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‘Weight Time’-Happy July, it is weight week on the mat!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy July!!! As we welcome in a new month that always means it is “Weight Week” on the mat!!! The YFL staff wishes you and yours a most Happy 4th of July holiday!!! Enjoy the festivities, and stay safe!!! In observance of the holiday, YFL will BE CLOSED 7/4-7/7. Our new Summer Schedule will resume on Monday, 7/8. Please consult the Class Schedule on our website: www.yogaforlife06.com for all the new class offerings!!!

Our physical practice will emphasize baring weight, our own body weight, and the use of hand weights. This promotes strong bone health, increased strength, power, and muscle toning. Our Sanskrit focus is one of the eight limbs of yoga, Pratyahara, or to withdraw from external stimuli, and remained focused and connected to the body via the breath. Our mudra is ‘The Grounding Hand Gesture’. This helps stay focused, grounded, and connected. Our meditation focus is ‘Freedom’, and the music selection is Tom Baraba’s CD Nuages, the song is ‘Clouds’.

Our first annual ‘Great Yoga Adventure to The Bowery’ was so much fun!!! Everyone had a great time, and gave the The Bowery an A+ for food, atmosphere, and service!!! The yoga wasn’t too bad either!!! You just have to come next time, if you were unable to attend this one!!!

Sophie’s 4-week Yoga For Emotional Liberation workshop begins on 7/10. It will meet from 6-7 p.m. for four consecutive Wednesday evenings. The cost is $65, and there is still time to register.

Yoga Basics and Intro to Yoga w/Deb are now by appointment for individuals or small groups. If you are interested in learning or brushing up on basic fundamentals and principles of yoga, then please email or drop-in to register. Yoga Basics is now a 90 minute class @$40. Meditation I is by appointment, and includes a single 120 minute class @ $70.

It will be another wonderful week at YFL (although short)!!! So, get your yoga in on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found”.—Lao Tzu

 

Triple ‘R’ Week-Rest, Renew, and Restore!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! We hope you had a restful, and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!!! This week we will practice ‘Restorative Asana’. Yes, it is ‘Triple R’ Week-rest, renew, and restore!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Shiva Ham’, or ‘I am silent awareness’. Our meditation focus is ‘lightness & coolness’, as you listen to Kiran Murti’s ‘Sweet Indian Dream’. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the meditation position, or ‘Dhanya’ to promote contemplation energy.

Wed-Virtual Restorative w/Deb

Sun-Morning Meditation w/Deb

Please remember to pre-register for ALL classes at least 24 hours prior to attendance. Contact Deb at yogaforlife06@verizon.net to pre-register. Virtual classes are available for a fee, and payment is via check, or PayPal @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

We also ask that you continue to follow ALL guidelines for Covid-19, as we continue to keep the studio safe and clean for your health.

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

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do, with your one wild and precious life?”—Mary Oliver

‘Weight Time’!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! It is ‘Weight Time’!!! We will strengthen, tone, and sculpt this week with the use of our body weight, and small hand weights (use small water bottles, if you don’t have weights)!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘YAM’, which is pronounced Yum. This is the seed sound for the heart chakra, and invokes the energy of ‘Universal Compassion’. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘APAN’, or relief mudra. It is for detoxification and cleansing, and the releasing of any type of burden that we might be carrying in our mind, body, or heart. Our meditation focus is ‘Self Care’, and may be contemplated, while listening to Michael Hoppe’s ‘Silence of the Stars’. The virtual class offering will also feature weights!!! The Sunday meditation with Deb will emphasize ‘Staying Grounded’.

This week’s Yin class will focus on the hips, and opening their range of motion, so it is ‘Happy Hips’ week for Yin!!!

Wed: Virtual ‘Weight Time’

YFL will be CLOSED Fri & Sat in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Normal class schedule resumes on Monday, July 6th!!!  Have safe, and wonderful holiday!!!

 Sun: Meditation w/Deb-‘Staying Grounded’

Props for the week: Block, Strap, Weights ( or water bottles, NO CANS!!!)

