Welcome to Sama Tree!  (Sama means Peace, Balance, Harmony)

This website is a guide to my practice and dedication to Mindfulness/Meditation and Yoga.  I chose Sama Tree as my business name because I want to share and spread Peace with others.

Peace comes in all forms and practices:  Mindfulness, Meditation, Heartfulness, Compassion, Yoga and Service, to name a few.

Through my work, I help others to develop tools that instill inner peace to use throughout their life’s journey.

Thank you for stopping by.


Rachel Gonzalez

     “Our true home is in the present moment.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh









Rachel Gonzalez, RYT 200, RCYT & Mindfulness/Meditation Facilitator Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with YOGA ALLIANCE.

Rachel has practiced meditation for over 20 years and has expanded training in Mindfulness and Yoga.  Along with her own personal training in Mindfulness which she started in 2014, she has also completed training with Mindful Schools :  Mindfulness Essentials and Mindful Educator Essentials programs in 2015-2016.

Rachel is a member of YOGA ALLIANCE, member teacher of Little Flower Yoga and an individual member of Yoga Service Council.

Current and upcoming studies/training/certifications to include:

  • RCYT, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, YOGA ALLIANCE, 2017
  • HiYoga! Kids Yoga Teacher Training.  Completed with HiYoga!, School Kids Yoga, Kelly Wood, CA, 2017
  • RYT 200, The Yoga of Mindfulness & Accessibility, 2016-2017.  Completed with Spiral Path Yoga Center, CA
  • Yin Yoga I & II-2016, 2017.  Completed with Spiral Path Yoga Center, CA
  • Mindfulness Essentials Program, Completed with Mindful School, 2015-2016
  • Mindful Educator Essentials Program, Completed with Mindful Schools, 2016
  • Difficult Emotions Course, Completed with Mindful Schools, 2017
  • Mindful Communications Course, Completed with Mindful Schools, 2017
  • Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach, Winter 2017
  • The Science of Yoga, Winter 2017
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Winter 2017

Her love of Yoga and Mindfulness/Meditation is now offered in a new combined program for children:  Mindful Children’s Yoga at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge.  Rachel holds Teen Yoga classes for 7-12 grade students (on hold) at Spiral Path Yoga Center in La Crescenta, CA and adult classes at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge.

Rachel currently offers private and group programs in Yoga (children/teen/adult), Mindfulness/Meditation for children (K-12),  Mindful Pogi’s: Yoga and Mindfulness Program for Preschool Children.

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Mindfulness is the state of true awareness of present time, present body and present mind with the goal of creating inner peace.  The goal of inner peace in this state has no action.  It is just “Being”.

Mindfulness helps develop and deepen our Meditation practice.  Meditation is the connection with the true self;  it helps you accept who you are and connects you to yourself, others and the world.

-Rachel Gonzalez, Sama Tree

We have the power to wake up, to touch enlightenment from moment to moment, in our very own ordinary and yes, busy lives.  So let’s start right now.  Peace is your every breath. ”  – Thich Nhat Hanh


See “Programs & Classes” for details of sessions available.

Private and group programs include secular mindfulness activities that help students respond to the challenges of life with presence and resilience.



Hatha Yoga

The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.

Initially, the discipline of hatha yoga—the physical aspect of yoga—was developed as a vehicle for meditation. The repertoire of hatha yoga prepared the body, and particularly the nervous system, for stillness, creating the necessary physical strength and stamina that allowed the mind to remain calm.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

(source: Yoga Journal)

Before taking up a yoga practice you should seek advice from a doctor and discuss the suitability of these practices for your personal health. We do not offer medical advice. Those suffering from high/low blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, vertigo, nervous disorders, heart conditions and other chronic conditions or disabilities should always consult a doctor before taking up the practice of yoga and other exercises mentioned in this site.

Please see the “Programs & Classes” tab in the top menu for more information on Children’s and Teen Yoga classes.

Adult group yoga classes available in January 2018, at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge, Yoga Sama Series for Adults.



Yin Yoga at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge

I’m excited to announce my Yin Yoga class at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge starting Monday, April 9th from 10:30-11:30am.  Register directly with the Community Center at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge So, what is Yin Yoga?  In Yin Yoga postures are more passive asanas, mainly done on the floor with props. Props …