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 non-heated and heated classes for all levels.
Beginner Classes: Chair Yoga, Yin, Kaiut Yoga, Gentle 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.
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.
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
My name is Elizabeth Gray and I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 3 years now and have been teaching for a bit less than 1 year. I completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in December 2017 and began teaching in April 2018.
What attracted me to this practice was how profoundly connected I felt within my own self and the physical world around me every time I stepped on my mat. My hope is that I lead my students to feel empowered and find their own unique connection through their yoga practice.