Yoga is a time-honored means to wellness. It delivers increased flexibility, improves stability, and works to fine-tune and strengthen the body. Beyond those physical benefits, it also promotes calm and peace.

At Planet Granite, our climbing-savvy yogis have trained under great teachers including Rusty Wells, Rod Stryker, and Shiva Rea. Drop-in on morning classes for $20, or better yet, get unlimited yoga as part of a membership package for less than $90 a month!

Yoga classes are offered daily, from early morning classes for the perfect wake-up to evening sessions to close out your day. Whether you’re looking to find your breath and release from your busy day or get a workout, we offer a variety of classes to meet your needs!

 

New To Yoga

Our classes are open to all levels of yoga students. Try a couple of different styles and instructors to see what suits your needs best, but a good class to start with is Yoga Foundations (Sunnyvale or San Francisco) or Foundations of Flow (Belmont) classes. Please arrive early and let the instructor know that you’re new to yoga. Always be sure to let him/her know if you are working with injuries or special conditions. Listen to the instructions that the teacher explains during each pose to make sure your body is in the right position; often the instructor will describe modifications to the pose for beginners. Most importantly, remember to breathe and to have fun!

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What do I bring and/or wear?

Wear comfortable, stretchy workout clothing that allows you to move freely. You’ll need a yoga mat and a towel. We rent mats at the front desk for $1 and towels are available in the studio. Please bring a lock if you would like to use our complimentary lockers.

Why should I practice yoga?

A yoga practice will increase your flexibility and tone your muscles. It promotes cardio and circulatory health, improved balance and better posture. Yoga also teaches you how to quiet the mind and bring focus to where you want your energy to go….whether it’s a yoga practice, a hard route you want to climb or a difficult day at the office! It’s a perfect complement to your climbing and fitness programs. Planet Granite offers all three with one membership!

How long are the classes?

Our yoga classes are generally 75-90 minutes long. Weekday noon classes are 60-75 minutes. If you need to leave early from a class, please let your instructor know before class. In addition, if there is a class ahead of you, please wait to enter the room until the instructor has opened the door. Please check your local gym’s schedule for specific times.

Why are some classes heated?

Warm muscles are more elastic and less susceptible to injury. A heated room makes it easier to warm up and obtain a better range of motion during class.

What should I not bring to Yoga?

As breathing is a very important part of yoga, we ask you to please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or products in class. In addition, if you are having trouble breathing (congestion, sniffles, coughs), your body might be telling you to rest and heal. It might be best if you wait until the next class.  Please do not bring cell phones to class.

Is Yoga Foundations for me?

If it’s your first class or you are fairly new to yoga this is the place to start! In this class, you will learn the basic tools to build a progressive practice over time. If you are an advanced student, this class will allow you to explore the finer subtleties of each pose. It’s an opportunity to remove some of the old habits that prevent you from moving on into deeper more advanced postures. Each class will build on something different, from sun salutations to cobra pose and even abdominals, breaking down the movement so that each student learns proper form and alignment. Stick with this class and you will slowly build strength and a “foundation” on which to build your practice.

Styles

Foundations of Flow

Great for beginning and experienced students alike, this class is designed to give you a language and an understanding of the practice(s) of Yoga. Not specifically an easy class, it is designed to get you feeling stable, balanced, at ease and accomplished in your practice. This class is good for those new to yoga or students looking to fine-tune their practice.

Power

A fast-paced class in which the sequence of poses changes with each class. Poses flow from one to the next for a strengthening and calorie-burning workout. This is a challenging class that is open to all levels of students. If you’re new to Power it may take a few times, but you’ll soon catch on to the basics!

Restorative Yoga

Restoratives are meditative poses in which the body is supported with props and held for extended periods of time. Recent neurological research shows that 20 minutes in a well supported restorative pose is equal to 2 hours worth of good sleep in terms of brainwave activity and cell regeneration. From this still place, the body is more able to access its natural ability to cleanse, heal, rest, sleep, grow, and build immunities. Restorative Yoga is open to all levels of students.

Vinyasa Flow

An evolving form of Hatha yoga, this style focuses on integrating breath and movement through steady and fluid asana sequences called Vinyasa. Vinyasa flow is a dynamic and flowing yoga practice. It synchronizes breath and movement using Sun Salutations to connect poses.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga opens up the deep, dense, connective tissues and joints of the body which are not often reached in an active yang yoga class. Each class offers a series of poses held for a considerable length of time to allow for complete and passive release. The mind and body are given a chance to relax and unwind. This class is appropriate for students interested in increasing flexibility, releasing tension and preparing the body for longer periods of seated meditation.

YOGA FAQ

Why should I join?

