Although all of our teachers have been influenced and/or trained in the Iyengar style of yoga, each teacher's development may reflect influences of other traditions as well. Alexander Technique, Beginning Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Large & Graceful, Level 1-3, Motion Theater, Performance Lab, Pre-Natal (Infants too), Restorative, Senior Yoga, T'ai Chi, TriYoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Yoga in Balance, Yoga for Bone Health.
Curious about the Alexander Technique? Come and join instructors, Mike McKenna and Don Tuttle, for an hour on Sundays at 1:00. We discuss the fundamental principals of the Alexander technique and engage in activities to learn skills that help us feel better, improve posture, increase mindfulness, move with ease, find balance and reduce stress. This small class is a rare and convenient opportunity to receive personal attention and hands-on guidance. The method can underlie all activity and be practiced at all times. Contact: Don.
Beginning Yoga Classes
This class is appropriate for first-time students and those wanting a review of basic hatha yoga practice. All body types are welcome. We will learn movement principles that will give you building blocks to help easily guide you into beginner hatha yoga poses (asanas) with comfort, proper alignment and attention to the breath. Over the course of the classes we will: Move into and out of classic standing, sitting, twisting, and balance poses; Learn how to transition from one asana to another with mindfulness; Explore which props you need for your own personal architecture so that you experience comfort in the asanas. You will be provided with the opportunity to: Center and align around your axis; Begin to move from your bones; Move from the center of your body to support poses. Contact: Barbara Steiber.
A soothing practice for all ages and body types. Focused attention on breathing, stretching, gentle strengthening, and refinement of balance. Contact: Deborah Saliby, Barbara Voinar.
Large and Graceful Yoga Classes
Yoga designed for full-bodied women in a community of support. An opportunity to begin or to deepen and expand your yoga practice and enhance body, mind and spirit integration. We will include asanas that strengthen the core body, develop balance, flexibility, and strength. Breathing and meditation practices help awaken presence, center, and ground. We also address individual participants needs and desires for finding ease in their practice. Beginners are welcome. Contact: Sally Pugh.
Level 1-3 Yoga Classes
A class to help you learn, practice and refine your sense of yoga. Heighten skills of focus, coordination, balance, strength and breathing awareness. Gain a sense of confidence in learning the fundamentals of postural alignment and have fun doing it all! Contact: Barbara Papini, Beth Greenfield Rogers, Don Tuttle, Barbara Voinar.
Workshops with Nina Wise & Sybil Meyer give you the physical and spiritual tools to translate your inner life into theater. Everyone has a story to tell. But few of us have the opportunity to express ourselves freely in a safe and supportive environment. What makes these workshops unique is the emphasis on the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Contact: Nina Wise, Sybil Meyer.
Offers more complex forms of Motion Improve 1. Improve your storytelling, develop your improve craft, expand your movement vocabulary and have a great deal of fun. Contact: Nina Wise.
This advanced Lab meets once a week for three to six months and is intended for people who've already taken a Motion Theatre workshop. You'll hone your Motion Theater skills practicing solo, duet, trio and ensemble forms with other trained improvisers. Advanced Lab culminates in a public performance. Through this expressive, transformational practice, you'll cultivate presence, advance your artistic craft and develop your leadership and presentation skills. Contact: Nina Wise.
Pre-Natal Yoga Classes
Prenatal yoga is a balanced, sequenced yoga practice including many modifications and comfort measures for pregnancy, including standing poses, breath awareness, birth breathing techniques, relaxation and restorative poses. Mothers with babies 6 months or less are welcome to join. Mothers should wait at least one month to join after giving birth. Contact: Deborah Saliby.
Focuses on gentle supportive poses to help you release into a deep state of relaxation. Practice simple warm-up stretches, breathing awareness exercises and deep rest. This class is beneficial for anyone with/or recovering from illness or injury. No previous yoga necessary. A practice that contributes to restoring one's energy. Contact: Ariel Roland Holst.
Senior Yoga Classes
As your body changes with age, your yoga practice should reflect and celebrate those changes. This class explores yoga that is appropriate for older students regardless of experience or fitness level. The focus is on balance and coordination, as well as offering lots of gentle stretching to keep joints moving smoothly or to loosen up stiff and achy joints. Recommendations for developing a safe yoga practice with age-related health conditions are given. Contact: Betty Aten.
