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.
Sandi is a very good instructor who made my experience extremely relaxing
One of the most beneficial aspect of Sandi's teachings, situated is very careful in explaining all of the moves.
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.
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.
Certified Ananda Yoga Instructor, 2001. E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance: “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.” I have taken many classes and workshops over the years, integrating all that I learn to help students practice safely in a way that works for their bodies.
I also integrate other modalities such as occational use of pure therapeutic essential oils to help with breathing, deep relaxation, focus, etc.
As I have worked on my own health & healing, in 2019, I have begun to introduce students to Energy Medicine practices that easily integrate with our yoga practice.
Several options are available and all can be seen at: http://eastsacyoga.com/class-fees/.
NEW STUDENTS can choose 1 of the following offers:
Option #1: usable at SYC LOCATION ONLY: $10 for 20 days -- this pass can be used for ANY SYC instructor. We are all independing and after your 20 days, you can choose who you'd like to continue with.
Option #2: $20 for 1 month. Good at BOTH locations, but at SYC, only for Sandi's classes.
SYC is located at 2791 24th Street, Room #6 (Sierra 2 Community Center in Curtis Park area). Street parking or enter the lot via 4th Avenue, near basketball court. Drive to back left corner of lot and you will see the SYC sign above window.
East Sac Yoga's 2nd location is at Lion's Roar Dharma Center, 3240 B Street (just a few blocks east of McKinley Park). Park in the lot and enter via the stairs on side of building.
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.
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 or semi-retired.
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.
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?
Think about your health and wellness goals. BE sure to discuss any particular medical concerns or past injuries.
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