Author Archives: Deb Potts

SPECIAL ALERT!!! 2/14/19!!!

TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND SOUND, THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED AT YFL THIS AFTERNOON, AND EVENING: 4:15, 6:00, AND 7:30 P.M. THIS IS DUE TO FLOODED STREETS, AND STREET DAMAGE FROM HEAVY RAINS!!!

SOPHIE WILL BE HOLDING CLASS TODAY AT 12:30 P.M.

ENJOY A WARM COZY EVENING AT HOME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES!!! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!—NAMASTE’, DEB

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

Greetings from YFL, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!! This is Triple ‘R’ week at the studio. Practice will emphasize relaxing, renewing, and restoring!!! Our Sanskrit focus is the eighth limb of Yoga or Dhanya. This is the summit point of our practice, which leads us to a state of meditation, Zen,  Universal connection. Our supporting hand gesture, or mudra, is ‘The Balance’, or Earth mudra, which promotes equanimity in the mind, body, and heart. Our meditation focus is “Love”, and may be focused upon while listening to James Hood’s “Imagery”.

Deb’s Yin practice will guide you through relaxing, supportive asanas to promote ‘Good Digestion’.

Sophie has just returned from her week long training at Kripalu for Grief Yoga, and will be incorporating all her new knowledge in her workshop at YFL. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP. It is on 2/23 from 1-3 p.m. @ $25.

COMING THIS SPRING!!! Quigong Movement Practice with Jan Tucker!!! This class will be offered on Monday evenings at YFL from 6:30-7:30, and the cost will be $15 per class. Stay tuned for further details, and a class description.

Kim’s Reiki I workshop will be on 4/7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact for registration info!!!

Sophie, Summer, and I have many wonderful things to offer you on the mat this week!!! It will be another beautiful week at YFL!!!

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

Weight Week!!! Happy February!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy February!!! This is our first full week of the new month, and you know what that means, “Weight Week”!!! Be ready to sculpt, tone, and strengthen as we bare our own body weight, and use additional hand weights for part of our practice!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “AUM Tat Sat”, which translates as “Truth & Goodness”. Our supporting hand gesture will be the “USHAS” mudra, which evokes connection to all things good!!!  Our meditation focus will be “Goodness”, and the your meditation music is “Star Flight” by Michael Hoppe.

Deb’s Yin practice will promote balancing the chakras with asana, color focus, energy focus, and Tibetan bowl ringing.

Sophie’s newly revised “Yoga For Grief” workshop is fast approaching!!! We ask that you pre-register, and space is limited. It will be at YFL on 2/23 from 1-3 p.m. @ $25!!! Sign-up ASAP!!!

Summer’s new classes are fun, energetic, and restorative!!! Try them out on Tu @ 6 & 7:30 p.m., and on Wed @ 1:15 p.m.

If your looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, please consider a gift certificate to YFL!!!

It will be another great week at YFL!!! Get your workout in a warm, cozy, dry sanctuary this week!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“The secret to having it all is knowing you already do”.—Uplift

Bonus Week-Sukha & Stirha!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This is ‘Bonus Week’ at the studio, since we have a 5th week in the month of January!!! Thus, Weight Week will be next week, and we will enjoy a full week of Sukha (Yin) & Stirha (Yang) practice. This is a nice blend between the two forces of practice, both the feminine and masculine aspects of energy flowing into a harmony of oneness within our minds, bodies, and hearts. Our hand gesture (mudra) will be the “Matangi”, and this will help promote harmony and strength, and inner balance of our body organs. The Sanskrit focus is “So Hum”, which translates as “I am”, to which reply truth, joy, happiness, well-being, compassion, etc. Our meditation focus will be “Harmony”, and may be contemplated while listening to Sacred Earth’s “Bhakit Heeneem” music.

There is still time to register for Sophie’s “Yoga for Grief” workshop, 2/23, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25.  Sign-up for the quarterly Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing Concert will begin next week, and space is limited, 4/6, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25- guided by  Betty  & Peter. Carol and Deb will lead the annual Yoga-Hike on 4/12. We will meet at the Visitor Center of the Santa Rosa Plateau at 8:30 a.m., and enjoy the gorgeous vistas as we hike, and listen to Carol describe the flora, fauna, and geology. Once we reach the tree grove, then Deb will guide us through yoga and meditation. Following the activities you have the option of meeting at Starbucks for coffee, tea, or brunch. This event is FREE, other than your fee of $4 for enjoying the Plateau. There will be a registration sheet forthcoming.

Stay with your discipline of practicing at least twice per week in this New Year, which is about to enter month #2!!! Remember we have a new instructor, and some new classes to check out, plus all the oldies, but goodies!!!

