History

O

ur founders, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller and Alan Finger were all serious and highly accomplished yoga practioners who wanted to share the gifts they learned from their own wise teachers. When they opened our first Montana Avenue school back in 1987, they gathered together many styles of yoga under one roof, attracting the best teaching talent in Southern California. They sought to uphold the 5,000-year-old tradition of yoga by infusing their programs with integrity, quality, authenticity, and a warm welcome to every student.

In 1990, when the demand for well-trained yoga teachers began to grow in the U.S., Maty, with the help and inspiration of senior teachers Chuck Miller and Lisa Walford, created the highly renowned YogaWorks Teacher Training Program. Based on direct teachings from Indian yoga masters, this program has formed and guided leading teachers across the world including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Annie Carpenter, Natasha Rizopolus, Vinnie Marino, Kathryn Budig and more.

Vision

At YogaWorks, we believe Yoga is for everyone. It is our mission to honor and embrace each student’s search for personal growth, wellbeing, and fulfillment by offering the highest quality yoga programs to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

We do this with love, compassion, a sense of humor, and with respect for what each individual can accomplish through Yoga and throughout their lives.

Philosophy

Although we embrace a diverse array of yoga styles, one consistent theme threads through every class we offer – an excellence in teaching that has made us the gold standard of yoga schools. All of our teachers have minimum 500 hours of YogaAlliance certification, and many of our senior teachers have been doing their thing for 20 years or more.

Our signature YogaWorks style classes balance precise instruction, alignment with breath, fluid movement and emphasize thoughtful sequencing. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students' experience of yoga and modifications are used to individualize the practice for each practitioner.

YogaWorks signature classes are paced moderately to vigorously depending upon the level. As a beginner, you can start with Level 1 and gradually build up to more advanced levels as your practice grows. Our yoga is also practical and geared toward addressing modern issues like releasing neck pain from computer usage and neutralizing the stress of a hectically paced day.

We take particular pride in our specialty programs for beginning yoga students, children, athletes, seniors, and people in need of rehabilitation, all of which feature our trademark YogaWorks approach: safe, compassionate and skillful teaching.

Core Values

YogaWorks Yoga

We never compromise the quality and integrity of our Yoga. It’s the cornerstone on which we built our company, teacher training and programs.

Keep it Simple

Our philosophy is that less is more. We strive to be innovative and efficient with a compulsion to stay lean and mean.

Teamwork

We lead by example with honesty, integrity and respect. We treat one another with respect, welcome new ideas and encourage everyone to step up and go the extra mile by doing what needs to be done.

Passion

We believe that yoga is for everyone, whether it’s on the mat, in our studios, or off the mat in the real world.

Keep it Light

Not only is laughter the best medicine, it’s also one of the keys to a happy, healthy, balanced brand of success. We take our jobs seriously, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing them; it’s important that we do so.

Personal Responsibility

We like to win and we share our successes. We applaud initiative, hold team members accountable and own our mistakes.

We are committed to evolving our programs and developing our employees. After all, transforming lives is our business. We strive to create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to grow. We look toward the future and learn from the past. We embrace change.

Press

2015

Los Angeles Times
June 2015
YogaWorks chain stretches its reach in California with deal

BuzzFeed
April 2015
The 3 Best Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Fit Girl Pretty World
April 2015
My YogaWorks Online Yoga Classes

Wall Street Journal
March 2015
Yoga Apps and Online Classes Take Off

Greatist
March 2015
The Only 30 Yoga Poses You Need to Know

MomTrends
March 2015
Yoga Break for Moms

Organic Authority
March 2015
5 Poses for Toned Thighs and Long, Lean Legs

amNY
March 2015
5 Yoga Moves for a Digital Detox

Chi Organic Girls
March 2015
5 yoga poses for jump-starting a home yoga practice

Racked SF
February 2015
Perfect Your Chair Pose at YogaWorks Palo Alto

Club Industry
February 2015
YogaWorks Opens in Palo Alto Marking Fifth Bay Area Location

Palo Alto Daily News
February 2015
YogaWorks Opens in Palo Alto Marking Fifth Bay Area Location

Palo Alto Biz Wire
February 2015
YogaWorks Opens in Palo Alto Marking Fifth Bay Area Location

2012

Glamour
February, 2012
Quick: Stand Up Straight!

