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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 classes are available, or better yet, get access to 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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Acroyoga

Acroyoga combines the mindfulness of yoga with the dynamic power of acrobatics. The practice of acroyoga cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. This partner-based practice develops your skills to work with a wide variety of people. You’ll learn necessary building blocks where technique is more important than strength.

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 jennifer.lo@planetgranite.com or contact your local Planet Granite, if you have further questions.

YOGA INSTRUCTORS

JEN LO

Yoga Program Manager & Yoga Instructor
BIO

JEN LO

Yoga Program Manager & Yoga Instructor

about me

Jen uses sound and mantra as healing modalities in class. You can expect to sweat to a slow yet rigorous vinyasa flow. Jen offers hands on assists to accentuate your practice. She has studied with Janet Stone, Stephanie Snyder, Pete Guinosso, and is currently under the profound mentorship of Edwina Ferro. She currently also teaches at Planet Granite Sunnyvale.
More info: www.jenloyoga.com

classes

Slow Flow Vinyasa on Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 10am

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 on Wednesdays at 7:30pm

DORIS PALMER

Yoga Instructor
BIO

DORIS PALMER

Yoga Instructor

about me

Doris started her yoga practice in 1993 & began teaching in 2000. Doris draws upon many styles of yoga. She believes there is only one yoga & each style of yoga brings new understanding to the yogic path. She tunes into the needs of each student focusing on alignment, infusing balance & creating core stability to prevent injuries & help her students reach their full body potential.

www.dorisyoga.com

classes

Core Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15am

EDWINA FERRO

Yoga Instructor
BIO

EDWINA FERRO

Yoga Instructor

about me

Edwina, better known as Eddie, has been practicing and studying Yoga for 16 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 Bhakti 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 500 E-RYT.

www.edwinaferroyoga.com

classes

Vinyasa on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm
Vinyasa on Fridays at 6pm

SUE PHAN

Yoga Instructor
BIO

SUE PHAN

Yoga Instructor

about me

Sue teaches in the Iyengar method, focusing on skeletal alignment, and building strength, balance, and flexibility. Her Foundations of Flow classes are open to all levels of experience and fitness, and change weekly to cover a wide variety of postures.

classes

Slow Flow on Mondays at 6pm

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 on Tuesdays at 6pm & every other Saturday at 8:15am
(Please check calendar for dates)

JACKIE POLLARD

Yoga Instructor
BIO

JACKIE POLLARD

Yoga Instructor

BIO

Jackie Pollard has been practicing yoga for 8 years and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in the fall of 2016 at I AM Yoga in Half Moon Bay. She graduated UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. Jackie teaches mostly Vinyasa Flow classes. She is also trained to teach kids yoga and yoga sculpt incorporating free weights with traditional postures. She has assisted with several teacher trainings to continue growing and sharing her passion for teaching with new instructors. In her classes, she establishes a space for students to explore their physical practice through mindful movement and connection to breath. She loves to create intentional sequences and sprinkle in arm balances and inversions in a safe and playful environment. She is consistently reminding her students that we can take the many lessons we learn on our mat into our everyday lives.

CLASSES

Yin Yang on Mondays at 7:30pm

CIARA PAGUYO

Yoga Instructor
BIO

CIARA PAGUYO

Yoga Instructor

about me

Ciara has been teaching yoga for 8 years. She is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Therapy. She believes that yoga provides us with the tools that will help us access our innate wisdom and limitless potential.

classes

Vinyasa on Fridays at 7:30pm

ZACK COHEN

Yoga Instructor
BIO

ZACK COHEN

Yoga Instructor

about me

Zack has been doing Acroyoga since February 2016. He is a certified Acroyoga International since September 2018 and taught workshops at Devine Play and various other locations across the country. In addition to his Acroyoga experience, Zack has 20+ years of cheerleading experience that he brings to spotting and training Acroyoga. In his classes he tries to create a fun, safe environment for people to connect and learn about the practice of Acroyoga.

