I have been practicing yoga consistently since the birth of my first daughter in 2006. After seeing my first and now second daughter practice with me, I received my Kids Yoga certification at It’s Yoga Kids in 2011 to get kids involved in yoga at an early age. I also wanted to deepen my practice and love for Ashtanga and received my certification to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from It’s Yoga. My goal is to introduce yoga at an early age as I believe the benefits are never ending. What better way to practice yoga than with your family! Together with that, I want yoga to be available to all. My adult classes are great for beginners yet aim to challenge even the seasoned practitioner...all in true Ashtanga style!
Rebecca Trissell has been an instructor for over 10 years. Trained in San Francisco at Yoga Tree, Integral Yoga Institute, and Kundaliani Research Institute. She has studied with Senior teachers Darrin Main, Elise Lormir, Janet Stone, Gurmuk, Sat Santok, and Dharma Mitra. She has over 500 hours of Hatha Yoga Training, 200 hours Pre/Post Natal Training and Level 1 -220 hours Kundalini Training. She has been voted Alameda Best Yoga Teacher in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She teaches classes in Power Flow, vinyasa, restorative, prenatal and post natal yoga. She offers a sweet vibration in each of her classes, though chanting, meditation and exploration.
Phoebe Sherman discovered yoga at a time when she needed it most. As a dancer and a perfectionist, yoga spoke to her more free-spirited side. Since then, she has been a little more calm, and a little less antsy. She began a daily practice in Santa Cruz in 2011 at a beautiful studio that combined a hard cardio practice with the divine spiritual. Since then she has molded her own classes with that mentality. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Yoga to the People in 2013 and began teaching that year. Her classes are high intensity Power Vinyasa, with an emphasis on building strength and alignment. You can expect many planks and chairs. She tries to combine a spiritual aspect into her classes. You can expect to leave very sweaty and very zen.
Nicole has been practicing yoga for the past 12 years. She completed her 200-hr teacher training in 2012 and is continuing her 500-hr training with Kamie Loeser at Northern California Yoga Institute. Nicole also completed training with It’s Yoga, Kids in 2013, and Prenatal Teacher Training with Yoga Garden SF in 2014. Nicole teaches a Hatha Yoga style inspired by Integrative Dynamic Yoga (IDY) and provides classes in Hatha yoga, Hatha flow, and family yoga. In addition, Nicole specializes in teaching Yoga and Fertility with the goal of creating a space for those who are trying to conceive to share and connect with their bodies and each other.
Nicole's approach to yoga as a practitioner and instructor is to "Honor. Serve. Guide. Inspire." She challenges and encourages her students to joyfully greet their edge and reconnect with their minds, bodies, and breath.
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Mama & baby yoga class (Pre-Walkers) provides an opportunity for you to regain strength and flexibility, to bond with your baby and to make friends with other mamas. The focus of the class is on movements breathing specifically tailored for new mamas. Focusing on the shoulders, back, pelvic floor and the core. The babies benefit from the bonding time with mom, and the stimulating environment of new baby friends! Pre walking babies welcome.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction - a condition that slows a baby's growth
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
What happens during a typical prenatal yoga class?
A typical prenatal yoga class may involve:
Breathing. You'll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. You may also practice different breathing techniques and making deep sounds, such as humming or grunting. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques may help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
Gentle stretching. You'll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.
Postures. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you'll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props - such as blankets, cushions and belts - may be used to provide support and comfort. You'll also continue to focus on your breathing.
Cool down. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you'll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You'll be encouraged to sit down and gently stretch different parts of your body.
Relaxation. You may be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
Tummy Time Classes are a fun way to help your baby find comfort and support being on his or her tummy, and also a great opportunity to allow babies to interact with other babies their age, and from parents and caregivers to find community.
Allowing time for babies to be on their tummies for play throughout the day is very important for their development during this crucial time of discovery. This class offers a chance to practice ways to be engaged with your baby in a meaningful and playful way, while they are awake and on their tummy.
Tummy time skills are the foundation of all sensory and motor skills throughout life. Baby is learning how to move his or her body outside of the womb and is learning to negotiate the force of gravity. Tummy time is not only physical, but also engages the autonomic nervous system, as well as, social / emotional skills.
Classes will be on the floor, please bring a receiving blanket for your baby to lay on. We will learn simple poses to help introduce tummy time to babies who have not enjoyed it or have not tried being on their tummy’s yet, while offering other positions for babies that are already comfortable on their tummies. We will also learn some baby yoga moves and some baby massage techniques. Classes are held in a four week series. Please check online under the workshops tab for current dates.
Introduce your child(ren) to yoga by spending quality time with them as well! Have your little one enjoy the benefits of yoga through music, story telling and games! Family yoga is ideal for EVERYONE. Anyone ages 2+ is welcome to learn the FUNdamentals of yoga through a child’s perspective. Reep in the benefits of yoga and give your child(ren) a foundation for a healthy well being through yoga! Family Yoga classes include three family members per class admission. Additional family member welcome for an additional $5
Frequently Asked Questions
Is yoga for everyone?
Yes, absolutely, yoga is for everyone. Anyone can practice yoga. Even if you just practice the breathing exercise, you are practicing yoga. Yoga is basically a breathing exercise. The poses are secondary. There are modifications of poses to accommodate everyone’s limitations.
I am not flexible. Will I be safe doing yoga?
Yoga isn’t about being flexible but becoming flexible. Most people start yoga because they are not flexible. With consistent practice, you will develop more flexibility and strength. Be patient with your body. Practice, practice, practice.
How many times a week should I practice yoga?
Pattabhi Jois (a yoga master) said that yoga is 95% practice and 5% theory. Practice as much as you can, but a minimum 3 times a week is recommended. Practicing 3-6 times a week, you see the life changing benefits of yoga.
Do I have to have a yoga mat?
Having your own mat supports your commitment and ensures cleanliness. If you don’t have one Yoga Alameda has mats to borrow. We just ask you clean them upon return.
Should I register online for classes?
We appreciate when you can register for class online but you are more than welcome to drop in.
What if I am late?
There is a 10 minute grace period for all classes. Please enter quietly. If you running later than that please check with the instructor on her or his policy.
Tips for beginners
-Practice on an empty stomach.
-Do not eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class, but avoid drinking during class. With the exception to Prenatal and postnatal participants. In these classes snacks and water are welcome.
-Please bring water and a towel to the heated classes. If you are pregnant please refrain from practicing Hot Yoga.
-Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, form-fitting workout clothing. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class.
-Remove your shoes before entering the studio. Leave your shoes in a cubby before entering the studio. This preserves the sacred nature of the studio space. We recommend taking your valuables inside the studio.
-Turn off your cell phone. This enhances your experience and is a polite gesture to your fellow students.
-Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions including pregnancy. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
-Take a 101 class.
To support new students, we offer Yoga 101 workshops. These workshops provide an excellent way to deepen and understand your practice. Each workshop includes three classes for free. This workshop is perfect for people new to the practice of yoga as well as for more seasoned students who want to review the basics. Topics include basic asana and alignment, breathing and meditation techniques, history, and anatomy. Handouts are included.
-Yoga Flow 101:
Same as Yoga 101 but with a stronger emphasis on movement and breath connection.
How much are classes? Is there a membership?
Community classes are $10 dollars or you can buy a 10 class pass for $95 (only good for the community classes)
Yoga Classes: Drop in $15 5 classes $65 10 classes $115
Yes, there is a membership option.
Monthly unlimited yoga per 6 month agreement $69.99
One month unlimited $120