Bonus Week: Sukha-Stirha!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! This is bonus week at YFL (5th week of the month)!!!  As a result, we add an extra theme to our monthly rotation, which will be Sukha-Stirha. This is a beautiful blending of the energy forces of Yin and Yang, or grace and power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is AUM, the primordial Sacred sound emanated at the beginning of the creation of the Universe, whose vibrational energy is a unifying and connectional force. Our supporting mudra (hand gesture) is the Dhanya for evoking Universal Energy. Our meditation focus is “Unity”, and may be focused upon with Classical Piano’s “White Dove” music selection for the week.

Sophie’s Ayurvedic Transformation four week series begins on Monday, September 11th at noon, and there is still time to register through YFL.

Deb’s Intro to Yoga begins on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. Call, email, or drop in to register.

YFL is CLOSED on Monday, September 4th, in observance of Labor Day.

Sophie and I will be hosting a fundraising (by donation) Yoga + Meditation class on Sunday, September 24th from 3-4:15 p.m. This is to raise funds for redress.org/Harvey or 1-800-REDCROSS/Harvey to help support the rebuilding of Texas. Following the practice we will be serving tea and cookies. If you can’t attend the practice, then please consider making a minimal $10 donation to Red Cross. We also invite you to stay for the Fall Equinox Drum Circle which is also FREE, and will begin at 5 p.m.

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

Classic Hatha: Back to Basics!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!!  Happy Solar Eclipse Day!!! Be safe with your eyes, and enjoy this epic event!!! I would also like to remind everyone that at 11:11 a.m. PST, there is a GLOBAL MEDITATION to promote peace and harmony throughout the world. Wherever you are take a seat or walk, and meditate for 15 minutes!!!

This week’s practice is “Back to Basics” from a perspective of Classic Hatha Yoga. The practice is well balanced with our classic warmup sequence, seated poses, a strong transitional sequence to standing, vinyasa flow, standing balances, and core work!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is “ANTAR MOUNA”, or Inner Silence, and our Mudra focus, or hand gesture is the classic “USHAS”, connecting to all things good.

Our meditation focus will be “SILENCE”, and is set to David Lanz’s “Romance of Silence”.

Sophie’s Four Week’s to a Healthy You begins on 9/11 at Noon!!! The cost is $99, and there is still time to enroll. Remember space is limited, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to create ultimate well-being, balance, and full potential for your life.

Deb’s next Intro to Yoga four week session will begin on 9/12, and the cost is $40. Registration is ongoing!!!

Have a fabulous week, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Let’s Hit the Wall!!!

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Greetings and Happy Monday!!!

This week is all about the “Wall”, and how to use its  many benefits of resistance!!! So, “Let’s Hit the Wall” together this week for toning, strengthening, focusing, and aligning!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is “Karuna”, or compassion. An energy that we should invest in ourselves first, and then extend to all other sentient beings.

Our mudra, or hand gesture focus for the week is the “Pran”, which helps to increase our level of vitality, reduce nervousness, and improve our vision. It also helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

The meditation focus for this week is “Shanti, Shanti, Shanti”, or “Peace, Peace, Peace”. This dharana may be utilized while listening to the beautiful music of Ann Sweeten, and her “Place in the Sun”.

Sophie is offering her wonderful Ayurvedic Transformation 4-weeks to a Healthier You series once again. It will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017. Class will meet from Noon-1:30 p.m. for four consecutive Monday afternoons. The cost is $99, and class size is limited. Call, email, or drop in to register ASAP. It will enable you to understand  yourself, balance your life, and realize your full potential. Flyers are available at the studio. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for positive personal transformation.

Also, a reminder that YFL will BE CLOSED on Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday!!!

As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!! Have a fantastic week on and off the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

 

“R” x 3=Rest, Restore, and Renew!!!

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Happy Full Moon…a time for deep, spiritual transformation is upon us!!! Meditate, laugh, breathe, and love!!! Share the light!!!

We have the perfect practice for the fullness of Chandra this week…Restorative!!! It is “R” x 3, which equals Rest, Restore, and Renew!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is the seed sounds or biju for the heart chakra, which is YUM,  activating peace, harmony, and love!!! Our mudra or hand gesture is “Equanimity”. While taking the mudra, and chanting YUM, coming to the realization that our hearts know what is good for us, and provides for us the basis of our actions.

Your meditation Dharana, or focal point, is “Harmony”, and is set to Kiran Murti’s “Divine Imagination”.

