New yoga studio opens in Grass Valley |

New yoga studio opens in Grass Valley

The Union staff

"Yoga Well," a Grass Valley studio focused on bringing yoga to the Nevada County masses, was opened on March 1 by county native Sarah Molaro.

Molaro has more than 10 years of experience as a student and teacher of the ancient Indian art, and says she is very passionate about giving people in the area a place to practice yoga.

"I have committed to myself as a student of yoga," Molaro stated in a news release submitted to The Union. "I learn as I practice. I learn as I teach. I learn as I tell others about my passion and my experience."

Molaro was first introduced to yoga at a Sierra College course in 2003, where she said she became "an enthusiast in these arts of movement and self study." In the summer of 2011, Molaro studied yoga with Baba Hari Dass, a silent monk and guru who has practiced verbal silence since 1952.

Molaro said studying yoga with teachers like Dass has helped her realize how beneficial it is for a person's well-being.

"Yoga is a study of the self," Molaro said. "Yoga is stretching and breathing. Yoga is exercise and it is rest. Yoga is an opportunity to take a break and open to personal balance and clarity."

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Since her training, Molaro has taught more than 1,500 hours of yoga and says she is still excited to share what she knows to people everyday.

"I enjoy sharing yoga and individually assisting students with their questions, keeping an intention to aligning today's practice with the roots of (more than) 2,000 years of yoga evolution and insight," Molaro said.

Located on the 100 block of Hughes Road, the studio provides space for up to 10 students at a time, and is open to giving yoga teachers seeking a space to rent out and offer classes or workshops.

Molaro said she is interested in teaching Ashtanga, or Hatha yoga, but says she is by no means a master of this work, but a resource.

"I enjoy meeting people where they are at, helping them deepen their own practice, or discover some of the simplest ways that yoga can make them feel good," Molaro said.

The community studio offers donation based classes and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people to drop in for informal practice during lunch. Molaro said starting on April 3, a teen class will be added to the studio's Thursday schedule, and will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Molaro, though, encourages people to come in to the studio to practice yoga, no matter what their age or skill level may be.

"Yoga has helped me in every area of my life to remain happy and with hope, to stay physically strong and flexible to handle life, and to stay inspired to be creative," Molaro said.

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