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. We encourage and support your self-discovery, listening to your "inner" teacher, and cultivating awareness through a mindful and consistent yoga practice on and off your mat.
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.
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.
Her teaching style is strongly influenced by her own favorite yoga styles of ashtanga, anusara and vinyasa strong flow. She intentionally guides her students through a practice based on mindful breath, awareness and self-inquiry.
As an ever-learning student, her classes keep evolving by continuously growing her understanding about the ability to sense and refine the senses so the yoga practice, in essence, goes deeper than pure physical movement.
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
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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.
~The Empire Strikes Back~