Classes are held at 3215 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

New Student Special: Two Weeks for $30 with any instructor. That means you can have 3 classes a day some days! What a deal!

Groupon holders: You can redeem your expired Groupon Voucher for Services in Kind. If you avail yourself of our Two Weeks for $30 New Student Special, then you can enjoy 34 classes if you take all the available classes! Just swing on by, don't be shy! Present your Groupon Voucher to any of our teachers to get started on your first two weeks in the Monkey House!

Time Class Level Instructor
Sunday 9:30am - 11:15 IMY Open Tim Thompson
11:30am - 1:00 IMY Beginning Tim Thompson
9:15am - 10:45 IMY Open Tim Thompson
5:45pm - 7:15 IMY Open Tim Thompson
7:30pm - 9:00 Vinyasa Open Monifa
Tuesday 9:15am - 10:45 Vinyasa Open Cynthea Denise
5:45pm - 7:15 IMY Open Tim Thompson
7:30pm - 9:00 IMY Beginning Tim Thompson
Wednesday 9:15am - 10:45 IMY Open Tim Thompson
5:45pm - 7:15 IMY Open Tim Thompson
7:30pm - 9:00 Vinyasa Open Corey Izzo
Thursday 9:15am - 10:45 Vinyasa Open Christie Makanna
11:00am - 12:15 Mom & Baby Yoga Open Cynthea Denise
5:45pm - 7:15 IMY Open Tim Thompson
7:30pm - 9:00 IMY Beginning Tim Thompson
Friday 6:00pm - 7:30pm Vinyasa Open Christie Makanna
Saturday 9:00am - 10:40 Vinyasa Open Suzanne Zuber
11:00am - 12:30 Vinyasa Open Corey Izzo
2:00pm - 3:15 Pre-Natal 8 Week Series Cynthea Denise
(contact Cynthea to register) 510.444.1129

Payable to instructor
Drop-in -- $16
5-class series -- $75
10-class series -- $140
No Credit Cards or Plastic Money--
Cash, Check or Coins only, Please!
Your Monkey Money is good for classes with
all the instructors at the Shala!

When coming to class, you may wear shorts and a shirt, or a leotard and tights that do not cover your feet. Bring a towel, you'll sweat. Please do not eat for at least one hour before coming to class. A banana's okay. If you have any physical problems or injuries, be sure to inform the teacher before the class begins. Parking is available across the street in the metered parking lot under the freeway, or in the Trader Joe's parking garage. Bringing a banana for the teacher is considered good form.

Isometric Monkey Yoga (IMY) is fun, accessible, and challenging. The synthesis of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, and martial arts principles, IMY is a non-impact, aerobically efficient alternative to weight lifting and passive stretching. Isometric exercises and resistance stretching place the emphasis on muscle growth, separation, and definition. Monkeying around in the asanas slides the muscle sheaths independently, melts fascial binding, engages new muscle fibers, and increases proprioceptor nerve growth, making the body long, strong, supple, flexible and agile. You will laugh, sweat, and be sore the next day. Good sore. Effort and intelligence evolve the monkey, transforming pain into pleasure and restrictions into abilities. The first monkey rule is to do what you like and don't do what you don't like. All of our teachers will help any willing student to modify the asanas to make the positions and sequences easier and simpler, or more challenging and complex.

Vinyasa style classes are inspired by the Ashtanga tradition, but do not stick to the ordered series. The postures are strung together with sun salutation and breath in almost dance-like sequences. Class concludes with forward bends and backbends. Advanced classes include inverted postures.

Mom/Baby/Toddler Yoga This is a class for all Mamas (or Mamas to be...) who want to move, re-energize, invigorate and restore. Cynthea will lead you through asanas that you can take home and experience with while your baby or toddler is next to you content, or 'cue-ing' to engage with you. The student will be guided to explore her body/mind consciousness. The student will be supported to hear her body's inner wisdom as guide, as a practical way of living. We will cultivate our intuitive knowing in this class. All classes are drop-in. Cynthea's current teacher is Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of BodyMind Centering. The principals of Body/mind centering are the foundation of how Cynthea is exploring her asana practice. "If you want to see which way the wind is blowing, look at the sand. If you want to understand how the mind is moving, look at the body." B.B. Cohen. Please phone Cynthea with your questions at (510)986-9370

What is yoga? YOGA is derived from the Sanskrit root "yug" which means to unite, yoke, join, and combine. Yoga thus means to create, to make something new from existing elements, to connect our intelligence with our chosen subject free from distractions. It is the unification of our body, mind, breath, and spirit. Hatha yoga is the physical path to integration. "Ha" means sun and "tha," moon. Together, this translates as appropriate force or determined effort, making our bodies hot like the sun and our minds cool like the moon, balancing our active and reflective energies. Hatha yoga is regenerative exercise, not contortionism. It is the art and science of loving, healing effort sustained over a lifetime.

This practice removes the obstacles that prevent humans from moving their bodies and minds freely. (Wrap your mind around the idea of wrapping your arms around your leg and back, simultaneously -- and enjoyably!). Properly practiced, yoga tones the muscular, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems, balances our hormones, aligns the skeleton, removes toxins, drains the lymph, repairs our tissues and organs and provides us with more energy. The "yoga buzz" is a natural high that heals our appetites and increases our self-confidence, clarity, and love for the natural world.

ASANA is posture, to sit with, to embody. Positions are often named after animals, scholars, sages, warriors, and archetypes.

To MONKEY is to express your creativity, to move during the asana, to use a tool such as a block or a strap or to make a variation or substitution while fulfilling the intent of the original asana. "Monkey see, monkey do" is the most direct form of learning available to all simians, with or without the aid of sophisticated larynxes.

PRANAYAMA is the rhythmic control of breath. PRANA is the energy within all living beings. AYAMA is lengthening. Pranayama breathing techniques promote the full flow of our most basic fuel. The conscious elimination of carbon dioxide and consistent intake of oxygen repairs and revitalizes each cell in the body.

SHALA is school.

Click here for the Invocation to Patanjali chanted at the beginning of class (and the translation).

Click here to read Tim Thompson's article on the Ashtanga of Patanjali.

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