Berkeley Yoga Center
1250 Addison Street ∼ Studio 209
2121 Bonar Street ∼ Studio C
Berkeley, CA 94702
510-843-8784

Class Descriptions

(contact instructors for more information)

Ashtanga Yoga is a vigorous flow style of yoga, linking breath with movement. It is designed to strengthen, align and purify the entire body and mind and comes from the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. We offer several ways for students to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Ashtanga Mysore instruction is designed for students interested in learning the traditional Vinyasa method as originally taught by Pattabhi Jois. Learning in this way supports the development of a personal yoga practice, which helps to build self-reliance on and off the mat. This class is suitable for all levels; postures are taught one at a time, based on each student's individual needs. Students progress silently, at their own pace, with the help of a teacher. This class is not conducted; the atmosphere is quiet, allowing for deeper concentration and going inward. See website for more details. The Beginning Ashtanga Workshop is designed for students new to the Ashtanga system; students learn the foundation of this traditional yoga system in a led-class environment. The Intermediate Ashtanga Workshop is designed for experienced Ashtanga students who want to deepen their current practice by focusing on the postures in the second half of the primary series and working on the intermediate series. The Ashtanga Yoga class is suitable for practitioners of all levels. The Ashtanga Led Primary class is for students with prior Ashtanga experience. It will include all poses in the primary series and will be taught in a continuous manner without stopping.

Awareness Through Movement®. These Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) classes are appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. In these group Feldenkrais Method® classes I will guide you through gentle, non-strenuous movement sequences that utilize attention, perception, and imagination. The structure of the lessons, are carefully designed to make use of your whole self and develop greater kinesthetic awareness. By slowing down, reducing effort and attending to the quality of our movement, a whole world of difficult-to-experience, subconscious intentions and habits can be revealed to us. From this vantage point, new avenues of self direction and movement choices can be developed. Students often experience greater fluidity, ease, grace and comfort after only one class.

Beginning and Intermediate Yoga classes are informed by various yoga traditions, including Iyengar-style yoga, as well as a broad range of body-mind disciplines. Emphasizing an internal understanding of the yoga postures, these classes offer a fluid practice to develop flexibility, strength, body awareness, and relaxation. Meditation may be included.

Gentle Basics. Come as you are, leave feeling better! This Iyengar-based practice uses props, careful alignment, clear instruction, a slower pace, and modifications when needed to open and restore the body at the end of the day. Gentle Basics will focus on poses that relieve stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hips, and low back. This class is appropriate for those who are limited by mild injury and inflexibility.

Hatha Flow is a study of foundational yoga postures in flow with emphasis on safe alignment , breathwork, hilarity, and joy. Come be a part of a warm community. All ages and levels welcome.

Hatha Yoga and Meditation This class focuses on aligning breath with movement as a means of expanding awareness of the body and the self. By tuning in to the internal rhythms, knowledge, and sensations within each of us, we can find deep truth and connection. With a contemplative approach, this class moves through a series of asanas (of varying degrees of muscular work and pace) and culminates in a seated meditation. This class is appropriate for all levels —all are warmly welcomed!

Intro to Yoga Series Whether you are brand new to yoga or just need a tune up or refresher, this series is for you. Join one of BYC's seasoned yoga teachers on Monday evenings to go over the basics of Yoga practice. Taught by various teachers, the Intro to Yoga classes will offer an eclectic mix of yoga styles, including Kundalini, Iyengar and Restorative. Whatever style you study, you will find that yoga is a way of connecting with yourself and your breath through movements and postures designed to stretch, strengthen, and align the body. You will be guided with verbal instruction through the class to help you better understand individual yoga poses and their effects as well as how to safely practice and modify according to your unique needs. Each monthly series provides a wonderful jumping-off place from which to further explore. To get the most benefit, you are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions of a series.

Kid's Yoga for Beginning Spanish Speakers is an immersion experience for children ages 5-10. Language learning occurs through active, yoga-based movement and music. Class includes playful poses, partner poses, games, songs and dance to nurture connection, self-awareness, and joy. Class is appropriate for children that have no prior Spanish or have had little exposure. The cost is $225 for the 15 week session and can be prorated if child starts later in the session. Free trial class. For more information and to register contact Natalia Bernal at verdelimonspanish@gmail.com or visit www.verdelimonspanish.com .
Yoga para Niños con Nivel de Español Principiante es una experiencia de inmersión para niños de 5 a 10 años de edad. El aprendízaje del idioma ocurre a través de la música y movimientos basados en yoga. La clase incluye posturas divertidas, posturas en pareja, juegos, canciones y bailes para fomentar la conexión, auto-conocimiento y la alegría. La clase es apropiada para alumnos que no hablan español o para los que han tenido poco contacto con el español. Cuesta $225 por la sesión de 15 semanas y el costo se puede prorratear si el niño empieza después de la primera clase. Puede probar una clase gratis. Para más información y para apuntarse comuníquese con Natalia Bernal verdelimonspanish@gmail.com o visit el sitio web www.verdelimonspanish.com.

