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Grace in Action

“Grace wakes us up when we are asleep, brings light to where there is darkness and removes obstacles from our path”.  -Krishna Das

My focus in all my classes is to restore through the yogic practice an open-hearted attitude that we are infinitely supported.  The outer world is an echo of our inner life.  Inner changes bring outer changes. Be the change you want to see in this world.  This is grace in action.

Each class is  designed to meet your inner teacher. This means I hold the space for you to experience your true essence. Whether I am teaching Yin or Kundalini Yoga, I am challenging you to go to your "edge of resistance" and explore the sensations.  This too is "grace in action".

My classes are a combination of physical (asanas), breath (pranayama), mindfulness and connection of spirit. 

                                      - Cherie Carson






I am on sabbatical from the ongoing classes starting Sept 1, 2015.

Please check back in for future classes. I will be offering workshops during this time of reflection...Svadhyaya.  The classes below will still be taught at Namaste by other teachers.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a meditative gentle yoga designed to open the body, increase flexibility and explore deeper aspects of the poses. Yin Yoga specifically focuses on the flexibility of the joints and connective tissue. The postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form the joints. The perfect balance to an energetic practice or stressful lifestyle.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, works with the life force and its movements. The practice draws on Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques, physical locks, hand gestures, sets of movements, chanting, meditation and visualization. Kundalini Yoga, an ancient tradition of the Science of Reality employs the use of breath, movement, meditation and sacred sound to transport the practitioner into a direct experience of their sacred selves. Learn from an experienced teacher!


2820 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA
Phone: 510.665.4300

Student quotes...

" Cherie's Yin Yoga is one of my favorite yoga classes. In this class you not only do yoga postures, but you learn about Chinese meridians and the 5 elements. Cherie leads the class in such a way that I always feel more open in my body and mind, and more accepting and loving towards myself. Thanks for all the great classes!"  Namaste-Karen

"I have been attending Cherie's Yin Yoga class for almost two years now, and it is now a lifelong commitment for me. Cherie makes Yoga accessible and meaningful for all students, and is mindful of limitations and issues to eliminate discomfort or injury. My greatest joy is how Cherie complements the training with spiritual insights that are profound. It is no wonder her classes are always over flowing. I have been to other classes and other instructors, but Cherie is the best by far."  Joseph Lutz

More on YELP....

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Gong MediTations

Gong MediTations

What to expect in a Gong Meditation?

At first you hear soft gong sounds and as you listen carefully, you become aware of the many tones within one sound. As the sounds change they wash over and around you creating waves of sound. Many people experience something noticeable during a meditative Gong session. Whatever your experience, it will be the perfect experience unique to you!

Said to have a healing effect on the autonomic nervous system, the Gong is the perfect antidote to stress.  It also helps you move through held emotions that block your personal growth. Designed to clear long held emotions and self-limiting patterns of thought.  Yoga and breath work are done in preparation.

I offer gong meditations on the Tuesdays closest to the full moon in both classes.  Yin Yoga gong meditation is softer, more sweeping or watery.  Kundalini Yoga classes focus on the healing energy around a full moon and also incorporate healing meditations, ending with a longer gong meditation.


Bay Area Workshops

Bay Area Workshops


2018 Feng Shui for your Home by Roy Anthony Shabla

Saturday, FEB 24, 2018

3-6 pm


Workshop will take place in home of Cherie Carson, Oakland, CA.  More details once registered.

The Year of the Earth Dog 2018 (Begins Feb 17) is a good time for lifestyle changes and for the start of new business ventures.

"it will be a good year but things will be slow to develop.  this year may end with a wakeup call, however..." Roy Shabla

The annual, Astrological Feng Shui Workshop will customize for your individual home the remedies to enhance good luck and diminish bad luck for this Chinese year.  Learn how to amplify money-luck and neutralize disaster-luck.  Enhance romance-luck and improve health-luck.  You have this control over your destiny.

Roy Anthony Shabla is a spiritual consultant & healer, meditation teacher, and feng shui master. His private practice in the Los Angeles area, his international workshops for practitioners, and his lectures on spiritual healing have changed the lives of thousands of people. 

Goal Setting and Prosperity 2018....TBA

We dream about where we want to go but we don’t have a map to get there. Have you ever wondered how some people are able to set goals and accomplish them? These “Intention Masters” are people who seem to be amazingly good at manifesting their intentions.  Here is your chance to do the same! This workshop takes a look at what prosperity means to you. We will look at the roles of self-worth, empowerment and releasing negativity play in prosperity. 

Studies by Russian molecular biologists have proven that when you speak the right words, in the right way, your DNA rearranges itself for the better. The traits that make you successful - like perseverance and self-confidence - become dramatically amplified. Wealth-destroying habits like fear, procrastination and greed, disappear. When you speak the wrong words, the opposite happens and you’re robbed of the abundant experiences, adventures and successes that is your birthright. Learn the yogic approach to asanas, to meditations, to chanting that open you to your‘Prosperity DNA’.  

This workshop uses Kundalini Yoga meditations and techniques to help you focus, clarify and project your goals. IT WORKS!


Goal Setting & Prosperity Workshop

Feng Shui workshop with Roy Anthony Shabla


Summer Solstice Workshop

Monday, June 20, 2016

7-9 PM

$30 members, $35 regular, Namaste Berkeley location

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in a very poetic way. Workshop includes Yin Yoga practice, solstice stories, Heart centering chants, meditation and breath. Workshop ends with a gong meditation.


Goal Setting & Prosperity Workshop , Berkeley Namaste


Feng Shui with Roay Anthony Shabla




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My Story

My Story

 My Name is Cherie Carson.  My spiritual name is Siri Gian Kaur (princess or lioness of Great Wisdom).  

I took my first yoga class in 1986 as part of my dance training in Houston Texas.  At the time I was a company member with Chrysalis Repertory Dance Company and the Director recommended us all to take a Hatha Yoga class with Robert Boustany.  Little did I know it was the start of a whole new way of life for me.  The next year I moved to Atlanta, GA to work with another dance company, Several Dancers Core, in which Kundalini Yoga was a required class in preparation for an evening length work focusing on 7 planes of consciousness.  Those classes changed my life. 

Today, I am a certified teacher with the Kundalini Research Institute,  and am registered with Yoga Alliance. I have been teaching since 1993.  My Yogic studies include Hatha, Sivananda, Kripalu, Yin and Kundalini Yoga traditions as well as Sat Nam Rasayan Healing.      

I am Artistic Director/choreographer of UpSwing Aerial Dance Company.  My training has included understanding body mechanics through kinesiology, Pilates, Tai Chi, Dance Therapy and Alexander Technique.  In 1998, I created a meditative style of  Water Yoga.  I have taught classes and workshops around the US and Scotland, Costa Rica and Hawaii.

My meditation practices are influenced by the  Kundalini Yoga tradition of Yogi Bhajan, Zen philosophy and creative visualization.  Currently, I teach workshops that take a deeper look into the yogic elements than one can do in an ongoing class.

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Cherie Carson


T: +1 510 587 0770
E: cherie


Photos by

 Elena Ronquillo, Roy Anthony Shabla, Mark Teague and Namaste staff