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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.


Body & Soul Yoga Workshops--

Yoga in the Vineyard 2015 will be held May 1-3 at Condor's Hope Vineyard in Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County.

Immersing yourself in the out-of-the-way Cuyama Valley is a true getaway. Robbie & Steve have brought a life time of knowledge & passion to create an off the grid, but with all the amenities, ranch that produces some excellent dry farmed grapes, which are skillfully crafted into exceptionally delicious wine. Relaxing in the solar heated hot tub under a sky full of stars is heavenly, literally ! Doing 4 yoga classes in the course of the three days is transformative. Give yourself this rare treat !

Click here for the Yoga in the Vineyard flyer.

Click here for the Condor's Hope Vineyard flyer.

Class Schedule--Temporary Changes

(Holidays and vacations will be cause for the occasional schedule change. To keep you in the loop, the current and/or upcoming schedule changes are listed below.)

Lyn Ackley's yoga class this Sunday (March 29) will start at 4:30pm instead of 8:30pm (this time only)



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


(go to the Class Descriptions page for more details)

Steven Walters will be teaching Conscious Contact on Thursdays from 9:45 to 11:45am. This two hour class will support your journey into the essence of Contact Improvisation. Contact Steven at 831-278-1500 or email prajnamusic@gmail.com.

Lalita Siri and Naomi Charanpal will offer the workshop, Lucid Sound Portal, a journey into the healing realm of sound, Saturday, May 9, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Body & Soul. Click on the name of the workshop to download the flyer. Contact Naomi at 847-815-7836.

Carole Prettie teaches Yoga Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30pm. This class offers a combination of classical, Iyengar, and Ashtanga yoga (in the tradition of Baba Hari Das). Contact her at 831-462-8271.

Jason Murphy is teaching Refuge Recovery Meditation Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00pm.

Stacy O'Neill is teaching Yoga at Body & Soul. She'll have two afternoon classes a week--Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30pm and Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30pm. Email her at stacyoneillyoga@yahoo.com, or call her at 831-212-3148.

Julie Oak teaches RealPlay Wholeself Improvisation Thursdays 7:15 to 8:45pm. The 8-week series is February 19 to April 9, with a drop-in intro and basics review February 12. Click here for her website. Contact Julie at 831-477-0407.

Radha Vignola is teaching Relax with Yoga on Thursdays 3:45 to 5:15pm. Contact Radha at 831-419-0932.

Aharona teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Click here for her flyer. Click here to visit her website. Contact Aharona at 831-227-4386.

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 1:00pm. Contact him at 831-435-0611.

• Join Lyn Ackley for Yoga on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Sundays 8:30 to 10:00am. Click here to visit her website for schedule changes, workshops and more. Contact her at 831-332-5507.

Steven Macramalla, Ph.D. teaches Chien-Lung, a Chinese Martial Art on Tuesday evenings, 7:15 to 8:45pm. 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 - 9:15am. 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 night, 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, Gentle Yoga for people who want a slow, careful, and fun approach to strengthening & stretching. Classes are Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:15 pm and Fridays 9:30 to 10:45am at Body & Soul. Click here for the flyer. Read the Connection Magazine article about the Cabrillo Festival and the class here.

• Karen Zelin teaches Iyengar-based Yoga on Mondays 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.


Lyn Ackley 332-5507 Stacy O'Neill 212-3148
Aharona 227-4386 Carol Prettie 462-8271
Jim Gallas 425-3208 Aliah Selah 332-8522
458-1628 Radha Vignola 419-0932
Steven Macramalla 234-8451 Steven Walters 278-1500
Edward Willey 435-0611
Susan Moore-Orrett
Julie Oak 477-0407    

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