We’ve created this space because we’ve seen the great benefit that yoga can bring to a person’s life, whether that is stress reduction, healing, greater capacities for compassion and awareness, or physical benefits like flexibility, strength, pain reduction, or simply a greater ease and comfort in one’s embodiment. Yoga makes us happy, and we want to share it! Unfortunately, we know that for many populations, yoga is simply not accessible. We are working to change all that.
The Yoga Seed Collective started, as most dreams do, with $50 and a dream of a healthier, more socially just community. Fellow for-profit studios, other businesses, and yogis around town were so excited to see the manifestation of our mission that they donated props, shared funds and held garage sales to raise money for the first month’s rent at our studio space at 14th and E Street. We collected the money, along with donations from local yoga studios to supplement our start, and we were off!
Since then we have served thousands of Sacramento County residents, 24,000 visits in 2013 alone. While we have quadrupled in size and scope, our grassroots beginnings remain, with some community members still holding yearly garage sales, and donating the proceeds to us. Thank you Sacramento for bringing health and wellness to our community!
Since April 2010, we have opened and maintained the studio location at 14th and E Street downtown, with a full schedule of classes. We have experienced tremendous growth, moving from an all-volunteer organization to having numerous paid staff, a growing board, over a 30 yoga teachers (both in and out of the studio), and a group of close to 100 active volunteers.
We have created several yoga programs that meet the needs of underserved populations, such as an “ALL Bodies” yoga class for all people interested in yoga, no matter what their skill level, experience, or limitations (physical or perceived), “Seated Yoga,” and a yoga class specifically for the LGBTQI population.
As part of our mission, we partner with organizations to co- create yoga programs for their clients.Off site, we have been teaching three classes a week to developmentally disabled and vulnerable youth at Sierra School for the last two years. We have taught or continue to teach at New Folsom Prison, Sacramento Children’s Crisis Nursery, Sutter Center for Psychiatry, and a class for diabetes at Sacramento Native American Health Center, among many others. Check out our current Programs and Outreach blog for more details.
Almost as soon as we launch a program, there is demand for more. Now is a pivotal time for Yoga Seed. By sponsoring one of these developing programs or by donating today, you have a chance to directly affect the outcome of these very special programs. By investing in them, you invest in the well being of the neighborhood, the city, and greater awareness, wellness, happiness, stress reduction, pain reduction, healing of relationships, lesser rates of depression and anxiety, and greater harmony and peace on this planet.
We currently have six directors on our board and are looking for a one more to join us. To learn more about each of our board members follow this link: Board of Directors.