Kid's Yoga for Intermediate to Fluent Spanish Speakers is an immersion experience for children ages 5-10. Language learning occurs through active, yoga-based movement. Class includes playful poses, partner poses, games, songs and dance to nurture connection, self-awareness, and joy. Class is appropriate for children who comprehend Spanish even if they do not speak, as well as for those who speak fluently. The cost is $225 for the 15 week session and can be prorated if child starts later in the session. Free trial class. For more information and to register contact Natalia Bernal at verdelimonspanish@gmail.com or visit www.verdelimonspanish.com .
Yoga para Niños con Nivel de Español Principiante es una experiencia de inmersión para niños de 5 a 10 años de edad. El aprendízaje del idioma ocurre a través de la música y movimientos basados en yoga. La clase incluye posturas divertidas, posturas en pareja, juegos, canciones y bailes para fomentar la conexión, auto-conocimiento y la alegría. La clase es apropiada para alumnos que no hablan español o para los que han tenido poco contacto con el español. Cuesta $225 por la sesión de 15 semanas y el costo se puede prorratear si el niño empieza después de la primera clase. Puede probar una clase gratis. Para más información y para apuntarse comuníquese con Natalia Bernal: verdelimonspanish@gmail.com o visit el sitio web www.verdelimonspanish.com.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, the Yoga of Awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly. Each class generally follows a similar structure designed for optimal results physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Every class begins with a centering mantra, followed by warm-up exercise, which prepare the body for yoga sets (kriyas). Each yoga set involves a series of physical postures (asana), breath work (pranayama) and a meditation. The last portion of the class allows for a short meditation and a long, deep relaxation for a peaceful integration of the practice, regeneration and stress release. Classes close with this song of blessing, which can be sung or just listened to:

"May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way on."
It is recommended that you not eat for an hour before class, bring water, and come with an open mind for a different yoga experience.

Low Tide Restorative Low Tide Restorative combines restorative yoga, acupuncture and sound healing to create transportive experiences for deep release. Classes begin with the gentle poses of restorative yoga and conclude with acupuncture in shavasana. Live sound healing from local artists are featured monthly. All levels welcome. Please visit our website for more information: leftcoastclinic.wixsite.com/restorative

Mindful Healing Yoga This class uses the breath, body, mental images and philosophy, including vocalizing of shlokas (chants) to calm the mind. Every posture is broken down to different levels allowing students to practice at their own pace. The class wraps around empowering themes allowing students to feel the benefits of each posture physically, mentally and spiritually. The focus is to provide the tools to live yoga on the mat and off the mat.

Postnatal Yoga, like Prenatal Yoga, is oriented to the special needs of new mothers. Babies of pre-crawling age are welcome to this class.

Power Yoga This Donation-Based Power Yoga class incorporates a Vinyasa flow with varying degrees of long holds during specific poses to help tone the body. Meditation and Mindfulness Talks are also interspersed throughout the class to help relax the mind. The "Power" part of the name focuses on the power of your Breath, the power to rest in Child's Pose without self-judgement, the power to respect your Body and connect to it in its current state. These sessions are for all levels, so anyone can do the practice. Some classes will have underground grooves. Others will have no music. Recommended donation: $15 (but no student will be turned away due to lack of funds).

Prenatal Yoga is taught by an experienced teacher and mother and prepares pregnant women for labor and delivery through postures, breathing exercises and relaxation.

Restorative Yoga promotes rest and restoration, opening up a space for soothing meditative healing. With the support of props, gentle poses are held for extended periods of time to allow students to slow down, go inward, and renew the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. All levels are welcome.

Vini Yoga is a style of yoga made available in the West by T.K.V. Desikachar. Each person is encouraged to practice in a way that is suitable to that person's present state of health and mind. This yoga style often involves repetition of simple movements, one at a time, with the breath, and an emphasis is placed on cultivating the right balance of effort and ease throughout the practice. Yoga Sutras are frequently discussed and explored, and regular students are encouraged to work privately with the teacher in order to address more precisely their particular concerns, issues, and goals.

