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.
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
CONSIDER THE GIFT OF YOGA
Available online or at the studio.
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.
~The Empire Strikes Back~