Gold Country Yoga

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he change and transformation a dedicated Yoga practice can bring about is priceless.  And the great news is that anyone can benefit from Yoga; whether you are new to Yoga or have taken classes for a while, whether you are strong to begin with or not, whether you are stiff or flexible, in shape or not—Yoga will simply help you feel better!

Yoga is meant to be a practice–something you engage with on a regular or even daily basis. Of course there are days that simply get away from you, but you’ll be amazed how even a few minutes of Yoga every day can go a long way in supporting your physical health and emotional well-being.

Gold Country Yoga offers different length classes and a broad variety of themes and styles that will make it easy for you to find just the right class for what you need every day.

Benefits of a Home Yoga Practice

Feel more comfortable and at home in your body

Increase your strength, mobility and flexibility

Find relief from common aches and pains

Feel grounded & resilient in the face of challenge

Learn how to effectively reduce stress and tension

Become more accepting of yourself & others

Invaluable chance to care for your health & well-being

Greater ease falling asleep and staying asleep

What’s Included in Your Membership

Hundreds of professionally produced Yoga Classes right at your fingertips 24/7

Active Movement, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Relaxation & Mindfulness classes

Specialty Yoga Workshops and Special Series on a wide range of topics

Multi-day Yoga Challenges and Retreats for a truly guided experience

Targeted practices to address your changing daily challenges and needs

Expert guidance with plenty of skillful modifications for different levels

Membership pages and On-Demand Library are easy to use and navigate

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Are We the Right Fit?

It is crucial to find a teacher that you trust—someone who is skilled, experienced, creates meaningful practices and communicates Yoga in a way that resonates directly with you.  Ellen’s warm personality, dedication, depth of knowledge and consistent teaching principles will help you deepen your understanding of Yoga and move towards your goals of improved health and well-being.

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Curious to learn more about how you can feel your best every day? Explore a series of guided practices from the comfort of your home—and find out for yourself how Gold Country Yoga classes can transform your life!

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What We Offer

• Yoga for physical and emotional well-being
• Movement that is much more than just exercise
Postures that respect your unique body
• Yoga that includes reflection and mindfulness
• Support to create a home Yoga practice
• A family-run business dedicated to good health

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What We Do Not

• Extremely fast-paced or power Yoga classes
• Practices solely focused on exercise and cardio
• Gymnastic, extreme poses and practices
• ‘No pain, no gain’ as a motto
• Excessive fixation on aesthetics or appearance
• Bland, corporate Yoga with high-paid execs

Meet the Family Behind the Scenes

Ellen, Teacher & Owner at Gold Country Yoga, brings over 25 years of Yoga, movement & dance experience to her classes.  She skillfully combines traditional postures and creative movement sequences with mindfulness practices for a truly unique and engaging Yoga experience.

Mark, an Emmy Award-winning television and film professional, has extensive experience producing instructional Yoga videos.  He records all classes with multiple cameras, crystal-clear audio and carefully edits each one to highlight teaching details and create a seamless, flowing experience.

The Felines: Our cat family of four adds a little extra sweetness and delight to our classes. You may see Speedy climbing onto Ellen’s back in a Yoga pose, Mr. Smokes leaping up the cat tree, Tulane taking a nap on a Yoga blanket or Maddie parading her cuteness across the room.

Want to See More?  Browse Our Library

 Preview the On-Demand Library below: hundreds of Classes, Specialty Workshops and Multi-Day Yoga Challenges.

Recently Added Classes

We add classes regularly, often several new ones each week.  Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Series:  Wrist & Knees Free 3
Our third installment for anyone looking for a complete practice—without stressing your knees or wrists.
Strength & Stretch: Hamstrings
Let's give some attention to the hamstrings! This class focuses on both strength, and length.
Yoga & Mindfulness: Compassion
Explore the roots and expression of Compassion using simple Yoga movements and mindfulness.
Workshop: Yoga Classics 2
Another homage to the classic forms and movements of Yoga.
Workshop: On Balance
A complete Workshop exploring the nature of balance—both inside and out.
Series: Restore & More 1
A new series exploring both movement and Restorative Yoga together.
Wake Up Yoga 3
Take a half-hour to wake up and shake up your morning!
Inspiration & Support • Simplicity
Ellen gives a short, inspirational talk on the conscious simplicity she offers in her teaching.
Yin Yoga • 09-12-21
A complete Yin Yoga class exploring your response to someone 'pushing your buttons'.

Active Level 1

These beginner-friendly active practices are a great way to start exploring our Library and evoke your curiosity about this rich practice.

