Adeline Yoga is a community-based Iyengar yoga studio in South Berkeley. It was founded in 2006 by Chris Williams. Heather Haxo Phillips became the Director in 2012.
Our students include residents of the Lorin District and people who live throughout the East Bay. We also serve as a beacon for Iyengar yoga students who come from around Northern California.
Adeline Yoga believes it is important to play an active role in developing the strength and resilience of our communities, both locally and globally. We directly offer many community classes every week, and other affordable programming to those who live near us. You will often see us offering free yoga at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market and at the festivals in our neighborhood. We are active participants in the Lorin District Business District and support as many local school activities and non-profit organizations as we can.
The Mission of Adeline Yoga Studio is to provide a safe place where anybody regardless of age, ability or health status can experience the transformational qualities inherent in the yoga practice. Our teachers are all dedicated students of B.K.S. Iyengar who teach with compassion and integrity.
We are a community of teachers and practitioners committed to achieving our highest potential, both individually and together.
WHAT WE OFFER
- Personalized classes where people know your name and are available for consultation before and after class.
- Experienced instructors with extensive training to help you progress, including helping to rehabilitate injuries and address health limitations if you need it.
- Affordable classes in a friendly atmosphere
- Programming that promotes personal growth and community interaction
- A community of like-minded people who are dedicated to bettering themselves and supporting others.
- Accessibility in all ways, including how you to get the studio! We have plenty of car and bicycle parking right outside our door! We are only four blocks from BART and have a bus stop right next door.
Our Leadership Team
Heather Haxo Phillips – Owner and Teacher
Heather Haxo Phillips is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and the Director of Adeline Yoga. She has been a teacher at Adeline Yoga since it opened in 2006, and became owner in 2012. As President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, Heather is involved in the Iyengar community locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to teaching yoga full time, Heather spent nearly 15 years working in non-profit organizations focused on entrepreneurship. She specializes in marketing, fundraising and organizational management. In addition to Adeline Yoga, Heather is owner of Raw Bay Area, a local raw, vegan cooking school. She is a graduate of Harvard College.
Bashir Anastas – Co-owner
Bashir is involved in with many aspects of the studio, from handling tech issues to providing the physical brawn for studio maintenance. You will also find him working on one of his many entrepreneurial projects including his own company, Holy Land Olive Oil, which sells fair trade products from Palestine. As the life of the party, Bashir’s unwavering charm makes him adored by all! It could also be the homemade chai tea he’s always brewing—trust us, it’s that good.
Leah Flaks – Studio Manager
Leah is a key member of the sales, marketing and events team at Adeline and leads our front desk. She resolves student questions and issues, and plans our events. She thrives on welcoming new and long-standing students to the yoga studio and assisting them with class, workshop and retail purchases.
A dance injury in college led her to the Iyengar yoga practice, which it eventually healed. She has practiced yoga in the Iyengar tradition for 3 decades – make sure to ask her about meeting BKS Iyengar in Berkeley’s Tilden Park in the 1980s. If you are lucky, she will show you the picture of her demonstrating trikonasana with BKS Iyengar himself.
Leah is currently in the Adeline Yoga Sadhana Studies Program with Heather Haxo Phillips, Michael Lucey, Cynthia Bates and Anneke Faas with the goal of becoming Iyengar Yoga and RYT500 Yoga Alliance Certified.