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

Yoga Foundations

This class is designed to teach and refine the foundational elements of yoga asana. Particular emphasis is placed on alignment, body position and breathing. Yoga foundations takes on a hatha-vinyasa blend, combining heightened attention to alignment while also linking breath to movement. It is often taught at a slower pace in order to ensure that students are set up optimally in their bodies. Students will build strength, flexibility and a strong schema for many of the most commonly practiced yoga postures. This class is an excellent choice for newer practitioners, as well as those who seek to fine-tune their alignment and practice.

Power

This class is designed for practitioners who have a strong foundation of yoga asana. PG’s power class offers a space for students to move into more challenging postures, to learn different variations of arm balances, inversions and back-bends, and to dive deeper into the full spectrum of what yoga is and means for the mind and body. Students are encouraged to develop a consistent yoga practice before entering a power class.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a practice of conscious relaxation. Restorative postures position the body in a variety of shapes that calm the nervous system, relax the body and facilitate healing. Typically, postures are held for longer periods of time and props are used to physically support the body. Restorative yoga is accessible and encouraged for all levels of practitioners.

Vinyasa

An evolving form of Hatha yoga, this classes focuses on integrating breath and movement through steady and fluid asana sequences. Each pose and each movement is crafted in connection with the breath, positioning the body with intention and specificity to move through a flow of dynamic and static postures. Vinyasa classes incorporate sun salutations to build heat within the body and a variety of postures that cultivate strength and flexibility. This class is accessible and challenging for all levels of practitioners.

Flow & Restore

This class blends vinyasa and restorative yoga. Students will be guided through a series of sun salutations and vinyasa style sequences that cultivate strength and flexibility. The class winds down with a series of restorative poses. Students will often use props to support the physical body as the remainder of class creates space for relaxation and restoration of the body’s nervous system. This class is accessible and challenging for all levels of practitioners.

Intro to Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation practice is an integral part of the 8-limbed path of yoga. In fact, asana (movement) practice prepares our minds and bodies for sitting. This class will introduce students to the foundations of seated meditation. Students will learn how to find an optimal posture to set up their bodies and will be guided to use the breath as a focal point for the mind’s attention. Other techniques will be introduced to train the mind’s focus and attention, creating a space for students to sit together in community and to gain deeper insight into their own minds, bodies and lives.

Hatha

Hatha Yoga is an alignment-based practice with roots in Iyengar Yoga. This class will emphasize clear and precise body placement and anatomy, in addition to a focus on breath-work. Hatha yoga is generally slower paced and cultivates strength, balance and flexibility by working physically and psychologically to hold poses for longer periods of time. This class is accessible and challenging for all levels of practitioners.

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)
$21

Morning Pass (available M-F before 1pm)

$17
Student Pass (available M-F before 5pm, must show student ID)
$17
Children (13 and under)
$15
10-Visit Pack
$189
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

Paige Goodlett

Yoga Program Manager
BIO

Paige Goodlett

Yoga Program Manager

About me

Paige was initially drawn to yoga after incurring a series of running injuries in 2011. She sought a physical practice that would bring healing and support to her body. As she continued to practice, Paige began to realize that yoga offered so much more than nourishment to her physical body. She carried her practice with her as she traveled from her roots in North Carolina to Italy, Boston, San Diego, India and Portland. While completing her Master’s degree in Peace and Justice studies in San Diego, Paige completed her interconnected yoga teacher training with Sarah Clark, which included teachings from Michael Stone, Judith Hansen Lasater and Cindy Lee. These experiences encouraged her to dive deeply into her practice on her mat and her relationships beyond. Paige holds yoga as a life practice, a practice of building peace within our lives and the lives of others in every moment. Her teachers often define yoga as intimacy, and have inspired her to practice asana and meditation to deepen her connections with others and the world around her. A teacher of many sorts, Paige is constantly seeking out creative ways to integrate her passions for peace-building and environmental justice and her passion for teaching yoga. Her yoga classes focus on precise attention to alignment, breath-centered movement and creating a space for students to experience the deep interconnectedness we share with each other and all that makes up our environment.

In addition to teaching yoga and managing the yoga program at Planet Granite, Paige works at the front desk at PG and takes periodic trips to teach life skills camps to youth throughout the world with Quantum Learning Network. Paige is also a climbing-apasionado, loves to hike, camp and be outside and enjoys spending quality time with friends and community.

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.

Kate Stafford

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Kate Stafford

Yoga Instructor

About Me

I walked into my first yoga class in 2007 and have been hooked ever since. I began in Bikram Yoga which I primarily practiced for the first few years, until my mother taught me Bakasana, crow pose, where I then made the switch to Vinyasa style yoga (where I quickly developed a deep love of balancing on my hands). The inversions and arm balances drew me into yoga but the union of body and mind and the link between breath and movement is what has kept my yoga journey going. I believe that laughter is mandatory in all my classes, a little bit of sweat never hurt anybody and that life is better spent upside down. My hope is that students walk away from class feeling inspired and empowered.
I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Dina Lang at Santosha Yoga in 2015.

