Weekly Schedule at Avalon Yoga

Avalon offers yoga classes led by internationally and regionally known teachers in a much wider range of styles than most studios.

Avalon is open for classes 365 days a year, including all holidays.

MONDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am
Gentle Flow

Irene Au

One of Avalon’s favorite instructors, Irene Au, teaches this class as a gentle, contemplative flow.  This moving meditation opens the mind and body and is a great way to start the week.

Irene teaches each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the same 7 am time slot — but taught each day in a unique and different style!

Irene’s practices are both challenging and accessible to all-levels of students, offering a well-designed combination of cardiovascular exercise, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance.

Irene, who has held many high-level executive positions in Silicon Valley, is a much sought-after speaker who frequently gives corporate and public talks on the relationship between creativity, design, and mindfulness practice.

 

8:15 – 9:15 am

FREE Open Studio for Personal Practice

9:30 – 11:00 am

Jivamukti

Toni Cupal

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Taught by the former co-Director of the prestigious Jivamukti London Studio.

See also Toni’s famous Thursday night class – one of the most popular classes in the Bay Area!

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Yin / Yang Yoga

Aedra Ho

A combination of a “normal” flow yoga class (“Yang” yoga) with Yin Yoga, which refers to a slow-paced style that has a powerful meditative element and long holds of floor poses.

Aedra Ho, E-RYT-200, is a super-talented professional actress and yoga teacher who has full command of both styles and a deep knowledge of human physiology.

Aedra is also a top former graduate of Avalon’s Teacher Training Program & for the last year has been a key Faculty Member in the Program.

Her Monday morning class at Avalon is always packed — and for good reasons!

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Mixed Style Flow — All Levels!

Dana Kornfeld

Dana Kornfield has practiced yoga and meditation for over two decades, drawing from diverse yoga styles including Iyengar, Vinyasa, Bikram, and Kundalini, etc.

She is also a recent graduate of Avalon’s Teacher Training Program, where she studied a wide range of global yogic and yogic-like traditions and recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the biological effects of those traditions.

When not teaching or practicing yoga, Dana is a working attorney, artist, community activist, wife, and mother. She thinks that the diversity of her experience contributes to her ability to teach students from diverse cultural backgrounds and different levels of yoga knowledge, including complete beginners.

Dana is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the Wharton School of Business. She has held Fellowships at the prestigious MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago, which specializes in Civil Rights Law, and at Stanford University Law School.

Dana suggests that yoga has provided her with a powerful toolkit to help her become a better person and to help handle the stresses of business, law, and life in general. One goal of all her classes is to pass on to her students knowledge of how to adapt those tools for their own use for similar ends.

 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Rhythmic Yoga          

 Caro McDaniel

Popular class created by the wonderful, funny, and talented instructor, Caro (McDaniel) Fenno.

Caro now teaches three regular classes — each different in format — on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the same time (4:00 – 5:15 pm). She also teaches an innovative Yin/Yang class at 5:30 pm on Thursdays.

Building on her background in music, dancing, yoga, and teaching, her Monday class will take yoga in new rhythmic dance-like directions. Caro is a rising star — and like so many of her fellow teachers, a top graduate of Avalon’s Professional Teacher Training Program.

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Prime Time Flow

Elena Milyukova           

Russian-born (and Avalon-trained) Elena Milyukova is well-known for her elegant inversions and backbends. She is one of the few teachers we know who can lecture comfortably standing on her hands!

She is a key member of our prestigious Teacher Training Program – and many years ago a graduate herself.

Elena has extensive experience teaching students of all levels. Appropriate for intermediate students (or adventurous beginners) and up!

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Mat Pilates

Mariya Melnychuk

Mariya Melnychuk is a precociously talented young teacher who is both an advanced yoga practitioner (you can see her practicing on the left) — and certified Mat Pilates specialist 

Mariya combines the two movement traditions in her classes in innovative and elegant ways, adjusting class difficulty to the needs of the students in her classes.

