Inner Smile Yoga

We are rooted in health and the therapeutic aspects of yoga. We are committed to helping you find your personal well of inner strength.

  • Public & Private Yoga

  • Workshops, Transformational Retreats & Advanced Trainings

  • Corporate Yoga, Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

  • Shadow Yoga Course Training

  • Reiki Healing, Training & Certification

“I love Teresa! There is something about the way she walks you through a pose that allows you to squeeze every bit of goodness from it. Her verbal queues direct so well that even a beginner like me can properly move through asanas to get the maximum benefit from them. She is knowledgeable and patient and able to help her students adapt no matter their experience, strength or flexibility. Take a class with her. You won’t be sorry!”  — Carol G.


NEW! Fall 2021 Courses:

Shadow Yoga

Basics; Balakrama Prelude; Chaya Yoddha Sanchalanam Prelude

Workshops & Series

Balanced Pelvis; Five Day Body Alignment & Reset; The Empowered Health Consumer Monthly Free WEbinar Series – 

Seasonal Practices

Winter Solstice Extended Practices;

   See details below.  



Guided 15 minute meditations will be offered via our LiveStream partner ZOOM.  Anyone can join, no preregistration required. Two sessions to choose from: 

Mantra & Thoughts Mondays, 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.   

Meeting ID: 852 4654 2231  PW935130


Classes are Donation-based, give if you can, from $2 – $10. – VENMO – Teresa Owen@innersmileyoga.  No Obligation.


Call or email 415-713-7961


Welcome back to the studio! For those of you that are vaccinated, the studio is now open for live attendance.   All classes will continue to be offered online, a hybrid format, via our LiveStream partner ZOOM .  Register or sign up for classes as you would normally below. All series packages will be honored.  Once you register, you will receive link instructions to join that class via email.


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Course Offering & Retreats


Note:  All classes are listed in Eastern Standard Time Offered LIVE via Zoom and InStudio


Shadow Yoga Basics Fridays

6 Class Series

Fridays 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

9/17 – 10/22

This course introduces and refines the philosophy and practices of Shadow Yoga, such as Dasa Chalana (joint warm-ups), basic standing postures, karanas (dynamic, integrated whole body movements) and ujjayi breathing. Uddiyana bandha (navel lock)will be further refined in order to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

This course is a prerequisite for all prelude courses.  You need not have attended the Foundations Workshop to participate.

Class size limited to 8.

Cost: $135

Drop-In: $28

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Shadow Yoga Basics Tuesdays

6 Class Series

Tuesdays, 7:00 am – 8:15 am

9/21 – 10/26

This course introduces and refines the philosophy and practices of Shadow Yoga, such as Dasa Chalana (joint warm-ups), basic standing postures, karanas (dynamic, integrated whole body movements) and ujjayi breathing. Uddiyana bandha (navel lock)will be further refined in order to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

This course is a prerequisite for all prelude courses.  You need not have attended the Foundations Workshop to participate.

Class size limited to 8.

Cost: $135

Drop-In: $28

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The Empowered Health Consumer

Episode 5 – Calming the Nervous System:  Exploring Tools from Yoga & Energy Science

with Teresa Owen, Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Inner Smile Yoga, LLC &

Tammy Goen, founder of Lifescape Wellness -Happiness & Self Love for Highly Sensitive People

Free Monthly Webinar

Tuesday, 9/28   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What you will Learn:

  • Sensitivity differences: Benefits & Challenges
  • Balance Sensitivities 
  • Harmonize Self & Relationships
  • Tools for Self –Awareness
  • Free Resources

Includes 20 minute Q&A.  Pre-registration required.

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10 – Day Guided Fall Cleanse – 10/1 – 10/10

 –with Preplanning Introduction/Overview on Wed 9/29

 A gentle introduction to the Ayurvedic/Yogic Practice of cleansing. Fall is the perfect time to consider a cleanse. Ayurveda, which means, “the science of life”, tells us that during seasonal transitions we as humans are more susceptible to imbalances in the mind and body. When we move from summer into fall, many times we are taking the excess “heat” or hot qualities with us, as the weather becomes cooler and the days shorter. Not to mention the imbalances our systems are juggling in our current culture and consciousness!

During these 10 days, I will share with you a simpler/gentler version of what I do for myself this time of year. This protocol is very gentle and available to most. If you do have a preexisting condition, please consult your physician and myself before committing to the program.

