Bikram Yoga Grass Valley/Nevada City's community of instructors and students come together each day of the week to practice the restorative poses of Bikram yoga. Inside the serene studio, yogis lead 90-minute classes in a heated room in order to detoxify the body, increase blood circulation, and prevent injuries. The schedule, which includes sessions specifically designed for beginners, has classes that begin as early as 6:00 a.m. on weekdays. Bikram Yoga Grass Valley/Nevada City recommends wearing workout clothes, drinking plenty of water before class, and not bringing any ice sculptures to the studio.
Founder swami Vishnudevananda created the nonprofit Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to foster a community of students and instructors interested in introspection, self-discovery, and their holistic health. Located within an 80-acre expanse of the Sierra Nevada's foothills, the secluded farm enfolds visitors with oak- and pine-filled hills, three nearby rivers, and enough wildlife to stage a cartoon musical.
Under the tutelage of three swamis, a staff of volunteer instructors uses the peaceful setting to help focus students? attention on personal growth and bodily awareness during traditional outdoor yoga classes and specialized workshops. They faithfully teach the five points of yoga?proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and meditation?as they lead students down the four paths of yoga. Through the path of action, the path of devotion, Ashtanga, and the yoga of knowledge, they help their students forge a union of body, mind, and spirit. They weave specialized psychology, philosophy, and spirituality lessons into their asanas, which are bolstered with wellness programs and treatments such as massages with herbal oils, nutrition and detoxification programs, and ayurvedic therapies. To further unite their students with the world around them, the yogis promote sustainability with well water, solar-power systems, and an organic vegetable garden with which they can learn permaculture strategies.
The farm has onsite accommodations, including tents and heated cabins that overlook a pond. To keep their guests well-fed, a team of cooks whips up organic vegetarian cuisine following yogic and ayurvedic dietary principles, which means that meals are free of meat, fish, eggs, onions, and caffeinated beverages.
You might call Yoga Reclaimed a Lost and Found for the soul. That's because co-owners Ryan and Natasha Bailey have created it as a space where people are encouraged to reclaim what they've lost, whether it's a lapsed yoga practice or a lost sense of self-worth or purpose. Three different class types?Flow, Balance, and Restore?help pave the way for this kind of renewal, each establishing a mindful connection to the body and allowing students an opportunity to find their spiritual center.
The term "reclaimed" also nods to the studio itself, which was made using recycled materials. Within that studio, students find three separate practice zones: one un-heated, and two warmed to varying temperatures, allowing students to find the spot that makes them most comfortable during their practice. The infrared radiant heat used in these two zones is reportedly a cleaner way to heat the studio than using forced air units or piles of burning coals, and has been linked with toxin removal, improved circulation, and even pain relief.
Tony Hunt started taking karate classes at the age of 25, after spending years wishing he had the courage to sign up for a class. But when he did, he was hooked immediately and started earning his belts. Today, Tony is a fourth-degree black belt who has been teaching karate since 1987. His classes instill discipline into his students, who learn the art of Shotokan karate within his immaculate dojo. There, he leads children and adults through perfecting their strikes and jumps in hopes that they will apply karate's lessons of self-confidence and honor to their own lives, even on weekends.
Curves encourages women to take the reins of their physical health with positive, supportive fitness classes and gym sessions. Pioneering the circuit-training regimen, the gym's trainers crafted a 30-minute workout that accommodates women of all fitness levels with a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. For maximum benefit, workout sessions operate in tandem with the trainers' encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and gravity.
Equipment: Rouge, GetRxd, WOD
Students should bring: Water, towel and a great attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to work out and have a great time.