vegetarian restaurants, yoga shopping, sacramento meditation resources and more

bhoga: after yoga in sacramento  
Bhoga means fun in Sanskrit.
I hope you'll agree that
bhoga should be a major
component of your yoga practice. But where do
you go for
bhoga after your favorite
Sacramento yoga class?

Here are our picks for best Sacramento vegetarian
food, yoga prop shopping, yoga books, meditation
groups in Sacramento, and other Sacramento
yoga related program activities.

If you have any favorites to share that I've missed
(or reviews to add), I’d love to hear from you.

Namaste!

Bill Counter
(916) 441-4914
fun@absolutelyashtanga.com
Yoga in Sacramento: Even more fun than a regular forearm balance! Here Bill is in Sayanasana from the ashtanga fourth series.
Kathy Dominic having a wonderful time in Yoga Dandasana. This ashtanga fourth series pose is one we also explore in our Sacramento power yoga classes. But many of us work on easier variations.

ABOUT THE PHOTOS

The asanas on this page are from what
was originally called the Ashtanga
Advanced Series, now taught as Third,
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Series

Many of these poses cycle through our
classical hatha and power yoga classes.

MORE PHOTOS--
ashtanga third series
ashtanga fourth series
ashtanga fifth & sixth series
Denise Payne having fun in Yoga Pitha, a pose from the Ashtanga Sixth Series.
Sera Richardson doing a backbend from headstand as she works toward Sirsa Padasana (feet to head pose) from the fifth series of Ashtanga yoga. The dropback from headstand also is the entrance for other advanced series poses like Viparita Dandasana and Mandalasana.
Deborah Gumm in a fish pose variation from the Astanga Advanced Series --aka sixth series.
Ashtanga yogis Amanda Houle and Pam Rentz in Parvatasana B, one of the gentler poses in the Astanga Advanced Series.
Bill in Eka Pada Bakasana from the third series ashtanga practice. We also work on this pose in our Power Yoga classes in Sacramento

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Sacramento Vegetarian Restaurants

Why vegetarian?  Patanjali, in the classic text Yoga Sutras lists ahimsa (non-
violence) as the first of his 10
yamas and niyamas (ethical disciplines). Yoga
comes from a non-violent, meditative tradition and for most cultures that have
practiced yoga, that means vegetarian food is part of the program.

Sacramento restaurants have no shortage of vegetarian friendly options.
Here are a few good places with to try:


Andy Nguyen's
2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818  
(916) 736-1157

Located south of Highway 50 between the 16th and 26th St. exits. 100% vegetarian
Vietnamese food.  It's all great but be warned that much of the menu is of the
"mock-meat" variety -- shrimp made of tofu and so forth.


Anna's Vegan Cafe     www.annavegancafe.com
3500 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820
--in the same block as the Colonial Theatre
(916) 451-6842

It's all vegan and mostly the kind of  vegetarian dishes found in mainstream
oriental restaurants. Along with  lots the soy protein/mock-meat kind of vegetarian
fare. Closed Mondays. Lunch 11:30 - 2 pm, dinner 5 to 8 pm.  Inexpensive.


Bangkok@12
900 12th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-5588

Great Thai food with lots of options for vegetarians.


Bombay Bar & Grill
1315 21st St., Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-7100

The Bombay is the newest entry in a space that has had longevity problems with
other tenants. This time the formula seems to be good. The menu offers lots of
tasty  vegetarian options at reasonable prices. Lunch specials offer another dollar
off the evening prices.

Go for the thali plate option to get  some naan, another vegetable dish and the
curry of the day. Open at 11am and they stay open until 10 pm, Fridays and
Saturdays until 11.


Cafe Capricho          Capricho on Facebook
3269 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 457-3916

A great place for an imaginative but inexpensive vegetarian meal. Check out
wonderful salads with ingredientss such as roasted beets, quinoa, jicama, mango
and more.

Burritos include those with fillings like red potatoes, butternut squash and swiss
chard. Other options include stuffed peppers, veggie burgers and several
vegetarian quesadillas. Open 7 days a week from 11 am until 10 pm.


Chada Thai
1624 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 444-8909

Great Thai food in a nice space. Lots of vegetarian options. Did we mention it's
inexpensive? Entrees start at $7.95. Check it out.  Lunch Monday through Saturday
11-3. Dinner everyday 5-9:30.


Crepeville
1730 L. St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-1100

A number of vegetarian options. But no pancakes for breakfast. They do have tofu
so you can perhaps customize a tofu scramble without the eggs. You can also get
all sorts of veggie crepes and salads and a veggie sandwich. Open 7 days a week
from 7 am to 11 pm.


