STUDIO

After 16 years of humble surroundings–our community is now happily practicing in a state-of-the-art sanctuary. Imagine this perfect yoga experience…

When you enter our door at Being Yoga you immediately feel there is something wonderful going on here…friendly staff, decor pleasing to the eyes, and an obvious cleanliness–just to point out a few definite distinctions. You’ll enjoy practicing in our heavenly haven and then, linger at the end of class in savasana (final relaxation) under a night’s sky–there’s a light show surprise here. No worries about getting a yoga class in when your schedule is full as you will enjoy getting ready for your next engagment in our spa-like locker rooms, which include showers. No question that our ‘green’ philosophy will add another dimension to the grounded effect felt when at the studio. You’ll surely depart in a blissful state.

Join us and add your smile to our many satisfied students.

Being Yoga is conveniently located off Hwy 101 or Hwy 280. Students commute from home in SF to work in the Silicon Valley and find us conveniently located mid-way. Thankfully, parking is plentiful in the front side of Burlingame Plaza.

WE BELIEVE YOU’LL DISCOVER THAT BEING YOGA IS A SAFE PLACE TO HEAL

INSTRUCTORSBEING YOGA’S TEACHING CODE OF ETHICSWe, the teachers at Being Yoga, share a deep commitment to teaching yoga. Our definition of “yoga” however spans a greater depth than the mere teaching of the physical postures. Included in this definition are the other seven limbs of yoga that Patanjali wrote about thousands of years ago. Very simply the “eight limbs of Patanjali” are suggestions on how to live a better life through cultivating not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. These “suggestions” are helpful when applied to both the personal and professional aspects of life, so it is only natural that we at Being Yoga have adopted them as the backbone of our studio’s “Teaching Code of Ethics.”The first limb of yoga is called the “Yamas.” In a nutshell, the Yamas urge people to treat people in the same manner they themselves would like to be treated. At Being Yoga we actively acknowledge the positive in everyone and consciously refrain from any criticism or gossip. We strive to show compassion towards our students while maintaining healthy and safe boundaries. We recognize the divine within every student and treat each one with professional integrity, honesty and respect.The second limb, Niyama, suggests that we treat ourselves with respect. At Being Yoga we are dedicated to taking care of ourselves and living in a manner consistent with healthful goals and lifestyles. We actively work to cultivate our own personal connection with the divine.The third limb, or Asana, is our physical yoga practice. We are, of course, devoted to teaching and practicing the yoga asanas with a heartfelt enthusiasm and a constant desire to grow and improve as teachers and as yoga practitioners. Along those lines, we practice the fourth limb of Pranayama by an awareness of the life force—consciously practicing and teaching deep, controlled breathing–to sustain vitality and, at the same time, composure.The fifth, sixth, and seventh limbs, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana, all suggest that we vow to seek peace in ourselves, and promote peace for others, through discipline, intention, concentration and meditation. Through our practice, we regularly strive to quiet the mind from its normal noisy thoughts—connecting to the higher force found within and allowing happiness and tranquility to flourish.The eighth “limb,” Samadhi, encompasses the ultimate goal: enlightenment. Those who achieve Samadhi have successfully dedicated themselves to the above principles, therefore achieving absolute bliss through union with the divine.Although our Teaching Code of Ethics at Being Yoga might not guarantee every student pure enlightenment, we can guarantee that every student will benefit from our sincere desire to rise to our BOUTIQUE LOCAL ECONOMYFor every $100 spent in their stores, local business give back $68 to their local economy, versus $43 give national chains (meaning those companies take away $57). PRODUCT DIVERSITYGoods are based on the interests and needs of local customers, guaranteeing a much wider range of product choices. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITYLocal stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers – which in turn are essential in reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss and air/water pollution. LOCAL CHARTER & PROSPERITYIn an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind business and distinctive character have an economic advantage. A place to purchase fun and innovative yoga and fitness clothing for men and women.4 REASONS TO SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS BEING YOGA BOUTIQUE CARRIES THE FOLLOWING BRANDS OF YOGA AND FITNESS GOODS: HUGGER MUGGER MANDUKA YOGARAT YOGITOES SATYA DOGEARED SARA HORNE SILVER & SAGE JEWELRY ACCESSORIES LILY LOTUS ELISABETTA ROGIANI GLYDER BE LOVE CLOTHING ONZIE PRANA LOVE THIS LIFE

We, the teachers at Being Yoga, share a deep commitment to teaching yoga. Our definition of “yoga” however spans a greater depth than the mere teaching of the physical postures. Included in this definition are the other seven limbs of yoga that Patanjali wrote about thousands of years ago. Very simply the “eight limbs of Patanjali” are suggestions on how to live a better life through cultivating not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. These “suggestions” are helpful when applied to both the personal and professional aspects of life, so it is only natural that we at Being Yoga have adopted them as the backbone of our studio’s “Teaching Code of Ethics.”

The first limb of yoga is called the “Yamas.” In a nutshell, the Yamas urge people to treat people in the same manner they themselves would like to be treated. At Being Yoga we actively acknowledge the positive in everyone and consciously refrain from any criticism or gossip. We strive to show compassion towards our students while maintaining healthy and safe boundaries. We recognize the divine within every student and treat each one with professional integrity, honesty and respect.

