Workshops & Events

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

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, 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!

Thursday, January 1st 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Years Day Yoga and 30 Day Challenge Kick Off

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

IMG_5475Join Judy for a Special New Year’s Day Hot Power Yoga Class!

What do you want to BRING into 2015? The power of living and practicing with intention can shift not only how you perceive the world but also how you can IMPACT it. Change begins with ACCEPTANCE of what exists now, in this moment. At your core you flow in harmony with your divine spirit and you are nothing less than perfect. But, sometimes we protect or even suppress our nature out of fears and doubts that thrive only on the surface mind.

A dedicated practice allows you to navigate to the depths beneath the surface mind to the core of your divine essence. 2015 is your year to offer that divinity to the world, in your relationships and especially how you perceive yourself! Yoga aligns the physical in order to align the spirit. We will discover the tools you need to stay present, cultivate awareness and awaken your power to choose. Yoga will never tell you WHAT to do, or WHO to be – show up on your mat and figure it out for yourself – and act to follow your inner compass. Judy is looking forward to helping you discover what makes you… YOU!  Let’s embark on together on this journey!

January 1st-30th
Groove Yoga 30 Day Challenge

Cost: No charge to register, just the cost of your classes!

Bryan workshop cropJoin us for classes in January and post photos to our Facebook or Instagram pages as you progress through the challenge. Each class earns you two points, each photo earns you one point. Winners will be announced at the workshop on January 31st. The three people with the most points by January 30th will win prizes.

We are not striving for physical perfection but seeking moments that make us FEEL GOOD throughout this challenge! When do you laugh, shine, sparkle and feel truly yourself? This is the pathway to Dharma, finding your purpose and taking action.

Judy will be leading this challenge, but you can join us for any classes. Judy will send you daily intentions each morning to inspire you and weekly articles to motivate you. No cost to participate, just the cost of your classes.

Email info@grooveyoga.com by December 31st to register.

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 www.yogaadventurestulum.com.

Saturday, January 31st 12:30-2:30 pm
30 Day Challenge Wrap Up

A Workshop with Judy Rukat
Cost: No charge, just use your class pass or drop in

IMG_3368Join Judy as we wrap up our January challenge!

We’ll spend some time in this workshop summarizing our peak poses, lessons learned and new habits formed during our 30 Day Challenge. You do not need to have participated in the challenge to join us for this workshop.

The end of the challenge only marks the beginning of a healthy new lifestyle. Together we will flow through a special sequence that wraps up the challenge along with a guided meditation to help send you off into 2015 prepared for success.

We will announce the challenge winners at this event. There will also be a few other surprises for those of you still in challenge mode!

Join us to kick start your 2015 and make sure it will be the best year ever!

March 3-8th
Bhakti By the Sea 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 (http://yogaadventurestulum.com), 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 AnjYoga.com for more.

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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