About Evlaleah’s Therapeutic Classes

What Students Say:

Pascale/Saturday Spine Clinic

When I joined the Spine Clinic, I was in constant discomfort in my left sacro-iliac region, and one of my lumbar vertebrae was bothering me frequently.  I was out of balance in my body, and in my perception of it.  The spine clinic not only brings me relief from pain, it also gradually "resets my spatial clock" by enabling me to understand the direction I need to follow in order to keep improving, and maintaining the benefits of the class.

Cindy and Rhodas / Saturday Spine Clinic

We LOVED your class!!! Rod and I got so much relief and YES we are feeling soooo much better.  You are gifted and talented!!! We so appreciate all the hard work you went through to obtain so much knowledge through your own personal extensive self healing and transformation and now we feel so blessed that you are able to share that with us and make a difference in our lives.  We so wish you lived closer!!!  We gladly do the hour plus drive to see you because there is NO ONE that remotely comes close to you.

Dr. Claudia W. / Saturday Spine Clinic

After only a short time working with you, I am feeling my tiny muscles turned on, which had forgotten how to function.  I feel the un-spiraling of my spine is happening and when I came out of your class I felt taller and straighter.  Look forward to more work together.  www.naturalhealingways.com

Molly M

I feel better about my back in general and have been more thoughtful about bending backward since last spine clinic so I feel like I'm remembering some things even though I may not be a master at the poses.  I feel calmer now as I feel I am doing something to combat the injury that is concrete whereas before I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing and whether or not I needed to push for an MRI.  I am encouraged.

Dan H. / Yoga for Low Pain Injury

...I would like to let you know that you were a positive influence on me.  Your spine clinic ... was my first Iyengar-based class, and my first class with a real yoga instructor.... I would like you to know, whether you remember me or not, that I think of you every time I practice. You are one of the most inspiring and beautiful people I have met in my life, and I feel grateful to have been in your presence.  

Devi S / Private Consults/Spine Clinics/Public Classes

“Evlaleah is more than a Yoga teacher.  Evlaleah is a healer.  Evlaleah saved my life through her private sessions, the spinal clinic and her public classes.  I'm happy to be a part of this meetup! “

Julie W.  / Therapeutic Yoga Consultation Program for Hip Replacement and Spine Clinics

...I feel energetic, stronger...mind is in a different place...feel differently.  No matter how hard I work now I know there is a reward behind it. More peace around me now..... door is opening in my heart.  Now there is kindness in there.  Finding a bigger person in myself now.  Now my anger is dissipating.  Pain is disappearing.  No longer afraid of pain.  Mind is saying hello to body.  This is what I always wanted in practice.

yelp / Louis T./San Rafael/Parkinson Class

I was very fortunate to find Evlaleah Howard. She is the best qualified yoga teacher and came highly recommended after intense research.  Personally trained by B.K.S. Iyengar in India she is qualified to teach all levels of Yoga.  Evlaleah is dedicated to her students and teaches in a kind way at the same time she insists that the poses are done correctly so maximium benefits are derived.  Her restorative backcare and new Parkinson's clinics sessions are tremendous... Parkinson's student I have seen amazing progress.  Her students are very dedicated to her and you will not find a better yoga teacher.

Doctor Sylvia M. / Private Consultation for Parkinson Class

What you do and how you do it is priceless and I'm am very grateful.  You have the most amazing teaching skills, better than anyone I've ever known.  Thank you.  I  am reading the book you gave me trying to learn what I can and hoping you will be kind enough to explain some things to me.  Again, many thanks for all your knowledge and kindness.


