The Evolution of Yoga in Sonoma County

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The practice of yoga has flourished in Sonoma County since the 1960s, with various interpretations and adaptations of traditional methodologies continuously emerging.

Current Styles Taught in Sonoma County

Hatha Yoga

Hatha, meaning “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), focuses on the skillful alignment of the body in poses (asanas) to establish a balance of strength and flexibility. Hatha yoga studios in Sonoma County include:

  • Yoga One, 110 Kentucky St. in Petaluma or 589 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Iyengar Yoga

Developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, this form of yoga emphasizes precise alignment using props such as blankets and blocks. Local studios offering Iyengar Yoga include:

  • Solstice Yoga, 2450 West Third St., Santa Rosa
  • Wellness by Design, 224a Weller St. Petaluma
  • Westside Yoga, 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol

Viniyoga

Viniyoga, a personalized practice focusing on function rather than form, is taught by Mirka Kraftsow at Westside Yoga in Sebastopol.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga, a 26-pose sequence performed in a heated room, is available at:

  • Bikram Yoga Santa Rosa, 522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa
  • Bikram Yoga Sonoma, 721 W Napa St, Sonoma
  • Bikram Yoga Petaluma, 1484 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga, a physically demanding style, is taught by:

  • Yoga Studio Ganesha, 138 Weeks Way, Sebastopol
  • Westside Yoga, offers Mysore and led Ashtanga

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa, a flow-based style linking movements to breath, is a popular choice in Sonoma County. Studios offering Vinyasa include:

  • Thrive, 6914 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol
  • Yoga on Center, 401 Center St # C, Healdsburg
  • The Dhyana Center, 186 N. Main St., Sebastopol
  • Soul Yoga, 2801 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa

Power Yoga, Baptiste Style

Power Yoga, a heated and vigorous form of Vinyasa, is taught at Three Dog Yoga in Santa Rosa.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, a meditative and energetic style, is taught by Parmatma Simone at Yoga One in Santa Rosa.

AcroYoga

AcroYoga combines yoga, acrobatics, and dance. João Paulo Pereira offers classes periodically throughout Sonoma County.

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga incorporates aerial acrobatics with yoga positions, utilizing hammock silks for support. Local studios offering Aerial Yoga include:

  • Yoga Paradise, 8911 Lakewood Drive, Windsor
  • Soul Yoga and Wellness, 2801 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa
  • Dhyana Center, 186 N. Main St., Sebastopol

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga focuses on rest and rejuvenation. Devorah Blum and Cheryl Thomas teach Restorative Yoga at Yoga Studio Ganesha in Sebastopol.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga, a slow and passive form of yoga, is taught by:

  • Yoga One, 589 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
  • Riverbed Yoga, 14014 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville

Kirpalu Yoga

Kirpalu Yoga, a blend of Hatha and meditative movement, is taught by Joan Hawley McClain at Riverbed Yoga in Guerneville.

Veda Vinyasa

Veda Vinyasa incorporates elements of Ayurveda and breath work. Deacon Carpenter teaches Veda Vinyasa at Yoga One in Santa Rosa.

Forrest Yoga

Forrest Yoga, a cathartic style, is taught by Molly Vogel and Kelliann Reginato at Vibe Yoga in Santa Rosa.

Hip Hop Yoga

Vinyasa Flow classes with a hip hop soundtrack are offered at Vibe Yoga.

Kona Flow

Kona Flow, an eclectic and energetic style, is taught by Kona Waha Santana at Vibe Yoga.

Yum Yum Yoga

Yum Yum Yoga, a challenging and playful Vinyasa class, is taught by Bekka Adair at Sirens Studio in Sebastopol.

This list provides a snapshot of the diverse yoga offerings in Sonoma County, catering to practitioners of all levels and preferences.

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