Planet Granite Yoga offers a complete experience that includes unlimited yoga, climbing, fitness classes and more. Our individual, family and student memberships include unlimited yoga and fitness classes. In addition, we offer multiple workshops and lectures throughout the year for which our members will receive discounted rates.

How will I know when class schedules change?

We post any changes or if a teacher has a sub instructor to our Yoga Schedule. 

Why should I take different classes?

We offer a variety of classes and encourage students to try all of the mas it will help round out their practice. Also, our foundations classes can help advanced yogis find subtle changes to further their personal practice.

What are some basic guidelines?

  • Please be respectful of the quiet space when entering the studio.
  • No shoes inside the yoga room (shoes just inside the door is fine).
  • Inform your instructor of any injuries or illnesses.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in. Lockers are free to use in the restrooms but please bring your own lock.
  • Please be mindful of the class if you arrive late. If you are 15 minutes late, please wait for the next class.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Towels are available in the bathrooms.
  • Have fun! Yoga is a mindful meditation, please do not push yourself beyond your personal limitations!

Is Yoga Foundations for me?

If it’s your first class or you are fairly new to yoga this is the place to start! In this class, you will learn the basic tools to build a progressive practice over time. If you are an advanced student, this class will allow you to explore the finer subtleties of each pose. It’s an opportunity to remove some of the old habits that prevent you from moving on into deeper more advanced postures. Each class will build on something different, from sun salutations to cobra pose and even abdominals, breaking down the movement so that each student learns proper form and alignment. Stick with this class and you will slowly build strength and a “foundation” on which to build your practice.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please email mary@planetgranite.com or contact your local Planet Granite, if you have further questions.

Pricing

Class Drop-in (includes access to gym)
   
$25
Morning Class (M-F before 1pm – no in/out privileges)
   
$20
10 Class Pack
   
$225
 Yoga Mat Rental      $1

 

Regular visitors save money by becoming members! Those can be paid monthly or yearly. Yearly memberships are non-refundable. Yoga memberships also include access to climbing and fitness classes. For more information, see the pricing and membership page.

YOGA INSTRUCTORS

Jillian Glikbarg

Yoga Manager | Instructor
BIO

Jillian Glikbarg

Yoga Manager | Instructor

jillian@planetgranite.com

about me

Jillian is an E-RYT 500, Director of the Bindu Yoga Teacher Training school, and the Yoga Program Manager at Planet Granite. IN 2011 Jillian was initiated into the Sri Vidya lineage by Yogarupa Rod Stryker and is a senior ParaYoga teacher as well.

In her classes you will experience a modern narrative on the intimate conversation between breath, body and mind, while exploring Tantra hatha techniques of asana, kryia, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation. The combination of tantra techniques, intelligent sequencing and relevant narrative are used to create very specific energetic effects.

Her classes always yield a logical progression, periods of challenge, and release into ease and stillness at the end. Students are led with verbal cues and hands on adjustments into safe alignment while deepening their practice. Her narrative takes the mystery out of yoga and allows all levels of students to experience the practice with intensity, humor, grace and joy.

BEN DINEEN

Yoga Instructor
BIO

BEN DINEEN

Yoga Instructor

about me

Ben began his studies of yoga in 1996 with his primary yogic mentor, Iyengar Yoga instructor Ben Thomas. Since that time, his practice of mindfulness and exploration of the Self has continued and has led him to pursue studies with a variety of teachers in a variety of different traditions. The main traditions he has studied include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda, and Anusara. Some of the yogic training courses he has attended over the years include a year of study in the Iyengar Yoga Institute Advanced Teacher Training program, teacher training with Doug Swenson, as well as living and practicing at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Grass Valley for several months as staff.

Ben’s classes are a balanced blend of asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation, and yoga philosophy. Ben enjoys sharing the practice of yoga with all levels and varieties of students. In addition to teaching yoga, Ben is also a longtime practitioner and teacher of taiji and qigong, and in his spare time he enjoys hiking, gardening, painting, and photography, among other things. To learn more about Ben and his offerings you may visit www.wakefulway.org.

classes

Vinyasa – Wednesday 7:30pm, Sunday 4pm

JOANNEH NAGLER

Yoga Instructor
BIO

JOANNEH NAGLER

Yoga Instructor

about me

JoAnneh Nagler has taught Hatha Yoga for more than 20 years. Her practices include Ashtanga, Anusara, Power, and Restorative Yoga. With a focus on alignment and the natural movements of the body, she delivers a strength-training, flexibility-promoting, vigorous class which improves core-strength and keeps joints limber and healthy. She believes in promoting “heat” in the body, and creates asana sequences which offer students an active and challenging practice. Her teaching is focused on a mind-body connection, and works with the principals of building a strong core to create a sense of freedom, both in yoga practice and in life. She is skilled in teaching both beginners and advanced students.