Nick B / neck, shoulder, thoracic, hip and low back injuries

Few things in life are as debilitating as chronic pain.  After a cycling accident, I struggled, and wished my health care would help.  Tired of feeling drugged and helpless, I was recommended to Evlaleah Howard and her Yoga Medica...yoga was not something I had ever done.  Through private spine care I found relief and considerable improvement.  The gentle ... traction of the poses gave therapeutic calm.  Very impressive was Evlaleah's ability to understand the physical anatomy and to analyze what doctors often miss.  Each session offered a consultation and the benefit of new improvements.  The detailed instruction and pictures helped reinforce my practice, even at home.  From there her attention and encouragement made the struggle with spine injury give way to health.  Standing straight on my two feet never felt so good.

non yelp review Kathy /teen scoliosis

Evlaleah is a gifted teacher. Her incredible insight into physiology, anatomy, and physics translates into highly purposeful sessions targeting specific areas as well as the whole spine/body at once. Working with kids takes a specialized personality of patience and optimism.  Evlaleah has both.  My husband and I are very pleased with my son’s progress and look forward to her scoliosis clinics for teens addressing a much needed area for kids.

2011-2012 /teen scoliosis/private consults

Evlaleah has been working with my 13 year old son since April, 2011.  He was diagnosed with Scoliosis in January... in 5 months my son is already holding his body more erect, his posture improved and we are beginning to see signs of his spine “untwisting”.  Evlaleah’s professional demeanor and completely engaged sessions have given my son more confidence in not only addressing his curve now but also what to do for his back as an adult.  Orthopedic doctors have told me that 75% of all people have back problems whether or not they have scoliosis.  Learning to take care of your back at a young age is a gift.

Linda D. / teen scoliosis//private consults

Evlaleah has taught my teenage daughter therapeutic yoga to address her scoliosis. Her knowledge of the human body, it's function and anatomy is impressive.  What I found even more impressive was her awareness of compensations that my daughter made due to her scoliosis and addressed each and every one.  I have not found another practitioner who was as knowledgeable and could address complications due to the scoliosis.  I hope that Evlaleah will be able to offer teenage scoliosis clinics because you will not find a safer environment for a child with medical issues to learn how to address their specific areas of need.

Renee -Petaluma  Posted on Yelp August 2011/back issues

It is with great appreciation that I write about Evlaleah Howard and her compassion, depth of knowledge, wisdom, and healing.  When searching for a Yoga teacher, little did I know I would find an angel to help me with the issues I ace in my joints and muscles.  Her expertise in medical yoga is beyond exception!  It is one thing to learn a pose, it is another to learn how and why each pose is chosen and the benefit to the body.  Her encouragement breeds confidence and success.  I have a total hip replacement and bulged disks in my spine as well as spinal stenosis along with other issues and with Evlaleah's encouragement, understanding and keen sense, I have made wonderful progress.  I encourage anyone who is in pain to meet Evlaleah as I am sure she will help you as she has helped me!  Thanks you Evlaleah for all you do.

Keiko O.

I'd taken various kind of Yoga in Bay area, and I can say Evlaleah is definitely the BEST teacher I've ever had!  She is one of the few senior teachers out there who has been practicing and teaching iyengar yoga for 40 years!  Her way of teaching is so different than any teachers I had in past.  Her expertise in medical yoga helps us to understand how our body works and how we do our poses right to get the maximum effects in each forms.  She customizes forms to each individual based on their flexibilities and physical limitations, but she still pushes you enough to explore something new in your body/mind every time.  It's challenging but so rewarding in the end, which I really like about her teaching.  I've been taking her class for 2 years and I HIGHLY recommend everyone to experience how emotionally and physically healing, nurturing and rewarding her class is.  It will really change your life!

Rod & Cindy / Public Classes and Spine Clinics

Evlaleah is the BEST OF THE BEST.  I have gone to many places to do Yoga and there is no one out there that even begins to compare to Evlaleah.  I am so grateful that I have found her. In fact, I live in Santa Rosa, Ca and drive an hour to her class each week.  Because of her, I no longer struggle with back and shoulder pain and my body is starting to finally feel and look GREAT!!! also work in health care and I am beyond impressed with the medical knowledge - in addition to her 30 plus years experience in Yoga that  Evlaleah has.  Evlaleah practices what she preaches and it shows in her own incredible physique that most 20 year olds would kill to have. Her back/spine classes are incredible.  I kept going on and on about her to my boyfriend and he finally decided to give her a try too.  And now - my boyfriend who had injured his back many years ago is finally starting to feel better when Dr's could not help him.  Thank you Evlaleah - You’re INCREDIBLE!!!

