Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Arts & Culture
Published on January 09, 2017
'Love Story Yoga' Opens Today In Valencia's Former Clothes ContactStephanie Snyder, co-owner of Love Story Yoga. (Photo: Stephanie Snyder Yoga/Facebook)

The former Clothes Contact space at 473 Valencia St. (at 16th Street) has a new occupant: Love Story Yoga. Owners Stephanie Snyder and David Acker are unveiling their yoga studio today, January 9th, with the first class being held at 9am.

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Snyder, who has been teaching yoga in San Francisco for more than 20 years, and Acker, who has experience owning and operating gyms and cycling/bootcamp studios, acquired the Clothes Contact space about nine months ago—an experience that Snyder, who was formerly a customer, describes as surreal. (The popular by-the-pound used clothing store shuttered in early 2015, after 29 years in business.)

Love Story offers vinyasa yoga classes, which Snyder explains “is a power flow kind of yoga that is both physically challenging and strategically releasing." The studio offers roughly five classes each day, with special classes for advanced students and as a “Skills and Drills" class that promotes strengthening and the mastery of more advanced poses. 

One notable perk: unlike most local yoga studios, Love Story has men's and women's locker rooms that are fully equipped with showers. 

Individual classes are $22 each, with unlimited monthly yoga for $175. The studio is also offering some opening specials, including three months of unlimited yoga for $500 or a year for $1,795. There's also a 20-class package for $280. 

For more advanced yogis, Snyder and fellow instructor Jason Crandell are offering 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher training courses. The studio will also host regular workshops with visiting instructors. 

“We are ecstatic to be in the Mission,” Snyder said. “We're looking forward to contributing to this neighborhood in a meaningful way.”