Dantorels     Dantorels on Facebook
2700 24th St., Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 451-2200

Lots of vegetarian options at this neighborhood cafe that used to be a Crepeville
branch. The menu has expanded a bit from earlier days with crepes, salads and
more.


Fox and Goose Public House     www.foxandgoose.com
1001 R St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-8825

Vegetarian options at breakfast include a tofu scramble. Lunch items include a
vegetarian pasty with side veggies. The pasty is also available at night along with a
veggie burger.  Breakfast 7-2, Lunch Monday thru Friday 11-2.  Open evenings
(frequently with music) 2:30-9:30 except Saturday when it's 5:30-9:30pm.


Jack's Urban Eats      www.jacksurbaneats.com
1230 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-0307
2535 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 481-5225
4730 Natomas Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 515-4910

The thing Jack does best for vegetarians is the salad made to your specs --  a
choice of greens and any six toppings chosen from a large assortment. It's $5.50
and it's big enough to share. Sometimes the side dishes like mac and cheese or
grilled asparagus are also of interest.


Kathmandu Kitchen of Sacramento
1728 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-2172

Lots of vegetarian options and it's all delicious. The place doesn't look like much
on the outside but inside it's all neat, clean and freshly painted. Open every day
5 -10pm for dinner.  There's a great $9.95 Lunch buffet 11-3pm 7 days a week.


Kaveri Madras Cuisine     www.kaverimadrascuisine.com
1148 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825
Restaurant: (916) 481-9970
Grocery Store: (916) 489-1558

The $10.99 lunch buffet is a bit expensive given the less than posh decor, but the
food is first-rate.


May Flower Chinese Restaurant   www.mayflower-chinese.com
3022 L St., Sacramento 95816
(916) 737-2222

There are a few vegetarian dishes on the menu but if you like noodles have them
do a vegetable chow mein for you. Not on the menu but they do a great job with a
huge portion. Lots of noodles and a great assortment of vegetables -- probably
enough left over for your lunch the next day. Including tax: $7.49.   


Muntean's Soup, Salads, Sandwiches    www.munteansoups.com
1225 J St., Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 498-9340

A great place for lunch (or a late breakfast) with at least a couple of the hearty
Romanian / Hungarian inspired soups vegetarian every day.  Also veggie
sandwiches, falafel and salads.  Open 9-3 Monday through Friday. Inexpensive.


Mother
1023 K St. Sacramento 95814   www.mothersacramento.com
(916) 594-9812

All vegetarian with a varied and always changing menu executed with style. As they
say: "Great food that just happens to be meatless."  No mock meat and no
apologies for being vegetarian. Everything is wonderful.  Pricing is reasonable but
small-ish portions mean it's easy to run up a larger tab than expected. Try the
chef's special which is 10 dishes (of the kitchen's choosing) for $50.  Closed
Sunday evenings.


Mylapore    www.mylapore.us
1760 Prairie City Ed. #160, Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-3500

The best place in the area for traditional southern Indian vegetarian cuisine. And
it's moderately priced. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast (!) from 8 to 11.
Lunch is 11 to 2:30 (3 on the weekends). Dinner from 5 to 9:30 Sunday through
Thursday, from 5 until 10 Saturday and Sunday. No dinner service Mondays.


Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe
5530 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 452-TACO

A friendly neighborhood Mexican cafe. Vegetarian options include quesadillas,
tostadas, burritos, soups and more. Also open for breakfast with pancakes,
omelettes, potatoes and other egg related stuff. Breakfast 6:30-10:45, Lunch 11-2:
30. Monday through Friday only.


Petra
1122 16th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1993

Petra is a skinny new Greek restaurant in the renovated Firestone Building at 16th
and L. The staff is friendly, they're open late and the spanakopita is wonderful. $4
for a gigantic chunk. Also try the veggie pita sandwich. Open at 11 am. They close
at 11 Mondays and Tuesdays, open until 3am Wednesdays through Saturdays.


Pooja Indian Grill       poojaindiangrill.com
1223 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 375-8906

OK but not too exciting. $6.99 for lunch buffet with the usual vegetarian options.
Open for lunch Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2:30, Saturday 12:30 - 2:30. Dinner Monday
through Thursday 5:30 - 8:30. 5:30 -  9 on Friday and Saturday.


