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Carla Koopal RYT 500, NTS, NMT, LMT, LPN, BS.
Enhancing quality of life, through Massage, Yoga, and Yoga Meets Dance.

    

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"OneYoga"© for Health, Healing and Happiness

With the Wide World of Yoga as her mentor, Carla’s teaching style is joyful, holistic, and informative. She incorporates insights from many yogic traditions into her classes, echoing TKV Desikachar's assertion that “it’s all one yoga”! To Carla this is no different than exploring and learning from all cultures of the world. In her early teens, Carla spontaneously developed her own way of stretching. At 16, she embarked on 7 years of daily Raja yoga classes, and after completing degrees in Education & Nursing, Carla immersed herself in 7 years of Iyengar yoga studies, and thereafter completed 15 yoga teacher trainings in different yoga styles: Ananda Seva Yoga Therapy 500, Integrative Yoga Therapy 500, Kripalu 500, Iyengar style, Anusara style, Ayuryoga, Sivananda, Svaroopa Basics, Pilates Mat, Yoga of the Heart, Yoga Meets Dance™, Mini Yogis for Kids, and Tweens/Teens, and Full of Joy Yoga. Carla continues to study the teachings of Adi Yoga, Angela Farmer, Bihar, Kundalini, Shadow, TriYoga, Viniyoga, Yin, Yin/Yang Yoga, and Yoga Movement. Often on the cutting edge, 2 decades ago she combined manual therapy with yoga, and today she’s creating “AllOneYoga!”©, an inclusive eclectic yogic blend featuring highlights from over two dozen yoga lineages. Last but not least, various Tibetan & Vipassana Meditation Teachers have offered priceless guidance toward inner peace. Carla also brings to her teaching 25 years experience in Bodywork and Natural Therapeutics, as well as degrees in Education and Nursing.

"It's all One Yoga!" ─ T.K.V. Desikachar

 

1-on-1 Yoga and Yoga Therapy

1-on-1 Yoga, which is how yoga was traditionally taught, offers you the personal attention that no group class can give you. This ideal setting can help you create your own yoga routine, help determine which of the many styles of yoga would best suit your needs, or get you up to speed for group classes. Whereas 1-on-1 Yoga focuses on wellness and prevention, Yoga Therapy can help address specific health challenges or imbalances.

 

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Massage & Bodywork

"Heal & Renew your Irreplaceable Body"

Carla Koopal has 25 years expertise and training in medical massage, bodywork and natural therapeutics. Virtually any health problem would benefit from any or all of these holistic therapies. Carla had a successful private practice for 17 years, before joining the Marino Center for Progressive Health, a pioneering complementary care clinic in New England. Warm, friendly and professional, Carla has extensive experience in providing fast and effective relief from most acute/chronic musculoskeletal pains; she often gets results even when nothing else has.

Carla’s Massage and Bodywork can effectively relieve or reduce: acute & chronic pain - auto accident pain (whiplash, etc.) - repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel, bursitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, etc.) - muscle & joint pain (TMJ, torticollis, spasms, "frozen" shoulder/neck) - fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue - mystery/undiagnosed pain - headaches & migraines - pinched/entrapped nerves (lumbago, sciatica) - postural misalignment (scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis) - plantar fascitis - surgery rehabilitation - stress, depression & exhaustion - poor circulation, stiffness and soreness

Carla’s training includes: medical massage - St. John neuromuscular therapy - structural release - advanced myofascial release - myofascial meridian strategy - body-mind clearing - subtle ayurvedic therapies - muscle energy technique - proprioceptor neuromuscular facilitation - Benjamin muscular therapy - isokinematic lymphatic drainage - Looyen work - biosomatics - deep tissue - trigger point massage - advanced sports massage - Swedish gymnastics - shiatsu - polarity - craniosacral - reiki - reflexology - kinesionics - kinesiology - La stone therapy - Alexander technique - posture and movement re-education - yoga therapy - basic Ayurveda and herbalism.

Carla also has 11 yoga teacher certifications, as well as degrees in Education and Nursing.

 

Yoga Meets Dance ~ Global Dance™

Yoga Meets Dance ~ Global Dance™, created by Beth Rigby, is a wildly fun transformational workout for body and soul. It is for dancers and non-dancers, lovers of yoga or those who have two left feet. Anyone can do it, regardless of ability or fitness level. Sessions begin with gentle yoga, then soar into cathartic, liberating dance movement, with creative visualizations to unleash the dancer in anyone and set the body, mind and spirit wildly free. Global Dance includes elements of ethnic dance, fun-filled interactive movement, and free dance. Laugh hard, sweat, connect with others, and make new friends in a rich communal experience.

Carla Koopal is a certified Yoga Meets Dance teacher. She grew up dancing in the Caribbean, performed in an African dance troupe, and also explored swing, latin, ballroom, folk dance, trance dance, dance jams, and Dances of Universal Peace. Carla's classes are set to an eclectic mix of music, drawing on her 7 years experience as a Global Music public radio DJ.

     

Testimonials

 

She makes the pain "go away" Leon G., Hospital Administrator

 

Carla's work is most definitely respected in the health care community Virginia A.-B., former president American Massage Therapy Association

 

Very impressed with her knowledge and skills ... a true professional in her field Linda R., MD

 

A Master of this art Carolyn G.

 

Always on the cutting edgeEdward L.

 

Carla has been my Miracle Healer Vangie A.

 

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Classes

   

Mondays

7:05-8:05 am - Yoga All Levels

Fitness SF Oakland, 600 Grand Ave, Oakland

 

12:00-1:00 pm - Yoga All Levels

6:00-7:00 pm - Yoga All Levels

Mariner Square, 2227 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda

 

7:30-8:30 pm - Yoga All Levels

8:30-9:30 pm - Yoga & Pilates All Levels

UC University Village, 1125 Jackson Street @ Monroe St, Albany

 

Tuesdays

8:00-9:30 pm - Candlelight Yin & Gentle Flow All Levels

Yoga Tree, 2807 Telegraph Ave @ Stuart, Berkeley

 

Wednesdays

7:05-8:05 am - Yoga All Levels

Fitness SF Oakland, 600 Grand Ave, Oakland

 

6:00-7:00 pm - Yoga All Levels

Mariner Square, 2227 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda

 

7:30-8:30 pm - Yoga All Levels

8:30-9:30 pm - Restorative Yin Yoga All Levels

UC University Village, 1125 Jackson Street @ Monroe St, Albany

 

Thursdays

6:30-7:30 pm - Yoga All Levels

Bladium Sports & Fitness, 800 West Tower Avenue, Bldg. 40, Alameda

 

8:00-9:30 pm - Candlelight Yin & Gentle Flow All Levels

Yoga Tree, 2807 Telegraph Ave @ Stuart, Berkeley

 

Fridays

7:05-8:05 am - Yoga All Levels

Fitness SF Oakland, 600 Grand Ave, Oakland

 

6:00-7:00 pm - Restorative Yoga Flow

Mariner Square Athletic Club, 2227 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda

 

Saturdays

9-10 am - Yoga All Levels

10-11 am - Yoga All Levels

UC University Village, 1125 Jackson Street, Albany

   

Customized classes and workshops - available by request

 

Yoga for Office Workers - I'm available to teach at your workplace.

 

Yoga Meets Dance celebrations - Customized to enhance any type of event.

 

Intro to Massage - Please contact me if interested. No prior experinece required.

     

Contact

 

carlakoopal@hotmail.com