Veera Yopga Center

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


Note from VEERA's Founder

There's a saying "Be careful what you wish for".  For the longest time, I always thought this saying was silly as there were things that I wished for so badly.  I kept 'putting it out there', yet nothing happened.  It seems that way sometimes, doesn't it?   

I've lately realized that when it does, it's the universe, higher power, whatever you wanna call it, at work.  You see, many of the things that I've so badly wanted require a level of maturity, a level of readiness that I didn't necessarily have when the desire began.  As I continued to put it out there however, it was cooking.  My faith was the fire and within the elements of growth were the ingredients to this unbelievably delicious meal.  Now, all of a sudden, it seems that there is no stopping what is coming.  

I'm totally humbled by this process and by how much we are all taken care of.  Be careful what you wish for?  Maybe, but I really do believe that our desires meshed with the role of that 'higher power' create the perfect balance in our lives individually and in nature as a whole. 


Gangotri- VEERA's Founder 
 Gangotri in River cropped 


G in med  


Have you ever wondered if there is an actual technique to meditating?  While meditation may seem like a simple concept, it can be quite challenging to sit still for a determined amount of time. The benefits of meditation are profound and a sustained practice does wonders for your nervous system, your ability to handle stress, your levels of awareness, and your connection to the divine and the world around you. In this workshop we'll explore a few different methods of meditation. We'll go over why it's so hard to define, yet so powerful to engage in. This workshop will be lead by Summer Ward, our very own meditation leader. She'll offer tools to explore in your own personal practice. Later that evening, feel free to bring the tools you learned and try them out during our free monthly meditation gathering from 8 to 9pm.


Sunday, August 7th | 2pm - 4pm | $35 

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teacher training 'Teach Through Grace'

Begins September 9th!


"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could." - Mahatma Gandhi


Through experiment, experience, and faith, Gandhi changed the world. He spoke his truth without hesitation, loved without judgment, and inspired people across the globe. Can we as yoga teachers do this? ABSOLUTELY!   The truth, love and compassion that overflowed from Gandhi's heart is within all of us, sometimes we just have to clear away some dust and maybe even a few cobwebs. This teacher training journey will support you to do just that. You'll start to see what's standing in your way. Through this process, you'll begin to understand your truth and find an abundance of love to share!


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Mom Pranayama  

If you have taken a class at VEERA, you know the power of the breath.  If you would like to understand more about the breath and how it can enhance your practice, check out one of our Pranayama Programs listed below.




The Tea Party

During this 2 hour informational meeting, you will learn about the history of the philosophy, and benefits of a focused breathing practice.  Promila, VEERA's pranayama specialist will lead you through a 15 minute sample practice so that you can experience the benefits first hand. 

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Saturday, August 6th | 7am  - 9am | $20 

The Intensive

Learn how to cultivate your own pranayama practice through method, timing and commitment.  Connect with breath and community, create awareness, and strengthen your entire being.  In this 4 hour and 15 minute intensive, Promila will lead and guide you through several breathing exercises while teaching you how to link them together, the order in which to do them and the specific technique that applies to each.  You'll also receive a take home guide to help build your own practice. 

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Sunday, August 14th | 11:15am  - 3:30pm | $120* 

* Early bird special: $95 if registered by August 6th

The Plunge

You've learned the techniques and benefits of the various pranayama exercises . . . Now it is time to put it into action! This 11 day course will help you do just that. It's hard to turn a new practice into habit, however through this program, you will be guided, encouraged and supported on this journey. For 11 days, we'll meet nightly from 9pm to 10pm to do our practice together, answer questions or concerns and get your own personal practice off to a great start!  

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 Aug 22nd - Sept 1st | 9-10pm daily | $199* 

* Early bird special: $169 if registered by August 14th

miniyogis 20 HOUR 


Kids yoga 


Have you ever thought about what life would have been like or what it might be like today if you had this practice from childhood?  Well, this is your chance to give that gift to child!  Shana Meyerson from miniyogis is coming to VEERA to do a 20 hour training on how to teach yoga to kids at different ages.    

 Oct 22 - Oct 23

8am - 6pm


(early bird discount: $475 paid in full by Aug 31st)

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Karuna means compassion in sanskrit and this section of our newsletter is dedicated to compassionate acts in and around our community. 

katelin and jake

 Hi, my name is Katelin. You may have seen me around the studio before. I would like to share with you a topic that is very close to my heart. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a meaningful disease to me because one of my close friends, Jake, has been forced to live with it all of his life. I can only imagine what he has to go through each and every day, so am trying to do all that I can to help cure this affliction. CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Coming in October is the CF Cycle For Life bike tour, which is a fundraiser held annually in order to support finding a cure to CF. The event is October 22, 2011, and features two distance options through some of the most scenic terrains in the Sierra Foothill Wine Country. You can help by joining this race for a cure. Find out more at If bike rides just aren't your thing, but you still want to help, you can donate to Jake's "Team Jammin' for Jake" under the captain's name, Rick Rock. You can always contact me for more information. Thank you so much, and every little bit can help save lives.


