‘Weight’ Time!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy February, Valetine’s Day, and President’s Day this new month!!! It is the first week of February, so that translates to ‘weight week’ on the mat!!! We will sculpt, tone, and strengthen with our own body weight, and light hand weights!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Sankalpa’, or ‘Intention’, so take a moment to set yours for this new month, and new week!!! Our mudra is the classic ‘Jnana’ hand gesture, and this evokes the energy connection of ‘Universal Wisdom & Knowledge’.

This week’s Yin practice will serve to balance the ‘Chakras’.

The February YFL newsletter is now available, and if you aren’t on the list for receiving the monthly publication, then email Deb, and request being added to the list!!! yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

Deb just completed her quarterly Meditation I workshop, which was well received by the participants. The next one will take place in early May. In the meantime, Oprah & Deepak, are offering their next FREE 21-day Meditation challenge for maintaining ‘Optimal Health’. It starts tomorrow. Just Google their names for registration instructions. I have done everyone of these programs, and HIGHLY recommend them for beginner to advanced meditators!!!

Our meditation focus for the week is ‘Listen’!!! Your music for contemplation is from ‘Winds of Samsara’, ‘Heaven is Here’.

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

“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream”.—Project Happiness

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Hatha-Vinyasa + Power

Greetings from YFL!!! This week’s physical practice will focus on ‘Classic Hatha’. Our asana work will incorporate Vinyasa with Power. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Siddho Hum’, or ‘I am Wholeness’. Our mudra is the classic ‘Ushas’, or connecting to ‘all things good’. Meditation will focus on ‘Stillness’. Meditation music is provided by Kirtan Murti, and their song, ‘Divine Imagination’.

Yin will focus on the full range of motion of the spine, or ‘Spinal Bliss’.

Deb is offering her Meditation I course in the form of a 150 minute workshop!!! It will be held this coming Saturday (2/1), from 1-3:30 p.m. You will learn 15-16 ways of dropping into a meditative state. The course includes Deb’s personally written manual, and a Certificate of Completion. The cost is $75. Email Deb to register, or register at the studio. Meditation is the most important gift you can afford your mind, body, and heart!!!

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

“Breathe. Step back. Think. Then react.—tinybuddha.com

Wall Week!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week we return to ‘The Wall’. It is a wonderful prop for alignment, focus, and resistance. Our Sanskrit focus is ‘AUM Eem Shreem’, or ‘My being radiates strength, wisdom, and abundance. Our mudra is for ‘Curiosity’, and healthy liver function. The weekly meditation focus is ‘Curiosity’, and may be contemplated while listening to Sacred Earth’s ‘Bhakti Hreem’.

This week’s Yin practice will promote good digestion, as well as promoting peace of mind, and deep stretching of the fascia, and connective tissues.

Sign-up for these upcoming workshops ASAP @ YFL, or contact Deb via email to register: yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

1/24-New Moon Rising w/Kim 6:30-8:30 p.m.-Creating a Vision Board & Intentions for 2020 ($25)

1/25-Yoga For Emotional Liberation w/Sophie 1-3 p.m.-Learning ways to relieve stressful emotions due to grief ($25)

1/26-Reiki I Training w/Kim 10 a.m.-2 p.m.-Metaphysical Use of Energy for Healing ($150)

2/1-Transformational Meditation I w/Deb 1-3:30 p.m.-Learning 15-16 methods for achieving the ‘meditative state’ ($70)

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

‘Allow the great unknown dimensions of life to find you’.—Adyashanti

Let’s Restore: Renew, Relax, and Restore

Greetings from YFL!!! It was so good to see everyone back on there mats last week for the first full schedule of the New Year!!! Last week was rigorous with our hand weights, but this week will  RESTORE!!! We will explore the wonderful world of props, and let our bodies stretch with support to a deeper place, as our minds unwind, and relax!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘SAMSKARA’, or the ‘winds of change’…the only constant in life is change, and how to deal with change gracefully. Our hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘UPPER HAND’, or cooling mudra. This hand gesture helps alleviate anger, frustration, and impatience.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on ‘Balancing the Chakras’.

