ryb pilates recommendations

Healthy Dining

North Berkeley:

Café Gratitude, in the Gourmet Ghetto, features organic and vegan fare at a reasonable price. With a wide range of tempting dishes, all named for a self-affirmation, Café Gratitude has something to please every pallet. So stop in for a glass of “I am Enlightened” to relax your mind and prepare for Yoga meditation, or “I am Fiery” to enliven the senses before your Pilates workout.

At Cheeseboard Pizza, you can expect to find a line (but it’s a fast moving one), fresh, tasty, organic pizza, jazz, and fun fellowship. Try this collective for some inexpensive healthy eats. They have a new pizza every day, so check out their website to see the offerings, or just drop in; whatever the toppings, they always produce a great tasting pizza.

Chez Panisse: California Cuisine was created by Alice Waters with the opening of Chez Panisse, and they still do it best. Fresh foods are prepared expertly, and we mean fresh. The menu changes daily, so visit them online at http://www.chezpanisse.com/ to see what’s offered today, and then make a reservation. You won’t be disappointed.

Ajanta, found on Solano Avenue, has been consistently voted among the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area by various surveys and magazines. We can see why. Their menu has a mix of tempting favorites and newly inspired creations, leaving the diner the enviable task of a hard choice between great and wonderful.

South Berkeley:

Kirala has the freshest sushi to be found, cut by master sushi chefs in generous portions. There can often be seen a line outside its doors, but the wait is worth it, and you can sample some of their many sake choices at the sake bar while you wait. Simply put, this is Japanese food at its best!


The Recreational Sports Facility at the UC is the only place to go if you can’t make it to our studio. They have a huge facility where you can work out, play racquetball, swim, play some hoops, or join one of over fifteen group fitness classes a day. You can even catch Sornam giving her mat classes there, if you’re early enough to get a place in line. She does fill up quickly.


The Next Step has a little store front facing San Pablo Avenue, just south of Solano Ave. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it place, but hidden treasures are often like that. Most of Cyrus’s business comes from referrals from podiatrist offices in Albany and Berkeley, as they trust him to treat their customers’ feet right. And he does know his stuff. We wouldn’t shop anywhere else for shoes.

Lulu Lemon: From Yoga to Pilates to any mind-body sport in between, people from Oakland to Albany flock to Lulu Lemon for all their apparel needs. More than just a store, they promote all things mind-body.