738 Chestnut Street   
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
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Body & Soul

Body & Soul Yoga Studio is located in a quiet corner of Santa Cruz, tucked down the charming alley known as Squid Row. In one of the oldest buildings in Santa Cruz, the studio’s abundant natural light and bamboo floor sets a beautiful serene atmosphere for taking classes that nurture your body and being.

The studio offers an array of yoga, martial arts, & improvisation classes taught by committed and well-trained teachers.



What's New at Body & Soul

Kathy Welch will teach Sheng Zhen Sunday afternoons, 12:30-1:45pm, starting May 5; and Tuesdays 11:30am-12:45pm, starting May 7.


Class Schedule--Updates

(Holidays and vacations will be cause for occasional schedule changes. To keep you in the loop, the current and/or upcoming schedule changes are listed below.)

Susan Merritt will be away and not teaching classes September 5 - 17. She will resume regular classes September 18.



Clicking on the underlined names and terms will link you to a website or download...


(go to the Class Descriptions page for more details)

Kathy Welch will teach Sheng Zhen on Sunday afternoons, 12:30-1:45pm, starting May 5; and Tuesdays 11:30am-12:45pm, starting May 7. Reach Kathy at kathy-welch@shengzhensantacruz.com, or 831-818-9691.

Jeff Reid teaches Introduction to Taijiquan on Turesday evenings 7:15-8:45pm. Contact Jeff at 401-829-7881. Learn more at his website.

Zoë Latzer is teaching All Levels Vinyasa Flow on Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:30pm. Contact Zoe at zlatzer@ucsc.edu.

Nick Loffree is teaching Tai Chi & Qigong Flow Monday mormings 8:30-9:30am. Contact Nick at nick@nickloffree.com. Learn more at his website.

Denise Wendler teaches Iyengar yoga Thursday mornings 8:30-9:45am. Contact Denise at yogablossom@yahoo.com or 408-506-0996.

Cecily Cahill teaches Meditation for Everyday Dharma Community on 1st and 3rd Sundays 8:45-10:45am. Contact Cecily at ceccahill@gmail.com or 831-336-8368 (h) or 831-325-9966 (m).

Neville Loberg teaches Tang Soo Do karate on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:00 pm. Contact Neville at 831-252-2628. Click here for his website.

Merek Dorf teaches Traditional Japanese Sword Study on Thursday nights, 7:15-9:15pm. He also teaches on Tuesday mornings, 9:15-11:15am. Contact Merek at 831-421-2983. Click here for his flyer.

Recovery Dharma is held Mondays evenings 7:15-8:15pm, Friday evenings 7:00-8:00pm, and Sundays mornings 11:00am-noon. The facilitator rotates every 6 months. Contact Kara at 207-3626.

• Join Lyn Ackley for Classical Yoga on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Second Sunday Satsang from 8:30-10:00am. Click here to visit her website for schedule changes, workshops and more. Contact her at 831-332-5507.

Steven Macramalla, Ph.D. teaches Chien-Lung, a Chinese Martial Art on Friday afternoons, 4:30 to 5:30pm. Call him at 831-234-8451 for more info. Learn more at the website. Click here for his flyer.

David Gilbert teaches White Crane Silat, on Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:30pm. White Crane Silat is a Chinese / Indonesian martial art & Healing Arts System. Contact David Gilbert at 831-458-1628 or quadrant34sc@hotmail.com. For more information visit the website.

Susan Merritt, the founder and director of Body & Soul, teaches Iyengar Yoga on Monday night, Wednesday mornings, Thursday nights, and Saturday mornings. Contact Susan at 831-459-8613 or SusanMerrittYoga@gmail.com. Learn more at the website.

Susan Merritt also teaches Gentle Yoga for people who want a slow, careful, and fun approach to strengthening & stretching. Classes are Tuesdays 1:00-2:15 pm and Fridays 9:30-10:45am at Body & Soul. Click here for the flyer.

Karen Zelin teaches Iyengar-based Yoga on Mondays 11:30am-12:45pm and Wednesdays 11:30am-12:45pm. Visit her website. Contact her at 831-234-1408 or karen@karenzelin.com .

Susan Moore-Orrett teaches Yoga for Women over 65 on Monday afternoons. Contact Susan at 831-338-3794.



Lyn Ackley 332-5507 Steven Macramalla 234-8451
Cecily Cahill 325-9966
Merek Dorf 421-2983
Susan Moore-Orrett
458-1628 Jeff Reid 401-829-7881
Kara Haney 207-3626 Kathy Welch 818-9691
Neville Loberg 252-2628 Denise Wendler 408-506-0996
Nick Loffree 889-8068 234-1408

Check with each teacher about current fees.

For Susan Merritt's classes, the drop-in single-class fee is $15; deals on Susan's multiple classes are $48 for 4-pack, $88 for 8-pack, and $160 for 16-pack.

How to join
Just show up at the class you want to attend, unless pre-registration is required. All fees are paid directly to the teacher.
When coming to class...
You may wear shorts and a shirt, or a leotard (or t-shirt) and tights that do not cover your feet. We advise that you dress in layers to remain comfortable as you warm up and cool down. Please don't eat for 1 & 1/2 hours before class. If you have any physical problems or injuries, be sure to inform the teacher before the class begins.
Available to Rent
The Studio is available to rent for meetings, gatherings and other compatible activities, schedule permitting. Talk to Susan at 459-8613.
Time Slots Available for Teachers

Take a look at the schedule, and suggest available times you would like... Please call Susan at 459-8613.


email: SusanMerrittYoga@gmail.com, Director