Owner & Director
Grace brings over 18 years of teaching experience in the modalities of Ayurveda, yoga and mindfulness. She is passionate about breath, movement, and the art of cultivating presence. Grace moved with her family from the Bay Area to Alta Sierra in 2016 and discovered the sanctuary of Grass Valley Yoga. She took over ownership of the studio in 2018. Weaving in poetry and mindfulness, her classes are both invigorating and relaxing and will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.
Grace has served on the faculty for Mind-Body Zone and Kriya Prenatal Yoga teacher training programs and at the California College of Ayurveda. She is the founder of Mama Goddess Living, a holistic health program designed to help moms of all ages enjoy radiant health, happiness, and contentment on a daily basis through the practice of Ayurveda, yoga and mindfulness.
Grace is a Certified Ayurveda Specialist and holds yoga certifications from Kundalini Research Institute, the White Lotus Foundation and Whole Birth Prenatal.
Laura 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.
Anna found a love for Yoga over 10 years ago & came to Ayurveda through the mind-body connection that these two sciences share. Completing her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Training in August, she is excited to now shift into the role of teacher. She also recently studied at the California College of Ayurveda, completing a certification in Ayurvedic Counseling & Ayurvedic Herbalism during this time as well. The personal insight & growth that Yoga & Ayurveda has given her is an inspiration to help others find a holistic connection to life. She has been practicing as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor in Nevada City, CA since 2017 and is now so grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of yoga with the community at Grass Valley Yoga.
Laura is a life long teacher who recently added Yoga as one of the subjects she teaches. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and believes that yoga is accessible to everyone, a great way to connect with yourself and others, and a refuge in our busy lives.
It has always been in my nature to help others. Once I began my journey into motherhood, yoga opened up so many pathways of healing that I decided to share the gifts as my service to my community.
My intention is always to guide and support each person to discovering their own pathway to healing through science and spiritual influences. I believe we have all come from love and when we return to love, we begin to heal. When we heal ourselves, we begin to heal others around us…
Scott began practicing yoga in 1994 with Bill Atkins in NYC at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His journey began with Hatha yoga and evolved into a practice of Vinyasa throughout time. Although his practice has taken on many different appearances over the years. One thing has remained consistent, his dedication to the path.
Throughout Scott’s 16 year journey in the competitive snowboard world, as a coach and a competitor, yoga was the main piece of his work developing him self and the riders he trained. Teaching yoga was a natural transition for Scott. Once he shifted his focus from athlete development to a deep spiritual connection, Bahkti and Karma yoga became the most apparent path in his life’s direction. After many years of injuries and healing, once again his practice has transformed to a slower healing style of yoga, which is where his current focus lays.
Janet 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 - [email protected]