“Triple “R” Week”-Restore, Renew, and Relax

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Greetings from YFL!!! Amidst all the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities and preparations come in to the studio, slow down, breathe, and let’s practice the Triple “R” of yoga—Restore, Relax, and Renew!!! Yes, it is Restorative Week!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is MOKSA, which is “to liberate” from and release from suffering and ignorance. It permits spiritual freedom. The supporting hand gesture or Mudra is the GARUDA, or bird mudra. This hand gesture promotes good circulation, and balance of the body energies. Our meditation focus is “Calm is a Super Power”, and may be your focus while listening to the beautiful music of Tom Barabas’s “Nuages” from “Clouds”.

A reminder that we do have gift certificates available at YFL, if you need those last minute stocking stuffers, or presents on your list. They are available from Deb at the YFL desk.

YFL will BE CLOSED on the following dates for observance of Christmas and New Years 2018: 12/23-12/26 and 12/30-1/2.

ATTENTION: The Winter Solstice Drum Circle Event has been moved to January 7th rather than December 17th, and will meet from 5-6 p.m.!!! It is a fun, FREE way to usher in the new season. It is rhythmic  and meditative!!! Bring your instrument, and bring a friend!!!

It will be another great week at YFL!!!  I am proud to announce that City Beat News has selected YFL as the Best Yoga Studio in Temecula for four consecutive years, as determined and presented by Best Businesses. We couldn’t achieve this without your support, comments, and ratings. So, please continue your Facebook likes, Yelp 5 star reviews, etc.!!! We are humbled and grateful!!! Dhanya Vad!!!

The third annual Artistry of Yoga 200-hour training will begin on Saturday, January 13th!!! We will meet for 20 weeks on Wednesday and Saturday of each week. All the program details are listed on the AOY icon from the website. Registration deadline is drawing near!!!

As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Weight” for It!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! This week will continue with an energetic style practice, as we incorporate the hand weights, and emphasize bearing our own body weight as well. It is a strong, rigorous, and invigorating practice!!! The  hand gesture, or mudra, is the Ganesha. This evokes energy for overcoming obstacles along life’s pathways. It is suggested that the user visualizes upon the color red, or various tones of red within a mosaic or mandala formation. This will strengthen, warm, and widen your heart, giving you the courage to be open and confident. The Sanskrit focus for the week is “JIVA”, or the “individual self”, or embodied soul.  Jiva focus helps to still the fluctuations of the mind, and uplift the citadel of the body, or our soul. This week’s meditation focus will “Stillness”. This is a great focus as we enter the busiest time of the year. Try to weave into your schedule periods of quiet and stillness.  The supporting music for meditation will be “Cristiforis’ Dream” by David Lanz.

As we enter the holiday season, we encourage you NOT to abandon your mat, and to consider gifting yourself, a friend, or family member with class certificates for  yoga and or meditation at YFL.

Drum Circle for welcoming the Winter Solstice will be Sunday, 12/17 @ 5-6 p.m. This is a fun and FREE event where we drum in the energy of the new season. Bring a rhythm instrument or borrow one at the studio, bring a friend, and let’s meditate to the vibrational sounds of rhythm.

YFL WILL BE CLOSED on 12/23-12/26 and 12/30-1/2/18.

The 2018 Artistry of Yoga, 200 hour Teacher Training program, will begin on January 13. We will meet each Saturday and Wednesday for 20 weeks. Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30-9:30 on Wednesday. The program is led by Deb and Sophie with guest instruction by Leslie. Full details are available through the YFL website, www.yogaforlife06.com. Just click on the AOY icon button for complete information, and how to register.

As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat, for another fabulous week at YFL!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Classic Hatha Vinyasa Flow

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Greetings from YFL!!! It is time to get back into your routine now that Thanksgiving is behind us, and we have Christmas to look forward to, and just around the corner!!!

