studio in 1999. I was at the end of a 30 year career fixing phone lines. After spending nearly 30 years working and lifting in awkward positions my aching back was looking for a remedy. It took six months before attending my first class but once my yoga journey started it hasn't stopped. First it was 1 or 2 times a week. Then within a year it was 2 or 3 times a week.Being acknowledged as student of the month gave even more inspiration to go as far as I could go with yoga. The idea of going to teacher training came up and with all my responsibilities taken care of off I went for the 2 months of intensive training, Class of Fall 2004.It was at teacher training when the decision was made to come out of retirement and spend the rest of my life teaching yoga.The yoga community is all encompassing and I love being a part of it. I am devoted to Being Yoga, Robin, my first teacher, and making the experience for every student to be as fulfilling as mine has been. Seeing the practice of yoga heal all aliments whether it be mind, body or spirit is the most rewarding experience that has happened to me.