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Namaste every day

Yoga Seed Collective holds classes at 1400 E St., Sacramento.
Photo courtesy of Mariah Shoppman.

Strolling through the quiet, air conditioned halls of City College’s Performing Arts building, I noticed two copies of the same orange, half sheet of paper tacked onto different bulletin boards.

On both flyers was a chart of the 32 yoga classes the Yoga Seed offers. Descriptions of the classes were given at the bottom of the flyer: vinyasa would be active and sweaty, “ALL BODIES” would be for all mobility levels with minimal pressure on the wrists, Yoga Para Todos was for Spanish speakers; there was even a vinyasa-based, “Queer Community” class.

Above the class schedule it read that these classes were donation-based, from $7 to $15 a class or unlimited classes a month from $60 to $120.

“Neat,” I thought.

Reasonable prices are some of today’s biggest requests. But what’s the deal with yoga, anyway?

I’ve seen enough people walking around in yoga pants, carrying Starbucks cups to associate the practice as something emerging from some secret society.

I’ve wondered for too long, now what the secret behind the exercise is. I mean, if others can enjoy and incorporate into their busy lives, what was my excuse?

It’s not like I haven’t tried it before. The last time I got my yoga on was actually my first time.

About three years ago, a roommate invited me to class with her and I basically recall insane amounts of stretching and sweating. I wanted to get out of the class as much as I wanted a new roommate. At the time I felt like she lured me into torture, and I acquainted with sore body parts I didn’t realize existed.

It was great workout.

I decided it was time to explore yoga again, and in an effort to learn more, went straight to expert.

The Yoga Seed, explains the studio’s director Zach Pasillas, is about “breaking through financial and cultural barriers…[serving as] a community who wants to benefit everyone coming through the door, no matter what.”

Pasillas also recommends people take the class they feel most comfortable with.
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I exhaled relief with my miniscule knowledge about yoga and wound up taking Pasillas’ beginner’s course.

Initially, I penciled in the challenging “8limb vinyasa” class. As the universe would have it, a busy weekend halted my vinyasa practice and placed me in Pasillas’ beginner’s class, which was a better fit for me.

Pasillas’ class included soft music with mats and a handful of other beginners on the cold floor.

“There’s an emerging spirituality that works really well with what yoga has to offer,” says Pasillas.

Reaching for the sky and breathing through my nose connected me to an inner rhythm. My heart hit my chest as I flailed my arms, trying not to laugh at my own balancing act, and Pasillas walked about the room reminding everyone to breathe, focus on where to shift our weight, plant our feet and point our toes.

At one point, we were instructed to lie on our backs. That’s when I fell asleep in the savasana pose.

While some City College students volunteer at the Yoga Seed. Others probably fall asleep in asanas, yoga positions, in Trinidad Stassi’s yoga class at City College.

Stassi, a computer science professor and yoga practitioner of 15 years, says the most challenging aspect of yoga could be the concentration of maintaining an inward focus because yoga is self-analysis as well.

“If you practice with sincerity and honesty,” says Stassi, “its light will spread to all aspects of your life. It can remove obstacles to good health and stable emotions. In this way, yoga will anyone achieve emancipation and self realization, which is the ultimate goal of every person’s life.”

Elaine Hobday, Stassi’s student, says she practices yoga to breathe, stretch and relax.

“Yoga is enlightenment, a clear mind,” notes Hobday.

I’ll say the same.

Relaxing is awkward with lanky limbs and a clumsy nature. Honing into my breathing, I now see my unique rhythm and energy in a different light.

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