Yoga Classes

Sunday Restorative Classes 2018 at Anasa
January 14 and 28
at 4232 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA

Hatha Level II-III 3-Month Series at Anasa
Fridays, 8-9am
at 4232 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA
For students who want to deepen their yoga practice from Level I-II to Level II-III, this three-month series focuses on backbends building towards Shoulderstand Salamba Sarvāngāsan. This asana is a gateway to incorporating inversions into your practice. Amy Kweskin, Christine Selleaze and Joe Sapena teach in one-month rotations to guide students in developing alignment, strength, balance, and confidence.
Amy Kweskin: January 12, 19 and 26
Christine Selleaze: February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Joe Sapena: 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Wednesday Gentle Yoga on the Chair at Intersection for the Arts
12-12:30pm (donation-based) January 10, 17, 24, and 31February 7, 14, 21, and 28March 7, 14, 21, 28April 4, 11, 18,  25at 901 Mission Street, Suite 306, San Francisco, CA

Gentle and Restorative Retreat with Nancy Leigh-Smith and Amy Kweskin
Westerbeke Ranch at 2300 Grove St, Sonoma, CA
Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Details will be posted in January 2018 - to be placed on the information list email:

Celebrating my 46th birthday in Viparita Karani

My teaching philosophy
I graduated from The Yoga Room, Berkeley’s 500-hour Advanced Studies Program in June 2014. Through my yoga studies I developed an affinity for teaching restoratives and gentle yoga; guiding my students to find relaxation, relief and renewal through body-mind-breath awareness

My Inspiration for practicing and teaching Yoga Restoratives is my Grammie, Sylvia Plotkin who taught yoga up to the year she passed away at the age of 94. While growing up in Stamford, Connecticut Grammie would have us lay on the floor, close our eyes, notice our breath, relax our bodies and guide us in clearing our thoughts. She believed in homeopathic healing and natural cooking - although it was always fun to get her to drink a sip of bourbon so we could see her giggle, 'Oh, I feel it in my legs!' she would say.

When I release into a yoga restorative asana I feel my Grammie there with me, I hear her voice and I sense her in my breath. This is a photo of Grammie in Scotland, gazing out over a loch and convening with nature.

For over 10 years I have been living with migraine headaches. Although medications help alleviate the pressure for a few hours, the headaches can last up to 5 days. Practicing yoga restoratives has helped me find comfort, instead of focusing on the discomfort.

Building a supportive community 
Exploring self-understanding
Nancy Leigh-Smith, my yoga mentor, 
presenting me with my Advanced Studies Program 
certification in June 2014.
Treating others as you want to be treated
Embracing creativity through education

Guiding life-long learners to reach your fullest potential through creative body, mind and breath practices that nurture self-understanding in a supportive community environment.