New To 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 (climbing, yoga, and fitness!) with one membership!

Our classes are open to all levels of yoga students.

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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.

What class should I take?

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 or Foundations of Flow classes. Arrive early and let the instructor know that you’re new to yoga and always be sure to let the instructor 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!

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 the 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

Foundations practices provide an opportunity for all participants to build or revisit the foundations of their preferred style of yoga. In these classes, instructors provide detailed descriptions of each movement, idea, or concept taught. Classes tend to move at a slower pace. The pacing allows you all the time you need to absorb the information and deepen your yoga practice. Our Foundations classes will take you through the basics of Yoga Philosophy, Postural Alignment, and even Acro Yoga.

Power

Power Yoga uses the tools and techniques of yoga to develop and strengthen the physical and mental bodies. Develop your physical body with sequenced postures (asanas), invigorating flow, and variable pacing. Develop your mental body with intentional breathing and mindfulness techniques. This style of yoga will increase in your muscular strength and help you maintain the length and flexibility required to climb any grade. The skills you develop in your power yoga practice will help you maintain the energy to power through any challenge you face on, or off the mat.

Acro Yoga

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. All levels welcome, no partner needed to participate

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga explores and develops the connection between breath and movement. This style of practice will develop your strength and balance while getting your heart pumping. In a vinyasa practice, allow your breath to guide your movement as you flow through a sequence of postures (asanas). Learn the value of breathing through challenging asanas and carry this lesson with you into your everyday life. Whether you are climbing El Cap or sitting in traffic, Vinyasa gives you the tools to breathe and breeze through any challenge. At Planet Granite Fountain Valley, we offer a range of Vinyasa classes from Slow Flow all the way to Power Vinyasa. Whether you are an expert or first-time yogi, we have a Vinyasa class to fit your needs!

Yogalates

Yogalates is a type of exercise inspired by yoga and Pilates, as its name suggests. It is said to harness the physical and mental benefits of both practices, and its advocates describe it as a comprehensive exercise system. It can be taught in classes, one-on-one sessions and workshops.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a traditional practice that develops mind, body, and spirit. In a hatha practice, move mindfully through postures (or asanas), develop breathing and meditation techniques, and find your center while stretching out and redefining your own personal limits. This style of practice will increase your flexibility and calm your mind. Hatha classes emphasize traditional aspects of the practice of yoga in a way that is approachable for the contemporary practitioner. At Planet Granite Fountain Valley, we offer a range of Hatha inspired classes from introduction courses all the way up to a Slow Flow. Experienced yogis and first timers alike will find a Hatha class to truly deepen their practice!

Slow Flow

In this slower-paced Vinyasa class, poses are held for longer periods of time to allow for a deeper experience of the pose. Equal emphasis is placed on building strength and balance, breathing mindfully, increasing flexibility, strengthening mental focus, and relaxing into the moment.

Core Yoga

A yoga-based practice with elements of pilates, corework, and plyometrics to build athletic strength and stamina. All abilities and levels welcome!

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.

Pricing

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Members get access to unlimited yoga classes with their memberships. If you are not a member, classes require a day pass.

YOGA STAFF

Mitchell Kaufman

Yoga Program Manager
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Mitchell Kaufman

Yoga Program Manager

I found yoga while recovering from an ankle injury I sustained playing soccer in college. Thanks to years of practicing yoga and tai chi, my ankle is better now than it ever was during my soccer days!

Yoga continues to help me connect with my true self on a daily basis. Practicing gives me the time to check in with mind, body, and spirit. In the fast paced Southern California lifestyle, it’s not always easy to take time for ourselves. But taking time to recharge allows me to tackle the rest of the day at my best.

Nerves are to be expected with trying something new. The great part about trying something new at PG is that the whole community is there to support you. We have various levels of experience in all sorts of activities. Try some new ones with support of other people and share your own skills or interests in return…let’s all grow together!