Paul F. 2009-2017+ / Distonia and Low Back Issue / Private Consults in SF

About the benefits I have observed, the two that are very clear are that my posture is greatly improved, and my breathing has improved, to the point where people have commented that my singing voice is noticeably better.  I have also noticed improved flexibility in day-to-day life.  Your continuous encouragement has been a key factor in my progress.  Learning  poses which work to open my chest and create flexibility in the thoracic spine has given me helpful tools I can use at home to counteract the tightness caused by my dystonia.   

Posted on Yelp/Corte Madera, CA -Keith B. / Disc Herniation / Private  Consults

There are numerous gimmicks, commercials, and books that are extremely misleading In world of back problems/solutions.  Heck, I couldn't even trust my own doctor (as well as additional opinions from neurosurgeons, and orthopedic surgeons).  I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and had a herniated disk that was hitting a nerve and causing excruciating pain down my left leg; aka sciatica. Doctors and surgeons assured me that if I didn't have surgery, the nerve damage would persist.  As I was only 28 years old at the time, I was in denial, and rightfully so.  I had heard the horror stories of back surgeries so I sought to find help through yoga. Miraculously, I got in touch with Evlaleah.  She immediately had me on a 1 month program which incorporated private classes as well as public.  To make a long story short, she healed me.  Her experience of Iyengar Yoga, coupled with her expert knowledge of anatomy guided me to a 100% healthy back and great posture.  She has helped many others with various injuries as well. Just go to class and ask the person sitting next to you! I'd also like to mention that I'm a physical person that loves and plays many sports, so my back injury was not only physical, it was also mentally debilitating.  As Evlaleah teaches in a way that is vigorous and professional, she is also witty and anecdotal. She always kept my spirits high.  Evlaleah was wonderful throughout! A true body and mind healer! Thank you Ev!

Marc L./ Posted onYelp / Public Classes

...I took one class with her there right before the Corporate TakeOver (!!!) and followed her - now at the Masonic Hall...

Evlaleah is one of the most intuitive, gentle, KNOWLEDGEABLE souls I have come across in many years (since the old Primal Therapy days in Marin) !  Her classes are extremely reasonable (..... for drop-in, but that would only be once), long (90 minutes, sometimes longer - but it NEVER feels like a long class), and her sense of what each individual can and can't/should and shouldn't do is uncanny.  I have brought/introduced friends to a class and she reads them so fast - it's amazing !  She puts you at ease, and at the same time pushes you beyond the limits you thought you had... without you knowing it ... exactly.  When I started, my knees were very painful in sitting positions (where you put your feet near your butt on the floor).  She taught me how to do a temporary fix on that, and then, damn, 3 months later I could bend BACKWARDS in that position (hadn't been able to do that in 30 years... I'm 56).  And that's just the beginning...VERY cool woman (very high, in so many ways), and I recommend anyone reading this to take 1 or 2 classes just to see what real, healing yoga is all about !  This may sound like a commercial, and it is... an unpaid, unsolicited raving review of this woman and her knowledge.

Julie W / Private Consults / Spine Clinics /

..I feel energetic . stronger...mind is in a different place...feel differently. No matter how hard I work now I know there is a reward behind it. More peace around me now..... door is opening in my heart.  Now there is kindness in there.  Finding a bigger person in myself now.  Now my anger is dissipating.  Pain is disappearing.  No longer afraid of pain.  Mind is saying hello to body.  This is what I always wanted in practice.

