Veera Yopga Center

Creating a community around Truth, Love & Compassion through the practice & teachings of Yoga

MAY 2011

Note from VEERA's Founder

As a teacher of yoga I am first a student, and as such, am going through yoga teacher training.  Participating in this program was a calling I felt from within.  It was something I really needed for me and at the same time, had no idea how it would happen with all the responsibilities, time constraints, blah, blah, blah.  I surrendered, let go (a little), and took the leap.  On the first night of training, I was amazed at our first lesson:  receive love!  You can't give it, if you don't receive it!  Ok, so this isn't ground breaking information, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.  Over the last few weeks of training, I've taken this to heart and started to soften my approach towards myself.   I'm feeling the love that I so want to give to others, and it's been WONDERFUL!  I feel alive, I feel real, and I feel like I have so much to give!

It's crazy that many of us work hard to control and command our way through things, yet as soon as we surrender a little, we don't have to try so hard.  What's needed comes almost effortlessly and all is well.  Yoga Master, Shri K Patthabi Jois says 'Do your practice, and all is coming.'

I love this practice! 

See you on the mat.


Gangotri- VEERA's Founder 
 Gangotri in tree

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Truth, Love Compassion that is!

Share your yoga 1 

If your practice has made you feel a little happier, and a little lighter, take it off the mat and share it!  Now is the time to share your yoga, and to make it even better, it's a contest!  


Entering is Easy!


1.       Refer a friend who's never been here before to a class at VEERA Yoga.  Be sure to tell them about our $39 for 30 days first time special as they will need to sign up for this to make  the referral to count.  

2.       Ask your friend to put your first and last name  as the referrer on the registration form when they come to class 

There are so many ways to win! 


Share your practice with the most number of people and win ONE YEAR of free yoga.   SIX MONTHS of free yoga goes to the person who shares their practice with the second most number of people.  The third most number of referrals wins THREE MONTHS of free yoga! 


Bring in at least 6 people and you'll get a free month of yoga!


For every person you bring in, you'll be entered into a drawing for One Free Year of Yoga and $100 Gift Certificate to use in our boutique!


We will announce the winners at our next open house on Saturday, June 25th.



Practice on the VEERA patio under a full moon!  Get in tune with nature as we flow to various drum beats at a slower pace than our ususal VVF classes.  Heat will not be used for this practice as it will be outside.  Dress in layers as it may be chilly until we get warmed up!


Full Moon


Sign Up Today!

Wednesday, June 15th | 9 - 10pm | $15


Karuna means compassion in sanskrit. This area of our newsletter is dedicated to compassionate acts within our community.
  VEERA team smiling

Compassion is something that we can participate in daily!  When you walk down the street today (and every other day), smile geniunly at everyone you see, even when they don't seem to want to make eye contact.  It's pretty amazing the difference we can make in someone's day by this small act of kindness.  Most of us are looking for love and kindness.  Give it away and feel the compassion come right back at you! 


Did you know that strawberries are listed as #7 on the Organic Dirty Dozen list? That is, the list of top 12 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic. With their thin, permeable skin, strawberries contain pesticides even after washing. Did you also know that these beautiful little red California berries are at the center of a big ugly controversy? The pesticide used in farming strawberries, Methyl Bromide, is being phased out, because it depletes the planet's ozone layer. The replacement is the chemical Methyl Iodide. This chemical has been deemed toxic and carcinogenic, but is now licensed in 47 states, most recently in California, and has been determined "safe" for the use on strawberries.  One UCSF professional who was part of the scientific committee to review Methyl Iodide said that exposure to this chemical will definitely cause cancer. How can use of this pesticide be considered "safe" for the consumers, farm workers, wildlife, and environment? Food for thought and one more good reason to grow your own or buy organic. 




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30 DAYS of YOGA for $39
New Students enjoy 30 consecutive days of unlimited yoga for just $39!  Come as much as you like during this introductory period. It's a great opportunity to experience different teachers and the impact of yoga on your life.

Memorial Weekend Class Schedule:


Saturday, May 28th

9:30am- ALL LEVELS

Sunday, May 29th

9:30am- ALL LEVELS

Monday, May 30th

9:30am- ALL LEVELS

6:00pm- ALL LEVELS



New to yoga and want get comfortable at a slower pace than the regularly scheduled classes? This workshop will help you do just that. We will learn about the history of yoga, the benefits of the practice and how to do some of the basic postures that form the foundation of our classes at VEERA YOGA.  

Jun 4th|1:30-4pm|$20 

 Sign Up Today! 


Sevak means servant in Sanskrit.  We call our staff our Sevak Team as we are here to serve and ensure that you get the most out of your VEERA experience.


Meet Sevak Emily!


I was born restless, always looking for a place to really call home. This lead me from the East Tennessee hills, where I was born and raised, to different parts of the US as I pursued an education and career in classical music. Though I loved the music and community, I eventually realized that life as a struggling musician was not for me. Feeling restless (and out-of-shape), I found myself in Sacramento on the mat again, years after some awkward first impressions and forgettable instances of flirting with yoga. Yoga  woke me up, welcomed me home, and unleashed a creative force and joyful love of life that was dormant in my heart. I stopped taking myself so seriously and started to laugh a lot - something the me of three years ago did not do very often. The more I go to the mat, the more my shyness and insecurities fade away. I became a teacher to create a space for others to receive the gifts of this amazing practice. It is so important to give ourselves space to explore the amazing freedom and beauty we all have in our hearts - home is truly where our heart is.


I am still in love with music. Rather than performing, I work on the other side of the arts business at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts where I manage the audience services department and the artist liaison program. I also love traveling, walking my dog through midtown with my awesome husband, reading, writing (you can read my writing at, and just living this blessed life one moment at a time. I am so grateful to be part of the beautiful community we have at Veera and look forward to seeing you soon!


~Emily Taggart


Upcoming Events


Meditation Class

Sunday, June 5th

7 - 8pm


Beginner's Workshop

Saturday, June 4th

1:30 - 4pm


Full Moon Yoga on the Patio

Wednesday, June 15th

9 - 10pm

Monthly Gardening Coop Meeting

Sunday, June 26th

4 - 5pm