Katrina Quackenbush

Yoga Instructor
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Katrina Quackenbush

Yoga Instructor

Health, Fitness and Movement have always been a passion of mine, as I grew up playing soccer, basketball and cheerleading. I started practicing yoga from YouTube videos online and started with gym classes back in NY. Before I made the move out to California I experienced Hot Bikram classes, and I was hooked every since!
As I continue my Yoga education for Yoga Therapy to become a Yoga Therapist, I am inspired by all of Yoga Models that exist and I enjoy incorporating different pieces of Yoga Philosophy into each of my classes. Breath: as a healing modality, is my main focus through the Prana Agni Model. I am certified in Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga and Yogalates; and I teach and enjoy adding Calisthenics, Fitness and Pilates into each session.

Classes at PG: Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yogalates

Callie Snyder

Yoga Instructor
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Callie Snyder

Yoga Instructor

I have been involved in everything from motocross to mud runs my whole life. I say yoga found me, and timing is everything. It allowed me to grow in all facets of my life. Yoga is my connection to myself and the world. It is a physical and spiritual practice, for a lifetime.
I stay true to having fun and working hard, finding the balance in your practice and making room for both is important to me.
I am a holistic health coach, reiki master and an ordained minister, I was born and raised in the OC, and live with my husband, my poodle and our son

Classes at PG: Vinyasa Flow

Jen Michael

Yoga Instructor
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Jen Michael

Yoga Instructor

Jen first stepped on the mat in her twenties, first drawn to the physical practice. The strength that her body encountered within the practice ignited her and she yearned for more. As she began to move beyond asana, she discovered the internal healing benefits that arise within yoga when you open yourself up to receive them. After the birth of her fourth child she decided to pursue her certification in kids yoga and soon after, her 200 hr. Since then, she has continued on the path of learning, adding certifications in vinyasa, yin, and reiki, among others.
Jen’s classes incorporate smart, playful sequencing with alignment based cues, offering a bit of ancient wisdom in a modern and approachable way. She strives to create a welcoming space and believes that yoga is for all.

Classes at PG: Hatha Flow

Jaskrit Bahlla

Yoga Instructor
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Jaskrit Bahlla

Yoga Instructor

I got into yoga because I was going through a rough patch, and learned about how to use yoga as a tool for acceptance and conscious change.
I try to make yoga as accessible and understandable as possible to people by using simple language. Most of my cuing involves breath work and I tailor each class to the needs of the students that day. Yoga for me is more than just a physical practice but a way of listening to our bodies in the present moment.
Teaching yoga to people of all walks of life is rewarding, fulfilling, and an honor for me to do. I love interacting with people, teaching them how to integrate yoga into their lives, and seeing the results through their consistent practice.
I am obsessed with my dog. Her name is Eevee, like the Pokemon. She is my fur baby.

Classes at PG: Morning Power, Hatha

Patty Perrone

Yoga Instructor
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Patty Perrone

Yoga Instructor

Classes at PG: AcroYoga

Chris Nelson

Yoga Instructor
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Chris Nelson

Yoga Instructor

Classes at PG: AcroYoga

Anthony Ferrer

Yoga Instructor
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Anthony Ferrer

Yoga Instructor

I have been training in martial arts since a child and as I got older I began my journey learning different cultural modalities of meditation.
The way I guide my class focuses on bringing each individual student into a present state of mind/body/chi awareness. Unlike traditional teaching styles with the teacher at the front, I engage my class to create a circle which allows the students as well as myself to face each other equally. Even though I am the teaching instructor that demonstrates movements, I remind my students that the experience they gain from my class is purely created from within themselves, empowering every student to be confident in their ability to control their health & wellness.
I love teaching and practicing tai chi meditation because it has illuminated me to my own healing and continues to challenge and push me forward in all aspect of my life. Wherever I practice, I am able to create a surreal connection to the nature of reality as well as affecting bystanders who find themselves more peaceful and calm just by watching.

Owen Myers

Yoga Instructor
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Owen Myers

Yoga Instructor

Kait Swinney

Yoga Instructor
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Kait Swinney

Yoga Instructor