We wish you a most beautiful full moon week!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“Weight” a Minute, or two, or three, or 75″!!! Yes, it is “weight week”!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! It is time to start a new month, and bring summer to a conclusion!!! As we usher in the “Downward Dog Days” of summer let’s release excessive Pitta energy with a strong and powerful weight-bearing class!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Sat Chit Ananda”, or “Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss”. We will combine our focus points with the mudra (hand gesture) “USHAS”, which connects us to the beautiful energy of “all things good”. Our meditation focus for the week is “Natural Beauty”, and will be set to the music of Deva and Miten’s Karma Sutra.

Deb begins a new five week Meditation I series tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. Registration is still open!!! Call, email, or drop-in to register PRONTO!!!

Watch for the August YFL newsletter on your email desk tomorrow!!! It should launch at 10 a.m.!!!

Have a fabulous week, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Classic Hatha Week-Flow with Power

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! Happy Monday!!! This is Classic Hatha week as you come to your mat!!! The practice will emphasize graceful flowing movement, which is balanced with power and strength!!! The Sanskrit focus is “So Hum”, or I am. The supporting mudra (hand gesture) is the “Vitality Mudra”, which promotes increased, vital energy flow based upon deep and deliberate breathing. The meditation focus is “I am”, and may be focused upon with the classic music of “Claire de Lune”.

If you know anyone that wants to take the plunge into the transformative world of meditation, please share that Deb is beginning a new 5-week session next Tuesday, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The course will meet for five consecutive Tuesday evenings, 8/1-8/29, and the cost is $70, which includes the course manual.

Watch for the YFL newsletter. It will be delivered to your email inbox at 10 a.m. on 8/1!!! If you aren’t on the newsletter list, and would like to receive this monthly online publication, please email your request to Deb, yogaforlife06@verizon.net.

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

To “The Wall” and Beyond!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! We have made it to another Monday, and an opportunity to practice Yoga for another week!!! This week’s theme is To “The Wall” and Beyond!!! We utilize the wall as a powerful friend of resistance, alignment, and stability. It improves our focus, power, and strength!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is “Karuna”, or the energy of compassion. Practice this focus on yourself first, so that it may then be shared within your family, circle of friends, community, region, state, nation, and the world.

Our mudra focus is the “Grounding” hand gesture, which allows to find our sense of connection and belonging.

Our meditation focus is to “Just Be”, and realize that all we have is the “Present Moment”!!! The music selected for meditation this week is David Lanz”s Cristiforis Dream.

A reminder that Deepak and Oprah began a new 21-day meditation challenge this morning. The topic is “Desire and Destiny”, and it is FREE!!!

Have a fabulous week, stay cool, and be cool, and as always, we CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE MAT!!!—Namaste’, Deb

The Three “R’s” of Yoga: Rest, Renew, and Restore

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Congrats!!!  We all made it through our very rigorous weight week, and “sliding plank” challenge!!! This week it is time to practice the three “R’s” of Yoga: Rest, Renew, and Restore!!! Perfect timing for this continued heat wave that we are experiencing!!! Come in, cool down, and restore!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is “Samsara”, or the Winds of Change, the only true constant in life. Our mudra for this week is the hand gesture of Jnana, for evoking the energy of “Universal Knowledge and Wisdom”.

The music for your daily meditation is from James Hood’s “Imaginary”, and your meditation focus is “Just Relax”.

It is important to continue moving during this extreme heat wave, and yoga is a nice alternative to your normal outdoor activities, or a great addition to any exercise program!!!

Have a fabulous week, stay cool, and be cool!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Weighing In!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! It is time to “Weigh In”, as we return to the use of hand weights, and emphasizing the bearing or our own body weight!!! It is a short week on the mat due to our holiday break!!! Come enjoy some NEW  ways to incorporate weight practice into your discipline!!!

Our Sanskrit focus is “NIRODHA”, or living with “control” of the mind, body, and heart. Our hand gesture focus is the mudra, “USHAS”, or connecting to the energy of “all things good”. Our meditation focus is to “release into control”, and may be practiced while enjoying the music of Deva and Miten’s “Karma Sutra”.  Deb’s Yin classes will emphasize “Spinal Bliss” this week.

The next 5-week Meditation I series will begin on Tuesday, 7/11/17. The class will meet for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $70, which includes your manual. Pleased email, call, or drop-in to pre-register (required).

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

Basic Classic Hatha with a Yin Cool Down!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! This is Classic Hatha Week with a YIN finale’ for cooling down!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “SANTOSHA”, or finding threads of contentment in all that we do!!! Our mudra is the classic meditation hand gesture, or ‘DHYANI’, for deep contemplation. The meditation focus is “contentment”, and our meditation music is “Bhakti Hreem”, or the path of the heart.

