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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

 

Patience + Perserverance

Greetings from YFL!!!

I am continuing to heal well, and would like to extend extreme gratefulness for everyone’s support, and well wishes during this difficult time!!! The official diagnosis is fracture of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals of the right foot. I am in a walking boot, and will return to the doctor in one month to assess the healing process, and overall prognosis. I am trying to remain patient, in the present moment, and enjoying things I don’t normally get to experience!!! I am also trying to persevere the difficult times of inconvenience, pain, and uncertainty. I will continue to ask that you support Sophie and Summer’s classes, and any subs that take over my classes during my absence.

During my recovery, the YFL schedule will be condensed, and effective beginning on Monday, 11/11. All classes will remain the same except the following:

Mon-the same

Tues-4:15 p.m. class WILL NOT MEET

Wed-the same

Thurs-the same (Sophie will be teaching the 5:30 class through the end of the year)

Fri-the same

Sat-there will be ONE CLASS @ 9-10:15 a.m. (Sukha-Sirrha)

I will be returning to the mat this coming Saturday, 11/16, for the 9 a.m. class!!!

Our Sanskrit focus this week is ‘Sharavana Bhava’, or ‘My awareness transforms my world.’

Our Mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Shakti’, or ‘Inner Self Home’. Extend the ring fingers and pinky fingers together, fold the remaining fingers into one another, and cross the thumbs beneath. Provides comfort, and warm support from the Universe.

Meditation focus is “Perseverance”, and the music for contemplation is James Hoods’ “Divine Imagination”.

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

Weeks of Patience!!!

Greetings from YFL!!!

I hope all is well with each of you!!! Unfortunately, I had a bit of an accident at home that will put me out of service for minimally this week!!! My shoe slipped on the bottom step of staircase, my legs went out from under me, and my right ankle twisted fracturing 3 metatarsals in my right foot. This happened on 10/30/19. On Monday I will see the orthopedic surgeon to see if I need surgery, cast, or walking boot. I am praying for the walking boot, which means I can return to the studio in about a week. Otherwise it may be 4-6 weeks. I will try my best to have as many of my classes covered as possible, but please check the blog each week for which of my classes will be cancelled. If NOT listed in the cancellation list, then they WILL MEET!!! I will be practicing extreme patience  over the coming weeks, and ask that you do the same while scheduling is disrupted at YFL. Here are the cancellations for this week:

Mon (5/4): 8:15 & 9:30 a.m.

Tues (5/5): 4:15 p.m.

Wed (5/6): 9:30 a.m.

Thurs (5/7): ALL CLASSES WILL MEET

Fri (5/8): ALL CLASSES WILL MEET

Sat (5/9): ALL CLASSES WILL MEET

This week’s Sanskrit focus is ‘Pariksaha’, or patience!!! The hand gesture is the ‘Be Wise’ mudra or ‘Atmanjali’. This mudra opens the door to inner composure, strength, healing, wisdom, and joy. Press the inner edge of your thumbs together, and then your palms. Our meditation focus is Patience, and may be contemplated while listening to Kiran Murti’s ‘Divine Imagination’.

Enjoy Sophie and Summer’s teachings this week. Please continue to support them, and all of my subs during my absence!!! I will miss all of you dearly, and sharing my teachings!!!

I will keep you posted on my progress!!!

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

“Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts”.-Unknown

Bonus Week-You Vote!!!? Yin, Restorative, Sukha-Stirrha!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy Halloween!!! This is BONUS WEEK at the studio, as it is the 5th week of the month!!! That equates to voting for what type of practice you want at each class that you attend!!! Here are your choices: Restorative, Yin, or Sukha-Stirrha!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘SUKHA’, or the ‘Good Space’ in life. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘RELAX MUDRA’. Let energy flow, and remain soft into that flow of energy. Our meditation focus is ‘BE KIND’, and may be contemplated while listening to ‘Kiran Murti’s’ ‘Sweet Indian Dream’.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on hip opening, or ‘Happy Hips’ week. We will use props, breath, and hold to increase the effect of the posture in stretching our connective tissues (fascia, tendons, ligaments), as well as our muscles.

HALLOWEEN: Sophie’s 12:30 class WILL MEET, but Deb’s 5:30 class WILL NOT MEET!!! (10/31)

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: Watch for the YFL Monthly Newsletter @ 10 a.m. on your email desk!!! (11/1)

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS!!! (11/3)

VETERAN’S DAY: WE WILL BE OPEN!!! (11/11)

THANKSGIVING: WE WILL BE CLOSED 11/28-12/1)

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

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys”.—Unknown

 

Classic Hatha Week=Vinyasa + Power

Greetings from YFL!!! This is ‘Classic Hatha’ week!!! The physical practice will emphasize Flow + Power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Santosha’, or to find ‘contentment’ in ALL that life throws our way. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘Ushas’, or focusing on ALL things GOOD!!! Our meditation focus is ‘Contentment’, and may be contemplated while listening to New Age Piano’s ‘White Dove’.

