Meet our GVY Teachers:
Owner & DirectorWhitney brings over 14 years of yoga practice and a comprehensive background in nursing and energy healing. This powerful combination and her years of nurturing people and children gives her an open-hearted, friendly approach. With her positive energy and obvious love for yoga, her classes are fun and uplifting. Whitney's passion is to inspire and empower her students through a heartfelt yoga practice by embodying the mind, body & spirit connection. Her teaching style has a strong focus on opening to self-awareness and self-love, body energetics, and physical movement. Her vision as studio owner is to provide yoga to the local community by offering yoga classes that are easily accessible to everybody. Walking into Grass Valley Yoga you will immediately feel the friendliness & positive energy of an intimate and comfortable space. Whitney received her 200hr yoga certification from Sumits Yoga and completed her 300-Hour Teacher Training with Vira Bhava Yoga. Whitney is a state certified RN.
LAURA PRAKASHLaura teaches yoga in order to share with others the practice that continues to invigorate and renew her own body, life, and spirit. Her classes focus on awareness of body and breath, and she encourages students to be kind and patient with themselves as they explore each pose. Her teaching style is quiet and meditative, but also light-hearted and interactive. She loves teaching to utter beginners and those who somehow believe they could never do yoga. She is constantly curious about ways we may free our bodies of common ailments, and restore within ourselves our connection to nature, spirit, and each other.
CATHY JOHNSONCathy Johnson has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She received her 200 RYT at Vira Bhava Yoga in Nevada City and also completed her 300 RVT with Vira Bhava Yoga as well. Cathy's signature vinyasa offering, Mythic Yoga Flow is where the elements of Tantra come to life in a creative dynamic asana flow the will awaken your body mind and spirit through breath, movement, and imagination. This is a fluid form experience with alignment skillfully infused into the honor of practice, weaving poses on the thread of breath. You are guided into an alchemical/transformative journey where the dance of mind and body are at play. Be inspired by weaving/merging/uniting of the ancient texts and modern practices of yoga to ignite magic/enchantment in your own mythic/epic journey of life. She believes that the practice of yoga is accessible to everyone. "Yoga is not to be performed; it is to be lived." Cathy is the founder of Common Ground Yoga and she has a meetup page. Check out offerings here.
JANET RANKINJanet Rankin, CYT & RYT, began practicing yoga over 35 years ago looking for stress reduction, but discovered so much more about herself and life in general in the process. Her favorite pose is savasana and it is the one that keeps her coming back to her mat again and again. Janet has been blessed to have been trained by an eclectic complement of wonderful teachers and traditions with special influence by Yin Yoga instructors Paul Grilley, Dina Amsterdam, and Rene Rainbolt, along with special training in Restorative Yoga from Judith Hansen Lassiter. Janet believes that laughter is good medicine and the only thing she takes seriously is your comfort and safety while in class. She infuses her classes with lightheartedness and her only goal is that students leave feeling good. As yoga will meet you on your mat where you are, Janet invites you to come to your mat open to possibilities and grace. Please contact Janet prior to 1st Cancer Survivors Class - firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Breault, E-RYT has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2006. She has over 1000 hours of yoga teaching and workshop experience. Her first 200-hr. Teacher Training was through Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2006. In 2007, she completed another 200-hr. Teacher Training in Tibetan Heart Yoga through the Yoga Studies Institute. She has also studied extensively with Shiva Rea and taken workshops from many prominent yoga teachers such as Dharma Mitra, Anna Forrest, Jivamukti (Shannon Gannon & David Life) to name a few. Her classes incorporate an all-inclusive approach to yoga incorporating the 8 Limbs of Yoga (including breath awareness, posture alignment, meditation, concentration, etc). She believes in providing a safe environment in which to explore ourselves joyfully and playfully in each class. Helen sees yoga as a life practice, a practice which just begins on the mat.