Yoga to get healthy, support a good cause |

Yoga to get healthy, support a good cause

Robin Bratton in Tree Pose at Bikram Yoga.
John Hart | The Union

The start of the new year is the perfect time to do something that improves your personal health and wellbeing, but now you can also support the Nevada County nonprofit community while helping yourself.

Since August 2011, Bikram Yoga Grass Valley/Nevada City has been quietly offering a 90-minute Bikram yoga class as a “Karma Class” each Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for a minimum donation of $5. All monies collected are donated to a local nonprofit organization, which changes monthly.

To date, more than $5,000 has been contributed to local organizations, including The Friendship Club, the Nevada County Food Bank, Women of Worth, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nevada County, the Nevada County Land Trust, the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon, and the Michael Bratton II Foundation.

Hospitality House is the designated nonprofit benefiting from January’s donations. Donations are accepted all month with many of Bikram Yoga’s regular students contributing, even when they are not able to attend the Karma Class.

“The Karma Class is a way for our studio and our regular students to give back to the community,”
— Bikram Yoga owner Kelly Schrader

“The Karma Class is a way for our studio and our regular students to give back to the community,” said Bikram Yoga owner Kelly Schrader. “But it also offers the opportunity for anyone to take a class at a very reasonable fee. There are some students who only attend on Tuesday evening, and we’re happy to see them each week.”

“Both Mike and I have been thrilled to be involved with the Karma Class program at Bikram Yoga,” said Robin Bratton of the MEB2 Foundation.

“The funds go directly into both the MEB2 Foundation and Anew Day. It is also a great way to honor the memory of our son, Michael. It is a win-win for both the nonprofits and the people attending the Karma Classes. We have worked with Kelly for two years now, and we look forward to participating in this wonderful program again in 2013.”

Bikram yoga is different from other forms of yoga because it is practiced in a heated room.

The heat is there for a purpose — it warms the muscles for greater flexibility, flushes toxins from the body, creates a cardiovascular workout and burns calories.

For information on Bikram Yoga or the Tuesday evening Karma Classes, call Schrader at (530) 273-2030 or go online at

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