Class Descriptions

SMC teachers are the finest in the Bay Area. The lead teachers have an average of 50 years of practice each. They are thoughtful, experienced and ready to help with whatever is happening for you in that moment. This is a generalized outline of the variety of classes we offer. Many of our classes would fall under several categories, but this will give you a start.

General Classes

Health Care
Series
Restorative Yoga
General Yoga Therapy
Yoga for Healthy Backs
Yoga of the Heart
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Yoga for Osteoporosis
Qi Gong /
Tai Chi
Yoga for Stroke +TBI
Foundation
Classes
Yoga for Vets
Group Sports

Healthcare Series

MON 
10-11AM
Yoga Therapy with Kaiser Permanente
Healthcare Series
Teacher: Robin Gueth
A yoga therapy class promoting self-observation and practice in order to manage stress, pain, and injury.
Equipment/ Special Instructions:: This is a 2 month discounted series with 1 class per week, beginning Jan-Feb, March-April, May-June, July-August, Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec. Class is held online. No special equipment is needed.
SAT
10-11AM
WED
4-5 PM
Healthcare Yoga Series
Healthcare Series
Teacher: Ellen
A yoga therapy class that begins with a baseline of individual student needs and uses breathwork, functional movement, and mindfulness to ease chronic pain and stress. Great for anyone who wants to feel better and/or manage chronic pain and stress.
Equipment/ Special Instructions: This is a 2 month discounted series with 1 class per week, beginning Jan-Feb, March-April, May-June, July-August, Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec. Class is held online. No special equiptment is needed.

General Yoga Therapy Classes

 
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MON 
10-11AM
InnerBody Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Robin Gueth
A general yoga therapy class using gentle movement to address individual injury, chronic issues, stress, or pain, and to promote connection with breath and proprioception.
Equipment: None
SAT
10-11AM
Pelvic Floor and Core Strength
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Robin
Create strength in and awareness of deep core muscles for improved functional movement, incontinence, pelvic health, and reduced back pain.
Equipment: None
SAT
10-11AM
Viniyoga Tools for Daily Life
Yoga Therapy - General Viniyoga
Teacher: Lynn
A generalized yoga therapy session that assesses students’ individual needs at the start of class and uses a gentle combination of breathwork, movement, and meditation to unwind, release, and ease the mind and body. Everyone is welcome. Appropriate for all levels.
Equipment: None
MON 
10-11AM
Viniyoga
Yoga Therapy - General - Viniyoga
Teacher: Lynn
Nourish and heal with lots of individual modification, personal attention, and linking breath to movement. Lynn develops each sequence based on the needs of her students in that moment. Appropriate for seniors and beginners. A private session is a great way to get to know the movements of Viniyoga.
Equipment: None
MON 
10-11AM
Yoga Tools for Daily Life
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Ellen 
Slow-moving and designed to strengthen and align, Justine’s practice uses a combination of movement and holding poses. She is an expert in using asana to cultivate personal power and expression in and out of the studio.
Equipment: None
SAT
10-11AM
Be Grounded: Hatha With a Therapeutic Focus
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Teresa
Each class will begin with a series of gentle warm up sequences, followed by various sequences designed to align the body from the ground up. Classes are designed to create more stability and fluidity. Movements as asana instructions will be tailored to student's needs and requests. Each class will conclude with breath-work, calming visualization, and chanting. All levels welcome.
Equipment: None
MON 
10-11AM
Hatha With a Therapeutic Focus
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Justine
Get grounded in this practice that begins with individual student assessments and explores both dynamic and static postures in order to build strength, focus, and alignment. Excellent for all levels and older students looking to build both inner and outer strength.
Equipment: None
SAT
10-11AM
Yoga with Balls and Rollers
Yoga Therapy - General
Teacher: Kim
Classes will focus on creating musculoskeletal balance through the use of SMR (self myofascial release), creative asana sequencing, and props (e.g. balls, blocks, bands). This practice will release restrictions in the body, stretch short and tight muscles, and tone under-active muscles to increase mobility, flexibility, and stability. Each class is designed to support our everyday movement patterns and will address common problem areas (e.g. Hips, Shoulders, Back, Core).
Equipment: None
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Yoga for Healthy Backs

 
MON 
10-11AM
Viniyoga for Healthy Backs - Holistic Back Care
Yoga for Healthy Backs
Teacher: Lynn
Restore functional movement and alignment to the spine with gentle movement and breathing to open and balance the body. Lynn develops each sequence based on the needs of her students in that moment. Appropriate for seniors and beginners. A private session is a great way to get to know the movements before class.
Equipment: Blocks, rolled-up blanket or bolster, blanket or towel for extra padding under knees or back.
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Yoga for Healthy Aging

MON 
10-11AM
Healthy Aging Yoga Therapy
Healthy Aging Yoga Therapy
Teacher: Polly
An intimate yoga therapy class to promote functional movement for active and healthy aging, including balancing and core strength. Individual modification and alignment are emphasized to build joint strength. Appropriate for all levels.
Equipment: None
MON 
10-11AM
Balance and Breathe
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Teacher: Tiffany
A dynamic practice designed to get your mind, breath, and body moving, to build strength and alignment, and to develop focus, power, and balance.
Equipment: Two blocks are handy for modifications. A blanket to sit on or use as a bolster.
Special instructions: None. All levels welcome. All modifications accepted and encouraged.
MON 
10-11AM
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Healthy Aging Yoga Therapy
Teacher: Justine
Physical practices and breath work for healthy aging.
Equipment: None
MON 
10-11AM
Yoga for Stability and Balance
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Teacher: Justine
Increases core strength and stability using Pilates Principles. Full body integrated movement at a pace appropriate for 50 and up and all fitness levels.
Equipment: None
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