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Yoga mayu 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. 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.

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.

Lunchtime Flow

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.

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.

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 Yoga 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 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.

Morning Vinyasa

Start your day refreshed and energized with this moderately paced class. It will begin with a fairly vigorous standing sequence to warm the blood. Then it will move to a deep, floor-stretches to open the body and mind. To close, play with backbends and or inversions, followed by a sweet savasana.

Yoga 101 Beginner Class

In this Yoga 101 class we believe that you must first build the proper foundation. It is from this solid foundation you may grow and expand your yoga practice. This class will help you to develop a safe understanding of basic yoga postures, their benefits and help you build confidence to move to the next level! Here you will receive detailed instructions of proper breathing, basic standing and seated poses, proper alignment as well as the use of yoga props to guide and enhance your practice.

Yoga Chill

There are lots of ways to unwind after a long week. Choose yoga: "happy hour for the soul J." This class features a gentle but solid flow, some pranayama (breathing), and brief, simple meditation techniques, designed for letting go of the week's stress lodged in the body, and quieting the mind in a warm and supportive environment. A great way to start the weekend. Yogis of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Mark has experience teaching older adults, beginning students, and advanced yogis.

Vinyasa Align

Vinyasa Align classes are vigorous practices that emphasize alignment and action in the poses in flowing sequence. Intensity is built through a challenging progression of precise actions and postures, rather than through rapid movement.

Candlelight Yoga Flow

Candlelight Yoga Flow Set to candlelight and transformative music, this vinyasa flow class is the perfect way to unwind into the weekend. While this class builds heat, strength and flexibility, the darkness allows the mind to flow into a deep state of meditation. This is an opportunity to let go of your self-consciousness and dissolve into bliss.

Vinyasa Flow and Restore

This practice is a combination experience specially designed for deeper relaxation at the end while also allowing you to feel rejuvenated. We begin with a 45 minute strong Vinyasa flow practice – moving through a full variety of postures from sun salutations to back bends. For the final half hour we have a "Nature Sound Bath" as a guide to a long wind down and restorative style finish. WHAT is "Nature Sound Bath"? Nature Sound Bath is a sound journey through natural elements which assists us in a deeper moving meditation or savasana.


In Yogalates we combine pilates and yoga for a total body workout focused on toning, strengthening, and stretching. The class is designed to build heat within the body and consists of sun salutations and pilates style abdominal work, along with a fusion of yoga and pilates exercises to tone all areas of the body. Class ends with stretches to allow the body to embrace it's hard work!


San Francisco yoga studio founded in December of 2008, Yoga Mayu is known for being a down to earth yoga studio. Yoga Mayu is predominantly a Vinyasa yoga studio. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga styles; vinyasa at Yoga Mayu is predominantly drawn from the Ashtanga and Hatha 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.

Our mission is to provide a genuine and sustainable yoga practice that evolves the physical and emotional health of our students. At Yoga Mayu we strive to provide a safe inviting environment where students can develop a regular yoga practice. We offer some of the most talented yoga teachers in San Francisco; they are passionate about teaching and are always willing to take that extra step to ensure that no student feels left behind. We are proud to be known for the individual attention we provide. We believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age and body type.

Since we believe that yoga takes you inside, wraps you in yourself and then transforms you, our studio's name, Mayu, derives from the Japanese word for cocoon. Yoga acts as a cocoon in our lives. Among the many benefits of yoga are a healthy back and posture, strength and flexibility, mental clarity and an increased ability to reduce stress and manage it. With a consistent yoga practice, you begin the metamorphosis to living a self-healing, empowered life, where you have the potential to ascend to heights you never thought possible.


Do I sign-up for Classes & Workshops online or can I sign up at the studio before class?

It is not required to sign-up online, but it is recommended as it saves time and paper. Classes and workshops do fill up, so signing up with our online scheduler will ensure your spot; click here to sign-up as a new user. If online registration is inconvenient for you, you can simply sign-up at the studio before the class begins. If you are new to yoga mayu and have not registered in our online system, please do arrive 10-15 minutes early as to complete the liability paperwork and register in our system.

Tell me more about the studio and the practice of yoga at yoga mayu?

yoga mayu offers a variety of classes in a Vinyasa (flow) style. The studio is not a hot yoga studio and the space is heated to a comfortable temperature in the mid 70's. Classes at yoga mayu are suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced students. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of classical yoga styles. The word Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement". In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. 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. Please refer to our Yoga Styles to read more about class descriptions.

I am new to yoga; how do I prepare for my first yoga class?

