Ohana Moon Yoga was created in 2014 to provide an inviting and comfortable space for students of all levels and abilities to practice the discipline of yoga for health and well-being. Our teachers guide students through self-nurturing movement that improves strength, flexibility and balance, while connecting mind, body and spirit. Various styles of yoga and options offered in class assure personal success and growth. Our goal is to elevate you to experience your best!
Ohana Moon Yoga offers classes for all levels and Private Lessons (Call 530-208-3157 to book a Private Lesson).
Beginner Classes: Chair Yoga, Restorative, Yin, Sunrise Stretch, Slow Flow & Yoga Technique
Intermediate Classes: Vinyasa Flow & Power Vinyasa Flow
I am a courageous, loyal, and energetic Northern California native who LOVES yoga! I've been practicing yoga since 2004, and teaching since 2014. In order to teach, I must always be a student. I would like to thank my family and all of my teachers for opening my eyes to so many new perspectives. My Soul Activist Teacher, Diana Vitantonio taught me how to use yoga to touch my fire, feel my power, and listen to my soul.
I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to spread this valuable knowledge to students at Ohana Moon Yoga. As a teacher I hope to provide a fun and powerful class where students may face their fears and find freedom. In my class you will hear lots of music of all varieties, see energy, and feel support.
Gretta Smith, Ohana Moon Yoga Owner
I began practicing yoga seven years ago right here in Northern California. I was hooked from the start and since then have practiced yoga all over the world. Yoga taught me how to crank the volume up on my Soul and live in my truth, every single day. I began teaching in early 2016 and am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from my Soul Activist teacher, Diana Vitantonio.
I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to teach and practice yoga in various countries. I’ve learned so much about the practice and myself along the way and I strive to bring a little bit from each place into my classes. But ultimately, I aim to make yoga a place where you can play and pray, whatever that means for you.
My classes are fun, energetic and full of fire; my hope is that you’ll be reminded how wonderful it is to simply be alive—living, moving, and breathing—each time you step on the mat.
I've been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Yoga was just another workout for me until I healed my injuries from running. What I found in my practice was the true being of me. My practice has been pure love, pure grace and rest.... the most powerful expression of myself. Through my teaching I hope to connect and be used as a vessel to inspire one person at a time.
Surrender is a sign of strength.
I am Father to three lovely children, two of which still live at home and attend local schools. My oldest is also a mother which makes me a happy Grand daddy and she lives in Colorado, which makes us all a little sad and happy for her all at once!! Isn't life just like that. Full of wonder and contradictions.
As a massage therapist I've been blessed to relieve the stresses that those contradictions in life cause others and have always recommended to my clients Yoga as a practice of physical fitness and flexibility. What I was unaware of until I started practicing it myself was that the extra "down time" used for stretching was meditative in quality and that is something even more beneficial to health in these very busy and news-filled days we live in. The physical practice combined with controlled breath and movement are essentially "meditation in motion" and in sixty to seventy five minutes three essentially beneficial and healthy practices could be accomplished. And combining them has amplifying affects. I began to find peace in situations that before I'd get stressed over. So as a Masseur (and healing spirit) I saw the opportunity to share a practice that could help others without having to get my hands on them. And so I became a teacher!!
As a teacher I feel blessed. The possibility to share a practice that is so healing in nature and create a community of spiritual beings is an honor and privilege. Yoga means "to unite" or "yoke together" which in the practice itself is apparent with the breath, mind, and body in a purposeful motion. What's sometimes overlooked Is the community that evolves from sharing the breath and energy of flow in the same space. And it is safe from judgement and right/wrong consideration. A place where Love truly is unconditional. We practice together and as a teacher I become the student in every moment to find myself "getting out of the way" of my own judgments of how good the class is. It's perfect!! And so it goes with life and all things. I hope to see you all on the mat practicing the who you are in life. Authenticity brings forth power into our practice and our lives. That is my biggest wish for us all. I am grateful to be part of this community. Namaste
My yoga journey began fifteen years ago at the local gym where the owner had a passion for yoga and for bringing in the most wonderful teachers. The transformation of a typical exercise room and its students was amazing. Many years later found me jumping from studio to studio (there weren’t many) and finally landing in old Folsom. An end to a professional city planning career and a job I loved pushed me into an exploration of… what next? I knew of a few passions in my life: my career, my kids, my love of the outdoors, and yoga. And I was watching all my athletic friend’s age and have aches. I was planning on a trip to Sweden to visit my son when a teacher said to me, bring something home with you. With that I enrolled in a yin teacher training with Biff Mithoefer, author of the Yin Yoga Kit and the Therapeutic Yoga Kit, at an ashram in Sweden. Stepping completely out of my comfort zone, I found a second career that fuels my passion. With my second yin certification, (I completed my first at Shirkula studio in Rocklin) and encouragement from my new international friends, I began teaching in my home and loving every minute of it. There is no greater joy than to see the opening and the softening that people experience in yoga. It is such an absolute gift to be a part of it in any way. In addition to two yin certifications, and completing two assistant trainings (yin and flow), I am currently two thirds through Karen Miscall-Bannon’s 500 hour Embody yoga teacher training and am completing my third yin training. But truly, the learning happens each time I practice and each time I teach.