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

“Each new day is a blessing. Let go of all worries, and be grateful for all the positive in your life”.—John Tesh

Classic Hatha Week + Yin!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! We are entering our second full week of LIVE classes at the studio!!! It was so wonderful seeing all of you in person this week, and truly appreciate your support during quarantine, and afterwards!!!

This week is Classic Hatha week, which will emphasize ‘Flow + Power’. Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Made Pade Hum, or ‘May all beings be happy, and may all beings be free from suffering’. Our mudra (hand gesture) is for ‘Vitality’, and increased energy and movement, or the ‘Pick Me Up’. The meditation focus is ‘Slow Down’, and may be focused upon, while listening to the ‘Yoga Meditation CD’s, ‘Relaxation’ song.

Yin practice this week will focus upon working the full range of motion of the spine, or ‘Spinal Bliss’.

Our new Spring Schedule has been posted, so please consult the website schedule page.

Wed-Deb’s Weekly Virtual Yoga Class (email Deb, if you would like to register for these classes @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

Sun-Deb’s Weekly Virtual Meditation

*PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRE-REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS YOU WANT TO ATTEND!!! REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. THE DAY BEFORE CLASS ATTENDED!!!

*PROPS FOR THIS WEEK’S CLASS: 1 BLOCK, 1 STRAP FOR CLASSIC HATHA

1 BLOCK, 1 BOLSTER OR PILLOW FOR YIN

Wishing you a great week, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Lots of ways to reach God, I chose love”.—Rumi

LIVE CLASSES ARE BACK!!! (Yin, Gentle, Wall or Sukha/Stirrha)

Greetings from YFL!!! It was so good to return to LIVE classes last Friday!!! This will be our first full week back!!! Please remember that classes are limited to 8 or less students/class, and you must PRE-REGISTER @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net, or you may text Deb @ her cell phone#. Please email for the #. Also, a reminder to read the Covid-19 Guidelines on the website before attending your first class, and adhere to all the protocols. Deb will also continue offering virtual classes, one new yoga class and one new meditation class per week. The monthly cost is $75, and if you want to continue the virtual classes as well as attending live classes the monthly cost is an extra $25. The virtual classes will be available only on Deb’s YouTube Channel. Once you submit your payment, then Deb will give you the link for accessing classes. When you enter class there is a blue payment box for placement of cash or checks. If paying with cash, please leave it in an envelope with your name and date. We also accept Debit/Credit via Square, and PayPal.

This week’s class will feature Yoga @ The Wall, for class sizes of 6 or less, or Sukha/ Stirrha, if the class size is 7 or 8 students. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Shanti’, peace. The hand gesture (mudra) is the classic Jnana mudra for connecting to Universal wisdom and knowledge. Our meditation focus is ‘Peace’, and may be focused upon while listening to David Lanz’s, ‘Cristiforis Dream’.

Remember to bring your mat, water, towel, and props to class!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Mon-Sat (normal live class schedule)

Wed-Deb’s Virtual Class (Sukha/Stirrha)

Sun-Deb’s Virtual Mediation

This Week’s Props: Mat, Block, Strap

Virtual Class #13-Let’s Restore

Greetings from YFL!!! As we prepare to re-open YFL, I would like to express my extreme gratitude for the continuing financial support that so many of you provided the studio during quarantine.My heart is truly touched!!!  Newsom gave the OK for phase 3 opening of gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios, as early as 6/12/20. Now we are waiting to see if Riverside Co. meets the regional variance qualifications for re-opening such facilities. As soon as the Riverside Co. Health Director says its OK, then we will open!!! I anticipate opening this Friday, 6/12!!! If you registered for classes on 6/8-6/11, I will transfer those reservations to the following week!!! I AM VERY EXCITED THAT WE WILL OPEN VERY SOON!!!  Before attending class, please refer to the Covid19 Guideline Page on the website menu bar, www.yogaforlife06.com.

This week’s practice will feature-Rest, Restore, and Renew!!! So grab your block, strap, blanket, and bolster. If you don’t own a bolster, then construct one with your blanket and pillow. Our hand gesture (mudra) is ‘Varhakam’ or mudra for transformation, and the art of change. I will demonstrate it on the video. It refreshes the spirit, and brings harmony and balance to you. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Sattvic’, or the energy and action of ‘calm understanding’. Our meditation focus is ‘CALMNESS’, and may be contemplated while listening to Tom Barabas’s ‘Moon Dust’.

