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.


All Classes Live Streaming via ZOOM 


NEW!  10 Day Guided Fall Cleanse 10/21 – 11/1 – See Details under Courses




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

Thursday Thoughts, 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm.   Meeting ID: 849 3679 8951

and Mantra Mondays, 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.   Meeting ID: 852 4654 2231


Call or email 415-713-7961


Until further notice, all classes will be offered 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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Flow with Your Dreams:

“Uncover your Individual capacity for creative expression”  

A ten month intensive, What do you want to create? Let’s make it happen! 

Course Offering & Retreats


Balakrama Prelude – Stepping Into Strength

(Offered Online via Zoom)

Saturdays 8:00 am – 9:30 am

6 Class Series   9/12 – 10/24 (No Class on 9/19)

Traditionally 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.

Cost: $135
(No Drop-In without permission of instructor)

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Shadow Yoga Basics (Offered Online via Zoom)

Two Options:  

Tuesdays 6 am – 7:30 am

6 Classes   9/15 – 10/20

Fridays  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

6 Classes  9/25 – 10/30

This course introduces the basic 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) is also introduced to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

This course is a prerequisite for the prelude courses.

Class size limited to 6.

Cost:  $135

Drop In:  $28

Sign Up For Tuesdays! Sign Up For Fridays!


10 – Day Guided Fall Cleanse – 10/23 – 11/1

 –with Preplanning Introduction/Overview on Wed 10/21

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.

What’s included:

  • 4 Zoom meetings- one hour each, including
    • Introduction/overview (2 days prior to preparation)
    • Check-ins at the 2 transitional points
    • Final Review and Reflection
  • 3 Days Preparation/4 Days Cleansing/ 3 Days Reintroduction
  • Grocery List, Recipes
  • Supplement Guide (optional)
  • Suggested Daily Routine
  • Guided prerecorded 15 minute meditation
  • Guided prerecorded 3 minute yoga practice
  • Journal prompts delivered daily via email/text


  • Understanding of your ayurvedic constitution and supportive general health suggestions
  • Enhanced Immunity
  • Clearing of toxins, excess accumulations
  • Balanced Healthier digestion
  • Body/Mind Reset – More clarity


  • 10/21 6:30 – 7:30 pm Zoom – Introduction/Overview
  • 10/23– 10/25 – Preparation
  • 10/25 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Zoom – Check in & Cleanse Review
  • 10/26 – 10/29 – Cleanse
  • 10/29 6:30 – 7:30 pm Zoom – Check in & Reintroduction Review
  • 10/30 – 11/1 – Reintroduction
  • 11/1 4:30 – 5:30 pm Zoom – Reflections and Learnings

Cost: $95   : groceries and supplements not included

Deadline to sign up:  Monday 10/19

Register Here!


Shadow Yoga Basics II- 6 Tuesdays -(Offered Online via Zoom)

begins Tuesday, 11/3 – 12/8    6 Class Series

6:00 am – 7:30 am

For students who have completed level I or by permission of instructor.

This course introduces and refines the basic 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) is also introduced to train breath control, promote blood/lymph circulation, build inner heat and tonify the organs and brain.

Students are introduced to refinements of Nyasa(placement); transitions, utilizing bandha and rhythm; and integration/congruency of movement and felt sense.  This course will enhance the experience of the beginning prelude, Balakrama.

Class size limited to 6.

Cost:  $135

Drop In:  $28

Sign Up For Level II


The Balanced Pelvis

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

(Offered Online via Zoom)

begins Saturday 11/7 – 11/28    4 Class Series

8:00 am – 9:30 am

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
  • Breathwork
  • Functional Movement Exercises
  • Lessons from Bandha and Kegels
  • Subtle Body/Emotional Body Connection
  • Basic Anatomy

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

Cost: $100

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Winter Solstice Yoga and Meditation Celebration

Saturday, December 19, 2020 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Online Via Zoom

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. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). At the solstice, the Sun stands still in declination, that is, its movement north or south is minimal. This is the time of greatest darkness when we seek within ourselves to comprehend our true nature.

We’ll begin with a gathering of our circle, yoga practice & meditation. Together we will turn inward, and let go of what is no longer serving us in our lives. Following our opening yoga practice, we will take time to be silent and open to what we want to manifest in the coming year. There will be time set aside to journal or sit, as you prefer. We will close with a short restorative yoga practice and final meditation, sealing in our intentions for the new year.

Bring a yoga mat and a journal or notebook.

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

COST $45


TO REGISTER via Glofox link here:Sign Up!  

Venmo accepted at Teresa Owen@innersmileyoga


“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  

Watch the Webinar




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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