Spinefulness and meditation we will discover new ways to sit, move and lie down well-placed and comfortably. We will meditate seeking our center, discovering the ease of being on our axis, observing the breath, and feeling a new awareness of Spinefulness. This class is open to anyone seeking greater ease and heightened sensory awareness. All levels of experience are welcome. Contact: Beth Greenfield. Contact: Beth Greenfield.
Greacian teaches the 37 postures of the Yang Style Short Form, in the tradition of Professor Cheng Man-Ching and his New York school, Shr Jung. Classes consist of standing meditation, strengthening warm-ups for balance and flexibility, and detailed instruction on the movement principles of each posture. Students will develop fluid, relaxed alignment and presence in the body, bringing a revitalizing flow of energy to the mind, body and spirit. She also introduces T'ai Chi classic literature and lineage and offers guidance for developing a consistent home practice, an important aspect of retaining new movements as they are learned. Contact: Greacian Goeke.
True to the concept of non-violence, TriYoga's meditative and transformative flows emphasizes relaxation-in-action. The sequences unite asana with breath and focus to create a greater flow of life energy. Enabling one to gently progress in flexibility, strength and understanding. Breathing practices, concentration techniques and meditation are included. Contact: Pamela McKernan.
This slow flow vinyasa class is moderately challenging. Emphasis is on core strength to safely transition from pose to pose. Correct alignment is encouraged; attention to the breath is used to deepen and steady poses. Although some yoga experience is necessary, classes contain people with a mixed level of experience and skill. All are welcome. Contact: Jonothon Gross.
Yin Yoga is a meditative yoga practice that allows us the opportunity to stop and listen to the wisdom of our bodies. Floor poses are held for 3 – 5 minutes targeting the body's connective tissues, bones and joints, promoting healing and fluidity in those tissues. Yin poses stimulate the flow of energy through the body's meridian passageways, removing blockages and nourishing and revitalizing our organ systems. Combining Yin poses with restorative relaxation, this class offers an experience of deep release, rejuvenation and overall well being in body and mind. Yin is especially beneficial for those with hip and low back issues and, our focus will include the entire body, releasing the deepest toughest connective tissues to enhance flexibility and stimulate the meridians. Yin yoga is a natural complement to more active yoga practices. Weds. 12:00 – 1:00pm with Carla Koopal; Weds. 4:30 – 5:45pm with Sally Pugh.
Yoga in Balance
Balance yoga emphasizes a different alignment of the bones which helps reduce stress. You will be guided to elongate the spine, gently stretch muscles and focus on the meditative quality of the breath. Each class becomes a meditation of centering and sensory awareness while practicing basic yoga postures. Expect gentle warming stretching on the floor, slow easy sun salutations, a focus on alignment, the breath, and creating spaciousness. This class is especially helpful in supporting a pain-free back and joints. This style of yoga is based on the teaching of Noelle Perez in Paris and Jean Couch in Palo Alto. Contact: Beth Greenfield Rogers.
Yoga for Bone Health
Join Yoga for Osteoporosis certified teacher, Betty Aten for this all-levels class to practice the 12 yoga poses shown to improve bone health based on the long-term study done by Loren Fishman, MD. The class is appropriate for those already diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, and anyone interested in learning ways to maintain or improve bone health. Contact: Betty Aten.
Yoga Class Prices
A set of classes may be purchased with each individual teacher. Each teacher has an expiration time for classes to be used within. Rates for ongoing classes are based on a sliding scale. For all classes, students will need bare feet and an empty stomach.
Class 1 hr.
Class 1.5 hr.
Class Pass for new students to purchase (1 time only). If this is your first time coming to 4th St. Yoga, purchasing the class pass is an opportunity to sample all of our classes. This is offered as a way of introducing ourselves to you. You can buy a class pass of 5 or 10 classes 1 time only. For ongoing classes after class passes are used, please pay directly to each teacher. Limit time to use class passes. Present PayPal receipt at studio to get passes.
60 day limit.
90 day limit.
Alexander Technique Workshop with Don Tuttle & Mike McKenna
When: 4 Sundays, 1:30 - 2:30pm; Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11. Curious about the Alexander Technique? Come and join instructors, Mike McKenna and Don Tuttle. We discuss the fundamental principals of the Alexander technique and engage in activities to learn skills that help us feel better, improve posture, increase mindfulness, move with ease, find balance and reduce stress. This small class is a rare and convenient opportunity to receive personal attention and hands-on guidance. The method can underlie all activity and be practiced at all times. Contact: Don.
