Garden of the Heart Yoga Center is the place…

…for Progressive, Alignment-Based Hatha Yoga in Sarasota, Florida. Each month, classes work toward a pinnacle pose, to help you grow and expand at your own pace into the fullness of the practice of yoga. The focus on proper alignment is exceptionally beneficial, and will help improve your posture, strength, and sense of well-being.  75-90 minute classes give you enough time to fully relax into the present moment and experience a transformation of body and mind. Our classes are taught at a slower pace than you might experience at other yoga studios; we feel that slowing down enough to pay attention to alignment details helps create an optimal energetic design as you move through the postures.  Our Gentle, Restorative, and Basic Yoga classes are all suitable for beginners, as well as students with more experience.  At Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, all instructors have extensive teaching experience, and will offer teachings on yoga philosophy, hands-on assists, and individualized attention for a rich and satisfying yoga studio experience. 

Brand new to yoga? 

Try our Introduction to Yoga Series for Beginners

Atha Yoga Anushasanam: Now is the time to begin the practice of yoga ~Yoga Sutra 1.1

You’ve heard about the benefits of yoga, including increased strength and flexibility, decreased stress, better focus and concentration, improved overall health, reduced body aches and pains….You’ve been curious to try yoga, but have maybe felt worried to enter a class where you were the only new person, or think you’re not flexible enough or slim enough or strong enough etc……

Introduction to Yoga is an 8 week series offered at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center that will teach you about the practice of yoga from the very beginning.  All you need is the ability to get up and down to a mat on the floor. Students beginning in this class have little or no prior yoga experience, and may be very stiff and tight! In just 8 weeks, you will start to notice significant changes in your body, in the way you breathe, in your posture, and in the way you look at the world.

The class meets twice a week for just one hour at a time. In that hour, you’ll move your body in lots of healthy ways, you’ll learn new ways to breathe, ways to relax your body and mind, and start to learn a little bit of yoga philosophy– the Why as well as the How of yoga.  By the end of the class series, you’ll have learned basic standing, sitting, kneeling, and reclined postures, how to do Sun Salutations, and you’ll understand how paying attention to body alignment can make you feel better, on and off the yoga mat.

Introduction to Yoga is not a gentle or restorative yoga class, but it is a safe environment for people who are new to yoga and might not want to jump into a Basic or Mixed Level class. Potential students should be able to get up and down to the floor unassisted, have no major injuries, and should be able to kneel on a mat for a short period of time. Those wishing for a more relaxing or therapeutic yoga class should try a Gentle Yoga or Restorative Yoga class.

Our next Intro Series begins January 2nd on Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30 am (twice weekly). 

January 2 through February 20, 2019.  (Make-up classes the last week of Feb.) 15 classes/$150 includes a free yoga mat for you to keep.


All ages (15+*) are welcome.  Visit our Class Schedule page or Register Now

Students must register for an entire series, rather than come on a drop-in basis, in order to have a cohesive learning experience.  Missed classes may be made up in any Intro, Basic, Gentle, Restorative, or Meditation class.

(*Children under 15 may attend with accompanying parent- student rate applies.)

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Prashamana is here!  

Prashamana is Cheryl’s Kirtan and Mantra CD. Here you can listen to 2 of the tracks, which are both beautifully suited for Savasana, or you can click through to purchase a digital download.  Copies are also available at the yoga center. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

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Why Garden of the Heart Yoga Center?

Garden of the Heart Yoga Center’s teachers all have extensive experience in alignment techniques, hands-on adjustments and progressive sequencing. Classes are taught in a progressive style, with each week’s classes building on poses taught the previous week. Over the course of a month, each level class works toward a pinnacle pose, to help you grow and expand into the fullness of the practice of yoga. You will receive individualized adjustments in the poses to facilitate your understanding and learning.

Rather than moving students quickly from pose to pose, the teaching style at Garden of the Heart is slower and more descriptive. Teachers guide how to safely get in and out of each posture, paying attention to alignment, breath, biomechanics, and energy. Classes are often taught with a theme, to help bring you into your heart as well as into your body, creating a positive, uplifting, non-competitive atmosphere. Modifications are frequently suggested for students with pain, injury, or physical limitations, making yoga truly accessible to everyone. Props are used in nearly every class to provide safety, prevent injury, and create ease in the postures.

All are welcome at the Garden of the Heart, from brand new beginners to advanced practitioners.  Garden of the Heart Yoga Center is also recognized as an RYS-200 school for training yoga teachers.

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Garden of the Heart Yoga Center’s teachers all have extensive experience in alignment techniques, hands-on adjustments and progressive sequencing.

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