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April Underwood CMT, CYT

April is simply a lover of movement, rhythm, dance, and fitness of all kinds!  April has been practicing and teaching various styles of yoga and fitness since 1991 and is trained and certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Pilates, and various other fitness disciplines including Insanity, and P90X!  She is also a post-rehabilitation specialist, working with clients recovering from injuries with the practices of Yoga, Pilates, and massage therapy.

A teacher of teachers, April is the director and co-author of the Transformative Yoga instructor training course and teaches trainings and workshops several times a year.
Although she has studied in depth with masters in the realm of breath, yoga, fitness, and overall wellness throughout the years, her committed personal practice has been the source of personal insights and knowledge that continue to evolve whatever she is teaching, to the ultimate dynamic, healing, and holistic practice for each individual.

April is also a licensed massage therapist and has a full time practice in Carmichael, California where she is also available to work with clients to help each person discover the yoga and fitness practice that is ideal for them.




Gena Foreman (Yoga)

 Gena Foreman’s, (E-RYT) passion for yoga began nearly 20 years ago when she took her first class at the local gym. The feeling of peace, quiet and strength she experienced after class started to weave itself into every facet of her life. In 2004, she completed her first teacher training with Shannon Wells. Her teaching style focuses on the awareness of conscience breathing, emphasizing core strength to build endurance while finding the balance between effort and surrender. Gena encourages her students to listen to their body and honor where they are in that moment. She has taught wheelchair bound seniors, professional athletes, the raw beginner to the seasoned yogi. She has completed several trainings and continues to learn with various teachers. She is authentic, compassionate, and playful; students are nurtured and individual needs are met.

Join Gena for Yoga Asana Level I/II Tuesday mornings 9 to 10:30am, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm and Saturdays 8 to 9:30am.  She also teaches a monthly workshop, "Yoga For Beginners."



 Margaret  (Raw Food Classes)

Margaret became very ill all of a sudden about 3 years ago, when she was diagnosed with a serious blood infection, systemic  candida, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Every part of her body ached with pain and she tried various  conventional and alternative medicines to try to alleviate the pain and improve her health. But no matter what she did,  Margaret’s body could not absorb any nutrients and convert them into energy and life. She was starting to think that she  would have to spend the rest of her life in this painful, diseased body.Frustrated and depressed, she started researching  different dietary options and one day, by pure chance, came across Victoria Boutenko’s book, 12 Steps to Raw Foods. She  bought the book. After reading the book Margaret decided to give raw food a try … 100%. That was back in April of 2009,  and guess what happened? It worked. Within 2 weeks, her energy level changed, her pain diminished, and her physical need  to sleep all the time changed too. It was amazing. Margaret’s family and friends couldn’t believe the difference … she went  from not being able to walk up stairs to exercising every day in a matter of months.

 In June 2010, Margaret went to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California to complete a Raw Food Chef and  Instructor training certification.  Margaret completed the Raw Food Essentials, Fundamentals of Raw Living Foods, Knife Skills  and the Associate Chef and Instructor Training. She is now teaching in various locations around Sacramento and holds  monthly talks and workshops here at Lotus Garden




Robert Nakashima

Robert (Tai Chi)

Robert teaches the rare Guang Ping Yang style of Tai Chi, a traditional form known for its deep root and refined blending of energies. He is a former tournament grand champion in form and weapons and currently serves as co-director of WarriorHeart, a non-profit organization that teaches meditation and Tai Chi to those with chronic illness. A lifelong martial artist, Robert also holds a second degree black belt in Okinawan Karate.

Join Robert every Saturday morning for Tai Chi, from 10-11:00 am.




Sita (Yoga)

Sita is a certified Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant with over 40 years of experience. She is also a talented musician, vocalist, and composer. In her classes, students learn to use Yoga as a tool in helping to minimize illness and reduce the risk of injuries, while releasing physical and mental tension in the mind and body. Sita's classes help to increase flexibility, strength and productivity, and reawaken one's ability to greet life with renewed joy and serenity. Sita's 25 years of experience as a birthing coach make her a Prenatal Yoga Teacher you can feel comfortable with. You will love Sita's authentic, informative style combined with her sensitive and practical approach.

Join Sita every Wednesday and Friday from 10 am-11:30 am.


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