Yoga In Graton

Why We're Here

We think yoga is for everyone, not just those in the big cities and not just those that can put their foot behind their head. Yoga in Graton in the sweet Town of Graton, California, is for anyone, regardless of age, shape and size, that wants to improve their minds, bodies and spirits. We offer a welcoming, community atmosphere with well-trained and experienced teachers.

You don't have to live in Graton to come. Students from Guerneville, Forestville, Occidental, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol find their way to our classes.

We welcome you to contact us at or please feel free to contact the individual instructor for any questions about the classes.

Description of Class and Rates

Yoga with Corina

On Saturday morning, we'll explore a combination of energizing and restful poses and is appropriate for beginners. Tuesday morning Level I/II links together complimentary poses to provide an invigorating, strength based morning class. Classes feature a somatic approach with personal adjustments and pose variations so that every student may move without strain. All classes encourage mindfulness of the breath, the body and the mind for greater awareness.

Drop in: $15, 8 class pass/ $110, 4 class pass/ $55, Sliding scale available on an individual basis.

Strengthen & Flow with Erin

Inquiry-based & exploratory, this all-levels class begins with a dynamic warm up. Students are invited to coordinate their breath with movement during a series of adapted sun salutations. Once the body is warm, we move into a sequence of traditional & therapeutic postures. Flowing from standing to seated & finally down to the ground, the progression makes the time fly by and the body feel alive & revitalized. We use blankets, straps & blocks to support the body and calm the mind.

Class Fee: 10 class card is $120, 5-class card is $65, $14.00 drop-in. Please pay instructor. NOTE: Class cards can be used with Denise*

Sweet Slow Flow with Denise

Class is a slow progression of poses linked to breathe to create a smooth slow vinyasa flow with an attention of the needs and variations for each person in the class. Yoga practitioners will experience a class for the body, mind, and spirit.

Class Fee: 10 class card is $120, 5-class card is $65, $14.00 drop-in. Please pay instructor. NOTE: Class cards can be used with Erin*

Yoga For All Levels with Kristin Laak

Wednesdays class offers a holistic approach to yoga, incorporating the body, mind and soul. Class starts with a balanced asana (postures) sequence, moves to pranayama (breath work) and concludes with meditation and savasana (rest). Our body is a gateway to a wonderful world within, the purpose of all yoga practices is to pave the way for moving internally to discover the Eternal Truth. Appropriate for all levels. For more information please visit Kristin's website:

Class Fee: By Donation

Yoga for Anxiety; Unwind the Mind and Body with Melissa

Class: Mondays at 5:15-6:15, Stone Creek Zen Center

This class is for all levels. Intended to reset the nervous system to a healthy state of calm. It is a gentle flow, focusing on moving with the breath and pausing between poses. We begin with a heart opener and warming up the spine. Techniques are implemented to unwind anxiety and stress that gets trapped in the body. We gently move into asana (pose’s) which build strength, core and balance for the body/mind. Ending with restorative stretching, and a deep Savasana (relaxation) with the healing power of Reiki (energy balancing).

Class Fee: By donation $10-$20 no one turned away

Gentle Yoga with Sarah

Class: Thursdays at 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stone Creek Zen Center

Sarah’s classes are gentle and alignment based, integrating slow movement practices with her many years of Iyengar study. Viniyoga also inspires her teaching- a yoga practice needs to fit the individual. Sarah brings in Tibetan bowls to support a meditative state, and honors the importance of deep rest in every practice.

Class Fee: $15 drop in, or 5/$60

Class Locations:

Erin and Denise's Classes:

Graton Community Club

8996 Graton Rd,

Graton, CA 95444

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Corina, Kristin, Melissa and Sarah's Classes

Stone Creek Zen Center:

2999 Bowen Street,

Graton, CA 95444 (next to the Day Labor Center)

Click here for directions.


Denise Hammond

Denise’s focus in yoga is breath and alignment in a flow style. Trained by Ana Forrest and Max Strom, she brings 18 years of experience teaching yoga students of all levels. Her students love her sweet slow warmup and clear guidance, alongside her variations and adaptations . Throughout her classes, she emphasizes sun salutations, standing poses, balance, flexibility, and strength.

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Erin O'Brien

Erin’s approach to yoga is non-authoritarian, inquiry-based, and rooted in experiential learning. Trained at the Nosara Yoga Institute, Erin brings four years of experience as a yoga educator and more than 500 hours of advanced training in yoga. She teaches vinyasa flow, Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics, Restorative Yoga, and offers one-on-one Pranassage sessions. To learn more about Erin, check out her website: SoulFood.Yoga.

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Corina Stoicescu

Corina began her study of the body from the outside through Biology and Modern Dance and from the inside through meditation and a yoga practice. After a serious bicycle accident, practice became a way to heal and explore how the body/mind affect each other. She teaches in the Viniyoga style which emphasizes appropriate application of all the yoga tools including postures, breath, sound and meditation to the unique condition of the individual. She uses her science background to incorporate anatomy and kinesiology, and her dance/meditation background to bring a somatic, heart based approach to class. She has been teaching yoga since 2005. See her website for info on privates and upcoming workshops.

Contact: Phone: (707) 540-3559, E-mail:, Website:

Kristin Laak

Kristin has dedicated the last 33 years to the practice and study of Yoga. Being devoted to the work of Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, her teacher since 1994, she has tapped deep insight and knowledge of yoga. Her intensive studies in India, with Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, focus on traditional Indian Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Meditation, and the impact of lifestyle choices on well-being. Kristin is a board member of Sadvidya Foundation, and its US director of the Jivana Yoga Program.

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Melissa Pendleton

Melissa teaches a holistic style of yoga, pulling from diverse backgrounds of wonderful teachers. She completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training through the dhyana Center in Sebastopol, CA. She brings to yoga a background as a Reiki Master (energy support) and as a Ayurvedic Coach, offering assessment and bodywork to her clients. She has studied in Northern India deepening her knowledge and passion for Yoga, and of Ayurvedic Medicine, in the form of teaching self-care. She believes there is a deep healing that happens by coming to the mat and that yoga is not meant to hurt your body or put a strain on your mind. She teaches students to become their bodies best friend.

Contact: Email:, Phone: 707-304-3512

Sarah Jenness

A graduate of Integral Yoga Institute, Sarah Jenness has completed Piedmont Yoga’s Iyengar-based Advanced Studies Training, and is a certified “Relax and Renew” restorative yoga teacher through Judith Lasater’s accredited program. Her active asana classes are gentle and alignment based, integrating slow movement practices with her many years of Iyengar study.

Sarah leads sound healing and gentle and restorative yoga for seniors, and for the cancer support community at St. Joseph Health. She has over 20 years of experience in various alternative healing modalities, and presently continues her study in the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage through the inspiring practice of Viniyoga. She is grateful to her teachers Swami Divyananda, Anodea Judith,PhD, Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, and presently- Mirka Kraftsow.

Contact: Email:,, 510-847-5455