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Friday Night Flow 15! with Nikki Borodi and Kim Lembo

Friday April 28th 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. Planting seeds of inspiration and intention, this month we are joined by singer/songwriter Kim Lembo bringing Blues, Roots and Americana soulfulness combined with poetic lyrics and storytelling to invoke spring time!

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and 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. Check out her tunes Here!

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The Power of Malas

Mindfulness isn’t one size fits all, and there are many different paths to the same place of peace that all practitioners seek. Throughout every major religion, there’s one common thread: every faith tradition on earth has incorporated the use of some sort of prayer beads. From the Catholic Rosary, to the Muslim Misbaha, to the Buddhist and Hindu Mala, people all over the globe have used the counting of beads during meditative practice as a way to get centered and present. Symmetry Yoga Alameda is proud to offer a variety of beautiful Malas, so our students can take their practice to the next level.

There are a number of reasons that Malas traditionally have 108 beads (feel free to follow this link to read more about all of them) but one of the best of the bunch, especially for a new yogi’s intent-setting and overall sense of groundedness, is that the Hindu tradition teaches that there are 108 pathways to the heart. As we start a meditation practice, every moment can be a struggle to stay present and resist the ego’s tendency to bring our attention into the future and/or the past. Imagining that each breath (and the bead you touch as you take it) is a re-dedication to the pursuit of heartfelt living can be very empowering!

Malas can also be used in combination with mantras, the sacred repetition of a word or phrase that acts as an affirmation or a prayer. It doesn’t have to be anything specific or even spiritual; something as simple as “I am full of light” or “My body is strong and capable of healing” are wonderful ways to use Malas to enhance your mindfulness routine.

Come by and check out our beautiful selection of Malas today, and while you’re at it don’t forget to ask about our yoga and Pilates classes and workshops! Symmetry is growing by the day and has something exciting in store, whether you’re recovering from an injury or looking to take your physical practice to the next level!

Pilates at Symmetry Yoga Alameda!

We’re all walking a little taller today at Symmetry today, and it’s thanks to the power of Pilates! We’re so pleased to offer FOUR different opportunities each week to get long, strong muscles, build awareness in your body, and tone the core in efficient, exciting new ways!

Our Pilates instructors are trained in the most cutting edge techniques, infusing classes with the intense focus that the practice is known for, offering modifications for new students or those recovering from injury, and developing innovative new approaches to old issues in the body.

Pilates can completely transform the body from the ground up, fixing postural issues that might otherwise be mistaken as chronic/permanent limitation. We’re especially excited to offer Pilates to our current patients who are receiving treatment for scoliosis, disc injuries, S.I. joint issues, and other postural difficulties. Pilates can be a true miracle cure for all kinds of posture problems, from “computer neck” to rounded shoulders.

The key difference between pilates and most other modalities is that it’s all about the inner focus of the student. The movements are relatively simple, and the resistance is minimal, but the mind of the student remains dedicated to the movement, with total awareness of the body’s position in space. This is how Pilates can give you a whole new body: it creates the opportunity for students to become experts in their own physiology, so the student can notice when and how they’re getting “lazy” in their posture, and remember how to self-correct moment by moment.

Pilates is, above all, an incredible tool for rehabilitating injuries. It’s accessible for people of all levels, and can produce instant results in some cases. Chiropractic work is great for putting the bones back where they belong, and pilates is the perfect adjunct therapy, reinforcing the good work of the Doctor and encouraging the muscles and connective tissues to build around the new bone placement. This helps the adjustments become new “habits” in the body.

If you’ve always wanted to try pilates, your first class experience is just a click away! Head over to the class schedule and sign up for your first session today!

“Write Your Yoga” Workshop with Ivy Weiskopf

Saturday May 20th 1:30pm-3:30pm
Ivy Weiskopf, M.A., E-RYT 200, has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and writing for much longer! Trained in the Amherst Artists and Writers Method, Ivy’s gentle guidance, thought-provoking prompts, and insightful feedback ensure that you will leave feeling inspired and renewed. In Write Your Yoga workshops the time is split between yoga and guided writing sessions for a deeper experience of both practices. Through this unique approach we uncover stories embedded in the body, tap in to our authentic voice, and find connection and support within the group. Whether you are an experienced writer or yogi or not, Write Your Yoga meets you where you are. By creating a safe space in which to experiment, and by linking the body and the mind through movement, we can begin to stretch ourselves in new directions.

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$40 Online / $45 At the Door-Space is Limited for this Event.

Restorative Yoga and Mantra Workshop with Alex Crow

Saturday April 29th 1:30pm-3:30pm
Join Alex Crow for two hours of deep relaxation and ease, as she guides you through yogic practices that can calm the rational mind, and awaken the intuitive awareness of the heart-mind. In Sanskrit, this heart-mind is called “hridayam”, or the spiritual heart, which is the space from which unconditional love flows. Through the practices of japa mantra (using mala beads), heart centered meditation, restorative yoga and the receiving of Reiki, you will have the space to dive deeply into the healing flow of Love, and come away with practices to invite this loving awareness into your life every.single.day. Mala beads are available for purchase at Symmetry Health Center. There will also be some malas available to borrow during the workshop.

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$40 Online / $45 At the Door-Space is Limited for this Event.

Kirtan with Astrud and the Cosmic Caravan

Saturday May 20th 7:30pm-9:00pm
Astrud Castillo is a local Kirtaniya who is inspired by sacred sounds and loves to sing in the key of “WE”. She is honored to play with some amazing local musicians who make up the caravan and share what is known as KIRTAN a call and response of mantras and bhajans in sanskrit.