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Chaya Yoddha Sanchalanam Prelude

 Yoking of the Shadow Warrior

 6 Class Series

 Saturdays 8:00 am – 9:30 am

 10/2 – 11/6

 The second prelude in a series of three preparatory sequences in the Shadow Yoga System. This warrior-sun stance sequence focuses on the harnessing and activation of the pranic winds (vayus/nadis). Students gain a deeper understanding of integrative and graceful movement.

Open to all students with prior exposure to Shadow Yoga or those who have completed the Foundations or Basics Series or prior permission of instructor.

Cost $135 for Series

Drop in: $28

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The Empowered Health Consumer

Episode 6 – Sleep Your Way to Extraordinary Health

with Teresa Owen, Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Inner Smile Yoga, LLC &

Sherri Danzig, founder of Choosing Vibrancy -Self Care Mentor & Wellness Professional

Tuesday, 10/26   12:00 pm – 1:00

FREE Monthly Webinar

What you will Learn:

  • Why Sleep is so Important
  • Tools & Tips for Healthy Sleep habits
  • Mindset – How to make yourself a priority
  • How Yoga Improves Sleep Quality
  • What type of Yoga Enhances Sleep
  • Free Sleep Support Resources

Includes 20 minutes of Q&A.  Preregistration required.

RegRegister here!  


The Balanced Pelvis

 –           Keys to Stability and Mobility Through Hips, Knees, Feet and Spine

 4 Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

10/28- 11/18

 In Yoga practice, we talk about the importance of balance, in the body and in the mind. So what does it mean to have a balanced pelvis? Through lecture and functional movement, learn how the pelvis plays such a critical role in posture as well as spine, hip, knee and foot health.

You will learn:

*The 4 most common compensation patterns


*Functional Movement Exercises

*Lessons from Bandha and Kegels

*Subtle Body/Emotional Connection

*Basic Anatomy

Included in the course are handouts illustrating the above, so you can begin to incorporate this awareness into daily life.

Cost: $125

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Balakrama Prelude

Stepping into Strength

 6 Classes

TUESDAYS 7:00 am – 8:15 am

11/2 – 12/7

Balakrama is the first Shadow Yoga prelude that is introduced to those new to this style of Hatha Yoga. A dynamic bone strengthening form based on endurance, it actively engages one’s feet, ankles, knees, hips, navel and breath.

This course is recommended for students who have completed the Shadow Yoga Basics series or Foundations Workshop.

Cost: $135

(No Drop-In without permission of instructor)

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The Empowered Health Consumer

Episode 7 – TBA

Free Monthly Webinar

Tuesday, 11/30   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


5 Day Body Alignment & Reset

30 Minute Sequence for Every Day

Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

12/6; 7; 9; 10; 11

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

In this 30-minute class, I will guide you through a basic whole body alignment and release sequence you can do every day. Based on Yoga and Movement Therapy Science, this sequence will help you reset your body for the day and help you get the most out of whatever physical activity you engage in. We will perform the same sequence each day, covering feet, pelvis, hips, shoulders and neck. You can bring the different systems within your body (Nervous; respiratory, endocrine, muscular, etc.) into congruence with one another.
Cost: $60  for all five days or drop in at $15 per class.
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Winter Solstice Candlelight Extended Practice

Tuesday 12/21

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. The start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. A solstice occurs twice a year, whenever Earth’s axis tilts the most toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to be farthest north or south at noon. This is the seed point of the solar year, mid-winter, time of greatest darkness when we seek within ourselves to comprehend our true nature.

Celebrate nature’s deeper call inward and plant the seeds for your own rebirth with an evening of yoga, meditation and journalling.

Cost: $35


“There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.” 
― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Balancing the Inner Eco System:

        Yoga, Meditation & Adventure in Belize

 September 16 – 21, 2019

@Naia Resort and Spa, Placencia, Belize

Refresh and realign internally following the cues of Nature. Rediscover, reclaim and renew the sacredness and beauty within you. Through daily yoga, meditation and journaling, we will explore realignment with our true nature.

Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naia is an intimate, natural playground that sets the stage for uncommon adventures and personal growth. Whether paddle boarding in the beautiful Caribbean Sea, indulging in a customized spa ritual, or relaxing among the resort’s secluded beach houses and swimming pools.

