After 3 1/2 wonderful and wild years offering daily yoga classes, Yoga Garden will have its last class on Wednesday, Oct 12. We’ve been through a lot together as a studio, a community, and as friends, and for that I am immensely, profoundly, and eternally grateful. Yoga Garden wasn’t a project that began out of experience, but rather out of love. I have never cared about the poses or shapes so much as the people making them, and the relationships we build and cultivate. It has been a true honor to share yoga over these years, and although the daily classes are ending, I know the community will stay connected.
The content on YogaGarden.com will change in the next few weeks to reflect its new direction. Daily classes in the 9 Clouds studio space will continue under the excellent leadership of Jade Qin and Free Soul Community Yoga. For a time, we will share her schedule here to assist in the transition, and current Yoga Garden passes will be honored. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions, concerns, or just to say hi – sarah at yogagarden dot com.
A teacher of mine says a true yogi is one who leaves a space a better place then how he found it. It has been an incredible adventure and deep privilege to hold this space for so long, and thank you to everyone who, through love, support, and daily practice, made it so special. The Yoga Garden yogis are truest yogis I’ve had the pleasure to know.
Yoga Garden is a community centered yoga studio in Shanghai’s Former French Concession where a wide range of high quality classes are taught by experienced teachers from all over the world.
Our weekly classes include Ashtanga (led, Basics, and Mysore), Hatha, Yin, Hatha Vinyasa, Prenatal, Basics, meditation, baby and kid’s classes, and more. We are a non-judgemental, non-dogmatic community, catering to beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
At Yoga Garden, we believe that yoga is not simply about posture and pose, but community, relationship, and living a mindful life on and off the mat.
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Daily yoga classes under Yoga Garden ended Wednesday, Oct 12. Yoga will continue under the excellent leadership of Jade Qin, in the same beautiful location. The schedule will be posted soon, and current Yoga Garden passes will be honored. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Thank you for all your years of support and love. XO.
Hatha Vinyasa, Yoga for Core
Emilie has been teaching with Yoga Garden for 2 years, and effortlessly infuses joy into each class. Originally from the east coast of the US, she is a fitness enthusiast and animal lover. She loves helping students feel empowered in their bodies, and includes alignment in her flow sequences so that every student feels safe, supportive, and poised for growth. Emilie teaches in English.
Hatha Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Ashtanga
Bene is a teeny tiny powerhouse sharing her love of yoga each week through creative sequences and core work. She completed her teacher training in Shanghai, and is a dedicated student, as well as a sharp eyed and kind hearted instructor. Bene teaches in English and Chinese.
Hatha, Hatha Basics, Yin, Yin/Yang Flow
Kassi's classes are focused, tailored, and compassionate. She is an excellent teacher for beginners, but her classes are diverse and challenging for students of any level. She completed her first Hatha teacher training in Shanghai, and has remained dedicated to this practice, as well as exploring the intimate practices of Yin. Kassi teaches in English.
Hatha, Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
As a student in Preventive Medicine, Jade was keenly interested in anatomy and body work. When she discovered yoga practice in 2005, it was a natural fit. She is drawn to the flowing energy of Hatha Vinyasa, and helps her students find their own energetic expression in the postures. Jade is a warm and attentive teacher, and her classes incorporate pranayama, chanting, and strong, alignment centered asana. Expect to feel challenged and get sweaty. She completed her teacher training with Benjamin Finnerty and John Walker in 2010. She grew up in Guilin, and is an avid outdoorswoman (despite living in Shanghai for 9 years!) and adventurer. Jade can teach in English and Chinese.
Kellie has been involved in some kind of physical fitness since she was a child - her mother was a PE teacher, so maybe it's in her genes! She lived in Hong Kong for 12 years, where she completed the PhysicalMind Initiation 101 Mat course back in 2000. She has also completed Fitness Principles and Mat Level 1, 2 & 3 with Polestar, as well as PhysicalMind Concentration 201. She loves teaching beginners, and helping students build strength and control in their bodies. Kellie has a deep understanding of both anatomy and breath, and her 10 plus years teaching make her classes fun, informative and engaging for all levels. In addition to Pilates, she is also a certified Gyrotonics teacher. She lives in Shanghai with her yoga teaching husband Paul.
Ashtanga(Led, Basics, Mysore), Hatha Vinyasa 1-2
Sarah's classes explore movement infused with breath and intention - expect deep backbends, hip openers, and going upside down. She has been practicing for over 13 years and teaching full time for nearly 8 years. Despite this, she is not 'good at yoga', and has no expectation that anyone will be. Primarily an Ashtanga and Vinyasa teacher, but learns from and employs methods from Yin and Hatha yoga. She teaches with humor and compassion, as well as a deep understanding of yogic theory and philosophy, and a practical, generous way of sharing. Sarah teaches people, not poses, which makes her an excellent teacher for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. She is adamant there is practice out there for any body (and any attitude), and her classes tend to emphasis mobility, strength building + practical movement over flexibility or showy poses. She has completed 3 teacher trainings, most recently with senior Ashtanga teacher David Swenson. Sarah is a corn-fed Iowa girl who has lived in Shanghai the last six years, and is co-founder of Yoga Garden, and Director of Programing. Additionally, she is a teacher with YogaAnytime.com, where you can find her being alternately very goofy and extremely serious on The Ashtanga Show and The Power Hour (launching soon). Get in touch with her here: sarah at yogagarden dot com. After many years in Shanghai running Yoga Garden, she's finally flown the coop and is currently based in NYC.
Hatha Vinyasa 1
After many years playing team sports and heaving metal bars around, Paul was introduced to the practice of yoga by his wife, Pilates and Gyrotonic teacher Kellie. His practice began in Hong Kong, and was merely a way to improve flexibility and strength. It wasn’t until he and Kellie moved to California that the real discovery of yoga began. Early dawn classes led to a 200 hour Teacher Training accreditation at Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary in Pasadena. Teaching weekly classes and discovering that yoga was the most effective way to release tension and bring balance, flexibility and strength to the body and mind was life changing. His classes are physical and fun, but always attentive to the more spiritual, subtle practices. His classes are about building strength, inside and out. Here in Shanghai, Paul has completed a 220 hour YTT Yoga Alliance Course under the direction of Rajeev Sasidharan Srikumari.
For information about current class rates, please see schedule page.
Happy Hour Yoga was also designed to be an opportunity for new teachers to practice teaching, as well as give our community a chance to practice for a good cause.
Happy Hour Yoga Helps:
XinXing Aid for Street Kids.
Over 58 million kids are left abandoned by migrant families unable to support or care for them. These children are virtually invisible – unable to participate in mainstream society without education, shelter or ability to work.
Xinxing Aid for Street Kids (Xinxing) is an independent grassroots non-profit organisation specializing in aid for street kids, founded in March 2006 by a group of former staff of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in 2001. Xinxing’s aim is to ensure street children and disadvantaged youth in regain their fundamental rights to survival, development and education by providing them immediate assistance and support, Xinxing offers psycho-support, medical aid, social-educational support, social investigation, and family mediation to help them reintegrate into mainstream society.
Previous Happy Hour charities include Lifeline Shanghai, a free mental health helpline for English speakers, and Shanghai Sunrise, which provides educational resources to migrant school children in Shanghai.