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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.

Sunday Sound Baths with Missy Felsenstein

Sunday March 19th, April 9th, May 14th 7:00-8:30pm
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 caninduce 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.
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Friday Night Flow With Tina Spogli

Friday February 24th 8:00pm-9:00pm
Tina Spogli loves that yoga meets us where we are, as we are, and then forever changes our lives. She developed a deep love of the practice in 2007 while living in NYC, and the practice quickly became her sanctuary to quiet her body and mind amidst all of the hustle of the big city.

She believes in the transformative process of yoga, with its ability to bring us back into our bodies and breath, and stretch our limitations of what we think is possible, both on and off the mat. Her mantra is to come as you are, and observe what unfolds. Tina’s classes are thoughtful and intentional, sharing inspiration from her personal practice and life.

Tina is a 260 RYT, and a graduate from Laughing Lotus in New York and San Francisco. When she is not on the mat, you can find her in nature, exploring photography, and hanging with her animal friends! She is very grateful to be able to share her heart and practice with you.

Join Tina this month for Friday Night Flow with accompanying musician Egeman (Ege). Ege carries an incredible passion for music of all varieties. Utilizing techniques from a myriad of musical genres and styles, he creates sophisticated and interesting fusions. Ege is a musical renaissance man, and a stringed-instrument maestro, equally comfortable playing folk and classical tunes on his sitar, or playing blues on his electric guitar and harmonica. Learn more at: https://egemensanli.com

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Symmetry Weight Loss Workshop With Dr. B

Every Thursday 7:00pm
The Symmetry Weight Loss Program is a supervised nutrition protocol that has been scientifically proven to cause weight loss by targeting body fat.

All attainable while maintaining muscle mass and vitality!  With this program you can lose weight, detoxify, reduce or eliminate medications related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid and diabetes. Attend this complimentary workshop to learn how you can become a HEALTHIER version of you and stay healthy for a lifetime!

Join Symmetry’s Clinical Director, Cynthia Boyd D.C. And learn what it takes to keep the fat off and prevent future weight gain! Limited Seating so RSVP’s are necessary! Please call 510-769-0125 to register or click here.

Friday Night Flow With Nikki Borodi and @littlespiral

Friday January 27th 8:00pm-9:30pm

Let’s celebrate the entering of the new year 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. 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. To hear some of Yada’s heartfelt sounds please visit: www.littlespiral.com

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Yin Yoga Workshop: Body Breath and Mind with Charlotte von Hemert

Saturday February 25th 1:30pm-3:30pm

Harness the healing power of your body, breath and mind with Yin Yoga, breath work and meditation. In this 2-hour workshop we will focus on each of these areas directly as well as how they work together for a holistic and nourishing experience. You’ll learn some key tools that can help calm and balance the mind and body, de-stress and revitalize, and ultimately bring you to back to yourself.

Yin Yoga consists of long held (3-5 minutes) passive floor postures which specifically target connective tissue to increase circulation and mobility in the body, promote joint health, as well as stimulate energetic pathways in the body. Yin Yoga focuses on cultivating the more ‘yin’ qualities, which tend to get out of balance in our fast-paced, results-driven culture, such as slowing down into stillness, going inwards and acceptance.

Throughout the workshop we will also explore basic breathing exercises to prepare for meditation. We will conclude with a lightly guided meditation with simple, easy-to-follow instructions. This workshop is suitable for all levels and is a perfect introductory if you’re curious to learn more about Yin Yoga, breath work or meditation.

$40 pre-registered | $45 at the door

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Tum E Time!

Sundays Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 19, 26 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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