Yoga Flow offers dynamic, hot vinyasa flow classes
in family-run, community-based yoga studios at our two San Francisco yoga studio locations. One in Cow Hollow on Union Street and the other in the Ingleside neighborhood off of Ocean Avenue. We have exceptional teachers that will help you to strengthen the body, calm the mind and connect deeply within. Our classes are physically challenging and offer you a full body workout as well as a moving meditation. We are one of the only flow yoga studios in San Francisco that offer beginner yoga classes nearly every day of the week. Our 'flow 1-2' classes are geared for beginners and all other classes are designed to meet you where you are at. The teacher will move you through a series of postures at a quick rate to build up your endurance and sweat and then you'll hold poses to build up strength and flexibility. During these poses, modifications will be offered to either make the pose more accessible for those who are beginners to yoga, or offer modifications to make it more challenging for those who are more advanced. Move. Sweat. Breathe. Now is the time to begin!
Yoga Flow SF focuses primarily on Vinyasa Flow yoga. The majority of our classes are heated, vigorous, athletic and fast-paced. We offer modifications that simplify the poses to be more suitable for beginners and some that amplify the poses for our more advanced practitioners, creating a truly “all-levels” experience.
The word Vinyasa comes from its Sanskrit roots Nyasa, which means “to place” and vi, which means “in a special way.” Aligning breath with movement, the practice is designed to be physically and mentally challenging, which serves as a mirror for us to see how we react in the moment. This ultimately helps us to maintain peace and calm when stressful situations arise. These are tools that we use in class, on our mats, in a safe and controlled environment to see how to remain calm while doing a hard pose. We learn how to stay calm by focusing on the breath. By focusing on the breath, we calm the mind. This is helpful in a yoga pose, in a sport we do; in traffic, at the office, dealing with our kids... The list goes on! From the practice of doing the poses, not only do we get stronger and more flexible in the body, but more importantly, in the mind too. We learn that 'this too shall pass'. We learn to stay calm and focused even when it's really hard. We learn to stay in the present moment because that's where the beauty and magic of life is!!
Specifically, Vinyasa is designed to:
- Create more strength and flexibility of the body and mind
- Challenge and inspire us to grow and transform
- Focus our attention in the present moment as a form of meditation
- Help us meet the wall of resistance and move through it with grace
Learning to control the breath is a key component of the practice. Sounds so simple, right? It's not! From the moment we are born and take that first breath, we cannot go more than two minutes without for our entire lives. In this practice, we focus on yoga breathing technique called Ujjayi breath, which is a relaxed diaphragmatic style of breathing characterized by consistent, even-lengthed inhales and exhales that sound like waves in the ocean. This is achieved by slightly constricting the back of the throat. Wanna try it? Breathing through the nose, inhale, and on the exhale, open your mouth and make a 'haaaaaa' sound, as if you were fogging a mirror. Do it again, and on the exhale, close your mouth, breathing through your nose but still hear and feel that 'haaaaa'. This consistent cycle of inhaling and exhaling; even length, audible 'haaaa' sound helps to achieve a calm mental focus. When done together, Vinyasa and Ujjayi breath create internal heat that increases circulation and sweating, which helps to purify the body and focus the mind. Vinyasa is a physically demanding practice that can help calm a busy mind and reduce stress, depression and fatigue. It also helps to redirect scattered attention so that deeper and more profound inner and outer observations can be experienced.Book A Class
We believe that as you learn to focus on your breath in class, you also learn to navigate through stressful life situations with greater ease. Setting an intention at the beginning of class will help you to set a course of positive action for your practice and your life. You will find that this intention will soften your heart and help you to connect with your soul. Yoga will teach you how to be present and slow your mind. This practice is a beautiful reminder that we don’t need a Monday or a new year to begin again. Each breath and each moment are a new beginning.Book a Class
Between the two studios, we have 40 teachers who are highly trained, qualified and passionate about teaching Vinyasa yoga. Though they span age groups and came to love yoga through different life paths, their journeys led them to Yoga Flow SF, and each of them brings beautiful and unique teaching styles into the classroom.
Both the Ocean and Union Studios offer hot Vinyasa flow in beautiful, light-filled, open spaces. We have some of the best teachers in the city, and the community at each studio is unique, yet welcoming and fun. Hot Vinyasa flow is meant to take you to a meditative state, and we find that it is best practiced in a beautiful, tranquil and safe space. It is a combination of our incredible teachers and atmosphere that encourages our students to be truly present in their flow no matter which studio they choose.
In addition to these qualities, both studios offer the newest yoga clothing and accessories for men and women. We also offer mat and towel rentals, as well as water bottles and hair ties.
Each studio offers slightly different amenities. The Union Studio has a shower, cold beverages such as coconut and mint water, and complimentary oranges. And the Ocean Studio has child care, massage, acupuncture and Qigong programs for those looking for whole-body wellness. We also offer yoga teacher training program https://yogaflowsf.com/teacher-training/ for those who wish to explore their practice even deeper.Studio Locations