East Sac Yoga

East Sac Yoga

5.0 (7)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

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Sandi Russi, E-RYT is the owner and primary instructor of East Sac Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2001 as a certified Ananda Yoga instructor.

Group yoga classes are taught in the Ananda tradition and emphasize safety and comfort. Rest periods are taken in between the poses and students are given instruction on how to modify poses for their individual needs.

We begin either sitting or lying down watching the breath for a few minutes before moving into gentle warm-up stretches. After transitioning to standing postures, we come back to the floor for seated and/or prone/supine poses. Class is completed with ample time in deep relaxation to fully integrate the benefits of entire practice. A drop of pure, therapeutic grade essential oil may be offered to enhance deep relaxation.

Ananda Yoga includes breathing, pranayama, affirmations and gentle guidance to students to become more aware of the body, the breath and the energy within. 

In private sessions, we outline specific poses to support the client's goals and fine-tune the practice to the client's needs.

I enjoy connecting with my students and helping them discover the many ways that yoga can benefit their health and well-being. I especially enjoy hearing how good they feel after class and how it was "just what they needed." The exchange of energy is incredible and I feel uplifted and energized after sharing the practice with students each time.

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Sacramento, CA 95819
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7 Reviews


  • June Wilcox

    One of the most beneficial aspect of Sandi's teachings, situated is very careful in explaining all of the moves.

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  • Kathy Donovan

    Sandi’s Anada Yoga classes are always a nice mixture of meditative and physical —and fun! She is very attentive to proper alignment and provides clear, step by step instructions for the poses. I also appreciate the alternative choices for those of us with knee issues and similar constraints. By the end of class, I feel relaxed and completely refreshed.

  • Nancy Weagly

    I love yoga. I love the way Sandi teaches yoga. She is slow and gentle. She is precise and consistent. There is always something knew, yet enough repetition to create muscle memory, learning and a level of comfort and familiarity. Sandi obviously loves yoga and loves teaching yoga and we all benefit from that.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Determine if there are any medical condisitions, past injuries or other concerns.

Let the student know basic safety precautions and advise to move out of any poses carefully if they are not comfortable or feeling any sense of strain or pain.

Let the new student know the basic sequence of the class: breathing on back or sitting up; gentle warm-up stretches on the floor; transition to standing poses; back to floor for more postures; transition to deep relaxation. Deep relaxation may include guided body scan or guided visualization then breathing in silence. We gently return to body awareness and return to sitting.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Certified Ananda Yoga Instructor,2001. E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance: “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.”

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

First time at Lion’s Roar Dharma Center: $6

First time at Sacramento Yoga Center : $10 (this pass is good for 20 days.)

Drop-in $15

1-hour classes: 4-class pass, $45; 8-class pass, $80

1.25-hour classes: 4-class pass, $55; 8-class pass, $96

4-class passes are good for 6 weeks; 8-class passes are good for 8 weeks. 

How did you get started teaching?

I came to Ananda Yoga originally through meditation. At an all-day meditation in late 1999, I receive a clear message to pursue the Yoga Teacher Training. I had already completed many of the required courses through my meditation and philosophy studies at the Sacramento Ananda Center. In 2001, I completed the 200-hour training at the Expanding Light in Nevada City, Ananda’s Retreat center.

What types of students have you worked with?

I’ve worked with students of all ages and experience levels, including children, teens, adults and seniors.

A number of students I work with have various physical challenges and limitations. Most of the students in my morning classes are retired.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love the Healing Arts Festival that happens 2x /year in Sacramento. The event is run by Prasanna, another Ananda Yoga instructor. She thoroughly vets all of the vendors at the event. 

I have been a vendor at the event for the past few years, offering complimentary neuro-auricular technique: a simple process of applying 4 therapeutic-grade essential oils to the back of the neck to support immune system, reduce stress and help with sleep.

About once every month or two, I offer Aroma-Bliss Yoga classes which incorporate the use of therapuetic grade essential oils with the yoga practice. I only use Young Living essential oils due to their stringent quality control, farming practices and high standards. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I typically offer the following advice to those looking for a yoga instructor:

#1– find someone who will keep you safe! Does the instructor give plenty of cues to help your protect your knees and other areas of concern? Does the instructor show you step-by-step HOW to get into the pose and HOW to come out of the pose safely? To receive the many benefits that yoga has to offer, one needs to be BOTH SAFE & COMFORTABLE. I do not advise working with anyone who wants to “push” your body somewhere it is not ready to be. It is ok to feel a stretch... but not pain or strain.

#2 — Find someone you resonate with. You want to feel that the instructor is approachable and easy to talk to. Is this someone you feel comfortable asking questions? Do you like the sound of his/her voice? Do you feel inspired, uplifted, etc., in their presence?

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about your health and wellness goals. BE sure to discuss any particular medical concerns or past injuries. 

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