Our meditation focus is ‘Patience’, and may be focused upon while listening to the CD, ‘Claire de Lune’.

We have three workshops fast approaching in January: 1) 1/24-New Moon Rising Workshop w/Kim from 6:30-8:30 p.m. @$25 (Vision Board, Intentions, Letting Go)  2) 1/25-Yoga For Emotional Release w/Sophie from 1-3 p.m. @$25 (How to deal the myriad forms of grief), and 3) Reiki I Training w/Kim from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. @$150 (Metaphysical Prayer).

Join us for another wonderful week at the studio, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”-Rumi

Weight Time!!!-Strengthen w/ Hand Weights + Body Weight

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade!!! 2020 will be an awesome year at YFL!!! We start the year off with power, strength, and sculpting our bodies with the use of hand weights and body weight!!! It is WEIGHT TIME!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Durgha Namah, which translates as, ‘my true nature is fearless and powerful’. Our mudra for the week is, ‘Dhanya’, or the meditation hand gesture. Our meditation focus is ‘Power’, in its physical, mental, and spiritual forms. Our music for meditation is provided by Tom Barabas, his ‘Nuages’.

We return to our normal teaching schedule this week. The Winter Schedule should be up and running on the website anyway now. I am resuming my 4:15 p.m. Yin class on Tuesday afternoons, and will continue to teach the two morning classes on Friday, during Summer’s maternity leave. I will also be offering both classes on Saturday mornings again, 8:15 a.m. Yin, and 9:30 a.m. Sukha-Stirrha. Sophie’s schedule remains the same, although she is taking over the 5:30 p.m. class on Thursday evenings, Classic Hatha.

This week’s Yin class will emphasize the back, and work it through a full range of motion, ‘Spinal Bliss’!!!

We have many workshops available in January, February, and March. Checkout the January 2020 YFL newsletter for all the details. If you don’t currently receive the newsletter, then please email me, and I will see that you are added to the Contact List. yogaforlife06@verizon.net

I can’t think of a better way to start the year, than on your yoga mat!!! So, come see us ASAP!!! As always, we cant’ wait to see  you on the mat!!!

‘Feel good, be good, and do good’.-Yogi Bhanjan

Bonus Week: Restorative: Rest, Restore, and Renew

Greetings from YFL!!! We wish you, your family, and friends the Happiest New Year!!! 2020 will be a fantastic new decade at YFL, and we look forward to sharing our normal class scheduling, as well as many helpful and interesting ‘Special Events’. We have quite a few workshops coming up in January, February, and March, so check them out in the January YFL Newsletter, which will be released on January 1st to your email desk at 10 a.m.!!!

This week at YFL will be the last holiday schedule, and Deb’s reduced schedule!!! Check it out below!!!

This is Bonus Week, so our physical practice will be an additional time for a Restorative Flow: Rest, Restore, and Renew!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Karuna Hum’, or ‘I am compassion’. The hand gesture for our practice, or mudra is the ‘Equanimity’ gesture. This promotes balance, and releases tension. It also promotes a healthy thyroid gland. Our meditation focus is ‘Compassion’, and may be contemplated, while listening to ‘Music for Meditation’.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on promoting ‘Good Digestion’!!!

As always, we cant’ wait to see you on the mat!!!

SCHEDULE FOR 12/30/19-1/4/20:

Mon-8:15 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.-w/Deb

Tues, Wed, Thurs-CLOSED

Fri-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-w/Deb

Sat-9:00 a.m.-w/Deb

We resume our regular teaching schedule on Monday, January 13th!!!

