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.

Suraya Keating

Hatha Yoga Level 1 - 2

Mirabai Warkulwiz

All Level Hatha Flow Yoga - Mirabai's Hatha Flow classes are spiritually uplifting, wholistic, and healing experiences focused on alignment, safety, breath, and listening to inner guidance. Classes include centering exercises, classic postures with longer holds (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama), a deep restorative sivasana. She offers Kirtan and chanting events in the Bay Area and implements gentle music into the end of her classes.

Jennifer Newcomb

Align & Flow - Jennifer's focus is community, health and wellness. She continues to share the joys and benefits of yoga and meditation practice with as many people as possible.

Paula Rabbitt

Hatha Yoga Level 1 - 2 Instructor - She is a fun-loving a passionate teacher. Very engaged with her students and their needs. She has a strong knowledge of human anatomy with her registered nursing background. She is committed to the continual study of yoga and sharing her knowledge with her students.

Janet Carter

Pilates Instructor - Janet’s classes are fun and upbeat with the opportunity for students to challenge themselves as they develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Her creative sequencing is grounded in the principles of alignment and breath awareness, offering a dynamic and centering practice.

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

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.

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.