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Best Yoga Studios
in Berkeley
2019

Why These Yoga Studios?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored yoga studios on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best yoga studios in Berkeley, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Addison Yoga Loft

Addison Yoga Loft is a Berkeley-based studio that provides a variety of classes for practitioners from all skill levels. Owner Anna Koenig offers fast-paced classes in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow. She also includes candlelight yoga courses and restorative yoga. Beginners and students suffering chronic pain gravitate toward her therapeutic yoga class as well. She employs a highly-qualified staff with decades of experience and more than 1,000 hours of professional training. Anna opened the facility in 2015. Her focus is on building community as well as spaciousness, self-love, spirituality, well-being, and personal transformation. Private sessions also are available.

Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 859-7918

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Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley

Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley is a traditional yoga center that focuses on the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The studio welcomes beginning skill levels, and principal teacher Vance Selover has practiced for the last three decades. His expertise covers the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, and the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan. He added the Iyengar system to his toolbox in 1992 and the South Indian Mysore two years later. Selover provides several ways for students to get started, including through observation, a beginners’ program, private yoga sessions, and meditation. He also hosts events and retreats throughout the year.

Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 301-6747

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Awaken Yoga Bliss

Awaken Yoga Bliss is a Berkeley-based studio that provides yoga and psychotherapy to clients in the surrounding region. Owner/proprietor Julie is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who has studied yoga under multiple teachers well-known within the discipline. She has provided instruction and hosted retreats worldwide from California to Costa Rica for more than two decades. Julie serves on the Northern California Functional Restoration Program as Yoga and Movement Therapist for patients suffering chronic pain. Through a combination of classes and private sessions, she focuses on the art of Vinyasa flow for yoga practitioners from beginning to Level 3 skill levels.

Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 273-2417

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Big Yoga Life

Big Yoga Life is a studio located in Oakland and Berkeley that offers weekly classes with props to students of all sizes. Owner Angela Fisher leads Curvy Yoga classes three times per week with two of the sessions for drop-in students in one of the studio’s two locations. The third offering is a rotating four-week series. Angela has practiced the art of yoga since 1999. She focuses on helping her students build strength and flexibility and has both RYT 200 and Curvy Yoga Certification through the Yoga Alliance. In addition to the ongoing courses, she offers specialized workshops on topics such as the Big Yoga Life and self-care.

Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 384-6759

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Emeryville Yoga Therapy Center

Emeryville Yoga Therapy Center is a studio in San Francisco's East Bay Area, which includes the northwest portion of Alameda County. The center offers a unique form of yoga referred to as “spinal release,” or SRY. The SRY approach is slow-moving and catered to individuals. Students choose it based on its emphasis on healing and its gentleness on the body's joints and muscles. The form welcomes all body types and skill sets. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the center conducts ongoing workshops in the disciplines of restorative yoga and healing/transformation for women. Instructors also have training in tension and trauma release.

Emeryville, CA 94608 (510) 982-6170

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Hatha Yoga Shala East Bay

Hatha Yoga Shala East Bay is a studio in Berkeley that provides classes, workshops, and facility rentals for a variety of disciplines in self-cultivation. It offers comprehensive training programs in the form of workshops, pre-registration courses, and drop-in classes. Modalities include Shadow Yoga and Classical Hatha, Rolfing Structural Integration, Chinese Health/Martial Arts, dance, movement, and Somatics. Teachers hold decades of training and experience as well as more than a 1,000 combined hours in certified training. Students across all skill levels are welcome, and they have credited the Hatha Yoga Shala East Bay staff as being generous with time and willing to tailor their classes to students.

Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 859-7795

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Hella Yoga

Hella Yoga is a fitness center that operates out of Berkeley. Owners Lynn Whitlow and Kelly Johnson employ a staff of highly-qualified instructors trained in both yoga and Pilates. The studio welcomes many students to its “Inferno Hot” sessions for both exercise forms. It also provides Bikram and Buti yoga disciplines. Hella Yoga is open for classes seven days per week, with some holiday availability. In addition to regularly scheduled courses, the studio hosts special events throughout the year. Customer reviews have credited the company for its unique targeting of muscle groups and for setting a motivational and stress-reducing atmosphere.

Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 990-6163

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Sennin Foundation

Sennin Foundation is an Albany-based studio that serves students in the surrounding area, which includes all of Alameda County. The center focuses on Japanese yoga forms as well as healing and martial arts. Shin-shin-toitsu-do is the exact yoga form practiced, and it means “the way of mind and body unification.” H. E. Davey Sensei, Director of the Sennin Foundation Center, is the founder of the site, and he is a member of the Tempu Society in Tokyo as well as the award-winning author of the book Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation. Classes for both adults and children are by appointment.

Albany, CA 94706 (510) 526-7518

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Studio Yoga 6

Studio Yoga 6 is a studio that specializes in Hatha yoga through the Krishnamacharya lineage. It provides a variety of ways for students to get involved, including through practice clinics, one-on-one training, small groups, and business-to-business programming. Workshops focus primarily on restorative yoga, and the principal instructors — Chris Hoskins and Lisa Ray — have more than eight decades of combined experience and training in the discipline. Studio Yoga 6 operates out of Berkeley, and it provides all needed equipment, including mats, straps, and blocks. Advanced courses include Creative Vinyasa, which comes recommended for students with superior conditioning and a keen understanding of yoga fundamentals.

Berkeley, CA 94701 (510) 269-7337

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The Yoga Room

The Yoga Room is a studio founded by Donald Moyer. He opened the facility’s doors in 1978, and it has attained more than three decades as an established presence in the Berkeley yoga community. The current staff consists of more than two dozen highly-qualified instructors with decades of experience teaching and thousands of hours in certified training and Ph.D. work. Students have many ways to participate, including scheduled classes and workshops, intensives, guided meditation, and the Yoga Room’s acclaimed advanced studies program. Students who wish to enroll in advanced studies must have one year of yoga experience. To qualify for year two, they must have their 500-hour teaching certificate.

Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 204-9322

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Tree of Life Yoga and Spine Therapy

Tree of Life Yoga and Spine Therapy is a studio located in Emeryville that serves students and practitioners of yoga in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. It specializes in spine care, postural alignment, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Founder/owner Jessica Shi has many years of experience in the form, having studied under renowned instructors Michel Besnard and Elise Miller. She provides Iyengar and rope wall-based sessions as well as mixed-level Vinyasa. Classes are both pre-registration and drop-in, and she offers individual time for spine therapy, assisting clients with issues such as sciatica, disc bulges, and athletic injuries.

Emeryville, CA 94608 (510) 852-9876

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Yoga With Kelsey

Yoga With Kelsey is a studio located in the Berkeley area that focuses on yoga as healing for emotional and physical health. Instructor Kelsey came to the discipline from a place of emotional pain, and she has designed her practice as one that welcomes all skill levels. Kelsey describes it as “yoga as self-worth,” and she encourages students new to the form regardless of flexibility or familiarity with the culture. Kelsey possesses more than 1,000 hours of training in the disciplines of Hatha, Forrest, prenatal, and trauma center/trauma-sensitive yoga as well as expressive arts therapy. She also provides in-service training for clinicians and yoga teachers.

Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 520-1844

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Yogalayam Prana Yoga Center

Yogalayam Prana Yoga Center is a therapeutic center located in Berkeley that has introduced all skill levels to the art and practice of yoga for more than four decades. Ongoing classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels combine with courses for prenatal, children, and disabled students. Clients have utilized the center for postnatal and parent/toddler sessions as well, with child offerings extending through the age of 12. The director is Saraswathi Devi, who continues a tradition started by Swami Vignanananda in 1975. The center operates on a seven-day schedule, and it also sponsors guest lectures, workshops, and special events throughout the year.

Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 655-3664

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