Monthly Archives: March 2018

New Studio, New Schedule!

New Classes at
Grateful Spirit Yoga!

You are invited to join us to bloom this spring!

We have new teachers, new classes and class times, new events
for all levels and abilities.

Sound Healing
Aerial Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga
Yoga Plus for the Curvier Yogi
Restorative Yoga
Yin Yoga
Meditation for Beginners
Anxiety and Depression Relief
Individualized Yoga Therapy

Transformational Films

Please view the new schedule here

We are located at 8105 El Camino Real, Atascadero
in the parking lot behind Healthy inspirations one block south of Curbaril

Here’s The Scoop!

My name is Brooke West. I am a certified Yoga Therapist and meditation teacher. I have been classically trained in Yoga, leading students of all ages and abilities toward inner peace and tranquility for thirteen years in San Luis Obispo County and beyond.
I am a master teacher, Yoga teacher trainer and an international lecturer, researcher and advocate for Yoga as integrative therapy, specializing in mental health and wellness.

I am committed to supporting your health and growth.

As Alyssa, the founder, steps away from Grateful Spirit for the birth of her child, I wish to honor her for creating and maintaining a warm atmosphere for people to blossom. I am honored to have the opportunity to share the Light and healing of Yoga with the community. I hope you will join us soon!

Grateful Spirit is faith-open studio. We will strive to provide accessible Yoga, movement, mindfulness and peace to all who pass through its doors.

Everyone is welcome.

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Transformational and Healing Films at
Grateful Spirit Yoga
April 4, 6 and 7

Six films over three days: Wednesday, April 4, Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Donation-based film viewings at Grateful Spirit Yoga support Hopedance and Grateful Spirit Yoga’s collaborative efforts to educate our community on integrative health and to stimulate conscious conversation for social renewal.

Wednesday, April 4

6pm – 8pm  The Goddess Project
Traveling through the diverse landscapes of America, The Goddess Project will explore the many ways in which women are realizing their potential, overcoming their fears, and propelling our world into a new state of consciousness.
8pm – 10pm  Yogawoman
Women have embraced yoga for easing health conditions like breast cancer, infertility, heart disease, and anxiety and depression. Yoga has transformed the lives of women in prison, cancer survivors, and those struggling with body image or eating disorders with candor. And beyond these circumstances, we witness how women have integrated yoga into their daily lives so they are happier, healthier, and more fulfilled — allowing them to give back to others with full hearts and creative minds.

Friday, April 6

6pm – 8pm  Crazywise
Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of shamans and indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

8pm – 10pm  Healing Voices
A feature-length documentary examining experiences commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ or ‘mental illness’ in society, a critical look at America’s broken mental health care system and how peer support systems enhance recovery.

Saturday, April 7

6pm – 8pm  Neurons To Nirvana
A stylish, in depth look at the renaissance in psychedelic drug research in light of current scientific, medical and cultural knowledge.

8pm – 10pm  Heal 
We have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all.

Yin Yoga for Anxiety Workshop
with Gina Hobbs
Sunday, April 15
10am – 12noon

Anxiety, Anger and “Asshole” mindset all stem from the same root emotion. Join Gina for a morning of self exploration and heart work as we mindfully tap into triggers, surrender to WHAT IS and release our desire to control things we cannot.

Gina Hobbs has lived and practiced on the central coast for over 30 years and is a requested teacher at GSY. Yin Yoga and meditation are at the forefront of her service. She invites everyone to come and “chalk out” time and space to just BE with absolutely no expectation but the readiness to receive.  It is her firm belief that we do not come to the mat to “do” Yoga, we come to the mat because we “are” Yoga.

Space is limited.
$25Register here.

Sound Bath Healing with Bryan Ratkay

Our first event SOLD OUT! We are offering a Full Moon Sound Healing with Gongs and Crystal Bowls Saturday, April 28 at 6:30pm Suggested donation: $35 – $60.
Register here!


Restorative Yoga: The entire session is designed to ease tension.

The Restorative Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Release class on Saturday, March 17 is a deeply relaxing practice in a small group, usually about six people. This class meetsone Saturday a month at Grateful Spirit yoga in Atascadero, behind Healthy Inspirations across from Smart and Final.
We begin with a brief check in, introducing ourselves to one another to make the rest of the session comfortable knowing who is in the room with us. This eases tension. The entire session is designed to ease tension.
We then move into a brief How To Sit Comfortably 101 in case anyone would like to end their session with seated meditation, so they know how to get comfortable and become familiar with the seated Sukasana, or Easy Pose. Guided relaxation follows.
Nothing is required in this session, only that you honor what feels right to you. The restorative poses can be modified to any body, All the poses are practiced by propping the body with blankets to make your body comfortable. All poses are done on the floor. All body types, levels of fitness and levels of experience are welcome. We use eight to ten blankets or more per person.
We spend time in the poses, from five to twenty minutes, to allow the body to really relax, which eases mental tension. If the poses aren’t comfortable or inappropriate for you for any reason, we modify or put you into an entirely different pose. Students are covered by blankets, creating a sense of security from the weight of the covers. Eyes are closed, if that is comfortable for the student (it usually is because the atmosphere  is so calm and conducive to rest). Eye bags or eye masks are recommended. Although the group is small, this is a very private experience for oneself.
A key element to the session is the meditation guidance. Students are lulled into a trance-like relaxation by way of the rhythm of words, the gentleness of the movements, the length of rest in each posture and by attuning to and controlling the breath. There is minimal stimulation in this practice, which allows us to realize our own mental habits and thought patterns, to recognize invasive thoughts and to practice how to become aware of, how to observe and how to control the mind for our own well being.
The class is guided calmly from pose to pose and into and out of silent, contemplative moments where the mind relaxes into states of consciousness that are rejuvenative. This pattern supports the immune system and supports the inherent healing capacity of the body. People often drift off to sleep, though I encourage people to try to hover in that spacey place between wakefulness and sleep. This state of mind is where the magic happens, what promotes healing and what we need more of. People leave this session feeling refreshed, comfortable, alert, relaxed and calmly peaceful. This session is like an abbreviation of the Women’s Restorative Retreat experience. It is a mini-getaway.
The mind has been prepared to meditate in this practice and indeed people are already in a meditative state at the end of class. Meditation is the goal of classical (Raja) Yoga. To end in seated, silent meditation is more effortless than one might expect, especially for those with no previous meditation experience. Ending in meditation or by lying comfortably on the floor, covered, is the student’s choice. For go-getters who have difficulty relaxing and meditating, ending seated, as we began class, can give one a sense of real accomplishment. Again, it is up to the student how they would like to experience their practice, and I encourage students to decide in the moment.
People report sleeping better and having less pain, less inflammation, less anxiety and less depression after these sessions. All of this leads to better moods and improved relationships, a shift in perception, greater awareness, greater ease in concentrating, all improving the quality of our lives.
The session begins at 2pm and ends at 4:30.
I recommend registering in advance of attending, as it does fill and space is limited. Cost is $35. Register here. PayPal sometimes glitches. Let me know if you have any problem signing up (if you try). If you have a friend interested and they’d like to contact me about class, have them email me.
Thanks for your interest!