Series: Moving Meditation pt. 3
The latest installment of this Special Series mixing Movement and Mindfulness.
Series: Posture pt. 3
The 3rd installment in the About Your Posture series.
Gentle Movement Yoga • 06-14-21
An hour-long Gentle Movement Yoga class.
Wake Up Yoga 1
Start your morning off right with a great wake up call! Or enjoy this short practice anytime you need a boost.
Series: Posture pt. 2
This second of a series explore the nature of posture further with more active practices and direct experience.
Series: Wrist & Knee Free pt. 2
The 2nd of a 3-part series of full practices that avoid stressing the wrists and the knees. This is a stand-alone, complete class.
Series: Wrist & Knee Free pt. 1
The 1st of a 3-part series of full practices that avoid stressing the wrists and the knees.
Series: Coordination pt.1
The 1st in a 3-part series exploring and improving coordination, balance and dexterity.
Yoga 101 • Mindfulness
A great, basic class exploring the foundations and practice of mindfulness.

Active Level 2

Ready for a bit more? Here we explore a little more depth with active movements and strength enhancing postures.

Series: Moving Meditation pt. 3
The latest installment of this Special Series mixing Movement and Mindfulness.
Core Moments 4
Treat yourself to 17 minutes of focus on your core! Your abs might thank you!
Series: Posture pt. 3
The 3rd installment in the About Your Posture series.
Wake Up Yoga 1
Start your morning off right with a great wake up call! Or enjoy this short practice anytime you need a boost.
Series: Posture pt. 2
This second of a series explore the nature of posture further with more active practices and direct experience.
Series: Wrist & Knee Free pt. 2
The 2nd of a 3-part series of full practices that avoid stressing the wrists and the knees. This is a stand-alone, complete class.
Series: Coordination pt. 3
The 3rd and most challenging in a 3-part series exploring and improving coordination, balance and dexterity.
Rise & Shine Yoga • 05-17-21
Another great, complete Rise & Shine Yoga class to get your day started right!
Series: Coordination pt.2
The 2nd and more challenging in a 3-part series exploring and improving coordination, balance and dexterity.

Active Level 3

Up for a challenge? After an active warm up fluidly linking one pose with the next we’ll explore longer-held postures to help increase strength & stability.

Core Moments 4
Treat yourself to 17 minutes of focus on your core! Your abs might thank you!
Rise & Shine Yoga • 05-17-21
Another great, complete Rise & Shine Yoga class to get your day started right!
Yoga Classics 1
Enjoy over an hour of classic yoga postures and sequencing. Old-school on the mat!
Simple Strength 6
Enjoy getting stronger with this challenging yet accessible à la Carte practice. Add a relaxation or Yin practice to round it out.
Simple Strength 7
Strengthen your body without over-stretching your mind! The Simple Strength series mixes well with any of the quieter practices.
Yang Yoga • 12-29-20
A new, full Yang Yoga practice to get you moving—with some time to slow down at the end.
Simple Strength 4
Another variation on the strength-building theme: short, simple and accessible.
Simple Strength 1
A short, simple, strength-building practice that mixes well with other relaxing classes.
Simple Strength 2
Another focused, short, strength-building practice that's not overly complicated. Mix it with something relaxing!
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Gentle & Seated Practices

If a mat-based Yoga practice is not right for you try one of our Chair Classes. We start seated with easy upper-body movements followed by a few standing postures for balance and a short relaxation that can be done on the floor or couch.

Take a Seat 2
A great gentle, seated practice you can mix and match with relaxation or meditation.
Office Break • Calming Breath
A 10-minute Office Break focusing on relaxing breath work for stress-reduction.
Office Break • Neck Check
9:00, Neck, Neck, Shoulders, Spine
A 9-minute Office Break to stretch and relax your neck!
Take a Seat 1
A 30-minute seated practice in the Yoga à la Carte series. This is a gentler class for those who prefer practicing in a char.
Chair Yoga • 05-19-20
A 61-minute Chair Yoga practice.
Chair Yoga • 05-05-20
A 60-minute Chair Yoga practice.
Chair Yoga • 04-28-20
A 59-minute Chair Yoga practice.
Chair Yoga • 04-21-20
A 57-minute Chair Yoga practice.
Chair Yoga • 04-14-20
A 59-minute Chair Yoga class.

Meditation & Breathing Practices

The title of this category speaks for itself: practices focusing on mindfulness, inward attention, breathwork and exploring the quieter mysteries found within.