The second limb, Niyama, suggests that we treat ourselves with respect. At Being Yoga we are dedicated to taking care of ourselves and living in a manner consistent with healthful goals and lifestyles. We actively work to cultivate our own personal connection with the divine.

The third limb, or Asana, is our physical yoga practice. We are, of course, devoted to teaching and practicing the yoga asanas with a heartfelt enthusiasm and a constant desire to grow and improve as teachers and as yoga practitioners. Along those lines, we practice the fourth limb of Pranayama by an awareness of the life force—consciously practicing and teaching deep, controlled breathing–to sustain vitality and, at the same time, composure.

The fifth, sixth, and seventh limbs, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana, all suggest that we vow to seek peace in ourselves, and promote peace for others, through discipline, intention, concentration and meditation. Through our practice, we regularly strive to quiet the mind from its normal noisy thoughts—connecting to the higher force found within and allowing happiness and tranquility to flourish.

The eighth “limb,” Samadhi, encompasses the ultimate goal: enlightenment. Those who achieve Samadhi have successfully dedicated themselves to the above principles, therefore achieving absolute bliss through union with the divine.

Although our Teaching Code of Ethics at Being Yoga might not guarantee every student pure enlightenment, we can guarantee that every student will benefit from our sincere desire to rise to our highest level of personal and professional goals through adherence to the eight limbs of Patanjali.

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

EDWINA FERRO

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”

YELENA LEPINA

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

ROBIN DUFFY

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!

DENISE COLBY

Welcome... I am looking forward to seeing you! Being with your companionship once again and to experience the practice of yoga together... Blessings.... Diana.

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?

MARGERY ZIRIN

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.

KEVIN FITMAURICE

What to expect from erin's class...results. joking ;-)
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.

ERIN BERKOWITZ

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. The cycle of learning/teaching never stops; I learn from the teachers, from the students and from the universe around me.

There are no limits for the mind to fly even when the body starts to stumble.

NADIA SHEIBANI

Expect a class full of positive energy!
Magalie looks forward to the chance to encourage you to your full potential.
And, after class you might be that lucky student who gets a foot massage.

MAGALIE MERVIL

Maureen’s main goal in teaching yoga is to help each person find a state of inner peace;  focusing on mindfulness, the breath, turning each asana into a moving meditation, and exposing the true self, she hopes that the treasures discovered on the mat can continue off the mat.

MAUREEN AITKEN

"I like to lead you through the type of class I'd like to take."

BILL GRAHAM

It is my hope that students leave class feeling more calm, confident and joyful, and more connected to themselves and the world around them.

JULIE MALLARI

Yoga is about unification, or connection, and as a certified yoga instructor who has studied under master teachers of various yogic traditions for 15 years, I try to weave a tapestry of instruction so that students can find a thread—a connection—between their personal goals and each class dialogue. Drawing from these multiple traditions, I try to create a friendly, warm environment where every student feels safe exploring and expanding his or her own range of physical and emotional capabilities. It is my intention to gently motivate students to move past their fears and self-doubts and discover their untapped potential, on and off the mat. And, it is my hope that students leave my class feeling healthier, stronger, more confident and more connected in body, mind and spirit.

DEANNE THOMAS

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.

FIONA BENSEN

Mary practiced Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and a knee injury during this martial art 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.”

MARY MCKEE

Dawn Hoppe began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2006. Initially, it was the challenge, the heat, and the physicality of the practice that drew her in. She was amazed by the exhiliration she felt during class and also by the calming, yet energizing influence that went beyond the yoga room and into daily life. After practicing for a little over a year, she attended the Fall 2007 Teacher Training. Dawn sees yoga as a path to empower, heal, and love oneself and looks forward to sharing this with her students.

DAWN HOPPE

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. 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.

JOHN FERREIRA

My hope is to inspire. To enthuse you to further know, revere and celebrate yourself and others with honor and passion. Perhaps my 22 years of spiritual study, 20 years of yogic practice, over 500 hours of yoga Teacher Trainings, incessant quest for more wisdom or my every breath lauding this life together guide you to be more content in your body, motivated in your heart and/or free with your spirit. I’ll teach gentle hatha yoga to crazy knot tying asanas to all levels vinyasa depending on your needs. But I will always weave in the valuable tenets of breath awareness, inner witnessing and meditation as I believe that these are the paths to truth, acceptance and freedom.

COURTNEY WOODROW

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.

CARY CHIAO

When in a class that I am instructing you can expect...
- Encouragement to be watchful observers
- Encouragement to rest on the edge where comfort and challenge merge and positive transformation can take root.
- Attention on creating a safe space for body and mind to experience an inner journey.
- A peaceful & calming approach.

LAURA JEAN HAHN

My hope is to inspire a sense of playfulness while still maintaining the essence of turning inward and to help create a space where the transformative effects of yoga can be experienced. My philosophy is to travel the world of yoga with an attitude of expanding curiosity and a sense of adventure, and to experience new landscapes with an open heart and mind to create depth.

KIM WILSON

With my guidance and encouragement students will learn to get in and out of postures correctly; they'll learn to trust themselves, push further, test new waters; they'll leave class in a yoga bliss.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." -Steve Jobs

Deborah Wong