This week’s Yin practice will open up the ‘Upper Body’, which will emphasize the shoulder girdle fascia, and connective tissues.

On 10/31 we wish you a safe and enjoyable Halloween.  Sophie’s 12:30 p.m. class WILL MEET, but Deb’s 5:30 p.m. class WILL NOT MEET, in observance of ‘Trick or Treaters’!!!

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

Let’s Meetup @ ‘The Wall’!!!

Greetings from YFL!!!  What an exciting week we will share at YFL this week!!! We will be celebrating our 13th Anniversary!!! On Wednesday, October 16, YFL turns 13!!! For 13 years we have been helping EVERYONE conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, and live in the breath!!! We have provided quality instruction, infused with love, expertise, and experience!!! We have done our best to accommodate the needs of each individual practitioner that steps on their mat at our studio!!! We take pride in providing a safe, clean, nurturing sanctuary experience, while stretching the mind, body, and heart!!! We have students that have practiced with us from the very beginning, and many more that have been loyal students for many years. As we continue serving the yoga community in the coming years, we never lose focus on why we provide yoga, and who we provide yoga and meditation for in the vast population of Yogis and Yoginis!!! We will continue to make EACH AND EVERY STUDENT comfortable and welcome, as they practice with us!!! We could not have attained 13 years of providing yoga without great teachers, facility, and above all great, wonderful, and faithful students!!! We thank you (Dhanya Vad) from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!! This week will be filled with celebration, so come enjoy the treats, and door prizes, as we turn 13!!!

This week’s practice will utilize ‘The Wall’ as a prop for focus, alignment, and power. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Dhanya Vad’, as we express gratitude to our teachers and students at YFL, and another year of service at YFL!!! Our mudra is the ‘Thankfulness’ hand gesture, as we give thanks, and acknowledge all that is good!!! Our meditation focus is ‘Gratitude’, and may be contemplated, while listening to Kiran Murti’s ‘Divine Imagination’.

Our Yin practice will focus on a healthy back, or ‘Spinal Bliss’!!!

COME CELEBRATE OUR 13TH ANNIVERSARY ALL WEEK!!! 10/14-10/19/19!!!

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

‘Sending you love and light always’!!!—Deb Potts

Return to Restoration (Triple ‘R’ Week)…Aaaahhhh!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Let’s Restore, Renew, and Relax this week!!! Yes, it is Triple ‘R’ time at YFL!!!  Aaahhh!!! We will use lots of props, take long deep breaths, and release deeply into our asanas!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘SVADHYAYA’, or self meditation & reflection…to study one’s own self. Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘DHARMACHAKRA’, or the ‘Wheel of Life’ mudra. It has a calming, soothing effect on all levels and imparts equanimity. Our meditation focus is ‘CALMNESS’, and may be reflected upon as we listen to Michael Hoppe’s ‘Wind Songs’, ‘Silence of the Stars’.

Our Yin practice will focus on opening the energy of the hips, and releasing tension from this very important joint in our bodies. It is ‘Happy Hips’ week for Yin!!!

Next week we celebrate YFL’s 13th anniversary!!! There will be treats, and door prizes all week, when you attend one of Deb’s classes!!! Come join the FUN, and bring a friend!!!

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

“You cannot find your soul with your mind, you must use your heart”.—Gary Zukav

‘Weight Time’!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This is ‘Weight Time’ week!!! We are going to sculpt, tone, and strengthen with the use of hand weights in our asana practice!!! This week’s Yin practice will focus on balancing the seven chakras. Our hand gesture is the ‘Narayana’ Mudra. This mudra is dedicated to the spirit of new beginnings-new projects, circumstances, and or relationships. Our  Sanskrit focus is ‘Sraddha’, which is an intense convictions or sense of faith. Our meditation focus is ‘Patience’. Our music selection is from David Lanz’s ‘Paradise’ CD,  ‘From the other Side’.

We start a new month tomorrow, so it is time for your monthly YFL newsletter!!! It will be on your email desk around 10 a.m. on 10/1!!!

On 10/5, Sophie will be offering her ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ 2-hour workshop from 1-3 p.m. @ $25.

The week of 10/14-10/19, YFL will be celebrating its 13th year!!! Come join the fun with treats and door prizes at each of Deb’s classes!!! This is always an exciting and celebratory time at the studio!!!

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

‘Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.—Albert Camus

Let’s Flow with Power!!!