Series: Moving Meditation pt. 3
The latest installment of this Special Series mixing Movement and Mindfulness.
Meditation 5
A very short warmup followed by a guided, seated Meditation.
Mindfulness Breaks
A short talk and suggestions on how to take Mindfulness off the mat and with you into your daily life.
Guided Relaxation 5
Another short but complete guided relaxation to help calm and sooth. Pairs well with active practices for a complete experience.
Guided Relaxation 4
Another great, short guided experience to help you slow down and go inward.
Yoga for Challenging Times
A longer practice to help support you when confronting things in your life that are challenging.
Meditation 4
An inward practice focusing on how emotions are tangled up in our lives, and techniques to untangle them.
Inspiration & Support • Intentions
A short talk on the importance of intentions, and practical advice and how to work with them.
My Body, My Friend
Befriend your body through this hour-long practice of deep postures and inquiry.
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Yin & Restorative Yoga Practices

Let’s slow down! Restorative Yoga disconnects offers time relax, nurture and renew; Yin Yoga’s long-held stretching poses release tension and invite a deep inward reflection and surrender.

Yin Yoga for the Spine
A short practice of Yin Yoga for your spine, upper and lower back.
Yin Yoga for Hips & Hams
A short practice of Yin yoga for the hips and backsides of the legs. Try an active warmup first to prepare!
Restorative Yoga for Awareness
A complete Restorative Yoga class focusing on cultivating and exploring Awareness.
30-Minute Yin 3
A great, short Yin practice that you can do by itself or matching with something more active.
30-Minute Yin 2
Another great practice in the 30-minute series, this one on Yin Yoga. Mix and match with active practices.
Restorative Yoga for Compassion
A complete restorative class focusing understanding and cultivating Compassion.
Yin & Meridians: Small Instestine
This Yin Yoga & Meridian series explores the pathways mapped out in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Yoga 101 • Restorative Yoga
Back to basics with an introduction to the deep surrender of Restorative Yoga.
Yin for Runners
This focused Yin Yoga practice addresses the stresses and strains from running, providing relief and increased flexibility.

Yoga à la Carte

Build Your Perfect Class! Shorter, partial practices meant to be mixed and matched together. I recommend mixing Active and Relaxing practices, in that order; but trust your body, experiment, and create your very own perfect class or longer sequence.

Wake Up Yoga 3
Take a half-hour to wake up and shake up your morning!
Intro to Yin Yoga
A great, short introduction to Yin Yoga as Ellen guides you through some beginning poses.
Yin Yoga for Shoulders 2
A second Yin Yoga practice focused on the upper back, arms and shoulders.
Breath for Energy
A short breath-based practice that includes movement and mindfulness to increase energy.
Wake Up Yoga 2
A short class to help you wake up or stay awake during the day!
Yin Yoga for the Spine
A short practice of Yin Yoga for your spine, upper and lower back.
Take a Seat 3
Another seated class for those of you looking for something very gentle, with no weight on your feet.
Meditation 5
A very short warmup followed by a guided, seated Meditation.
Core Moments 4
Treat yourself to 17 minutes of focus on your core! Your abs might thank you!

Instruction & Inspiration: Talks and Practices

Here you’ll find a mix of inspiration talks, philosophy, detailed instruction—plus practices linked with a deep inner inquiry to explore the subtler, essential questions we all face.

Yoga Details • Home Setup
A short video showing the various props you'll need for a home practice, plus alternatives you might already have.
Yoga Details • Restorative vs. Yin Yoga
This short talk explores both the similarities and differences between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Series: Posture pt. 1
This first of a series explore the nature of posture, common problems and ways to improve it.
Inspiration & Support • Authenticity
8:14, Instruction
A short talk with inspiring thoughts on the nature and expression of authenticity.
Yoga Details • On Sleep
Ellen offers a short talk on the issues around sleep trouble and practical considerations for improving your slumber.
Inspiration & Support: Wholeness = YOU
A short talk where Ellen explores the nature of wholeness with skillful inquiry.
Mindfulness Breaks
A short talk and suggestions on how to take Mindfulness off the mat and with you into your daily life.
Yin Yoga for Closure
A deep practice and inquiry into what it means to find closure. Start with something more active for a full class.
Inspiration & Support • Intentions
A short talk on the importance of intentions, and practical advice and how to work with them.
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Office Breaks: Practice at Work

These 5 to 10-minute practices help during long hours at work; a few minutes of movement and simple stretches can relieve a tight back, sore wrists and tired legs.

