We love yoga! We live it, we practice regularly, and we love to share it! The instructors at Downtown Yoga Shala are all certified to help guide you through a safe and well-rounded practice. Our professional bios reflect a variety of influences, enriching the offerings we have at the Shala. In yoga, there is a beautiful balance between strength and surrender, between effort and letting go. As we encourage you to take your practice to new heights, we also honor your “inner teacher” and encourage you to listen to your body at all times.
Michael, an E-RYT certified yoga instructor, has immersed himself in many styles of yoga since 2002 including Ashtanga, Bikram, and Baptiste. With a Ph.D. in Physics, Michael spent nearly a decade exploring the fundamental structure of matter at particle accelerator laboratories around the world. He finds yoga (philosophy & asana) to be the perfect complement to his stringent scientific profession – both work in tandem to increase energy and awareness. The challenging flow of Michael's classes will leave you feeling strong and centered - his approach to teaching will develop confidence, flexibility and strength.
Formerly a competitive dancer, Phoenix discovered yoga as a path to recovery from her dance injuries, and has found through her practice, both a joy of movement and a stress reliever. Phoenix completed her 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa teacher training with Noell Clark and Angie Poon. She is Yoga-Alliance certified and has had the privilege of teaching in a variety of settings including local community events, schools, and several yoga studios around the Bay Area. Phoenix leads a dynamic upbeat class with the flexibility to adjust pacing and poses to meet her students’ varying skill levels. As an avid music lover, Phoenix also enjoys sharing funky, customized playlists in her classes.
I've been practicing yoga for over 2 decades, and teaching since 2002. Because I remain a dedicated student, my teaching is first and foremost inspired by my personal practice, with its roots in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with many gifted teachers, both well-known and not so well-known. All of my teachers have influenced my work in some way, but I especially acknowledge Maty Ezraty, Judith Lasater, Jennifer Prugh and Erika Abrahamian for profoundly influencing my life, my practice, and my work. As a teacher and as a teacher-trainer, my one aim is to assist my students in moving forward in their practice. I believe that this begins with seeing students—seeing not only their unique bodies, but also their energy, their patterns, their hearts. I look at how people respond and react to the experiences that arise in each moment—how do they engage with intensity, with softness, with tension or with stillness? I am looking at all these things, and looking to see where I can give assistance. I believe in long-term practice, in patience, in consistency, and taking the long view. Because that is my method, my classes aren't intended to entertain, but rather to inform, to explore, and to practice. Along the way we may laugh, we may get creative, we may try crazy things, or we may go back to basics. What I teach on any given day depends largely on who shows up. I love this work with all my heart, and hope I get to do it for a very long time. I am also a long time practitioner of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of the heart) and kirtan, a traditional chanting practice. It's such a significant part of my life that I feel its worth mentioning. I believe that just like posture and breath, sound too is an incredible vehicle of transformation. Over the years I've had the good fortune to share this practice internationally, performing regularly with world music pioneer Jai Uttal, numerous other kirtan artists, as well as with my own ensemble, Mukti, and as a duet with yoga music producer Ben Leinbach. I sometimes incorporate this chanting practice into my classes, or I may sing during savasana. Yoga is a multidimensional practice with numerous techniques and traditions to help us heal, grow and examine our relationship with what is. I strive to be true to the traditions of yoga, while embracing innovation and discovery.
Hailing from Southern India, Praveen is a lifelong student of Sanskrit and Sanatana Dharma philosophy, earnestly seeking to apply its time-tested wisdom to everyday, practical life. He completed his 200-hour Teacher Training with Kia Miller, founder of Radiant Body Yoga (RBY). This intelligent approach combines the technical aspects of Vinyasa postures with breath-focused and mantra-based kriyas (sequenced set of poses) of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Thus able to holistically balance the inward and outward energies of the body and the mind. An engineer and mathematician by trade, with ongoing international corporate experience, Praveen also enjoys cooking, gardening, motorcycling and flying.
Proceeds from all of his classes go towards supporting the homeless in the Bay Area. http://www.bayarearescue.org/
Intro First-Time Memberships - Offered within 30 days of your first visit, Good until you cancel, 3-month minimum commitment
$99/mo Unlimited Yoga Membership or $159/mo Mysore only classes
Standard Unlimited Memberships
$129/mo Unlimited Yoga Membership or $189 Mysore only classes
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Join us every First Friday of the month (except January and July) as we open our doors to art patrons and the downtown community for the South First Fridays Art Walk. Downtown Yoga Shala is proud to be an art venue in the SoFA District as we feature a wonderful artist each month. Join our Friday Vinyasa Flow class (5:30-6:45pm, then stay for the Art Walk!
The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided, nighttime tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All Art Walk venues are FREE and open to the public.
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