Welcome

Since its founding in 1978 by Donald Moyer, The Yoga Room has made yoga available to people of all ages and abilities. As a multi-generational community, we are concerned with encouraging proper alignment in the poses and helping students maintain a balance between strength and flexibility. With our emphasis on personalized practice, we offer alternatives for almost anyone — from children and the elderly, to those dealing with health issues and disabilities, to those who want a truly deep and challenging experience.

Welcome

Since its founding in 1978 by Donald Moyer, The Yoga Room has made yoga available to people of all ages and abilities. As a multi-generational community, we are concerned with encouraging proper alignment in the poses and helping students maintain a balance between strength and flexibility. With our emphasis on personalized practice, we offer alternatives for almost anyone — from children and the elderly, to those dealing with health issues and disabilities, to those who want a truly deep and challenging experience.

In observance of Memorial Day, the studio will be closed and all regularly scheduled classes will be cancelled on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.

On Saturday (5/27) the following classes will meet:
8-9:15 – Jim Stockton
9-11 – Gay White
9:30-11 – Mary Lou Weprin (w/substitute teacher Elizabeth Costello)

We hope you’ll enjoy a relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you soon!

Zen Meditation | Exploring our Infinite Life

with Reb Anderson
Tuesday evenings, 7:30–9:15
Part 1: May 30–June 27 | $80 – Register
Part 2: July 11–August 8 | $80 – Register

This series of face to face meetings are offered for the sake of realizing freedom, peace and justice for all living beings. We will open, study, and explore our finite consciousness in order to reveal and actualize our infinite life of wisdom. Each class will include quiet sitting and walking meditation together with oral teachings and group discussions. You may register for either one or both of the 5-week sessions.

Tenshin Reb Anderson is Senior Dharma Teacher and former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He is the author of Warm Smiles from Cold MountainsBeing Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts, and The Third Turning of the Wheel: Wisdom of the Samdhinirmocana Sutra.

12 Poses to Know

with Arthur Kilmurray
Saturday, June 10, 2–5pm | Part I

Sunday, June 11, 1-4pm | Part II
$100 for both days | $55 for one day

This class will cover twelve basic poses including standing, sitting, inverting, twisting and lying down. In part I we will go over basic structural alignment and energy principles, feel how the poses flow together, and look at supports and variations when needed. In part II, we will explore the same twelve poses from the perspective of the organs, and cellular and cosmic consciousness. These classes are suitable for beginning students, as well as teachers, and anyone interested in diving into the mystery of being.

Arthur Kilmurray’s classes are explorations in embodied spiritual consciousness, where stillness and vibrancy meet in aliveness and creative self expression. BKS Iyengar’s support and inspiration gave him the confidence to journey into asana practice and discover the ultimate mystery that envelops, nurtures and informs us all. He taught yoga in the SF Bay Area from 1981 to 1992 and Boston from 1992 – 2015. Now living in Ojai, CA, Arthur frequently returns to the Bay area to offer workshops.

Yoga FAQ | Book Talk & Reading

with Richard Rosen
Sunday, June 11, 6:30-8:00pm

Yoga FAQ has a very simple premise: what are some of the yoga community’s most frequently asked questions about yoga, and how best to answer them? The material in this book is divided into five chapters: What is Yoga? What is Sanskrit? What is the Veda? What is the Yoga Sutra? What is Hatha Yoga? In all there are about 95 questions, most are, as the title indicates, frequently asked, e.g.: What is yoga? Who was Patanjali? What is samadhi? There are a few questions, however, that are rarely or never asked, e.g.: Is yoga appropriate for Westerners? (the answer is “Yes!”). The book also contains a number of short asides-What are some alternate names for asana?-and short stories-the Churning of the Ocean, Linear vs. Cyclical Time. Following the reading, we’ll spend some time answering questions from the members of the gathering.

Richard Rosen began his practice of yoga in 1980 at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, and completed two-year teacher training course at San Francisco’s BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in 1984. He’s written two books on pranayama for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath (2002) and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals (2006), and produced a set of seven CDs of guided pranayama instruction. He’s also written for the same publisher Original Yoga (2012), a book on traditional yoga practice from the seventeenth century Gheranda Samhita (Gheranda’s Compilation). Yoga FAQ, once again published by Shambhala (2017) is his fifth book. Richard is a contributing editor at Yoga Journal magazine and president of the board of directors of Yoga Dana Foundation, a grant making organization supporting teachers in the Bay Area who bring yoga to underserved populations.