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Sacramento Yoga Solution Teachers


We, as instructors at The Yoga Solution, honor the following:

"I will support the practices and philosophy of yoga in my relationship with The Yoga Solution, other teachers and my students. I will make a conscious effort to create a space for my students where they will feel calm, safe, nurtured and honored. My time with them is dedicated to each individual and their healing process."

Jennifer Sadugor,
B.A., AVI Certified Yoga Therapist,
E-RYT/500 hour level Yoga Teacher

Jennifer relocated in 1996 from Los Angeles to Sacramento where she founded The Yoga Solution. Jennifer teaches Hatha Yoga in the Iyengar tradition. Classes are adapted for all ages and levels with a primary focus on alignment, form, breath work and deep relaxation.

She has taught yoga classes at the YMCA, Sierra Community College, California State University, Sacramento, Sutter Senior Care Center, Mercy Women's Center, Options for Recovery, Planned Parenthood, Gold River Racquet Club and Natomas Racquet Club. Jennifer is teaching a series of yoga classes at Mercy Hospital. Jennifer, a hospice volunteer, also teaches at UCDavis Hospice Bereavement program on a regular basis. She currently teaches classes to a group who have MS or other physiological/neurological issues. Jennifer conducts private sessions upon request.

Jennifer also works therapeutically with students who are dealing with chronic pain, anxiety, panic attacks, grief, and cancer.

Jennifer's primary teachers are Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater and Mary Lou Weprin. She is a graduate of the 500 hour Advanced Studies/External Degree Program from The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA. Jennifer also received her certificate as an AVI Certified Yoga Therapist with master yoga teacher, Gary Kraftsow.


Patricia Cornelius

After reading an article in the Learning Exchange catalog in the mid-nineties, Patricia attended her first yoga class at Turn Verein - an intermittent experience, but one that began her appreciation of yoga. Patricia began Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in 2004 and in 2005completed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program combining Vipassana and asana with concentration on the deep interconnection between mind and body.

Patricia completed a yoga certification for a flow-based (Dyupatha Yoga) practice in 2007 and taught in this genre until 2008. While this practice was invigorating, Patricia was looking for a practice with a more encompassing approach. B.K.S. Iyengar’s traditional yoga style with focus on alignment and strength as well as spiritual values provided the practice she sought. This path led to the Yoga Solution and the completion of the 200-hour certification program in 2009. In this practice, Patricia nourishes and supports her body, mind, and spirit with breath and awareness. It is from this light in which she teaches her students.


Simone Palmieri

If there were such a word, Simone would call herself a “yogologist.” She spends her spare moments engulfed in books and articles that explain the “science” behind yoga (even though yoga is a science in itself), or rather how the western medicine world believes yoga can heal the body. Having degrees in biology and psychology and spending many years as a dancer and as a schoolteacher, Simone has a long-term goal of combining her abilities to become a yoga therapist. She holds a great respect for Iyengar yoga and its transformative effects on people with all kinds of ailments. She is curious about how such seemingly simple movements and control of the breath can have such healing qualities, and brings both this curiosity and respect into her teaching. She is especially passionate about teaching yoga to people with Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, having lived with both illnesses for the past 14 years, and crediting yoga for bringing her out of a wheelchair and enabling her to complete the Yoga Solution’s 200-hour teacher training program.

Simone teaches Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on breathwork, alignment and helping people to accept unpredictable wellness.

Simone is a mother of two teenage daughters, and can’t believe how little available yoga there is in Sacramento for children and teens. She is currently studying how to bring yoga to these age groups.


Yvonne Shanks

Yvonne has been a practitioner of yoga since 1995. She recently completed a three year Iyengar Teacher Training Program with senior teachers Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos. She was certified by the IYNAUS at the Intro I level in 2012 and continues to study with her teachers. She brings an enthusiastic appreciation of the art and science of yoga that she is eager to share with others.