Laguna Beach Independent
February, 2012
V is for Valentine

Metro NY
February 14, 2012
Pasternak's Tips to Revolutionize Your Workout

The Patch (Laguna Beach)
February 14, 2012
Show Your Body Some Love at Yogaworks

Shape.com
February 3, 2012
A Few of My Favorite Things

Shape
January, 2012
Finding My Zen: Transition Back into Yoga

Health
January, 2012
Get Toned in 10
Power Moves

FITNESS Magazine
January, 2012
The Relaxing Yoga & Dance Workout
Loosen Up

The Patch (Walnut Creek)
January 28, 2012
YogaWorks Walnut Creek Presents LUNAFEST

SF Gate
January 28, 2012
YogaWorks Walnut Creek Presents LUNAFEST

Inside Bay Area
January 28, 2012
YogaWorks Walnut Creek Presents LUNAFEST

Refinery29
January 25, 2012
NYC Yoga Map: The Best City Dens to Get Zen

Refinery29
January 18, 2012
The Ultimate Under-the-Radar Palm Springs Guide

Refinery29
January 18, 2012
Den of Zen: Beauty Tips from Yoga Gurus

KNBC-LA
January 17, 2012
Some Say Yoga Not So Peaceful for the Body

US Magazine
January 6, 2012
Stacey Kiebler: What's in My Bag?

Well + Good NYC
January 2, 2012
New York City's Most Beautiful Yoga Studios

NY Post
January 1, 2012
Assume the Positions

2011

Shape.com
December 20, 2011
One Minute Fixes for Happier Holidays

Club Solutions
December, 2011
YogaWorks Partners with NASM to Offer Yoga Accreditation

Self
November, 2011
Dancing with a Star

Daily Breeze
October 26, 2011
Workout: Warrior Pose

Laguna Beach Independent
October 19, 2011
Stretching for Good

Sherman Oaks Patch
October 13, 2011
The Weekend Planner: Pumpkins, Fairs and Free Exercise

The Well Daily
October 6, 2011
Mix it Up with a Yoga Fusion Class

Fit Sugar
September 20, 2011
How to Get Long and Lean Muscles

Hollywood Life
September 19, 2011
The 2011 HP TouchSmart Emmy Awards Gift Lounge!

The Joy of Fitness
September 13, 2011
YogaWorks in NYC!

Marie Claire
September, 2011
Yoga Gets Hard Core

Huffington Post
August 25, 2011
LA Date Night: Yoga and Pizza in Santa Monica

Vital Juice
August 3, 2011
Healthy Freebies

Natural Awakenings
August, 2011
YogaWorks: Built on Tradition and Infused with Integrity

Self
August, 2011
Poses Fight Aches
Stress Less! Yoga More!

Westlake
August, 2011
YogaWorks Open House/ACT Fundraiser

Well+Good NYC
July 21, 2011
How to Work Out in the Sweltering Heat

Fitsugar
July 19, 2011
YogaWorks Review: SculptWorks, BarWorks, DanceWorks Classes

Allie is Wired
July 15, 2011
Hollywood Happenings

Popsugar
July 15, 2011
4 Events Worth Tackling Carmageddon for This Weekend

LA Weekly
July 14, 2011
Carmageddon Coundown finally Ends: Take Advantage of Overblown 405 Closure with Paries, Cheap Stuff Across LA

Racked
July 14, 2011
Creative Carmegeddon Sales for Your Shopping (Dis)pleasure

Self.com
July 11, 2011
10 Workout Secrets (From Experts Who Learned the Hard Way!)

Diablo Magazine
July 2011
Best of the East Bay 2011 - Health and Fitness

Metro
June 29, 2011
Give Your Salutations to the Sun

Well+Good NYC
June 10, 2011
The Week in Wellness: A Luggage Workout, Trick Yoga Mats, and More

NBC New York
June 7, 2011
Hip & Healthy: Going to Yoga Studio to... Dance

The-Signal.com
June 3, 2011
Raising the Barre in Workouts

AM New York
June, 2011
New (Fun!) Ways to Tone up

Well + Good
Summer, 2011
Summer Wellness Guide

Westlake Malibu Lifestyle Magazine
May/June, 2011
Your Health

Glamour.com
May, 2011
Cute Workout Clothes to Solve Your Fitness Fashion Woes

NBCNewYork.com
May, 2011
Dori's Quest: Yoga Works Cardio Sculpt

Valley Scene
May, 2011
Strike a Pose for Charity

Daily Breeze
April, 2011
Healthbeat

Shape.com
April, 2011
Getting Slim and Centered

Fitbie.com
March, 2011
Attack of the Gym-Class Hybrids!

AM New York
March, 2011
Try This at Home

Whole Life Times
February, 2011
Yoga for the Not So Young