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Maya Lev is the Director and owner of Yoga Center Santa Cruz. Maya’s love of yoga was initiated by her first teacher, Sarah Pepper, when she was a freshman at UCSC. She subsequently became a student of Ruth Hille, a founder of Yoga Center Santa Cruz, who encouraged her to consider teaching yoga. Maya attended the teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and began teaching in 1993. She is profoundly grateful to Kofi Busia, her primary teacher for the past 22 years, for inspiration, guidance, and insight into the subtle mechanisms of the asanas and their effect on the body. In her teaching, she combines a rigorous physical practice with a deep reverence for the spiritual transformation yoga offers to each student.

Maya also holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from CIIS of San Francisco, and conducts a private practice as a licensed MFT in Santa Cruz. Her other preoccupation is parenting her two awesome children.

Weekly Schedule

Unlike other yoga practices, the student and instructor interaction is crucial. It is that level of observations and physical adjustments that makes a real difference in a student’s yoga progress. As of mid April, Maya is offering hybrid in-person classes – up to 12 students may attend her class in the yoga studio. Registration is not necessary but please sign up for her Friday pop-ups. Her Friday class had been zoom only but now she has in-person classes about every other week. Emails are sent to the Pop-up list to inform those who are interested in attending the in-person Friday classes.

Please visit schedule page for latest.

For Paypal (for friends and family) use maya@yogacentersantacruz.com. Fo Venmo, use maya-lev-2. You can also send a check made to Maya Lev to the studio, 428-C Front Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060. Anyone who needs to pay a reduced rate is welcome to make a donation of any amount, or take the class for free. Yoga is available to ALL! 

Signup for Popups

You need to sign-up for the group even though you may be signed up for the YCSC emails. When you hit subscribed it will say you are already signed up – continue with “Click here to update your profile”. It will send you a link to your profile – check the in-person class option.

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Last Friday of month is restorative.

Email: maya@yogacentersantacruz.com

Maya’s 10/30 Concert

If you missed Maya’s concert, on 10/30, here are youtube links to her performance. ENJOY!!

Maya’s Intro – Maya Lev – View

Ain’t No Sunshine – Maya Lev, Danny and Laura View

Stormy Monday – Maya Lev, Danny and Laura View

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Maya Lev, Danny and Laura View

My Babe – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

Give Me One Reason to Stay Here – Maya Lev with John Rafferty, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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Morning Train – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

Angel From Montgomery – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

Make Me a Pallet – Mark Kapner with John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

It’s All Over Now – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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Corrina, Corrina – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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My Girl Josephine – John Rafferty with Maya Lev, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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Killing the Blues – Maya Lev with John Rafferty, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

Turn Your Money Green – Mark Kapner with John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil View

Boulder to Birmingham – Maya Lev with John Rafferty, Mark Kapner, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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Midnight Special – with Mark Kapner, Maya Lev, John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, Matt Gil, and audience
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Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep – with Mark Kapner, Maya Lev, John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, Matt Gil, and audience
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Wimoweh – with Mark Kapner, Maya Lev, John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, Matt Gil, and audience
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The Water is Wide – Maya Lev with Mark Kapner,, John Rafferty, Dave Tilton, and Matt Gil
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Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.
B.K.S. Iyengar