classes

AcroYoga on Saturdays at 12:30pm

NEA BAUTISTA

Yoga Instructor
BIO

NEA BAUTISTA

Yoga Instructor

As a kid Nea’s family owned a gym/dance studio and she grew up being very active practicing dance, artistic gymnastics and later mixed martial arts. After finishing her degree in engineering in Sweden she spent over 10 years working in tech startups. When she arrived to the Bay Area in 2017 she decided to turn her life long passion and hobby into a reality. Today she works full time as a yoga teacher and multidisciplinary fitness trainer. She got truly hooked to yoga when she discovered power vinyasa and how fun, energizing and challenging it can be. Nea completed her 200 hr yoga certification and the Extensions Program at CorePower Yoga in San Mateo. She teaches Power Vinyasa, Yoga Sculpt and Kids Yoga. Nea loves the balance that yoga brings to both mind and body and for that reason she finds herself constantly encouraging students from other class formats to try yoga and make it part of their routines. In her freetime she enjoys being active and outdoors: road cycling, skiing and discovering new places are some of her hobbies but she basically just loves trying and learning new sports and workout formats. With her move into Planet Granite she hopes to pick up climbing again. Come to her class to have fun while flowing and leave feeling energized!

CLASSES

Power Yoga on Saturdays at 10:45am

ROBIN JAFFE

Yoga Instructor
BIO

ROBIN JAFFE

Yoga Instructor

about me

Robin Jaffe is a registered 500 hour yoga teacher with additional certifications in restorative, yin, teen and children’s yoga. Robin believes in practicing yoga and meditation as a lifestyle habit and strives to help students create a sustainable practice that prevents injuries while building mobility and is gentle on the body mind and spirit. Robin emphasizes slowing down, inducing relaxation response and quieting of the mind through breath control. Robin values lightheartedness and an appreciation of how music contributes to the yoga experience.

classes

Yin on Thursdays at 7:30pm

KRISHA ARNOBIT

Yoga Instructor
BIO

KRISHA ARNOBIT

Yoga Instructor

Krisha has been practicing yoga since 2008 and initially started yoga to compliment surfing. The physical aspect of strength and flexibility attracted her to yoga while the meditative, therapeutic benefits are what resonated with her. Her mentors encouraged her to deepen her practice as well as take her yoga practice wherever she went. This left a strong impact in which yoga has been a beneficial practice for her life on and off the mat. It is what inspired her to become a yoga instructor so she may have the privilege of sharing yoga to empower yogis. You are humbly invited to practice with her for a fun and sweaty flow.

CLASSES

Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays at 12pm

SETAREH NOVISCKY

Yoga Instructor
BIO

SETAREH NOVISCKY

Yoga Instructor

Daughter. Sister. Friend.

Yoga has weaved in and out of my life for almost 25 years.
Although my personal practice has evolved over the years I am living my passion for teaching Restorative Yoga as well as Yin yoga and Meditation. Teaching restorative yoga and holding space for students to cultivate an environment of rest for their body and
mind is essential. I have mainly studied under Judith Hanson Lasater and received my Rest and Renew® certification for restorative yoga but have also studied
Yin and Meditation in Point Reyes with Devi Dailey as well as Christy Brown in San Francisco.
In 2020 I will complete my Advanced 500 hour training with Yoga Tree in San Francisco learning
from amazing instructors such as Judith Hanson Lassater, Christy Brown, Janet Stone, Harvey Deutch and many many more.

CLASSES

Restorative Yoga on Sundays at 4pm

MICHELLE SIOSON HYMAN

Yoga Instructor

Michelle was introduced to a consistent yoga practice at Planet Granite years ago, which is where she learned that yoga was much more than just a physical practice. Through asana and meditation, yoga helped Michelle cope through a loss in her family. Experiencing the power that yoga has to calm the mind and steady the soul led Michelle to her passion for sharing her practice with others. She completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification through Mark Stephens Yoga in Santa Cruz and her 85-hour prenatal registered yoga teacher certification with Jennifer Wolfe Moore. In her classes, Michelle likes to utilize playful transitions and variations for all levels so students have opportunities to experience sthira durham – a sense of steadiness and ease – not only on the mat but out in the every day world as well.

CLASSES

Vinyasa on Thursdays at 6pm

KYLENE GILMORE

Yoga Instructor
BIO

KYLENE GILMORE

Yoga Instructor

Kylene has been practicing and studying yoga for 10 years. You can expect a playful, light hearted, yet rigorous Vinyasa flow from her class and laughter is always welcomed. She studies yoga along the lines of the Tantic lineage and was 200-hr certified with Sri Yoga. Her teachers and mentors include Jean Mazzei, Brenna Geehan, Stephanie Chee Barea, Edwina Ferro and Jen Lo. Kylene’s goal is to help students on their path to self-love and freedom and to help them achieve this through asana, prana and meditation.

CLASSES

Vinyasa on every other Saturday at 8:15am
(Please check calendar for dates)