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

This website is a guide to my offerings of classes, programs and workshops on Mindfulness/Meditation and Yoga.

Sama Tree is my business name because I want to share and spread Peace-Sama with others.  Peace comes in all forms and practices:  Mindfulness, Meditation, Heartfulness/ Compassion, Yoga and Service, to name a few.  The tree represents how we should remain grounded in our life’s practice.  As trees have roots that grow underground, we may not see them.  Most roots cross over and touch other tree roots.  This shows how we are all connected and need each other in this world.

Through my work, I help others to develop tools that instill inner peace to use throughout their life’s journey.  I offer and hold programs, workshops and classes available locally from Pre-K to Adult.  Feel free to review the programs and classes tab for more information.

Thank you for stopping by.


Rachel Gonzalez

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





Rachel Gonzalez, RYT 200, RCYT, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher & Mindfulness/Meditation Facilitator

Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with YOGA ALLIANCE.  Owner of Sama Tree Apothecary & Essentials, SamaTreeEssentials

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; Mindful Educator Essentials; Difficult Emotions and Mindful Communications

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

Current studies/training/certifications to include:

  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  Completed with Nancy Wile, 2019, CA.
  • Accessible Yoga Training.  Completed with Jivana Heyman, 2018, CA.
  • Yapana Restorative Yoga Therapy Training.  Completed with Leeann Carey, 2018, CA.
  • RCYT, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, YOGA ALLIANCE, 2017.
  • HiYoga! Kids Yoga Teacher Training.  Completed with HiYoga!, School Kids Yoga, Kelly Wood,  2017, CA.
  • 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

Rachel created programs for children from her love of Yoga and Mindfulness-Meditation:  Mindful Children’s YogaThe Mindful Child WorkshopMindful Pogis: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program for Preschool Children.

Rachel’s classes and programs are currently at the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge.  She also is a practicing yoga teacher with weekly classes at Spiral Path Yoga Center and substitute yoga teacher at Spiritual Hearts Yoga Center.

Rachel currently offers private and group programs in Yoga (children/teen/adult), and Mindfulness/Meditation for children (K-12). She is also available for workshops in Mindfulness and Yoga for children, adults, groups and businesses.  Please inquire for details.

When Rachel isn’t teaching she is busy sewing and crafting for her online store Sama Tree Apothecary & Essentials, SamaTreeEssentials (Etsy).  Products and goods to support your practice of Meditation, Yoga and Mindfulness.

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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 classes available.

Adult group yoga classes available at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge and at Spiral Path Yoga Center in La Crescenta.  Please inquire for private yoga classes.

Sama Tree Apothecary & Essentials

Welcome to Sama Tree Apothecary & Essentials!

Sama Tree Apothecary & Essentials is an online store of products and goods that Rachel has mindfully handcrafted and curated to support your practice of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness.  Check out her online store on Etsy!   SamaTreeEssentials







MCY & Teen Yoga starts today!

Winter II session of my Mindful Children’s Yoga (MCY) and Teen Yoga has a new day, Thursdays starting March 14th! Register at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge (www.cclcf.org). Building community, compassion and self awareness within our children- our future!