Greetings from YFL, and happy Autumnal Equinox!!! It is going to be a wonderful Fall Season at YFL, as we welcome in the change of season, Fall colors, and hopefully, cooling temperatures!!! Our Fall Schedule of classes will remain unchanged!!!

This week’s practice will emphasize flow + power, or ‘Classic Hatha’ week!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Ananda’, or ‘Bliss’, the condition of utter joy!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Vayu’, or wind mudra. This hand gesture evokes being positive, releasing positive affirmations of truth. Our meditation focus is ‘Pure Bliss’, and may be contemplated while listening to Tom Barabas’s CD ‘Nuage’, and his song entitled ‘Clouds’.

Yin practice will help promote ‘Healthy Digestion’ this week!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Qigong meets from 6-7 p.m. every Monday w/Jan Tucker!!!

Special Events for October:  1. 10/5/19-‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ w/Sophie, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. Please pre-register via YFL.

2. YFL turns 13 on October 16th!!! We will celebrate our birthday/anniversary daily from 10/14-10/19 with daily door prizes and treats!!! Come join the fun, and bring a friend!!!

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

 

“Love is the bridge between you and everything”.—Rumi

 

Meet at the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This is the week that we return to the ‘Wall’ for our practice!!! We use the wall as a prop of resistance, focus, and alignment!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘AUM’, the primordial sound from the creation of the Universe. Its’ vibrational energy is trapped in the molecules of all living and nonliving things, and serves as a connectional and unifying force. Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘USHAS’, or connecting to all things good. The meditation focus for the week is ‘AUM’, and the music for contemplation is ‘Meditation’.

Our Yin practice will focus on opening and releasing tension in the hip joint, so it is ‘Happy Hips’ week!!!

Kim will be offering Reiki I on Sunday, September 21st, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Deb to register!!!

Sophie’s ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ two hour workshop will be offered on Saturday, October 5th, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. Pre-registration and payment are appreciated.

I would like to extend gratitude and heartfelt thanks to a generous donation made by my Wednesday morning Yoginis to the American Heart Associaion, in Memoriam and honor of the passing of my beloved dad. This gesture touched me deeply. I am humbled by your love, support, and understanding!!!

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

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

Greetings from YFL!!! As most of you know by now, my beloved dad passed from this world into the next on 8/26/19. Throughout this two weeks of roller coaster emotions, I have felt the love, support, and understanding of ALL OF YOU. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the cards, flowers, and donations. The love of our human connections during the loss of a loved one is the key to making it through the darkness of death. Love is the light that sees us through. I would also like to extend deep gratitude, and admiration for the support of Sophie, Summer, Kim, and Joyce as they took over the classes and maintenance of YFL in my absence. Stating appreciation seems so shallow for all that they did for me during this difficult time.

LIfe is good, and we continue on with that goodness in our hearts!!! This week is ‘Triple ‘R’ Week’. We come to the mat to restore, renew, and relax. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Dhanya Vad’, or ‘Thank You’. The supporting hand gesture is ‘The Grounding Mudra.  This week’s Yin practice will balance the ranges of motion of the spine, or ‘Spinal Bliss’.

There is still time to sign-up for Sophie’s ‘Ayurvedic Workshop’. It meets this Wednesday evening at  6:00 p.m. Kim is offering Reiki I on 9/21, and Sophie’s ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ workshop is 9/28. Contact Deb to register for any of these events.

Again, I express my extreme gratitude for you patience, love, and support during my absence.

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

“You will see in the world what you carry in your heart”.—Unknown

To the ‘Wall & Beyond’!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week will meet at ‘The Wall’, which provides a beautiful prop for focus, alignment, and power. What we learn about our body & poses at the wall will, then, transfer out on the mat and away from the wall. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Santosha’, or trying to find contentment within all that life throws at us, each and every day. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Dhanyi’, which promotes deep concentration into attaching to the energy of ‘Spirit’.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on ‘Spinal Bliss’, or stretching and relaxing the back into its full potential of ‘range of motion’ and flexibility. We will fold, backbend, side bend, and twist the spine.

We have several ‘Special Events’ on the horizon for the month of September: 1. 9/7 ‘The Tibetan Bowl Healing Sound Concert w/Betty & Peter. Please sign up at YFL, or email, to preregister. The cost is $25, and we will enjoy the concert from 1-3 p.m.  2. 9/4-Sophie starts a four week workshop on ‘Ayurveda’, and pre-registration is required. The class will meet for four consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. 3. 9/28-Sophie will offer her quarterly ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ workshop from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. Please register at the studio.

