YCSC In-Person Protocols

YCSC encourages everyone to be vaccinated but it is not required. As of 11/21, masks are required to be worn inside at all times.

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2021 Thanksgiving Benefit for Welcoming Network

with Abbey Asher

Thursday, November 25th, 9-10:30am

Since 2009, Abbey has been hosting a Thanksgiving morning yoga class at YCSC from 9:00-10:30. The class is donation-based benefiting a non-profit or cause in Santa Cruz county. This year I would like nothing more than to continue this tradition and I hope you will join me. The beneficiary this year will be a new coalition called The Welcoming Network. The Welcoming Network is composed of a group of volunteers dedicated to helping asylum seekers and other refugees in the Santa Cruz community. In order to keep everyone safe, the yoga class will be taught on zoom. If you already are a student at Yoga Center Santa Cruz (YCSC) and would like to come in person, please contact me at aasher@ucsc.edu. I am allowing my students to attend as well as other YCSC students if there is sufficient space. Vaccines and masks are required.

Visit the workshop page for more information.

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Join YCSC at Mar de Jade, Mexico

January 2 - January 9, 2022

Join Maya for her Mar de Jade retreat in Mexico. This is an extraordinary retreat center located on the beach in the villlage of Chacala – about 60 miles north of Puerto Vallarto. There will be morning and evening yoga sessions, each 2 hours. Rates include lodging and 3 amazing meals/daily use of a pool, hot tub, and sauna facilities. Bar drinks, excursions, and massages are NOT included.

The rooms are clean and fresh, the staff is warm, welcoming, and highly responsive. Please visit mardejade.com for room descriptions and rates. The resort is very family friendly. There are lots of activities for friends and family who may be travelling with you but do not wish to take Maya's yoga class.

Visit our page Mar de Jade for more information.

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Online TRE Intro Workshop

with Maria Alfaro

Saturday, November 20st, 10-12pm

TRE is a simple, gentle and profound technique that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional tension and stress. The TRE exercises mildly tire the legs, triggering an involuntary shaking and trembling response, which begins in the legs and often spreads throughout the body.Reported benefits include:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Release chronic tension
  • Discharge emotional and physical trauma
  • Increase energy and flexibility
  • Improve sleep and mood
  • Decrease of aches, pains and symptoms of fibromyalgia and sciatica

This will be an online workshop, for more information, visit our workshop page. Please contact maria@TREcalifornia.com

Pranayama I Monthly Series

With Lori Ritland

Pranayama is the art and science of breath.  With experience in Asana the natural progression is to explore the subtleties and rhythms of the breath through techniques to both in elongate inhalations, exhalations, and eventually retain the breath.

Pranayama I will continue with monthly classes: the first Sunday of the month. Participants must have completed Series I - III or have Iyengar Pranayama experiences. Please contact Lori directly with questions yoginlori@gmail.com or visit workshops for information, Workshops.


Sundays, October 3, November 7, December 5
8:45 – 9:45 am PT / 11:45 am – 12.45 pm ET

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At YCSC, our approach emphasizes precise alignment and develops strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. Through regular practice, students gain physical health, mental peace and emotional stability. Currently, all of our classes are online.

Hopefully, in time we will be able to offer in-person classes again. Yoga Center Santa Cruz offers 35 classes a week in Iyengar-style hatha yoga from beginner to advanced levels. Our studio features 2 spacious rooms and is well equipped with the essential props i.e. mats, sandbags, blankets, etc.

Santa Cruz Yoga Center offers classes from beginning to advanced levels. YCSC instructors have been trained, both in the United States and India, in the traditional Iyengar program.

Join us and experience the difference!

Mar de Jade Yoga Retreat - Maya

Join Us at the Mar de Jade, Mexico

Take Your Yoga Practice To The Next Level
January 2, 2022 - January 9, 2022

Begin your 2022 with a week long retreat at the spectacular yoga resort of Mar de Jade in Chacala, Mexico. Enjoy two yoga classes daily in their spacious studio with time between to relax on the beach, swim in the warm ocean water, go on special excursions including hikes, whale watching, ancient petroglyphs etc. Massages also available.

Workshop is open to students with minimum 1 year Iyengar yoga experience. Register early, this workshop will fill upCost is $575/person for yoga classes. $250 deposit payable to Maya Lev holds your place in this retreat. Accommodations and air travel are separate. Workshop is open to students with minimum one year Iyengar experience. Space is limited, early registration recommended.

More information will be added as when we get closer to the workshop.

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Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
B.K.S. Iyengar