Welcome to Castro Valley Yoga

 
New
Student
Special
one month unlimited $39

This special allows you to try a variety of classes, teachers and styles of yoga. 

*Does not apply toward workshops or specialty classes*

Create a new student account online 

New To Yoga

If you are new to yoga, we recommend one of the following entry-level classes to get started:

YOGA FOUNDATIONS

Yoga Foundations is the perfect place to start if you’ve never taken a yoga class or haven’t practiced in a while. Practitioners are introduced to the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment. This class helps to establish a solid foundation for a safe and healthy practice. Mondays at 6:00pm with Bridget Galli and Saturdays at 11:30am with Corey Izzo.

YIN

Yin is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time and focus on the deeper tissues of the body. Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 6:00pm with April Oquenda.

RESTORATIVE

Restorative is a practice that incorporates five or six poses designed to facilitate rest and relaxation. Props are used to support students in holding poses for longer periods of time. Mondays and Fridays from 4:00-5:30pm with Elizabeth Ross.

ALIGNMENT-BASED

Alignment Based classes are a great place to begin. Practitioners are guided into and out of each pose with detailed verbal instruction and special focus on structural alignment of the physical body and attention to the breath. Modifications with props like blocks and bolsters are encouraged to allow for greater accessibility to all levels of practitioner. 

GENTLE HATHA

Gentle Hatha is a perfect option if you prefer to move at a slower pace and want more detailed instruction. Sundays at 4:30 with Liz Ross.

CORE: PILATES & YOGA

The Core class is an all-levels class that offers step-by-step instruction for learning a full complement of Pilates mat exercises. Each exercise maintains respect for the level and needs of the individual student. Wednesdays at 6:00pm with Barbara Lande.

 

Studio Etiquette

Hydrate

We encourage you to hydrate before and after class. Please refrain from bringing food and beverages other than water into the studio.

 

Avoid Scents

Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented lotions to class to help preserve our scent-free atmosphere. In yoga, we are breathing deeply while near one another. Even mild scents can seem very strong, especially to those with sensitivities or allergies.

 

Stay for Savasana

We strongly recommend that you avoid skipping this period at the end of class, which is designed to bring your body into its healthiest alignment, help your body/mind integrate what you have learned in the class, and calm the nervous system for maximum health benefits. If on occasion you must leave a few minutes early, inform your instructor before class, set up your mat near the door, and exit the studio before Savasana (final resting pose) begins, leaving your props to avoid further disruption.

 

Return Props

Please be courteous to the next class by returning all props.

 

Come Back

Teaching style, including the level of strenuousness in a class, can vary from teacher to teacher, so we recommend trying a variety of classes to find the fit that is best for you and your yoga practice.

Arrive Early

Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes before class starts to allow enough time to check-in, make a payment if necessary, and get yourself setup. If you arrive late, please wait in the reception area until the breathing/chanting has concluded, and then enter the studio. Due to safety reasons and to ensure a proper warm-up, students will not be admitted to class if more than 10 minutes late.

Check In

Please be sure to check in at the front desk with one of our staff members. If possible, register for class ahead of time on MindBody; this will secure you a spot in the studio for up to five minutes before class begins (reservations are released five minutes before the start of class).

 

Remove Shoes

Please remove your shoes and place them in one of the cubbies in the reception area.

 

Silence Phone

As a courtesy to the instructor and other students in the class, please silence your phones prior to class and leave them in your cubby with your other valuables (please no cell phones near your mat).

 

Minimize Conversation

Please keep talking to a minimum before and during class to maintain an atmosphere of quiet, stillness, and peace.

 

 

  • What is yoga? The best way to describe yoga is that it is a way of life. The yoga we are most familiar with in the West is called “Hatha Yoga,” or the “yoga of movement.”  

  • Do I have to be fit or flexible to practice yoga? Nope and nope. Castro Valley Yoga offers classes for all ages and for all levels of fitness and flexibility. 

  • Do I need any yoga experience to attend a class? Nope. Prior experience is not needed. However, we recommend beginning in Yoga Foundations. 

  • Can I eat before class? It is best to avoid eating for about an hour before class, though a very light snack may be fine if you are hungry or on a special diet. We recommend staying hydrated before and after class.

  • I have a previous injury. Can I still practice yoga? Yes! We encourage you to tell the instructor at the beginning of class about your unique health circumstances, so you receive individualized modifications where needed. If you suffer from any severe or unusual medical conditions, it is your responsibility to get permission from your health care provider/physician.  

  • What should I wear/bring to class? Be prepared to practice in bare feet. We have cubbies in the lobby to secure all personal belongings. Bring your yoga mat (rental mats available for $1). Dress in stretchy fabrics and in layers.

  • How do I check in? Click on our schedule, which will connect you to MINDBODY for pre-registration. If you do not yet have an account, follow the steps to create one, and then register for the class you wish to attend. If you are unable to register online before your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes before class begins to complete registration. 

  • Is yoga a religion? Yes and No. Yoga emerged from the Hindu tradition; however, practicing Hatha Yoga does not require any religious affiliation. Yoga promotes healthy and mindful living.

  • Does CVY do Hot Yoga? Most of our classes range between 68 and 72 degrees; however, the some of our morning flow and vinyasa classes are heated to 76 degrees. 

  • Does CVY provide childcare? Can I bring my child to class with me? CVY welcomes kids ages 7-12 to attend our Kids Yoga class on Sunday from 11:30-12:30.  Additionally, teenagers ages 13-18 are welcome to attend our Teen Yoga Donation class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Our regular classes are for adults only. CVY does not provide childcare. 

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