Our Vision

OurVisionYoga Mendocino is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge and practice of yoga and other activities related to physical and spiritual well-being in Mendocino County by offering education and training in an atmosphere of encouragement and inspiration.

We welcome people from all walks of life and all backgrounds.  We are a place for spiritual and emotional solace and recharging.  We aim to be a safe and loving place for our students.  If you need soothing or self-care or inspiration to take your own version of right action, you are invited to use us as a home base.

We offer workshops and events as well as a regular schedule of on-going yoga classes, both active and therapeutic, for all levels. Scholarships are available for those who need them. Yoga Mendocino also sponsors a donation-based weekly meditation evening and a community yoga class.


YoMo History

Yoga Mendocino, a nonprofit organization (or 501-3c), was formed in 2000 by a group of students and two local yoga teachers, Mary Paffard and Maggie Norton. Together they set out to establish a permanent yoga studio in the Ukiah area. A Board of Directors (BOD) was formed, by-laws were written, and ideas were tossed around among a group of supporters for more than a year.

With diligence and interest from a wide variety of community members working with the BOD, the group found a promising location on Mason Street in a building owned by local architect, Ron Meaux. Ron was also excited about the idea and willing to modify an existing building to create a beautiful space to serve as a yoga studio and a place for hosting related events. Funds were raised, plans were made, and by the summer of 2002, Yoga Mendocino had a place of its own; thus beginning more than a decade of activities introducing the whole community to new ways to care for the self and the body.

Since its inception, Yoga Mendocino has reached out to a wide group of county residents who are interested in the health of the body and spirit. Since it began operations on Mason Street, activities have included teacher trainings held for 5 summers and regular weekly classes in different levels of yoga including therapeutic yoga for those living with pain and/or physical limitations and yoga for pregnancy. There are scholarship programs for those needing financial assistance and a number of outreach programs provided for the community. Yoga Mendocino sponsors weekly meditation evenings, day-long workshops taught by local teachers, and workshops featuring visiting teachers of both yoga and meditation. Special events include music, dance, and education.