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Practices of Loving Kindness

May you be safe and protected and free from inner and outer harm.

May you be happy and content.

May you be healthy and whole to the fullest extent

May you know ease and well being in your life.

A friend and fellow teacher recent shared the above version of Metta (loving kindness) attributed to Thich Nhat Hanh. It has echoed inside of me for days and has been a source of comfort, compassion and courage.  

May you find inspiration, joy, strength and healing in your practice.  And may the studio help you on your journey.

Savonn, Bill & everyone at Bernal Yoga

Reminder:  Be sure to check the online schedule for any holiday weekend class changes.  Enjoy.

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Solar/Lunar Practices
with Savonn Wyland

Friday, Sept. 10th
"Solar/Strong Vinyasa" class 6-7:15pm
*regular studio class rates apply, please sign up in advance

"Lunar/Candlelight Yin with Restoratives"
extended class 7:45-9:00pm
save $5 by registering in advance

backbend tunnelSolar/Strong Vinyasa

A more challenging and faster paced Vinyasa Flow practice aimed at developing strength and stability, endurance and focus, as well as balance and mobility.  Familiarity of Sun Salutations (A and B series) is recommended. 

Lunar/Candlelight Yin with Restoratives
Need to relax, de-stress or make time for yourself? Candlelight Yin Yoga with Restoratives is a deep, meditative and often profound practice.   Infused in the longer, more passive holds is a meditative awareness of breath, mindfulness and presence.  This more quiet and still practice helps to tap into intuition and deep listening.

The Yin style involves holding and exploring poses for longer periods of time in order to let go of tensions stored in the body and to calm the nervous system. . Practicing this way helps to target deeper connective tissues especially around the hips, pelvis and lower spine.

Restorative poses will be included or when necessary can be substituted for some of the Yin poses.  The more restorative aspects will aid in creating calmness, deep relaxation and therapeutic support.

The class is suitable for most practitioners regardless of age, experience or familiarity with  Yin or Restorative yoga. Awareness, openings and insight become skillful tools in order to help overcome obstacles and challenges in life, increase joint mobility, heal injuries and provide necessary self-care.

Yoga off the Mat:
Intro to Ayurveda
with Gianna Piccardo
September 17th (7:30-9:30pm)
September 18th (1:30-3:30pm)
Cost $25 per session/ $40 for both sessions

Please register online in advance

Studying with Gianna is delightful.  She has a great presence and is an excellent instructor.  Recently, she held the same workshops at Bernal Yoga's sister studion in Portland.  The participants raved about their time in each of the classes.  and asked for more follow up classes. 

Gianna will be in the bay area in September and we are happy to be able to host her workshops at Bernal Yoga.  Please help us spread the word.

PART I  - Introduction to Ayurveda: Discover Ayurveda, the 3 doshas, and your basic Ayurvedic constitution. 

Part II - Deepen your Wisdom of Ayurveda: Advance your knowledge of Ayurveda's wisdom of routine in alignment with the rhythms of nature.  Understand the Ayurvedic perspective on food and eating to bring balance to your body and mind.

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More about Gianna

Yoga for Better Sleep and Less Anxiety
with Traci Joy Burleigh
Sunday, September 19th (1:00pm-3:00pm)
Save $5 by registering online in advance

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Deep sleep and a healthy nervous system are essential for health. Yoga can help the many of us that suffer from compromised sleep, anxiety, attention disorders, and the inability to focus.

Please join yoga therapist and teacher, Traci Joy Burleigh, for a lovely afternoon of asana, meditation, breath, and awareness. Learn techniques to help quiet the chatter in your mind so that you can live and rest well. Appropriate for all levels, beginning to advanced, this soothing class will give you the tools to establish your future health. Topics to be covered include foundations of focus, quieting the mind, body alignment, nourishment for the adrenals and nervous system, and somatic regeneratio

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Personalize Your Practice
VINIYOGA: Yoga Therapy Weekend
With Mirka Kraftsow
September 25th (1:15pm-4:15pm)
September 26th (1:00pm-4:00pm)
Workshop Cost: $45/session or $80 for full weekend

Please register in advance or email the studio if you are interested in attending but have questions or specific circumstances.

Yoga therapist Mirka Scalco Kraftsow is one of the leading teachers of the Viniyoga tradition. Viniyoga is a personalized approach to the practice of yoga that adapts to the unique conditions, needs, and interests of each individual.

Part I: VINIYOGA Therapy for Structural Integration and Relief from Common Aches and Pains: Focus will include Lower Back, Sacrum, Hips

Part II: VINIYOGA Therapy for Structural Integration and Relief from Common Aches and Pains: Focus will include Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders

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More About Mirka & Viniyoga

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Bliss: Thai Yoga Massage Workshop
with Bill Wyland
Friday, October 2nd (6:30-8:30pm)

Space is limited.  Pre registration only.

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Sign up early to save your place.

*Tea, Wine and Healthy Snacks will be served after the workshop

-No Yoga or Massage Experience Necessary

The healing art of Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient and sacred system of healing with roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic Medicine and Buddhism.  It is a unique and powerful system of Yoga Therapy, which combines acupressure, assisted Yoga stretches, energy work and meditation.
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Classes with Savonn Next Friday
Intro to Ayurveda
Stress Less, Sleep Better
Study with a Master (Mirka Kraftsow)
Workshop with Bill Wyland 10/2
Film Crawl on Cortand Ave
New Art Exhibit
Fall Schedule
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This Friday:
Film Crawl on Cortland Ave.

Evening begins at Inclusions Gallery for Meet-the-Filmmakers reception and music.

Start the crawl from one end of Cortland Avenue
to the other for a roving cinema experience.

Plan to enjoy a movable feast of film going, meeting filmmakers and film-lovers, alike.

Films will be shown at multiple venues:

Bernal Yoga will screen a program of Kid-friendly films at the 7:30pm screening, and a mixed bag at
the 8:30pm screening.

For a complete lineup of films and events, visit
Olivia Brown: Bernal Om Exhibit

At the center of Olivia Brown's paintings is
an investigation into movement through the
passage of time. Acting as a cipher for
elemental forces, Brown records her own
movement on the canvas with a shellac medium, emphasizing the immediacy, vibrancy and
sharp detail of her movement. The finished
paintings create deeply layered  microcosms
of swirling and shifting colors. These particular
paintings were inspired by the amazing teachers
and fellow students Brown has encountered
through practising at Bernal Yoga.

The 17-canvas Bernal-Om in the main yoga
studio seeks to reflect the harmony, movement,
softness and utter delight she has found in the
diversity of the Bernal Yoga experience.

For more information you can visit and
New Schedule with
Additional Classes Starts
Next Week

Print schedules will be available at the studio. 

The online schedule is up to date nd you can
preview the weeks in advance.

Some highlights:

*Community Class*
Fridays, 2:30-4:00pm
with Sarwang
Donation based class, pay what you can.

Fridays/Saturday/Sunday Night Vinyasa Classes
6:00-7:15pm Vinyasa Classes
Fridays, 6:00-7:15pm with Katherine Otis
Saturdays, 6:15-7:30pm with Rebecca Rogers
Sundays, 6:00--7:15pm with TJ Burleigh