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 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.



NEWS! Flip the Switch: 12 day Yoga Meditation & Mindset Challenge. Begins March 6. 



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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Note:  Classes are listed in Eastern Standard Time Offered LIVE via Zoom and In Person In Studio.  The exception is Yoga Ropes 101 which is exclusively in-studio.


“ If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Dalai Lama


Flip the Switch:

A 12-Day Yoga Meditation Mindset Challenge

Monday 3/7 – Friday 3/17

11 am – 12:00 pm EST/8 am – 9 am PST

Calling all souls and anyone feeling the pull of scattered energy. Ready for a shift?

Commit to moving from:

  • Resistance to Receptivity
  • Grief to Gratitude
  • Strength & Restriction to Surrender & Expansion

As energetic beings, many of us are feeling a combination of things during this demanding time of change and evolution. For example – you might experience a sense that time is speeding up – which could trigger a sense that you are not moving fast enough or can’t keep up. You might experience feelings of depression or anxiety that may or may not have a clear source from within yourself. You might also be experiencing a sense of fear and hopelessness with the many tragic incidents that are happening all around us.

One of the principles in yoga is looking at our body, mind, and emotions as a single container for energy. Through the discipline of yoga, we have the ability to become masterful at directing that energy to our core, physically and mentally, for health and well-being. Through the practice, we can learn about any “leaks” in our container and how to seal off those leaks. This develops an inner strength to teach us how to respond to life experiences in a healthier way.

What can we do to take care of ourselves during this time? How de we respond?

I believe that the answer lies in committing more of ourselves to each of our own respective inner journeys. This kind of commitment may seem to some “selfish” or “not enough.” This is old “programming” or “samskaras” as we say in yoga. It’s can be a mindset that prevents us from doing the inner work. Moving forward, all signs point to the refinement of this “inner journey” for each of us as a way to heal not just ourselves, but the collective.

When we do our “inner work,” we connect to the flow of life. We can then see our place in it with more clarity.

“Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built up against it.” – Rumi

 Think of this 12-day program as a way to commit to a new daily rhythm in order to bring you closer to a true shift in mindset, creativity and inspiration. Accountability is built in when we do it together!

Program Description

This is a 12-day program, one hour each day.

Setting Intention: I will ask each of you to begin these 12 days with an awareness or reflection of one or more beliefs that you feel are holding you back at this time.


Each class will include:

  • Assessment of what is true in the moment
  • 30 minutes of yoga
  • 10 minutes of meditation
  • 10 minutes journaling
  • 5 minutes Q&A

Optional:   During this 12-day period I encourage you to eliminate caffeine, sugar and alcohol from your diet.

And remember, outside practice may look the same but your internal practice (view) shifts moment to moment.

Class size limited to 12.

Cost:   $250




Spring Equinox Extended Practice & Meditation

Saturday, March 18

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 In his classical text “Yoga Sutra,” the sage Patanjali reminds his students that our body is the essential vehicle of our soul on its journey towards perfection. He suggests that all yoga practitioners engage in the practice of “Saucha.” Saucha is purification on all levels. It includes the physical cleanliness of bathing your body, maintaining an orderly home, eating healthy food and drinking clean water. It involves mental clarity and speech that refrains from emotionally-charged obsessions and addictions. Saucha is a pre-condition for enjoying inner peace.

Through this practice, we become better at letting go of the mental clutter that arises from attachments to past experiences, demands of the body and anticipation of future events.

Join us for a evening of saucha practice, including meditation, the ritual of energetic cleansing, asana (postures). We’ll begin with a ritual and meditation, followed by yoga- including cleansing twists, different forms of pranayama (breathing) and simple kriyas (cleansing practices) to “burn” away the excesses in our lives. After our closing meditation, we will take time to be silent. There will be time set aside to journal or sit, as you prefer. All levels welcome.

Bring a yoga mat and a journal or notebook.

All levels are welcome. Class size is limited to 12.

COST: $45

Register Here!



Yoga Ropes 101


Saturdays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Spring: March 11; April 1; May 6

Explore a new way to deepen your yoga practice working with wall ropes. This 2 hour workshop will cover the basic 4 ways to work with the ropes to enhance alignment and core activation in standing poses, backbends, forward bends and inversions. The ropes are a great tool for raising awareness of muscular imbalances as well as fascial release for overworked areas.

Class size is limited to 6.

Pre-registration is required.

 Cost: $40 per class date

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“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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