Mariya is studying for her degree in Environmental Science and comes from a family steeped in yoga tradition: her mother is Dina Melnychuk, who teaches her own strong classes at Avalon on Saturdays from 4:30-6 pm.

7:15 – 8:45 pm                              MAIN STUDIO

Multi-Style, All-Level Yoga 

Tyler Hoffman        


Tyler has studied with a series of Master yogis in both the Bay Area and New York City and is deeply familiar with Iyengar yoga, Vinyasa, and other Hatha yoga styles.

Expect a challenging, inspiring, and deeply meditative class.  Appropriate for everyone — from ambitious beginners to advanced practitioners.

TUESDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am

Alignment-based Vinyasa Flow

Irene Au      

One of our most popular early morning classes, led by Irene Au.  Moving from pose to pose with the breath, this practice combines mindful movement with close alignment.

Irene teaches each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the same 7 am time slot — but taught each day in a unique and different style!

Irene’s practices are both challenging and accessible to all-levels of students, offering a well-designed combination of cardiovascular exercise, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance.

Irene, who has held many high-level executive positions in Silicon Valley, is a much sought-after speaker who frequently gives corporate and public talks on the relationship between creativity, design, and mindfulness practice.

8:15 – 9:15 am

FREE Open Studio for Personal Practice

9:30 – 11:00 am

Vinyasa Flow

Nicole Reynolds

Nicole Reynolds (shown below), teaches this weekly class.

Nicole left law practice a few years ago to devote as much of her time as possible to teaching yoga. She has studied many yoga styles, but currently focuses most of her attention on a creative vinyasa-flow that draws on traditional Ashtanga-based poses. 

She encourages students to concentrate on the overall movement and progression of their practices rather than on isolated segments of it. Typical classes led by Nicole include a vinyasa-based warm-up followed by deep stretches and preparation for more advanced poses.

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Yin/Yang

Ivy Burg

Yin refers to a slow-paced style of yoga that has a strong meditative element and long holds of floor poses.

This Yin/Yang class is a unique mixture of standard strong (Yang) and more passive (Yin) styles.

2:45 – 4:00 pm

Slow Flow, All Levels     

Ivy Burg

Ivy Burg is a former lawyer and  passionate yoga teacher. She took hundreds of classes as a student from a long string of talented teachers before joining and then graduating from Avalon’s Teacher Training Program several years ago.

She loves sharing her passion for yoga with others, and strongly believes that yoga is for everyone — no matter what their age, health status, or physical ability or disability.

When Ivy is not on the yoga mat, she spends much of her time raising her lovely preschool twins, who are already showing their interests in yoga!

4:15 – 5:15 pm
FREE 
Kids Yoga (Age 7+)

Joyce Hsu

FREE to encourage the next generation of yogis and yoginis.

Click here or on the photo below to see a one-minute video of an Avalon Free Kids Class in action, taught by Joyce Hsu.


5:30 – 7:00 pm

Vinyasa/Flow

Nadja Villegas


Nadja Villegas (shown above)
 
now teaches our early-evening Tuesday night class.

She has a strong personal practice, is versatile in teaching skills, and enjoys teaching all levels of students, from total beginners to long-time practitioners.

See Nadja also in her Wednesday night 7:15 – 8:45 pm class, which is also aimed at all levels of students!

7:15 – 8:45 pm

Vinyasa/Flow

Elena Milyukova 


Popular Tuesday night class with one of Avalon’s favorite instructors, Elena Milyukova, who is justifiably famous for her effortless inversions and grace.

Appropriate for intermediate students (or adventurous beginners) on up.

WEDNESDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am

Vinyasa / Flow

Josie Zhuo

Josie Zhuo is one of Avalon’s most talented young teachers — and quickly growing into one of the strongest and most elegant practitioners in the region.

An Avalon gem: don’t miss her classes! See also Josie’s other popular classes early Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons.

8:15 – 9:15 am

FREE Open Studio for Personal Practice

9:30 – 11:00 am

Vinyasa / Flow

Our premier 9:30 am Wednesday morning slot is taught by one of the Bay Area’s strongest practitioners, Elena Milyukova.