Our physical emphasis this  week is movement through the classic Vinyasa Flow style of Hatha Yoga. It will lift your spirits, and your heart rate, improve your agility, and stamina. The Sanskrit focus is appropriate for the holiday season, which is “MUDHITA”, or the energy of JOY!!! The supporting hand gesture or Mudra is “USHAS”, which evokes the energy of ALL THINGS GOOD. The meditation focus is “JOY”, and the accompanying music for your meditation is Ricky Kej’s “Winds of Samsara”, Mountain Solitude.

The December YFL Newsletter will be posted on your email desk this Friday, December 1st at 10 a.m. Look for the NEW “Daily Fix”, which will be replacing the “Quick Six” section of the newsletter.

As we look ahead to the month of December, the Winter Solstice Drum Circle event will be hosted by Deb on December 17th, from 5-6 p.m., and it is FREE!!! We will usher in the new season with rhythm!!! So, bring your instrument, beat, and a friend to welcome Winter!!!

YFL will be CLOSED on the following dates in celebration of the holidays: 12/23-12/26/17 and 12/30-1/2/18. Otherwise we will be OPEN with our normal schedule of classes.

If you are looking for healthy gift alternatives for yourself, a friend, or family member, then consider a YFL gift certificate for Yoga and/or Meditation classes.

It is going to be another fabulous week at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Wall Time!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! Time to meet at the WALL for some last minute yoga prior to the holiday break for Thanksgiving!!! We will focus upon the use of the wall as a tool of resistance, alignment, and focus.

The Sanskrit focus is “Dhanya Vad”, or that place in our heart that exudes gratitude and thankfulness for all that we give, all that we receive, and all that we are as a being. Our supporting hand gesture or mudra is “Grounding”. This is the season for celebration, preparation, and participation. We find ourselves coming and going, thus grounding is essential toward full enjoyment of what the holidays are meant to represent. We place the left hand to the heart, and ground the right hand into the earth. Our meditation focus is “Gratitude” over this week of Thanksgiving festivities. The music provided for this week’s meditation time is Michael Hoppe’s “Silence of the Stars”.

A reminder that the studio is closed 11/23-11/26, in observance of Thanksgiving, but will re-open for its regular schedule of classes bright and early on Monday morning, 11/27. All classes will meet Monday through Wednesday of this week, excluding Nick’s 6:45 a.m. class on M/W, as he is on holiday break all week.

We look forward to helping you remain grounded, focused, and healthy through this wonderful time of the year!!! It will be another great week at YFL, although a short one!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Triple It!!! Restore, Renew, Relax!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! We worked hard last week with our intense “weight bearing” practice, so this week we look forward to restoring, renewing, and relaxing on the mat with deep and gentle yoga asanas. This practice incorporates support with props, a slower pace, and contemplative atmosphere. Let’s triple it!!!

The Sanskrit focus is “Sat Chit Ananda”, or to have awareness of bliss consciousness. The supporting mudra, or hand gesture, is the “Pran”, which promotes vitality, reduces fatigue, and improves vision.

The meditation focus for this week is “Patience”, and may be focused upon while listening to the music of Sacred Earth. I chose their peace entitled “Bhakti Hreem”, which is the energy and devotion of the heart.

Intro to Yoga began last Tuesday evening, and new students may still join in tomorrow evening for this session. The cost is $40, and we meet for four sessions from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for four consecutive Tuesday nights.

The studio will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving, 11/23-11/26, and classes will resume on Monday, 11/27.

It is going to be a great week at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

” Gratitude lights up the sun inside my heart”.—Rumi

Let’s “Weigh In”!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! This is our first full week of the month of November, so yes, it is time to “Weigh In” with the use of hand weights incorporated into our asana practice!!! It is time to sculpt, tone, strengthen, and power-up!!! Our Sanskrit focus is  AUM Shreem, and this invokes the energy connection of beauty, gratitude, and generosity. Our hand gesture (Mudra) for this week is the  “Ushas”, or connecting to all things good.

