About Us

One of SF’s most beloved independent woman-owned yoga studios.

We started on a rooftop in 1998 in NYC, and opened our doors in SF in 2007 as a cosmic playground for yoga, activism, music, art and dance.

Our Story


The idea behind Laughing Lotus was spurred by Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Flynn in New York City in the summer of 1998, and Laughing Lotus studio was officially opened in the city's Greenwich Village in 1999

Then in 2007, Jasmine returned to San Francisco where she grew up, and transformed a plumbing garage in the heart of the colorful Mission district into a spiritual sanctuary to share her passion for yoga, social activism, music, art, dance and transformation.

Today The Lotus serves as an oasis in the urban jungle to get inspired and connect to the powerful teachings of this ancient practice in a welcoming and beautiful space.

Take a deep breath — what you’ve found here is real, powerful and deeply needed in our fast-paced city. Our paths may look different, but no matter what your story is you will find nourishment and community at The Lotus.

"One of SF's most beloved independent woman-owned yoga studios."
Voted Best of the Bay : 48Hills.org
One of Top Yoga Studios : Yelp
5 Best Zen Studios in SF : The Bold Italic

Our Values

Yoga & Social Change

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Yoga’s can be a powerful tool to inspire change both inside and out. Yoga’s timeless teachings and social activism go hand in hand.

Each month a different non-profit is chosen and a portion of the proceeds from our M-F 2:30pm classes, and Saturday’s morning Love Saves the Day Lotus Flow goes directly back into the community where it is needed most.

February 2019 Partnership

American Civil Liberties (ACLU)

This month we have partnered with Non Profit Organization from San Fransisco. Their mission has been to be our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Learn More About ACLU

We celebrate diversity

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We value every body and celebrate diversity. We recognize that oneness doesn't equal sameness.

You don't have to look, move or act a certain way to fit in. Our mantra is move like yourself and we encourage your unique expression.

About Our Founder

Jasmine Tarkeshi

Jasmine is an agent of change in our community, a leader and author of best-selling book on Amazon, “Yoga Body & Mind Handbook: Easy Poses and Guided Meditation for Perfect Peace Wherever You Are.”

Jasmine Tarkeshi is the Co-Founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC and SF and co-creator of Lotus Flow™ Vinyasa Yoga and Teacher Training. She has been a devoted student of the ancient transformative practices of Yoga for 25 years and is a master teacher, teaching for over 20 years.

Jasmine also travels the world training teachers and is recognized as one of the 100 most influential yoga teachers today by Sonima/Yoga Journal.

A wonderful studio with excellent teachers, a variety of class offerings, and a great community.


I've never been more satisfied with a yoga studio/instructors. Everyone is so skilled and welcoming!


I am very grateful for this studio. I have enjoyed all of the classes I've taken so far and a few teachers who push my skills and technique into the next level.


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