Brian Monnier has built California Yoga Company around that theory, infusing the atmosphere with a fun attitude. Here, classes incorporate the Monnier Method?a physically-intense form of yoga designed to detox the body and prevent injuries in heated rooms. Beginner and seasoned attendees alike can benefit from the sweat-inducing classes, where instructors can recommend improvements to each student's style.
The color of the Golden Gate Bridge is known as International Orange, a hue that was specifically chosen for its ability to complement San Francisco’s famed skyline. It’s this harmonic choice that Melissa Ferst, Amy Darland, and Kary Chendo had in mind when naming their own spa, which melds the beautifying elements of a day spa with the holistic benefits of a yoga studio. On the spa end, licensed estheticians restore skin’s beauty with organic products and such revered skincare lines as Skinceuticals and Arcona. Whether clients choose to undergo an enzyme boost, facial, or one of six types of relaxing massages, the staff recommends they spend some time unwinding before or after treatments with a steam or visit to their lounge or sundeck. Inside the yoga studio, instructors help students of all levels improve their flexibility and build muscle through Vinyasa and restorative yoga classes. The classes take place in an airy studio that features large windows, tall ceilings, and gleaming wood floors.
While many think of yoga as a slow-paced series of held positions, vinyasa yoga and ashtanga yoga emphasize the flow from one pose to the next in order to keep the body and a student's column of breathing in motion. Breathing connects to mobility and deep muscle stretches that loosen and tone limbs while strengthening a pupil's core. With unlimited yoga classes scheduled around noontime and evenings throughout the week, dedicated practitioners can get into a rhythm of rewarding their body and soothing their busy minds.
At Zazen, students relax their bodies and focus their minds during sessions of Zen Buddhist seated meditation, the soothing practice for which the center is named. But both Zazen locations work to cultivate calm with other services as well. Sensory-deprivation tanks block out distracting external stimuli as guests float in 10 inches of warm saltwater, a practice many say helps them grow their awareness of the present moment. Massage sessions focus on freeing the body from tension, so it can be experienced as spaciousness rather than constraint. Yoga classes also help guests become mindful, filling hearts and limbs with enough calm energy to quiet a bawling infant with a single, whispered "shhh."