Ancient yogis were famed for their ability to live in solitude, to exist in peace with nature, and to turn into raccoons whenever they were near a garbage can. Transform yourself into a beacon of stretchy peace with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two months of unlimited yoga classes at Asta Yoga, located on 14th and Valencia. The yoga masters at Asta Yoga teach students of all skill levels using methods from the ancient system of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga to achieve mental clarity and physical fortitude. With emphasis on the alignment between breath and movement, the Ashtanga Vinyasa system allows practitioners to flow with precision, relaxation, and awareness. Teachers bring years of bendy experience to the studio’s peaceful, low-lit classrooms. Beginner classes focus on breathing techniques and basic motion mastery, while more advanced instruction incorporates lifts, handstands, and balance exercises designed to leave limbs loose, minds uncluttered, and teeth free of spinach.
Yelpers give Asta Yoga an average of five stars.
- Clean, close by, and UNcrowded! Wow! This is the first place I've done yoga in SF where I can actually fully extend my arms without touching my neighbor's sweaty face. – Alison C., Yelp
- The mood was light and happy, the crowd mixed with all levels of expertise, the space spacious, and the instructor... wow. Daya K., Yelp
AstaYoga's instructors have learned over the years that a purely physical approach to yoga can lead to disillusionment with the art. That's why their studio devotes itself to cultivating both the physical and spiritual well-being of its clientele. Each of the teachers studied under Larry Schultz, the creator of the Rocket Vinyasa System, which fuses detailed breathing exercises with meaningful poses. The yogis also practice pure Vinyasa yoga and lead Pilates classes, and all of their sessions are accessible for practitioners at any skill level to follow Larry's vision of dissolving the hierarchy between beginning, intermediate, and advanced students and teachers. The studio also manufactures new yogis and gurus with their teaching courses, some of which take up to 200 hours and all of which require the student to defeat their teacher in a yoga dance-off.
The serenity of AstaYoga's classes is heightened by AstaYoga's tranquil studio. The storefront space is expansive with a comfortable waiting room, hardwood floors, and a large workout space in the back. And to further the mental well-being of their clients, the staff cultivates a friendly, community vibe by encouraging clients to socialize before or after class in their lounge or bamboo garden.