Queen Sheba       www.queenshebacatering.com
1704 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 549-3919, 446-1223

The Queen offers an Ethiopian vegetarian buffet for $7.50 Monday through Friday
from 11:30 until 2:30 pm. Injera bread, salad stuff, and several preparations of
greens and lentils.


Roxie Deli and Barbecue    roxiedeli.com
3340 C St. (@ 34th), Sacramento, CA 95816
--across the street from the Cannery Business Park
(916) 443-5402

1800 15th St.
-- across from the Ace of Spades, in the same building as
Dos Coyotes and Iron Horse Tavern
(916) 447-6943

Our award winner: The best vegetarian sandwich in Sacramento!!  You don't need
the "Supreme" size unless there are 3 of you. Get the regular. Try it toasted and on
the Dutch Crunch bread. The garlic mushrooms on the sandwich are divine.  
Eastside: Open till 7 pm except Sundays only until 5. Midtown: Open Sundays until
7; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 9; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
until 10.


Sher-E-Punjab
6400 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 971-0115

Yet another Indian lunch buffet great for vegetarians. Monday through Friday 11-2:
30, Saturday and Sunday 11-3. Also open for dinner.


Sunflower Natural Food Restaurant
10344 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95825  
(916) 967-4331

An all  vegetarian café with juices, soups, salads, veggie burgers and more.
Usually open until 9 pm but closes early Sunday and Monday.


Tako's Korean Barbecue   www.facebook.com/takosac
3030 T St., Sacramento, CA   95816
(916) 346-4933

This is in the cute vintage gas station at T St. and Alhambra -- vacant for about a
decade. And it's actually a fusion of Korean and Mexican so they have burritos and
quesadillas, both vegetarian. There's not much going on with the quesadilla --
cheese inside and a couple of sauces on top.  But the burrito ($6) is good. Rice,
tofu, coleslaw and a few other goodies. Open until 10 pm daily.


Tequila Museo Mayahuel     www.tequilamuseo.com
1200 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-7200

Yes, who'd have thunk it that this Mexican tequila emporium on the north side of
the Hyatt has an extensive vegetarian menu -- with even lots of vegan items.  
Check it out. Caution -- it's a bit pricey.  Haven't figured out the museum aspect yet.


Vallejo's Mexican Restaurant    www.vallejosrestaurant.com/
1900 4th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-8488

1100 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 498-1744

Good (and inexpensive) vegetarian burritos. Just lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guac
and salsa but nicely done.


Veg      www.vegmidtown.com
2431 J St., Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 448-8768

A new place upstairs from Thai Basil. As the name would suggest, it's all
vegetarian -- but here with an Indian influence. The food is fine and it's a great
room with lots of windows looking out over J St.


Whitey's Jolly Kone   www.yelp.com/biz/whiteys-jolly-kone-west-sacramento
1300 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-3605

Fine veggie burgers with lots of tomato, lettuce and (if you desire) onion in a
classic outdoors 1963 drive-in setting. And don't forget the curly fries. And the milk
shake. In the summer Whitey's is famous for their fresh peach shakes. Don't want
a burger? There are several other vegetarian options including tostadas.  The
pricing: delightfully inexpensive.  Not open Saturdays or Sundays.


Sacramento Health Food Stores

Elliott's Natural Foods      www.elliottsnaturalfoods.com
3347 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 481-3173
and
641 E. Bidwell, Folsom, CA 95630  
(916) 983-925
and
8063 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95610  
(916) 726-3033

Vitamins, packaged items and bulk bins. No produce or deli.


Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op      www.sacfoodcoop.com        
1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816  
(916) 455-2667

A big store with organic produce, deli and juice bar.

Sprouts Farmer's Market
4408 Del Rio Road -- at the south end of Land Park
(916) 455-4200

Lois of produce with great prices. Some other things are priced well (like yogurt)
but many items seem to be priced higher to make up for the great  produce prices.
Open late 7 days a week.


Trader Joe’s     www.traderjoes.com
2625 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821  
(916) 481-8797
At the corner of Fulton, in the Town & Country Village Shopping Center. Open 9-9.

5000 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819
916) 456-1853
Between 50th and 51st Streets. Open daily 9-9.

If you haven't discovered Trader Joe's, you're in for a treat. Wild product mix and
great prices.


Whole Foods
4315 Arden Way (at Eastern Avenue), Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 488-2800

Also in Davis at the former Border's location.



Yoga Books

Looking for books about Yoga in Sacramento bookstores can be overwhelming.
It used to be easy to recommend yoga books – there were only a few good titles
out there and now there are hundreds.

