Shaman Ceremony

Grass Valley Yoga Community Blessing Ceremony

Grass Valley Yoga Community Blessing
and Sacred Ceremony
with Shaman Lisa Smith

Wednesday, June 20th 7:00-8:30 pm

Grass Valley Yoga Community Blessing

Please join Whitney and Grace as we enter the wisdom of the heart to create community intention and make a ceremonial offering to energetically align the dynamics of love, right thinking and right action for each one of us personally and as community at Grass Valley Yoga.

This very special event will be led by Shaman Lisa Smith, a modern day Shaman who is grounded in the art of spiritual and shamanic healing. Natures gift to us at Summer Solstice is expanded light.
Grace and I chose this date as spiritually supportive and significant for this transition. We will be holding a very special event on June 20 to honor, celebrate and welcome this light into our own lives.

Schedule of Events for June 20th:

Restorative Yoga Class: 5:30 – 645 p.m. with Grace Kendrick

Studio Blessing and Bridging Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We welcome everyone to join us!

This is a FREE event!

You can sign up here on our online store through MindBody to reserve your spot for the yoga class and/or the Blessing Ceremony.

 

 
 
Dear Grass Valley Yoga community,
 
Since November, 2015, I have had the pleasure of being the owner of Grass Valley Yoga. I have fulfilled a dream of mine. I have been blessed to practice side by side with amazing yogis and to help people thrive. I love and cherish my time and every experience at GVY. I believe that it is YOU, the students who plant the seeds of love and the positive energy that our studio is blessed with.
 
Yoga and life is comprised of ebbs and flows. Life, like energy is ever changing and never constant. I am a Nurse and more. I love nursing & I love teaching yoga. Recently I accepted a new nursing position that I am thrilled about.
However, this prompted me to make some really tough decisions about my life…and something had to be let go of.
 
I sat with this decision, meditated and asked the universe for help. I came to the decision as hard as it was, that I would have to sell the studio. Then, the help I asked for came like an ah-hah moment for me and I knew who would be the new leader of GVY.
 
Friends, I am thrilled to announce to you the new owner and leader of Grass Valley Yoga, Grace Kendrick.
 
When Grace first came to GVY, she instantly brought light, strength, and blessings for the community and our students with her beautiful presence and teachings. Grace has so much to offer our community with her amazing skill set as a Yoga Teacher, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, mentor, mother, and wife.
 
Owning a yoga studio has been a dream of mine and I absolutely love GVY, making this a very hard and emotionally charged decision. As yoga teaches us to both embrace and release, this time I release and let go of the reins of Grass Valley Yoga. I know that this is the best decision to give the community the devoted attention that Grace will be able to provide. I will not be a stranger, I am still going to be teaching classes at the studio. It is simply time to embrace a new lifestyle while incorporating all the things I love.
 
When I think of Grass Valley Yoga’s community I am touched by the sense of acceptance devotion our community possesses. I am inspired by each and everyone of you. I have worked hard these last 2.5 years to cultivate a place where people can show up, feel empowered, and to practice yoga in a non-judgmental space.
 
Grace and I have been working together to create a smooth transition and to keep the same peaceful ambiance of the studio. As with any new energy Grace will reflect her own creative soul with ideas and programs for the studio that will both enhance and inspire. She will also bless the space with her love and passion for yoga, Ayurveda, family, and community.
I look forward to this transition with love, with appreciation for Grace for stepping in and excitement for the studio.
 
with love,
Whitney
Donation Yoga

Donation Yoga

Grass Valley Yoga is delighted to reach out to the greater community by providing a DONATION YOGA class.

This class is held every Saturday morning from 10:30 am-12 pm.

Led by certified yoga instructor Laura Prakash.  

This class is an all-levels, traditional yoga class, and open to all physical and financial abilities.  Absolute beginners are always welcome! 

The inspiration behind this class is to make yoga accessible to anyone who wishes to give yoga a try or continue practicing.  At Grass Valley Yoga we pride ourselves in being a friendly non-intimidating studio where we aim to provide personal care and attention to everyone who enters our space. Instructor Laura enjoys catering classes to her students, and paying great attention to detail.  She likes to tell her students, “It doesn’t matter how you look in the pose; it matters how you feel.”  Laura encourages correct alignment in poses, in order to build strength through the joints and the core. Students leave feeling enlightened, grounded and connected following Laura’s classes. At a minimum, be expected to  leave class with a smile on your face!

