Happy Valentine's Day from me to you! I wish you all of the love you desire today and the days that follow. For me, everything comes down to love, all of it. I am thankful each and every day for this studio, for this yoga life and for the community we have built.
Go out and love each other up today! Enjoy yourself, take a yoga class, and have a coconut water on us!
Please read on for special activities and happenings at our studio within the next month.
Lots of hugs and namastes,
Kelly Schrader, Owner and Yogini
Bikram Yoga Grass Valley / Nevada City
Happy Valentine's Day from BYGVNC!
Who needs flowers when your favorite yoga studio will give you a coconut water?
Come in and hang out with us this Valentine's Day! We will love you up! We promise!
President's Day Weekend Schedule!
We have a regular schedule all weekend long, EXCEPT for 6am on Monday!
Get a Hump Buddy!
a.k.a. Challenge Partner
February Karma Class
Guest Teacher Visiting Us This Month
Elle will be teaching on Sunday, February 23rd, at 4pm and teaching our Yin Class at 6pm. Join us!
Elle practiced yoga for the first time in the summer of 2006 and instantly knew she wanted to teach! She graduated from a 9-week intensive Teacher Training program in Oahu in the spring of 2007. Her health and wellness have been top priorities in her life since witnessing her own father's debilitating health and untimely death. It is her goal to motivate, encourage, inspire, and educate students. She believe yoga is a wonderful tool for self-discovery, love, acceptance, understanding, awareness, and evolution.
For the past 7 years, she has been dedicated to her practice, which has enabled her to physically transform, mentally focus, and spiritually evolve. Teaching yoga has opened the door to many traveling opportunities. She had had the privilege to teach in a few European cities, such as Riga, Latvia, Prague, Czech Republic, and Frankfurt and Germany. She also taught in Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, and in several cities throughout the western United States. The greatest adventure of her life (so far) has been the peaceful pilgrimage she embarked upon in the summer of 2011 when she walked from San Diego, CA to Vancouver, B.C. Over the course of 86 days, she walked nearly 1,500 miles, visiting 38 yoga studios along the way. She hopes to write a book about her travels to share with all someday soon.
She is also a certified massage therapist and currently studying meditation. She is excited for the future of her yoga teaching career, and rejoicing in the present moment with feelings of health, happiness, love, compassion, and most of all... deep GRATITUDE!
Guest Teacher Visiting Us In March
Kathryn will be teaching on Sunday, March 2nd, at 4pm and teaching our Yin Class at 6pm. Join us!
I took my first Bikram yoga class in San Carlos, CA in 1996. I was hooked from the very first class. I found the practice enjoyable and very challenging. I continued to practice through my first pregnancy in 1998. The breathing exercises helped me through both of my high risk pregnancies. I worked as a textile designer in San Francisco and the surrounding areas for many years. As a busy working mom, I continued to make time for my practice, commuting in the early hours to San Francisco for yoga, then work. The yoga practice has benefited me tremendously over the years, allowing me to stay calm in stressful situations. Physically I have enjoyed good health as a result. At the age of 22yrs, I was told by my then arthroscopic surgeon that I would not be able to resume my usual physical activities as a result of a broken patella, with loss of all cartilage in my right knee resulting from a car accident. What I consider one of my "wake up calls". Through dedication to my yoga practice I was pleasantly surprised to find I had strengthened the muscles around my knee and would no longer need to have knee replacement surgery.
When you hear the instructors say "Lock the knee" embrace it, trust it, do it!
I have received so much from this practice that in Spring of 2006 I decided it was time to give back. I have been teaching Bikram yoga ever since and have found even more joy and passion through the sharing of this amazing yoga practice with others.
Shiny Happy Yogi: Suzanne Hamilton
Our Student of the YEAR!
As a studio owner, yoga teacher, and fellow yogini, I am inspired by Suzanne's commitment to herself and to her health. She is a "busy" Mom that works hard to keep her family together. About every other time she comes in to the studio she is talking proudly about her children and their latest achievement or visit and yet she always makes time to come in and get her yoga on. She makes no excuses, is always smiling (sometimes rushing out as she has somewhere to be), but is always happy to be practicing and is a staple in our 9am and 11:15am. AND...a BYGVNC Challenge just wouldn't be one without Suzanne...thank you for the example you set and for just being you!
To honor Suzanne, her name will be added to our teachers' row of towel hooks in the middle bathroom, where she will be treated to laundry service all next year. As you well know, for a regular practice schedule, that's a whole lot of laundry!
I discovered Bikram after a long, hot bike ride with a friend. We decided to treat ourselves to a refreshing smoothie at Planet Juice in Nevada City. It was there that I noticed two people who looked like they had just taken a shower in their clothes. Curious to know what they had done to get themselves so sweaty, I asked. They told me that they had just finished their first HOT yoga class at the new Bikram Studio in Grass Valley. It sounded like my kind of exercise, so I immediately went home, did my research and called the studio. It didn't take much convincing from Helen and I came the next morning. I started out doing the introductory offer of 10 consecutive classes and I remember thinking that it was such an intense workout, but I painfully managed to do 8 of the 10 classes. I must say, that that was all it took for me to be hooked!
Since my teenage years, I have been a competitive runner and have participated in many sports. I love partaking in
any kind of exercise that involves the outdoors, but there's nothing quite like Bikram. The classes are always rigorous and the feeling of accomplishment that I get after each class is indescribable. I feel stronger and relaxed both physically and mentally, and I am better able to manage stress. I always tell my husband that I will never move from this area because it would be so sad to part from this studio. I feel that my life would not be complete without Bikram yoga, the teachers, and the special friends that I have made here...so, thank you, all!
Do you need to supplement with electrolytes?
From EVOLVE, an Integrative Nutritional Practice
If you have been feeling a bit tired, slightly dizzy in class, or if your muscles have been sore after class, please be sure you are drinking enough water and that you have the proper amount of electrolytes in your daily diet and supplement consumption. By adding electrolytes to your water you replace important minerals that you lose when you sweat. .
Electrolytes help our body absorb water and control fluid balance. Electrolytes not only prevent dehydration, but they're critical to muscle function, nerve conduction, energy production and flow, and heart function. A major benefit of electrolytes is that they help prevent muscle cramps, which can impede performance.
We have several types of electrolyte supplements available to you at the front desk. Additionally, I encourage you to try a coconut water. Coconut water has more electrolytes than leading sports drinks and 15 times the potassium, with no artificial sugars added. You can also add fresh citrus and sea salt to your water which gives your water a pleasant taste and some of the electrolytes you need.
If you have any questions about electrolytes, hydration or your daily diet and how it impacts your practice, I invite you to schedule a complimentary health consultation with me. When was the last time you talked with someone about your health and received the personal attention you deserve? I am here to create a supportive environment while we explore what really works for you. We will discuss your unique situation in depth and determine how I can help you reach your personal goals. As an Integrative Nutritionist, I have studied the major dietary theories and will help you discover what approach works best for you at this point in your life. I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun, and free of denial and discipline. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you, and help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.