For me yoga is practice, prayer, and play. I strive to provide a safe space for all to feel and explore themselves intimately, to get comfortable with discomfort, to be lighthearted, to learn, and to grow physically and spiritually.
Yoga has been a continual growth process and extremely transformational- helping me to connect mind, body, and spirit. Through the practice of vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, and mediation I've discovered my authentic self and found the courage to be that person. It is an honor to guide others on their own journey to self-discovery and self-love.
I wish for my students to find truth, healing, love and support through the practice of yoga and the wonderful community at Ohana Moon Yoga.
Certified in 2014 at Zuda Yoga. Offering classes in vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, and meditation.
I began practicing yoga in 2007 with the desire to become "flexible," but solely for the physical aspect of the practice. At that time, I had no idea that an amazing, life-changing journey had just begun. I worked out regularly, but still felt like there was a piece that was missing to my overall well-being. The more I practiced yoga, it was not just the physical strength and flexibility I began to notice. I found a renewed connection to the heart and soul of my being. I found acceptance and a new appreciation for myself and others. I felt everything that my breath connected me to, and with that, a connection to something greater than myself. There was a freedom and a lightness I hadn't experienced in a long time, and, just so you know, it is available to all of us. I knew I had to share this practice of transformation with others.
I began teaching yoga in 2012, and have over 500 hours of yoga teacher training experience in various styles of yoga, including a soulful style of power vinyasa, Hatha, yin, and aroma yoga. My classes are fun, challenging, supportive, and loving.
I also believe that food is medicine, and have experienced the life-changing benefits of clean eating. In 2016 I became a Certified Health Coach to inspire others to create a healthy, vibrant body from the inside out. I have an amazing husband and two funny, energetic kids. They are my biggest teachers & inspirations! While I am a yoga teacher, I will always be a dedicated student of yoga and of life, always learning and growing. I look forward to practicing yoga with you!
I first discovered my passion for yoga in 2004, realizing that it was great cross-training for my cycling and running habits. While asana helped me to grow stronger, more flexible, and balanced, the more meditative aspects of the practice attracted me to something far more meaningful. In 2013, a scary encounter with a life-threatening dis- ease deepened my practice and presented an opportunity to pursue yoga training at the Mount Madonna Center (Santa Cruz, CA) while healing. The deeply spiritual focus at Mount Madonna opened my heart and mind. The journey really began when I let go. Miraculously, from surrender, stepping stones appeared and I followed them along a path to a whole new way of Being and restored health. That is the spirit of yoga— if you allow it, it will eventually lead you back to your true self; over and over again.
As a teacher and perpetual student of yoga, I know that my students are my greatest teachers. I am so grateful to hold the space for my students in these meditative practices. My class is a safe and sacred container for both the novice and the seasoned yogi to release, let go, and heal. I approach yoga intuitively, and see it as a vehicle for me to share positive energy and practice compassion, knowing that we all have a story and a journey, which includes both joy and suffering.
I primarily teach Yin, Restorative, and Yoga for Active Seniors (including Chair Yoga). I am also certified to teach meditation and Pranayama. In addition to my RYT training, I have been blessed to train with Judith Lassiter, in Restorative Yoga, and Sarah Powers and Paul Greeley in Yin Yoga. I look forward to meeting you in class!
Like many people I was drawn to Yoga as simply a new way to exercise. My mind was bored and my feet were tired of running in circles or uphills. I hated the gym and the mindless hours on the elliptical. I could never commit to consistency. The group fitness rooms always terrified me. What if everyone was watching me? What if I messed up? Will I have to talk to people?
Finally, after trying a few classes for a few years, I found my home in January of 2016 and I never looked back. I tried all styles of yoga from Yin to Vinyasa. I was moved to that magical yogic place of tears disguised as sweat during a vinyasa class and I knew I wanted to know more.
I completed my 200 hour YTT, Jonny Kest curriculum and I continue to attend workshops along with my daily practice.
I will always be a student of yoga, though, I do enjoy teaching. Sharing my passion through teaching inspires my self esteem. Taking a look within, without judgement but acceptance, is something I still have to remind myself of daily. It's a far cry from the girl that looked longingly from the elliptical into the group fitness room scared of the things I didn't know, the "what if's" and worries about my appearance or speaking to new people.
Confidence and a practice of humility have allowed my connections in my personal life, family, friends and even with strangers to deepen. Most importantly, through yoga, I have enhanced my life and relationship with myself.
I hope to invoke, rouse, or even frustrate someone just enough so that they may find their yoga too. It is so much more than what (the Asanas) the body can do. Yoga speaks to our souls, our inner light, our inner voice, and asks " what do you find when you look within for the answers?"
Om Shanti - Sara