Among others, she has trained with Anthony & Rebecca Benenati and Tanya Bielke (City Yoga, Los Angeles), Adam Schell (Los Angeles), Stephen Urth (Los Angeles) and Marie & Larry Schultz (It’s Yoga, Sonoma), JoAnneh has also studied and trained in Nepal, as well as worked for Crunch, Gold’s, PJCC, Being Yoga, and numerous studios all over California. She has an extensive knowledge of fitness, visualization, nutrition and movement.

classes

Monday 7:30pm – Power
Wednesday & Friday 6:45am – Power
Thursday 6:00pm – Power

DORIS PALMER

Yoga Instructor
BIO

DORIS PALMER

Yoga Instructor

about me

background
After graduating from Tufts University in Massachusetts with a degree in International Relations, I continued my studies in academia and received my Masters in Mass Communications. However, as I journey through life I realize that practicing and teaching yoga fulfilled me much more than any other path. Yoga has changed my life, and I find great inspiration from my own practice and from my students. I began practicing yoga in 1996. I have studied extensively at Foothill College with Ben Thomas, a Senior Certified Iyengar teacher with over 30 years of experience. I received my teaching certificate in 2004. Recently, I had the opportunity to study in San Francisco with globally renowned restorative teacher, Judith Lasater at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco and received my restorative teacher certification. I continue to study with Ben Thomas at Foothill College and attend yoga workshops throughout the state because I believe in the importance of knowledge and staying “fresh” in the discipline of yoga.

philosophy
Just be.

teaching style
I tend to draw upon many styles of yoga as I believe there is only one yoga and each style of yoga brings new understanding to the yogic path. I try to tune into the needs of each student whether it is building strength and flexibility or becoming more self aware in their own practice. I focus on alignment, infusing balance and creating space with each asana as, I consider, most injuries are caused by either being misaligned, out of balance or from a lack of space.
www.dorisyoga.com

classes

Tuesday & Thursday 615am – Vinyasa

EDWINA FERRO

Yoga Instructor
BIO

EDWINA FERRO

Yoga Instructor

about me

Edwina, better known as Eddie, has been practicing and studying Yoga for 14 years. Her playful, friendly, inviting demeanor will have you leaving her class feeling light-hearted and open with a craving for more. Eddie believes that being who we are begins with being where we are. Her key elements for transformation and change include safely exploring the edges of your physical body and being lovingly forgiving with yourself!

Eddie’s fascination with Yogic alignment and the ability to express the body through supported strength and flexibility are infused in her classes as she keeps your mind focused and connected with your breath. She lives her dharma teaching the art of yoga in the hopes that her students reconnect with their true Self and feel good about their WHOLE BEING. It is true to her that the body is our temple and holds all the information we need.

Eddie’s expertise and passion lie in the Hatha, Vinyasa, and Bakti fundamentals. She has a firm foundation in the 8 fold path of Buddhism and has a dedicated Samatha-Vipassana meditation practice. The salubrious world of Yoga has allowed her to integrate all aspects of her life into her practice. Her studies also include Prenatal Yoga, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Yin. Prior to Yoga, Eddie was a devoted Classical Ballet dancer and member of the Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Influential mentors and inspiration in her life are Jean Mazzei, Elise Lorimer, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main and Golden Tree Holistic. Yoga Tree Teacher Training Alumni and E-RYT.

www.edwinaferroyoga.com

classes

Tuesday 12pm – Vinyasa
Friday 6pm – Vinyasa
Saturday 10:45am – Foundations

SUE PHAN

Yoga Instructor
BIO

SUE PHAN

Yoga Instructor

about me

Sue Phan teaches with an iyengar background, emphasizing alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility. She completed her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is currently a student of Ben Thomas since 1999, and a former student of Klaus Lehrach, Manouso Manos, and Patti Graul . Sue’s belief is that anyone can do yoga, and strives to create class sequences that provide both accessible and challenging movements for everyone in the room. The Iyengar system provides a wide array of postures, techniques, and tools, so every class can offer something for every level of experience and fitness. She appreciates all forms of yoga, has studied several of them, and has adopted techniques that she enjoys and that shed light on the movements.

classes

Monday 6pm – Slow Flow

Nadia Shaw

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Nadia Shaw

Yoga Instructor

BIO

When Nadia’s parents placed her in a violin class, she decided to follow her older sister into ballet instead. That is when she discovered how much she loved to move. She spent the next 10+ years training in classical ballet, jazz and tap dance.

In 2003, Nadia once again followed her sister, but this time into yoga class. Nadia loves how Yoga can be very physically and mentally challenging, but at the same time grounding – allowing everyone to tune into their mind and body as they discover rhythm and beauty in their own flow. She spent the next 7 years exploring the various branches of yoga before discovering vinyasa. This eventually brought her to complete her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification with Linda McGrath in 2011.