It is almost time to see one another face to face, and practice together in the ‘whole’!!! We simply can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Wed-Restorative w/Deb

Fri-Gentle w/Sophie

Sun-Meditation w/Deb

P.S.-After the first week of full classes at the studio, I will continue to offer one new virtual class per week, for those that must continue isolation at home. These classes will be offered through YouTube only, and there will be a charge of $75/month, unlimited use. I will also offer a weekly mediation class. If there are two of you per household the fee would be $140.

Virtual Class #12-‘Weight’ Time!!!

Greetings from YFL. Let us all pause, and take one long, deep breath. Focus on ‘Let there be peace, and let it begin with me’. I also invite you to silently or verbally chant the healing mantra, Sanskrit focus, for this week, ‘RA MA DA SA’. This mantra is a healing sound, and its vibration cuts across time and space, and brings healing. Let us practice compassion, common ground, and unifying actions. Let us embrace that ALL LIVES MATTER. We MUST, and we WILL find peaceful resolutions to the deep hurt that humankind is experiencing.  Peace to you all, AUM Shanti Shanti Shanti.—Namaste’, Deb

This week’s virtual class #12 will feature ‘Weight Time’, so grab your mat, and your hand weights for a rigorous Hatha Yoga sequence with our weights!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘Ushas’, or connecting to all things good. As stated above, our Sanskrit focus is ‘RA MA DA SA’. Once again, our contemplation or meditation focus is ‘PEACE’, AUM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Our meditation music is from Kiran Murti, ‘Divine Imagination’.

Based on the Governor Newsom’s latest press conference, he mentioned releasing phase 3 information for gym (yoga studio) reopening guidelines this week (perhaps Thursday). So, I am posturing, and ready to open on Monday, June 8th, if he gives the green light, and Riverside County has been granted regional variance approval. As always, I am hopeful, and stay tuned via this blog, and my YFL Facebook Page.

Please checkin at my website, www.yogaforlife06.com, go to the menu bar, and click Covid19. This page will explain all the guidelines that must be followed for reopening. You MUST PRE-REGISTER for the class(es) you want to attend. Class size will limited to 8 students. Payment options are cash, check, debit/credit, or PayPal. If paying with cash, please bring exact amount, as we won’t be making change.

June 2020 Newsletter by Deb-6/1

Wed-6/3-Classic Hatha w/Weights-Deb

Fri-6/5-Gentle Yoga-Sophie

Sun-6/7-Meditation-Deb

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

“Love is not what you say, love is what you do”.—Unknown

Virtual Class #11-Yin Moon Salutation (5/27/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! It is our 11th week for virtual yoga and meditation classes, and hopefully only 1 or 2 more maximum!!!  We are hoping to re-open YFL for LIVE classes the week of 6/1, or 6/8!!! Please access our new class policies with reference to Covid19 via our website. Just click Covid19 on the menu bar, and all the info that you need will be available.

This week’s practice will feature a moving Moon Flow Yin class. Our mudra (hand gesture) will provide order, and a strong ‘inner structure’. It is called the ‘Aditi’ mudra. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Bhakti’, or one’s ‘path of devotion’. The meditation focus is ‘Devotion’, and may be contemplated while listening to Tom Barabas’ ‘Moon Dust’. Our poem focus comes from Mary Oliver’s book, ‘Thirst’, and is entitled ‘The Chat’.

5/27-Yin w/Deb

5/29-Gentle w/Sophie

5/31-Meditation w/Deb

“Your body exists in the past, your mind in the future.  In yoga, they come together in the present”.—B.K.S. Iyengar

Virtual Week #10 (5/18/20)-Classic Hatha Vinyasa Flow

Greetings from YFL!!! This is week #10 of our Virtual Classes from the studio to your home!!! We are quite anxious to return to live classes with ALL the proper guidelines, and safety precautions in place. Please find the YFL Re-opening Guidelines below. They will soon be posted on the website in PDF format, so they will always be close at hand, and accessible through your devices. The ‘Gym’ category of businesses, under which Yoga Studios, fall, have still NOT been given a re-opening date, but my best instinct, is that we will hopefully be able to open by June 1st. Please send out positive energy to the Universe and Source that this comes to fruition. I understand that once we do open that some of you might not be able to attend live classes for awhile. I do plan to continue the virtual classes for those that can’t attend at YFL, but will begin charging a monthly fee for using that format. Stay tuned for cost, and platforms.