Office Break • Neck Check 2
A short break you can take at your desk to wake up and loosen up your neck!
Office Break • Self-Massage
Treat yourself to a short self-massage you can learn and practice at your desk, at work, or anywhere!
Office Break • Shake it Off
Feeling stiff? Overbearing boss? Stressful meeting? Shake it Off with this super quick release!
Office Break • On the Wall
Let's use a wall to support for this short restorative practice.
Office Break • Quick Energy
A quick, energizing practice to shake up your office day!
Office Break • Stretch & Breathe
A 15-minute Office Break called Stretch & Breathe. A great wake up for your hands, spine & legs!
Office Break • Energize!
A 5-minute Office Break called Energize! Another short and sweet practice to shake up your stiffness and raise your energy!
Office Break • Easy Movements
A 6-minute Office Break called Easy Movements. Another great reason to get up from your desk, move and release!
Office Break • Move, Stretch & Relax
An 18-minute Office Break offering a short but complete sequence: Move, Stretch & Relax!

Workshops and Special Series

These Workshops and Special Series explore practices around a specific theme. Workshops dive deeper with longer, single classes; Series explore a topic over a range of classes.

Series:  Wrist & Knees Free 3
Our third installment for anyone looking for a complete practice—without stressing your knees or wrists.
Strength & Stretch: Hamstrings
Let's give some attention to the hamstrings! This class focuses on both strength, and length.
Yoga & Mindfulness: Compassion
Explore the roots and expression of Compassion using simple Yoga movements and mindfulness.
Workshop: Yoga Classics 2
Another homage to the classic forms and movements of Yoga.
Workshop: On Balance
A complete Workshop exploring the nature of balance—both inside and out.
Series: Restore & More 1
A new series exploring both movement and Restorative Yoga together.
Strength & Stretch: Shoulders
A short class balancing strength and length—and focusing on the upper back and shoulders.
Strength & Stretch: More Hips
Because once is not enough! Enjoy a closer exploration of your hips and glutes with this short practice.
Strength & Stretch: Arms
Another short, comprehensive class in the Strength & Stretch series focused on the Arms.

Therapy Balls & Self-Massage

Sometimes an additional tool is needed to get those stubborn knots in our muscles to let go. The use of therapy balls is a fun and creative way to address discomfort in specific areas while learning more about the architecture and anatomy of your own body.

Yin Yoga w/Therapy Balls
A great mix of two deep, healing practices: Yin Yoga and Therapy balls for self-massage.
Neck Rescue
An 18-minute Yoga à la Carte practice called Neck Rescue. Use therapy balls and self-massage to help your neck!
Hips on the Ball
A 19-minute Yoga à la Carte practice called Hips on the Ball: a therapy ball self-massage for the hips.
Feet Retreat
A 16-minute Yoga à la Carte practice called Feet Retreat. Give your toes, soles and ankles a little TLC!
Back Massage
A 23-minute Yoga à la Carte practice called Back Massage. Use therapy balls and help your back with self-massage.
On The Ball: Yin Yoga & Self Massage
An 87-minute Specialty Workshop featuring a blend of Yin Yoga and therapy balls to focus on self-massage.
On the Ball: Shoulders
A 15-minute Yoga à la Carte practice using therapy balls to work the shoulders, upper and lower back.

Yoga with Cats!

Enjoy a practice with our resident Yogis: Maddie, Mr. Smokes, Tulane or the ever-present Speedy!

Workshop: Yoga Classics 2
Another homage to the classic forms and movements of Yoga.
Yin Yoga • 09-12-21
A complete Yin Yoga class exploring your response to someone 'pushing your buttons'.
Strength & Stretch: More Hips
Because once is not enough! Enjoy a closer exploration of your hips and glutes with this short practice.
Rise & Shine Yoga • 08-23-21
59:09, Speedy, Core, Rise & Shine
A complete Rise & Shine practice to wake up your shoulders, back and core.
Yin Yoga for Shoulders 2
A second Yin Yoga practice focused on the upper back, arms and shoulders.
Strength & Stretch: Hips
27:48, Tulane, Hips, Special Series
We focus on the Hips today in this short, comprehensive practice in the Strength & Stretch series.
Strength & Stretch: Core
25:26, Tulane, Core, Special Series
Let's focus on the core with this short practice in the Strength & Stretch series!
Restorative Yoga • 07-11-21
A full Restorative Yoga practice offering the opportunity for deep relaxation and surrender.

Explore our Multi-Day Yoga Challenges

Ellen’s carefully hand-chosen practices will guide you over 7-28 days,
focusing on topics like strength building, relaxation, meditation and anatomy.

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