Known for his joyful energy, skilled touch and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete’s ability to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice makes his classes amongst the most dynamic in the bay area. For newcomers and advanced practitioners yearning for a new adventure and challenge, let Pete be your guide!
Pete's Styles of Yoga
Pete’s teaching style is best described as a Forrest Yoga Inspired Vinyasa Flow. If you’re new to yoga and not quite sure what that means, the best way to explain his classes is they are designed to help you journey toward connecting your mind, body and spirit through breath work and awareness. Powerful sequences are designed to create a fluid practice of meditative movement, while also cultivating an awareness of alignment. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, but no matter what, we always work on building strength and flexibility. And we always sweat! Pete believes that vigorous asanas (poses) are a pathway to helping us overcome our self-imposed limitations; through a challenging yoga practice, we can see our potential to overcome any difficulty.
Life is always in a dynamic state of change; the challenge is to overcome our obstacles and learn that, with patience (and a sense of humor), we can move through anything. Rather than reacting to our environment, we can choose to connect with the breath and move from a mode of reacting to a mode of patient understanding - not only with our minds, but with our bodies and our hearts.
Light up your spirit by stepping away from fluorescent lights and fog and into a warm candlelit studio. The first 20-30 minutes of class are spent gently waking up the body before moving into a vigorous, deep flow asana, integrating breath work and awareness. With only candles, soft light, and no mirrors, you will be naturally encouraged to take your yogic journey inward, connecting the mind, body and spirit, using Buddhist mindfulness meditation to guide you into creating a more meditative yogic practice.
Happy Hour Yoga
What better way to unwind from your week and avoid a Saturday Night Fever than with detoxifying twists and playful arm balances? This will be a fun-filled hour and a half of Vinyasa flow that will energize your mind, body and spirit to uplifting music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. No commercial breaks, but you are allowed to take a child’s pose or two if you need it (or, instead, a Kid ‘n Play). Skip the mind altering substances and get high on your own breath, sweat and tears!
With an emphasis on deep, conscious breathing, this challenging style of Hatha yoga helps you to build strength, core power and inner awareness. Designed to heal the ails of modern living (frazzled mind, tense neck and shoulders, weak abs, low back and hips), this class uses heat and vigorous sequences of postures to sweat out toxins and improve digestive. The long holds in the pose progressions help you flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell in your body, leaving you feeling refreshed, renewed and inspired.
This class focuses on breath-synchronized movement to help you flow dynamically through postures as you quiet the mind and energize your spirit. Flow through sun salutations with mindfulness as you work your way toward deeper hip and heart openers, twists and inversions with playfulness, compassion, and upbeat music. This is an ideal class for those who like to sweat and move more quickly than a traditional hatha class, but not as quickly as a power class, allowing more time to feel the alignment of poses in the body. Open to all levels.
Buzz about Pete
"Come for the Yoga, stay for the smile. (Yelp 6 stars)" -- Ben W
"Peter is a very gifted yoga teacher. He knows how to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. He knows when to be funny, when to give a student space, when help is needed, when to move into a new direction. His classes are vigorous, challenging, playful, meditative, and relaxing all at the same time. I feel energized after one of Peter's classes. Peter calls us to be fully present for each breath in each pose, and how can that not ooze into the rest of our lives off the mat?" -- Sequoiah W
"Honestly, after two classes with Pete I couldn't think of going to anyone else. Best teachers I've ever found. Thank you." -- Lauren O
"Pete is the real deal. He's down to earth, and also an incredible healer and spiritual teacher. I have had some of my best practices and my most profound breakthroughs in his class. It's more than just a fantastic workout (although it IS just that).” - VL
"Pete has the physical know-how to pull you in and keep you safe, the emotional delicacy to help you connect and the spiritual intellect to guide you further. Add a little (ok, a lot) of humor to keep in real, and well, it's an intergalactic party of epic proportion. To the yogi's who've been around the block, take one class and you'll understand. To the newbie's who are nervous and don't know where to start, Pete is *exactly* the person to show you just how amazing this practice can be... no matter who you are or what you want out of it.” – BB
“In Pete's classes, I've learned to understand particular poses better as well as found the courage to try ones that scare me. I've grown as a yogi, and maybe best or most important of all in our difficult, stressful world, I've had so much fun! I'm very grateful to him for that.” – Antonia M.
“Pete is a really compassionate and skillful yoga teacher, he infuses his classes with both humility and humor, making for a nice cocktail, vibewise not to mention the kick-your-ass sweaty workout.” – Proscriba D
“The experience of Pete’s class is much like watching a good foreign film…there’s no force-fed (ahem…bullsh!t) Hollywood ending! His approach is authentic and practical, allowing those who are new to yoga to find their own truth in the practice – whether that is simply a physical challenge or a mental and/or spiritual one as well.” – Melissa B.