Large & Graceful: A Deepening with Sally Pugh
When: Saturday, Oct. 27th & Dec. 1st 2:00 – 5:00pm. Yoga designed for full-bodied women in a community of support. An opportunity to begin or to deepen and expand your yoga practice, and enhance body, mind, and spirit integration. We will include asanas that strengthen the core body, develop balance, flexibility, and strength, and breathing practices to awaken presence, center, and ground. The last hour of the workshop is Restorative Yoga, relaxation, and meditation. We also address individual participants needs and desires for finding ease in their practice. Beginners are welcome. Please register with Sally Pugh. SallyPugh@gratefulspirityoga.net.
Motion Theater with Nina Wise & Sybil Meyer
When: Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm 10-week series; Sept. 5th - Nov. 7th. Workshops with Nina Wise & Sybil Meyer give you the physical and spiritual tools to translate your inner life into theater. Everyone has a story to tell. But few of us have the opportunity to express ourselves freely in a safe and supportive environment. What makes these workshops unique is the emphasis on the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Contact: Sybil Meyer or Nina Wise.
Performance Lab with Nina Wise
When: Thursdays, 7:30 - 10:00pm; Sept. 6th - Dec. 20th. This advanced Lab meets once a week for three to six months and is intended for people who've already taken a Motion Theater workshop. You'll hone your Motion Theater skills practicing solo, duet, trio and ensemble forms with other trained improvisers. Advanced Lab culminates in a public performance. Through this expressive, transformational practice, you'll cultivate presence, advance your artistic craft and develop your leadership and presentation skills. Contact: Nina.
Betty Aten discovered yoga after a long career in public education as a classroom teacher and principal. As a relative late-comer to yoga, herself, she specializes in working with older adults. Betty studied directly with Dr. Loren Fishman, co-author of Yoga for Osteoporosis to become the first Yoga for Osteoporosis-certified teacher in Northern California. Her Yoga for Bone Health class is based on the Fishman Method. See sciatica.org for more information about a long-term study demonstrating the benefits of yoga for bone health. Betty is also certified to teach senior yoga through Silver Age Yoga. In addition to her scheduled classes, Betty offers private and semi-private lessons on a limited basis. Contact: Betty.
Julie Emden is an expressive arts practitioner (Halprin Practitioner), improvisational movement artist, yoga instructor, and educator. Julie is a graduate of certification programs in teaching the body and various movement disciplines: in Iyengar-based yoga from the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley; in Yoga and Jewish Spirituality and in Dance Midrash from the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality; and in Movement-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy from Tamalpa Institute. Julie Emden, RYT-500, directs the Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative in San Francisco. A graduate of five fellowship and teaching certification programs related to her work as a Jewish educator, Iyengar-based yoga instructor and movement/expressive artist, Julie has nineteen years of experience guiding others in exploring Jewish wisdom, text and practices via the body in a variety of settings. Embodied Jewish Learning offers classes, workshops, on-line learning, retreats, teacher trainings, and strategic consultation and guidance for Jewish Wellness Initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact: email@example.com. Contact: Julie.
After nearly 30 years of practice, Greacian finds an ever-deepening sanctuary in the movements of T'ai Chi, embodying the principle of Stillness in Motion. She has studied with Martin Inn at Inner Research Institute in San Francisco since 1989 and was certified to teach the Form, Sword, Push Hands and San Shou in 2000. She has also taken master classes with Ben Lo and Maggie Newman, both students of Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing, who brought his Yang Family Style Short Form to New York from Taiwan in the 1970's. It is now one of the most practiced forms worldwide. In addition to T'ai Chi, Greacian teaches creative movement and music to children at Mills College Children's School and King Child Development Center in Berkeley, and to older adults at the Albany Senior Center, home of her elder dance ensemble, Impromptu No Tutu. T'ai Chi is the basis of all her movement teaching, emphasizing relaxation, dynamic balance, leg strength and connecting to the center through breath. She is excited to share her treasured practice at the welcoming 4th Street Yoga Studio. Contact: Greacian.