If you’re in the market for a yoga class, the Donation YOGA class is a great place to start!  There is no need to commit to a series of classes, simply come as you are and deposit what you can in the pot.  Our goal is to help you to understand where your body properly fits in each pose, leaving you feeling stronger and more confident in your yoga understanding and ability. 

One of yoga’s greatest gifts is its emphasis on the breath.  As you move while consciously inhaling and exhaling, you increase your breathing capacity and bring awareness to how your breath supports your movement.  You may discover you take shallow breaths into your chest, or you tend to hold the breath while exerting physical effort.  A continued practice of yoga will help you to deepen the breath, and therefore enjoy a more relaxed and vibrant life. Yoga offers many physical, physiological and emotional benefits. It is never too late to start.

Laura has been teaching yoga for over 20 years, and has a passion for community & connection. Read her full bio here.

We invite you to take a drive through the trees and meet like-minded community members down at Grass Valley Yoga.

 

Donation yoga-grass valley

 

 

Ayurveda Spring

Ayurvedic Wisdom for Spring Allergies

Ah, the beauty of Spring. Blossoming trees, budding plants, green grass and… AAACHOO! Oh yes. Allergies.

In Ayurveda, May is a transition month as we move from the lush, wet, beauty of late Spring into the warmer days of early summer. We are still in the Kapha season, ruled by the elements of earth and water and seated in the lungs. For over 10% of us, that means spring allergies. Whether you have allergies, or not, a daily or weekly nasal rinse is a ritual that will support overall upper respiratory health while enjoying earth’s beautiful display of wildflowers and greenery.

A nasal rinse is a simple and effective way to clean out the debris, pollutants, and allergens while also providing soothing relief for nasal dryness, gently removing excess mucous and keeping your head clear and refreshed.

How to use a Neti Pot:

Using a neti-pot, mix approximately ¼ tsp of fine, non-iodized table salt into about 1 cup of warm water until fully dissolved. Use distilled or sterile water to prevent contamination.

Standing in the shower or over the sink, place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril and tip your head to the opposite side. The saline water enters on nostril from the spout of the pot and exits the other nostril having traveled through and cleanse the nasal passages by the gentle force of gravity. Keep your mouth open to block the water from traveling into the throat.

Do the other side by placing the spout of the neti pot in your other nostril and tipping your head the other way.

Break out the neti, and go take a hike. Enjoy the majestic scenery nature offers with a clear head.

~Writen by Grace Kendrick

 

Grace Kendrick is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga Teacher in Grass Valley, CA.

Find out more at www.mindfulmamayoga.com

Grass Valley Yoga teacher

Yoga toes

Yoga Toes

I lay on my back in my yoga class, legs sticking straight up in the air. “Rotate your ankles and find every number on the clock,” said the instructor. I automatically sent each ankle rotating in opposite directions, unable to get them to agree, and the clock image dissolved in …

Meditation Grass Valley Yoga

Meditation and Mindfulness

I was in a Medical Center parking garage in Roseville a few years ago. Each of the floors of the parking garage were not designated by a color or number, but by a phrase. And to my great surprise the floor that I parked on was labeled, “Meditation.” That is how pervasive meditation has become in our culture! But what is it really? Should you do it? And if so, what is the best meditation for you? These days, there’s a lot of “buzz” about mindfulness, meditation, and its benefits. But what is this mysterious process really and what is the most beneficial form of meditation?

There have been over 300 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation. Some of the reported benefits have been found to improve a persons emotional well-being by reducing stress and lessening the amount of worry and anxiety that they experience. Mentally, there is increased mental strength and memory, with improved focus and concentration. For a healthy body the benefits range from a reduction of blood pressure to boosting the immune system. These are only a few examples. So what exactly do we do to get these magical and amazing benefits?

Briefly, the common types of meditation we hear about today include Buddhist meditations such as Zen and Vipassana, Hindu meditations, Mindfulness Meditation, and Loving Kindness Meditation. There’s also the Judeo-Christian Meditation which is more a reflection on revelations of God.