Our meditation focus is “Thankfulness”, and may be contemplated, while listening to the music of Ricky Kej’s “Winds of Samsara”, “Heaven is Here”.

Deb begins a new four week Intro to Yoga tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. There is still time to register, if you know someone that wants to try yoga, or refine their basic understanding of the principles of alignment, terminology, and etiquette on the mat through the practice of asanas, then send them to YFL!!!

We are so grateful for your support of the studio, our teacher’s, and their classes!!! It is going  to be another great week at Yoga For Life!!!

We will be OPEN over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend, but we will be CLOSED 11/23-11/26, for the Thanksgiving holidays.

As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Bonus Week: Sukha-Stirha (Yin-Yang Blend)

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Greetings from YFL!!! This is “Bonus Week” at the studio, which means a split week between the end of October and the beginning of November. As a result, this week’s practice will be “Sukha-Stirha”, or the blending of the energy forces of Yin and Yang!!! The Sanskrit focus is “So Hum”, or “I am”, eternally connected in the present moment to the energy of Source, Truth, and Well-Being. The mudra (hand gesture) is “Dhanya”, or the position of the hands for evoking a sense of contemplation and meditation focus. Our meditation focus is “To Be” in the present moment where life is lived. This week’s meditation music is “Divine Imagination” by Kiran Murti.

PLEASE NOTE: YFL will NOT have its regular 6 p.m. class on 10/31 due to Halloween…Boo!!! Happy Halloween!!!  The 4:15 p.m. class WILL MEET on 10/31. The studio is open the weekend of Veteran’s Day, but will BE CLOSED on 11/23-26, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. Your monthly newsletter is filled with great info for yourself, your friends, and family, concerning the holidays. Feel free to forward and share the newsletter each month.

It is going to be a great week at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Classic Hatha: Blending of Power and Flow

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Greetings from YFL!!! Happy Monday!!! We had so much fun celebrating our 11th anniversary at the studio last week!!! Thank you for sharing in the fun, and we express our deepest gratitude for your continued support of the studio, and our teachings!!!

This week is Classic Hatha week, and the practice will emphasize a nice blending of the forces and energy of both power and flow. The Sanskrit focus is “Prasada”, or to sit in a “state of grace”, our gift from Source. The supporting hand gesture or mudra will be the classic Jnana form. This hand gesture connects us to the energy of “Universal Wisdom and Knowledge”. The meditation focus is “Light”, and may be your contemplative focus, as you listen to the music of David Lanz, and his “Blue Largo”.

ATTENTION: Next Tuesday, October 31st, the 6:00 class WILL NOT MEET!!! Of course this is due to Halloween, and all the little Trick or Treaters!!! The 12:30 and 4:15 classes WILL MEET on that day!!! Have fun and be safe!!!

We wish you a fabulous week, it certainly will be at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

 

To the Wall Week!!! Happy 11th Anniversary YFL!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! Please come in this week, and help us celebrate Yoga For Life’s 11th Anniversary!!! Bring a friend, and you practice for FREE!!! Also, at each class you attend this week, you have a chance to win a COOL door prize!!! Come join the fun, 10/16-10/21!!!

It is back to the “WALL” for our yoga practice this week. The wall provides a beautiful prop of resistance, and will align us, tone us, and strengthen us. It will also help us remain in the present moment, and totally connected between our mind and body!!!

The Sanskrit focus is OJAS, or the energy of radiance and magnificence!!! Our mudra for the week is the hand gesture AKASHA, or the “Heavenly” mudra, which connects to “Truth” and “Source”!!!

Our meditation focus is “Truth”, and trying to remain connected to that Source energy during our daily routine!!! The music for our mediation focus is Nuages Clouds by Tom Barabas.