On the top of our recommended list would be:

Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Typographically terrible, not very user friendly, but it's still the yoga bible. Still the
only printed reference for many of those intriguing, complex  "back of the book"
poses.

Yoga the Iyengar Way by Mira Mehta
Good instruction on 108 basic poses with clear photos and a good explanation of
basic alignment issues.

Yoga Basics by Sandra Anderson
A nice selection of poses and a good analysis of how beginners should approach
the practice.

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson       www.ashtanga.net
This has great photos along with many good discussions breaking down the
complex parts of the practice. And it’s still the only book to take you through both
1st and 2nd series ashtanga in any detail.

You could always do Amazon. If you stay in town to shop there is really only one
option:

Barnes and Noble
1715 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 565-0644

A good selection of asana related books in the fitness section plus meditation and
philosophy titles in the eastern religion department.




Yoga Clothing

Lucy
531 Pavillions Lane, Sacramento, CA 95825  
(916) 920-9400

Yoga and fitness clothing for women.



Target
1919 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825    (and other locations)
(916) 483-6093

Well, what’s a guy to do when he needs a pair of yoga pants and doesn’t want to
pay more than $10.99? Go to the Target ladies’ exercise wear department, of
course. They usually stock several brands of stretchy bike shorts that do the job
nicely.


Other Sacramento Yoga Shopping:
Yoga Mats, Yoga Props, etc.

Well, how much do you really need? Yoga is supposed to be a simple practice
focused on
vairagya (detachment). But if you’re looking for stuff, here’s a few
places to check out:


Marshall's
1250 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825   
(916) 924-9821
4780 Natomas Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95835   
(916) 928-6959

Sometimes nothing. But frequently Marshall’s has nice  ¼” Taiwanese mats under
the brand names Aeromat or Zenspire (the labels peel off) for $12.99.
Occasionally Golden Earth brand mats also. Stay away from other brands that
seem too light and fluffy.

Ross Stores
2400 Watt Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825  
(916) 488-0951
1250 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825   
(916) 927-1888

The Best Sacramento yoga mat deal is at Ross. Sometimes. $7.99 plus tax for a
good generic imported sticky mat. The inventory is uncertain. Sometimes lots,
sometimes none. The ones to go for are the TKO/Cory Everson brand – much like
Wai Lana and others except a bit thicker and no logo. Stay away from those by
Matmaker or others too soft and squishy.


Sacramento Meditation Groups

If you’re new to meditation, gottadoyoga.com/meditation is a good overview of
meditation techniques from the yoga tradition. The page also has links to various
internet resources for deeper study of specific techniques and to classic yoga texts
such as the
Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and more.

There's not currently much in the way of yoga related meditation classes or
satsang going on in Sacramento yoga studios. Many teachers try to squeeze a bit
of the basics of yoga meditation and pranayama practice in around the edges of
their asana classes.

Meditation groups in Sacramento deriving their philosophy and techniques from
the tradition of yoga include:

Ananda Center of Sacramento      www.anandasacramento.org
10390 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 361-0891


Brahma Kumaris Meditation    www.bksu.com
2243 Sierra Boulevard  Sacramento, CA  95825
(916) 922-7281

This group offers free meditation classes at several Sacramento locations.


Lotus Garden Yoga Studio & Meditation Retreat Center    
7225 Lincoln Ave., Carmichael, CA  95628       
www.lotusgardenmeditation.org
(916) 944-8505

The center offers a number of meditation options free of charge:
Beginning meditation classes -- Wed 7pm, Thu 5:30pm, Sat 3:30, Sun 11am.
Kirtan and Bhagavad Gita Class -- Fri 7pm.
Kirtan, Vegetarian Feast & Wisdom of Yoga class -- Sun 4:30pm.


Sahaja Yoga Meditation     www.sahajayoga.org
9201 Madison Ave. #249, Orangevale, CA
(916) 284-7720


Self Realization Fellowship of Sacramento     www.yogananda-srf.org
4513 North Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 483-9644


Siddha Yoga Meditation Center of Sacramento     www.siddhayoga.org
2010 1/2 Vallejo Way, Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-1413



I'd love to hear from you with additions, corrections, comments,
restaurant reviews, etc.

Have fun!

Bill Counter
(916) 441-4914

fun@absolutelyashtanga.com
Eva Rosner in Uttana Salabhasana from the Ashtanga Fifth Series.
Sacramento yogi Melissa Miller in Eka Hasta Urdvha Mukha Vrksasana from the Ashtanga Fifth Series
 Melissa Miller in Gherandasana A
Bill Counter teaches yoga classes in Sacramento for all levels.
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