Monday, January 11, 2010

Bay Area Yoga Studios...A (not quite) Exhaustive List

Some options I'll be considering over the coming year (in alphabetical order).  I've included name, style, location, website, and whatever special first-timer deals they might have (cause I'm cheap).  As time passes, I'll update this list, link to reviews, and/or figure out how to make this an actually useful compendium.

CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO (scroll down for East Bay)

Aha Yoga - Marina/Cow Hollow
All types: Hot Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, etc.
$10 for 10 (ten days, ten classes, $10) OR $17 drop in.

Asta Yoga - Mission District
Ashtanga Vinyasa
1 week pass for $20.

Bend Yoga Studio - Hayes Valley
"We simply call Yoga by its name, moving away from the current trend to create brands"
3 classes for $20

Bija Yoga - Inner Sunset

Breathe San Francisco - Marina District
Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Core Flow, Relax and Renew, Prenatal Yoga, and Lunchtime Yoga.
focus on the integration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual processes: also offers nutrition classes, meditation, counseling, and pilates.
3-pack drop-in for $30.00 
California Yoga Company – Pacific Heights
Monnier Yoga - no meditative or spiritual focus
$30 for 30 days or $15/class

Divine Essence Studio - Potrero Hill
Early Bird Yoga, Hatha, Yin Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Kripalu Yoga.
emphasis on "easeful and non-competitive asana practice, deep relaxation (yoga nidra), breathing techniques, (pranayama) and meditation."
$5-$15 Suggested Donation ("however no amount is too much or too little")

Fluid Yoga - Inner Sunset
Community class - $5 on Saturday 4pm; also $30 for 30 days

Funky Door - Haight-Ashbury and Mid-town (Nob Hill)
Bikram (“in an upbeat, humor-inspired environment”)

Global Yoga – Marina
2 weeks/$29

Hiking Yoga - Financial District
Exactly what it says! Saturdays 9 AM - 10:45 AM.  Meet at the Ferry Building.  $20 drop-in / $50 for three classes.

Laughing Lotus Yoga Center – Mission
Vinyasa.  “Teachers infuse each class with inspirational Music, Divine Wisdom, devotional Poetry and Singing, creating an ecstatic experience of harmony within and with the world around us.”  Groovy midnight yoga jams on Fridays! Astrology readings!
$20 unlimited for one week; $30 Introductory 3 class card (expires in 1 month)

Lululemon Athletica – Cow Hollow/Marina
Vinyasa Flow (only on Wednesdays, 7:30PM – 8:30PM)

The Mindful Body - Pacific Heights
All Types: Astanga Yoga, Gentle Hatha, Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow, Hatha Focus, Mysore, Prenatal/PostnatalYoga, Restorative Yoga, Stretch, Release & Heal, Yin & Yang Flow
$25 for week unlimited

The Pad Studios - Marina
Power Yoga (Vinyasa)
$20 for three classes (must be used in two weeks)

Pretzel Yoga – Potrero Hill
Vinyasa Yoga & Pilates
$90 / 90 days - $15 drop in

Satori Yoga Studio – SOMA
Hatha/Flow Yoga, Pilates & Zen Buddhist Meditation. Chakra Workshops!
$30 for first 3 classes

SF Ashtanga Yoga - Sunset (Golden Gate)
10 classes for $100 ($18 drop in)

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center - Cole Valley
Based on Vendanta philosophy: offer daily hatha yoga, satsang/ meditation/ kirtan, vegetarian meals after class, positive thinking & meditation.           
First class free!

Urban Flow Yoga - SOMA
Bhakti Flow certified instructors, flow-based (Vinyasa)
Requested donation of $10 - $20 (no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds) cash and checks only.

Yoga Garden - Divisadero (Haight & Page)
All types: Ashtanga, Core Strengthening, Hatha, Iyengar, Partner Yoga, Prenatal/Postnatal, Restorative, Shadow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Krama, Yoga For Children
First time drop in - $5 w/ coupon

Yoga Loft - Divisadero St. (Page and Oak)
All types of yoga, as well as back & neck care, tai chi, guided cleanses
“Recession Yoga” ($10 classes at certain times, check the schedule)

Yoga Kula - Mission
$20/3 classes

Yoga Sita - Potrero Hill
Classic (Hatha) Yoga, Individualized Teaching
$25/2 classes

Yoga to the People - Mission District
Power Vinyasa Flow inspired by Bryan Kest
$10 suggested donation ("Yoga is meant to help strengthen and stretch your arms and legs, not cost you one!")
Yoga Tree - 4 locations: Hayes, Stanyan, Valencia, Castro
All types: Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Gentle Hatha, Hatha Flow, Anusara, restorative, prenatal, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Acroyoga, Shadow, and yoga for kids
$20/3 classes

YogaWorks – NOPA
All types: Vinyasa, Ashtanga/Mysore, Anusara, Iyengar, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Restoratives. 
Seems like a corporate chain w/ locations nationwide focused on "total mind and body fitness"           

Yoga Mayu – Mission
$10 off first class


Athletic PlayGround - Emeryville 
AcroYoga, as well as Parkour, Aerial (Trapeze, Fabric, Rope), Capoeira, Tumbling and tricks, Acrobatics, Partner Flips, Acro Balance, Handstands, Handstand Play, Monkey Conditioning, Open Gym.
First class is free! Drop Ins $15.
Funky Door - Berkeley
Bikram (“in an upbeat, humor-inspired environment”)

Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio - Napa Valley
 Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti Yoga, Kripalu, Yoga Explorations, Power Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Anusara, Sunday Morning Yoga, Kundalini (plus a really expensive field trip, anyone?)

Vara Healing Arts - Albany
Ashtanga Vinyasa, Chakra Four Yoga, Gentle Yoga (integration of acupuncture and yoga), Hatha, Iyengar, Sunrise Vinyasa.
5 classes for $45 

Yoga Mandala - Berkeley
Hatha, Vinyasa, Hatha Flow, Adi-Yoga ("a comprehensive system of Hatha Yoga, taught in depth during an immersion course called a gate"), Prenatal, Postnatal, and Kids.
$30/3 classes

Yoga By the Bay - Berkeley
Upeksha Yoga
Free (Donation Based) 


  1. You can add Athletic PlayGround in Emeryville.

    First class is free! You can get an unlimited membership for $50 a month if you sign up before the end of January 2010.

    Classes: AcroYoga, Handstands, Aerial and more

  2. Indigo Pilates & Yoga Studio in Pleasant Hill (East Bay). Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa and Reformer Pilates