738 Chestnut Street   
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
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Body & Soul

Body & Soul Yoga Studio is located in a quiet corner of Santa Cruz, tucked down the charming alley known as Squid Row. In one of the oldest buildings in Santa Cruz, the studio’s abundant natural light and bamboo floor sets a beautiful serene atmosphere for taking classes that nurture your body and being.

The studio offers an array of yoga, martial arts, & improvisation classes taught by committed and well-trained teachers.



Three New Body & Soul Yoga Workshops--


Redwood Yoga Day April 27, 2014 in Felton with Susan Merritt. This workshop is limited to 12. Click here for the flyer.


Yoga in the Vineyard, a Memorial-Day Weekend Get-Away Saturday, May 24th through Monday, May 26th with Susan Merritt at Condor's Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara County. Click here for the flyer.


Yoga & Sound workshop June 13-15, 2014 with Ramanand Patel and Mukesh Desai at Body & Soul Yoga Studio, Santa Cruz. This workshop is limited to 25 people, and will sell out soon. Click here for the flyer.


Clicking on the underlined names and terms will link you to a download...


(go to the Class Descriptions page for more details)

Jim Gallas is back teaching his Tuesday morning Yoga class (9:30 to 11:00 am).

Julie Oak, creator and teacher of RealPlay, and Todd Phillips, a 15 year veteran of Um…Gee…Um and creator or Tao of Play are coming together to teach Tao of RealPlay, Improv Playshop from January 29 through April 23, Wednesdays from 7:15pm to 9:15pm. Contact Julie at 831-477-0407, contactjulie@julieoak.com; or contact Todd at 831-429-1926, todd@whoselifeisitanyway.com. Click here to learn more.

Edward Willey offers two classes in Sheng Zhen Gong, the Qi Gong of Unconditional Love. The Sheng Zhen Gong (standing form and meditation) class is offered Thursdays 12:00 to 1:15pm, and Thursday evening 7:15 to 8:30pm. Contact him at 831-435-0611.

• Join Lyn Ackley for a Yoga class on Sundays from 8:30-10:00am. Click here to visit her website for schedule changes, workshops and more. Contact her at 831-332-5507.

Path Star teaches Body Love Yoga Tuesday nights, 5:30-7:00pm. It's a level 1-2 Kripalu style class. Contact Path at 831-331-3868.

Steven Macramalla, Ph.D. teaches Chien-Lung, a Chinese Martial Art on Tuesday evenings, 7:15 to 8:45pm and Friday evenings from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Call him at 831-234-8451 for more info. Click here to visit his website. Click here for his flyer.

David Gilbert teaches White Crane Silat, on Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:30pm, and Fridays, 7:00 - 8:15am. White Crane Silat is a Chinese / Indonesian martial art & Healing Arts System. Contact David Gilbert at 831-458-1628 or quadrant34sc@hotmail.com. Click here to visit our web site for more information.

Susan Merritt, the founder and director of Body & Soul, teaches Iyengar Yoga on Monday nights, Wednesday mornings, Thursday nights, and Saturday mornings. Contact Susan at 831-459-8613 or susanmerritt@sbcglobal.net . Click here to visit her website.

Susan Merritt is teaching a new class, Extra Gentle Yoga-Lite for people who want a slow, careful, and fun approach to strengthening & stretching. Classes are Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00 pm and Fridays 9:30 to 10:30am at Body & Soul. Click here for the flyer.

• Karen Zelin teaches Iyengar-based Yoga on Mondays 10:00 to 11:15am and 11:30am to 12:45pm and Wednesdays 11:30am to 12:45pm. Click here to visit her website. Contact her at 831-234-1408 or karen@karenzelin.com .

Susan Moore-Orrett teaches Yoga for women over 65 on Monday afternoons. Contact Susan at 831-338-3794.

Aliah Selah Clar Rheinstein DMP, D.Sc., Ph.D.(c) CMT, ABP, CQI teaches Lotus Heart Qi Gong and Sacred Qi Dancing. Contact Aliah Selah for class meeting times via Facebook.


Lyn Ackley 332-5507 Julie Oak 477-0407
458-1628 Todd Phillips 429-1926
Steven Macramalla 234-8451 Aliah Selah 332-8522
Path Star 331-3868
Susan Moore-Orrett
Edward Willey 435-0611

Check with each teacher about current fees.

For Susan Merritt's classes, the drop-in single-class fee is $15; deals on Susan's multiple classes are $48 for 4-pack, $88 for 8-pack, and $160 for 16-pack.

How to join
Just show up at the class you want to attend, unless pre-registration is required. All fees are paid directly to the teacher.
When coming to class...
You may wear shorts and a shirt, or a leotard (or t-shirt) and tights that do not cover your feet. We advise that you dress in layers to remain comfortable as you warm up and cool down. Please don't eat for 1 & 1/2 hours before class. If you have any physical problems or injuries, be sure to inform the teacher before the class begins.
Available to Rent
The Studio is available to rent for meetings, gatherings and other compatible activities, schedule permitting. Talk to Susan at 459-8613.
Time Slots Available for Teachers

Take a look at the schedule, and suggest available times you would like... Please call Susan at 459-8613.


email: SusanMerritt@sbcglobal.net, Director