‘Bless this year with love and light. Bless this year with faith and sight. Bless this year with grace and ease. Bless this year with joy and peace.’-Mary Davis

 

Classic Hatha Week (A Gentle Variation)!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week will feature a very gentle version of ‘Classic Hatha’!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Prani Dhana, or my individuality connects to Universality. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the Jnana, which connects us to Universal energy, and is also the symbol for the ‘Holy Trinity’ in Christianity. This week’s meditation focus is ‘Light’, and may be contemplated, while listening to Kiran Murti’s ‘Divine Imagination’.

This week’s Yin practice will provide a sequence  for releasing the hips!!!

This week’s schedule is abbreviated due to the holidays, so here it is:

Mon-8:15 & 9:30 a.m. w/Deb

CLOSED-Tu, Wed, Thurs

Fri-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Sat-9:00 a.m.-Deb

Sophie, Summer, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!  We have many exciting workshops planned for the New Year!!! They will be announced in the January Newsletter, which will come out on your email desk, January 1st, around 10 a.m.!!!

As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!  Your Christmas cards & gifts are still available on Monday this week, and we will be listening to Christmas music at class on Monday!!!—Namaste’, Deb

‘May good fortune walk with you this day and all the days of your life’.—Unknown

Let’s Meet at the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! It is time to meet one another at The Wall!!! We will use this amazing prop to align, strengthen, and focus during our practice!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Mudita’, or gathering ‘Vicarious Joy’ from one another during the holiday season!!! Our hand gesture (mudra) is the ‘Grounding’ gesture, which will help us to connect, and rest in ‘Spirit’s Energy’ during this Christmas season!!! Deb will be playing Classic Christmas music THIS WEEK, AND NEXT!!!  Santa and Deb have a gift for you at the studio, so come to the mat this week!!! Our meditation focus is ‘JOY’, and may be contemplated, while listening to ‘White Dove’.

This week’s Yin practice will balance the Chakras with poses, Tibetan bowls, color, and spinal locations.

This week’s schedule:

Mon-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Tues-12:30 & 6:00 p.m.-Sophie

Wed-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Thurs-12:30 & 5:30 p.m.-Sophie

Fri-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Sat-9:00 a.m.-Deb

12/23-1/4 SCHEDULE:

OPEN: 12/23, 12/27, 12/28  CLOSED: 12/24, 12/25, 12/26

OPEN: 12/30, 1/3, 1/4       CLOSED: 12/31, 1/1, 1/2

“Your mind will always believe everything you feed it. So feed it faith, feed it positive thoughts, feed it love!!!”-Think Positive Power

It will be a wonderful week at YFL, and as always, we cant’ wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

 

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

Greetings from YFL!!! I am happy to report that I am free of my cast, and walking very slowly and steadily once again!!! I am going to stay on a reduced teaching schedule through the end of December, and then resume the normal class schedule on January 3rd!!!

This week’s practice is all about restoration, as we enjoy Triple ‘R’ week: Rest, Restore, and Renew!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM AIEEM NAMAH, which translates as, “My true nature is love and joy”. Our mudra (hand gesture) is ‘RELAX’, or let it flow!!! Interlace the fingers, let the thumbs hang freely pointing down with palms facing down.

Our Yin practice will focus on ‘Happy Hips’, and will emphasize poses to release and open our hip joints.

Deb will be handing out Christmas Cards, and gifts the week of 12/16-12/21!!! So be sure to attend class for your present!!!

This week’s schedule will be as follows:

Mon-: 8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Tues: 12:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-Sophie

Wed: 8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Thurs: 12:30 & 5:30 p.m.-Sophie

Fri: 8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Sat: 9:00 a.m.-Deb

In the New Year (2020): Sophie will be offering Yoga For Emotional Liberation on 1/25

Kim will be offering Reiki I on 1/19 & a New Moon Rising Celebration

Deb will be offering Back to Basics Workshop & Meditation I (TBA)

It will be another great week at YFL, and we are looking forward to a great New Year in 2020!!! I will review the holiday schedule again in next week’s blog!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“All is well’…that is my new philosophy”.—Sally from Peanuts

