Abbey Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Benefit for Black Health Matters

with Abbey Asher

Thursday, November 26th, 9-10:30am

For the past 11 years Abbey has hosted a Thanksgiving morning yoga class at YCSC from 9:00-10:30. The class is a donation based benefiting a non- profit or cause in Santa Cruz county. The beneficiary this year will be a new coalition called Black Health Matters (BHM). BHM is a community wellness initiative to bring safe, engaging, and Covid-mindful outdoor activities to Black community members of SC County. In order to keep everyone safe, the yoga class will be taught on zoom. To participate in the Thanksgiving class, please use this zoom link  

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To make a donation to Black Health Matters, please use this link:

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Online TRE Intro Workshop

with Maria Alfaro

Sunday, November 29th, 1-3pm

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

Pranayama I in Three 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 keep the body and mind healthy, producing energy and distributing that vital energy through the body.  It increases lung capacity and fresh blood through the body, enhances your respiratory system, strengthens the circulatory system and nervous systems, and aids in digestion and elimination.

Please contact Lori directly with questions and to let her know you intend to take class:  For more information, please visit Workshops.

Series 2

Sunday November 1, 8, 15 and 22
8:45 – 9:45 am PT / 11:45 am – 12.25 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.

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