Yoga Styles


yoga mayu of San Francisco is predominately a Vinyasa yoga studio. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga traditions. The word Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement." This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. In a Vinyasa Flow class the students move from one pose on inhale to another on exhale. A simple example of Vinyasa Flow is the Cat/Cow stretch, which is performed on hands and knees. The inhale initiates the spine to arch and the chin to reach upward, while the exhale guides the spine to round and the chin to tuck under. A Surya Namaskara, or sun salutation, is an example of a more complex Vinyasa. A series of movements is done with each one attached to either an inhalation or an exhalation.

Vinyasa yoga's strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for individual personality to come through. It's important that you take class from a number of teachers to find the one who you connect with the best. If your first Vinyasa class doesn't feel right to you, keep looking. With all of its diversity and possibility, Vinyasa yoga is perfect for the student open to learning new things.

Class Styles


Vinyasa 1-2


This class is a dynamic system of practicing asana (poses), linking breath to movement, which builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Sequencing is often built around sun salutations. Classes are suitable for students with basic understanding of Sun Salutations and standard asanas. More advanced poses like inversions, arm balances and backbends are also explored in these classes (Modifications are provided for these advanced poses as needed). The pace of this class is moderate to vigorous. top

Vinyasa (All Levels)


This class is a dynamic system of practicing asana (poses), linking breath to movement. Builds heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Sequencing is often built around sun salutations. Suitable for students of all levels. More advanced poses like inversions, arm balances and backbends are also explored in these classes (Modifications are provided for these advanced poses as needed). The pace of this class tends to be faster and stronger and the sequencing and variations of asanas are more challenging. top

Lunchtime Yoga


Is the perfect class to take between meetings, assignments and conference calls so we can stretch and breathe. This class will teach the practitioner to build flowing sequences with a focus on combining breath with movement. Students will learn to refine postures and move beyond the limitations of the body and mind. All levels welcome. top

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga involves physically letting go into seated postures and exploring them for longer periods of time. The practice targets the deeper connective tissue of the body especially around the hips, pelvis and spine. Yin encourages healthy mobility in joints leaving the practitioner feeling physically lighter and mobile. In this way Yin is significantly different to restorative yoga. The long holds in a single still Yin posture becomes a time of inner reflection, meditation and peace. The nervous system is calmed, the mind stilled, and in this state the body returns to its natural healthy rhythm. top

Mellow Flow

A slow moving powerful class dedicated to nourishing the heart, spirit and body. This class uses meditative movement linked with breath to help you move inward and let go of stress. The simple aim of the class is to create space for opening the heart and lengthening the spine using twists, standing poses, core work, creative and restorative forward folds and back bends, followed by a long savasana. All levels welcome. top

Beginners Series - The Fundamentals of Yoga

yoga mayu is dedicated to offering this weekly beginners series that provides both beginning and continuing students with a foundation in the fundamentals of yoga. Each class provides you with a solid introduction to the practicing of yoga, while breaking down a yoga class, step by step. You will learn to use your body in new ways, develop strength and balance, and you will discover techniques to quiet the mind. The beginners series is led by Gizella Donald, a skilled and intuitive yoga teacher and the founder of yoga mayu. Read more.

Private Yoga Classes


Working one on one with your teacher is the most effective way to develop your yoga practice. In a private class you can expect hands on adjustments with a great attention to detail. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of a private yoga class, as it is directly tailored to your needs. Privates are particularly recommended for students recovering from injuries and students looking for an advanced track in their yoga practice. Please contact us via email info@yogamayu.com for more information and to schedule an appointment. top

Monthly Restorative Workshops

Restorative yoga is a passive class designed to get you as deep as possible into your poses and into a quiet meditative mental state. Using props like bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps, your teacher will guide you into poses that support the body completely. Each pose is designed to help the hips, heart, shoulders and back release using guided breathing cues. Often the teacher will provide massage throughout the class. Restorative yoga is perfect for individuals with injuries, those new to yoga, and those looking to deepen their practice in a new way. No prior yoga experience required. Current list of workshops. top

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