Kendal Smeeth

From her first yoga class at a community center in 1978, Kendal has been in love with the poses of Iyengar yoga – focusing on alignment and breath to bring heart, mind and soul into balance. In1998, she undertook classes in earnest, studying several days a week and on weekend retreats with Mark Horner and Rodney Yee. She has attended a 4-day intensive with Shandor Ramete and a new year’s intensive at the Ananda Center in Grass Valley, CA. While visiting Sacramento, she began taking classes with Jennifer Sadugor at Turn Verein. With each experience her respect for the inner freedom yoga offers each of us has deepened. After back surgery in December 2004 and a 6-month recovery in 2005, she participated in and graduated from the Jon Kabat-Zinn's designed course in pain management through mindfulness, breathing and meditation. In 2009 she achieved her 200-hour yoga certification from The Yoga Solution, enabling her to teach Hatha Yoga at levels 1 through 3. Kendal believes the joy of yoga is found by inviting the life force into every layer of the body. We do this by bringing our breath and attention to all aspects of the pose.


Phil Smith

Phil's xperience of yoga began with a copy of Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28-Day Exercise Plan that he picked up as a teenager. For several years, he used it as a guide for an on-again/off-again home yoga practice. He began a serious studio practice of yoga in 2006, and he has been studying and practicing at The Yoga Solution since 2009. Phil has studied a variety of yoga styles including Iyengar, Vinyasa (Flow), Bikram, Power, and Yin. He completed his yoga teacher certification at the White Lotus Foundation with Ganga White and Tracey Rich in Santa Barbara. His classes at The Yoga Solution incorporate classic yoga postures, slow vinyasa routines, and pranayama (breath exercises) as well as the use of bandhas, mudras, and relaxation techniques to enhance the yoga experience. He is currently on Day 67 of a 108-day personal yoga practice commitment he began in July.


Gary Vercelli

Gary has studied and practiced Iyengar yoga since 1992. His primary mentor has been Senior Advanced Iyengar Instructor, Manouso Manos ('94-present). Gary's most influential teachers have been Manos, Mary Dunn, and Ramanand Patel, with whom he studied in India in 2000. Vercelli has taught Iyengar yoga at American River College since 2000. He was certified by the IYNAUS at the Intro 2 level in 2003. Gary has attended four Iyengar National Conventions and studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India (12/04) and with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, CO. (10/05). A popular broadcaster on Capital Public Radio (90.9 FM), Vercelli brings to his craft as a yoga instructor a dynamic presence and a reverence for the subject.


Fran Lee, CYT

Fran completed her 200-hour teacher training in August 2009 at The Yoga Solution under Owner & Founder Jennifer Sadugor. Fran currently shares teaching classes on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. (with Patricia Cornelius). Experimenting with different styles for several years, she began to deepen her practice with an affinity to the Iyengar style of alignment and breath awareness in 2007. What would life be without yoga? Yoga teaches us to be more compassionate, patient, and grateful, meeting us where we are and helping us find our true essence. She feels blessed to teach a weekly class at St. Anthony Parish. Fran continues to further her yoga education and be continually inspired with studio classes and workshops with Donald Moyer, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Elke Brown. As teacher and lifetime student, she never stops learning and growing, discovering her greatest potential and beauty from within.


Ruby

Ruby has been studying and practicing yoga at The Yoga Solution since 2006. She completed The Yoga Solution 200-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program in August 2009, and has been teaching steadily since then. She continues to actively study, train and practice. Ruby is honored to teach at The Yoga Solution and is extremely grateful to Jennifer Sadugor, Owner and Founder for creating a community where students and teachers can continue to learn and grow. She loves working with people and introducing them to yoga. Her objective in teaching is to make yoga accessible to everyone and looks forward to sharing and growing with her students. She believes when yoga is practiced with honest effort and a smile in one’s heart the benefits are endless.


Diane Holland

Diane began studying yoga at The Yoga Solution in 2008. Wanting to gain more knowledge about yoga, she enrolled in the 2012/13 Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program with Jennifer Sadugor (Owner and Founder of The Yoga Solution) and Elke Brown, only as an advanced studies student. Over the course of the year, with encouragement from Jennifer, Elke, fellow students and friends, she discovered her inner teacher and completed the 200-hour teacher training. She is now ready to share her love of yoga with others. Diane continues her yoga journey by taking a variety of workshops and studies with Jennifer and Elke.

Diane teaches Hatha Yoga with emphases of body alignment (awareness) and breath.






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All On-Going Classes:

4 Class Pass $60 ($54)
(valid for 1 month)
8 Class Pass $99 ($89)
(valid for two months)
Mo. Unlimited Pass $130 ($115)
3 Mo. Unlim. Pass $360 ($324)
Drop-in class $16 ($14)

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$15 for 10 days
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