1650 Bush st, SF, Ca 94109
"Finally there is a Yoga Studio that helps beginners and those with injuries use Yoga to build better health and wellness"
If you are a Yoga Beginner or some with chronic pain who has been frustrated with yoga studio's where you don't get enough personal attention, experienced instruction and results oriented yoga, finally there is an option for you.
Let me share with you just a few stories about how the process you will go through will get you a deep change.
Erin's Story
The Monnier Method changed my life.
Quite the statement, but true. I walked into the studio 6 years ago, overweight, inflexible, stressed out, and intimidated because I had never done yoga before. I stood in the back of the class so no one would notice how I struggled with the poses, but when I noticed everyone was focused on their own practice of varying levels and was treated with a supportive environment from both the students and the instructors, I let go of worrying and dove right into practice.
Today, at 50 years old, I am the fittest of my life and have Brian, as well as Emiko, Sarah, Jeri, Elaine and Bill to thank for that. I’ve learned that practicing yoga – especially during stressful times in my life – is a foundation for health, fitness, pain relief and most of all, stress reduction. Brian and his other excellent instructors WILL challenge you to push through your limitations, but always gently and with compassion.
One of the biggest benefits I have personally experienced (aside from the GLORIOUS stress reduction) by practicing yoga here is greater awareness of my body – and this is where the weight loss and greater flexibility comes in. Being aware of how stress, bad nutrition and hours sitting in front of a computer affects my body has helped me make better choices and over time, I’ve adapted these choices into my lifestyle. Brian does offer a comprehensive nutrition program for those who are interested and is an excellent fitness instructor. I had a stubborn last 20 pounds to lose and it sat there for years no matter what I did, but after working with Brian, that weight started falling off – and I’m at an age where pounds are supposed to pile on!
During times of stress, the practice of yoga becomes VERY important – and this is the place to find solace, strengthen your body, eliminate pain, and become fit and strong. You will leave feeling SO MUCH BETTER than when you walked in.
Scott's Story
In the spring of 2006 I walked into Brian’s old studio on Russian Hill, a few months late in fulfilling a New Year’s resolution. Not only had I never tried yoga, but I’d never been very athletic at all. In fact, I was a wreck: overweight, out of shape and nursing multiple injuries — one of which I’d just been told would probably require surgery.
Brian assured me that my injuries would be no obstacle, and that yoga would help them heal and perhaps even allow me to escape the surgery. He gave me a set of modifications to follow for nearly every pose. For a year or two my attendance was spotty: work schedule, an ailing father and injury flare-ups all meant that it was a good week if I got to class at all. But that occasional class gave me great relief from stress, and was always followed by a few days of reduced pain.
Beginning in 2008 I was able to get to class 1-3 times a week, and immediately started to see increased benefits. I began losing weight and even graduated from a few modifications. For the past year I’ve been practicing 3-5 times a week, have dropped over 50 pounds and all but a few modifications, and the injury for which I had a surgical consult hardly ever bothers me — no surgery required!
I really appreciate Brian’s teaching style: his calm-but-authoritative voice, his humor, and his knowledge. Yoga has made a huge difference in my life and I expect it to be a life-long pursuit.