The February YFL Newsletter will be on your email desk at 10 a.m., on Friday 2/1!!!

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

Classic Hatha Week-Power Vinyasa!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! The rain through a loop in our schedules, but it won’t be returning for a couple of weeks…so back to the mat!!! We relish the rain, although we don’t like to drive in it, if we can avoid the stress!!! We have a full schedule of classes ready and waiting for you. Don’t forget to try Summer’s NEW CLASSES on Tuesday evenings, and Wednesday afternoon. She is skilled, enthusiastic, humorous, and knowledgable,  according to the feedback that I have received from her students!!!

OUr Sanskrit focus for the week is Manipura, or “The Jewel”. This is the 3rd chakra, or our solar plexus area, and controls our goals, willpower, physical power, and stamina. This week’s Classic Hatha practice will help create balance in this energy wheel, as we challenge our selves to move fluidly with grace and power. We will also test our skills of balancing in some new ways this week!!! Our hand gesture is “Dhanya”, or the mudra for contemplation. Our meditation focus is “planting seeds” for growth in our lives. The supporting music for the meditation is David Lanz’s Blue Paradise CD, and the selection is “LUNA”. Very appropriate with the Full Wolf Red Moon, and full lunar eclipse on 1/20.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on promoting “Good Digestion”.

Sophie’s Yoga For Grief workshop is soon approaching, 2/23, from 1-3 p.m., and the cost is $25. Sign up ASAP, as space is limited, and it always fills to capacity!!!

Kim’s Reiki I training is next Sunday, 1/27!!! This is such a valuable tool for ALL of us!!! I highly recommend taking this course, at the very least, for yourself!!! Contact Deb to register!!!

The annual Yoga-Hike with Carol and Deb will be on Friday, April 12th, at the Santa Rosa Plateau. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. Stay funded for further details!!!

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

 

“Breathe it all in, love it all out”.—Mary Oliver

 

To the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week we travel to The Wall with our mats!!! The Wall  will serve us in three ways-alignment, focus, and resistance!!! Our hand gesture or mudra is the “Shuni”, which will connect us to the fire element, and promote patience, discipline, stability, and strength to forge ahead through difficulties in our lives. Our meditation focus for the week is “Patience”, and may be contemplated while listening to James Hood’s “Imaginary Friend”.

This week’s Yin focus is “Chakra Balancing”. We will use symbols, colors, and Tibetan Bowl notes, as well as yoga asanas to balance our energy wheels.

Drum Circle for the Winter Solstice season is this Sunday (1/20) from 5-6 p.m., and is FREE!!! Bring an instrument of choice and a friend or two!!! Deb does have instruments for borrowing, as well!!!

Reiki I training is 1/27 with Kim. There is still time to register. Contact Deb for registration info!!!

Try some new classes with Summer: Tuesdays at 6 and 7:30 p.m., Glow & Restore and Yoga Basics, respectively!!!

Sophie’s Yoga for Grief workshop will be offered on 2/23 from 1-3 p.m. @ $25-registration is open.

Deb and Carol are planning a Yoga-Hike for sometime in April. Stay tuned for the details!!!

“Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony”.—Debasish Mridha

Triple ‘R’ Week-Does Not Mean Easy!!! Rest, Renew, Restore!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This will be the first full week of the NEW WINTER SCHEDULE!!! Please check out Class Schedule on our website: www.yogaforlife06.com for all the details!!! Try Summer’s new classes on Tuesday at 6 p.m., Glow & Restore, and 7:30 p.m., Yoga Basics, and on Wednesday @ 1:15 p.m., Yin!!! The Winter Solstice Drum Circle will meet on Sunday, January 20th from 5-6 p.m. Bring a friend and come enjoy the rhythm!!! Deb has a new tongue drum to play with this month!!! Interested in learning to meditate? The next Meditation I 5-week course begins this Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and the cost is $70. Pre-registration and payment are required.

Now what is in store on the mat this week!!! Our physical intent is to Restore, Renew, and Relax with the use of props for deep stretching. The Sanskrit focus is “ANAHATA”, or the 4th Chakra. This is the heart chakra connecting us to Universal Compassion and Love. The mudra ( hand gesture) is the ‘ANAHATA’, The unstruck beat and sound of the heart.

This week’s Yin practice with Deb will focus on opening the hips.

The Meditation focus is ‘ANAHATA” to develop awareness of, compassion for, and kindness towards all beings. The supporting music for your meditation time is from “Sedona Suites” by Tom Barabas, and the song selection is “Moon Dust”.

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

“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too”.