Daria S. 1988+ / Public Classes

Love this yoga teacher.  She is simply the best yoga teacher I have ever had and in my opinion the best in the bay area.  If you have any trouble in your body whether flexibility, foundational alignment to spinal issues run to her classes.  I have a 30 year old spinal injury and am recovering bit by bit and am astonished that this is possible.  Evlaleah is attentive and knowledgeable, she is clear in her teaching.  I have been attending Evlaleah's classes for over two years and she has helped me tremendously.  I especially enjoy that the classes are not intimidating.  There are a number of students with different abilities, both men and women and an age range from 20-70.  The other students have been welcoming and supportive, a good group of people to practice with.  If you want to achieve a youthful body this is who to study from as she was trained in India and directly by Iyengar and his family. I am not intending to sound like a commercial just giving you my best recommendation. I hope you will consider this recommendation and  that I will see you in class someday soon. I am truly in awe of your yoga  and my spine and I are so grateful to you and your teaching. 

Robert P Sausalito, CA  

Evlaleah is the best Yoga teacher I've ever encountered. She fixed my back which had bothered me for months. After a few classes, I noticed that my chronic pain was gone. I'm continuing in her class to correct my posture and get the benefits of her knowledge.

Joe B.  Herniated Discs/Sciatica and Thoracic Degeneration

I developed an ache in my right knee and by March the ache turned into pain that radiated from my hip to my foot. My doctor gave me pain pills, and prednisone, one of which helped and wanted to give me an epidural but not an MRI. I refused the epidural and paid for the MRI myself. The MRI showed that I had 2 herniated discs and that all my discs from L1 through the mid thoracic showed signs of degeneration. By this time the pain was so bad, it was controlling my life with nothing to relieve the pain. In May of 06, I was introduced to Evlaleah and had my first meeting in which she told me the pain and the discs could regenerate. I signed up for her intensive for 2 hours a day, five days a week. In as little as one week, I got some relief.  I have been 99% free of pain for 6 months, Evlaleah is extremely knowledgeable in the area of therapeutic yoga and is dedicated to every student.


Maria B / Neck and Low Back / Private ConsultsWhen I first came to work with Evlaleah, I was feeling broken and in half. A broken left ankle and my right shoulder and wrist seized up from years of work at a computer and neglect both had left me feeling almost crippled. An additional diagnosis of Lupus, with its constant and shifting joint pains, crippled my spirit too. But after my intensive with Evlaleah, and my continued practice in her classes and on my own, I regained the freedom to move my right side. More than just the physical strength and flexibility, Evlaleah's gift to me was to show me a new courage to take my yoga practice beyond my wildest dreams of what I was capable. The day I stood on my head, a pose I wouldn't attempt even when I was young and free of pain and ailments, I had a taste of the true meaning of yoga as the "subtle science of the body, mind, and soul" (B.K.S. Iyengar). That day, I also witnessed in full, Evlaleah's dedication to teaching yoga as the "human subject" that it is.

Iyengar Yoga Convention / JoAnn E / Therapeutic Education for Teachers and Intermediate Yoga

We met at the Iyengar conference in Minneapolis.  I attended your spine injury workshop and it was wonderful! ...I wanted to thank you for your time and attention.  The adjustments you gave me on the "horse" and chair in your workshop were quite helpful and I felt great for the rest of that evening.  I've found that strong adjustments, done lovingly without aggression, have long lasting effects on my body.  Your adjustments on me were just that.  They will stay in my body for years to come.  Even as I'm typing this note to you, I'm in a better posture, so that's a start!  Thanks again for your time and energy.  You are an inspiration, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.  Peace and Blessings to you and Guruji -JoAnn E.

Sierra W.

I feel that in each class I take with you I watch you lay bare your tender love for the yoga and your teacher.  This has been deeply inspirational for me, as the corporatizing of yoga whittles away the truth that lays beneath it all.