“His adjustments are amazing. His enthusiasm and passion are contagious. And, all the while, he reminds us of the preciousness and opportunity in each moment of our lives on and off the mat.” - Sequoiah W
"I love Pete's classes. They are challenging, grounding, invigorating and fun all at the same time. Pete has such a sense of joy about him. You can almost hear him thinking, "Really?! I get to teach yoga today? Awesome." every time he walks into class. I always laugh out loud at least once during his classes and always, always leave feeling lighter and happier than I did when I walked in" --. Lisa S
"When I began my yoga practice in earnest only a year ago, I tried out a bunch of teachers. When I found Pete's class, he became the first teacher I wanted to keep coming back to. I usually take Pete's class three times a week and I love it. I find Pete's often intense Forrest Yoga style a nice balance to the other classes I go to the rest of the days of the week. Pete is a really compassionate and skillful yoga teacher, he infuses his classes with both humility and humor, making for a nice cocktail, vibewise not to mention the kick-your-ass sweaty workout." -- Proscriba D
"Pete Guinosso is the most amazing yoga teacher I have ever had. He is not just an amazing teacher he seems to know just how your feeling. He is an energy worker. Every class with Pete is an emotional, physical and spiritual journey deep into the self! and somehow always make us laugh. I honestly cant say enough about Pete I just have never been around a more wonderful and dedicated teacher. He truly cares for each and every one of his students.?When I think about what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving it is that I get to practice yoga with Pete every week!" -- Diana P
"Relatively speaking I am new to Yoga. As a newbie I really like Pete's classes alot - he does a great job of communicating the poses, what they are, what they mean and how to do them." -- Brian H
"Pete Guinosso- He is incredibly kind and funny too. I almost always get my butt kicked in his class and feel sore the next day (but in a good way, like I am getting stronger). His friday afternoon 4:30 class, the "happy hour" class is so awesome. Pete plays fun music and I often feel like I am back in kindergarten because it's so fun!" -- Mistress E
"Pete's class has been so good for me, physically and spiritually. He's got a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself or the practice of yoga too seriously. I always leave dripping with sweat and glowing with happiness." -- Amanda B
"Pete is an amazing teacher and inspiration to me. Even in large classes, he has a wonderful knack for making individual contact with each and every student that makes me feel so welcome and at home in his classes. Pete has studied with my teacher, Ana Forrest, and has assisted her at major workshops and teacher trainings (and helped give me the encouragement to do a Forrest Yoga training myself). You can see the Forrest-influence in Pete's creative vinyasa classes. Pete blends a wonderful mix of strength and compassion in his classes. You'll work up a sweat but his great sense of humor and helpful adjustments will have you feeling supported and guided in the process. A big treat has been spending two different Thanksgiving mornings in Pete's Thanksgiving practices. With some gratitude-themed music and deep sequences to open the heart, both of these memorable classes got me joyful and centered and ready to meet the holiday madness with a little more serenity.Pete teaches a number of classes in both the east bay and SF which gives you lots of chances to get to benefit from his great teaching no matter what side of the bay you frequent." -- Megan K
"I have been blessed to find yoga (or did yoga find me?) and more specifically, I have been blessed to find Pete. Yoga is a journey inward first, then outward into all the universe has to offer. And the first step is finding a teacher you connect with to help guide you on that path. Pete is this person. The physical is challenging, no doubt... but because of that, you will find yourself on an equally challenging and rewarding path of joy, discovery, healing and happiness. Pete has the physical know-how to pull you in and keep you safe, the emotional delicacy to help you connect and the spiritual intellect to guide you further. Add a little (ok, a lot) of humor to keep in real, and well, it's an intergalactic party of epic proportion. To the yogi's who've been around the block, take one class and you'll understand. To the newbie's who are nervous and don't know where to start, Pete is *exactly* the person to show you just how amazing this practice can be... no matter who you are or what you want out of it. I just can't say enough good things, but you're just gonna have to find out for yourself. Today is the first day of the rest of your life... now go on... make it count." -- B B
"I spent the entire hour doing yoga composing my Yelp review about Peter. Just kidding, that would have been wrong. Not wrong but not mindful.??In any case I loved Peter, who I encountered randomly at a class. He has a great sense of humor and had a nice "intro" routine that made me really enjoy the yoga. I would definitely seek him out but hopefully the universe will bring him close to me again." -- Susie W
