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!

 


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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

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. All levels welcome, no partner needed to participate. No yoga mat necessary, Acro style mats are provided.

Align + Refine

This all levels class is for the new and consistent practitioner who wants to understand detailed alignment of each pose (asana). In this class you will build a solid foundation for your practice, learn how to get the most benefit from each asana and be guided safely into more challenging poses. Each teacher and each class will be different, but all will teach to the theme of Align and Refine.

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!

Intro to Yoga

This class is for students new to yoga as well as long term practitioners who are looking to deepen their knowledge of specific poses. Intro to Yoga gives you the tools and confidence to enter into any class on our schedule. This class will be informative and interactive and is taught on a rotation by our teachers to give you the benefit of meeting the full spectrum of our team. Feel free to bring all your questions! See you on the mat!

Slow Flow + Restore

Take your time and enjoy a slow paced practice for deep self-care. This class weaves together gentle, slow movement and long held supported poses to create a truly restorative experience. Movements are linked with breath to bring fluidity, openness, and ease to the body. Restorative postures are supported with yoga props to encourage release of muscular tension and stress in the body. Mindfulness and pranayama (breathwork) are woven throughout for a complete practice that is rebalancing and nourishing. All levels are welcome.

Vinyasa

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

Yin 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 on our website. 

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!

Do you have a beginners class?

If it’s your first class or you are fairly new to yoga Align + Refine is a great place to start! In this class, you will learn the 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, breaking down the movement so that each student learns form and alignment.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

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

YOGA STAFF

JANET CARTER

Yoga Manager | Teacher
BIO

JANET CARTER

Yoga Manager | Teacher

janet.carter@planetgranite.com

about me

Janet appreciates how the practice of yoga continually brings harmony to the mind, body and soul. The practice is a journey of self-discovery and internal transformation that helps to cultivate a more mindful way of living. It can shift the way we treat ourselves and those around us. Janet’s classes are fun and upbeat with the opportunity for students to challenge themselves as they develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Her creative sequencing is grounded in the principles of alignment and breath awareness, offering a dynamic and centering practice. In addition to yoga, Janet is a certified Mat Pilates instructor and teaches Yoga + Mindfulness for kids and teen in studios and schools.

classes

Sunday 11:15am-12:30pm Vinyasa

Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm Vinyasa

Friday 12:00-1:00pm Vinyasa

JACQUI ROWLEY

Yoga Teacher
BIO

JACQUI ROWLEY

Yoga Teacher

about me

Jacqui has studied movement through dance since childhood. She has been stretching, twisting, binding and playing with the physical form for years and continues to be fascinated with what the body is able to do.

classes

Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:45pm Align + Refine

MARY HAYANO

Yoga Teacher
BIO

MARY HAYANO

Yoga Teacher

about me

“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” —Paulo Coelho

Mary received her certification in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the It’s Yoga Rocket through Larry Schultz at It’s Yoga. She also completed the Sadhana Yoga Chi training with Doug Swenson. Her firm belief that the best way to approach any challenging posture is with a strong breath, an adventurous spirit and a playful smile stems from a dedicated practice with Amme Hill. Mary encourages a practice that builds strength and flexibility in the body as well as the mind.

classes

Monday & Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm Power Yoga

Saturday 9:30-10:45am Power Yoga

ANDREA MUELLER

Yoga Teacher
BIO

ANDREA MUELLER

Yoga Teacher

about me

Andrea first found and fell in love with yoga as a teenager seeking balance from the rigors of rowing and running. Over the last 20 years, she has returned again and again to cultivate inner stability, develop greater self-awareness, and shift her perspective on the world. In 2013, Andrea completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Flow in San Francisco. She continues to find new depths to her own yoga experience by learning from past, present, and future teachers and students alike. Andrea’s classes are like a moving meditation where she consciously links the movement of the body to the movement of the breath so students leave class feeling more balanced and mindful.

classes

Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:30am Power Yoga

Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:45pm Power Yoga

ADAM MERINGOLO

Yoga Teacher
BIO

ADAM MERINGOLO

Yoga Teacher

about me

Life as I knew it was falling apart at the end of 2008; I was on the verge of collapse. It was the best thing that could have happened to me.

Two friends of mine had taught me a few asanas in early 2009, which I would utilize daily. In 2011, I got the courage to step into a public class, and consistency precipitated change. In 2012 I went through my first teacher training, then began to work with Shanti Kelley shortly thereafter. Her brilliant guidance helped me to establish ground; to give me direction.

