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.


Body & Soul Yoga Workshops--

Redwood Yoga Day: Autumn in Felton

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Click here for the 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.)




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


(go to the Class Descriptions page for more details)

Merek Dorf will teach Traditional Japanese Sword Study on Thursday nights, 7:15 to 9:15pm. Starting Oct 18, he will also teach on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 to 11:15. Contact Merek at 831-421-2983. Click here for his flyer.

Kara Haney teaches Refuge Recovery Meditation Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00pm.

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 Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:00pm and Thursdays 12:00 to 1:00pm. Contact him at 831-435-0611.

• Join Lyn Ackley for Yoga on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Second Sunday Satsang 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
Merek Dorf 421-2983
Susan Moore-Orrett
Jim Gallas 425-3208 Edward Willey 435-0611
458-1628 234-1408
Steven Macramalla 234-8451    

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