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.

Anatomy of the Spine for Yoga Practice

with Sandy Zirulnik
Saturday, October 14, 2–4:30pm | $40

In this workshop, we will explore the structure and function of the spine, evolution of the human spine, and how the back is “built to move”. We will develop an improved sense of awareness of spinal alignment. We’ll take our learning into Yoga and movement practice, including a study of safe (and unsafe) spinal movements in familiar Yoga asanas. Appropriate for all levels.

Sandy Zirulnik’s yoga classes explore structure, movement, strength, and balance through the practice of asanas, breathing awareness, and the study of anatomy. They are enjoyable and appropriate for students of all ages and interests. Sandy began studying Yoga in 1998 and graduated from The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program with a 500-hour certification. He teaches weekly Yoga classes at The Yoga Room Berkeley and at Leela Yoga in Alameda, where he taught the Functional Anatomy component of their Yoga teacher training program, as well as several Yoga Anatomy workshops. Sandy’s teachers include Ada Lusardi, Donald Moyer, the faculty of The Yoga Room, Jonothon Gross, Sandra Razieli, and Laura Camp. Often he can be seen riding his bicycle in the Berkeley hills or more distant places.

Children’s Yoga

with Dalia Nazryan
Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00pm | $14/class

 This class is for 7-12 year old’s to learn how to center themselves, and explore movement and breathing in a fun, supportive space. Students will safely learn (and make up!) basic yoga poses, play games that help develop strength, focus and balance, and finish each class with guided relaxation time. No previous yoga experience necessary. For more information contact Dalia at dnazryan@gmail.com or call 510-990-6796. This is an ongoing class that can be joined at any time.

Dalia Nazryan’s work is rooted in a commitment to helppeople of all ages find greater freedom, balance, and integration in their bodies and lives. Since 2007, she has worked to develop and teach children’s yoga programs for schools, families, camps, and outreach initiatives. Her classes are playful and supportive, informed by a love of movement and a fascination with anatomy, breath, healing, and consciousness. She is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program and a heart-centered bodyworker and craniosacral therapist. 

 

Yoga for Computer Users

with Margie Cohea
Saturday, October 28, 2–5pm | $55

Feeling stress from work and experiencing tightness in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and back? Consider coming to this workshop. Many of our habits can be a set up for eventual injury and chronic pain. Understanding proper posture, alignment, and working with the breath can facilitate discovery of safe and healthy ways to prevent injury. This workshop offers an opportunity to explore avenues to decrease the negative side effects of working at a computer. There will be a brief review of anatomy, posture and alignment, review workstation set up both at work and home, discussion of individual challenges and solutions to getting away from the computer, practice a modified sequence of yoga poses that can be done at the workplace, explore how to create a quiet place to let go of stress, and find support from co-workers & the management team. Beginning as well as advanced yoga students and teachers are welcome.

Margie Cohea, RN, MS, has studied yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1995. She is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s 500 hour Advanced Studies Program. Her primary teachers are Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin and Michael Lucey. Margie became interested in finding ways through yoga practice to decrease muscle strain and improve her posture while working at her computer. This practice evolved into a weekly workplace wellness yoga practice for her department to help decrease injury from computer use. Margie teaches private and group classes along with workshops that focus on safe alignment and posture, breathing awareness, and relaxation. She is inspired by the curiosity and adventure of exploration that students bring to class.