Self Care. Stress Management. Community.
Older adults are particularly receptive to the benefits of Iyengar Yoga.
- To stay active over time, the body needs to move. If we don’t move our bodies to stay strong, we may become prone to pain, injury and other niggles that get in the way of staying active.
- We work with people at all stages of life. Newly-retired, still working, sporty or not. People like you.
- For some, the kickstart that gets them going to yoga is an injury. Others want to recover more quickly post-surgery.
- Their doctor may recommend Yoga (many do).
- Some people come to us injury-free, just keen to stay fit and healthy.
- Before long, all these people start to see the benefits of Iyengar Yoga, way beyond recovery from injury.
- They get better movement in places that used to be stiff and sore.
- They move better.
- Then they feel better.
Every day we offer yoga classes geared toward those who are aged 50+. Our wide variety of classes include:
• Yoga for Healthy Aging
• Yoga for Seniors
• Restorative Yoga
• Yoga for a Good Night’s Sleep
• Yoga for Bone Health
• Yoga for Back Care
• Easy Pace
We offer Yoga for Healthy Aging Immersions throughout the year, which give you the opportunity to practice in a more focused way.
Develop a personal relationship with your teachers and build community.
Work with self-care, stress management and build community through yoga.
You can register for the upcoming programs here.
Each weekend of this program has a special focus, and includes components such as developing a consistent home practice, pranayama, anatomy and physiology lectures and discussion, yoga philosophy and creating and maintaining community. It covers topics such as strength and flexibility, balance and proprioception, brain health and strengthening the nervous system, bone health including osteoporosis and osteopenia, Eastern approaches to self-care including chanting and Ayurveda and approaches to developing equanimity in the face of unexpected change and uncertainty.
The Student Experience:
“When I began at Adeline, I did a lot of running and wanted to see if I could lessen the pain in my lower back and extend my running career into my 60s.
I thought yoga could help me. I was looking for an Iyengar yoga studio because I was familiar with that type of yoga having taken a class many years ago. I was lucky to stumble on to Adeline. I went to one class and I was hooked – I always feel so much better after I go to class!
In addition to easing the pain in my stiff joints, I like the mental clarity and calmness I get from the practice. For me, Adeline Yoga is a bit of a spiritual oasis. I love it when I can take some of that calmness into other areas of my life, like work. I also feel good about bringing members of my family into the yoga studio and introducing them to yoga. My brother and I are the two stiffest people in class, but we are getting more flexible and love yoga!” – Tom Horton
How do I get started right now? Most new students purchase a 3 for $39 New Student special. Then register for the class you want to take. For live-online Zoom classes you must register before the start of class. You will be sent your Zoom link an hour before class. For in-person classes, please be at the studio 15 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin. If you have any problems with registration, email email@example.com. We closely monitor firstname.lastname@example.org and work hard to make sure you get your Zoom links on-time.
What can I expect in class? Every class starts with meditation to help you get in touch with your body and find quiet inside. Our classes for more experienced students also include chants such as the Invocation to Patanjali. Every class ends with savasana, a deep relaxation. And in between, we offer a carefully thought out sequence to help you find your body and breath + balance, strength, flexibility and equanimity. You will find Adeline Yoga to be a truly welcoming studio. We are committed to co-creating an inclusive environment to grow, learn and thrive together. We actively foster a community atmosphere and want everyone to feel comfortable at our yoga center. That does take hard work! We are a multi-cultural studio, usually multi-lingual too.
Sandy Carmellini (she/her) is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She is also a certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), a Craniosacral Therapist, E-RYT500 (Yoga Alliance), Reiki II and aromatherapy practitioner. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is the owner/director of Brentwood Yoga Center since 2008. Sandy is a committed volunteer, and served as an executive board member of the National Iyengar Yoga Association (IYNAUS). When she’s not on the mat, Sandy loves spending time with her family, hiking with her husband, cooking and eating vegan food, playing with her cats and studying essential oils. She firmly believes that a healthy lifestyle, including yoga and connection to community brings balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
Sarah Harvey (she/her) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (c-IAYT). She is a graduate of the 500-hour Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and has specialized training in teaching Yoga for Osteoporosis. A long time member of the Iyengar Yoga community, she has studied and practiced yoga since 1991. She has been teaching classes and private yoga lessons throughout the Bay Area since 2002. Sarah brings a light, humorous approach to her teaching, combined with direct, detailed instructions for each student. Although yoga is central to her life and key to her well-being, she is also an avid sports fan (Go A’s! Go Dubs!). Sarah lives in a small cottage in East Oakland with her two cats, and enjoys gardening and gourmet cooking.
Francesca Nicosia (she/her) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She took her first Iyengar Yoga class in 2010 and is a graduate of Adeline Yoga’s two-year Sadhana Studies program. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2005 after completing a teacher-training program while living at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in Colorado. Francesca has a PhD in Medical Anthropology and is faculty at the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, and researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She is also a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States Research Committee. She has specialized training in restorative yoga and yoga therapy including scoliosis, back and neck pain, and other common conditions. Also an accomplished musician, Francesca is a soulful singer and kirtan leader who loves sharing the joyful practice of devotional chanting. She deepens her own practice by studying regularly with her mentor Heather Haxo Phillips and other senior teachers including Victoria Austin, Elise Miller, and Gitte Beschgaard, and was fortunate to study with Abhijata Iyengar in 2019. Francesca’s classes share the transformative power of yoga to find freedom within the body and mind for people of all ages and walks of life.
Deborah Saliby (she/her) Deborah is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a Certified Yoga therapist and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for 40 years. She began her yoga practice in 1977 during college to help alleviate stress and anxiety. A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (1982), she studies regularly with Senior teachers and attends Iyengar conventions. Deborah’s classes are balanced and integrated, leaving students with greater energy, emotional stability and a renewed sense of well-being. Props are regularly used to support students’ access to postures safely and mindfully. Her classes include inversions or variations of inversions, restorative postures, breath awareness and relaxation, all depending on the class level. She specializes in yoga for back care and yoga for pregnancy. Deborah is also a hypnotherapist and hypnoBirthing instructor. She recently retired from full time Special Education teaching. When not teaching yoga Deborah can be found on long walks with her dog and dinner gatherings with family and friends.
Shari Ser (she/her) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a physical therapist and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). She has been practicing yoga for over 35 years along with working as a physical therapist throughout that time. She loves teaching yoga with students who may feel uncomfortable in faster paced yoga classes and need more personalized attention. Shari is a certified trainer in Dr Loren Fishman’s Yoga for Osteoporosis method and teaches an ongoing Yoga for Healthy bones class at Adeline Yoga currently on zoom. Shari loves teaching anatomy classes for yoga students and teachers and believes we can deepen our practice and teaching of yoga through a good understanding of basic anatomy. She is a graduate of the Adeline Yoga Sadhana Studies Program. Her additional certifications include RYT 500, E-RYT, Shari is an avid believer of the practice and power of yoga throughout the years. She believes in its immense value in maintaining mobility, independence and equanimity as we all age.
Sachiko Nishizawa Willis is a practitioner and a certified yoga therapy teacher, with particular interest in therapeutic effects of the practice. She is drawn to Iyengar Yoga for its inclusivity, and its methodical cultivation of focus, intention and discipline using the body first as the tool. She is captivated by how this approach transforms and empowers one toward wellness on and beyond physical level, and aims to share her understanding and enthusiasm with students. Sachiko came from Japan to study theatre in the U.S., and worked in that field for 20 years.