Twisting Open Sinking InHello Fellow Yogis!
We've heard this many times: what we practice on the mat translates to our "everyday life." But so many sensations and ideas can well up (and sometimes hit us on the head like a two-by-four), that we may not get the chance to really reflect and talk about how these experiences, challenges and changes manifest themselves in our lives. In response to this, we've started a blog, Twisting Open, Sinking In, to provide our community (and anyone else!), with the opportunity to ponder, understand, chuckle, or even give a little "huh, that's interesting!"

    The posts I will be writing are in part an expression of my journey as I continue to deepen and twist open along with the rest of you. Not just on the mat, but in our day to day lives when we're not attempting Dancers Pose in the studio or in our living rooms, physically wobbling and finding strength. We wobble and find our strength in each moment we breathe, and part of the beauty of a community like this one is that we continue to inspire and support each other.

     At the beginning of each month a new post will be added. As the conversation grows, you can comment on the postings themselves or even share on our facebook page. Let's explore the practice of Everyday Life!


Twisting Open & Sinking In



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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.



Practice on the VEERA Patio under a full moon! Get in tune with nature as we flow to LIVE drum beats with Zach Passillas and the gang from The Yoga Seed! The pace will be slower than our usual VVF classes but the energy will spike afterwards as we move to the beats for a drumming/dance party! Class will be from 9pm to 10pm, and the dance party will go 'till we're done! Heat will not be used for this practice as it will be outside. Dress in layers for this class as it may be chilly until we get warmed up!

July 9th|1:30-4pm|$20 

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Have you registered for the VEERA Challenge yet?  If not and you're ready to commit to living your yoga, sign up today!!  Through this Challenge, you will be guided, encouraged and held accountable for your goals, personal growth and transformation.  This program combines the practice of yoga asana (postures) with nutrition, self exploration, meditation and pranayama (breathing practices) to ensure the best possible result.


Sept 12th - Oct 17th

Meetings will be held on Mondays: 7:30pm-9pm

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Welcome to the world little Laylah! 

Laylah Trinity

Our lovely Kristi gave birth to the beautiful Laylah Trinity on July 13th!  Laylah was 7 lbs, 13oz and 20 inches long.  


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

Meet Sevak Jessie!


My story with Yoga started off a little rocky. I've always been a little different and wild, but in a good way.  I'm full of surprises.  In 2007 however, my life took a slight turn.  A turn that was completely unexpected. In Sept 2007 I was diagnosed with stage four-breast cancer at age 24. From that day on, my life was turned upside down. The doctor's office was a new home for me. An MRI and a CT Scan were routine. I went through years of treatment, four major surgeries, and doctors, doctors, doctors. It took a mental and a huge physical toll on me. I was drained. My heart was torn and my mind was a battle scene from a war movie. My doctor had suggested yoga for physical therapy. I had dabbled with yoga years before my cancer, but it was nothing serious. I found a local studio around the corner from my house in Folsom. It was challenging, but something spoke to me. I left that class feeling great. My body felt alive and I was hooked. I kept at it and after a while I was able to keep up with the class on a physical level. Then another change started to surface. I had been protecting myself for so long, yet bit-by-bit, breath-by-breath I was breaking down walls I had built to protect myself. I was in so much fear, emotional pain and judgment of myself. Yoga has shown me more then the physical aspect. Of course my physical health is important but It's given my mind, my body and my soul a release. I have had a rocky past and who knows what tomorrow will bring. But when I connect with my breath and start moving the energy inside I'm letting go of the old and opening my heart to new possibilities. This practice has forever changed my life and the way I look at it. I'm filled with excitement and joy for this new journey and most of all to give back what has been so freely given to me.


~Jessie Hyden 


Next time you are in the studio, please take a look through our lost and found to see if you have left anything behind.  Given our limited space, and the large number of items that have been collected, we will be donated all of the items to GOODWILL on Friday, August 12th.  



Saturday, Aug 6th

7am - 9am



Sunday, Aug 7th

2pm - 4pm


Sunday, Aug 7th 

7pm - 8pm



Saturday, Aug 13th

1:00pm- 3:30pm



Saturday, Aug 13th

9pm - 10pm



Sunday, Aug 14th

11:15am - 3:30pm



Sunday, Aug 21st




Aug 22- Sept 1

9pm-10pm daily 



Sunday, Sept 11th

1pm- 3:30pm 



Sept 12- Oct 17



Sept 9 - Nov 6



October 22-23

8am - 6pm