This week’s class will feature ‘Classic Hatha Vinyasa Flow’. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Purusa’, or ‘Creative Power & Energy’.  A very important focus, as we have to recreate many facets of our lives during this new way of living with Covid19.  Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Saraswati’, or gesture of ‘Inspiration’, and creativity. This mudra activates and synchronizes both sides of the brain. Our meditation focus is ‘Creativity’, and may be contemplated, while listening to James Hood’s, ‘Imaginary Friend’.

Have a great week, and we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“If everything around you seems dark, look again, you may be the light”.—Rumi

Virtual Week #9-Yin for the Back @ The Wall +

Greetings from YFL!!! We begin week #9 of our ‘virtual classes’. This week’s will feature Yin @ The Wall + for the Back!!! So, pull up your mat to the wall, and be ready to relax, and strengthen your back. Our Sankskrit focus is ‘Sat Nam’, which is, Truth is my Essence, Truth is my Nature, Truth is my Truth, and Truth is Truth. Our mudra (hand gesture) is Bhramara, or the Bee Mudra. We fold the the thumb to the middle finger, and the remaining fingers are in extension. This mudra promotes connection, and belonging. It also helps promote a strong immune system, and defense against allergies. Our meditation focus is ‘Being Connected’, and our music for contemplation is David Lanz’s ‘Blue Largo’.

Wednesday-Yin w/Deb

Friday-Gentle w/Sophie

Sunday-Meditation w/Deb

Later this week I will be posting the YFL Re-OPEN Document. It will outline requirements by the CDC, Federal, State, County, and City governments for resuming business in Phase 3. It will include a list of things that I must provide as a business for safe re-entry, and a list of things that you must do as clients. So, stay tuned for this document to come via this blog. It will also be posted in the window of the studio.

For those of you that might not feel comfortable about returning to the studio initially, I will continue providing the ‘virtual classes’, but for a fee. That information will be forthcoming as well.

Let’s enjoy staying connected, although separated through our physical and spiritual practices.

We can’t wait to see you on the mat very soon!!! Until we do, be well, be kind, and stay safe!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“When we give, we live, but when we withhold we perish”.-Rumi

Week #8-Virtual Classes-Sukha/Stirrha w/Deb & Gentle w/Sophie

Greetings from YFL!!! It is hard to believe, but all so true, as we begin our 8th week of virtual classes from the studio!!! This week’s Wednesday class with Deb will feature another Sukha/Stirrha practice, and Sophie’s class on Friday will feature a Gentle format!!! As usual, I will provide a new meditation practice on Sunday.

Our Sanskrit focus for the week is ‘Aroot Perum Jothi’, which evokes connection to the ‘light and grace’ of Divinity. Our mudra (hand gesture) features the ‘Stomach’ hand position. It fortifies the stomach, and calms the nerves. Simply interlock the curve of the hands at the juncture of the thumb and index fingers, right hand on top, and remaining fingers on both hands open to expansion, similar to the opening of wings. Our meditation focus is to ‘Imagine’, and our supporting music for contemplation is ‘Kiran Murti’s’, ‘Divine Imagination’.

The monthly YFL newsletter was released on 5/1/20, and if you are not on our Contact List, just email me at yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

I feel that we will be able to resume classes at YFL very soon!!! We will provide all required safety precautions, and the studio will be cleaned daily, rather than weekly. You will be required to use your own mat and props, so begin preparing for that change. I will provide a list of what I will be required to do as a business owner, and what you will required to do as clients of the studio. So, please stay tuned for additional information about REOPENING YFL, as it becomes available!!! WE SIMPLY CANT’ WAIT FOR THAT DAY!!! As I always say, I can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

