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!

 

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 spirit. 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. Janet has been teaching yoga for over 13 years, has over 500 hours of teacher training, and is a certified Mat Pilates instructor. She also teaches Yoga + Mindfulness kids and teen classes.

classes

Sunday 11:15am-12:30pm Vinyasa

Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm Vinyasa

Friday 12:00-1:15pm 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 Vinyasa

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 12:00-1:15pm Power Yoga

Saturday 9:30-11:00am 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

Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm 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

CHARLOTTE VON HEMERT

Yoga Teacher

about me

Charlotte (RYT 500) has practiced yoga for over 18 years and celebrates the full yogic experience from mindful and invigorating asana (postures) — to the more subtle and energetic components of pranayama (breathing exercises), mantra (chanting) and meditation — to bringing the practice off the mat and into the world. Her classes are an invitation to get out of habitual patterns and cultivate awareness, reinvigorate through embodied movement, and empower ourselves by reconnecting with who we are at our deepest level. She believes that yoga can open infinite doors of transformation on the level of the mind, body and spirit.

Her respect for the yogic lineage and tradition as well as her curiosity to deepen her experience and understanding of yoga has led her to yoga’s birthplace, India, as well as to studying in-depth with various teachers and trainings. Her primary inspiration draws from Kia Miller’s Radiant Body Yoga, which combines the challenging and technical precision of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga with the transformational possibilities of Kundalini Yoga. In addition, she is passionate about balancing the demands of our modern, busy lives by slowing down and compassionately observing our internal experience through Yin Yoga.

classes

Friday 6:45-8:00pm Yin

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

Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm Foundations

Thursday 12:00-1:15pm 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 12:00-1:15pm Power Yoga

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

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

Saturday 11:15am-12:30pm Vinyasa

Kristin Singer

Yoga Teacher
BIO

Kristin Singer

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

Jeff Cope

Yoga Teacher
BIO

Jeff Cope

Yoga Teacher

about me

Jeff was introduced to yoga after getting injured in a car accident in 2004. Although the original intention for practicing yoga was to heal his physical body, he quickly realized the potential to heal from emotional, mental, and spiritual trauma as well. Jeff received his 200-hour training certificate in 2011 from Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and has since completed 250 hours of continuing education in yin, power, and vinyasa style classes. He believes every day is different and every practice is different, change is the only constant in life.

classes

Monday 7:30-9:00pm Foundations

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