A New Year, a New You . . . at Yoga?


So it’s that time of year—resolution time, right? To eat more healthy, work out regularly, and just be better people in general. Gotta love the New Year’s pledges to ourselves . . . that typically go unfulfilled (at least for me, which is why I don’t make them anymore).

What are you gonna do? Hit the gym? Walk the dog more often? Eat more fruits and veggies? I’m gonna do what I blog about most often—get back to yoga! After about two months of not getting to practice due to a hand injury, I’m finally healed and ready! I have my favorite type of yoga and studio at which I practice, but there are many local yoga studios that practice varying styles of yoga—and many have introductory offers so you can test whether it’s a fit. Here are a few:

Zuda Yoga, both in Folsom and downtown Sacramento, offers a 10 for $10 deal: Ten consecutive days of Power Vinyasa Yoga—as much as you can handle in those 10 days—for $10. Visit either studio (19th and O streets downtown or 220 Blue Ravine #130 in Folsom) to sign up. If you’re hooked (like me), you can sign up for a discounted monthly membership once the 10 for $10 is done. Visit the Zuda class schedule to find a time that works for you.

The East Sac Yoga Studio at 716 57th Street offers Ashtanga Yoga classes and Power Yoga classes, as well as Classical Hatha Yoga, Acu Yoga, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. East Sac Yoga Studio also has a special offer: 10 days of unlimited classes for $20. Check the studio’s class schedule here.

One Flow Yoga Studio at 5600 H St. #130 is run by Kate Saal, a former instructor at Zuda who was known to run a challenging while simultaneously entertaining Power Vinyasa class. Her new studio has been up and running since mid-September, and offers a seven days for $7 introductory special. View the One Flow schedule to see what works for you.

Yoga Loka at 4820 Folsom Blvd. offers Bikram or “hot” Yoga, which is great for the muscles, but can be tough to do for some of us. Yoga Loka has an introductory offer of 10 days for $20. View the class schedule to see what’s available. If you go here, remember to bring a towel . . . or three.

Asha Yoga at 1050 20th St. Suite 110 offers Vinyasa Flow, restorative and Yin Yang yoga, as well as meditation. Asha’s intention “is to create a space where people feel welcomed, supported and able to experience the true benefits of yoga,” and has a 10 days for $20 introductory offer. View the schedule of classes here.

Also new as of last year is Yoga Shala, a donation-based studio at 1122 17th St. inside the YWCA. Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga classes are offered regularly, and to see what you like best, Yoga Shala lets you test the waters for 10 days at a cost of $10.  Visit the schedule to find a time that works for you.

At the corner of Alhambra and T Street is Padme Yoga Center, which practices Bhakti Power Flow and offers multiple classes throughout the day. Focused a bit more on chanting, Padme aims to open the heart and voice through this practice.

Did I miss any other great studios in the area? If I did, please share! And in case you’re unfamiliar with the various types of yoga available at these studios, this might help:

Ashtanga Yoga entails synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Power Vinyasa Yoga, derived from Ashtanga Yoga, is dynamic and physical. Students move and flow from posture to posture—and that movement brings a cardiovascular element to the practice.

Bikram Yoga, which is commonly known as hot yoga, incorporates a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.

Restorative Yoga is a general term for slower paced gentle Hatha Yoga practice. It is intended for those recovering from physical or emotional illness or injury.

Hatha Yoga, also called “forceful yoga,” is a physically demanding path of yoga based on body-bending yoga poses, cleansing techniques, breath control, locks and seals.

Yin Yang Yoga combines passive and active body poses with breath and meditation into a very deep, integrated practice.

Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of selfless love, compassion, humility, purity and the desire and serious intention to merge with God.