Mobility, flexibility & backbends 

When: Feb. 20

When: 2-4pm

Where: The Center SF, 548 Filmore Street, San Francisco, 94117

Want More From Your Backbends?

If you're like most of us, backbends can be quite emotionally and physically challenging. They're the opposite action of our everyday activities such as texting, driving, sitting at computers, and bending to pick up kids. Backbends are so healing partly because they reverse these habitual motions. They open up space, energize, and restore balance to our bodies and our lives.

In this 2 hour workshop you'll learn how to use and integrate your muscles to keep you safe and strong in backbends. Starting with simple actions, we'll teach you the important but usually overlooked details on how to access the upper/middle back and how to open the front of the body with care. Then we'll build on these basics to take you deeper into your backbends.

***Please make sure you do not eat a large meal close to the workshop time since we will be doing some exercises and postures on the stomach!***

Love, Light & Deep Bows,

VAZA & Dristi Christie



Endless Summer Yoga + Glamping Weekend Retreat

Friday 09/21 - 09- 23 



Join VaZa + Christie Rafanan this September for a final hoorah to summer - our Endless Summer Glamping Weekend - in beautiful Mendocino! This will be a time for yoga (of course), relaxation, healthy food, fun and play, and any adventures off-site that you can dream up.



Mendocino Grove - a coastal location with the beauty of the surrounding woods. This will be camping - but with a little luxury - GLAMPING. To that end, they have created a camping experience that aims to be turn-key and hassle free, catering to every camper from the seasoned to the novice alike united by the desire to get away and enjoy the outdoors.



Friday: opening circle + evening practice

Saturday: morning + evevning practice, afternoon free

Sunday: morning practice

It is suggested that you have taken a minimum of 10+ vinyasa yoga classes before attending this retreat. You will have at least 1 afternoon off to explore the island on your own or with your new friends!



Mendocino Grove provides a light, healthy breakfast (Sat/Sun) including granola, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. All other meals will be up to you; we will be staying a few minutes from town where groceries can be purchased or dining at local restaurants is available; there is also a lovely farmer’s market on Friday so you can stock up on fresh produce there if you wish!



You’ll arrive on Friday, September 21st and we’ll begin with an evening practice around 5pm to shake off the drive, an opening circle and dinner. You’ll depart on Sunday, September 23rd after a morning practice & breakfast, all finishing around 11am. 



Tents are housed on wooden platforms and come fully outfitted with comfy beds, warm down comforters, wool blankets, cotton linens, lanterns, and more. On your redwood deck there are leather butterfly-chairs perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the forest. Each campsite also includes a picnic table and fire pit. Nearby you will find hot showers stocked with towels and organic bath products. 


See pricing details below.



*There are other fun activities such as canoeing, renting bikes, or even fishing excursions!

*The site is dog-friendly! (for additional fee + refundable security deposit)



***Full Payment is due to reserve your spot!***

  • Single Occupancy Tent: 

    • Individual (Queen Bed): $610

    • Couple (Queen Bed): $760

  • Family Tent (shared; 3 ppl max): 

    • Queen Bed: $510 - only 2 spots!

    • Twin Bed: $472.50 - only 4 spots!

  • Family Tent (shared; 5 ppl max):

    • Queen Bed: $445 - only 1 spot!

    • Twin Bunk Bed: $376.25 - only 4 spots!




***Early bird pricing until Friday, March 9th!!!***


  • Single Occupancy Tent: 

    • Individual (Queen Bed): $510

    • Couple (Queen Bed): $660

  • Family Tent (shared; 3 ppl max): 

    • Queen Bed: $410 - only 2 spots!

    • Twin Bed: $372.50 - only 4 spots!

  • Family Tent (shared; 5 ppl max):

    • Queen Bed: $345 - only 1 spot!

    • Twin Bunk Bed: $276.25 - only 4 spots!




We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. All sales are final and non-refundable. If we are able to fill your space we will gladly reimburse you, less any fees we cannot recover. However, if we cannot fill your space in a reasonable amount of time, no refunds can be given.