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This Sunday, bring your special someone to Metta Yosemite for a very special Valentines yoga session with Sarah Montgomery. Spots are going quick, so sign up now! We'll see you there!

Metta Yosemite to Offer Special Valentines’ Couples Yoga

OAKHURST — Bring your Valentine to Metta Yosemite for this special class for couples! Sarah Montgomery will guide you through some partner poses to encourage bonding and health.

Image of the Metta Yosemite logo.Date & Time:  Sunday, February 12, from 5 – 6 p.m.

Metta Yosemite is the place in Oakhurst, California, for yoga classes, sound bowls, and a magical metaphysical gift shop! It was created to bring local practitioners together to form one space for mind/body/spirit wellness. They also offer an in-house gift boutique with comfort, care, and magical items.

Spots open for only four couples for this special event!

Click here to reserve your spot for this event.

About Sarah Montgomery

Sarah received her first certification in March 2021, and since then has been teaching for the Eastern Madera Recreation and Parks, as well as the Coarsegold Community Center.

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Sarah Montgomery.

A majority of the classes Sarah teaches are Vinyasa and Hatha. She describes her style as creative and intuitive – her sequences are influenced by, but not particularly revolved around, chakra work. Sarah is also a Certified Personal Trainer, and can incorporate an athletic edge to her teachings.

Sarah also incorporates elements of yin into her classes so effort and ease are balanced. Many of Sarah’s students have described her classes as the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.

Metta Yosemite
40359 CA-41 Suite 1
Oakhurst, CA 93644

A Short History of Yoga
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Image by Ivan Zakharenko.

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that has its roots in ancient India. Its origins can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, with evidence of early yogic practices found in Hindu scriptures such as the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Over time, yoga has evolved and diversified into various forms, with its teachings and practices being passed down from teacher to student in an oral tradition.

In the early 20th century, yoga was brought to the West by Indian teachers such as Swami Vivekananda, who introduced yoga philosophy and practices at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. At first, yoga was primarily seen as a physical discipline, with an emphasis on postures and breathing exercises. However, as Western practitioners delved deeper into the teachings of yoga, they began to understand its broader implications, including its spiritual and philosophical aspects.

In the mid-20th century, a number of influential teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois popularized the practice of Ashtanga yoga, which is a physically demanding style that emphasizes the synchronization of movement and breath. In the late 20th century, other forms of yoga such as Iyengar yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga emerged, each with their own unique approaches and emphasis.

Image of a man doing yoga on a boulder at the beach.Today, yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry, with millions of practitioners all over the world. In addition to its physical and mental benefits, yoga has also been shown to have therapeutic effects, particularly for conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. The popularity of yoga has also led to its integration into mainstream medicine, with many hospitals and healthcare facilities now offering yoga as a complementary therapy.

Yoga has a rich history that spans thousands of years, with its teachings and practices evolving over time to meet the changing needs of society. Despite its commercialization, yoga continues to be a source of physical, mental, and spiritual healing for millions of people around the world, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Whether one is seeking physical wellness or spiritual enlightenment, yoga offers a path to a more fulfilling life.

Check out this short video on the differences between Vinyasa and Hatha yoga!

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