Jonothon teaches a thoughtful, innovative, and energetic class designed in part to develop core strength. Yoga poses are presented in a series of slowly flowing sequences held together by a steady focus on breath and movement. Using core tone, sequences of postures are presented and held; these postures offer an opportunity to notice areas of strength and weakness. While the class has challenging moments, it is suitable for anyone having some experience with yoga, and a desire to bolster their strength, stamina, and flexibility. Those who have enjoyed being athletic in other arenas will notice a familiarity with gradually building skills and self-knowledge. All students are encouraged to learn more about the idiosyncrasies of their bodies and develop a yoga practice that is safe and engaging. Jonothon has synthesized many years of taking classes with a host of different teachers; he has learned to teach a class he would want to take. Additional benefits: Those willing to focus on and improve their physical well being may begin to notice a connection of outer body and inner life. A steady yoga practice is one way of learning to move through the world in a more agile manner. Contact: Jonothon or (510) 236-8612.
Ariel Roland Holst, RYT 500
Ariel Roland Holst, RYT 500 stepped in to her first yoga class twenty-three years ago while pregnant with her first son. After many years of dance, yoga offered a profound new way to learn about movement and well being. In recent years she has studied Buddhism and has taken part in silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock. She is a graduate of The Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program. Contact: Ariel.
"Holistic Health & Healing for Every Body" has been Carla Koopal's inspiration for the last 40 years of teaching. As a Yoga Therapist, she prioritizes accessible multi-level yoga with bountiful benefits for each body system. Her classes appropriately utilize the varied assets of yoga: asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, dharana & dhyana (yoga, poses, breath techniques, hand gestures, chants, concentration & meditation). Her "AllOneYoga" inclusive teaching style is informed by 40 years of studying 27 Yoga Styles, 35 years of Advanced Pain Relief Massage & Natural Therapeutics, plus degrees in Education & Nursing. Carla's 16 Yoga Teaching Certifications (3K hours) include Ananda Yoga Therapy & Integrative Yoga Therapy; Iyengar & Sivananda Yoga; Kundalini, Kripalu, & AyurYoga; Yoga of the Heart, Joy of Life Yoga & YogaMeetsDance; Yin Yoga, plus Pilates & Pilates Fusion. Carla continues to grow her yoga tool-box because "one style does not fit all!" Contact: Carla more@BayAreaHolistic.com.
Scotty McCaulley is a graduate of the Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program. He has been teaching Iyengar-style yoga for the past 10 years. Scotty was a late-comer to the practice of yoga and hence offers classes that are suited for both beginning through intermediate level students regardless of age. His intention is to teach classes which are available and welcoming to everyone. Scotty's teaching motto has become: "If I Can Do It Then You Can Do It Too". Contact: Scotty or (510) 649-1800.
I didn't walk out of my first yoga class – I glided. I still have vivid sense memories of that first post-yoga class walk – sorry, glide home. Everything about me and my surroundings had transformed into substances much lighter, airier and fresher than before. The only way to describe how I felt is to say that I experienced a moment in time utterly without burdens – or even gravity. Many years later I became a fitness specialist and yoga teacher but it wasn't until I experienced TriYoga that my meditation practice, spiritual seeking, and love of yoga found a home. After 20 years of teaching there is still nothing I would rather be doing than helping people discover their own glide home. Namaste. Contact: Pam.
Sybil Meyer is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) and expressive arts therapist. She has studied, performed and taught various disciplines of dance and movement arts for most of her life. As a therapist, she has brought the healing and expressive aspects of those disciplines to clients and students in colleges, private studios, and clinical settings. Practicing Motion Theater since 2006 has strengthened her belief in the value and necessity of creative self expression. She sees the Motion art form as a way of addressing the profound need people have to be seen, heard, and witnessed in their efforts to make sense of our increasingly chaotic world; and to articulate their personal stories. Contact: Sybil. Info: sybilmeyer.com.
Barbara Papini has taught yoga for 30 years, was on The Yoga Room Advanced Studies staff for 12 years and has mentored many beginning teachers during this time. She studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. Donald Moyer is her primary teacher. She began teaching at Fourth Street Yoga when it first opened, over 20 years ago. Barbara offers seasonal retreats, workshops and personal practice guidance on request. Contact: Barbara.
Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher/ Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance. I have been teaching yoga in the Bay Area for the past 20 years and have extensive experience working with people of all sizes. My classes, workshops and retreats offer a safe, comfortable and grounded space for people of all sizes to connect and integrate body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation and breath awareness. I continue to learn from my students, from personal practice and exploration and from study. I am guided by the wisdom of the body, the power of the heart, and the joy of discovery. One of my great privileges as a teacher is to introduce beginners to the practice of yoga. In addition to Yoga for Large Women, I hold yoga and meditation retreats at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs for people of all sizes and genders, and co-facilitate with Ann Doherty, RN, CDE, "New Strategies for Managing Stress and Optimizing Health", a Calistoga retreat offering CEU's for RN, MFT and LCSW. I also teach yoga for employees at Alta Bates, Summit and Herrick Hospitals and Restorative Yoga at the Claremont Resort and Spa. Contact: Sally.
Beth Greenfield Rodgers
Beth Greenfield Rodgers has been practicing yoga since 1982 and began teaching in 1988 while completing her Advanced Yoga Studies at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA. Beth studied and apprenticed with Rodney Yee for many years, and was one of his first students to become a teacher. Beth helped found the 4th Street Yoga studio with her yoga partners Clare Finn and Barbara Voinar. Beth studied Yoga in Balance with Jean Couch www.balancecenter.com while she was healing a back injury. Beth's style of teaching blends precision of body alignment from her Iyengar training with gentle relaxation and skeletal re-alignment from her Yoga in Balance work. Beth's classes are suited for back and joint care, for beginners and all levels. Beth guides her students carefully through the subtle nuances of a pose. Her classes are straightforward and humble. All are welcome. Contact: Beth or (510) 428-1860.
Deborah Saliby is a long time yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar yoga teacher with 34 years of teaching experience. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco and teaches in the East Bay. Her instruction is clear and concise and accessible for all level of students. she has a calm, pleasant and easy going manner and always includes relaxation postures in her classes. She specializes in Yoga for Pregnancy and Hypnosis for Birthing. She presently teaches at The Yoga Room and 4th Street Yoga Studio's in Berkeley. For more information go to her website at www.envisionings.com or call 510-541-1395. Contact: Deborah.
Barbara views yoga as a system of body movements that will help sustain and support the well-being of a person's health and fitness, over the many years of one's life. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 25 years, and teaching since 1996. She is a graduate of the Yoga Room in Berkeley. She is also a graduate of the School of Body Mind Centering (BMC), a 500-hour yoga training program of Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, and Developmental Movement and Yoga, and is a BMC certified Somatic Movement Educator. She is a licensed therapeutic massage practitioner. Barbara's classes focus on a sequence of asanas/poses to maximize the body's natural ease and aliveness. She works with students to bring about a sense of enjoyment and balance, as well as a deepening of the connection between the body and mind. Contact: Barbara.
Don Tuttle has enjoyed a regular yoga practice since 1981. He has taught yoga since 1983 in San Francisco and Berkeley at the Yoga Room, the Berkeley Yoga Center, 4th Street Yoga and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a teacher training faculty member. He has studied several times in India with B.K.S., Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Classes center on learning useful foundation principals for the yoga asanas. Students learn core poses and sequences and learn to develop their personal practice. Contact: Don.
Barbara Voinar, IAYT certified yoga therapist, teaches with extraordinary depth and expertise, integrating her 40 years of study and practice in established hatha yoga traditions. Her spiritual practices of Vipassana and Tibetan Buddhism have been guided by Sharon Salzberg and Rinpoche Anam Thubten. Her love of chanting and meditation, first kindled while living in Swami Muktananda's Siddha Yoga ashram, inspired her to collaborate with many gifted teachers bringing yoga and chanting together. Her primary home for teaching is at 4th St. Yoga studio in Berkeley, CA which she founded in 1993. She teaches yoga as a path of healing in the substance abuse recovery community and works therapeutically with MS, and ALS, Stroke and Cancer yogis. She has taught in prisons, specialized in pre-natal yoga, and supported programs for vulnerable youth. Contact: Barbara.
Nina Wise is known for her provocative and original performance works. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her written pieces (ninawise.com/writings.html) have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Contact: Nina.
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Our highly qualified and gifted teachers are committed to offering you expert guidance in the practice of yoga. Yoga is expressed through many different styles and traditions but all fall under the umbrella of hatha yoga, a practice of mindful body awareness. The styles of yoga we offer are Gentle Yoga, Yoga Basics: Level 1-2, Deepening: Level 1-3, Mindful Yoga, TriYoga Flow, Vinyasa Flow and Buddhist Meditation. Classes of specialization include Yoga for Back Care, Restorative Yoga, and Riding the Change – A Call to the Nervous System.