So you’re all wound up from the cybercafe competition and looking for a yoga instructor to help you calm your nerves. Who do you turn to? Yoga teachers are a dime a dozen in the East Bay — it’s hard to leave the house without practically stepping on one. That shady character who hangs around outside your office building? Yoga teacher. The panhandler staking out the sidewalk in front of Walgreens? Ex-yoga teacher. The girl next door with a thing for tights? YT in training. They’re everywhere. And they tend to be pretty good around these parts. In fact, several yoga luminaries light up our side of the bay: Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Jason Crandell, Claire Finn, Barbara Voinar, Baxter Bell, Kaatchie Gaarde, etc. But one stands out, even in this lofty company. Jonothon Gross of Berkeley Yoga Center teaches an intense blend of Ashtanga Yoga flow movements in a gentle and supportive way. He is the best kind of teacher: clear, comfortable, and compassionate. Each of his classes is perfectly designed to take you deeper and deeper into your body so that by the end of it, you’ve done more than you ever thought you could.
Readers’ Pick for Best Yoga Studio:
Piedmont Yoga Studio
3966 and 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-652-3336