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I am delighted to take ownership of Grass Valley Yoga and committed to keeping it the beautiful, sacred space Whitney has so lovingly created. The moment I walked through the door at Grass Valley Yoga, I knew it was a special place. The transformative energy and love was palpable in …
Grass Valley Yoga Community Blessing
and Sacred Ceremony
with Shaman Lisa Smith
Wednesday, June 20th 7:00-8:30 pm
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.
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.
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