Workshops & Events

Many of our teachers offer workshops and retreats locally and around the world. For information, click on the links below or email

Mark your calendars for the following workshops and retreats. Sign up for any of our workshops and retreats; or of course you can register in person at Groove too!

Tuesday, November 25th - 11:30-1:00 pm
Rise & Groove Yoga Present: Gratitude In Motion

A Fundraiser to Benefit Yoga in the Public Schools
Cost: Suggested Donation $15-20

Join Marina for her weekly Tutu Tuesday class. A tangible, fluffy and less than serious way for us to connect to our many layers. Bonus: Tutus are awesome! 100% of the proceeds of this class will be donated to RISE Yoga for Youth.

You can choose to donate by cash, check or credit card or use your class pass (and we’ll donate directly to RISE). Any and all donations welcome.

Register here.

Thursday, November 27th - 8:30-10:00 am
Special Thanksgiving Hot Power Yoga Class

A Special Class with Judy Rukat
Cost: No additional cost, just use your class pass or drop in!

thanksgiving-day-wallpaper“Let me tell you something big: Give importance to little things!” -Mehmet Murat ildan

Fun Fact- The Cranberry, that tiny powerhouse of goodness, helps to lift your moods by relieving stress, anxiety and depression. And, so does yoga!

Thanksgiving is that special day overflowing with food, abundance and people we (mostly) love. Planning this celebration often brings about stressful nervoexcited feelings from having too much to do! Slow down, breathe and find your zen.

Judy Rukat will be leading you through an early morning Hot Power Flow that will open your heart and put you in that gratitude mood!

Remember, it’s not the size of the tofurkey that matters, but the many small things, the real blessings, that we most often take for granted. Expressing gratitude for the ”little things” boosts your feelings of joy and happiness. Need some encouragement? Do some yoga and eat a cranberry!

Thursday, November 27th - 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Special Thanksgiving Vinyasa Flow Class

A Special Class with Andrea “Anj” Manitsas
Cost: No additional cost, just use your class pass or drop in!

thanksgivingOM Before You Eat! AKA: Yoga for Digestion! Join us for a spicy flow geared towards igniting your digestive fires for the festivities ahead. But also expect a sacred practice grounded in the day’s purpose with mantra, mudra, storytelling, and meditation. Let’s lay our mats down side-by-side and nourish ourselves from the inside in to feel the fullness of our holiday spirits, these practices, and our fellow Groove yogis.

December 2-7th & March 3-8th
Bhakti By the Sea 2.0 & 2.5

A Unique Retreat with Andrea “Anj” Manitsas

tulumtodayThis 5-day yoga retreat will take place on both December 2-7, 2014 and March 3-8, 2015, and while just a short plane ride away, you will feel worlds apart. Promise.

You will yoga twice a day, you will eat fresh & healthy fare, you will swim, wander, relax, heal, ponder, sing, connect and be wrapped in a bhakti blanket – all in one of the most beautiful, happening places on earth – Tulum, Mexico. Boutiques and beach bars aplenty, there’s a foodie, hippie, fashionista party vibe for those who care to partake! Our guesthouse, Utopia is located ON the beach, and we use the waves as a soundtrack to our yoga classes with the most breathtaking view available on this earth. Truly.

Any questions that you may have regarding the details should go through Yoga Adventures Tulum (, as they will be the sacred organizers of what is promised to be an epic five nights spent under the Mayan full moon and amongst it’s turquoise, life-affirming waves.

Visit for more.

Saturday, December 6th - 1:00-3:30 pm
Holiday Lite

A Workshop with Amanda Biccum
Cost: $55 Early Bird / $65 Day Of * Only 3 spots will be available day of

veganlentilballsIt’s that time of year again, ‘tis the season that brings people together.  We often celebrate with warm cozy houses, delicious family recipes and those incredible baked goods we can’t seem to get enough of.  First comes Thanksgiving where of course its tradition to eat yourself into a food coma, then Christmas is just around the corner and the gluttony continues..  It’s a wonderful time of year indeed and cooking is a part of what makes everything so special.

What if you could continue to eat amazing delicious foods, yet come out on the other side of the New Year feeling a bit lighter than usual?  Walking into the New Year feeling more ready than ever to take on whatever 2015 has in store for you. Making this New Year’s resolution about fulfilling your desires instead of losing the 10lbs gained over the holidays.

In this workshop we will start out with a detox flow followed by some warm detox tea, in order to cleanse the body from truffles_almondsour Thanksgiving festivities.  We will then sit down and have a chance to sample 3 delicious gluten free, vegan/vegetarian holiday dishes.  These are great alternatives to our more traditional holiday recipes and are a wonderful treat to bring to a family gathering or prepare for your own guests and family at home.  We will discuss ways to enjoy the holidays with a conscious awareness of what we are surrounding ourselves with and putting into our bodies.  Finally we will discuss mindful eating and food preparing then conclude the class with a loving meditation. (As we all know the holidays can get quite stressful!) You will leave feeling rejuvenated, detoxed and de-stressed, inspired to share your holiday recipes and ideas with all those whom you love.  After all the holidays are about giving, so give back to yourself and enjoy a new way of finding the light within.