Charles Jasper

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Charles Jasper

Yoga Instructor

About Me

Yoga, psychological inquiry, and a search for perspectives outside the assumptions made by culture started showing up in Charles’ life as lights on the path out of misery and self blame, following the death by suicide of a friend when he was an early teenager. Since then these explorations have blossomed into regular spiritual practice and service. Charles is currently a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based behavioral psychology via telemental health (online therapy) sessions, and has over 15 years experience successfully conducting yoga classes in a variety of settings. He also initiated a thriving hands-on Yoga Therapy practice, following his retirement from licensure as a chiropractor in 2006.

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.

meganpetersonyoga.com​

LISA SKAFF

Yoga Instructor
BIO

LISA SKAFF

Yoga Instructor

about me

Lisa completed her first teacher training in 2008, but continuing education is very important to her since our knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit are constantly evolving. She studies Biomechanics with Jules Mitchell, Yoga As Therapy with Doug Keller, Trauma & Yoga with local neurobiologist Sarina Saturn, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training w/ Molly Boeder-Harris, and has trained with numerous Iyengar and Anusara instructors, all the while, endlessly researching on her own.

Precise instruction, playful flows, and diversity in movements are what one should expect when attending Lisa’s classes. Since she’s attended trauma-informed teacher trainings, her public classes will not include hands on assists (unless requested) and no partner work.

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 trained to use movement as therapy and enjoys helping others whom are challenged with their own 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.

“What I hope for my students is that they learn more about their bodies and in turn their spirit. This is their time to feel more unified within themselves. After the movements are over, I always hope they walk off their mats feeling empowered.”

Haelynne

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Haelynne

Yoga Instructor

about me

I’m Haelynne, pronounced like Van Halen, and I’m stoked to share this experience with you. When I first started practicing yoga I was immediately humbled and intrigued. I have always felt most full, most at home, and most me within movement. After decades of ball sports, walking into a yoga class where they were literally speaking another language and everyone seemed to move like they were direct descendants of Gumby, I was a little outside my comfort zone. It was a combination of the intricacies of anatomically driven cues and the opportunities for play that eventually got me hooked. I think yoga has the potential to help us get to know ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. I love seeing folks get stronger, create new neural pathways, and hopefully have a little fun along the way. I seek to cultivate an inclusive and encouraging environment where students can choose their challenge, try new things, and give themselves permission to move from doing to being, both on their mats and off.

I completed my 200RYT training in the Fall of 2014 with a focus on Vinyasa, Hatha, and yoga philosophy.

Morgan

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Morgan

Yoga Instructor

About Me

Morgan, a PNW native, with a brief two year interlude in the Florida Keys, joins Planet Granite, as an instructor of five years. Morgan brings with her a strong physical practice, with focus on alignment, anatomy, and a deep encouragement to access the intuition of the unity between body and breathe. “If we are listening, our bodies will tell us exactly what we need”
Morgan has an educational background in health sciences and will be continuing on academically in 2018. Morgan is an avid athlete, trail runner, and all things mountains, and athletic training for 20 years; dabbling in anything and everything that gets her outdoors and moving her body in the elements. She’s traveled and traversed but the PNW has her heart and is her home.

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.

Samara

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Samara

Yoga Instructor

About Me

I was born and raised in the beautiful PNW. When I was 16, I went to a yoga class lead my a dear family friend and knew it was something that would be a part of my life forever. After some life changing experiences, I was drawn back to my practice in university and a few years later moved to Portland with the goal of becoming a teacher. I have been teaching since 2014 after completing my 200 hour training with Yoga Bhoga. When I’m not teaching you can find me mountain biking, skiing, surfing, and sometimes climbing! I love the awareness that my yoga practice has taught me about my body and how it has allowed me to grow in all aspects of my life!

Kaitlyn

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Kaitlyn

Yoga Instructor

About Me

I am a Registered Nurse and Yoga Teacher based in Portland, Oregon. I have been a dedicated student of yoga for eight years. I approach my personal practice with a curious and inquisitive mindset, using the time on my mat to connect to my body and to cultivate a relationship that allows me to understand myself a little better. Teaching since 2012, I have received a thorough education through Yoga Medicine on the therapeutic application of yoga, and have studied asana, meditation, pranayama, and yogic and Buddhist philosophy with Sarah Clark and Josh Vincent in San Diego, CA. My unique blend of education from both an Eastern and Western view of the body provide me with a strong platform for group asana classes and working privately with clients. I combine a variety of yoga, movement, and mindfulness modalities to increase physical awareness, strengthen the body, and release tension. I am passionate about empowering and educating students to experience their bodies through mindful and intentional movement.

