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Hatha Flow Now Offered Three Days a Week with Grey Marcoux!

Yoga AlamedaTuesdays + Thursdays 3:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am

Almost all forms of yoga that are taught in the West can be defined as Hatha Yoga. Hatha is the practice of the physical postures of yoga and can be translated as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha)- which is meant to be thought of as balancing the resting and active energies of the body.

In general, Hatha Yoga classes are designed to be slower and more stabilizing to help calm the mind, and ensure the student is learning proper alignment so they can settle into a meditative state. In a typical Vinyasa class, one’s movement is linked with the breath so that the student can “flow” between postures cued by each inhale and exhale.

While Vinyasa Yoga offers the opportunity to link a breath to a movement, and Hatha invites the yogi to stay in the pose for a longer period of time, a Hatha Flow class fuses the two modalities-aiming to strike a balance between flow and stillness. In Grey Marcoux’s Hatha Flow classes, the student will have ample time to settle into a pose so that they can become familiar with the proper safe alignment that is best suited for their body’s unique needs. Once the alignment has been found and embodied for a few rounds of deep breath, the student will then learn to move in a graceful and mindful way to the next posture, all the while being asked to stay present through focusing on breath.

Through coming back to the breath, students are then able to foster more spaciousness in their mind and bodies helping them to find deeper ways to explore the postures which can lead to a more advanced expression of a pose, deeper experiences of peaceful states and somatic healing. Each class will begin with a few minutes of seated meditation and end with a restorative pose to encourage physical and energetic synthesis of the yoga class. SIGN UP HERE!

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Deep Healing with YOGA NIDRA

Yoga Nidra AlamedaSundays 4:00-5:15pm with Radha Rodriguez
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Yoga Nidra is usually translated as Yogic Sleep. Typically, the conclusion of a class, it is an opportunity to integrate the previous physical postures, develop body awareness, cultivate mindfulness, and experience deep healing.

Yoga Nidra is an accessible practice that is suitable for all practitioners, regardless of experience or personal history. It brings us into a delicious state of rest, after which you may experience a sense of joy, ease, and wholeness. It is also one of the most advanced practices in our yoga toolbox.

How to Practice
Similar to a guided meditation, Yoga Nidra is a journey inward, progressively leading practitioners to the deep, quiet layers of the Self.

From a comfortable position on the back such as Savasana, we begin with sequentially squeezing and releasing each muscle of the body. In this way, we identify holding patterns in the body and learn to consciously release tension.

Having encouraged ease in the body, we develop our capacity to witness our experience. Again, moving sequentially, we take time to observe body, breath, and mind. This moves us away from identifying with our experience and toward equanimity. Over time and with continuous practice, we bring this ability to observe experience into our daily lives such that our minds remain steady and undisturbed.

After these preparatory steps, we move to the core of Yoga Nidra. Here we are directed to our highest Self, our true Self, where we have the opportunity to rest. Yoga Nidra can allow us a glimpse into the peace and serenity that is the heart of all Yoga practice.

While it is common for practitioners to fall into a brief sleep, the essence of the practice is to maintain conscious awareness or resting wakefulness. In this way, practitioners are able to access their innate capacity for healing.

Make The Practice Yours
Lying on the back doesn’t work for everyone. Some of us are more comfortable sitting in a chair, leaning against a wall, or lying on the side.

Don’t be shy, take advantage of props! Would a pillow make the neck more comfortable? Would some knee support bring ease to the low back? Would the protection of a blanket bring a sense of comfort? What about an eye pillow? Does lying on the back cause you to cough or feel congested? Try laying against a raised bolster. Can’t make it to class? Lead yourself through the process in a chair or lying on your bed!

Why Practice Yoga Nidra?
The benefits of Yoga Nidra are so varied that it can benefit just about anyone. These benefits include

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Ability to consciously release physical tension
  • Improved mental focus and concentration
  • Increased mind-body connection
  • Develop ease and comfort in body
  • Resolve trauma
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced depression
  • Learn to be present
  • Tool for spiritual inquiry

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Reiki and Restorative Now Offered Tuesday Evenings with Inbal Meron!

Yoga Studio in East BayTuesdays 7:30 and 8:45pm
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We’re excited to introduce one of our newest additions to the Symmetry Yoga teaching team! Meet Inbal Meron! Inbal, has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2012 and specializes in Yoga Therapeutics.

In addition to teaching Yoga, Inbal is also a Reiki Master and a Tarot reader and teacher. She loves to travel and study, but these days, she spends most of her time outside in nature with her adorable toddler. You can join her for a Reiki & Restorative class on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m.

This class is the perfect opportunity to slow down and take a deep meditative rest. The practice is passive and supported by props. During class you only actually do about 2-3 poses. This gives you the time and space to truly drop in to a deep and restful state. While resting in the poses, Inbal will be coming around and offering Reiki to each student.

Reiki is a vibrational healing modality that is transferred through touch. Reiki is a perfect complement to a restorative practice as it assists in calming and healing while working on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies simultaneously.  This class is not to be missed!

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CORE ADORE with Aviva Levine

Yoga AlamedaSaturday October 28th 1:30-3:00pm

Core awareness and strength are fundamental for providing structural support for the spine as well as promoting healthy organ function. Aviva created this workshop to invite some fun while enlivening the core.

The workshop combines Pranayama (breathing exercises,) Forrest Yoga and Pilates to playfully wake up and connect to the diaphragm, psoas, abdominals and pelvis. This is an all levels practice, no previous yoga or Pilates experience necessary.

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$40 Early Bird / $45 Day Of

Symmetry is Excited to Announce Early Morning Yoga with Mary Mailhot!

