What is Stillness + Movement?

Stillness + Movement is a virtual yoga studio created and held by Francesca Cervero. We offer sustainable, mindful vinyasa flow classes. 

We weave thoughtful vinyasa flow movement practices with Buddhist teachings because we love the way sustained movement and deep presence complement each other. We combine awareness, breath, and vinyasa with somatic practices and functional strength training to fill the movement gaps left in the way asana is often practiced in the west.  

When did Stillness + Movement open its doors?

Stillness + Movement welcomed it’s first student on March 25, 2020.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Great question!  You can read our teaching philosophy right here

Who is Francesca Cervero?

Francesca Cervero has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2005. Her teaching is inspired by her foundational training at OM Yoga Center, the years she spent as a dancer and the subsequent years she spent in physical therapy. Her teaching is also influenced by her love of Buddhist teachings and a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics. She is in private practice teaching a full schedule of 1×1 clients, mentors yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™and hosts the podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support & Strategy for Yoga Teachers.

Who teaches the classes?
To learn more about our teachers, click here!  

Do we need props?

We love props and use them quite a lot in our teaching. Most yoga props can be created with things around the house if needed. In place of a yoga strap you could use a scarf or tie. Instead of a yoga bolster you can use firm couch or bed cushions. Instead of a yoga blanket you can use bath towels or any firm blanket. If you don’t have tennis balls you can use a rolled up pair of thick socks.

The one prop we feel is hard to replace with a household item is a yoga block. These or these are our favorites, but anything this shape will do, including large tupperware containers. A firm-bottomed chair is also really wonderful to have if you don’t have blocks. 

How do I know what props I’ll need?
You’ll receive an email 30 minutes prior to class with the suggested props and Spotify playlist.

What class is right for me?

Classes are taught in specific levels. Everyone is welcome in all classes, but we are clear about what does and does not happen in each level so students can make empowered choices about what kind of physical practice is right for them.

We don’t believe in a universal, prescribed kind of progress, but do we believe that everyone’s needs can be best met when there is a system of leveled classes, with clarity about what is taught in each class, so students are able to make informed choices and know what to expect in each class.

Do you have a description for each class?
Of course!  Click here to read the class descriptions

What does “teaching without demonstrating” mean?

We teach with primarily verbal cues. We believe we can offer the most help to our students if we can actually see them, so this means we teach with primarily verbal cues, and we do very little physical demonstration. 

We believe this way of teaching helps students drop deeper into presence, and is another way our teaching reflects our values. With limited physical demonstration, the focus moves away from the aesthetics of a shape and towards the experience of the practice. In our view, this is much more important. We are also able to adjust our own cueing, language, and sequencing when we can clearly see how it is landing with our students. We adjust ourselves so we can meet our students where they are and give them what they need

How are classes taught virtually? 

Classes are taught on Zoom where your teacher can see you, offer you support and suggestions as well as alter their own language, cueing and sequencing to meet the needs of the students that are present.  The classes are taught with mostly verbal cues, so you don’t have to watch the screen the whole time and are able to turn your attention inward and be inside your own practice. 

I haven’t used Zoom before, help!

If you have not used Zoom before check out this Zoom How-To Manual we made for you, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Jess at [email protected] if you have any questions! 

How should I set up my computer?

We would love to be able to see you well, and if you are able to set  your computer like this it gives us the best view! If you’re not able to do that, don’t worry! Your teacher will still be able to see and support you even if you don’t have enough space to give them a horizontal view of your mat. 

How much do the classes cost?
Our 45-minute classes are $12. Our 75-minute classes are $14. You’ll receive an audio recording of the class which is yours to keep!  Click this link to register.

Do you have a 5 or 10 Class Card available for purchase?

We do!  We have a 10 Class Card available for $115.  Click here to buy your card. 

Can I cancel a registration?

Because everyone who registers for class gets the audio recording to keep permanently, we don’t have a way to cancel registrations if a single class was purchased. If you have a class card however, you are able to cancel classes! 

How do I use the Class Card to register for a class?

To register for a class once you’ve purchased a class card:

  • Visit Francescacervero.com
  • Tap on “Log In” in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Log in with the username & password you created when purchasing the card
  • Once logged in, you’ll see the number of classes remaining on your card and a “Register for Class” button beneath
  • Tap on “Register for Class”
  • Scroll to the class you’d like to register for
  • Tap on “View Details”
  • And “Register”

Click here to watch a short video of these steps. 

I accidentally registered for the wrong class!  How can I cancel my class registration?

Because you registered for class with your class card, you’re able to cancel the registration!  Here are the steps:

  1. Log into your account www.francescacervero.com/account
  2. Tap on the class you need to cancel
  3. Scroll down below the class description 
  4. Tap on “Cancel registration”

Click here to watch a short video of these steps.

When will I get the Zoom link for the class?

When you sign up for class you should immediately get an email with the Zoom link for your class. Thirty minutes before class starts you will get a reminder email that has the Zoom link for class as well as a link to a Spotify playlist and recommendations for the yoga props you might need that day. 

Is it the same Zoom link for each class?
No.  Each class has a unique Zoom link. 

Will the teacher be playing music in the background?

No.  However!  We know that some of you love to practice with music so some teachers will make and share a new playlist with you! For now, these playlists are made on Spotify, and they will only play in order (and ad-free) if you have a paid Spotify account. We are working on creating another system to share music with you, but for now, we only recommend using our playlists if you have a paid account. We will share the link for the new playlist with you in the email reminder you get 30 minutes before class starts.

How do I follow the teachers on Spotify?

Follow us here!

The yoga music playlists can be easily found under their profiles. Each teacher will share the link for the new playlist with you in the email reminder you get 30 minutes before class starts.

When will I receive the audio recording of the class?

All classes will be recorded and the audio recording will be shared via Dropbox in an email 24 hours after the class ends. 

Will the audio recording expire? 

No!  The audio recordings are yours to keep permanently.