Vinyasa Flow classes offer sequences of poses designed to stretch and strengthen muscles while opening the body to increasing challenges. Focus is on remaining aware of the importance of breath and core strength. There is ongoing encouragement to find an interior steadiness in the face of external exertion. All levels welcome but some yoga experience is helpful.

Yin Yoga class will incorporate mindfulness meditation, somatic techniques, and pranayama. Yin yoga is a passive, meditative, restorative yoga practice. Each pose is done with a relaxed muscles to access the inner joints and fascia where we hold deep energetic and physical blocks. Each sequence is designed to support specific organs and systems of the body, and unblock particular energetic meridians promoting overall health and wellness.

Yin/Yang Yoga provides the benefits of a balanced practice of Yin and Yang styles of yoga. The Yin style of long-held passive poses opens the body to more flexibility and chi flow through the subtle channels while also engendering a more contemplative, non-reactive quality of mind. A more active, dynamic, Yang style of vinyasa will follow, strengthening and invigorating the body and mind. Yoga texts and poetry frequently contribute to the atmosphere and themes of each class.

Yoga and Meditation offers students a chance to practice asana, breathing techniques, and meditation. With breath, movement and meditation we have the opportunity to continuously uncover the deep wisdom living within us all. This is a holistic class with the aim of providing tools for students to build or begin their personal yoga practice. All levels welcome!

Yoga for Basic Stress Reduction addresses the issue of stress, which has become an epidemic in our society. This class will focus on reducing stress physically, mentally, and emotionally through the practice of yoga postures and breathwork.

Yoga for Creativity Through the Seven Chakras. This Vinyasa Yoga series is for creative and aspiring creative people alike. Creativity can be inherent or discovered, and it exists in every single person, just waiting to be unleashed. This is where we can move our bodies to unlock the potential of these creative juices. Each weekly class will explore 1 of the 7 different chakras (a disk/wheel of spiritual power in the human body). On the 8th week we will practice a flow combining several chakras together. These chakras focus on a wide range of feelings. Topics include: being grounded, accepting others and ourselves, being confident and in control of our lives, being able to love, communication, focusing and seeing the big picture, feeling connected spiritually. Whether you are spiritual or not, this series will cater to your creative potential. Bring a journal and/or a sketchbook. At the end of each yoga session, we will have the space and time to free-write, sketch and exercise any ideas formulating (no matter how small or big). This is different from a typical yoga class as collaboration, communication and community are encouraged afterwards. You may attend any one of the classes as you like. However, pre-registration is required. Please register at: www.movewith.com/julietran

Yoga for Every Body is a slow, deep practice using body, breath and relaxation as a doorway into the vaster field of awareness, which is always unchanging. You are invited to sense your body, as a movement in awareness. You are encouraged to welcome emotions and thoughts as a movement in awareness, opening the door to the Ground of Being. All levels welcome.

Yoga for Men This is a yoga class designed for the needs of men. Come experience a mind/body workout that will get you moving, breathing and sweating like no other yoga class you've tried. Throughout class, mindfulness techniques aid in slowing down your wild and anxious mind. We work on developing strength and stamina, all while increasing flexibility (you don't have to touch your toes as a prerequisite). Develop awareness and focus, so you can experience the best of life here and now. Come meet a great group of men who encourage each other to explore their edge rather than compete.

Yoga Outside the Box This class is unique in that we have several yoga teachers who offer different perspectives on yoga and the philosophy behind them. We practice asana and breathing, while weaving in essences of tai chi, qi gong and creative movement from other modalities. We discuss. We experiment. We create. Come join us!! All levels welcome.

Yuan Gong Qigong is a deeply nourishing Qigong style that uses simple and fluid movements to unlock the mind, draw Qi from the universe, and promote the healthy flow of Qi in the body. In particular, Yuan Gong helps to unify and improve our Qifield - the field of energy and information that comprises our lives. As a form of movement, Yuan Gong is physically engaging but also slower, more fluid, and meditative. And as a support for Ren Xue, a holistic system for life development, Yuan Gong helps us to touch down to what is most important in life and elicit the healing qualities of the heart. This is a perfect practice to wind down for the evening and get centered at the outset of your week! This class is taught in series, with drop-ins welcome at anytime. All are welcome! For the greatest benefit, you are encouraged to sign up for a series. Find the series schedule and register at wovenwings.net/learn.

Please check the schedule for availability of classes and instructors.