In November of 2015 I traveled to San Francisco to take my first training with Annie Carpenter. She has shown me what it is to embrace greater wisdom, humility, and devotion. In August 2017, I moved to SF to study consistently with Annie, and experience this wonderful city.

Come and enjoy my alignment and focus oriented approach!

classes

Sunday 9:30-11:00am Vinyasa

Monday 7:45-9:00pm Vinyasa

Thursday 12:00-1:00pm Vinyasa

SARA HESS

Yoga Teacher
BIO

SARA HESS

Yoga Teacher

about me

Sara has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has 500+ hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco and Marin, Sara is known for leading fun, strong, and intelligent Vinyasa flow classes (Forest, Iyengar and Yoga Detour influenced). She draws from her dance background, as a former ballet and modern dancer at the elite level, to create intelligently sequenced classes
that gracefully synchronize breath, posture, and alignment. Through these key elements, students are supported to explore each pose in depth in order to encounter their full, transformative potential. Sara challenges and playfully invites her students to wake up to their most authentic selves.

classes

Monday 6:30-7:30am Vinyasa

LAEL CAITLIN

Yoga Teacher
BIO

LAEL CAITLIN

Yoga Teacher

about me

Lael’s introduction to yoga wasn’t love-at-first-sight, but the challenges it posed served only to strengthen her interest, and have continued to evolve as a deep reverence for the practice and its many benefits. Drawn to teacher training in 2008, she was dazzled by the sheer scope of the study of yoga, humbled by the notion that one could commit to it for life, only to scratch its surface. Teaching now since 2011, Lael is honored to act as a guide for others to encounter themselves honestly, accept themselves wholly, and grow themselves courageously. She believes that yoga should be joyful, challenging, delicious, and fun, and teaches fluid, breath-based vinyasa classes, with an emphasis on safe, smart alignment, and accompanied by playlists meant to enhance and inspire. She holds enormous gratitude for her many teachers, including most recently Judith Hanson Lasater and Stacey Rosenberg, as well as every student who’s ever rolled out a mat in her class.

classes

Wednesday & Friday 6:30-7:30am Vinyasa

LEANNA LYNCH

Yoga Teacher
BIO

LEANNA LYNCH

Yoga Teacher

about me

Leanna believes that yoga can help people stay both physically fit and mentally sane in the Bay Area’s fast-paced work culture and social scene. Leanna also believes that learning yoga requires a lot of repetition and consistency which is why she teaches the same sequence and poses for about a month in her classes.

Leanna grew up in Granite Bay, California and began her yoga journey practicing Bikram Yoga while studying at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She spent a year living in Los Angeles where she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through the original YogaWorks in Santa Monica. At this time, Leanna had a stable career in Venture Debt Lending and never expected to start teaching yoga. After she taught her first class for fun at the YMCA in 2017, she fell in love with teaching and became a full-time yoga teacher in 2018.

Since then, Leanna has completed her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco with Jason Crandell, who she is very influenced by. Other teachers that have influenced Leanna include Birgitte Kristen, Anna Hughs, Martin Scott and Tim Senesi. Leanna would love to get to know you and have you as one of her students.

classes

Monday & Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm Power Yoga

Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm Power Yoga

Veronica Geretz

Yoga Teacher
BIO

Veronica Geretz

Yoga Teacher

about me

Veronica Geretz, M.A., E-RYT500, is committed to promoting peace, first within one’s own self and then in our communities, through her work as a yoga teacher. Veronica teaches a variety of classes throughout the North Bay including a non-harming, breath and alignment based Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal/Postnatal, Mom and Baby as well as Family Yoga. Her classes offer fluid sequencing with a calm intensity and gentle reminders to stay deeply connected to one’s own unique rhythm. Veronica began her yoga practice at the age of fourteen and maintained her practice as a curious and committed student for ten years. It was not until the summer of 2010 that she delved into her roll as a teacher by offering yoga to former child combatants in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and helped found Yoga Strength Sierra Leone. Since then she has not stopped training and honing her offerings as a teacher. Her training includes studying with Jolie Cash, Sienna Smith, Alison Smith, Hala Khouri, Ashley Sharp and most recently, Nubia Teixeira, through schools of yoga including Corepower Yoga, Nature’s Whisper Yoga, Yoga Mountain Studio, Namaste Yoga Studio, Prison Yoga Project, Bhakti Nova and Yoga for At-Risk Youth. Veronica holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, and an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies. She is also certified in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and trained in Non-Violent Communication.

classes

Wednesday 7:45-9:00pm Slow Flow + Restore

Kristin Singer

Yin Yoga Teacher
BIO

Kristin Singer

Yin Yoga Teacher

about me

Kristin encourages her students to dive deep within themselves, giving them the opportunity for profound inner listening. She inspires her students to work at their edge and be willing to open to the experience of the present moment.

