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Classic Hatha Week=Power + Flow (2/22-2/27/21)

Greetings from YFL!!! It is ‘Classic Hatha’ week, which will emphasize the balancing of power, and flow!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Karuna’, or compassion for ALL. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Grounding Mudra’, one hand to the heart, and the other grounding into ‘Mother Earth’. This week’s Yin practice will emphasize the range of motion of the spine, or ‘Spinal Bliss’. Our meditation focus is ‘Compassion’, and the music for your contemplative time is Piano Meditation’s, ‘White Dove’.

PROPS:

Classic Hatha: block, strap

Yin: bolster, block, blanket

WED: Virtual Yoga w/ Deb (Classic Hatha)

SUN: Virtual Meditation w/Deb (Yoga Nidra)

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

“May your day be blessed, your morning bright, your evenings filled with far and sprite. May you dine on joy, feast on hope, bathe in the graceful Light of love”.—Ramblings of the Claury

To ‘The Wall’, and Beyond!!! (2/15-2/19/21)

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy President’s Day!!!  It is time to return to ‘The Wall’ & Beyond!!!  This week we will use the wall as our magical tool of alignment, focus, and power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Sankalpa’, or your ‘Intention’, ‘Resolution’. I challenge you to create just one intent each time you meditate, practice, or as you start your day!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Openness’ position for the hands. This gesture promotes an ‘opening to the window of your soul’, and helps clear the bronchial tubes and makes breathing clear, and more efficient. Our meditation focus is ‘Clarity’. As you listen to this week’s music selection, Yoga Relaxation’s ‘Music for Meditation’, allow the connection to, and flow of your breath,  summon clarity of mind, body, and heart. This week’s Yin practice will serve to balance ‘The Chakras’.

PROPS:

Wall Practice: Wall (We provide!!! :-)), Block

Yin Practice: Block, Bolster, Blanket

Wed: Virtual Yoga w/Deb (Sukha-Stirrha)

Sun: Virtual Meditation w/Deb (The Trinity of Sacred Energy-God Gland (Pineal), Belly Gland (Vagus Nerve), and the Mind’s Eye (Third Eye).

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

“Look, I want to love this world as though it’s the last chance I’m ever going to get to and know it”.—Mary Oliver

 

Triple ‘R’ Week-Rest, Renew, and Restore (2/8-2/13/21)

Greetings from YFL, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Remember, if you need a gift for that ‘special someone’, we have gift certificates available!!! Contact Deb @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net. This week we focus on the three ‘Rs’-Rest, Renew, and Restore, thus, it is Restorative Week!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘AUM Shanti Ananda’, or to connect in the bliss of peace!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) is for ‘Vitality’, or ‘Staying Young’, and it also promotes cleansing of the lymph system. Our meditation focus is ‘Love’, and may be focused upon, while listening to ‘Kiran Murti’s’, ‘Indian Dream’.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on balancing the ‘Heart Chakra’, or ‘Anahata’. It will include the sounding of the ‘Crystal Bowl’ for this chakra!!!

PROPS:

Restorative: Bolster, Blanket, Block

Yin: Bolster, Block

WED: Virtual Yoga w/Deb (Restorative)-YouTube Channel

SUN: Meditation w/Deb (Yoga Citta Ananda Niroda)

This week at home, work, and play do at least ONE THING everyday that makes you happy. It can be as simple  as listening to your favorite song!!!-Deepak Chopra

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

Let’s ‘Weight’!!! (2/1-2/6/21)

Greetings from YFL, and Happy February!!! It is hard to believe that we have already completed the first month of the New Year!!! This week’s practice is Let’s ‘Weight’, and will emphasize ‘weight use’ for the purpose of strengthening, toning, and sculpting. You may choose to use 1 or 2 lb. weights, or opt for NO weights at all. The weekly Sanskrit focus is ‘Maitri’, or the energy of friendship. The mudra (hand gesture) is ‘Mukula’, or the ‘Beak’, and serves to focus healing, regenerating, and renewing energy to various areas of the body, as we place the beak position on that location. Our meditation focus is ‘Friendship’, and may be contemplated while listening to ‘Classical Piano for Meditation’s White Dove’.

If you are looking for that perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, then consider a YFL gift certificate for virtual or live classes. CONTACT DEB @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net!!!

This week’s Yin practice will serve to ‘Lower Cortisol’, and ‘Slow Aging’. Who doesn’t need that?!!!

PROPS:

Weight Class-Weights, Block

Yin Class-Bolster, Blanket, Block

SCHEDULE:

MON-YFL February 2021 Newsletter @ 10 a.m. on your Email Desk!!!

WED-Virtual Yoga w/Deb-Let’s ‘Weight’

SUN-Virtual Meditation w/Deb-Yoga Nidra Step 10

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

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.

Classic Hatha Week (1/25-1/30/21)

Greetings from YFL!!! The first month of 2021 is almost complete!!! This week we focus on Vinayasa (Flow) + Power with ‘Classic Hatha’. Our Sanskrit focus is AUM, or the primordial, vibrational energy, which was created at the beginning of the Universe. This energy, and the chanting of this energy is connectional, and uniting. Our mudra (hand gesture) is DHANYA, or the meditation mudra. This week’s Yin classes will focus on promoting ‘Good Digestion’. Sunday’s Virtual meditation class will include the 9th step of ‘Yoga Nidra’. Our weekly meditation focus is ‘Stop, Breathe, and Listen’. The supporting music is ‘Moon Dust’ by Tom Barabas.

PROPS:

Classic Hatha-Small blanket, strap, block

Yin-Bolster, block, blanket

Meditation-mat, blanket, Zafu (cushion)

SCHEDULE:

WED: Virtual class w/Deb (Classic Hatha)

SUN: Virtual Meditation w/Deb

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

“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If its perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity”.—Eckhart Tolle

Meet me at the Wall!!! (1/18-23/21)

Greetings from YFL!!! Fall in love with taking care of your Mind, Body, and Spirit!!! Give yourself the gift of yoga, and meditation this week, and every week!!! Remember that we offer virtual classes every Wednesday, and Sunday during these difficult times. Email Deb @ yogaforlife06@verizon.net for more information!!!

This week’s class is about using the ‘Wall’ as a prop of resistance, alignment, focus, and power. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Sukha’, or the energy of joy, happiness, bliss, and peace. Who doesn’t need more of that energy in their life?!!! Our hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘Ushas’, or connecting to all things good. Interlace your fingers, and place the left thumb on top of the right, with palms facing up. Our meditation focus is ‘Joy’, and may be contemplated as you listen to James Hood’s ‘Imginary Friend’.

This week’s Yin practice will emphasize ‘Happy Hips’, or opening the hip joint.

As we enter this week, let’s love, serve, and remember. Remember, that as a member of humanity, we ALL belong to one another. It will be another great week at YFL, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

PROPS:

WALL PRACTICE-Mat, Block

YIN PRACTICE-Block, Bolster, Mat

WED-Virtual Yoga w/Deb (Sukha & Stirrha)-Block, Belt, Mat, Bolster (or Blanket)

SUN-Meditaton w/Deb (Yoga Nidra-Step 8)-Bolster, Blanket, Mat

“Life is a school, where you learn how to remember what your soul already knows”.—Unknown

Let’s Restore-Rest, Restore, and Relax (1/11/21)

Greetings from YFL.  Sending the energy of love, encouragement, and support to anyone, and everyone, that has ever attended classes, training, or workshops at our studio. Sending out the encouragement of ‘Metta’, the healing light and energy of Spirit, and the energy of ‘unconditional love’ to ALL. Trying to sit, listen, understand, and connect through common ground. We all have hearts ‘beating at the same time’, and created by the same Spirit. Let us find ways to connect rather than disconnect. Sending lots of love and hugs to all of you, your family, and your friends.

This week’s class is all about ‘Restoration’, or ‘Triple R’ week. Lets’ restore, renew, and relax, as we simultaneously nourish, and heal our bodies with deep yoga poses, and breath work. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Metta’, or the healing light and love of Spirit. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the grounding position for stability, and connection. Our meditation focus is ‘Moksha’, or freedom, and emotional liberation. The music selection is Michael Hoppe’s Wind Songs, ‘Silence of the Stars’. This week’s Yin classes will focus on the range of motion of our spine, or ‘Spinal Bliss’.

PROPS:

RESTORATIVE: Bolster, Blanket, Block

YIN: Bolster, Blanket

WED: Virtual Yoga w/Deb-Restorative Week

SUN: Meditation w/Deb-Yoga Nidra-Step 7.

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

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”—Saint Francis

Happy New Year!!! It is ‘Weight Time’!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy New Year!!! Let us be grateful for a new day, new week, new month, and NEW YEAR!!! 2021 here we come!!! This week, as we return to the mat, from our holiday break, will emphasize the use of hand weights, and body weight for building strength, stamina, and power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is one of gratitude, thankfulness, and gratefulness, or ‘Dhanya Vad’. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Openness’ position, which enhances opening the bronchial tubes, and promoting deep, efficient breathing!!! It opens the window of your soul. It opens us for what is beautiful and good, and to accept both with thankfulness. Our meditation focus is ‘Dhanya Vad’ (gratitude). The music selection for contemplation is Tom Barabas’ ‘Clouds’ from his ‘Nuage’ CD.

This week’s Yin practice will balance all 7 major chakras. The practice will incorporate seed sound vibrations with the Tibetan bowls, chanting the seed sound, color focus, and physical body alignment with asanas.

It will be a great start to the New Year, and we hope that soon things will begin to return to normal with the distribution of the Covid vaccine. We are looking forward to group gatherings, and events, when the time is right!!!

PROPS:

Weight Classes: Hand Weights ( 1 or 2 lbs.), Block, Strap

Yin: Bolster, Block 

Wed: Virtual Yoga Classes Return w/ ‘Weight Week’

Sun: Meditation w/Deb-Yoga Nidra Step 5!!!

It will be another great week, and another great year at YFL!!! As always, we cant’ wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success”.—Swami Sivananda

Happy New Year!!! (12/28-1/2/21)

Greetings from YFL, and Happy New Year!!! I hope this weekly blog finds you safe, well, and happy, and that you had a wonderful Christmas & holiday celebration!!! We have almost completed this difficult year of 2020, and have hope that the New Year will bring much joy, and renewed life!!! YFL will continue to be CLOSED all of this week (12/27-1/3/21). We will begin classes again on 1/4/21!!! Our first week back will be ‘Weight Week’, so come prepared to work hard!!!

To assist you through this last week of the year, and going into our New Year, I offer the following spiritual tools!!! Let your focus be on ‘ATMAN’ this week , or your inner, authentic Self, your ‘Soul’. Find ways to nurture and soothe your soul. Music, art, exercise, connecting with others safely. Meditate, and develop your soul connection, through reflection, and transformation, as you rest in the ‘Light of Source’. Your mudra (hand gesture) is ‘JNANA’, and is a hand position to evoke regeneration for the mind, body, and soul. It lightens and clarifies the ‘Spirit’. Connect the index finger to the thumb on each hand, and hold the left hand below the right. Left palm faces away, and the right palm faces your chest. Your meditation focus is your ‘Atman’, and may be reflected upon, while listening to Deva & Miten chant the ‘Kumatra Sutra’.

Remember my Christmas gift is unlimited use of my YouTube Channel classes through 1/3/21. This week’s Sunday Meditation is about ‘Everyday Miracles’ within our very lives!!! Enjoy!!! Next week will return to our 10 part series on ‘Yoga Nidra’ with part 5!!!

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

“Our souls do not speak human language; they communicate to us through symbols, metaphors, visions, poetry, deep feelings, and everyday magic”.—Lonerwolf

Winter Solstice Practice (12/21-12/27/20)

Greetings from YFL, and Merry Christmas Week!!! Originally I had planned to offer classes through Wednesday of this week, however, due to ongoing issues with the HVAC system, we will BE CLOSED 12/21-1/3. The repair for the system has been scheduled by the building management for 1/2-1/3. I apologize for this inconvenience, and cancellation of classes prior to the holidays. All of us at YFL wish you a joyous holiday, and prosperous, healthy, and happy New Year. We look forward to many wonderful days on the mat with you in 2021!!!

As an additional Christmas gift, I would like to encourage you to use my online YouTube classes during the time that the studio is closed. In particular, I gift you today’s new Sunday meditation, which is on the ‘Winter Solstice’. Remember to enjoy the ‘Grand Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn, as they shine in the night sky just past sunset, symbolizing the Christmas Star. This last happened in 1623, and will be the last time it is visible in our lifetime.

Our meditation music is by ‘Winds of Samsara’, and features their piece entitled, ‘Heaven is Here’. Our meditation focus is ‘Joy’ the fourth point of Advent. Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘Vismaya’, or having faith in the mystery and benevolence of the Spirit of the Universe. Place the index finger on the middle of the thumb, and the the middle finger at the end of the thumb on each hand. Rest in the temple of your body, deep within, and be infused by the light, support, and comfort of Spirit.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Joy is a net of love with which you can catch souls”.—Mother Teresa

(12/14-12/19/20)-Let’s Try Triple ‘R’ Week Again!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! As most of you know, I was away from the studio last week!!! So, rather than wall week, we will honor Triple ‘R’ week, and practice restoration, relaxation, and renewal. Our Sanskrit focus aligns with the third week of Advent, and is ‘Aham Prema’, or ‘I am love’. The mudra (hand gesture) is for ‘Equanimity’, or the ‘Smile’ gesture. Our meditation focus is ‘Love’, and may be contemplated, while listening to ‘Kiran Murti’s Divine Imagination’.

This week’s Yin practice will conclude our journey through the chakras, as we strive to balance the energy of the 7th chakra, or Sahasrara, the ‘Crown energy Wheel’.

PROPS:

RESTORATIVE: Block, Blanket, Bolster

YIN: Block, Blanket, Bolster

WED: Virtual Yoga-I am taking a three week respite from filming new, weekly classes. I have created a new weekly practice for 9 months very faithfully. I will return to YouTube with new classes beginning on January 6, 2021. In the meantime, if you are a paid subscriber, please continue to enjoy all the catalogued classes (well over 40 from which to choose!!!) Happy Holidays, and I will see you in the New Year!!! Thank you for your continued support of my virtual classes!!!

SUN: Meditation w/Deb-I will continue to produce a NEW meditation class each Sunday morning throughout the holidays. This Sunday is Yoga Nidra #5. You will need a bolster, blanket, and mat for the practice.

“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it is about self-acceptance.”—Unknown

Triple ‘R’ Week-Restore, Renew, & Relax(12/7-12/12/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! This is our week to Triple ‘R’, or Restore, Renew, and Relax!!! The physical practice will take through a series of deeply supported poses, which allow the mind, body, and heart to rest. The supporting Sanskrit focus is ‘Bhakti’, or one’s path of ‘Devotion’. The hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘Ushas’, or connecting to all things good. Our meditation focus is ‘Peace’, and is supported by Michael Hoppes’, ‘Silence of the Stars’. This week’s Yin practice will focus on the 7th Chakra, or the ‘Crown’ energy wheel. ‘Sahasrara’. It connects us to pure consciousness. It is the thousand-petaled lotus, and serves as our aural portal to Divinity. This week’s Sunday meditation is the 4th step of Yoga Nidra (Yogi’s Sleepless Sleep). It will be another wonderful week at YFL, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

PROPS:

Restorative: Block, Strap, Bolster

Yin: Block, Bolster

Wed: Virtual Yoga w/Deb-Restorative/Yin

Sun: Meditation w/Deb-Yoga Nidra Step #4

“May you be surrounded by love, light and beautiful vibes”.—Anonymous

‘Weight’ Time!!! (11/30-12/5/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!!! Please note that the December Newsletter will be available on your email desk Tuesday, December 1st at 10 a.m.!!! If you want to be added to our mailing list, simply send me your preferred email address for receiving our monthly publication (yogaforlife06@verizon.net).

This week’s practice will focus on developing muscle tone and strength with the use of our own body weight, and hand weights. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘AUM Mitraya Namah’, or ‘I invoke the spirit of friendliness’. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Ganesha’ position for overcoming obstacles along life’s path. The meditation focus is ‘HOPE’, and may be contemplated while listening to Enya’s ‘Watermark’.

This week’s Yin practice will balance the energy of the third eye, or mind’s eye AJNA, the 6th chakra. Sunday’s meditation practice will emphasize the 3rd step of Yoga Nidra.

PROPS:

*Weights ( 2, 1 or 2 lb.)

*1 Block

YIN: * Bolster & Block

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

“The body achieves what the mind believes. Never underestimate the unlimited power of your being”.—muses from a mystic

Classic Hatha Week @ YFL!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! (11/23-11/11/28/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! We are so grateful for your support of our teachings throughout the year!!! We wouldn’t be YFL without each and everyone of you!!! I would like to express my gratitude for all of you by extending a small gift. Please enjoy my latest virtual meditation offering on YouTube all this week (11/22/20). It is ‘Step One-Yoga Nidra’!!! Use the meditation as many times as you would like!!!  Enjoy!!! We wish you and your family a blessed, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This week’s physical practice is ‘Classic Hatha’, and will emphasize Vinyasa + Power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Pralaya’, or a period of rest and repose, a phase of passivity. The weekly mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Annapurna’, which strengthens and fulfills the heart, and honors the goddess of food and harvest. Our meditation focus is ‘Gratitude’, and may be contemplated while listening to Heenem Bhakti’s ‘Sacred Earth’. This week’s Yin practice will serve to balance the ‘Throat Chakra’. This week’s virtual class will also feature ‘Classic Hatha’.

PROPS:

Classic Hatha: Strap, Block, Small Blanket

Yin: Block, Bolster, Blanket

Virtual Yoga: Strap, Block, Small Blanket

Wed: Virtual Yoga w/Deb (Classic Hatha)

Sun: Meditation w/Deb-Step 2: Yoga Nidra

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

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”.—Reinhold Niebuhr

‘Meet me at the Wall’ (11/16-11/21/20)

Greetings from YFL!!! It is ‘Meet me at the Wall’ week at the studio, and the new virtual class this Wednesday will feature Sukha-Stirha (Yin-Yang).The Wall will serve as a tool of focus, resistance, and power.  Our Yin practice will serve to balance our ‘Root Chakra’, our wheel of stability, roundedness, and connection. The weekly Sanskrit focus is ‘Pranidhanat’, or ‘To Surrender’, ‘Let Go’, ‘To Devote’. Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘Durga’, or the hand position for ‘Courage’. Our meditation focus is ‘Courage’, and may be contemplated while listening to ‘Claire de Lune’

PROPS:

Wall Class: One block

Yin Class: Bolster, block

Virtual Yoga (Sukha-Stirha): Block, Strap, Small Blanket or Towel

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

“There are, it seems two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”—Wendell Berry

“Without Love, all worship is  burden, all dancing is a chore, all music is mere noise:.—Rumi

P.S.-Please leave a comment, if you have read this week’s blog!!! Thank you in advance!!!—Deb