Where to go for yoga and who to take a class from...
I'm so lucky to live in such a gorgeous place with so many soulful teachers to choose from, but here is my short list.
Yoga Church with Hannah Muse - very heart opening www.hannahmuseyoga.com.
Hannah also teaches Momma/Baby and pre-natal classes at the Pacific Cultural Center.
Santa Cruz Yoga - Westside
Play yoga with Puja Chance at Santa Cruz Yoga on the westside Santa Cruz Yoga
If you dare, follow that up with a hearty vinyasa class with Erica Abramson at Santa Cruz Yoga. On Wednesday nights, stay for a third class - Yoga Nidra with Denise Lapides. A great way to end the day.
One of my current favorites is Daniella, who teaches a chakra balancing slow flow class on Friday mornings.
And...if you did those two back to back classes, you deserve a beer at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery (right around the corner) or a pastry from Kelly's bakery - right next to the studio.
Divinitree - Midtown
Another option is to venture to midtown and check out Divinitree for ashtanga with Dawn, a fun and crazy class with Yogi Gregory, sound healing with Kim Malloy and/or Yin with Katie. Most of the teachers here are really good, so you pretty much can't go wrong.
Mount Madonna - Nearby in Watsonville
A true ashram with numerous retreats where you can stay and learn, go deeper into your practice, and enjoy beautiful vegetarian food. But there is a trick, you can drive up for the day, pay a day rate, take yoga classes, eat the yummy food, join the daily pujas, then go home! Mount Madonna