Owner of Downtown Yoga Shala, Veronica took a leap of faith when she left a successful Silicon Valley high-tech career to pursue a higher calling. Living in Kathmandu, Nepal in her youth opened her mind and heart to yoga philosophy and eastern spirituality. Years later she pursued yoga again, as a complement to her marathon and triathlon training, which intensified her love for the practice of yoga in all its dimensions - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Veronica is a certified yoga instructor, having completed Teacher Certifications in Ashtanga Vinyasa from Larry Shultz, Power Vinyasa from Baron Baptiste and Ashtanga Teacher Certifications from Tim Miller and David Swensen. As an Ashtanga practitioner, she has also studied over the years with teachers in the Ashtanga lineage like Sharath and Saraswati Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Clayton Horton, among others. She continually draws inspiration from the deep tradition of yoga, and derives profound personal growth in being a lifelong, humble student and dedicated practitioner on and off the mat. A local San Jose resident for many years, Veronica aspires to create a welcoming environment that will bring the many benefits of yoga to the corporate high-tech and multi-sport athletic communities of Silicon Valley. Veronica infuses her classes with warmth and sincerity, kindness and compassion. She gently encourages a mindful practice through deeper breath awareness and body alignment, while also honoring the inner teacher that resides in every student, allowing the freedom to express themselves more fully, joyfully, safely, in every pose.
Veronica Cruz instructs the following:
MYSORE Ashtanga - Dropin $20 or Mysore Pass
Mysore Style Practice
is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga, and is the name coined for the original way it has always been taught in the city of Mysore, South India, in the tradition of the lineage from Sri K. Patthabi Jois.
This class is for students of all levels
and is an excellent opportunity to develop a personal, independent practice that can slowly build over a lifetime!
Within a group setting, each student learns the Ashtanga Primary Series at their own pace, with direct and individual assistance from the teacher. This allows students to progress at an appropriate rate for their own body and life circumstances. New postures are taught on an individual basis as the student develops the requisite strength, flexibility and stamina to proceed further. This direct student - teacher relationship is foundation of all traditional Yoga teaching and the Yoga Paramparā (the lineage of transmission from teacher to student).
New to Mysore? Please email email@example.com to arrange for a private orientation/class ($25 which can be applied to your first month of Mysore membership). Once you start taking a Mysore class, be prepared to commit to attending at least three times per week for your first few months of practice to understand this method more fully and get the most benefit out of this practice. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Doors open at 6:15am for those who have an existing Mysore practice. Opening chant starts around 7am. We also observe rest days on Moon Days,
per the schedule outlined here: http://ashtangayogacenter.com/moon-days/
Led Primary Series - $20 Drop-In or Mysore Pass
This is a traditional Led Primary Series class with Vinyasa count. This class is ideal for anyone with an existing Mysore practice, or familiar with the Primary Series sequence. Not recommended for beginners, or those without background in Ashtanga yoga.
If you are not familiar with the Primary Series, please attend Intro to Ashtanga or Led Modified Ashtanga Primary classes or Mysore Ashtanga classes prior to taking this class.