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Let Me Fat in Peace!

Fat YogaSaturday July 14
1:30pm-3:30pm

An Afternoon Celebrating Body Positive Wellness + Plus Size People with Valerie Sagun (aka Big Gal Yoga and Misia (Hatha Holistic)!

Social media star Valerie Sagun is a powerful voice in the body positive movement. With more than 100,000 avid followers on Instagram and a constant stream of highly engaged traffic on her website, fans adore Valerie for her fearless acceptance of her beautiful body and her encouragement of self-love. Valerie will have signed copies of her latest book “Big Gal Yoga.

Misia is a licensed Body Positive Facilitare and has attained over 700-hours of professional Yoga Teacher Training. Over the last 20 years she’s studied Yoga, Dance, Integrative Nutrition, Meditation and Urban Permaculture and founded Hatha Holistic Integrative Wellness. Students enjoy Misia’s therapeutic approach to teaching Hatha Yoga! This event is perfect for newbies and also seasoned yoga practitioners.

Early Bird Discount $50 (Includes a Signed Copy of Valerie’s Book “Big Gal Yoga”)
After 6/30/18: $55
*Symmetry Members receive 20% off discount

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Friday Night Flow with Mary Smith and Reisender!

Alameda Yoga ClassesFriday June 29th
7:00pm-8:30pm

Kick off your weekend with live music that will inspire you to move through an open level yoga class taught by Mary Smith. In the Month June, 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 Mary 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.

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Develop Your Home Practice with Inbal Meron

Yoga in AlamedaSaturday June 2nd
1:30-3:30pm
Deepen your experience of yoga and learn to design a practice of your very own.

Self practice opens a space in your life to participate and embrace the wonder of your very own life force. Dedicating this time and caring of yourself in this focused way will have a profound effect on every level of your being.

For many practitioners the home practice is confusing, elusive and hard to start or maintain. In this workshop you will receive the tools to develop and maintain a simple and effective home practice that is designed specifically for you!

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$35 Early Bird | $40 Day of | 20% Discount for Symmetry Members

Rejuvenate and Restore: Therapeutic Posture Stretch with Ann Moore

Rejuvenate and Restore Saturday May 5th
1:30-3:30pm

ired of waking up sore and stiff? Do you miss the strength, flexibility and vitality of your youth? Well then, Therapeutic Posture Stretch (TPS) is for you!

TPS was created to remind your body and mind of earlier times in your life when your posture was perfect. You will learn to improve and align your posture, and regain and maintain flexibility. As a result, you will have access to untapped strength that already exists in your body!

You will learn stretches, ball-rolling techniques and exercises that meet your body’s specific needs. This workshop will help you undo the negative effects of sitting, forward-bending and other life stresses that impact your posture, flexibility and strength. Come learn the combination to unlock your neck, shoulders, feet, low back, and more.

It is commonly believed that with aging comes pain. This does not have to be true! Join us in reeducating your body and mind; learn again how wonderful it feels to be pain free, and how to stay that way. Whether you are a novice or seasoned athlete, or new to exercise altogether, this class is for you! All levels of fitness are welcome.

Ann is a passionate high-energy reposturing practitioner and massage therapist. She offers transformational bodywork to relieve tension through the whole body while bringing your natural vitality back to life.

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$40 Early Bird | $45 Day of | 10% discount for Symmetry members

Friday Night Flow with Nikki Borodi and The Minnesota Child

YogaFriday April 27th
7:00pm-8:30pm

Close the month of April with live music that will inspire you to move through this open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi This month we are joined by singer-songwriter Ethan Buckner (aka The Minnesota Child). His blend of soulful melodies, stirring lyrics and intricate harmonies to produce a rhythmic indie folk/pop sound will inspire and connect you to your practice!

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, you’re in for a deep 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.

The Minnesota Child is the moniker of Oakland-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ethan Buckner. In 2016, Ethan teamed up with his brother, drummer and producer Matt Buckner, to infuse his raw and emotional songs with a lush and symphonic sound. In February 2018, TMC debuted as a full band headlining Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. His brand-new record, Fireflies, is “a life affirming, joyful collection of songs that find the beauty in both the dark and the light” (Impose).

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Friday Night Flow with Nikki Borodi and Little Spiral

Yoga Studio ClassesFriday March 30th
7:00pm-8:30pm

Spiritual Wellness Month is historically celebrated during the month of March and provides us with a great opportunity to practice living life in balance and harmony within our body, mind and spirit.

Celebrate this time with live music that will inspire you to move through this open level yoga class taught by Nikki Borodi This month we are joined by singer-songwriter Suzanne Yada who will inspire your practice with melodic vocals and fluid piano riffs.

Whether you are new to yoga or a long time yogi, this class with Nikki and Suzanne 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.

@ Little Spiral @, a.k.a. Suzanne Yada, is an electronic singer-songwriter who writes at the intersection of technology and heart. She mixes her indie rock, pop, classical and roots influences with her background in poetry, media and the internet to create clever little piano pop songs for the digital age. Fans of Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer, Mary Lambert, Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor will feel right at home in the @ Little Spiral @ galaxy. To hear some of Yada’s heartfelt sounds please visit: www.littlespiral.com

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TRE® Workshop with Aviva Levine

Yoga Classes AlamedaSaturday April 7th
1:30pm-3:30pm

Aviva Levine is back and excited to share another round of TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercises) with the Symmetry Yoga community. This workshop quickly sold out the first time and the benefits of this amazing technique are invaluable.

If you’re new to TRE®, sign up for the entire workshop. If you have TRE® experience then you have the option of just attending Part II.

1:30-2:30pm – Intro to TRE (explanation of TRE®, Forrest Yoga abdominals and some Pelvic exercises)
2:30-3:30pm – Part II – TRE®

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

TRE® is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being.

Our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run, freeze or fight. A constantly contracting psoas due to stress or tension, eventually begins to shorten leading to a host of painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive complications.

Entire workshop (part I + part II) : $40 early bird | $45 day of
Just Part II : $25 early bird | $35 day of

This workshop sold out last time, to secure your spot sign up here!

Kirtan with Astrud & the Cosmic Caravan

AlamedaSaturday March 31st
7:00pm-8:30pm

Join us for a lovely evening of gathering in community and joining our voices in song. 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 the state of bliss that is in us as us.

Suggested Donation $20… Donations can be made online when you register or taken in person at the event.

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Back in Action with Aviva Levine

yogaSaturday March 10th
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.

$40 pre-registered | $45 at the door

These workshops usually sells out, reserve your spot and Sign Up Here!

Sunday Sound Bath with Missy Felsenstein

Yoga in AlamedaSunday February 25th
7:00pm-8:30pm

Support your ability to “re-wire” your nervous system and release physical tension and accumulated stress as you lie back in this sound savasana. Experience ultimate relaxation as you are immersed by the blended tones of specially tuned gongs and quartz crystal singing bowls. These instruments can induce meditative like states and are highly effective at nourishing the nervous system, providing relief for chronic pain, digestive issues, insomnia, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and more. You will leave feeling completely refreshed and re-tuned for the coming week.

No yoga or meditation experience required, all ages and abilities welcome. Simply lie back and receive sound. Led by yoga therapist, sound healer and professional relaxer Melissa Felsenstein, learn more at innersoundsyoga.com.
$25 early bird, $30 day of event

$25 early bird, $30 day of event.
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