It will be a wonderful week of celebration at YFL, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Rest Up-Restore, Relax, and Renew

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Greetings from YFL, and Happy Monday!!! This week’s practice will emphasize restoration!!! We invite you to come to your mat to restore, renew, and relax, as we REST UP!!! The Sanskrit focus is JNANA, or the yoga of wisdom, which promotes connecting to your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wisdom through the practice of yoga and meditation. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the BHRAMARA, or humming bee gesture. We add sound to this mudra, and this promotes relaxation, clearing of sinuses, and better communication. The meditation focus is the “Wisdom of Silence”, and you may choose to meditate to this week’s music selection, which is Sacred Earth’s “Bhakti Hreem”.

It is hard to believe and humbling to realize that we will be celebrating our 11th year anniversary next week!!! From 10/16-10/21 we will join together to celebrate this mark for Yoga For Life!!! There will be door prizes, and FREE yoga for anyone that brings in a newbie to the studio!!! Come join the FUN!!! We are so grateful your support of offerings through these eleven years!!! Dhanya Vad!!!

It is going to be another great week at Yoga For Life!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Weight Up”!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! Happy October!!! This week is “Weight Up”!!! We are going to sculpt, tone, and strengthen through the bearing of our own body weight, and with the use of light hand weights!!! Our Sanskrit focus is the Universal chant of AUM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Unifying Vibrational Energy and Peace, Peace, Peace). Our mudra (hand gesture) is the Ushas, which promotes connection to “All Things Good”. This week’s meditation focus is Shanti or Peace, and may be your focus, while listening to Ann Sweeten’s ” A Moment in Time”. Come to the mat this week to improve your power, strength, mental focus, and to reduce your stress levels!!!

One last announcement concerning the Hurricane Relief Fundraiser that was held at YFL on 9/24!!! Our total collection was $2000, and was distributed to several organizations: Red Cross, UMCOR, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and the Humane Society!!! We thank you from the bottom of our heart for you generosity!!! Dhanya Vad (joyful gratitude and thanks)!!!

Nick’s new class, “Yoga For Teen Athletes” is in full swing on Monday’s from 6:45-7:45 a.m, and is open to all ages on Wednesday mornings at the same time slot!!! Come prepare for your sport, your academics, and for your overall well-being!!!

The October edition of the YFL Newsletter was released yesterday via email. If you don’t receive our monthly publication, and would like to, then simply send me your current email address, and we will add you to the subscription list. We do not share your email with anyone!!!

Our 11th anniversary  of YFL will be celebrated 10/16-10/21!!!

It is going to be a great week and fabulous month at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

How about a Classic?

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!!

Welcome to Nick, our newest YFL instructor!!! He will be offering “Yoga for Teen Athletes” on Mon and Wed mornings from 6:45-7:45!!! This is the perfect yoga class for high school and college athletes, which will serve as a cross training for flexibility, strength, toning, sculpting, and relaxation. The student cost is $5 per class, or $45 for ten classes!!!

This week is Classic Hatha week for Deb’s classes!!! We will enjoy Vinyasa Power Flow!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Prasada”, which is to sit in a state of “grace”, a gift from Source. Our hand gesture or mudra is the “Heavenly Mudra”, which promotes connection to Source and a sense of “Enlightenment”. The meditation focus is “Shanti”, or “Peace”, and is set to the music of David Lanz’s “Blue Largo”.

We had a wonderful fundraiser event for Hurricane and Earthquake relief in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico. We shared wonderful yoga, meditation, tea, cookies, cake, and chocolate!!! I am thrilled to announce that we raised a total of $1775: $275 to Salvation Army, $1050 to UMCOR, $100 to the Humane Society, $205 to Red Cross, and $150 to Habitat for Humanity. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your support, donations, and participation!!!

It will be another great week at YFL!!! As always,  we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“To the Wall and Back”

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Greetings from YFL!!!  This week we return “To the Wall and Back”!!! We will be utilizing the wall as our prop for resistance, alignment, strength, and stability!!! Our Sanskrit focus for the week is “Sadhana”, or the discipline of practice, and to accomplish, usually within a group setting of like-minded practitioners. The mudra focus or hand gesture is the “Let if Flow” or “Relax”. Our meditation focus will be “Let if Flow”, and is set to the beautiful music of Tom Barabas’s “Sedona Suite”…”Moon Dust”.

