Our Story

Breathe. Move. Sweat. Transform.

Since its founding in 2009, The Pad has provided a modern, chic and energizing wellness space in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco.

We offer vigorous power vinyasa yoga classes and private and group Pilates reformer classes set to upbeat, contemporary music – an integral part of The Pad experience. The Pad sets itself apart with warm, welcoming service and a commitment to giving clients a fun, power workout that will leave you feeling stronger, lighter and rejuvenated!

Our dedicated instructors share one purpose – to provide a safe space for you to play, explore, breathe, stretch, and transform all aspects of your body. Most classes are led with an ‘all-levels’ approach, and the instructor will help students modify and challenge themselves where appropriate. As students and teachers of the yoga and Pilates disciplines, we are dedicated to self inquiry, studentship, daily practice, and community involvement.

Since 2010, The Pad has partnered with outstanding instructors to provide comprehensive yoga and Pilates teacher training programs and workshops for those wishing to take their practice and education to the next level.

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Do I need to sign up for classes in advance?

We highly encourage advance sign-up for yoga classes to guarantee you a space in class. Peak hour classes (weeknights and weekend mornings) often fill to capacity.

Advanced sign-up is required for all Pilates classes.

Do I need to cancel myself out of class if I can’t make it?

Yes, you must cancel your registration through MindBodyOnline on the website. If for any reason you are unable to log onto MBO, you may email [email protected] to cancel.

All yoga and Mat Pilates classes have a 2-hour cancellation policy.

For Reformer and Mixed Machine Pilates, a strict 24 hour cancellation policy is enforced.

What should I wear to class?

For yoga and Pilates we recommend that you wear stretchy and breathable pants or shorts that allow for free range of motion.

What should I bring to class?

Your favorite refillable water bottle (we have a filtered water dispenser and offer Boxed Water for $2)

A sweat towel (we rent Pad sweat towels for $2)

A yoga mat ($2 for mat rental)

What if I arrive late?

On the rare occasion that you come late, please enter class quietly and respectfully. For your own safety, we recommend not coming to class more than 10 minutes past the start time.

What are the rules around cell phone usage at The Pad?

We ask that you turn your cell phone to silent. If you have an important call, please take it outside the studio to be respectful of our other clients.

Yoga FAQ

Is the yoga studio heated?

Yes, the yoga studio is warmed to 85 degrees. Our radiant heating system is overhead and evenly disperses warmth with cleaner humidity levels than a regular heater.

What if I need to leave early?

Life happens – we understand. We ask you to please leave quietly 10 minutes prior to class end, before savasana (the blissful meditation at the end of class), to not disrupt the other client’s experiences.

Can I practice yoga while pregnant?

If you are not a high risk pregnancy, absolutely! Please let the instructor know you are pregnant so that he or she can help you learn to modify various poses. We also offer special prenatal yoga classes designed specifically to serve pregnant women. Yoga is excellent for birth preparation and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Can I bring my child to yoga class?

If your child is between the ages of 10-18, you are welcome to bring your tween/teenager for a drop-in rate of $10 per class.

Pilates FAQ

What is Power Pilates?

Power Pilates an athletic West Coast approach to classical Reformer Pilates instruction. Each class will deliver a powerful workout in a safe and beautiful environment, with high quality and attentive instruction. No two classes will ever be the same, and you will receive a great workout.

What is Pilates on the Reformer?

The Reformer is a Pilates machine invented to facilitate ease of movement and increase the challenge of the exercises. Exercising on the Reformer provides a fun and interactive workout experience.

Can I join a group Pilates class if I have never tried Pilates?

We recommend that clients take at least 3 private lessons before joining group classes to become familiar with the Reformer machine, other equipment, specific breathing and the movements in Pilates.

Can I participate in Pilates while pregnant?

Yes, and The Pad offers weekly prenatal Pilates classes for our pregnant clients. Power Pilates classes, Jump Board classes, Bootcamp classes and Mixed Machine classes are not appropriate during pregnancy, and pregnant clients may not register for these classes. Our prenatal classes are created to focus on the muscles that both support the changing pregnant belly, as well as those muscles that will help facilitate a speedy recovery after delivery.

Can I bring my child to Pilates?

While we love children, to maintain safety for all we ask that you do not bring your child to the Pilates studio.

Can I join a Pilates class if I have multiple injuries?

Pilates is an excellent rehabilitative exercise. However, depending on the severity of the injury or the stage of your recovery, group classes may not be appropriate. It may more beneficial and in some cases requisite to work one-on-one with an instructor in a private setting to focus on the specific areas in need of rehabilitation.

Please take note of our cancellation policies:

In-Studio Classes + Workshops + Private Yoga/Pilates Sessions:

  • All in-studio reservations have a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. 
  • Clients must cancel reservations online or via email 24-hours in advance or they will be charged for the class or session. 

Live Stream Classes:

  • Clients must cancel reservations online or via email before the start time of class or they will be charged for the class.

Waitlist Policy:

  • Each in-studio class will have a waitlist of 6 people. Please turn your text message notifications on so that once you get bumped into class, and taken off the waitlist, MindBody can notify you, and you can confirm or cancel your spot. This notification system does not work with email. If you get placed into class and do not attend or cancel online prior to the start of class, a drop-in will be deducted from your account.
Class Package Information
  • All class purchases are non-refundable. Pad Studio credit is offered instead.
  • Packages may be shared.
  • All regularly priced packages do not expire. Discounted packages may have expiration dates.
Membership Agreement
  • I understand that my membership will automatically renew each month, and that my unused will not roll over.
  • I understand that this membership applies to online classes only and cannot be used for in-studio classes.
  • I understand I may cancel at any time by logging into my Account to cancel myself, or by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Please cancel my membership’.
  • I understand that The Pad Studios is not liable if I injure myself during practice be it in-studio or livestream.