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 | Instructor
BIO

JANET CARTER

Yoga Manager | Instructor

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 10 years, has over 500 hours of teacher training, and is a certified Mat Pilates instructor. She also teaches Baby + Me, Toddler and Teen Yoga classes.

classes

Sunday 11:15am – Vinyasa

Monday 7:30pm – Vinyasa

Tuesday 7pm & 8pm – Vinyasa

JACQUI ROWLEY

Yoga Instructor
BIO

JACQUI ROWLEY

Yoga Instructor

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 4:30pm – Vinyasa

Thursday 4:30pm – Vinyasa

MARY HAYANO

Yoga Instructor
BIO

MARY HAYANO

Yoga Instructor

mary@planetgranite.com

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 12pm – Power

Monday 6pm – Power

Saturday 9:30am – Power

ANDREA MUELLER

Yoga Instructor
BIO

ANDREA MUELLER

Yoga Instructor

about me

While recovering from an overuse running injury, Andrea discovered and fell in love with yoga. She immediately noticed a physical and mental change; her body awareness improved, and she felt incredibly calm and grounded. Andrea was soon seeking out workshops to deepen her knowledge and practice. Andrea completed her 200-hour teacher training in Vinyasa Flow at Aha Yoga 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 encourages a practice that helps students grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat. She believes that the benefits from practicing yoga can be seen in all aspects of life and inspire us to live each moment more mindfully.

classes

Tuesday 6:30am – Power Flow

Tuesday 6:30pm – Power Flow

Thursday 6:30am – Power Flow

Thursday 6pm – Power Flow

Thursday 7pm – Vinyasa Flow

SARA HESS

Yoga Instructor
BIO

SARA HESS

Yoga Instructor

about me

The expression and articulation of movement through your body is the key to unlocking the depths of your being. This is the philosophy that Sara lives by and teaches in her yoga classes. Sara was exposed to dance and yoga at a very young age. At 13 Sara experienced her first yoga class and discovered that when movement and breath are synced, muscles engage, and bones align, the depth of your practice is limitless and can go far beyond the physical body. Of course, at age 13, it was simpler: find the breath, connect to the body, discover the pose.

After graduating with a BFA in dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sara went on to complete her first 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification with YogaWorks in 2009. Following her training she felt compelled to pack her bags and travel the world for several months. This was her chance to push her comfort level, meet her edge and crack open her soul. The colors, the vibrancy, the culture, and the history the world had to offer was one of the greatest teachings she could add to her practice. It opened her eyes to how powerful a mindful practice can be both on and off the mat, and it became very clear that teaching yoga was her calling.

Her current teachings are most inspired and influenced by Ana Forrest, who she has studied extensively with. It is through Forrest yoga that Sara has discovered her true, authentic teacher. Sara is currently working towards becoming Forrest certified. She has over 2000+ hours of teaching experience and is currently finishing her 500hr certification. Sara has studied yoga in depth with Maritza, John Friend, Nikki Estrada, Sean Corn, Maty Ezraty, and Rod Stryker.

“It is when we meet our edge that we discover who we really are. Yoga is medicine so allow it to work its magic.”

classes

Monday 6:30am – Vinyasa

Molly Haight

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Molly Haight

Yoga Instructor

about me

Molly teaches vinyasa based classes with an emphasis on alignment, leading students through intelligent sequencing while pushing them to the edge of their comfort zone. Her classes can be as challenging as you want them to be; there is always room to take different variations, take a break or laugh at her bad jokes. When Molly is not teaching or practicing yoga, she is trail running or dreaming up ideas for her company Adventuring Soul Retreats.

Running has informed and transformed Molly’s yoga practice and has led her to work with many different types of athletes. She has found that just like yoga, running is a way to shut up, reground and reconnect to what’s important. As a teacher, Molly strives to help students find this sense of quiet and become more aware and confident in their own bodies. She has completed over 500-hours of training under Stephanie Snyder and continues to study under Stephanie, as well as Annie Carpenter and Jason Crandell.

classes

Friday 12pm – Vinyasa

CHARLOTTE VON HEMERT

Yoga Instructor
BIO

CHARLOTTE VON HEMERT

Yoga Instructor

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 6:45pm – Yin

ADAM MERINGOLO

Yoga Instructor
BIO

ADAM MERINGOLO

Yoga Instructor

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 9:30am – Vinyasa

Wednesday 7:45pm – Yin / Restorative

Thursday 12pm – Vinyasa

LEANNA LYNCH

Yoga Instructor
BIO

LEANNA LYNCH

Yoga Instructor

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 7:45pm – Foundations

Tuesday 12pm – Power Flow

Wednesday 7pm – Foundations

LAEL HUMPHRIES

Yoga Instructor
BIO

LAEL HUMPHRIES

Yoga Instructor

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

Wednesday & Friday 6:30am – Vinyasa Flow

Veronica Geretz

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Veronica Geretz

Yoga Instructor

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 6pm – Power

Lizzie Kountze

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Lizzie Kountze

Yoga Instructor

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 11:15pm – Vinyasa

Kristin Singer

Yoga Instructor
BIO

Kristin Singer

Yoga Instructor

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 4pm Yin