See also Elena’s popular classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Elena teaches with strength and humor. Ask any of her students: she lights up any class!

11:30 – 1:00 pm

Yin /Yang Yoga (Mixed Style)

Masha Kitaigorodsky

A wonderful new Yin/Yang specialist has recently joined Avalon, Masha Kitaigorodsky. Masha came to us on the recommendation of Janya Wongsopa, one of the top Yin and Yin/Yang yoga experts anywhere.

Yin/Yang Yoga is a fusion of familiar physical yoga (the ‘Yang’ part of the equation) and Yin Yoga — a meticulous style of yoga including long holds of floor poses. In the hands of talented teachers, or Maria the combination results not only in physical rejuvenation but as well a deep meditative or “mindful” state.

The style is becoming increasingly popular every year, and has long been an Avalon specialty. Try it out!

 1:30 – 2:45 pm.       

New Class Coming Here Soon!                    

4:00 – 5:15 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Flow!

Caro (McDaniel) Fenno

You woke up this morning, thinking about work, and thought it was Friday — but then realized you’re only half way there! Bummer!

Let Caro (shown right) —who also teaches our TGIF (ThankCaro McDaniel 2 copy God It’s Friday!) class on Fridays at 4 pm and our Monday Rhythmic Yoga Class at the same time — yoga your midweek troubles away!

Caro, a top recent Avalon Teacher Training Graduate with a great sense of creativity and humor, is the perfect teacher to do it!

Open to all levels of students, beginners to advanced.

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Yin Yoga

Janya Wongsopa

Janya Wonsopa is a long-time Avalon star and one of the top Yin and Yin/Yangexperts anywhere. She is the region’s most popular teacher of this meticulous and deliberate style of yoga, which is characterized by a strong meditative element and long holds of floor poses.

Janya is also a Faculty Member in Avalon’s prestigious 200-Hour Teacher Training Program (now in its 30th Session!) — and a 2007 Graduate of the Program as well.

 6:30 – 7:30 pm

NEW CLASS HERE SOON!

7:15 – 8:30 pm

Multi-Style/All Level!

(UPSTAIRS/MAIN HALL)

Nadja Villegas


Nadja Villegas (shown above) 
now teaches our prime-time Wednesday night Multi-Style and All-Level class. All students welcome!

Nadja is a perfect match for this class. She has a strong personal practice, is versatile in teaching skills, and enjoys teaching all levels of students, from total beginners to long-time practitioners.

See Nadja also in her Tuesday night 5:30-7:00 pm class, which is also aimed at all levels of students!

THURSDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am

‘Strong and Long’ Vinyasa Flow

Irene Au      

This fun, popular class taught by Irene Au is designed to get you to move and sweat.  In this class, you will strengthen and lengthen opposing muscles for a balanced practice.  Poses are linked together with creative choreography to keep you focused and present.

Irene teaches each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the same 7 am time slot — but taught each day in a unique and different style!

Irene’s practices are both challenging and accessible to all-levels of students, offering a well-designed combination of cardiovascular exercise, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance.

Irene, who has held many high-level executive positions in Silicon Valley, is a much sought-after speaker who frequently gives corporate and public talks on the relationship between creativity, design, and mindfulness practice.

8:15 – 9:15 am

FREE Open Studio for Personal Practice

9:30 – 11:00 am

Mixed Style

Vy Ton                                    

A talented & popular instructor, Vy Ton (shown left), teaches this popular Thursday morning class.

Look for Vy also in her Friday afternoon class. She’s a wonderful instructor who has trained extensively with Toni Cupal, another of Avalon’s most popular teachers!

 

9:30 – 10:30 am             Graduate Studio

Tai Chi (Taiji)            

Adam Sewell

Among much else — including being a regular Hollywood movie stuntman and master Yoga Teacher — Adam Sewell is also an expert in Chinese martial arts and movement traditions including Taiji and Qigong.

Starting last year, Adam began teaching the important overlaps between Yoga, Taiji, and Qigong to rapt advanced Avalon Teacher Training Students.

