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 less than $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 prices include full access to the gym, weights and cardio equipment, rock climbing, saunas and other classes offered that day.

DAY USE RATES
Class Drop-in (includes access to gym)
$20

Morning Pass (available M-F before 1pm)

$16
Student Pass (available M-F before 5pm, must show student ID)
$16
Children (under 14 years)
$14
10-Visit Pack
$180
Yoga Mat Rental
$1

Regular visitors save money by becoming members! For a limited time, Planet Granite Portland has an introductory pricing offer. Memberships 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

RACHEL DAVIDSON

Yoga Instructor
BIO

RACHEL DAVIDSON

Yoga Instructor

about me

I crave truth, purpose and happy places. In my professional career to date I’ve learned and benefited greatly by applying myself adventurously, working tirelessly to advance my organizations, and absorbing the brilliance of my colleagues, mentors and community around me. Interpersonal work is a deep focus of mine. My continued growth has elevated me personally and professionally. To balance my “day ­job” I began practicing hot yoga in Texas until I relocated to Portland in 2007. In 2010 I took both power and hot teacher training programs with one of my favorite teachers, Sarah Kurtz.

In my yoga classes we work to be steady and we work to have FUN. You can always expect varying highlights on the physical and the mental growth that happens naturally while practicing yoga shapes. This practice has supported me through one transition after another, and I have so much gratitude for being able to share the possibilities of this tradition with you.

KATHRYN DAVIS

Yoga Instructor
BIO

KATHRYN DAVIS

Yoga Instructor

about me

Kathryn has always fed her soul through movement. From the soccer field, to performing on stage, running a marathon, or on her yoga mat, she feels at ease and peace through movement.

Kathryn’s mom introduced her to yoga when she was young. They used to practice together. She remembers making shapes, loving the poses named after animals, and lion’s breath. As a child she loved being able to spend time with someone important to her and to be able to be silly and be herself. She still loves those aspects of the practice, but has found even more beneath the layers. The tenacity, strength, compassion, patience, and acceptance cultivated on the mat is what keeps her coming back and what helps her to connect yoga to her life off of the mat.

Kathryn has completed over 500 hours of yoga training and doesn’t see an end to the learning process. In 2007 she spent a month at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India completing her first 200-hour teacher training program. In 2011 she completed the 300-hour training through Hot Yoga for Life. Kathryn is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and completed her training at East West College of the Healing Arts in 2009. Anatomy is an important aspect in Kathryn’s classes. She finds an accessible way to weave in anatomy knowledge to her classes. She hopes her students find her classes to be a safe space to explore the depths of their yoga practice.

MEGAN PETERSON

Yoga Instructor
BIO

MEGAN PETERSON

Yoga Instructor

about me

Megan Peterson began practicing yoga in 2008; her practice has revealed in her space for healing, a profound inner strength, clarity of mind and the infinite capacity to share love. She completed her first 200-hour Yoga Certification in 2011 and continued her studies with many other certifications including, yoga sculpt, yin/restorative and Street Yoga-trauma informed yoga training for youth. Her personal yoga journey, accompanied by the motivation to share yoga with a more diverse population, led her to study Yoga Therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh at the DAYA Foundation. Megan completed a 500-hour Yoga Therapy certification in September 2014. She feels the practice of yoga is an opportunity to embrace and seek greater understanding of one’s body and soul. Her classes are guided by breath awareness, with a concentration on quieting the mind with conscious movement. Megan believes anyone and everyone can benefit from yoga and is continually inspired by her students.

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CARLING HARPS

Yoga Instructor
BIO

CARLING HARPS

Yoga Instructor

about me

Carling began her love affair with yoga in an instant. The beautiful blend of strength and flexibility drew her in and kept her coming back to her mat day after day, year after year. Carling is trained by Annie Carpenter in a harmonious blend of Iyengar & Ashtanga yoga. Having studied anatomy, nutrition, labor and birth, her yoga classes are informed by the body’s architecture, movement, and vast potential.

Carling aims to provide students with playful intelligent progression and a strong, playful life long yoga practice. As a balance to her regular classes, Carling also specializes in prenatal yoga, works as a doula, and uses her passion for food, health, and wellness to cultivate a healthier, happier, more informed dinner table through private and corporate nutritional counseling.

When Carling isn’t practicing and teaching, you can find her hanging with her partner in crime Patrick, their two magical cats Opie & Zelda, singing along at local shows, and shopping for retro sneakers.

CARLY RUBINS

Yoga Instructor
BIO

CARLY RUBINS

Yoga Instructor

about me

I began my yoga practice in 2006 primarily for the physical benefits. I quickly learned that yoga goes so much deeper! After experiencing a string of climbing injuries, while working in an emotionally taxing job, I learned that a regular yoga practice helped bring balance and support to both body and mind. I became certified and began teaching in 2012 in hopes of sharing the healing powers of yoga with others! In my classes I bring an awareness of anatomy and alignment in order to help support active bodies to build strength and flexibility, while simultaneously teaching the skills to find focus, mindfulness, and of course, breath.

LISA SKAFF

Yoga Instructor
BIO

LISA SKAFF

Yoga Instructor

about me

Lisa completed her teacher training under Annie Adamson and remains working with Annie daily. Continuing education is very important to her since our knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit are constantly evolving. She studies Yoga As Therapy with Doug Keller, has trained with numerous Iyengar instructors and is endlessly researching on her own.

Playful flows and safely aligned poses are what one should expect when attending Lisa’s classes. She believes, “When doing anything in life with playfulness you can find a much lighter version of self discovery.”

Delivered to yoga via injuries from extreme sports, Lisa learned to heal herself through yoga and breath. With her multitude of bodily damages, she’s learned to use yoga as therapy. Helping others whom are challenged with their own misalignments and injuries.

Intense physical activity was not new to her as she began her yoga journey. She has a background in rock climbing, Tum Pai Kajukenbo, competitive snowboarding, and ski racing. In turn, her teaching pushes students to tap into their own self­ awareness and capabilities through physical movement. She teaches with a focus on alignment, aiming to keep her students safe with precise instruction and a straightforward clarity.

“What I hope for my students is that they learn more about their bodies and in turn their spirit. This is their time to pull all the parts of themselves together that get fractured as we move through life. After the movements are over, I always hope they walk off their mats feeling empowered.”

SAM MILLER

Yoga Instructor
BIO

SAM MILLER

Yoga Instructor

about me

After practicing on and off for many years, Sam returned to the practice of yoga during a very difficult time in his life. He dove in headfirst and hasn’t looked back since, now referring to that difficult time as the greatest gift he has ever received. A few years later, he completed Yoga Union’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and found a love and a passion for sharing the practice that has had such a profound impact on his life.

In 2014, Sam stepped into the role of Teacher’s Assistant for Yoga Union’s 200-hour Teacher Training and has taken great joy in bridging the gap between teacher and student. Through movement and breath he hopes to inspire his students to take their practice off the mat and move into the world with a little bit more awareness, connection, and compassion.

Sam’s practice is infused with pranayama, mantra, and meditation, so he strives to blend these with safe, therapeutic alignment in fun, yet challenging classes.

Besides yoga, Sam has a passion for delicious, local, sustainable food, and a love for hip-­hop music and culture. He enjoys getting out to see live music as well as enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful natural areas with his dog.