In her class, you will practice cultivating ease at the achy point of a yin pose, breathing freely, opening your body, heart, and mind and promoting perfect harmony on all levels. The result is most often realized in increased flexibility, a calmer state of being, clarity of mind, and an improved sense of patience.

In addition to teaching Yin Yoga, Kristin is an IAYT certified Yoga Therapist, working with private clients on the journey of awakening.

Kristin is a certified Reiki ll practitioner, a certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker and a certified InnerYoga teacher. Kristin is also a Spiritual Care volunteer at Maitri Compassion Care and is on the Board of Directors of the Living/Dying Project, a non-profit organization that pairs meditators with critically ill patients to assist them in having a con-scious and spiritual death.

Degrees: BA Developmental Psychology/MA Research Psychology

classes

Sunday 4:00-5:15pm Yin

Mikka Minx

AcroYoga Teacher
BIO

Mikka Minx

AcroYoga Teacher

about me

Deeply moved by her global exploration of aerial dance teachers and trainings, Mikka leads classes that are fun, creative, and inspiring. She draws on her background in dance and acrobatics to put a spotlight on playfulness, flow, and the love of self-expression through movement. She encourages her students to creatively explore acrobatic principles, while having fun with new friends. Private classes, parties, and/or personal training are all available.

In addition to her weekly classes, annual events, and retreats, Mikka enjoys making custom cakes & raw chocolate to order. Her current personal explorations include aerial dance, zouk partner dancing, hoop dance, jiu jitsu, soccer, rock climbing, beach volleyball, painting, and making art of all kinds.

classes

Sunday 4:00-5:30pm AcroYoga

Jocelyn Fong

AcroYoga Teacher
BIO

Jocelyn Fong

AcroYoga Teacher

about me

Jocelyn is a San Francisco native who worked as a tax accountant for six years before leaving the field to teach yoga and barre. She discovered AcroYoga nearly four years ago, and has been monkeying around since. Jocelyn loves all forms of acro: from L-basing to standing, Icarian to therapeutics! She is a flyer who enjoys learning the subtleties of nonverbal communication that partnering with different bases provides. As a teacher, Jocelyn focuses on guiding students to use the breath to expand awareness while creating a safe space for monkeys to have fun.

classes

Sunday 4:00-5:30pm AcroYoga

Lizzie Kountze

Yoga Teacher
BIO

Lizzie Kountze

Yoga Teacher

about me

Elizabeth Kountze (Lizzie) is an alignment-focused vinyasa yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for more than a decade and teaching since 2011 in studios, gyms, and companies in San Francisco and Washington DC. She consistently offers hands-on assists and adjustments, playful, relaxing music, and teaches to the needs of each student. She also teaches prenatal, restorative, private and corporate yoga, and is completing her 500 hour certification with Yoga Tree. Her teachers include Martin Scott, Mark Morford, Kimberly Wilson, and Kevin Waldorf-Cruz.

classes

Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm Vinyasa

Saturday 11:15am-12:30pm Vinyasa

Lesa Libatique

Yin Yoga Teacher
BIO

Lesa Libatique

Yin Yoga Teacher

about me

Lesa has long standing practices of various styles of yoga, meditation, qigong, tai chi, and Shaolin kung fu. Lesa currently teaches yin yoga. She studied the InnerYoga approach with Dina Amsterdam for many years and it is an on-going source of inspiration. In the long held passive yin poses, we awaken connection to the energy flows that support harmony, balance and a sense of well-being. The nourishing practices of the InnerYoga approach support a deep unwinding, ease and the resources to be present amidst all that arises as we meet life’s challenges and opportunities. Lesa is currently a student in the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, class of 2021, with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She is a Reiki Master and a student of various energy healing modalities. Classes are accessible and beneficial to all levels of practitioners.

classes

Friday 6:45-8:00pm Yin