Due to repeated student demand, Adam now teaches Avalon’s first ever regular Taiji class. The class is taught in Avalon’s Graduate Studio, which we built especially for our Teacher Training Students (who have free access to it whenever it isn’t being otherwise used) a few years ago.

Adam’s class is a smash hit with Avalon regulars and staff members. It is appropriate for all levels of students, including those who have never tried Taiji!

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Yin Yoga        

Janya Wongsopa

Janya is the region’s most popular teacher of this meticulous and deliberate style of yoga, which is characterized by a strong meditative element and long holds of floor poses.

She is also a Faculty Member in Avalon’s prestigious 200-Hour Teacher Training Program (now in its 30th Session) — and a 2007 Graduate of the Program as well.

If you’ve never been to one of Janya’s yin yoga classes, you’ve missed out on one of the most popular classes in the region.

 

1:30 – 2:30 pm     NEW CLASS HERE SOON!

 

2:45 – 4:00 pm
Slow Flow, All Levels

Ivy Burg.

ivyburgIvy is a former lawyer and a passionate yogi. She took hundreds of classes as a student from a long string of talented teachers before joining and then graduating from Avalon’s 26th Teacher Training Program.

She loves sharing her passion for yoga with others, and strongly believes that yoga is for everyone — no matter what their age, health status, or physical ability or disability.

When Ivy is not on the yoga mat, she spends much of her time raising her lovely and lively preschool twins, who are already showing their interests in yoga!

4:15 – 5:15 pm

 New Class Here Soon!

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Yin/Yang Yoga (All Levels)

Caro McDaniel — a creative, funny, and talented Avalon teacher — teaches this popular class!

See Caro as well in her other regular classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

7:15 – 8:30 pm

Yoga for Stanford Medical Students (Graduate Studio)

Note that our Thursday night classes for Stanford Medical students are now being held at Stanford Medical School. Sunday’s class for the students continue to be held as usual in Avalon’s Graduate Studio.

Part of a regular series of free classes that we’re offering for Stanford Medical Students. Taught every  week by advanced Avalon Teachers-in-Training. 

Below: Stanford Med students after one of their Avalon classes.

7:15 – 8:45 pm

Jivamukti

Toni Cupal 

Tonight, February 15th: Toni’s monthly Vegan Potluck Dinner after class. All are welcome, whether they bring food or not!

One of the most popular Jivamukti classes in California. Taught by the former co-Director of the prestigious Jivamukti London StudioToni Cupal.

See also Toni’s super popular Monday morning class.

FRIDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am

Friday Morning Flow

Meredith Pfeffer    

Meredith Pfeffer, who recently took over this class, is a recent top graduate of Avalon’s Teacher Training Program.

She has a strong personal practice and meticulously honed her teaching skills while in training Stanford Medical students. She has taught frequently in recent months in this and other of Avalon’s popular 7 am weekday classes.

8:15 – 9:15 am

FREE Open Studio for Personal Practice

9:30 – 11:00 am

Vinyasa Flow

Elena Milyukova

Our prime-time Friday morning Vinyasa Flow is taught by Elena Milyukova, a powerful Russian born and Avalon trained instructor with training and interests in a wide range of yoga styles.

Elena has long been one of the region’s most popular teachers.

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Restorative Yoga

Janya Wongsop

Taught by the region’s strongest Restorative Yoga teacher, Janya Wongsopa (shown right)!

See also Janya’s Restorative Yoga class on Sunday mornings, a weekly institution for Janya’s many loyal students.

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Friday Afternoon Flow

Vy Ton                       

VyTon

Vy has been practicing yoga intensely for over 10 years. Her interests in it intensified when she lived in Singapore for 7 years. She writes:

“While in Singapore I was fortunate to have close contact with an international community of students and teachers from India and many other countries besides Singapore, including New Zealand, France, South Africa, Canada, and the U.S. — all with different training and backgrounds but possessing the same passion for practicing yoga.”

Vy has in-depth knowledge of Ashtanga yoga, Power Yoga, Anusara, and Jivamukti yoga methods — and is adept with the same passion at teaching all levels of students, from beginners on up.