Nadia’s classes are built around creative sequences so students can be grounded in the present and focused on body awareness. She loves helping students try new poses by taking a light-hearted approach in breaking down seemingly impossible poses into workable components. In her other life, you can find her lurking around PG, cuddling her 2 dogs, working her tech day job, or randomly posting on Instagram.

CLASSES

Vinyasa – Saturday 4pm

DANAE ROBINETT

Yoga Instructor
BIO

DANAE ROBINETT

Yoga Instructor

about me

Danae Robinett is a certified Yoga teacher and holds a degree in Dance from Arizona State University. She is thankful to the co-worker who dragged her to a single Bikram Yoga class in 1999 igniting a spark of curiosity and bliss that inspires her to continue an exploration of all that yoga has to offer.

Danae draws inspiration from many sources to create her Yoga classes. Please come prepared to sweat, smile and shine. Danae radiates a playful spirit while still honoring the sacredness of Yoga…laughter is essential and for some of the seemingly harder poses she suggests a smile while in the pose. Danae fosters a nurturing environment whereby students realize their true potential in the art of trying and taking the risk. What we learn on our mats automatically translates into the other areas of our lives resulting in transformational effects.

Danae is grateful to all her teachers and grateful to be on this path. She is grateful to witness the powerful effects of Yoga in herself and that of her students.

Yoga does not stop happening when you roll up your mat!

classes

Sunday 9:30am – Slow Flow

MAUREEN AITKEN

Yoga Instructor
BIO

MAUREEN AITKEN

Yoga Instructor

about me

Maureen was drawn to yoga as a teenager in Scotland but her yoga was self-taught from books. Arriving in the US gave her an opportunity to tap into some of the best yoga teaching available.

She has taught yoga since 2005 and has gained many hours of yoga training in Ashtanga, Somatic yoga, Hatha yoga in the Anusara style, Yin, Pre-natal and Thai yoga therapy and teaches, Gentle, Rest and Restore, Yin and Vinyasa yoga as well as Pilates, Barre and TRX. Her main goal is to offer yoga as a therapy to students, offering asanas to strengthen and improve flexibility.

She completed a Holistic Health Practitioner training in 2008 and as a Reiki practitioner recognizes that the universe truly is all energy. She believes that through yoga, we can dissolve energy blockages, softening our edges, refining the shift into the right brain to help us find the peace which resides within each of us, becoming more compassionate and empathetic individuals.

During Maureen’s journey, she has taken workshops with John Friend, Nischala Joy Devi, Brian Dorfman, Judith Lasater, Rusty Wells, Scott Blossom, Sally Kempton, Carlos Pomedo, Martin Kirk, Desiree Rumbaugh, Larry Payne, and is indebted to her teachers: Kim Sol, Erhard Rohrmuller, Noah Maze, Roger Cole, Geri Portnoy, Bernie Clark, her husband, children and every student she’s had the fortune to encounter; each has enriched her life.

classes

Thursdays 12noon – Core Yoga
Thursdays 730pm – Yin
First Friday of the month – 730pm Partner Yoga

KENDRA BRONSTEIN

Yoga Instructor | Personal Trainer
BIO

KENDRA BRONSTEIN

Yoga Instructor | Personal Trainer

about me

Kendra has been teaching group fitness classes since 2009 and is passionate about living healthy in the mind and body. I believe in taking care of your heart thru cardio, yoga for the flexibility and lengthening of the body and mind and strength training to help prevent injury to support our bodies for all the activities that you love in life. I work with all levels of fitness students and whatever your need might be I will tailor a program to your request or if you just need a push to start I will lead you in the right direction to reach your goal. It is great to start with a fitness professional to get the corrective form and balance to help prevent injury.

Kendra can be reached at Kendrabronstein@aol.com; (650) 245-1080).

classes

Vinyasa Saturday at 8:15am

certifications

Certified 200hr Yoga Instructor
TRX Certified
Certified Spin Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer through NASM

Yelena Vitman

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Yelena Vitman

Yoga Instructor

about me

Yelena began her yoga journey in 2010 when she was looking for a relief from back pain. The benefits of yoga kept her coming back. Over time it became more than just physical exercise, something more emerged.Yelena is mainly teaching Vinyasa, Power yoga, & Restorative styles. She likes a strong practice with holding poses for long periods of time and incorporating arm balances in the class.

At the same time, she thinks that every student decides for themselves how intense their practice is going to be depending on the health, energy level, and time of the day.

Yelena is also a Reiki master. She believes that the energy aspect is very important in teaching the class. In her opinion, a yoga teacher acts as a conductor of collective energy of the class. The teacher meets every person where they are and guides them into that yummy state of the present moment which is the true benefit of yoga. Yelena is an RYT 200.

classes

Wednesday – Power 6pm