Alameda Yoga StudioMondays + Wednesdays 6:00 and 7:15am
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Mary is thrilled to start teaching at Symmetry Yoga. She comes from a long career in dance, music and theater. She brings her creativity, open heart and joy to each class.

In 2008 Mary majored in Dance and Literature at The New School University, Eugene Lang College in NYC. In 2007 while in college, she started her yoga practice in New York and Brooklyn. She immediately noticed how good she felt after yoga. Yoga started to deeply calm and center her mind, body and spirit.

In 2009, she moved to Sydney, Australia where she studied Mysore, Ashtanga yoga. This helped her build a daily practice. She also took up meditation and Qi Gong practices with her teacher and dear spirit sister Emma Jean Bridge. From this point, she decided it was time for her 200-hr training.

In 2011, she received her 200-hr from The Kripalu Yoga School, in the Berkshire MA, where she lived for a month and dove deep into her yoga practice. Her teachers Devarshi Hartman and Jovinna Chan are so dear to her heart. This training taught her so much about Compassion and the foundations of having a rich spiritual practice. She then went on to teach in Brooklyn. Soon thereafter, she decided it was time to move out west. In 2012, she moved to Oakland, CA to pursue her teaching and her art (i.e. dance, and music).

In 2013, she trained with Kimber Simpkins in her Anusara Immersion, where she learned many new mediation techniques, tantric yoga, the universal principles of alignment, and deep love of her body. Mary also is a Reiki Master and trained intensely with her teacher Genevieve Mcclendon. She fell in love with this healing modality and gives Reiki sessions at the health center on request. Inquire within for more details! Also, Mary is avidly pursing her career as a musician/singer, dancer and performing artist. She has her own band called, Honey and The Emperor. She is deeply inspired by this practice and artful and healthful living. Namaste.

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Partner Yoga Workshop with Mario Batres & Astrud Castillo

Symmetry YogaFriday October 13th 7:00-9:00 pm

The Practice of Intimacy. Connect with your favorite person through the intimate and playful practice of Partner Yoga. This practice explores partner-supported poses reinforcing trust and complicity in the relationship. From a basic Tantric approach, partners will explore and synchronize shared energetic fields, play with hands-on assistance and conscious contact and dive into intimate communication.

Intimacy / Trust / Complicity / Healing / Connection
• All Levels
• All Bodies
• All Orientations
• Sentimental Partners / Close Friends / Relatives

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$40 Early Bird / $45 Day Of

Friday Night Flow 20 with Kim Lembo!

Friday September 29th 8:00-9:30 pm

Kick off your weekend with live music that will inspire you to move through an open level yoga class. Planting seeds of inspiration and intention, this month we are joined by singer/songwriter Kim Lembo who will be bringing Blues, Roots and Americana soulfulness combined with poetic lyrics and storytelling to invoke autumn time!

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Kim will invite you to deepen your experience of Vinyasa Flow. Through music and movement you will find a sense of play in your practice, learning to listen to the body’s intuition, and how to move like your most embodied self.

Kim Lembo’s voice is big and echoes a kind of Etta James meets Lucinda Williams if they played in a band with Mary Gauthier. It’s is the sound of music you cannot define by a singular genre. She sings from her soul with songs written from the heart. Lembo has played all over the US and has recorded in France, California, NY. She currently resides in the Bay Area, California

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Tum e Time with Kim Lyons

Alameda Tum e Time
Sundays June 4, 11, 18 & 25  12:30pm-1:30pm

Kim Lyon’s tum e time has been such a success at Symmetry, that we have decided to make it a regular offering. Each four week course is designed to allow focused time for you and your baby. This special class is well known for pre-crawlers!

You will cover baby sign language, baby massage, baby yoga and other creative ways to play with your little one. We are excited to offer this class on Sundays at Symmetry Yoga so more of the family can attend! Your baby is only little once, so take advantage of this special time together. Explore the wonders of development through this class designed for you and your baby.

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Friday Night Flow 16! With Nikki Borodi and Maisha Lani

Friday May 19th 8:00pm-9:30pm
Kick off your weekend with live music that will inspire you to move through an open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi. Watching as our practices bloom in the bringing of the Spring, this month we are joined by the soulful songs of singer/songwriter Maisha Lani. Her rhythmic style and melodies with lead you to a grounded and exhilarating practice!

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and Maisha will invite you to deepen your experience of Vinyasa Flow. Through music and movement you will find a sense of play in your practice, learning to listen to the body’s intuition, and how to move like your most embodied self. Maisha Lani is a singer/songwriter from Hawaii, greatly influenced by the island lifestyle which has shaped her music as ocean waves mold ancient stones. Lani has also been musically trained in West African drumming and traditional song, instilling a natural rhythmic flow into her music. Lyrically inspired to transcend the most uplifting messages, Maisha incorporates angelic soulful melodies within a weaving of acoustic fingerpicking.

Check out her tunes Here! Click Here to Sign Up For Class! It is Sure to Sell Out!

Primal Movement WORKS! Foundation Workshop with CJ Kelly

Saturday June 10th 1:30pm-3:30pm

Join CJ Kelly for a unique Pilates workshop that is like no other! In this two hour session we will dive into the foundation that allows you to rediscover the freedom of movement you had as a child.

PMW Foundations will also include an explorative Pilates Mat based class that follows the progressions of our early motor development. This process is known for teaching the fundamentals of human movement expanding into our ancestral roots and dynamic animal like movements.

This class is appropriate for all levels and ages. Bring a mat (or two), water and a notebook. It’s helpful to take notes so you can reflect later!

Wear comfortable workout clothes and leave your socks and shoes at the door!

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$40 Online / $45 At the Door