Bhakti Yoga is a practice that enlivens the spirit through music and dance. Kirtan is a coming together of Spirits to awaken that sate of bliss that is in us as us.

Suggested Donation $20

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Foam Rolling Workshop with Sophia Araneo

Saturday April 22nd 1:30pm-3:30pm
Foam Rolling is a quick, easy and incredibly effective way to relieve tension and promote optimal joint health. Also known as Self Myofascial Release (SMR), Foam Rolling is the go-to muscle release method for athletes of all levels. It’s particularly helpful in resolving persistent pain in the low back, middle back, and hips, and it’s a great way to work through “knots” in the muscle no matter where they’ve formed.

Our very own Sophia Araneo has drawn on her deep knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to customize this workshop for all participants. Come as you are, no prior experience required! We’ll start with a quick discussion of SMR techniques, followed by a gentle yoga warmup, then spend some quality time on the Foam Roller. This workshop is sure to fill up, so contact the front desk as soon as you can to secure your spot! Foam Rollers will be available for purchase before or at the end of the workshop, and follow-up support with Sophia is included for all participants. See you there!

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$40 Online / $45 At the Door

Back In Action Workshop with Aviva Levine

Saturday March 25th 1:30pm-3:30pm
Join Forrest Yoga & TRE® Instructor Aviva Levine for this 2-hour workshop to discover safe techniques to help you find more comfort, ease and vitality in your back. Designed for anyone suffering from chronic or sporadic back pain, tension and/or weakness. This workshop consists of a truly all levels Forrest Yoga-inspired sequence to enliven the core and strengthen the back, followed by TRE® (tension releasing exercises).

ABOUT TRE®: Through neurogenic tremors, TRE® encourages the body to release both new and old tension patterns beginning with the psoas muscle, which spans from the 12th thoracic vertebrae and lowest rib to each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae and flows down through the abdominal core and pelvis to attach to the top of the thigh bone. The psoas is often referred to as our fight, flight or freeze muscle and it tightens and contracts in response to everyday stress. A constantly contracting psoas can lead to a host of painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis as well as hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems. When the psoas begins to release, it often communicates to the rest of the body that it is safe to let go of habitual tension within the entire body, including the vital back.

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$40 Online / $45 At the Door

Friday Night Flow With Nikki Borodi

Friday March 31st 8:00pm-9:00pm
Kick off your weekend with live music that will inspire you to move through an open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi. In the Month of March, we are joined by a reappearance of Reisender!

Reisender began when songwriter Paul Conroy bought a neglected mandolin for 40 euros from a Flea Market in Stuttgart, Germany. The first few songs were written under bridges and on street corners of 20 different cities in Europe. From its origin as “Strassenmusik” (street music), Reisender embodies the spirit of the traveler, who embraces change and transience, especially in the face of adversity and hardship.

Recently, Reisender has performed in San Francisco Venues such as Bottom of the Hill, Neck of the Woods, PianoFight, the Treasure Island Flea Market, and in SoCal at the Redwood Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, & The House of Blues in West Hollywood (since closed).

Music curator Hillydilly.com said about out us in a review: “Reisender has done an excellent job of not doing too much… but still hitting a very pleasant sound.” Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and Reisender will invite you to deepen your experience of Vinyasa Flow.  Through music and movement we will find a sense of play in our practice, learning to listen to the body’s intuition, and how to move like your best self. Sign Up Here!

Restorative Yoga: Working Smarter Not Harder

We all know how hard it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and it can be very confusing to sort out what the best use of your limited time is. Far too many of us end up skipping meditative practices like Restorative Yoga for the sake of something like Crossfit.

But research has confirmed time and again that Restorative practices are essential for optimal health, weight control, and overall wellness. Whether or not you’re hitting the gym, attending our Power Plate sessions, or sweating it out in one of Symmetry Yoga’s more challenging Vinyasa classes, Restorative Yoga is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to losing weight, improving sleep, and feeling your best. And here’s why: The regulatory branch of the human nervous system is governed by two sub-systems: the Sympathetic Nervous System, or “SNS” (better known as the “fight or flight” system) and its partner, the Parasympathetic Nervous System, or “PNS” (commonly called the “rest and digest” system).

These two halves of the same whole are kind of like the temperature knob on your bathroom faucet: in order for the water temperature to stay within a comfortable range, there has to be enough hot water (SNS function) and enough cold water (PNS function) coming through the pipes. And in order to maintain that comfortable balance, we have to do things that support both sides in functioning optimally. A lot of the general “best health practices” that we’re all familiar with do support both the SNS and PNS, like getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. But the SNS has a tendency to work overtime, which is why so many of us struggle with Anxiety, neck and back pain, jaw tension, insomnia, muscle spasms, etc. no matter how “clean” our lifestyle is. You can think of these issues as “burns” from an excess of hot water (SNS function) without enough cold water (PNS function) to balance it out: when the nervous system is in that SNS-dominant “too hot” state, there’s no way for the body to “cool down”, lose weight, heal from injuries, or even get quality REM sleep. Without Restorative practices, we end up on an endless hamster wheel of working out and cutting calories, and seeing minimal results. The good news is that Symmetry Yoga offers the best support possible for the PNS: Restorative Yoga! Also, check our schedule regularly for other Yin/Restorative Yoga offerings.

Join Alex Crow for a luxurious 2-hour Restorative Yoga experience on Saturday, April 29th from 1:30-3:30REGISTER NOW! $40 Online / $45 At the Door.