The Buddhists liken our minds to a monkey in a temple—running everywhere, throwing things around, reeking havoc with no discipline whatsoever. We do live in an increasingly busy world with more and more distractions that pull us out of being in the moment, the here and now. we find that people and things such as technology are “pulling us out of ourselves.” There’s no end to distractions such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or texting, talking on the phone or surfing the web, we find hundreds of ways to amuse ourselves, to fill the space and be out of the present. All of these things, in and of themselves are not necessarily harmful or bad, it is not about judging ourselves. It’s just that we run to them and let them run us, sometimes letting ourselves go about here and there just like that monkey in the temple. We all have experienced that feeling of being gripped by a thought or mental situation and being dragged along as if by a strong tide. It all comes down to discernment and what we are choosing in every moment.

Aside from providing a little relief and relaxation, simply calming our mind by counting the breath is not going to give us any lasting benefit or help us to gain control of that monkey mind. We need to go a little deeper and investigate the nature of our thoughts. It’s not that we need to think less or stop thoughts altogether, but rather watching or being the observer of our own thoughts, you will be amazed at what kind of thoughts you are having. So often our mind is like a runaway train and thoughts are speeding through and we are quite oblivious until we stop. Understanding that It is the nature of the mind to think and there is nothing wrong with having thoughts, but, becoming aware or conscious of those thoughts is key to peace of mind.

When you sit down to meditate, simply look, and notice whether your mind is in the positive, negative or neutral frame—not whether you are having thoughts or not. How are you feeling? Are you tired, excited or somewhere in between? Do not judge yourself either for the type of thoughts you are having, your job is to notice and observe.

The idea here is to train ourselves to become more aware, awareness is key. First we do need to calm our minds so that we can focus. And that can be done by watching the breath or counting the breath. This is a good place to start, but with practice you can begin to notice the tone or nature of your thoughts, how does this feel in the body? Tense, tight, uncomfortable? What emotions are you feeling connected with those thoughts?

For example. Perhaps you are feeling some anxiety about something that happened (past) or something that is going to happen (future). As you become aware of those thoughts and the emotion connected with those thoughts your focus or attention towards that thought brings it to light or consciousness. As soon as you see it, you are in effect letting it go, take a deep breath in, and exhale with the sound, ‘A Ah. You may also find the release occurs in the body. The neck or shoulders holds a great deal of tension, and that release can bring relaxation into the physical. This takes a little practice and may need a few attempts. Once you have been able to breathe that away….literally. Now, you can simply change the nature or focus of your thoughts by thinking of something uplifting, loving, joyful, like being glad that you are meditating, or rejoicing in the good things and people in your life.

Gratitude is a wonderful way to bring a feeling of peace and calm into the body. The mind is not the enemy, but we have allowed our minds to be like the monkey. Without judgement it is simply time to retrain the mind to support you. The mind has been trying to get your attention, now you can be aware, see and let go of what is not helpful.

One thing is certain, our mind is very powerful, unlimited in its scope, really. It can be made to do wondrous things, perhaps beyond our wildest imaginations. But it has to be made serviceable to us. We have to be able to harness our energy and use it in a positive manner to reap all the many benefits our mind can provide. Like the monkey in the temple, it can run wild and reek havoc—or we can use it like a sharp laser focus to transform ourselves. The Tibetans have a saying, “Don’t use an ax to kill a louse.” In other words, this superior powerful tool of meditation shouldn’t be used for a small, insignificant task but rather it can transform our minds and make our lives infinitely better and improve ourselves and those around us.

The true purpose of meditation is to transform your mind, allowing you to have some control over where it goes and what kinds of thoughts you choose to entertain. And the benefits you get from taking even five minutes a day to meditate will spill over into your daily life. You will see changes in your outlook and begin to experience many of the physical, emotional, and mental benefits that come from meditation.

 

~by Helen Breault E-RYT

•Helen Breault has been practicing yoga & meditation for over 16 yrs and teaching for 10 yrs. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Tree San Francisco. She has completed a 300 hr Yoga and Meditation Training in Tibetan Heart Yoga through the Yoga Studies Institute. She has extensive training in yoga philosophy, advanced meditation techniques & yoga asana instruction.

She will be teaching a Lady Niguma Yoga and Meditation Workshop series in September at Grass Valley Yoga. →Info here.