Classes and workshops for all ages and abilities since 1980

Therapy Balls: The Power of Deep Tissue Massage with Suzanne Dong

Saturday August 29, 1-3 PM in Mountain View

Therapy ball bliss!
From the soles of the feet to the crown of the head participants will explore the micro-regions of the body with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls.

Enjoy a restored mind and a mobilized anatomy!
This unique course offers an opportunity to use Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls. The 2 1/2" diameter balls are made of a special rubber designed to work through multiple layers of muscles, rub out adhesions and tension, and provide deep tissue massage.

All levels welcome!
Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls will be provided for the Workshop.

Fee is $25 in advance or $35 on the day of the workshop.

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Yoga for Common Medical Conditions with Naomi Hiller Reynolds

Four-week series starts September 9, Wednesday 12-1:30 PM

This class is for those living with chronic conditions, illness or injury. Focus will be placed on adapting the postures for your current ability. Chairs and other yoga props will be used extensively for support.

Goals for the class are increased strength & flexibility, breath awareness and learning relaxation techniques. Conditions may include anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer and cancer recovery, diabetes, depression, headaches, heart disease, high/low blood pressure, insomnia, menopause, MS, Parkinson's, joint pain or dysfunction in knees, hips, shoulders, or back.

Series fee is $65. Drop-ins are also welcome.

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Study with Headstand & Shoulderstand with Naomi Hiller Reynolds

Saturday, September 12 in Mountain View

This In Depth Study workshop is part of a series meeting regularly throughout the year to build up your practice of two fundamental asana, Salamba Sirsasana (headstand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Each session will review material from previous classes and then build from that. There will be an emphasis on preparing and strengthening the body and mind for practicing Sirsasana and Sarvagasana, resulting in a deeper understanding physically, intellectually and energetically for each student.

This workshop will
- Give in depth instructions on the anatomy and physiology
- Help eliminate any discomfort you may experience in the poses
- Deepen your understanding of Sirsasana and Sarvangasana

Participants should have at least 6 months experience practicing Setu Bhandha (bridge pose) and/or Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) at the wall. Workshops are available on a drop-in basis. Please email instructor to confirm.

Fee for each workshop is $55 in advance or $65 at the door.

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Intro Series: Yoga for Back Care with Elise Miller and Ann Merlo

Classes meet Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00PM in Mountain View September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21

First 3 classes taught by Elise Miller and last 3 taught by Ann Merlo

This class is for students who are interested in taking ongoing yoga for back care classes or other yoga classes at California Yoga Center. Students will learn how classical and modified yoga poses can benefit back conditions such as lower back pain, disc disease, sciatica, upper back and neck tightness, or asymmetry in the body due to scoliosis or other minor imbalances.

Series fee is $100. You can register online, by mail or in the studio.

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Pranayama Practice with Birgit Reimer

Saturday September 19, 2-4 PM in Mountain View

The monthly class will begin with restorative yoga poses to open the body and end with a meditation. The benefits of regular pranayama practice may include:
• strengthens the immune system
• increases lung capacity
• balances endocrine and nervous systems
• regulates slow/high blood pressure • enhances deep physical and mental relaxation

All are welcome. Fee is $30 per session

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Yoga for Arthritis with Suzanne Dong

Saturday September 26, 1-3 PM in Mountain View

Shocking but true, an estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. suffer from more than 100 different rheumatic diseases.

Practicing yoga has been proven to relieve stiffness, reduce joint pain and combat fatigue as well as improve muscle and bone strength. In Suzanne's workshop, simple yoga poses will be introduced to help circulate oxygen and nutrients through the body and help to remove toxins and wastes from tissues and cells. Modifications will be made for those with limited range of motion or poor flexibility.

The last part of the workshop will gear towards breathing exercises.

$50 in advance, $60 on day of the workshop.

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Yoga for Jaw Tension

Saturday October 3, 1-4 PM in Mountain View

Jaw Tension and TMJ or TMD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction) is a very common and often painful condition. At present there are few options for treatment beyond being fitted for a night guard by your dentist.

The workshop will include:
1.The causes and repercussions of jaw tension from the cranial perspective
2.Self-massage techniques for relieving facial tension
3.Guided meditations to build awareness of the habit of jaw tension, allowing us to undo it
4.A yoga asana sequence based in Iyengar yoga to cultivate awareness of jaw tension and how to relieve it.

Cator Shachoy is an Iyengar yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher and a craniosacral practitioner. She developed this workshop based on work with over 100 clients to successfully relieve jaw tension.

Participants should have at least six months of yoga experience. Teachers are also welcome.

Fee is $60 in advance; $70 on day of event.

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Bandhas & Kriyas with Joyce Anue

Saturday October 17, 2-5 PM in Mountain View

Asana (posture), bandha (restraint) and kriya (cleansing practice) are three essential elements in the yoga practitioners tool box. They form an important part of what is known as the bahiranga sadhana (or outer practices) of yoga. When they are understood and correctly applied, the outer practices properly prepare fertile ground for the yoga student to experience the inner, more subtle aspects of practice such as meditative awareness.

In this workshop, our asana practice will consist of warm-ups, dynamic and static standing poses (practiced with the correct application of bandha, especially uddiyana bandha), seated postures, and some form of inverted activity. Then, in our kriya work, emphasis will be placed on kapalabhati breathing and clearing the channels of ida and pingala nadi. We'll conclude with a few minutes of seated meditation.

Students should have a minimum of 2-3 years of regular practice and be familiar with Ujayi breathing. Knowledge of bandha work is helpful. Not appropriate for pregnant students and those with respiratory or cardiac issues.

Fee is $65 in advance or $75 on day of workshop.

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Workshop Registration

To pre-register for any of our workshops, mail or drop off your check to California Yoga Center.

Now you can also register online.

Checks for all workshops are made out to CYC. Please put the workshop name and date on your check.

CYC refund policy: No refunds one week prior to the event. For early cancellations, full refund less ten dollars.

For more workshop details contact the instructor or call CYC at 650-967-5702.

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