Let’s “Weight In” Together!!! Happy New Year!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy New Year!!! Let’s “Weigh In” together, as we start 2019 off together on the mat with weight-baring!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Kleshas”, or personal obstacles, which may be overcome with the discipline of yoga and meditation. Our Mudra (hand gesture) is “Ushas”, which enables to connect to the energy of all things good!!!  Join Deb @ either 8:15 or 9:30 a.m. on 1/2/2019, or try our NEW instructor and class at 1:15 p.m!!! Summer will be offering three new classes at YFL. Yin on Wednesday @ 1:15 p.m., Glow & Restore (similar to Sukha-Stirha) on Tue @ 6:00 p.m., and Yoga Basics (previously Intro to Yoga) @ 7:30 p.m., also on Tue!!! Summer offers safe and challenging edges to a gentle approach of teaching her yoga classes!!! She has a bright, engaging, and uplifting energy, and we are excited to have her join our teaching team at YFL!!! Please support her NEW CLASSES!!! Otherwise the teaching schedule remains the same with one exception, Meditation I will now be offered on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and will be offered on a quarterly basis. The first 5-week session will begin on January 10th, and pre-registration is required. The monthly Meditation Sangha will now meet on the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11:00 a.m., and is FREE!!!  I am most happy to report that ALL of Sophie’s classes will continue in the New Year!!!

This week’s meditation focus in “Sankalpa”, or setting intentions. The music selection for supporting your meditation time is David Lanz’s “Blue Largo”.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

1. Meditation I: 1/10-2/7 from 7:30-8:00 p.m., cost is $70, please pre-register.

2. Reiki I: 1/27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.- w/Kim, contact Deb for registration info.

3. Yoga for Grief Workshop: 2/23 w/Sophie from 1:00-3:00 p.m., cost is $25, please pre-register

4. Tibetan Bowl Healing Concert: 4/6 w/Betty & Peter from 1-3 p.m., cost is $25, please pre-register

5. Yoga Basics- a weekly class for beginners, which will provide all the fundamentals for practicing yoga with joy, confidence, and safety. Tu @ 7:30 p.m. w/Summer!!!

6. Glow & Restore- a new class with Summer that will warm you up with a gentle challenge of flow, balance, and power, and then ease you down for a good night’s sleep as you complete the practice with some restorative poses. Tu @ 6:00 p.m. w/Summer!!!

7. Yin- an additional dose of Yin on Wed @ 1:15 p.m. w/Summer!!!

Cheers to a great 2019 at YFL, and all that life brings to you this year!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Holiday Week!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week is all about your holiday celebrations with family and friends, as well as mine!!! YFL is closed in observance of Christmas, New Year’s, and all the observances of this holiday season!!! We wish you and yours a blessed and safe holiday!!! Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd. Next Monday I will announce some exciting changes to our class schedule!!!—Love, Blessings, and Namaste’, Deb & YFL

To The Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week we take our practice “To The Wall”!!! Using the wall as our wonderful prop of resistance, alignment, and focus!!! Our Sanskrit focus will be HREEM, or the sound vibration of the Cosmic Heart. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the “Inner Peace”, or “Be Still”  gesture. It is often referred to as the Drum Mudra, and helps to discharge nervousness, agitation, and anxiety. We will also welcome in the Winter Solstice with Heart Chakra Crystal Bowl, and center piece, and some rhythm instruments. It is the season of hope, joy, peace, love, and wonder. Enhance the season with our calming atmosphere of practice at YFL!!!

Yin practice will emphasize working the full range of motion of the spine…Spinal Bliss…aaahhh!!!

Our meditation focus is HOPE!!! Focus on Hope while listening to Sacred Earth’s Heeneem Shakti.

Enjoy your last remaining classes at YFL for 2018!!! Come often this week!!! YFL will BE CLOSED 12/24-1/1/19 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. We are grateful for all of your support at YFL for our 12th year of service to you, our wonderful yoga community!!! We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!!!

We wish you, your family, and friends a most joyous and Merry Christmas, along with all holiday traditions and celebrations, and a most prosperous and Happy New Year!!!

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

“Savor the gift of Joy. Life is good, and so are you”.—Unknown

 

Triple “R” Week: Rest, Renew, and Restore!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! I would like to extend deep gratitude to Betty and Peter for the most amazing Tibetan Bowl Sound healing concert that they provided us this past Saturday. I can’t wait for the next concert in April at YFL!!!

This week is Triple “R” week at the studio as we restore, renew, and relax our way through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Our Sanskrit focus is  AUM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti toward world peace, and our own inner peace. The supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the “Grounding Mudra”. Our meditation focus is “PEACE”, and may be contemplated while listening to Tom Barabas’s “Clouds” from his CD “Nuages”.

