Our doors and classes are open to all regardless of ability or financial standing. No one is turned away, because we know the tremendous benefits that yoga can bring to the physical, mental and emotional body. That said, we wanted to create programs, alongside our class options at our studio, that were unique to the need for health and wellness in the community. Here is a description of our current programs:
Finally a class for All Bodies in Sacramento! This is a class with plenty of modifications for members of our community who are overweight, dealing with chronic pain, injury, disabilities or who just want to slow down and focus on the yoga pose by pose. Our facility is handicap accessible, so feel free to come in your chair! We also have a few chairs for those members of our community who would prefer to do the practice from a seat. There is very little pressure put on wrists, and many of the poses are modified with the wall, for those members of our community with hypertension. This is a slower class, but it is by no means lazy. It asks all participants to face themselves on the mat and lets face it – that can be hard. That’s why the community in this class is so important. Together we can achieve anything, and this class brings us together.
All Bodies yoga is a reminder that yoga is meant for all shapes, sizes, and ability levels. Everyone can do yoga. So come by and check it out
LGBTQI (Queer) Community Yoga Program
As part of Yoga Seed’s commitment to complete inclusivity, and building a strong, diverse community, we launched what we lovingly call the “Queer Yoga” program in February of 2011, after Sara’s Queer Yoga class at the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center outgrew the former space. This is the only yoga class in Sacramento specifically for the Gay and Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Intersexed community, as well as friends, family, and allies. While it is a safe space for those in the LGBT community to come practice yoga in a loving and welcoming environment, anybody is welcome to attend. The yoga style that is taught is primarily vinyasa flow for the beginning level student, with modifications as well as more challenging postures regularly offered. It is also space where yoga instruction will be free from gender binaries and hetero-centric assumptions, and teachers, assistants, and volunteers are culturally competent regarding different bodies, binds, and pronoun usage. It is a fun, uplifting space for the community to participate in a healthy activity together.
As part of this program, the studio also participates in Sacramento Pride every year, with a team of volunteers that sell “Queer Yogi” shirts to show our support for the LGBTQI community.
Mental Freedom is for anyone who wants to improve mental well-being using yoga. The class is not meant to replace mental health treatment and is not a crisis class; instead it is a class that offers tools to relax the anxious monkey mind that can often sit in the drivers seat if we let it. In the class we explore breath and dynamic movements that bring you into your body, instead of being swept from thought to thought, the Chitta Vritti (mental fluctuations) we often identify with. The class ends with an extended relaxation called Yoga Nidra, this guided meditation is the ultimate way to de-stress from the day. This class is perfect for all levels, no experience is required, just the desire to find peace in a supportive community. It is taught by Zack on Wednesdays at 7:30.
Yoga Para Todos
Yoga Para Todos is our Thursday night 7:30 program to offer Yoga in Spanish. The following description is from a recent press release:
“’As a Latino, I know the community has limited access to the health and wellness benefits of yoga. Yoga Para Todos is an exciting step in the Yoga Seed’s mission to offer yoga to all members of the Sacramento community,’ says Zachary Pasillas, studio director and founder.
Studies have shown that yoga is beneficial in reducing neck and back pain, lowering high blood pressure, losing weight, and impacting the physical effects of diabetes, which disproportionately affects the Hispanic community. Yoga has the added benefits of calming the mind and promoting relaxation. Studies have also found yoga to be tremendously beneficial in stress reduction.
‘Yoga transformed my body and my life,” says teacher Rosa Rosalez. “More than 20 million people in the United States now practice yoga. We are excited to offer the practice to the Spanish-speaking community.’”
We’ve heard your wishes. In the next few months we are also working on developing the following programs to supplement this list:
Yoga for Families & Children
Coming in 2012-2013. For the time being, we hold the occasional family workshop and participate in community events around Sacramento. For more information, please click our workshops for more information, or sign up for our newsletter.
If there is something you’d like to see offered, please let us know what you are looking for! We are here to serve the community’s needs and we’d love to hear from you. Email the directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a note here.If you are a teacher interested in teaching at The Yoga Seed Collective, we’d love to meet you! Contact us at (916) 978-1367 or send us a message