4:00 – 5:15 pm

TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday!) Vinyasa (All-Levels)

Caro (McDaniel) Fenno

Our late Friday afternoon (TGIF) class is designed for yogis who sneak out of the office — forgetting bosses and corporate meetings — early to unwind.

Now leading the class — a witty, talented, and fun-loving Avalon Teacher Training graduate, Caro (McDaniel) Fenno (shown right).

Caro is a designer and choreographer-director-yogi who joined the Avalon family all the way from Tangier, Morocco.

Come join the celebration — and yes, TGIF! Be ready for a good end-of-week workout — and have some fun along the way!

5:30 – 7:00 pm                                              

Yin /Yang Yoga (Mixed Style/All Levels)

Maria Shen

Maria is a top Avalon Teacher Training Graduate who has studied Yin Yoga extensively with Janya Wongsopa, one of the best-known teachers in the region. Like Janya, Maria is fiercely devoted to teaching, yoga, and her students.

Yin/Yang Yoga is a fusion of familiar yoga (the ‘Yang’) and Yin Yoga — a meticulous style of yoga including long holds of floor poses. In the hands of talented teachers like Maria the combination results not only in physical rejuvenation but as well a deep meditative or “mindful” state.

Maria is smart, articulate, humanistic, and — among many other talents — a strong athlete. You’d never guess it from her gentle demeanor, but Maria also holds a blackbelt in martial arts, which she taught before turning to yoga. Don’t miss her! 

6:30 – 8:00 pm


NEW FRIDAY NIGHT CLASS, NEW TEACHER, NEW TIMES!

Strong Flow/Advanced Yoga

Dina Melnychuk         



We’re returning to our roots and reviving Avalon’s tradition of holding an advanced Mysore-derived yoga class on Friday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Our Ukrainian-born instructor, Dina Melnyuchuk, shown above, has a strong practice and a warm humanistic personality. We’re committed to help grow Dina’s class into a Bay Area tradition.

 

SATURDAY

7:00 – 8:15 am

Flow/Vinyasa

Josie Zhuo      

Sitting in for Josie today is another popular Avalon regular, Thoa Van Seventer (shown right). See Thoa as well in her own regular Saturday and Sunday classes!

JosieZhouOur early morning Saturday slot is taught by Josie Zhuo, a wonderfully elegant Avalon graduate known for her exceptional flexibility and beautiful form. She has a big and loyal following.

Look for Josie as well in her equally popular early Wednesday morning classes.

She is an inspirational teacher and very student oriented — and is great with beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.

But boy is she flexible! (We didn’t nickname Josie ‘Gumby’ for no reason when she was in Avalon’s Teacher Training Program: she is one in 10 million!)

 

8:30 – 10:00 am

Yin/Yang Flow

Janya Wongsopa     

A mixed-style class including elements of Yin yoga (a meditative style involving long floor holds, of which Janya is a Master) and traditional vinyasa (Yang) elements as well.

A strong and graceful class with one of the most popular teachers in the Bay Area.

10:15 – 11:30 am (note new end time)!

Mixed Styles/All-Levels

Thoa Van Seventer

Now regularly taught by a talented long-term Avalon regular, Thoa Van Seventer (shown practicing on the left).

(For Camille Rivera, see our 1:30 – 3 pm Sunday class!)

Thoa is famous for the playfulness of her classes and the especially close attention she pays to different student needs, whether they are total beginners or advanced practitioners.

 

12:00 – 4:30 pm

Teacher Training Program (Graduate Studio)

Our 30th Program ends in a few weeks. We are currently enrolling our 31st class, which starts on April 7th!

Click here for Full Information or to set up an Enrollment Interview.

12:00 – 1:15 pm  

Saturday Stretch!  

Christine Oakes

An afternoon class meant to strengthen you and increase your flexibility — but at a pace that is always under your control.

Taught today by Christine Oakes, a professional fitness writer, personal trainer, and talented yoga instructor.

Christine is adept at teaching stretching and yoga to all levels of students, from total beginners to the most experienced practitioners. 

