New Class: Kaiut Yoga with Joyce Dvoren

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am
Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (with Yoga Nidra)

Joyce and Francisco Kaiut

Joyce and Francisco Kaiut

Kaiut Yoga, developed in Brazil by founder Francisco Kaiut, and now taught in the Los Angeles area for the first time, focuses on biomechanical health (freedom of movement). It was designed to work through chronic pain and injuries, general aches and stiffness, and for the inflexible, hyper flexible and the aging body-- even those who “hate yoga.”

Kaiut Yoga works from the joints not the muscles, thus revealing the cause and not just the symptom. It has a dramatic impact in countering the harmful effects of modern living – where we sit much of the day – as well as the impact of habitual movement patterns such as running, playing a sport for years, and compensating behavior to avoid further pain or injuries.

Most of the asanas are performed on the floor or against a wall, using gravity and props to help relax the system and reveal restrictions in the joints. The asanas are taught in an intelligent, progressive variety of sequences developed by Francisco over the past twenty years (and continually being modified/improved).  Individual guidance and adjustments are made throughout the class for all body types and conditions. There is no “perfect pose” expected or possible. Kaiut Yoga is focused on long-term health, not short-term results. It’s about returning the body to its optimal state of health and mobility.


“I don’t care if I can do a headstand. I care if I can put my pants on by myself when I’m 90.”
--Francisco Kaiut


Joyce Dvoren is a 500-hour Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist, certified in Yoga Nidra, and a 100-hour Teacher-in-Training of Kaiut Yoga. After attending a weekend workshop taught by Francisco Kaiut at Leap Yoga in Folsom, CA, she was so inspired by the method and its founder, she signed up for the Teacher Training course in Toronto, through which she is working towards certification. For more information on Kaiut Yoga, visit


Schedule Updates starting September 4

Our new schedule starts Tuesday, September 4. Printed schedules are available at the studio. You may also download a Printable Schedule.

Changes are listed for each day below:

Sunday Changes:

Monday Changes:

  • 10:15-11:30 am, Level 1 with Leslie Bogart
    (previously 10:00-11:30 am; also Friday)
  • 12:30-1:30 pm, Classic Nia Class with Susanne Conrad (new class starts 9/17; also Wednesday)
  • 6:00-7:15 pm, Level 1 with Indira Shekerjian
    (previously 6:00-7:30 pm; also Wednesday)
  • 7:30-8:45 pm Level 1-2 with Mike Pottenger
    (previously 7:45-9:00 pm)

Tuesday Changes:

  • 6:00-7:30 pm, Prenatal Yoga and Mindfulness for Birth with Deborah Raoult (previously 6:00-7:15 pm)
  •  6:30-7:45 pm, Level 2-3 Powerful Flow with Courtney Russell (new instructor; also Thursday)
  • 7:45-8:45 pm, Slow Deep Stretch with Daniel Gould (new instructor; also Thursday)

Saturday Changes:

  • 12:45-2:00 pm, Level 1-2 Community with Candis Berens (community pricing effective 9/8)
  • 2:15-3:45 pm, All Levels Flow Community with Rachael LeBlond (new instructor)

New Class: MELT Method with Sharon Mason


Sundays, 12:45-1:45 pm

Learn how to use soft foam rollers and balls to reduce joint pain and muscle tension with self treatment techniques that rehydrate your connective tissue and rebalance your nervous system. You can improve sleep, flexibility, posture, athletic performance, digestion and core strength as you reduce everyday aches and pains. Additional benefits include, reduce chronic pain, headaches, and cellulite.

Sharon believes that The MELT® Method is the foundation of everyday living and moving which should be considered a part of your regular routine to become more grounded and to get out of and stay out of chronic aches and pain. She holds teaching certifications with the The MELT® Method and Comprehensive Pilates Program. Her Melt classes use soft foam rollers and balls to hydrate dehydrated connective tissue which can improve flexibility, digestion, cellulite and help reduce chronic pain.

New Class: Classic Nia Class with Susanne Conrad


Monday & Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 pm, starting 9/17/18

NOTE: Effective 11/19/18, Nia will be on Mondays only.

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.

Susanne Conrad began practicing Nia in 1997 and has since earned her black belt. Her distinct style integrates humor, optimism, and elements from her years in facilitating leadership development workshops with companies around the world. She is the founder of Lightyear Leadership and has worked as a leadership and communication advisor for more than 30 years.

Santa Monica Yoga ~ 1640 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica CA ~ 310-396-4040