"Pete Guinosso is an amazing teacher. Even with the abundance of excellent yoga instructors we're blessed to have in San Francisco, he stands out. Every class he teaches is different, so boredom is never an issue. He responds to students' requests and concerns, then lays out his general plan, yet any given class also develops organically as it goes. He will always challenge you, support you in what you want to achieve or work toward, and -- perhaps best of all -- make you laugh. While taking the spiritual work of yoga seriously, Pete brings a lightness to the effort. His compassion for his students is so apparent --- it never feels fake or forced. In addition to the sweet tone he sets in class, he uses music deftly -- both to uplift (sometimes even to make you dance or sing!) and to bring you inside yourself, to face what's there. He often ends classes with inspiring quotes that are never trite or tired. In Pete's classes, I've learned to understand particular poses better as well as found the courage to try ones that scare me. I've grown as a yogi, and maybe best or most important of all in our difficult, stressful world, I've had so much fun! I'm very grateful to him for that." -- Antonia M
"Pete is the instructor who taught me to love yoga. I had tried it before and found the whole experience too off in the clouds for me. Then a friend dragged me to Pete's class and I was hooked. He is an excellent teacher, patient, kind, funny, and he somehow manages to make sure everyone gets the personal attention s/he needs. Even better, he works hard to make the experience enjoyable for all his students, starting with the warm welcome all the way through to the end.If you are looking for an awesome yoga experience, take a class from Pete." -- Shana M
"Pete is a doll. I have yet to find someone with as big a heart as this man. Whether on the mat or off, Pete challenges you to dig deep and find your truest self, all the while offering deep compassion. He's all aces as far as I'm concerned, and his teaching has truly transformed my life for the better. Do yourself a favor and take a class, sign up for a workshop, or go on a retreat with him. If I had the money to hire him for private sessions every day you'd better believe I would! :)" -- TresLeches X
"Not only does Pete show compassion and love to all of his students, he teaches in gentle yet energetic way allowing you to delve deeper into your practice, releasing and activating whenever and wherever it is needed. His lighthearted, calming aura fill the room and make you feel so welcome and comfortable! Not only does Pete show compassion and love to all of his students, he teaches in gentle yet energetic way allowing you to delve deeper into your practice, releasing and activating whenever and wherever it is needed. His lighthearted, calming aura fill the room and make you feel so welcome and comfortable!" -- Caley Alyssa Y
"When looking for a yoga class I admit to being picky. I want it all; a physical and emotional workout, with a knowledgeable and supportive teacher. Lucky for me Pete is that type of teacher. His classes are joyous! Yes I said Joyous, even while in the middle of holding a difficult pose I am smiling. That type of energy allows me to laugh at myself, let go my ego and dive deeper in to my practice. I consistently leave a class with Pete full of light!" -- Jess H
"Pete has been a friend & mentor to me for many years now. His classes are down to earth, no-scene, and just good yoga. He teaches from the heart & keeps it real - love it!" -- Ali L
"Peter is my favorite yoga teacher. I met him about seven months ago in a workshop and I haven't stop going to his classes ever since. His classes are fun and physically challenging. He follows a very thoughtful sequence of poses, including inversions and balancing poses (which I love), that will satisfy any student level. He will constantly remind you of the healing properties of the breath, which has made my practice more present and compassionate. On a more personal level, I have become more aware of my body and because of the style of yoga that he teaches I've learn to breathe and release my emotions with zero judgments attached to them, which for me is a very liberating experience.He ends his classes with a inspiring quote that makes you reflect upon your own life experiences and reminds you that each moment (on and off the matt) is unique and worth living. Bring a bottle with water and a towel... you'll need it!" -- Maria Fe L
"Peter Guinosso is a natural yoga teacher. I have studied with many teachers off and on over the last 20 years and Peter is at the top of my list.??His radiant smile greets all who walk into the studio, making me feel welcome no matter what my mood. His classes are a perfect mix of soulful contemplation, laughter, and for me, a safe space where emotions can be felt, breathed, and let go.??His adjustments are amazing. His enthusiasm and passion are contagious. And, all the while, he reminds us of the preciousness and opportunity in each moment of our lives on and off the matt. Due to my yoga practice with Peter, I have NEVER felt so in tune with my body. At 40, that says a lot. I wish he taught more classes in the East Bay, as I hungrily await the next class." -- Sequoiah W
"This guy is the best! I used to feel somewhat uncomfortable in yoga classes, as i am still a beginner, and as a result, I didn't go to a class for many years...luckily, I recently discovered Pete's class at Yoga Tree. Not only is he funny, cute, warm and well educated, but he also makes you feel like you are the best yogi in the room - not saying that I'm not - no matter what your level. Thanks Pete, you have made me excited about yoga again, yea!" -- Richard O
"Pete was one of the first yoga teachers I discovered when starting my yoga practice earlier this year, and not only did he quickly go to to the top of my shortlist of favorite teachers but it is no exaggeration to say that yoga is changing my life largely because of Pete's instruction, encouragement and beautiful outlook on life. The physically challenging, spiritually life-affirming style of his classes makes it well worth seeking him out at any of the various yoga studios lucky enough to have him on their staff. Pete is an unusually caring person and this is obvious in the way he relates to all his students, be they absolute beginners or advanced practitioners. I wish I could give him ten stars!" -- Laura G
