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Celebrate Yoga Month

This September, local studios encourage you to relax with a bevy of activities for National Yoga Month.

Photo from Mountain Yoga

We understand September can be an extra stressful month with aching shoulders from back to school paperwork, frizzed hair from the change of season, and raspy lungs from shouting at football games. Refrain from collapsing onto your sofa and take a deep breath because September is National Yoga Month! In order to maintain your sanity, take a break from the madness and practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques at the following yoga events:


Emeryville: Beginning September 1, head to Athleta stores every Saturday to celebrate the yogi-friendly month with free yoga classes led by local instructors. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a sportswear shopping party and a private yoga session. Saturdays, 9–10 a.m, athleta.com.

Danville: Soothe your ears with musical meditation and listen to Kirtan with the Kundali Band. Kirtan is rhythmic and uplifting music that celebrates peacefulness, playfulness, and connection to a divine energy. A $10 donation is suggested. Saturday, September 22, 7–8:30 p.m., danvilleyogawellnesscenter.com.

Sonoma: Take pleasure in a well-deserved Weekend Yoga Retreat hosted by Walnut Creek's Yoga & Movement Center. Connect with the outdoors through yoga, feldenkrais, and hiking in the beautiful setting of Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon. $560, September 28–30, yoga-movement.com.


Photo by Skye MorganLivermore: Sip wine in between stretches at the Yoga and Wine Event at Wente Vineyards. Winemaker Karl D. Wente and Cosmic Dog yoga studio have paired up to present a relieving evening, including chair pose and hand-crafted wines. Bring your own mat, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. September 12, 5–7 p.m., wentevineyards.com.


San Ramon: Master the Lotus posture at the How to Grow a Lotus workshop at Yoga Fusion with Hatha yoga teacher Mark Horner. Stabilize yourself and firm your spine as you learn to better understand the structure of the pose. $55, September 23, 1–3 p.m., theyogafusion.com.

Berkeley: If you’re having trouble balancing your schedule, let alone keeping your balance, take up yoga at the intro class at The Yoga Room. Learn the basics of yoga so you’ll feel strong, centered, relaxed, and prepared to tackle your hectic agenda. September 6, 5:45–7:15 p.m., yogaroomberkeley.com.

Oakland: Breathe life into your weekly routine with the Yoga of Breath workshop, an introduction to pranayama at Mountain Yoga. Beginners and experienced students alike can be trained in simple breathing techniques and two foundation breaths in order to meditate more effectively. $45, September 15, 2–5 p.m., website

Pleasanton: Take two consecutive Friday nights off for yoga class to renew you body and mind at Downtown Yoga. Instructor Lauren Davis will challenge your experience to ensure you’re fully rested and at ease. Regular class pricing. September 2 and 9, 7–8:30 p.m., pleasantonyoga.com.