Monthly Archives: June 2017

Yoga for hip, low back & pelvic pain

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor: 4-week series

Description:  Each three-part workshop is designed to help people with pain or tension in the pelvis, hips or back. Pain and tension can result from trauma or chronic holding patterns. Trauma can include chronic poor posture, surgeries, difficult labor, sexual abuse or other strains. Pelvic trauma or tension can contribute to incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. This workshop includes a brief anatomy lecture and discussion, breathing techniques and yoga poses done with particular attention to gently relax the muscles of the pelvis, hip and back. Handouts will be provided to help support your practice of what you will learn.

Instructor: Leslie Howard is an Oakland area based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers. She is featured in the documentary, Yoga Woman. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has led two successful studies

Dates: September 25th,  October 2nd, 9th, 16th w/ Leslie Howard

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Price: $120 for 3-week series

Location: 403 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

To enroll please call 415.538.7878 or email

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Please note: No Make-ups, refunds or prorated fees for any class

Mindful Pilates Series with Anya Taylor

Mindful Pilates Series: 4-Week Series on Wednesdays

Description: In this Pilates class we will perform a series of exercises that will increase your awareness of your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles, while strengthening your overall body.  All skill levels are welcome.

Anya will also be offering 1 individual session + 4 classes for those who would like to see her for a private session before starting classes. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are new or returning to Pilates to gain knowledge about their personal limits.

Instructor: Anya Taylor has been a Pilates instructor and bodyworker in Oakland for over 15 years. She works with men and women with all levels of physical condition and has a particular interest in working with women who suffer from pelvic floor pain and dysfunction. She has a private studio and practice in the Temescal district of Oakland.

Dates: September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Time: 8:30-9:30AM

Price: $120 (4-class series) or $210 (4 class series + 1 private session)

Location: 403 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

To enroll please call 415.538.7878 or email

For private session only, contact: Anya Taylor at or 510-387-7682


Back (& Hip, Pelvis, & SI) Class with Janette Cariad

The Back (and Hip, Pelvis, and SI) Class: 4-week class series on Fridays
Description: Designed for current and former patients. Deepen and/or refresh your knowledge of how to move in your daily life without strain to your back, hips, sacroiliac joints, and/or pelvic floor. Improve your technique with your home exercise program.

Instructor: Janette Cariad, PT , CLT, LANA, specializes in Orthopedic, Pelvic and Lymphedema Physical Therapy. With over 30 years of experience, she has a passion for helping her clients find personalized solutions to resolve pain issues, changes in bowel and bladder function, and lymphedema.
Dates: Monthly
Time: Fridays from 1:00-2:00 PM
Price: $200 total for 4-week series
Location: 403 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
For more information please call 415.538.7878 or email

Optimal Form and Fitness class w/ Clarice O’Reilly-Cummins, PT

Optimal Form & Fitness Exercise Class

Description: These Form and Fitness classes focus on core activation and co-contraction of stabilizing musculature about the hips and shoulder complex and strengthening in various postures.  Learn how to stop overusing your neck and shoulder musculature to free you from pain and tension. We will use foam rollers, Swiss balls, exercise bands, weights, and balance discs in the class but you will come away with the proficiency to use your own body weight to work all the core stabilizing muscles for challenging exercises to do on your own. You will be taught how to exercise safely and effectively so that you can participate in any type of fitness program without fear of injury.  You will feel more flexile balancedcoordinated and strong so you can go out and do the things you love!

Instructor: Clarice O’Reilly-Cummins is a Physical Therapist who is an independent practitioner with many years of experience. Her passion is to help her clients develop efficient core strength and balance so they can do what they love pain-free.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays on-going

Time: Tuesdays 8:45-10:00am, 10:15-11:30am* and beginning September 19 from 6:30-7:45pm.

Price: $20 per class or 10 classes for $180

Location: 403 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Contact: Clarice O’Reilly-Cummins, PT, at


*On Tuesdays, the 8:45 am class is faster paced with less individual cueing for those who have been coming for a while. The slightly slower pace of the 10:15 am class allows for more one on one instruction which is helpful for newer clients and those with any type of restrictions or injuries so we can determine if you are overusing or compensating with different muscle groups. The Thursday class is designed for beginners or those who want a slower class or more individual attention.

Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Classes at 403 49th Street (@ Shafter Ave):

Tai Chi with Ranzhi (Ella) Xue:                                                                                                                                       Saturdays 9:30-11:00 AM | May 27th, June 3rd, 10th and 17th

The Back (and Hip, Pelvis, and SI) Class with Jessica Manley:                                                                Fridays 12:30-1:30 PM | June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Prenatal and Postpartum Class with Iris Warchall:                                                                                        Tuesdays 12:00-1:30 PM | June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard:                                                                                                    Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM | June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Pelvic Floor Pilates Class with Anya Taylor:                                                                                                     Thursdays 9:15-10:15 AM | July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Optimal Form & Fitness Exercise Class with Clarice O’ Reilly-Cummins:                                            Tuesdays 8:45-10:00 AM & 10:15-11:30 AM | Ongoing
Contact: Clarice O’Reilly-Cummins, PT, at

To enroll: Call 415.538.7878 or E-mail

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