Embrace the moment
Embrace Yoga is a CONTEMPORARY studio offering traditional yoga
instruction to those seeking balance of mind and body. We offer traditional yoga at its best
A place to nurture minds, bodies & spirits.
Embrace Yoga has moved. We are now located at 1122 4th Street, upper level, in an urban setting in the heart of Central San Rafael in Marin. Our main entrance is at 1122 Julia Street between 4th & 5th Streets or you may enter through Aroma Cafe and go up the back staircase. We are located in a historic building that was originally the first movie theater in Marin (called the Lyric) above Aroma Cafe and directly next door to Rafael Theater. It is a beautiful space in an abundant area. We are excited to start with new beginnings in such an energetic, yet relaxing studio. A space for those who wish to reap the many benefits of yoga, without the cultural teachings commonly found in many yoga programs.
Our class capacity sizes increased so that you have more space to move around, spread out and feel safe. This gives us the chance to properly instruct students on an individual level. This personal service has become our hallmark and in-turn our classes are often booked well in advance. Our instructors come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, making Embrace Yoga a diverse collective of expertise.
Check out January 2023 article we are featured in Marin Magazine ~ Here is the link to the article:
CHOOSE THE CLASS FOR YOU
Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures)…
Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. Hatha classes focus on correctly aligning the body to improve general posture, breathing and circulation. Hatha is ideal for beginners and those with physical limitations.
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic system of practicing asanas (poses). Yoga postures flow in a logical sequence…
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic system of practicing asanas (poses). Yoga postures flow in a logical sequence. Each position complements those that precede and follow. This practice focuses on the synchronization of breath & the continuous flow of movement. Vinyasa is a strong practice that builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus. This class can be strenuous; may be appropriate for beginners.
A form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier…
A form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body.
Named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment…
Named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas. B.K.S.
Yin Yoga helps to increase flexibility by strengthening the joints, ligaments and fascia. We will be using breath to slow the mind down…
Yin Yoga helps to increase flexibility by strengthening the joints, ligaments and fascia. We will be using breath to slow the mind down and gentle movement to help the body surrender into longer held asanas. This is a relaxing slow paced class with all asanas taking place on the floor (no standing asanas). It is perfect for beginners as well as the intermediate or advanced yogi who wants to increase their flexibility or just let go of their week.
This class will help you build core awareness, stability and strength. You will learn how to safely strengthen and engage the core…
This class will help you build core awareness, stability and strength. You will learn how to safely strengthen and engage the core abdominal complex, learn techniques to release body muscle tension. A stronger and stable core will better support the spine resulting in better posture alignment, balanced breath and may help reduce minor lower back and neck issues.
It is very important that you sign up on our website for classes at least an hour in advance. For early morning 7 am class please sign up the evening before. I will send out a link for your class directly to your email if you have signed up. If you haven’t signed up then you will not receive this very important link
To have an Embrace membership at this time is beneficial as it allows access to all our new Zoom Live Stream classes. There is also the choice of a Mini-membership for $72/month to access 4 classes a month. I am prepared to bring the best wellness experience that we can provide.
I thank you all for your continued support and cannot wait to see you all again at the studio. Cardholders have access to all classes. We are also offering a 5 Class Card for Zoom classes at a discounted rate of $99. Please contact us if you are requesting changes to your account. Check our weekly newsletter or Facebook/Instagram feeds for current ongoing specials. Please don’t hesitate to E-MAIL US should you have any questions.
With our current Live Stream classes you now have more of an opportunity to try out new classes. You can still enjoy meeting with your community through Zoom on a regular basis. Keep yourself safe while continuing your practice in the comfort of your own house. Many classes will remain on our Zoom platform so that there are options for all.
CLASSES AT EMBRACE
All Level Hatha Yoga with Muriel Murphy
IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM
NEW TIME: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:15- 10:30 am
In this All-Level Hatha, students can expect to learn the fundamentals of yoga asana from a holistic perspective. Learning detailed alignment, breathwork, sequences, beginning meditation, mudras as well as simple mantras.
Students will experience the merging of these energetic qualities in a safe and supportive environment which is designed to promote a steady and consistent practice which builds and refines from these fundamentals. Each class is different, focused and appropriately challenging.
Muriel poetically lifts the heart with her humor and cultivates a safe space to remember that we are all just humans living a life here together. Her inspiring style of unique class sequences offers a combination of self awakening yoga and classic restorative postures. This will reprogram your body’s response to stress, anxiety and depression. It’s fun and innovatively unwinding effects are very relaxing and rejuvenating on the body and mind.
Gentle Yoga with Suraya Keating
IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM
Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45 am
Suraya will be starting Meditation, Chanting & Restorative class Friday Evenings from 5 - 6
Enjoy this mindful, gentle yoga class anchored with a focus on the breath, body and heart. Great if you are just starting out or just feel like moving through practice at a slower mindful pace. You will be guided through series of poses that create a class that’s gentle, yet challenging. Modification options will be given to newer students, and simple concepts from Yoga philosophy will be interwoven in each practice.
Vitality Yoga Flow with Linda Prosche
IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM
Thursdays 12:15 - 1:00 pm
Increase your energy and life force with this 45 minute Noontime yoga class
If you find that by noon, your attention is wavering, your energy levels are low and what you packed for lunch is uninspiring, Renew your commitment to health and wellness and start out the new year with a noon time Pick-me up yoga class.
And best of all, it only takes 45 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to get back to the office and have a bite to eat.
We focus on developing a stable attention, a lightness of body, and a sense of calm energy through a fun set of creative sequencing. We won’t say you sweat…but you may glisten.
CLASS UPDATES AND TIME CHANGES
Yin/Restorative Yoga with
In Studio & LIvestream TUESDAYS - NEW TIME
from 6:15 - 7:15 pm.
Yin is a great addition to other styles of yoga
In this mix of Yin and Restorative Yoga, postures are slow-paced and mostly on the ground. The longer luxurious holds allow time to open the hips, spine and shoulders while helping to calm the mind and nervous system, enabling you to turn inward and focus on the breath. These classes are ideal for people with minor injuries and physical limitations and for anyone looking for self-care tools against stress and anxiety.
Kundalini Yoga with
Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30 pm
Kundalini Yoga 11-Week Series: Lower Triangle for Safety, Pleasure & Power starting
Jan 31 – April 11th
Kundalini yoga uses coordinated breath, movement, and mantra practices to strengthen the nervous system, refresh the body, and expand awareness. All levels welcome!
Kundalini 11-week Series: Lower Triangle for Safety, Pleasure & Power starting Jan 31 – April 11th
In the lower triangle is the home of our first three chakras, and it’s this trifecta that keeps us grounded, secure and confident in our sense of self. A strong lower triangle is vital for the overall wellbeing, as it’s where we digest our experience, harness our sense of individuality and creativity. It’s where we feel empowered to engage the world around us.
Our lower triangle is the anchor to our truth, which helps us navigate relationships and the world at large with honesty and clarity, while feeling connected to the larger whole.
Join us for this 11-week series to connect to the guru within, activate your power and relax into the pleasure of your own life force. Especially fitting as we enter into spring and begin to plant seeds for our own blooming. Expect an inner journey of breath, sound and movement to revitalize and expand our being. All levels welcome. This ill be a series of live virtual classes over Zoom, with the exception of pre-recorded sessions on Feb 28th & March 7th, when Adriana will be traveling.
Adriana Cerundolo is a kundalini yoga teacher, sound healer, and dance ceremonialist. She specializes in connecting people with their infinite divine truth within. Learn more at saraysound.com.
Teen Yoga with Beth Toomey
In Studio only
Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
In Hatha Flow we do a combination of Hatha Level 1-2, where students can expect to learn the fundamentals of yoga poses. Learning detailed alignment, breathwork, sequences and beginning meditation
Ages 12 and up.
Iyengar Yoga on Tuesdays & Fridays & NOW Iyengar Level 2 on Saturdays with Karen Kukula
Tuesdays & Fridays - 9 - 10:15
LEVEL 2 SATURDAYS from 9 am-10:30 am
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).
Iyengar Level 2 Yoga on Saturdays will take you to the next step. Preparatory poses for inversions and working on shoulder stand.
Props to have handy for Livestream classes: Mat, 2 blocks, strap (belt or sarong will also work) a couple neatly folded beach towels or yoga blankets and bolster or cushion. For Level 2 a chair would be helpful.
Mindful Flow Yoga and Meditation with Susan Quigley
In Studio & Livestream
Sundays from 10:15 – 11:30
Vinyasa Yoga is a system of practicing asanas (poses). Yoga postures flow in a logical sequence. Each position complements those that precede and follow. Followed by a 10 minute meditation.
Mindful Flow Yoga is a system of practicing asanas (poses). Yoga postures flow in a logical sequence. Each position complements those that precede and follow. This practice focuses on the synchronization of breath & the continuous flow of movement. This Flow practice builds flexibility, strength and mental focus. The class will end with a 10 minute meditation.
Strengthening Hatha with
IN STUDIO & LIVESTREAM
Saturdays 10:45 – Noon
NEW Functional Strength Training & Yoga on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 pm
Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body,
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
February Love Bath with Susan Quigley, RYT500
Sunday, February 19th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm*
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
― Jack Kornfield
*Note date change. Also, there will be no Sunday morning class on 2/19
$50 per person
Spring Equinox Special Restorative Practice with Karen Kukula
Saturday, March 18th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Welcome the light….with this Spring Equinox Special Restorative Practice. Restorative yoga postures are designed to support the body to encourage the nervous system to rebalance. When we push hard to get things done, to care for others (instead of ourselves!) overwork and worry our nervous system can get stuck in the stress response. These poses restore the body’s ability to let go of the stress and rebalance. This leads to better digestion, elimination and sleep just to name a few!
Give yourself the gift of a class of self nurturing yoga!
$50 per person