This week’s Yin practice will balance the Chakras, and Deb will be using color focus, asana, and Tibetan bowls toward our energy wheel balance.

Next week we usher in the Winter Solstice-a time to slow down, retreat within, and prepare for the increasing light of the New Year, and all that it brings!!!

Reiki I will be offered on January 27 with Kim, Sophie will be offering a new version of her Yoga for Grief workshop after attending a training in North Carolina. Deb & Sophie will be offering a Spring Day Retreat. So much to be grateful for, and so much to look forward to in 2019!!!

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

” I hope you always find a reason to smile”.—Unknown

 

Let’s Weight!!!

Let’s Weight!!! Greetings from YFL!!! It is the week for sculpting, toning, and strengthening with the use of hand weights during a portion of our practice. Of course, we always emphasize bearing our own body weight!!! Our Sanskrit theme is “OM Mani Padme Hum, which evoke compassion for all sentient beings, “May all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering”. Our supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the Surya Ravi, or sun mudra. This gesture evokes the union of fire and earth, promotes overall balance, elevates energy, and positive change. Our meditation focus is “Compassion”, and may be reflected upon while listening to “Kiran Murti’s Divine Imagination”.

This weeks Yin practice will focus on healthy digestion.

The December newsletter was mailed out via email on 12/1, if you are not receiving our monthly editions, please request placement on our list via yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

If you are attending our second quarterly Tibetan Bowl Healing Sound Bath this Saturday, 1-3 p.m., please remember to bring your yoga mat, a blanket, and dress comfortably. You will be lying on your back for about an hour and a half. Betty and Peter will be providing a most amazing concert!!!

YFL has gift certificates, if you are looking for a healthy alternative to gift giving this holiday season!!!

The studio will BE CLOSED, 12/24-1/1/19 for the holidays!!!

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

Classic Hatha Week-Flow + Power

Greetings from YFL!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday!!! Now it is time to return to the mat to re-fuel and re-energize for the upcoming holiday celebrations. Your practice will boost your energy, and prepare you to deal with all the stress associated with a huge “to do list”!!!

This week’s practice will focus on Classic Hatha with flow and power. The mudra support is the classic Jnana, or hand gesture for connecting to Universal Knowledge. Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Adi Shakti Namah for connection to Universal Life Energy.

Our Yin practice will create Spinal Bliss, as we work the full range of motion of the back. Deb will also share some of her favorite poetry during this class on Tu/Th @ 4:15 p.m., and Sat @ 8:15 a.m.

Our meditation focus is “PATIENCE”, and may be focused upon while listening to Ann Sweeten’s “One Moment in Time”.

It will be a great week at YFL, so come grab some peace, tranquility, and healthy movement!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.”—Rumi

Meet me at the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! YFL will be OPEN for all classes 11/19-11/21, but CLOSED for all classes 11/22-11/24!!! We wish you and your family & friends a most wonderful holiday!!!

This week we take our practice back to The Wall!!! We will use this wonderful prop to resist, align, and focus our practice!!! The Sanskrit focus is “AHAM BRAHMASMI”, which invokes our true nature of wholeness within the universe. The supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the “USHAS”, which will connect us to all things good.

Yin practice for this week will emphasize “Happy Hips”.

Our meditation focus is “GRATITUDE”, and may be contemplated while listening to the music selection, “Claire de Lune”.

“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond”.—Rumi

It will be another wonderful week at YFL because we are blessed to practice with each of you!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat, with much gratitude!!!—Namaste’, Deb

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

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy Veterans’ Day!!! We express extreme gratitude for all those who have served, and are serving to maintain and protect our freedom, along with their families. We are open today (11/12), and invite you to come to the mat to RESTORE this week. We will stretch deeply with the use of props, and let our minds “BE STILL”. Our Sanskrit focus is DHANYA, which  is one of the eight limbs of yoga practice, and translates as  “to meditate or contemplate”. Our supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the GANESHA, which aids in overcoming obstacles along our path of life. Our meditation focus is “BE STILL”, and may be contemplated while enjoying the music of Kiran Murti’s “Divine Imagination”.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on the balancing of the seven chakras, and Deb will utilize the Tibetan bowls to help achieve this state of balance.

The monthly Sangha (community) meditation class is this Thursday (11/15) from 7:30-8:00 p.m. Our Dharana, or focal point will be Candle Gazing, or Trataka. This class is FREE, and open to ALL!!!

YFL will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on 11/22-11/25.

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

“Focus on the positive”!!!—Anonymous

Stay safe out there!!!