Class Descriptions


East West Barre:
This unique blend of dance and yoga provides strong core-building, creates lean muscles, and enhances flexibility.  Students can either use a dance barre or not – depending on their level of experience.  Although this class incorporates dance technique, the class encourages students to incorporate their breath and use the breath to flow in and out of both yoga and dance poses, in order to encourage students to leave the class and feel radiant.  Some dance, some pilates, or some yoga experience is recommended.

Gentle Yoga:
This yoga class is designed to work and relax the body as well as calm the mind through classical poses of yoga with a focus on breath connection.  This class focuses more on poses that calm the mind, and less on poses that generate significant heat in the body.  These classes are perfect for those who might be new to yoga, coming back to yoga after some time off or an injury.

Hatha Yoga:
This class is open to all, and is designed for those who want a well-balanced class.  In this class, students will move from pose to pose guided by the breath – but will not move as quickly through the poses as in a Vinyasa class.  Each teacher will bring their own personality and color to this class – and will provide options for different levels of students to challenge the body, calm the mind, and release toxins.  No prior yoga experience is needed.

Heart Centered Hatha Flow:
Heart Centered Hatha Flow artfully blends precise structural alignment with vinyasa including an emphasis on opening of and practicing from the heart.  The yoga class includes a heart-centered theme that gives more potency and meaning to each pose, the communal fabric of the group, and why we practice.  Detailed verbal cues of how to align each pose, hands-on adjustments, and demonstrations of poses with explanations are given.  The class also includes breath awareness and chanting.

Heated Vinyasa Flow
This class moves at an intermediate pace and provides options designed to challenge the body, calm the mind, and release toxins as you flow from pose to pose guided by your breath. The class is heated somewhere between 80 and 85 degrees, and Intermediate poses are explored, including arm-balances and inversions. Prior yoga experience is recommended. Heated classes are not recommended for students who are pregnant.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine for building flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It emphasizes on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, development of a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Power Yoga:
This physically rigorous yoga practice improves strength, flexibility, coordination and core-strength.  This class is considered the western version of Indian Astanga Yoga, and is typically in a heated room. This class is an accessible way to get an great workout and become more limber with a fun and fast-paced flow.

Qi Gong:
This ancient Chinese system consists of of breathing exercises and gentle physical movements.  “Qi” means energy and “Gong” means to cultivate; and this practice has been around for over 2,000 years and is intended to help your body heal itself naturally. This slow paced class is excellent for seniors, students with some physical limitations, or students simply looking for a soothing and restorative practice.

Restorative Yoga:
With dynamic use of props such as blocks, bolsters and blankets, restorative yoga classes allow the body to naturally release tension and surrender into a deeper sense of relaxation.  Students of all levels benefit from the deep relaxation provided by this class, and it is an excellent way to allow the body and mind to quiet and to release the daily stresses of modern life.

Vinyasa Flow:
This dynamic and flowing class is designed to challenge the body, raise the internal temperature, calm the mind, and release toxins as you flow from pose to pose guided by your breath.  Intermediate poses are explored, including weight-bearing poses and inversions.  Prior yoga experience is recommended.

Yoga Basics:
This introductory yoga class is designed to teach the foundational elements of yoga to newcomers.  Core themes and principles are explored on a rotating basis as well as repetition of basic physical alignment combined to ignite the discovery of your personal yoga practice.  This class is appropriate for beginners or students of all levels who are interested in focusing on these fundamental yoga concepts.  Later in the fall we will begin this class, and start it off with a Yoga Basic workshop for interested students.

Yoga Play:
East West Yoga’s Kids’ Yoga program.  Living in the bay area, there is a lot of pressure on children in academics as well as other areas of life. This class is intended to help reverse some of that stress, create a positive body images, teach breath awareness, and offer them tools that they can use throughout their days to ease stress. We are currently offering children and tween classes for ages 6-12yrs.

Deep Stretch Yoga / Yoga Therapeutics:
We utilize isometric, resistive stretching, restorative yoga techniques as well as targeted muscle activation and contraction to help the body achieve deep muscle lengthening and joint stabilization in a safe manner. Attention is paid to working around and with common injury and sensitivities such as neck, back, shoulder, hip and knee pain.  Participants of all levels and abilities will find this class comfortable and beneficial. Folks who identify themselves as “not flexible,” those with longstanding but “healed” injuries or limitations in movement as well as endurance athletes such as triathletes will find this class especially beneficial.


The classes listed below are not in the current schedule.  If you see a class below that you’d like to see on the current schedule – please email  Thanks!

Baby and Me:
This yoga class is for a parent and her baby and is a wonderful way to transition into parenthood and meet other yogis in a similar place in life.  These classes use the yoga postures to gain strength and flexibility and to find new ways to practice these poses that include your little bundle of joy (and perhaps sleeplessness)! This class helps bring a sense of balance to what can be both an extraordinarily wonderful and yet challenging time.

Breath and Meditation:
Basic meditation techniques and breath-work will be explored in a group setting to foster greater health and to release stress.  This 30 minute session is appropriate for everyone.

Family Yoga:
Moms, dads, and/or caregivers bring their children between ages 10 months – 4 years old in this creative, fun and hopefully inspiring yoga class where the teachers use music and yoga postures to create an explorative class for both children and parent/caregiver.

Yoga Tots:
This class is designed for children between ages 4 – 7 and the class incorporates yoga postures, creative movement and music to help children gain a strong sense of awareness of both their bodies and their breath in a fun way!