Next week begins the Fall Session at YFL, and I am excited to announce the addition of a new instructor at the studio. Nick Angus will be joining our teaching staff. He is a 200 hour registered instructor with Yoga Alliance, and a high school student. He will be offering “Yoga for Teen Athletes” on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:45-7:45 a.m. So, send your student athletes to  this wonderful cross training opportunity with Nick. His classes will begin on 9/25!!! Otherwise our schedule will remain the same.

A reminder that Sophie and I will be hosting FREE yoga and mediation, respectively, for our Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief fundraiser this Sunday, September 24th. Yoga is 3-4 p.m., Meditation 4-4:15 p.m. We will offer tea and cookies from 4:15-4:45 p.m. We ask that you submit your donation of choice to Red Cross, UMCOR, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, etc.  Donate before the event, and just slip an anonymous donation form into our jar, so we might announce the total donation raised by our fundraiser!!!  We hope you can join this effort in supporting those in need throughout Texas and Florida!!!

Following the fundraiser event, Deb will be hosting the Fall Equinox Drum Circle!!! It is also FREE!!! Bring a rhythm instrument and a friend, and we will meditate to the sound of our drum rhythms from 5-6 p.m.!!!

It will be another great week at YFL!!! As always, we can’t with to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

 

The Triple Effect: Restore, Renew, and Relax!!!

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Greetings from YLF!!! We worked hard last week with weight-bearing!!! This week we experience the “Triple Effect” of Restore, Renew, and Relax!!! Yes, it is “Restorative Week on the Mat”!!! Our Sanskrit focus will be “VAYU”, or “Air, Life, Breath”. It represents the energy link to Divine energy. Our mudra for the week is the “Drum Mudra” which promotes calming of the nerves, which I think we can all use with all the recent events with weather, etc. Our music for meditation is by James Hood, and entitled “Imaginary”. I suggest a meditation focus for the week of “Just Relax”.

A reminder that Sophie and I will be hosting a fundraising  Yoga and Meditation event on Sunday, September 24th, for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. We are suggesting donations to the Red Cross, but please feel free to donate to any charity of choice that will help these areas of our country recover from the devastation of these two massive storms.  We will begin with Yoga at 3 p.m., led by Sophie, and I will conduct meditation from 4-4:15 p.m. We will serve tea and cookies following the practice. I also invite you to stay for the FREE Fall Equinox Drum Circle, which will begin at 5 p.m. Bring your own rhythm instrument or borrow one from the studio, and Bring a Friend!!!

We wish you a week of joy, peace, and happiness!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Wait for the Weight!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! This week is all about “Wait for the Weight”!!! The practice will emphasize bearing of our own body weight, and light hand weights (always optional)!!! Our Sanskrit focus is  “Hreem”, or the energy of the heart, Universal Compassion, and tapping into Higher Consciousness. Our hand gesture, or mudra, is “Grounding”. This hand gesture evokes connection, stability, and grounding. Our meditation focus is “Hreem”, or Universal Compassion, and may be focused upon listening to “Claire de Lune”.

Sophie still has a few spaces left for her Ayurvedic Transformation 4-week series for your total well-being. The cost is $99.  Start date is 9/11 at Noon. Please register via email, drop-in, or calling YFL. Deb will begin her next Intro to Yoga on 9/12 @ 7:30. We will meet for four consecutive Tuesday evenings, and the cost is $40. Please contact us to pre-register for either or both of these events.

Deb and Sophie will be hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Sophie will lead an hour yoga practice, Deb a 15 minute meditation, and it will be followed with tea and cookies. The time is 3-4:15 p.m. on Sunday, 9/24. We ask that you donate to Red Cross, UMCOR, or any other charity of your choice on behalf of the hurricane devastation. We thank you for your support in advance!!!

It is going to be a great week at YFL!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb