Author Archives: Deb Potts

Classic Hatha: Let’s Flow!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! July is absolutely flying by!!! We are in the 4th week of the month, which means it is time “To Flow” with Classic Hatha Vinyasa + Power!!! This week’s physical practice is all about linking movement, breath, and power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Laghu Bhavam, which means “lightness”, and energy of space, and higher consciousness. Our mudra (hand gesture) is for “Vitality”, or the “Pick Me Up” mudra. The meditation focus is “Be Light”, and the supporting music is Enya’s “Watermark”.

Here is what’s happening at YFL: 1. Meditation I is in it’s 3rd week of five sessions 2. Intro to Yoga begins tomorrow evening at 7:30.  3. The Sound Bathing Concert is approaching on 8/25 from 1-3 p.m. 4. Kim’s Reiki I Training will be on 9/16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 5. The Fall Equinox Drum Circle will be on Sunday, 9/23 from 5-6 p.m. Call or email the studio for all the details.

It will be another fabulous week at the studio, come in and stay cool, work your mind, body, and soul in unison for well-being!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

To the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! We are already halfway through July!!! This week we take the practice to the wall!!! We utilize this valuable tool as a prop of resistance, alignment, and focus!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Prani Dhana, which is a mantra for appreciating and accepting the wholeness of life. Our supporting hand gesture (mudra) is the “Opportunity”, or take your chance mudra. It is dedicated to our inner truth, clarity, and unity.

Tomorrow is the last day to join our 5-week Meditation I course. We meet from 11 a.m.-Noon, and the cost is $70. Deb is beginning a new Intro to Yoga 4-week class next Tuesday, July 24th, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for $40. Registration is still open. Our first Sound Bath concert will be on Saturday, August 25th, from 1-3 p.m., and the cost is $25. Spaces are filling quickly, so sign-up ASAP!!!

It is cool (any many ways) at YFL, so come in and beat the heat, get your exercise taken care of, and your peace of mind!!! As always, it is going to be another great week at the studio!!!

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

The Triple “R” Threat: Rest, Renew, and Restore!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Come in and kick the heat with some Triple “R” at YFL!!! This week we focus on physically restoring, renewing, and relaxing!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Moksha Hum”, which affirms that our true self is always in a state of “freedom”. Pure awareness is free of limitations. Our mudra is “Panava”, or the gesture for connection to our deeper self and meaning, or “self realization”. It promotes inner growth via disciplines such as meditation and yoga. The meditation focus is “Be still”, and may be contemplated while listening to the music selection for this week, “Claire de Lune”.

Meditation I begins today for 5 weeks, from 11 a.m.-Noon. We look forward to meditating with all of the registrants!!! I am excited to announce that Kim will be offering Reiki I training again in September. She just completed Reiki II training at YFL yesterday. Sophie’s quarterly “Yoga for Grief” workshop will also return in September. The Sound Bathing concert with Betty and Peter is coming soon!!! It will be offered on 8/25, from 1-3 p.m., @ $25. Space is limited, so sign up quickly!!!

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

“Weight” for It!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy 4th of July!!! In observance of the holiday, YFL will BE CLOSED on 7/4 and 7/7. We will be OPEN Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday!!! This week it is “Weight” for It” on the mat!!!. Building strength, stamina, and power, and toning and sculpting with baring of body weight and hand weights. Our Sanskrit focus is  “Aum Ram Ramaya”, which promotes balance and strength, and healing in the mind and body. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the Skankh, or Shell Mudra, which helps support and activate your intuitive powers. Our meditation focus is “To Be”, and may be contemplated while listening to Kirtan Murti’s “Divine Imagination”.

The YFL July newsletter was released to your email yesterday, so enjoy!!! If you are not receiving our monthly newsletter, and would like to, then send an email request to yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

Meditation I begins next Monday, July 9th, from 11 a.m.-Noon. You may still register through tomorrow. Our first “Sound Bath Workshop” will be August 25th, from 1-3 p.m., and registration is still open. Contact our office or drop-in to register.

I am currently working on scheduling our Fall Day Retreat to Vina de Lestonnac. It will be one Saturday, either in September or October. Stay tuned for the details.

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

Classic Hatha Week: Vinyasa + Power

Greetings from YFL!!! This week we flow, and emphasize power, as we stay the pose to build strength and endurance. It is Classic Hatha Week: Vinyasa + Power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “AUM PURNAM”, and is a silent mantra for “peace within me, peace without”. Our mudra ( hand gesture) is the FREEDOM mudra, and it evokes a sense of “taking off into the sky like a bird”, Garuda. It allows us to revel in the endless space, freedom, and beauty of the heavens and sky, and to release from the burdens of stress.

Our Sound Bath workshop will be held on 8/25, from 1-3 p.m. This wonderful experience will be led by Betty and Peter (craniosacral therapists). Wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow, and prepare to be taken into a deep state of bliss, as you will be surrounded by the relaxing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls. The cost is $25, and we are currently taking registrants.

Deb’s next Meditation I will begin on July 9th, from 11 a.m.-Noon. Registration is still open, and the cost is $70.

YFL will BE CLOSED on 7/4 and 7/7 for the holiday week, otherwise we are OPEN for all other days, and class times.

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

Meet me at the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy Monday, and Happy Summer Solstice!!! This week we return to “The Wall” for resistance, focus, and alignment!!! Our Sanskrit focus will be “Aham Prema”, or “I am love”. This mantra helps to direct our energy toward grace and compassion within our world. The supporting mudra (hand gesture) is the “Savitur”, and draws upon the energy of the Sun to uplift and illuminate our spirit, warm our heart, and bring joy to our mind, body, and heart!!! Our meditation focus is the classic, “Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti”, which evokes Universal connection and Peace.

On 6/23 Sophie will be hosting and teaching her quarterly workshop, “Yoga for Grief”, from 1-3 p.m. There are a few spots remaining, and the cost is $25.

On 6/24 Deb will be hosting the Summer Solstice Drum Circle from 5-6 p.m., and and it s FREE!!! Bring a friend and rhythm instrument, or borrow an instrument from YFL!!!

Meditation I will begin on July 9th from 11 a.m.-Noon. The cost is $70, and Deb is still taking registrants, although the session is almost full.

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

Aaahhh…Time to Relax!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Yay!!! It is time to Relax, Restore, and Renew this week, as you come back to the mat strong, sculpted, and toned from last week’s weight marathon!!!! Our Sanskrit focus is Lila Hum…which is the silent mantra for celebrating the playfulness, freedom, and joy inherent in life. True wisdom is always lighthearted and playful. Our mudra (hand gesture) will be Vismaya, or the gesture for a clear and deep perception into the benevolence of Universal Spirit. The meditation focus for this week is Freedom, and may be contemplated while listening to Clare de Lune.

Sophie’s “Yoga for Grief” workshop is fast approaching, but there is still time to register. It will be held 1-3 p.m. on 6/23, and the cost is $25. Deb’s next Meditation I 5-week class will begin on July 9th at 11 a.m.-Noon, and the cost is $70. The seasonal drum circle will happen on Sunday, June 24th, from 5-6 p.m., and it is FREE!!!

Stay tuned for “Sound Bathing”, and a Fall Day Retreat!!!

It will be another beautiful week at YFL, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!! Happy Father’s Day this Sunday!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Time to “Weigh In”!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! It is time to “Weigh In” at YFL!!! It is back to weights week on the mat!!! We will build strength, stamina, and stability, as we incorporate the use of hand weights, and body bearing weight into our practice!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “So Hum”, or the affirmation that  “I am”. It identifies individual awareness with Universal existence. Our hand gesture or “mudra” for this first full week of June is the “Vayu”, or the “wind mudra”. This helps alleviate pain from arthritis, sciatica, and joint ailments. Our meditation focus for the week is “Spirit”, and the supporting music for contemplation is provided by Kiran Murti’s  “Divine Imagination”.

Intro to Yoga concludes tomorrow evening, and Meditation I will begin on Monday, July 9th, from 11 a.m.-Noon. Call, email, or drop in to register. Sophie’s next “Yoga for Grief” workshop is just around the corner on June 23rd, from 1-3 p.m., so there is  still time to register. The cost is $25. Kim will be offering Reiki II training on Sunday, July 8th. Our new summer schedule will begin on June 18th, and our Summer Solstice Drum Circle will be on Sunday, June 24th at 5 p.m.  The Drum Circle is FREE!!! Beat the heat, and come to your mat this week!!!

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

Sukha Stirha Week!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! We hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!!! This is the 5th week of May, so Deb will insert a different theme for this final week of the month. It will be Sukha Stirha week, which is a blending of the energy forces of Yin and Yang. The beginning of the practice will be lively and filled with energetic flow. The latter half of the sequence will bring the energy level down, and emphasize deep, prolonged poses for fascial stretching. Our Sanskrit focus is Santosha, or finding our way into a state of contentment!!! Our mudra for the week is Ushas, or connecting to all things good. The meditation focus is Gratitude, which is proven to be a very healing energy focus. The music I selected for this week’s meditation is Michael Hoppe’s  “Silence of the Stars”.

June is almost upon us, so watch for the monthly newsletter on 6/1 @ 10 a.m. Sophie’s “Yoga for Grief” workshop will be on Saturday, June 23rd, from 1-3 p.m. Deb’s next Meditation I 5-week course is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 9th, from 11 a.m.-Noon. Please drop-in, call, or email to register.

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

Classic Hatha Week!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy Monday!!! It is time to practice the timeless form of yoga…Classic Hatha!!! We will be emphasizing power with vinyasa. Our Sanskrit focus will be “Ananda Hum”, which awakens us to our authentic self. Our true self is replete with joy, contentment, and our fulfillment of existence. Our mudra focus is the “Grounding” hand gesture. This promotes connection, and stability.

Intro to Yoga started last Tuesday, but you may still join in this week from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The next Meditation I class will begin on Monday, July 9th, from 11 a.m.-Noon. Call or email the studio to register for either course. Sophie’s next quarterly “Yoga For Grief” workshop will be on Saturday, June 23rd, from 1-3 p.m.

The studio will be  CLOSED on Saturday, May 26th, and Monday, May 28th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Classes will resume regular schedule on Tuesday, May 29th.

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

Resist “The Wall”!!!

Greetings, and good Monday morning, from YFL!!! Yet another week is upon us, and it is time to

Resist “The Wall”!!! Our practice  will focus upon resistance, strength, alignment, and mindfulness based upon the wall as our key prop. Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Ram Ramaya. This is a silent mantra which activates balance, strength, and healing in the mind and body. Our mudra focus the “Vitality” hand gesture. It promotes good health at all levels, and helps maintain youthfulness. It helps create enthusiasm, anticipation, and gusto. The meditation focus is “Zest for Life”, and may be your intent while listening to “Yoga Music: Meditation”.

Intro to Yoga begins Tuesday evening, 5/15, from 7:30-8:30. The cost is $40, and there is still room, if you would like to register online, by phone, or at the studio. Deb’s Meditation I class will be moving to Monday mornings from 11 a.m.-Noon, for the next session. It will begin on July 9th, and the cost is $70. Registration is now open. Sophie’s next quarterly  “Yoga for Grief” workshop will be on 6/23 from 1-3 p.m. @ $25. There is still time to register. Kim will be offering her Reiki II training workshop on Sunday, July 8th. Call for the details.

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

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

Greetings from YFL!!! It is time to go back to the three “R’s”!!! This week is all about restoring, renewing, and relaxing  on the mat, while stretching and strengthening safely and deeply with props!!! Our Sanskrit focus will be AUM Hreem, or the “Eternal Present” that exists in every moment. It reveals the timeless quality of consciousness with every experience. Our mudra focus is the hand gesture for connecting to “eternal light”, which then radiates our individual love into the world. It is called the Jnana-Chin Mudra. Our meditation music is from the CD “Nuages” by Tom Barabas, and his song, “Clouds”. Our meditation focus is “Simplicity”.

Intro to Yoga begins on 5/15, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Meditation I, will begin on 7/9, from 11 a.m.-Noon. Sophie’s quarterly “Yoga for Grief” will be on 6/23, from 1-3 p.m. We have a full range of classes each and every week!!! Beat the heat, and come to your mat at Yoga For Life. It will help prepare you for all your summer “warrior” activities, lift your heart, and calm your mind!!!

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

Just “Weight” a Minute!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy May!!! Your YFL newsletter will be fresh on your email desk tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., so watch for it!!! This week it is time to incorporate hand weights into our asana practice!!! The practice will also emphasize bearing our own body weight more than we usually do on the mat!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Bhakti”, or “our path of devotion”. The supporting hand gesture, or mudra is the “Pran”, or position for stability, “I shall keep going”. This mudra promotes strong eyes, inner peace, stamina, and confidence. The accompanying silent mantra is, “My inner fire possesses me, strengthens me, and reveals to me my abilities and my possibilities.” Our meditation focus is “Stability”, and you may choose to listen to the music below, provided by Deva Premal and Miten, “Kumara Mantra”.

Intro to Yoga begins on 5/15 @ 7:30 p.m., and there is still time to register. Kim is offering her Reiki I training at the studio on 5/6, and Sophie’s quarterly offering of Yoga for Grief workshop will be on 6/23. The seasonal Drum Circle will be held on 6/24!!! There is much to be experienced at the studio over the coming months of summer. Please let us assist in bringing your mind, body, and heart into “Right Balance”!!!

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

Your Choice: Wall or Classic Hatha?!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! I’m baaaaaaack!!! Last week was devoted to recharging my batteries, and enjoying the vistas, food, and art of Santa Fe!!! I have many wonderful memories, and photos to share with all of you!!! I would also like to thank all the wonderful Yoginis that subbed my classes!!! I had comfort in knowing that my students and studio were in good hands!!!

This week is practitioner choice (majority rules)!!! Each class will decide whether they want last week’s wall practice, or this week’s Classic Hatha!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Dhanya Vad”, or thank you, as I express thanks to family, friends, and students for last week’s restoration vacation!!! I am also so very grateful that I have the privilege of sharing yoga and meditation with each of you everyday!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) this week is the “Moderation” gesture for bringing balance to our digestion, and all facets of our being. Our meditation focus is “Right Balance”, and the accompanying music is Ann Sweeten’s “A Moment in Time”.

The next Intro to Yoga 4-week course will begin on 5/15. Sophie’s next Yoga For Grief workshop will be on 6/23 from 1-3 p.m. Please call, email, or drop-in to register. Your May YFL newsletter will release on your email desk at 10 a.m.,  Tuesday, May 1st!!!

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

Mystery Week: Surprise Sequences!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week is a surprise set of sequences!!! Come with anticipation, and be ready to experience something new and different on the mat at YFL!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM  , Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, or chanting for Cosmic Peace. Our supporting hand gesture will be the “USHAS”, for connecting to all things good. The meditation focus is the same as our Sanskrit focus this week, AUM, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. You may contemplate this topic while listening to the music entitled, “Meditation”.

The next Intro to Yoga 4-week series will begin on May 15 and extend through June 5th. Please register via phone, email, or drop-in. Sophie will be offering her Yoga for Grief workshop on a quarterly basis at Yoga For Life. The next opportunity to access this valuable work will be on June 23rd. Registration is ongoing. She will also make this available for individual or family bookings at YFL. The annual Yoga-Hike is scheduled for April 27. We do ask that you register for this by no later than 4/20.

It is going to be another great week at YFL, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!

“Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm.”—John Trudell