‘Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible’.—Mandy Hale

Week #7-Virtual Yoga-Yin for reducing Stress Hormones

Greetings from YFL!!! It is hard to believe that this will be our 7th week of ‘stay at home & stay safe’ orders!!! This week’s virtual class with Deb will feature a NEW Yin sequence for reducing your levels of stress hormones, and in particular, cortisol. You will need a bolster for the practice, and a free wall. Remember that you can always substitute a pillow for the bolster, or rolled up blankets. Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Shava Vana Ya, which evokes the energy of ‘Source’, and resting our hope in that connectional source of light. Our mudra is the ‘Patience’ hand gesture, and promotes a healthy liver, regulates body temperature, and brings us patience. Wrap the first four fingers of the right hand around ring finger of the left hand, and press the right thumb into the left palm. Our meditation focus will be ‘patience’. The music for contemplation is Tom Barabas’s ‘Moondust’.

My new virtual class will be available on Wednesday (4/29). Sophie’s Gentle class will be available on Friday (5/1). My meditation class will be available on Sunday (5/3). The link for my classes is on the website Class Schedule Page, www.yogaforlife06.com. I will post Sophie’s YouTube link on this blog page every Friday, and it will also be posted on the YFL FaceBook page.

We maintain hope that we will all be back together at YFL with all of the appropriate safeguards in place (masks, UV cleaning lamp, and 6′ separating our mats, etc.) ASAP. Of course, none of us know what that date will be, but YFL will be prepared and ready. In the meantime, please continue to stay connected, and healthy through the use of our virtual classes.

The May YFL newsletter will be released via email on 5/1!!!

Until next time, be well, be kind, and stay safe!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Do things you enjoy so much, you lose track of time…that’s your bliss”. @olivos

Virtual Week #6-Sukha-Stirrha w/Deb

Greetings from YFL!!! We are entering our 6th week of ‘Stay home & Stay Safe’ orders!!! We pray that you, your family, and all your friends are staying well!!! Sophie and I would love to hear from you about our virtual classes!!! Your feedback would be very welcome and appreciated!!!

This week I will feature a new version of Sukha-Stirrha (balancing our yin/yang energies). Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Bhakti’, or ones path of devotion. Our mudra is the contemplative hand gesture, or ‘Dhanya’. Simply place the left hand on top of the left, palms up, and bring the thumb tips together creating a circle of Unity. Our meditation focus is ‘Devotion’, and may be focused upon while listening to Kiran Murti’s ‘Divine Imagination’.

Remember that my virtual class is available each Wednesday on YouTube & Facebook, Sophie’s on each Friday, and I offer a new meditation focus each Sunday morning. The YouTube link is available on our Class Schedule page of the website: www.yogaforlife06.com. Use the FaceBook icon on my home page to access via that medium.

Until we can practice together…stay strong, be well, and stay safe!!!—Namaste’, Deb

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‘Make peace of mind your priority’.—Unknown

Yin-Balancing the Chakras (4/13/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! This marks the beginning of week 5 of our ‘stay at home’ orders, which means we are one week closer to resuming more freedom in our lives!!! The light will come!!! Stay strong, and filled with hope, and above all stay well!!! We dearly miss seeing all of you in person, and can’t wait until we are once again, practicing together in the flesh!!!

In the meantime, we will continue offering our virtual classes via YouTube and Facebook. For my YouTube channel, please go to the Class Schedule icon on the menu bar of the home page of my website, click, and at the top of the page you will see the YouTube link in blue. You may also access my classes on Facebook. I will present Sophie’s YouTube link each Thursday evening, here, on my blog.

This week’s class will feature a Yin practice for balancing the chakras. We will practice the seven asanas, sound the Tibetan bowls, and chant the seed sounds. Our Sanskrit focus will be Samprati Hum, or ‘my true self is fully awake’. Our mudra is for maintaining clear lungs, and promoting a sense of cheerfulness. Fold the two middle fingers into one another, press the inner edges of the thumbs together, and extend the remaining fingers upward.

My meditation practice will be available on Sunday, and will feature the same mudra, and Sanskrit focus, and a poem by Mary Oliver, entitled, ‘When I am among the Tress’, from her book ‘Thirst’.

Have a wonderful week, and until we meet again, be well, be kind, and stay safe!!!—Namaste’, Deb