Coming to a yoga class for the first time can be daunting; sometimes it feels like everyone knows what they're doing but you. Here are a few tips to make you feel more at ease in your first class:

  • yoga mayu recommends the Yoga 101 Beginner Classes, which is a fundamental introduction to yoga. Enroll in our Beginners Classes online or in person at the studio.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the class begins. Check in with the front desk to let them know that you are present and pay for your class if you have not done so already through our online scheduler.
  • Tell the teacher about your experience level, so they can advise you accordingly.
  • Bring comfortable clothing to practice in. Stretchy cotton or nonrestrictive fabrics are best. Remember that you'll be moving around a lot and you possibly will be in inverted postures; choose the appropriate length of shorts and snug fitting tops.
  • Try not to eat 1-2 hours before class, or have a light snack before you step onto your mat. A full stomach can cause discomfort during practice and is believed to restrict the flow of energy in the body.
  • Turn your cell phone off or to silent for the duration of the class.
  • Notify the teacher of any injuries, ailments, or if you are pregnant before the class begins. This will assist them in creating the best practice for you and providing modifications when necessary (see other sections of this page for more detail on these subjects).
  • We recommend that you have your own personal mat, but we do rent mats for $1 at the studio if needed. A water bottle and a small towel are also recommended. All other additional props will be provided at the studio.
  • Always remember, everyone has a first class; don't be afraid to ask the teacher for instructions or assistance. Most importantly, have fun! Don't feel intimidated or anxious during your first class; it is only a practice and everyone is on a journey just like you. Don't forget to breathe.

I am pregnant and need advice about what yoga classes are suitable for me?

Yoga can be a wonderful compliment to pregnancy. It is a chance to stretch sore muscles, to gain strength both mental and physical for your new life, and to connect emotionally and physically with your baby. If you have been practicing yoga for some time and you become pregnant, you and your instructor can decide what type of class is best for you. It is mostly recommended that you stay away from superheated classes (not offered at yoga mayu) or a very vigorous class. A mellow Vinyasa Flow or a regular Hatha style class is a perfect choice during your pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it is important to take it easy: look for a level 1-2 class or a restorative/mellow flow class.

Is there parking available for cars and bikes at yoga mayu?

Cars: Metered and 2 hour limit street parking is available in the general vicinity of the studio, availability depends on the time of day.

Can I practice yoga if I have an injury or medical condition?

In most cases it is beneficial to practice yoga when you have a minor injury from sports, work, or daily life. If you have a serious injury, it is important to check with your doctor before participating in any physical activity, including yoga. Ask your physical therapist or doctor to recommend certain stretches or poses that will help to heal your injury. Be sure to tell your yoga instructor about your injury before class. If you have a serious medical condition or are recovering from a serious injury, consult your doctor to make sure you are fit enough to practice yoga. If you have any injuries, please talk to your instructor so they can provide the correct modifications and advise you which classes are appropriate.

Is yoga suitable for all ages and fitness level?

Yoga is suitable for just about everyone! No matter what age you are, you can always start with a class that would accommodate your fitness level. Please talk to your instructor so they can advise you.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, originating in India. With yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and, at the same time, improve the quality of our lives. Here is a list of the benefits of yoga, and you've probably heard of a few of them before.

There are many benefits of yoga, and you've probably heard of a few of them before. Here is a list of comprehensive benefits that yoga can provide for you:

  • Flexibility - By lengthening the body and holding poses for longer periods of time, the muscles are allowed to stretch more naturally and lengthen over time.
  • Strength - Yoga poses can be very taxing, requiring balance and supporting the weight of the body. Over time, you will build strength in all parts of your body.
  • Muscle Tone - Create long lean muscles by active stretching. Stretched muscles work more efficiently and have longer stamina when used.
  • Pain Prevention - Yoga helps to alleviate back, wrist, neck, shoulder, and leg pain.
  • Breathing - By coordinating breath with movement and focusing on the breath, you learn to have a greater breath capacity with slower deeper breath.
  • Mental Calmness - Sometimes intensely physical and occasionally quiet and still, yoga helps the mind stop its constant spinning.
  • Stress Reduction - By learning to breathe into difficult situations, and to have a calm mind and a strong body, stress and tension can be released or diminished.
  • Body Awareness - Yoga brings acute awareness to the different areas of the body. It gives the practitioner a chance to learn their habits and capabilities.
  • Additional benefits include:Increased Energy
  • Cardiovascular & Circulatory Health
  • Improved Energy
  • Balanced Metabolism
  • Promotes Self Acceptance
  • Creates a connection between mind, body and spirit

Does yoga mayu offer private yoga classes?

Yes, yoga mayu offers private yoga classes. You can choose to take a single private class or purchase a package of 5 private sessions. We offer a one-hour session as well as an hour and half sessions. Please refer to our yoga rates page to see details.

Are there changing rooms and a place to store personal belongings at the studio?

There are two private changing rooms, a bathroom, and a cubby area for your personal belongings within the practice space.