Mountain Yoga was born in 2002 to serve the little community of Montclair Village in Oakland. Ann Dyer was a teacher at the studio in 2010 when the owners offered her the baton of ownership, which she took. In the years since, expansions and wildfires, pandemics and online classes, socio-political upheavals and mask mandates, has brought a diamond-like clarity and strength to Mountain Yoga's mission:
"Mountain Yoga supports vital, soulful lives for every body.
We help our students flourish at every stage of life
thru yoga, the arts + caring community ."
We have an open arms policy, and welcome people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Moving from in-person classes to online has broadened Mountain Yoga's geographical scope of service beyond our little neighborhood in the Oakland Hills. We now have teachers and students at our participating from across the country and other parts of the globe.
We seek to help all of our students not just get strong and flexible, but flourish. We are very passionate about sharing how this powerful practice of yoga can support our students, body and soul. We are less interested in elaborate poses and sun salutation marathons, and more interested in the power of skillful instruction to support vitality on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and social.
Perhaps the most unique feature of Mountain Yoga is our inclusion of the arts as a means for healing and self-discovery. This stems from our Director's background in that arts, as well as the rich artistic culture of the Bay Area. Renowned artists come to Mountain Yoga to share their transformative work in dance, drawing, writing and music thru workshops and special events that illuminate and inspire.
Mountain Yoga's mission statement closes with perhaps the most powerful tool in our yoga toolbox, “caring community.” We are blessed with an exceptionally welcoming, kind and supportive community of students and staff, ever more so during the pandemic, when so many turned to our studio, their yoga, and one another for support. Now YOU are part of this amazing community!