“The Yoga Seed Collective is organized as a non-profit organization. As a non-profit, we have a Board of Directors that is part of our leadership structure. We currently have three members on the Board and are recruiting a few additional members.
Yoga has such a positive impact on the health and well being of individuals and the community that we are fully committed to the vision of having yoga available for everyone. It is an honor to be able to serve our community in growing vibrant and extensive yoga programs in many locations. We hope that in addition to practicing with us, you will consider volunteering for Yoga Seed and donating if you are able.
Yoga Seed is our organization and our growing community. It needs lots of love and attention to grow to its fullest potential. Hope you will consider how you can participate!”
Sincerely, Christine Martin on behalf of the Board of Directors
Would you like to be on our team? Yoga Seed is a non-profit organization, which means our work is about community service and all revenues are used to operate our programs. Part of being a non-profit is having a Board of Directors that works with our staff to set policy, make decisions, and represent Yoga Seed in the community and work on fund raising. Board Members are stewards of the organization, responsible for ensuring our mission is fulfilled. If you love what Yoga Seed brings to our community and want to see our studio and outreach programs grow, please consider becoming a Board Member. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve our Yoga Seed community as well as the many people we want to reach with yoga services. All are welcome to apply. Board Members volunteer their time, and need to be able to devote 15-30 hours per month to this service. If this isn’t right for you perhaps you know someone that would be interested. Please contact us for more info.
Christine Martin, Board President
Christine Martin comes to Yoga Seed with a wealth of experience in developing, operating and sustaining non-profit organizations. Christine served on the Board of the Sacramento YWCA and La Familia Counseling Center, and currently is on the Board of Bread of Life, and the California State Rural Health Association. Ms. Martin has a passion for the extraordinary benefits that a yoga practice brings to individuals and the community and is committed to developing avenues that make yoga available to all. “No matter what stage of life you are in and what your physical abilities, a regular practice of yoga can enhance your health, your well being and your spiritual self. As Yoga Seed brings yoga to many different populations, we believe we will be improving the lives of individuals as well as our community.”
In 2010 she completed 200-hour teacher training at Asha Yoga. It was during this training that her desire to bring yoga to everyone grew. Sara was in her class and she joined the initial Board of Yoga Seed.
Christine is a national expert in telehealth, the provision of health care using videoconferencing and other technology. She is the CEO of Insight Telehealth Development, her newly formed consulting group, formed after 16 years of developing telehealth programs in the government and non-profit sectors. She provides business and program development services to health care agencies, government and non-profit organizations. Christine holds an MBA in health services administration, a BS in Clinical Laboratory Technology and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Bob joined Yoga Seed as one of the original board members in 2010. He is Yoga Seed’s CFO/Treasurer and is Chair of the Financial Development Committee. Bob has lived in and loved Sacramento since 1990. While being on a non profit board is a new experience, Bob brings more than twenty years of experience as a financial and management consultant. Since 1998, Bob has been President and CFO of The Reed Group, which has provided consulting services to local governments, associations, and non profit organizations in areas of finance, cost analysis, strategic planning, organizational analysis, and human resources.
Bob first discovered yoga in about 2005, and embraced it with passion and zeal beginning in 2008. In 2009, Bob completed a 200-hour teacher training program at It’s All Yoga, and has been teaching ever since. In 2012 Bob completed a 350-hour Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training program at Spirit Rock in Marin County. Bob has said, “Yoga and meditation has transformed my life and continues to do so in many ways. Everyone involved with Yoga Seed, including staff, teachers, and our many volunteers, has benefited from some form of transformation through the practice of yoga. Our goal is to provide an environment to support this transformative energy, and to make it accessible to all.”
Bob holds an MBA degree with an emphasis in economics and public policy, as well as MS and BS degrees in engineering. While not one the mat or cushion, he is developing an interest in acrylic abstract painting, and is an avid traveler.
Ryan has been a board member since 2013, and a volunteer at Yoga Seed since 2012. He discovered Yoga Seed when he moved to Sacramento in 2011 to attend law school at the University of California, Davis.
It had been a long-time goal of Ryan’s to begin an asana practice, but this proved difficult on a student’s budget until, during a summer internship, he saw a flier posted in the State Capitol promising yoga for all people. The next day he showed up at Yoga Seed’s midtown studio and began his practice.
In 2010, Ryan earned an advanced degree in the Classics. During the course of his studies he became literate in a number of ancient languages, but he developed a special interest in Sanskrit. This exposed him to the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Yoga Sutra, years before he was to step on a yoga mat for the first time. He left the path of academia and took up the study of law because he wanted his work to benefit the everyday world, beyond the walls of universities and libraries.
Ryan feels fortunate to be a part of Yoga Seed, and knows firsthand how the organization brings health and happiness to all those in the Sacramento area who seek to find it through the practice of yoga.
Leili Khalessi joined The Yoga Seed Collective’s Board of Directors in 2013. She brings her experience in non-profit management, marketing, public relations, branding, event planning, staff development and project management. She is the Marketing and Communications Manager for RedRover, a national non-profit organization focused on helping animals in crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals. She has also provided digital communications and social media consulting services to local business owners. A Sacramento native, Leili holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from Sacramento State University.
In 2008, Leili fell in love with yoga. In 2010, she completed earned her 200-hour teacher training certification from It’s All Yoga. Her class offerings have included Yin, restorative, slow flow and yoga basics classes, as well as movement and mindfulness for office workers. She also takes great interest in Ayurveda and nutrition. “From its beginnings, Yoga Seed has felt like home to me,” Leili said. “This beautiful community that Yoga Seed serves is itself a manifestation of yoga’s ability to heal and unite. It’s an honor to serve on the Board of Directors.”
In addition to yoga, Leili enjoys outdoor excursions with family, cooking, reading, and taking her dog Jack with her to the office.
Jeanne Halvorson was one of the Yoga Seed’s early students at the E street location in 2010. After moving back to Sacramento from Minneapolis in 2009, Jeanne was seeking a local, non-profit yoga studio to suit her budget and her yearning for a yoga community. The Yoga Seed was a natural fit.
With an ability to network and develop a community, Jeanne aspires to connect more like-minded individuals to the mission of the Yoga Seed. She is a true believer in the vast benefits that yoga can provide to all people, by generating a collective awareness around love and compassion.
Jeanne brings with her an array of experience. She received her J.D. from the Univ. of St Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, MN and passed the CA bar exam in 2010. She is currently working for her family business, which provides Workers’ Compensation insurance to the food and agricultural industry. She is the Human Resources Manager and the Medical Management Process Supervisor. In 2013, Jeanne completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification training at It’s All Yoga.
Kevin grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to Sacramento in 1999 to attend law school and now practices law here. He began practicing meditation and yoga recently and has found it to be a great addition to help balance work and life demands.