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!

Saturday, August 23rd – 2:00-4:00 pm
Essentials of Power Yoga

A Power Yoga Workshop with Whitney Walsh
Cost: $25.00, New Students Only: $40 and receive your first 30 days unlimited yoga for free!

introAre you new to Power Yoga? Do you ever feel a little lost in class? Want to learn the basics of Power Yoga?

In this workshop we will break down the different poses that make up a Power Yoga class, focusing on alignment and breath.   This workshop is perfect if you are trying Power Yoga for the first time, or if you simply want more detailed instructions on the different poses.  Our instructor will guide you through the fundamental flow, helping you to better understand the different basic poses, and showing you how you can safely work at your own level, no matter what class you are in.

Saturday, September 6th - 1:00-3:00 pm
Arm Balancing: Exploring Power & Grace on the Mat

A Yoga Workshop with Judy Rukat

Cost: Early Bird, $25 / Day Of, $30

JudyarmbalanceIf you have ever found yourself scoping out the nearest exit sign when your teacher invites you to try Parsvabakasana (side crow) this workshop is for you.

Students often ask, “Will I EVER be able to do Eka Pada Bakasana ( Single Legged Crow) or Astavakrasana ( The Crazy 8′s)?” And the answer is always  “YES!!” and so can you!

Arm Balances create resistance in us because too often we have tried to force ourselves into these postures. Without being aware of how to find the “sweet spot” in the pose, we leave our mat feeling as if certain asanas are just unattainable. That is the farthest from the truth, yoga teaches us to channel our inner power through breath and bandha work so we can ease our way through challenges — arm balances are no exception.

Saturday, September 13th - 2:00-4:30 pm
The Art of Hands On Adjustments

A Yoga Workshop with Jaimi Patterson
Cost: Early Bird, $35 / Day Of, $45

ADJUSTINGAt the center of our practice, we are always hoping to find that sweet spot of balance between effort and ease.  As teachers, we can help guide students to become more aware of this balance through the use of language, demonstration and touch.  Often times touch, or hands-on adjustments are one of the most powerful ways to communicate with your students, but there is an art to it.  Students benefit greatly from hands-on adjustments by learning proper alignment, experiencing a deeper expression of the posture with the help of skillful guidance, and most importantly, by receiving human connection and touch.

In this workshop, Jaimi will discuss how and why we offer adjustments, explore some of the more common ones to help make them clearer and will also share adjustments that are more unique and require subtlety and confidence.

This workshop will be geared mainly for yoga teachers, yet seasoned practitioners who are not teachers will benefit greatly and find the information valuable as well.  This workshop is a must for anybody wanting to freshen up their practice.

Saturday, September 20th – 1:00-4:00 pm
Power Up & Power Down

A Unique Workshop Experience with Poh & Reba
Cost: Early Bird, $35 / Day Of, $45

power updownRemember the last time you felt left out of a feel-good down dog or child’s pose adjustment because there were too many students and only one teacher in the room?  Maybe you’re craving a sweaty power workout balanced with ample time for long holds in hip openers?  Sign-up for this extended session with two hands-on teachers to help you get the most out of your practice.

Power Up with Reba with a sweaty, fun vinyasa practice.  We will celebrate the ways in which power vinyasa emphasizes the natural alignment of your body, and encourages you to trust your intuition.  As we move and breathe, we will find strength and vitality through the standing poses and prepare for some gentle and joyful backbends using yoga props in a fun and effective way!

Power Down with Poh with a mellow and nurturing practice that unwinds into sweet savasana. We will liberate the hips in 6 different directions, release tension and explore what’s possible with newfound freedom.  We will tune in to the blooming lotus of the heart as we plant seeds for growing a lotus in the physical body, exploring lotus variations of yoga postures.  Look forward to melting away stress in the hips and uncovering a happy back.

Despite having different and complementary teaching styles, Reba and Poh share a great love of connecting with their students.  They work together harmoniously, watching students closely and offering modifications to help personalize group classes.  Compassionate and attentive, they guide students towards healthy alignment and provide assists that feel good.

This workshop is recommended for most who are comfortable in mixed-level classes.

Saturday, September 27th – 12:30-3:30 pm
Welcome Fall with 108 Sun Salutations

ebspcaA Special Event!
Cost: All proceeds will benefit East Bay SPCA

Come join the Fall 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 autumnal equinox is the time when night and day are in equal balance as the sun crosses the celestial equator and the Earth’s tilt relative to the sun is zero. This is an auspicious time of perfect balance, as light shifts to dark, temperatures cool and we prepare to enter Fall.

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 December

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 lives.

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.

Saturday, October 18th – 12:30-3:00 pm
Meditation in Movement

Workshop with Eric Shaw
Cost: Early Bird, $40 / Day Of, $35

GangesPrayerPoseTo learn Meditation in Movement, we manage our body’s velocity, momentum and center of gravity. We see the shapes the body makes when it moves, as if it were drawing lines through the the air, and we learn what to do with these shapes.   We also learn to direct the energy in our bodies so efficient locomotion and peaceful stillness becomes a new habit.

Moving yoga was designed to teach meditation and thereby contribute to success in every part of our lives.

Come learn how your yoga practice can calm your mind in new ways, create focusing skills and control your mental habits through true meditation in movement.

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