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:
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:
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.