 

‘Weight Time’

Greetings from YFL, and Happy December!!! Don’t forget your own self-well-being this month!!! Come to the mat often!!! This week we return to Deb’s classic thematic practice for each week of the month!!! This week is ‘Weight Time’!!! We will emphasize toning, sculpting, and strengthening using our body weight and optional hand weights!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Bhakti’, or ‘Your Personal Path of Devotion’, and what that means to you!!! Our hand gesture (mudra) is the classic ‘Jhana’, or connection to ‘Universal Energy’. Our meditation focus is ‘Holiday Cheer’, and the music selection this week for contemplation is ‘Winds of Samskara’s’, Heaven is Here.

The monthly YFL newsletter was released today, and if you aren’t on our newsletter mailing list, just email Deb, and we will gladly add you to our Contact List!!!

This week’s schedule:

Mon-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

6:30 p.m. (Qigong)-Jan

Tues-12:30 p.m.-Sophie

6:00 p.m.-Sophie

Wed-8:15 a.m.-Sophie

9:30 a.m.-Joyce

Thurs-12:30 p.m.-Sophie

5:30 p.m.-Sophie

Fri-8:15 &9:30 a.m.-Deb

Sat-9:00 a.m.-Deb

Holiday Schedule: CLOSED: 12/24-12/26/19   &   12/31-1/2/20!!!

Give the gift of ‘HEALTH & WELL-BEING’ this Holiday Season!!! See Deb about YFL gift certificates!!!

It will be a wonderful first week of December at YFL, and as always, we cant’ wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”.—Henry David Thoreaux

Energy Blend w/Gratitude!!!

Greetings from YFL & Happy Thanksgiving!!! We will complete the month of November with another short week of ‘Energy Blend w/Gratitude’!!! We will blend the energies of Yin & Yang, or Sukha & Stirrha!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘Dhanya Vad’, or an expression of gratitude, and thanks for all the goodness of life!!! Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Ushas’, or connection to ‘all things good’!!! Our meditation focus is ‘Thankfulness’, and may be contemplated while listening to Enya’s ‘Watermark’. We wish you and all of your family and friends a most wonderful, and Happy Thanksgiving!!! Safe travels to all!!!

This week’s schedule at YFL:

Mon-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

6:30 p.m.-Qigong-Jan

Tues-12:30 p.m.-Sophie

6:00 p.m.-Sophie

Wed-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Thurs-Sun- CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING!!!

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

“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all”.—Helen Keller

Sukha-Stirrha Week!!! I’m back!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! I returned to teaching this past Saturday, and it felt ohhhh soooo gooood to be back on the mat!!! This week would normally be ‘Wall Week’, but in my current condition I am going to substitute the practice of Sukha-Stirrha!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘So Hum’, or ‘I am ______’, and you fill in the blank with whatever feeling or emotion arises. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the ‘Grounding’ mudra for connection and stability. Our meditation focus is ‘Stability’, and may be contemplated while listening to ‘Claire de Lune’.

Here is this week’s class schedule:

Mon-8:15 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Tues-12:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-Sophie (NO 4:15 p.m. class)

Wed-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Deb

Thurs-12:30 & 5:30 p.m.-Sophie

Fri-8:15 & 9:30 a.m.-Summer  NOTE: This is Summer’s last day, as she departs for maternity leave. It is time to ‘SHOWER HER WITH LOVE & GIFTS!!!. MEET AT MOWI WOWI COFFEE SHOP @ 11 A.M.!!!

Sat-9:00 a.m.-Deb-NOTE: Just one class on Saturdays currently!!!

We wish Summer, baby to be, and family Godspeed, happiness, and love!!! We so appreciate ALL that Summer provides in her instruction at YFL, and can’t wait for your return in the Spring of 2020!!!

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

“Love is the song of the soul singing to God”.—Paramahansa Yogananda

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