Embrace Yoga is a contemporary yoga studio offering professional instruction to those seeking balance of mind and body.


A place to nurture minds, bodies & spirits.

Embrace Yoga has moved. We are now located at 1122 4th Street in an urban setting in the heart of Central San Rafael in Marin. We are located in a historic building that was originally the first movie theater in Marin (called the Lyric) directly next door to Rafael Theater which then became the go to theater in the area. It is a beautiful space in an abundant area. We are excited to start with new beginnings in such an energetic, yet relaxing studio. A space for those who wish to reap the many benefits of yoga, without the cultural teachings commonly found in many yoga programs.

Our class capacity sizes increased so that you have more space to move around, spread out and feel safe. This gives us the chance to properly instruct students on an individual level. This personal service has become our hallmark and in-turn our classes are often booked well in advance. Our instructors come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, making Embrace Yoga a diverse collective of expertise.

Karen Kukula

Iyengar Yoga Instructor - Explore the vast subject of Yoga, the practice of asana and pranayama as well as philosophy, Karen can get you started and keep you interested. Her classes are inspiring as well as challenging.

Erika Belanger

Alignment Based Vinyasa Instructor and Yin/Restorative teacher- Erika's classes uses breath and alignment to bring you somewhere new each time. Through mind-body connection, she encourages you to find a little extra self-love. Her Yin/Restorative classes lead you into the deep muscle tissue stretching and leave you feeling restored and rejuvinated.

Loren Altura

Hatha Yoga Instructor - Loren's classes incorporate intentional sequencing, themes, strength building, attention to alignment and freedom through focus. Come prepared to breathe, surrender and experience sensation.

Muriel Murphy

Muriel's yoga classes are lighthearted, soulful and a powerful experience, integrating Self Awakening Yoga, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. These practices combined leave you feeling relaxed, strengthened and nurtured by the intelligence of your own body merging through the exploration of yoga

Jacqueline Gerson

Jacqueline teaches iyengar on our livestream platform on Wednesday evenings. Jacqueline is a Junior I Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and has been studying Yoga since the 1980s. Her main teacher is Manouso Manos. She goes for training every other year to RIMYI in Pune, India with the Iyengars.

Oana Lansman

Teacher of Hatha and Meditation. Oana is committed to a daily practice and has a strong desire to share with others the experiences of physical, mental and spiritual well-being that have come to light on my yoga mat. She has worked with transcendental meditation, pranayama and Reiki which she also brings into her teaching. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and leads workshops at Embrace in Ayurvedic living.

Elizabeth Shelhart

Restorative Yoga Instructor - Her approach is infused with the wisdom she learned from studying in India as well as her bodywork and meditation practices. Simple yet profound presence in the body and mind are the cornerstones of Elizabeth’s yoga classes.

Adriana Cerundolo

Adriana teaches our Kundalini yoga classes and leads our Sound Baths every 3rd Friday of the month. She believes we are all aspects of the divine, and when we embody this truth we heal ourselves and the world. Sound, breath, movement, and ceremony are timeless technologies for cultivating relationship with the sacred, and tuning ourselves to our purest essence.

Sam Greenlief

Hatha Yoga Instructor - I want to share an amazing practice with my students to help them realize their full potential, in a safe, nurturing environment, using the Anusara principals of alignment-connecting body, mind and spirit.

Beth Toomey

Owner & Yoga Instructor teaching teen classes including Hatha, Vinyassa and yin/restorative yoga. She integrates music and harmony, and balance and flow. She feels that if you challenge yourself just beyond your limits, your dreams are within your reach, that much more attainable. She likes to share her learnings with teens and young adults as an alternative way to deal with the pressure of being a young person in this challenging society.

Sara Hess

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor - Sara has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has 500+ hours of training (ERYT-500). Based in San Francisco and Marin, Sara is known for leading fun, strong, and intelligent Vinyasa flow classes (Forest and Iyengar influenced). She draws from her dance background, as a former ballet and modern dancer at the elite level, to create intelligently sequenced classes that gracefully synchronize breath, posture, and alignment. Through these key elements, students are supported to explore each pose in depth in order to encounter their full, transformative potential. Sara challenges and playfully invites her students to wake up to their most authentic selves.

Clara Gray

Core Balance Yoga Instructor - Clara loves to embrace Yoga as therapy for the mind and body, integrating mindfulness into her practice and teachings, while offering Yoga as a tool to help balance life’s daily challenges.

Donna Simonsen

Alignment Flow Instructor - Donna teaches from the heart. Her classes are nurturing and focus on using the breath to experience the connection with the body, mind and spirit. She incorporates alignment principles to create spaciousness and ease in the body.

Ryon Lane

Ryon's classes incorporate music, dharmic wisdom, sequencing balancing effort and ease, and an emphasis on building strength, improving alignment and developing focus between movement and breath. In Ryon’s classes expect to sweat, be energized, feel powerful, find some bliss and probably sleep better.

Yonit Roth

Yonit teaches a variety of classes on our schedule. She loves Yin & Meditation, but is a fabulous teacher in all forms of yoga. She often fills in now as a sub when her schedule allows it.