 

1:30-2:45 pm

Meditative Slow Flow   

Philip Chen

An elegant Slow Flow class that attempts to build mindfulness using meticulously programmed movement.

Each class ends in savasana-style or prone meditations designed to help students build their lives in healthier and more mindful directions.

The instructor, Phil Chen, is representative of many other talented instructors that Avalon’s Teacher Training Program has turned out for many years.

Phil graduated in our 26th class (our 30th Program is now in session). He began his yoga career teaching seniors at a prominent Palo Alto social resource center and homeless shelter, using a wide range of fun and powerfull stretching, strength training, and breathing and meditation exercises.

3:00 – 4:15 pm

Vinyasa Fit                    

Anna Chwang       

A wonderful class taught by a strong recent Avalon Teacher Training graduate, Anna Chwang.

Like so many Avalon graduates, Anna is both smart and well educated. She holds an MS in engineering from MIT, a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and is also a former Apple employee.

She is also a strong believer in fitness. Anna describes her new class as “A Vinyasa or flow class with a bit more cardiovascular training and core strengthening than a typical flow class. The idea is for students to leave feeling more mindful, centered, strong, and fit!”

You can learn more about Anna at her website, at https://www.yogawithanna.com.

 

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Mixed Styles/All Levels

Taught today by a wonderfully talented young teacher, Mariya Melnychuk.

See Mariya also in her Monday night mat pilates class! 

Mixed style class aimed at all levels of students, taught by a long series of top Avalon yogis over the past 10 years.

 

SUNDAY

8:00 – 9:30 am

Early Sunday Vinyasa

Our premier early morning Sunday slot is taught by one of the Bay Area’s strongest practitioners, Elena Milyukova.

See also Elena’s popular classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Wednesdays and Friday mornings.

Elena teaches with strength and humor. Ask any of her students: she lights up any class!

9:30 – 10:45 am

Yoga for Stanford Medical Students (Graduate Studio)

Part of a regular series of classes that we’re offering for Stanford Medical Students and Stanford Medical School Ph.D. candidates. Taught every  week by advanced Avalon Teachers-in-Training, under Faculty supervision.

Below: Stanford Medical Students after one of their classes.

10:00 – 11:30 am

Flow/Vinyasa Yoga

Janya Wongsopa  

The first of two back-to-back classes from Janya Wongsopa, one of the Bay Area’s most popular teachers!

Janya, like so many other top instructors in northern California, is an Avalon Teacher Training graduate. 

11:45 – 1:00 pm  Restorative Yoga

Janya Wongsopa

Avalon’s most popular Restorative Yoga class, taught by one of the Bay Area’s leading teachers.

See also Janya’s Friday midday Restorative Yoga class.

12:00 – 4:30 pm  

Graduate Studio/Lab (Downstairs Studio)

Reserved for Avalon’s Teacher Training Program.

The 31st Program starts in April. Click for information!

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Vinyasa/Flow

Camille Rivera.    

Camile is an Avalon Teacher Training Graduate with a background in patent law.

She has a beautiful personal practice, favoring a classical Mysore-style Vinyasa Flow.

Camille’s Sunday Vinyasa/Flow class is appropriate for all levels of students, including those new to yoga. 

3:30 – 5:00 pm    

Sunday Stretch      

One of Avalon’s most creative instructors, Caro (McDaniel) Fenno, teaches today. Caro is funny, knowledgeable, and amazingly innovative.

She’s also a talented musician, dancer, and singer, some of which may come out in class.

Expect anything when Caro teaches, including a kind of whole body stretching beyond anything you’ve ever experienced — but at a pace that’s safe for your body, and always under your control.

Appropriate for all levels of students, including the most advanced — and for beginners, an introduction to the power of yoga that they’ll never forget!

5:30 – 6:45 pm

All Levels (Mixed Style)

A long popular class going back many years — now taught by a long-time professional teacher and Avalon regular who knows every side of the yoga thoroughly, Thoa Van Seventer (shown right).

See Thoa now in her new prime-time Saturday morning class, running from 10:15 – 11:30 am!