In addition, there will be plenty of down time to explore a variety of excursions offered by the resort. Some examples include Ancient Mayan Sites; Snorkeling/Diving; Bird Watching and Waterfalls; Chocolate Spice Tour.

All levels welcome!

More details are available on the Registration site.

Note:  This is a busy time of year in Belize due to their Independence Day Celebrations.  Space is limited to 10.  


Learn more!

Recorded:  Belize Info Webinar  

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Reiki Master Training and Certification

Meets for 6 classes, Monthly, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Begins January 16, 2020

It’s been my experience that the best way to teach Mastery is over several months, giving you homework and allowing for you to process and ground what you are learning as well as learn how to use it ethically and responsibly. The level of human consciousness is changing rapidly, and there are some other techniques I’d like to introduce to address how I think and experience the need for energy practices to evolve. Classes will meet monthly for 6 months, for two hours each. You will have homework and meditations to support your personal growth as well as deepening your understanding of how to work with clients. The final class will be offered outdoors with an additional master attunement.

Included in the classes:

  • *Review and use of symbols from level II
  • *Master level reiki symbols and their uses/meaning
  • *Attunement rituals
  • *How to build a Reiki practice
  • *What to watch for with clients and tools needed to respond
  • *Elements of teaching Level I and II
  • *Understanding your own places of resistance to healing yourself
  • *Working in/with nature
  • *Daily meditations
  • *Reiki Master Certification

At the completion of the class, if you have attended all the sessions, you will receive a Reiki Master Level Certification. With this certification comes the responsibility to eventually teach it to others. There are all kinds of ways to use and practice responsibly without making it a business, but I will give you the tools to do that.

Classes are on Thursdays, once a month, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of the June class, which is on a Tuesday.

Dates are: 1/16; 2/13; 3/12; 4/9; 5/7; 6/23.

Class size is limited to 4 students.

Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 1 & 2.

Cost: $110 per session (discounted to $100 for cash payment)



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About Teresa Owen

Teresa Owen, E-RYT200, YCEP, C-IAYT, founded Inner Smile Yoga in 2005, to fill a void for those students intimidated or fearful of the growing large studio and fast-paced yoga scene. She is certified in yoga, yoga therapy and as a continuing education provider. She offers both public and private classes, workshops, and retreats in Marin County and Atlanta, Georgia, her current home. One-on-one therapeutic specialties include the nervous system, pelvic floor, asthma/respiratory conditions, hormonal/energy imbalances and a wide variety of orthopedic applications.

She has been studying yoga since 1997. Her primary influences include Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, and Mark Horner. She is trained in the Iyengar style with an eclectic mix of intensive work with Forrest Yoga, Vini, and Shadow Yoga. She received her Yoga Therapy certification in 2004.

Teresa’s approach reflects her experience as a longtime competitive athlete, healthcare advocate, event and group facilitator, wife and mother of two young adults. She weaves together her life experience, love of yoga and spiritual exploration, with an eye toward keeping her classes both accessible and challenging.

Skilled in tracking the movement and grounding of energy, she is a Reiki Master and continues to expand her training in other forms of subtle-body healing. She is currently a dedicated student of Shadow Yoga.



Yoga has a clever way of sneaking up on you. With consistent practice, little delicious “aha” moments arise and illuminate your inner knowing.

Inner Smile Philosophy

“You cannot do yoga.  Yoga is your natural state.  What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”
~ Sharon Gannon

Deeply rooted in the classical Hatha Yoga tradition, we seek to support every student in their quest to find their personal approach to Yoga. Public classes are limited to 8 students for a more intimate and effective learning experience. We strongly believe Yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of physical limitation. In our small studio environment, there is a strong sense of community and shared learning. Beginners learn from more advanced students and more advanced students learn from beginners.

Every class is designed to be safe, challenging and engaging, regardless of your yoga experience. We give our students a strong foundation in proper alignment and reinforce the concept of “Beginner’s Mind.” Both are essential tools for understanding the energetic principles behind yoga and the “rajas” or “juice” available in a space without force or aggression.


About Reiki

Teresa is a Reiki Master trained in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

  • Reiki treatments are available for $85/hour or $130/90 minutes.  
  • Sliding scale is available.
  • Upcoming workshops schedule


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