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About SandyZYoga

Sandy Zirulnik’s yoga classes explore structure, movement, strength, and balance through the practice of asanas, breathing awareness, and the study of anatomy. They are enjoyable and appropriate for students of all ages and interests. No experience or special level of flexibility is required. Sandy began studying Yoga in 1998 and graduated from The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program with a 500-hour certification. His teachers include Ada Lusardi, Donald Moyer, the faculty of The Yoga Room, Jonothon Gross, Sandra Razieli, and Laura Camp. Often he can be seen riding his bicycle in the Berkeley hills or more distant places.

Trees Are The Lungs Of The Earth


“Don’t cut your trees, because the trees are the lungs of the earth. ”
-Milda Sebris , a resident at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, turned 100 on 1/26/11.

To breathe is to live embodied.  Without this exquisite process going on day after day, year after year, moment after moment we would not be functional – we would not be alive!  Trees help the planet breathe by turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen. Plants are considered the lungs of the earth because plants produce oxygen, which is necessary for all life, so in essence, since our lungs keep us alive and trees keep our lungs alive we can consider trees to be a part of our lungs existence.  This is all part of the deep interconnectedness of all life.

Our lungs are quite amazing actually.  Did you know that there are about 300 million alveoli in the adult lung…

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Interesting Things

Inside the lungs where the action is…..



A graceful backbend starting with extension of the back body. Look how far away the crown of the head is from the base of the spine.

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Yoga Joes at work and play

Yoga Joes at work and play

Images for breathing practice

Current Schedule of Classes

On Going Classes:  Join us!

Early Risers Yoga:  Mondays 7:00am – 8:30am – Levels 1 – 3 at The Yoga Room Berkeley

Community Hatha Yoga:  Mondays Noon – 1:00PM  –  Beginning – Level 1 – 2 at Leela Yoga Alameda

Open Practice on the new Yoga Ropes Wall:  Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm at The Yoga Room Berkeley   Contact me to make an appointment.


Workshops Coming Up!


Anatomy of Breathing for Yoga with Sandy Zirulnik

Sat Date: Feb 18, 2017 From: 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
With this workshop you’ll learn about the transformative tool of breath. We will explore breathing for stress, increasing mental focus, improving sleep and specific conditions. We will explore various pranayama techniques, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Following our discussion and presentation of the theoretical aspects, we will have a practice to experience and integrate what we have learned.
$35 pre-registration, $40 week of workshop
or $100 for this workshop plus the other two anatomy workshops: 3/25 Back and Spine, 4/29 Hips.
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Free Your Spine, Heal your Back – Anatomy of the Spinewith Sandy Zirulnik

Sat Date: Mar 25, 2017 From: 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
Expand your knowledge and self-care of your back! Did you know that a healthy spine requires a strong core AND a mobile spine?? Strength alone is not enough…but combined with deep breathing, proper joint mobility, and an integrated core, you can stabilize your back and maintain optimal lower back health. In this workshop, through the study of anatomy you’ll learn how to release tension and how to maintain your spine in proper alignment and functioning efficiently. This workshop is appropriate for all levels.
$35 pre-registration, $40 week of workshop
Freeing the Hips – Yoga Anatomy with Sandy Zirulnik

Sat Date: Apr 29, 2017 From: 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
The stress and activity of everyday life is often found lodged in the tightness and discomfort of our hips. This workshop will delve deeply into opening the hip area.Many of our negative emotions like to live in places in our bodies where they can hide out: places that get the least amount of stretching and release. While a hip opening posture may feel intense in the moment, you always feel so much better afterwards! You will spend time breaking down and exploring the postures deeper through the study of anatomy.

$35 pre-registration, $40 week of workshop

OR $100 for whole series including 2/18 Breathing and 3/25 Back and Spine