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, Yin, Kaiut Yoga, Yin Flow & Slow Flow
Intermediate Classes: Vinyasa Flow & Power Vinyasa Flow
Gretta Smith has a huge passion for movement! It began at 7 years old in her first dance class, and the fire never died. After many years of dancing and teaching dance, Gretta needed a way to heal injuries and maintain flexibility. She took her first yoga class in college and fell in love with the way it made her feel! Yoga became a dance of the soul and spirit, a low impact way to feel strong and graceful.
In June 2014, Gretta opened Ohana Moon Yoga in Cameron Park, CA. Her goal is to offer the community a warm and friendly place to move their bodies and feel better. Gretta especially enjoys training athletes and dancers, always eager to find a method of movement that will strengthen, support and improve athletic performance. In her classes, you will hear lots of music of all varieties, see energy, and feel support.
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.
Cecilia Escobar, a San Diego native, discovered her passion for Yoga in 2009 after attending her first class at a nearby community college. She developed a deep commitment to the tradition of yoga and her knowledge expanded beyond the physical aspects of the practice. Her thirst for knowledge led her to earn a 200HR RYT certificate and over 1000 hours of teaching and continued education. She continues to study daily and her desire for growth landed her at the foot of some of the world's greatest teachers including; Eddie Modestini, Andrew Hilliam, Gabriel Halpern and others. With a vast understanding about the therapeutic benefits of yoga, Cecilia is ready and eager to share all she has experienced with her students.
Cecilia is best known for her deep and mindful teaching style and her ability to relate the more complex spiritual aspects of the practice. Each class incorporates principles of alignment, yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation to ensure that each practitioner receives the very most out of her classes.
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!
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
After a 20 plus year career as an Urban Planner, I am fortunate to be able to embrace a second passion. I have practiced yoga for nearly as long as my urban planning career. About eight years ago, I took my first yin class. Upon losing my first passion of planning, I took a giant leap (on a bit of a lark and a challenge by my teacher) and went to a yin teacher training in Sweden. Never intending to teach, just to learn and to feel my transitions, I returned home and got the phone call from a studio owner. So I started teaching. And I realized that selfishly, I had a new passion. I subsequently went to an additional yin training in France and found that I wanted to learn more. Shortly thereafter, I met Karen Miscall Bannon and started learning about embodiment. That is to say feeling yoga from the inside. Not just the poses but deeper, the whys, the more enriched understanding of the body and I felt complete; it was enough. I had been trained in yin by one the top four teachers internationally and I am able to experience and study Embody yoga with one of the originators. How very fortunate I am. At this point I had completed 125 hours of strict yin training, 300+ hours of embodiment, and 65 hours of vinyasa and yin assisting.
But not quite satisfied. Upon the suggestion of my teacher again, I leapt to study Kaiut yoga. Knowing absolutely nothing about it, I showed up in Toronto in mid-winter for a new adventure. And then I showed up again and again completing a 300 hour Kaiut Yoga certification. And Kaiut Yoga has put it all together for me. For me, it combines yin and vinyasa in the true embodiment. This yoga allows and encourages you to feel from the inside, it is challenging, but meditative and fully meets you where you are. And you can do it your whole life letting the passion live on.
I feel incredibly fortunate for the opportunities as I continue to learn from my students, from my teachers, and from my own practice. I feel so lucky to be able to be a guide to others perhaps providing some relief or just some peace in their day.
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