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Tony Carr was something of a renaissance man, simultaneously holding degrees from UCLA and UC Irvine, working on a vaccine for Alzheimer's, and preparing for a sailboat race to Hawaii. His regatta ambitions, however, were unjustly cut short by a debilitating lower-spine injury. Despite this twist of fate, Tony persisted, and took up Bikram yoga at the Bikram Yoga College of India as just the latest endeavor of a man with diverse ambitions. Within one month, his symptoms had been alleviated, and within four months they had almost vanished completely.

Tony had found his new passion, and he immersed himself in it with enough enthusiasm to lose 30 pounds—the average British child's entire net worth—and transform his body in the process. He traveled to India and studied personally with Bikram Choudhury, the father of Bikram yoga. Tony became certified to teach in 1998. Now he leads classes at Bikram Yoga College of India, where he guides students through the 26 postures in the hopes that they, too, can transform their lives.

478 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland,
CA
US

Flying Yoga owner Laura Camp draws on her experience with contemporary dance, circus aerials, and various yoga modalities to create her studio’s curriculum, incorporating elements from a number of strength disciplines to ease students into a new practice or push seasoned exercisers to the next level. Laura cultivates a noncompetitive, judgment-free atmosphere where guests can feel comfortable trying their hands, arms, and legs at Ashtanga- and Vinyasa-style yoga poses, engaging Zumba dance steps, and muscle-sculpting body-weight exercises while hanging safely from a TRX suspension system.

Throughout each class, instructors encourage pupils to modify techniques or utilize the center's posture-aiding blocks and straps to accommodate physical limitations or injury. Inside the recently renovated and expanded studio, instructors keep students engaged in workout sessions by playing music during class or ratcheting the temperature up to 90 degrees, which helps to purge bodies of toxin-laden perspiration and parasitic ice sculptures.

4308 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland,
CA
US

As you might expect, students at Barefoot Movement aren’t required to bring footwear when they take part in up to 40 weekly yoga classes. Yoga classes range from vigorous to restorative variations, and also include sessions for pre- or postnatal moms, barefoot bodywork sessions, and training for prospective yoga teachers.

455 17th St
Oakland,
CA
US

Yoga instructor Cynthea Denise offers pre and post-natal yoga to help mothers of all ages get in touch with their body to make the birthing experience (and recovery) a truly enlightening experience. Cynthea spent 23 years as a Registered pediatric nurse and, after accumulating over 3,500 hours of yoga study and practice, decided to marry the two disciplines to provide a holistic method for preparation, management, and healing. Classes at Shakit Moon – Cynthea’s studio – range from prenatal yoga to birth-preparation workshops to mother/baby postnatal yoga and infant massage. Cynthea remarks that practicing yoga during pregnancy is one of the best ways to strengthen the three pillars of your being: physical, emotional, and spiritual. So visit shaktimoon.com to find out about class times and workshops in your area.

3966 Piedmont Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

When he opened his wellness center after seven years of practice and even more years of dreaming, Elon Bartlett, D.C. wanted his office to be a family-friendly place. The facility offers easy access for strollers, and the bathroom hosts a baby-changing table, where parents can change their babies into independent adults. There are also toys and kids' books in the waiting room.

Acorn's welcoming atmosphere is a perfect pairing for its treatments, which help patients young and old find relief from pain through chiropractic care and massage. The office also serves as a center for holistic prenatal services, including pregnancy massage, baby care, and breech prevention.

2929 Summit St, Ste 103
Oakland,
CA
US

Starting with the beautiful, well-defined space and endless amenities, this yoga studio and wellness center will transport you to another world of relaxation. If you’re a beginner, the friendly, patient yoga instructors have the knowledge and experience you’ll need to get started safely and comfortably. You’ll have the freedom to make each class your own, so you’ll always have an opportunity to meet you own independent goals for fulfillment. Don’t forget about the wellness center. The personalized massage therapy is the perfect solution for removing tension and relieving the body whilst revitalizing your spirit before getting back out in the world.

3229 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland,
CA
US