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 16th – 2:00-4:30 pm
Mellow Yoga & Acupuncture Savasana

A Yoga Workshop with Poh Teng & Jules Bogdanski
Cost: Early Bird, $35 / Day Of, $45

acupunctureDo you have responsibilities and stress in your life?  This class is for you.  Rejuvenate your body, mind & spirit – join us for a gentle and healing yoga series that melts away tension, followed by an extended savasana with acupuncture and hot stones to ground the mind and calm the spirit.

The class begins with Poh leading a mellow and relaxing sequence of yoga postures designed to release stress from the body and hush chatter in the mind.  We will open up the shoulders and hips, liberate the back and neck, and encourage the body to relax and restore.

We will spend the second half of this class in an extended savasana –  Jules will apply acupuncture needles selecting points to calm the mind and promote the free-flowing circulation of Qi. Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality known to lower stress, alleviate anxiety, strengthen immunity, relieve pain, and improve sleep – and the experience itself is deeply relaxing. During acupuncture savasana, you will also be offered hot stones to place anywhere on your body to melt away any residual tension.

About Jules & Poh:jules
Jules Bogdanski, L.Ac. is a California licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. At her clinic in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland, she sees clients in a private setting. If you would like to learn more about the ways you can benefit from acupuncture, feel free to contact Jules for a consultation.


Poh Teng, PhD, CYT, RYT, is a biochemist by day and a yoga therapist by half moonlight.  As much as she is an inversion and backbend junkie, she truly enjoys and appreciates the relaxation and restorative benefits of yoga.  Visit to get to know her better.  For info on private sessions and all yoga offerings, email

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 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

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

To 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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