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

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down”.–Jigar Gor

Triple ‘R’ Week: Rest, Renew, and Relax!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Aaahhh!!! It is Triple ‘R’ Week on the mat!!!  We will relax, renew, and restore with props, and deep, contemplative stretching with our breath!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Lila’, or ‘Divine Play’ with ‘Spirit’!!! Our hand gesture (mudra) focus is for ‘Contemplation’, or to ‘Listen Carefully’. Our meditation focus is ‘Kindness’, and is supported with the beautiful music from David Lanz, entitled ‘Cristifori’s Dream’.

This week’s Yin practice will balance your Chakra System with poses, Tibetan Bowls, color focus, and anatomy.

We have two special events coming in September, and both require pre-registration and pre-payment: 9/7-Is the Tibetan Bowl Healing Concert w/Betty & Peter, which will be preceded with Yoga Nidra led by Deb @ $25, from 1-3 p.m., and on 9/28-Sophie’s ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ workshop @ $25, from 1-3 p.m.

School is back in session this week, so be extra cautious with your driving around town. We are sending positive energy out for a successful, safe, and great school year for Administrators, Teachers, Students, and Parents!!!  BE KIND!!!  So, parents, it is time to get back to the mat, and your regular schedule!!!

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

‘The love you give recycles and circulates throughout the Universe, no expression of love is ever lost or wasted’.—Calm Collective

 

‘Weight Time’ (8/5-8/10/19)

Greetings from YFL, and Happy August!!! We usher in the ‘Down Dog Days of Summer’ this month!!! This week is ‘Weight Time’!!! We will add 1 or 2 lb. hand weights to enhance strength building, sculpting, and toning during our practice this week!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Siddho Hum’, or ‘I am Wholeness’. Our hand gesture (mudra) is ‘Be Kind’, or ‘Apan-Vayu’. This gesture promotes a healthy heart, and a practice of inner and outer kindness. Our meditation focus is ‘World Peace’, AUM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Music for meditation-‘One Moment in Time’ by Ann Sweeten.

This week’s Yin practice will promote ‘Healthy Digestion’.

Please note that Jan is away on retreat this week, and Qigong WILL NOT MEET on 8/5, but will resume at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, 8/12.

Our Quarterly Tibetan Bowl Healing Concert will be on Saturday, September 7th, from 1-3 p.m. The concert will be preceded by Yoga Nidra practice with Deb to help ease you into a deep state of inner consciousness, and enhance your Tibetan Bowl experience. The cost is $25, and pre-registration and payment are required. SPACE IS LIMITED, so sign up ASAP!!!

Sophie’s Quarterly ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ workshop is Saturday, 8/28, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. Pre-registration and payment are required!!! SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Sign up ASAP!!!

It will be warm again this week, so enjoy some deep stretching and relaxation in a comfortable space at YFL this week to beat the heat!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Laughter is carbonated holiness”. Anne Lamott

Bonus Week-Majority Rules-Select Sukha-Stirrha or Restorative!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Your practice is ‘just that’…’Your Yoga’. This is a split week between July and August, so it is ‘Bonus Week’. Each class votes on a practice of Sukha-Stirrha (Yin-Yang), or Restorative!!! Majority rules!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Shivo Hum’, or ‘My awareness is pure, creative stillness’. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the classic ‘Prayer’, which connects to ‘Source’. Our meditation focus is ‘Shanti’, Peace. The music selection for meditation is from Tom Barabas’ CD ‘Clouds’, and the song is Moon Dust.

This week’s Yin practice will open the hips…our ‘Happy Hips’ sequence!!!

If you know anyone interested in Yoga Basics or Meditation I, Deb is now offering those classes by appointment for individuals or small groups. Just email or call to set up a day and time that works for your schedule.

Sophie is continuing to offer ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15 p.m., and Summer’s Friday morning classes are ongoing with Yin @ 8:15 & Glow & Restore @ 9:30!!!

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

“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows”.—Native American Proverb

Classic Hatha-Power + Vinyasa!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This is our traditional week of Classic Hatha practice. The physical intent is to develop power, and movement via Vinyasa!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘AIEEM NAMAH’, or ‘My true nature is Love and Joy!!! Our supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘GROUNDING’ gesture for connection, stability, and grounding. Our Meditation focus is ‘Love &  Joy’.

This week’s Yin practice will bring balance to your spinal column and back, as we enjoy ‘Spinal Bliss’.

Sophie’s ‘Yoga For Emotional Liberation’ resumes this week on Wednesday from 6-7:15 p.m., and Jan’s Qigong continues every Monday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Our quarterly ‘Tibetan Bowl Concert’ is coming up soon!!! It will be on Saturday, September 7th from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!!!

The monthly YFL newsletter will appear on your desk @ 10 a.m. on August 1st, so watch for that edition!!! If you would like to receive the newsletter, then send Deb a request via email: yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

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

‘Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people’.

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