Due to the fact there will be snacks provided a reservation is required as only 3 spots will be available day of.

Saturday, December 20th 12:30-3:30 pm
Welcome Winter with 108 Sun Salutations

A Donation Event with Judy Rukat
Cost: Free! 100% of proceeds will benefit East Bay SPCA

ebspcaCome join the Winter Mala at Groove!  Each equinox and solstice is greeted with a round of 108 Sun Salutations to see off the prior season and move into the new one with momentum.  The winter solstice is the time at which the sun is at its lowest altitude above the horizon.  The days begin to get shorter and naturally we seek a slower pace as we draw inward. This time is generally recognized as a period of rebirth, as we celebrate holidays, festivals, and gatherings with family and friends.

We’ll do 108 Sun Salutations (a mix of A and B) in 9 sets of 12, with a short break between each round.  Each set will be dedicated to a specific intention or aspect of the transition, and all of it will be wrapped up in an energizing, inspiring ceremony.  If you’ve never tried 108 Sun Salutations before, you should know two things:

1. You can do it
2. It feels so good that you’ll be blocking your calendar for March 20th

There is no cost for this practice. We will have a donation box and will use the proceeds to purchase toys, beds and treats for some poor homeless animals at the SPCA and could use a little more fun in their live

About the East Bay SPCA: The East Bay SPCA is an independent nonprofit animal welfare agency that has provided shelter, health care, and adoption services for unwanted animals since 1874. Committed to finding homes for adoptable cats and dogs, providing affordable veterinary and spay/neuter services, and educating the public on responsible pet ownership, the East Bay SPCA works to find homes for every animal in their program – no matter how long it takes.

Wednesday, December 31st - 6:00-8:30 pm
Chakras & Champagne

A Special Event with Andrea “Anj” Manitsas
Cost: $20 before / $25 at the door

chakrasIt’s a celebration of where we’ve been, and where we are going.

Join Anj and Groove Yoga for a special 2-hour class devoted to exploring the energetic centers in your body, also known as chakras. Using yoga poses, chants, breathwork, visualizations, meditations and epic jams, you’ll be guided on a sumptuous journey of discovering balance in each swirling disc of vibrant energy, seven in all. Let their archetypes speak to you, teach you, whisper their secrets into you so that you may discover more ease, healing and insight on this path.

Top it off with some bubbles, and you’ll float out of 2014!

January 20-25th
Escape to Paradise

A Retreat with Marina Guastucci
Cost: Packages start at $895

Marinas retreatTreat yourself to yoga and meditation in front of the sea. Learn about mantras and how to incorporate mala beads into your meditation. Indulge in our fabulous Mayan spa treatments and massages. Cover yourself in Mexican clay to detox and purify your skin, then wash it away in the sea. Join Marina for a yoga + spa retreat in paradise to rejuvenate, refocus, reevaluate, and reconnect.

Tulum is a yogis paradise! Tranquil, crystal clear waters, powdery white sand beaches, amazing yoga, great food, mayan ruins, and healing powers rooted deep inside the earth. We’ll start the days with an invigorating vinyasa flow morning practice, enjoy healthy and fresh meals, offer free time to relax by the Caribbean Sea or explore the wonders of the area. Afternoon practice is more restorative based in order to wind down the day. You’ll reconnect and rejuvenate yourself in this amazing tropical utopia. You know you deserve it!

For more information, visit

Saturday, April 11th - 1:00-4:00 pm
Master Class with Bryan Kest

Workshop with Bryan Kest
Cost: Before 4/1: $60.00, After: $70.00

20110412_ExperienceLife_BryanKest _DSC3628Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Class is a well-rounded flowing asana practice integrating mental practices that enhance everyday living. The class is intended to invigorate your body and help you practice developing a calm, less reactive state of mind with dynamic flowing routines.  In a Power Yoga class, you are encouraged to focus on the process and not the end result. This allows ALL levels of yoga practitioners to enjoy and benefit from the class.

About Bryan: 
Born in 1964, Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga since 1979, starting when he was 14 years old.

He initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga yoga to America. He then studied in India with K. Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of Ashtanga yoga.

Bryan Kest has been teaching yoga since 1985. “My primary objective”, says Kest, “besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.
The new trend towards yoga is not surprising, given that the body is limited and the mind is limitless. The combination of body and mind creates an incredibly broad range of fulfillment, including top physical condition and a calm, peaceful, clear mind.”

The Teacher Within

I’ve been practicing yoga since 1979. I started in Hawaii that year with David Williams and Brad Ramsey in the 2nd ashtanga yoga class in the world outside of India. The 1st ashtanga class was another class David Williams started in Encinitas, CA that he disbanded to move to Hawaii (Maui) where I was living and attending his and Brad’s class. This was a great intro to yoga. It seems like the flower children of the 60′s had opened some spiritual doors for western culture and David & Brad and all the people we were hanging out with (all at least 15 years my senior) were all looking to explore the yoga a little deeper. We were all experimenting with something very new.

Learn more about Bryan here.

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