Kirsten

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Kirsten

Yoga Instructor

About Me

Kirsten is a California native, originally from Sacramento. She has been living in the beautiful PNW for the past 3 years. Kirsten found yoga during graduate school while living abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. She gravitated to the physical practice of yoga and how it was able to provide a calming space during a very stressful time. Now, she uses that same principle of mindfulness and being present in her own classes. Guiding students into the present while they are on their mats. Kirsten is also an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist and is able to use yoga postures and philosophies in her practice. Kirsten received her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Medicine in 2016.

Deidre DeBuhr

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Deidre DeBuhr

Yoga Instructor

About me

I’m a Colorado native that came to yoga 6 years ago, first seeing it as a physical challenge but quickly learned and became inspired by teachers who taught classes that incorporated the eight limbs of yoga. I decided that I wanted to inspire others in the same way. After moving to Portland in May 2014, I discovered Hot Yoga For Life and was quickly welcomed into the community first as a karma yogi and later as a member of the Teacher Training program. I became certified in Hatha and Vinyasa a 300 hour training, and followed up with finishing a 500 hour training in 2016.
I like to infuse qualities of playfulness into students practice through pose variations, arm balances and new poses; keeping the practice new and constant place for growth and new challenges. Always encourage listening to the ever changing body, by feeling with the breath and internal awareness of where the practice feels it wants to go day to day. I incorporate principles of Universal Yoga, trying to create balance through the body and the mind, using breathing techniques (pranayama), aspects of dynamic and static strength, active and passive, as well as meditation (santosha).

Outside of yoga I enjoy spending time outdoors, bike touring, hiking, and gardening. I’ve been lucky to be able to travel and teach yoga at a permaculture center in Bali to volunteers, locals, and a group of women for a retreat. I love the challenge of adaptation to what is needed from a room of yogis that changes through the day from peoples current personal journey in their physical asana.

Come feel more and just be, I’ll be honored that you came to share your yoga journey with me.

Krystyn Strother

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Krystyn Strother

Yoga Instructor

About me

Krystyn’s yoga training and teaching range from Vinyasa to Restorative and many styles in between. Strongly informed and inspired by the anatomy and physiology of the body she is known for providing students a straightforward and experiential practice based in anatomy and functional movement that can be translated in everyday activities off the mat.

In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Krystyn guest teaches at several yoga teacher training programs throughout the country, speaks at conferences on mindfulness and stress reduction practices, teaches specialized workshops, facilitates yoga + adventure retreats, and conducts continuing education classes for currently registered RYTs.

Krystyn completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank in 2009 and actively participates in continuing education programs to enrich her teaching.

Krystyn holds a certificate of completion in the Yoga of Awareness For Chronic Pain, an evidence-based program sponsored by the Department of Anesthesiology at OHSU.

Bryan

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Bryan

Yoga Instructor

About Me

As a running coach, swim instructor, and high school mathematics teacher, I am extremely passionate about both education and movement. I initially turned to yoga as a supplement to long distance triathlon training and completed my initial 200hr training in India. After traveling and teaching around Asia for the next year I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2016. Since then I have completed an additional 150hr training under the direction of Scott Lennartz. I believe our experience on our mat reflects how we handle ourselves in the outside world. I highlight these experiences through dynamic movement, strength building, intelligent alignment and subtle refinements. If we train the body, the mind will follow. I bring high energy, creativity, and humor into all my classes with the goal of expanding our awareness towards our habitual tendencies. By increasing our awareness towards these tendencies we are able to eventually break through them and lead more wholesome, meaningful lives.

Mary Tanner

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Mary Tanner

Yoga Instructor

About Me

I first came to yoga in 2003 and have had a consistent practice since 2011. For most of the first several years, I saw yoga mainly as a physical practice—a form of cross-training to supplement my various athletic pursuits—and a tool for relieving stress. It wasn’t until a very traumatic life event in early 2010 when I turned toward yoga and running to help me cope that I began to really see, and move, beyond the asana; where I was once somewhat averse to the spirituality and philosophy of yoga, I found comfort and openness to it. It was during this time that I also began to practice more regularly and with greater devotion.

Since that time, I’ve come to understand yoga as one of the most powerful tools for cultivating greater self-awareness, mindfulness, patience, and acceptance. I am humbled and grateful to now be able to share this practice with others.

One of my goals is to make yoga more accessible for everyone: to demystify the practice as well as illuminate the intersections of eastern and western philosophies and medicine, in order that the myriad benefits of yoga to holistic wellness may be better understood.

I’m a Yoga Medicine-certified instructor, studying under Tiffany Cruikshank. I consider myself a lifelong student and am excited for 2018, in which I aim to begin my 500-hour teacher training with Yoga Medicine.

I practice and teach alignment-focused vinyasa and hatha, as well as yin and restorative. Regardless of style, I aim to facilitate classes that encourage exploration of one’s inner workings with compassion and curiosity.

Apart from spending time on my mat, some things I enjoy are: spending time with my pup, cooking, eating amazing food, writing, making lists, running, and cycling.