“Loving vibes, big smiles, music, poetry and a killer physical and mental workout await you!” – Autumn M
"Pete is AWESOME! If you really want to be challenged in a loving/true way, his Flow/Forrest Yoga classes at Aha Yoga are not to be missed. Pete's spark, sense of humor, and gratitude make me a fan. His Ab sequence is killer! I love his quotes at the end of class too. Check it out but don't say I didn't warn you when ya get hooked. Namaste" -- Carolina A
"Pete is the total package. Complete support and compassion combined with an indepth knowlege of alignment and a damn challenging class!!! He has the magic that makes you go deeper in both your postures and yourself. Humour, realism and joy are what he brings to the table. I take his classes at Aha on Union street mostly but I'd probably follow him anywhere in the world." -- Erika C
"Pete's class at Aha Yoga is delicious, sweaty, challenging, blissful and uplifting. Loving vibes, big smiles, music, poetry and a killer physical and mental workout await you!" -- Autumn M
"Pete is FABULOUS! I love taking his classes. They are always so heartfelt and such a good workout. He's got great hands if you like assists, and he ends every class with some inspiring poetry. Thanks for being you Pete! Stephanie W
"Peter Guinosso is one of the most caring people I've ever met and he has a real gift for expressing this in his teaching. Whatever level you're at in your practice, Pete will offer encouragement, challenge, and even a little cheeky humor when it's appropriate. His classes leave me relaxed and energized (even after the killer abs workouts he puts us all through...we know you do it with love Pete!), and I only wish I could take his class every day of the week." -- Laura G
"Somewhere within movement lies an ultimate stillness where our true essence rests. When we can arrive within the heart space of true presence, we find yoga. Pete teaches yoga as an honest and genuine offering to his students, empowering breath and movement as a modality to access and feel the intricacies of the body. Pete always offers his sincere compassion, creating a safe and supportive environment in which to explore this space, enabling his students the freedom to both laugh hysterically with the rise of an abounding joy and to cry the release of everyday stress as well as cope with life altering traumas. In practicing yoga with Pete, every breath becomes healing, and every intention grants clarity. Studying with Pete has inspired and transformed my teaching and personal practice of yoga both on and off the mat. It is truly from such a place that we can unfold our individual design into a greater calling in life. Thank you Pete!" -Jacqueline M
I had a very active childhood. I grew up with three brothers, including my fraternal twin, all within three years of age of each other. We played together in the woods, fished, and rode bikes. When I wasn't outside adventuring, I found myself exploring all kinds of sports - football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, cross-country running, and swimming.
In my 20's, I was running, mountain biking, road bike riding, and snowboarding. I completed several half marathons, one full marathon, and road countless over 100 mile bike rides. As I moved into my early 30's, all that life of action began to take a toll on my body. I had been hearing about how great yoga was for building strength and flexibility and decided to check it out to help relieve my body of it's tightness and try to remedy some "tweaky" joints and muscles. Within six months to a year of a consistent yoga practice I started to realize the "deeper" benefits of what a moving meditative practice can bring, and I was hooked.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I am reminded of a quote (this is something you will hear me say quite a bit if you hang out with me for longer than 5 minutes) by Maya Angelou,
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
This quote has always been an inspiration to me. When I graduated from the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training, I was unsure if I wanted to teach. However, when I embarked on my journey to share my passion for yoga with students, I began to realize that I have an amazing opportunity to help people feel better about themselves, move through the negative emotional energy stored in their bodies, and help them connect into their authentic selves. This is my main inspiration for teaching.
What moves you to continue learning and growing as a teacher?
Helping my students move deeper into their yoga practice motivates me to continue learning and growing as a teacher. I recently traveled to Boston to assist my teacher, Ana Forrest, with her Forrest Yoga Teacher Training. I learned a lot about creating a safe space for the yoga students as well as what adjustments work well with the poses. Since then I have become more interested in helping my students move energy, especially by clearing negative energy from their bodies. I am also in the process of doing an Acupressure Massage training which I hope will provide me with more tools to help the students.
How would you describe your classes?
The class I teach is a Forrest Yoga Inspired Vinyasa Class. The sequenced poses are a journey towards connecting the body, mind, and spirit by practicing a vigorous asana while integrating breath work and awareness. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, and we will always sweat on the mat.