Tri-Valley Yoga

I’ve been so delighted to see yoga grow in the Tri-Valley. Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Walnut Creek have exploded with delicious yoga options these past few years. If you can’t find a certified Yoga Teacher at your local gym, be sure and explore one of these dedicated yoga studios. You’ll find some of the best teachers yoga has to offer.

 

The Gym: Yep, if you’re new to yoga check out your local gym. Chances are, you already have a membership and access to some really great teachers. Right now, I know many great teachers employed at: LVTC, Lifestyles RX, and Crunch Fitness. A word to the wise? Check out the instructors, and go in with an open mind. You really want an instructor who has a minimum 200-hour certificate from a recognized yoga school vs. a fitness instructor who teaches yoga. No offense to fitness instructors – I have been one, and they do a fabulous job at fitness – but yoga as a physical practice is very intricate. Good instruction truly requires both a deep level of knowledge and personal first-hand experience.

Livermore:

Cosmic Dog Yoga – CDY has a full schedule, offering a huge variety of class styles and levels. If you’re new to yoga, there is the Intro, Stretch, Yin and Gentle classes to choose from. If you’re looking for variations on Ashtanga, this studio offers (in my opinion) the best Flow Yoga teachers I know, plus everything in between. CDY hosts workshops, series, Advanced Studies, and in my opinion – the Teacher Training Program there is PRIMO – the best approach to flow yoga I’ve ever seen! (I’m a bit biased, since I run the program and had a huge hand in creating the curriculum) The space has natural light, beautiful rooms, a store-front boutique and babysitting. Karen Izzo and Theresa Guinasso are the new owners and will take good care of you. The community of students there is so down-to-earth, dedicated, inclusive and warm. I can’t imagine leaving there without a hug from someone. Catch me there for class sometime!

Pleasanton:

Downtown Yoga – Downtown Yoga is run by the amazing yoga duo, Kate and Jim Coughlin. The Coughlin’s both specialize in Iyengar yoga, and the studio reflects their specialty. These two know their stuff.  The studio is beautiful and charming, tucked in – as the name suggests –  right off the main drag of Downtown Pleasanton. They recently expanded the studio, opening a second room to offering more classes and times. They also run workshops, Teacher Trainings, and retreats.

San Ramon:

The Yoga Company – Audrey Allen and Gloria Capron own this studio, and man – do they know their stuff! TYC is tucked into the industrial neighborhood of San Ramon, behind Home Depot (mapquest will be your friend in finding this little gem). TYC is home to two yoga rooms and a comprehensive class schedule, offering several styles of yoga, workshops, Advanced Studies and a Teacher Training Program. The Yoga Company has been around for nearly a decade, and offers some of the best yoga in the tri-valley. The studios are warm, and the community there is inclusive and vibrant.

The Yoga Fusion – Gloria Persico and Greg Riley have teamed up to open this brand new little jewel box of a yoga studio. Tucked in off of historic San Ramon Valley Blvd, this brand new studio comes complete with a ropes wall and a soon-to-be-evolving yoga schedule. Gloria has been teaching in this area for years now, having started many of the area’s best yoga teachers on their yoga paths. Greg brings a huge following and a unique approach to yoga to this space and together – they bring enthusiasm, warmth and love to their new yoga venture. The space is open and cozy at the same time – a one room studio dedicated to bringing you seasoned, experienced, and dedicated yoga teachers.

Danville:

Danville Yoga Center – To be honest, I have very little experience with DYC, having only taken one class there a few years ago. DYC is located off of the beaten path in downtown Danville. It’s a quiet space and a has a gentle feel to it. You won’t find a huge variety of athletic yoga here, but you will definitely find a community dedicated to hatha yoga. Check it out!

The Studio – The Studio is less of a yoga studio and more of a holistic-themed gym environment. BUT, I’m listing it here because the director and the studio are dedicated to bringing “real” yoga to the space. The yoga room is a dedicated space for yoga and the yoga program takes itself seriously. This is a great place for those who want yoga along with other forms of exercise. An offshoot of the amazing ClubSport in Pleasanton, these guys seems to be offering great quality yoga in a beautiful environment.

Walnut Creek:

YogaWorks – YogaWorks is a studio (multiple studios in one) in it’s own class. Located in downtown Walnut Creek on the second floor, this place is stunning and beautiful, offering two main yoga rooms filled with natural light, a third group room with a ropes wall, pilates/reformer room, private rooms, locker rooms complete with showers, a light-filled lounge and boutique. It is impeccable, both in its appearance and its programming. You’ll find a huge variety of classes, anytime of the day.  They specialize in their YogaWorks method of yoga which is, in my opinion, designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of people. This is a corporate environment, and while I love taking class there, I miss the warmth that comes from having owners onsite and a community of students who huddle up together. These guys offer everything though: weekend workshops, series, and Teacher Training Programs. Check out their impressive schedule.

Bikram: Do you like it hot and sweaty? Need the Double D’s of Detox and Discipline? Bikram is just for you then. I list these two studios separately, because Bikram is really in it’s own class of yoga. Repetitive, hot, non-flowing, and uber-structured, this style of yoga is not for the faint of heart (literally). You will not be offered options, rests or deep philosophy. You will however, feel lighter, renewed and much more focused. You can expect a simple, bare bones room with carpet and mirrors. Bring a towel or two, water for after class, and a sense of adventure.

Bikram Yoga Pleasanton

Bikram Yoga San Ramon

5 Responses to “Tri-Valley Yoga”

  1. Lisa Gray August 1, 2007 at 8:07 pm #

    I really like Stephen Cope’s “Yoga and the Quest for the True Self”. It is an awesome read.

  2. Julie September 26, 2007 at 2:42 am #

    Thanks for the tip on Laura Camp, she was incredibly fun and vibrant and I can’t wait to go back. She is so happy and enthusiastic, much like one of my very favorite yoga teachers, YOU!

  3. barefootbhakti September 26, 2007 at 7:19 am #

    Lisa,
    I just got Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.. thank you for the recommendation. It’s fascinating, I love it.

    Julie… I’m not surprised you loved Laura. She is one of the best. It’s really not all that far and definitely worth the drive. We’ll carpool!

  4. Michael Tim March 1, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    I love your site!

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  5. sarahlily4ever March 13, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    How do you recommend we practice yoga at home? Thanks! 🙂

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