Over the last decade, New Orleans native Geoffrey Roniger has become well known in the San Francisco Bay Area for his unique approach to yoga that emphasizes sound biomechanical alignment principles, intuitive movement, and eloquent use of metaphor to translate this ancient tradition into our contemporary cultural vernacular. In a yoga world filled with faux spirituality and frenetic pose choreography, his teaching stands out for its characteristic clarity, sincerity, and gourmet quality sequencing.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in European Studies in 1998, Geoffrey moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where he helped renovate a 19th-century church into Europe’s largest yoga studio. Shortly after his return to the United States, he graduated from Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, where he formally apprenticed with Richard Rosen and Rodney Yee.
From 2005 to 2010, Geoffrey was the on-site yoga teacher for Salesforce.com, Amyris Biotechnologies, Beverly Prior Architects, Juice Design, and Urban Revision. Through this experience he created Workplace Wellness, an effective and accessible program that uses modified yoga techniques to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day at a desk. Geoffrey’s private clientele has included several CEOs dealing with high levels of stress, amateur athletes aiming to improve their overall efficiency, and health care professionals searching for a reliable method of self-care.
Geoffrey has served on the teacher training staff at The Yoga Loft in San Francisco since 2006, and he leads regular workshops and retreats. After volunteering for Urban Zen at both V Day and the Special Olympics, which successfully implemented therapeutic yoga techniques for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina and athletes with disabilities, he was appointed to their faculty for the Integrative Therapy Program in New York. Geoffrey has been featured in the Awakened Athletes, Masterclass, and Basics columns for Yoga Journal as well as in the Gaiam video Yoga Now. He recently moved back to his hometown of New Orleans where he lives with his wife, two sons, and two dogs. Geoffrey is the founder of and primary teacher at Freret Street Yoga, which he opened as a community resource for the promotion of the practice that he so passionately loves to participate in and share.