Come to the mat this week for strength, power, focus, and serenity. The next Meditation I 5-week series begins on Tuesday, July 11th. We will meet for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $70, and does include your manual.

Due to the 4th of July holiday, Yoga For Life will be CLOSED on the following days: 7/1-7/4/17. Classes will resume on Wednesday, July 5th. We wish you and your family a very safe and fun holiday weekend!!!

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

Wall Resistance Week!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! It is blazing hot outside, so come in to the studio for a cool, refreshing practice at the WALL!!! It is time to resist, tone, strengthen, and gain power using the wall as our prop of resistance!!! Our Sanskrit focus is KARUNA, or the practice of compassion for self, and others in our community and beyond. Our hand gesture, or mudra, is the PRAN, and this promotes brain balance, grounding, vitality, and confidence. Our meditation focus is set to Ann Sweeten’s “One Moment”. This week let our focus center on “COMPASSION”.

Due to a new HVAC installation, the studio will be CLOSED this coming Saturday, 6/24/17. Normal class schedule will begin on Monday, 6/26. The new Summer Schedule has been posted, which is effectively the same as our Spring Schedule!!! The next 5-week Meditation I course will begin on July 11th, please call, email, or drop-in for registration.

Have yet another fabulous week, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

RELAXATION…with THREE RRRS!!!

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Yes, you made it!!! We worked hard last week during weight bearing!!! This week we focus on profoundly deep relaxation with deeply penetrating stretching in a restorative format!!! It is relax, restore, and renew week at YFL!!! Our Sanskrit focus is ‘BHAKTI’, or the path of devotion. Our mudra focus is ‘GANESHA’, or the hand gesture for removing obstacles along life’s path. The meditation focus is ‘TO RESTORE’, and is set to the music of “Classical Piano’s-White Dove”.

It will be sizzling outdoors by the end of the week, so treat yourself to a cool and relaxing practice this week. Drum circle was fun, and our Fall Equinox celebration will be on Sunday, September 17th, so mark your calendars early!!! Kim will be returning with her Mommy & Me yoga at YFL very soon, so stay tuned for the details!!! Our next Artistry of Yoga Teacher Training will be a 20 week program. It will include 4 hours of classes every Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. It is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered school. The next offering will be January-May of 2018. We are currently accepting applications. Our school is limited to 10 students, which provides ongoing mentoring and more individual attention from instructors during and after training.

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

Plain and Simple, “Weight Week”!!!

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Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!! Happy Monday, and Happy “Weight Week”, plain and simple!!! I would like to congratulate our 2017 Artistry of Yoga graduates, as they transitioned from Trainees to Teachers on 6/3/17, following 200 hours of intense work, study, and preparation!!! Congrats to Christina, Linda, and Teri, well done!!! Enjoy every precious minute of teaching!!!

During this first full week of June we will enjoy the incorporation of hand weights into our Hatha practice. We will feel the benefits of elevated energy, power, stamina, and strength!!! Our mudra focus is the “Joint Hand Gesture”, which helps bring energy flow and flexibility to the joints of the body. Our Sanskrit focus “Maitra”, or the expression of “Lovingkindness” for ourselves, and one another!!! Your meditation focus is “Lovingkindness”, and may serve as your contemplative point, as you listen to the beautiful music of Ricky Kej’s “Winds of Samsara”, “This is Heaven”.

Deb begins a new four week “Intro to Yoga” class tomorrow evening, 6/6, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. You may still register today. The cost is $40, and does include your manual. Call, email, or phone YFL ASAP!!!

The seasonal “Drum Circle” will meet this Sunday, 6/11, from 5-6 p.m. to welcome in the Summer Solstice!!! We are a week early to prevent conflict with Father’s Day. Bring a drum, rhythm instrument, energy, and a friend!!! As always, it is FUN and  FREE!!!

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

Sukha-Stirha Bonus Week!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! This week is split between May and June, thus a bonus week on the schedule for thematic teachings with Deb!!! Our bonus week will focus on Sukha-Stirha balance, or our Yin-Yang balance. It is a wonderfully blended physical practice that begins with movement, balance, and energy. It then transitions into a more contemplative style of staying poses with breath for deeply penetrating stretching of the muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments.

Our Sanskrit focus is “MUDHITA” or focusing on our sense of “JOY”!!! Our hand gesture practice or Mudra is the old classic “JNANA”, which connects us with Universal knowledge and wisdom. Our meditation focus is “JOY”, and may want to meditate on “JOY” listening to Ann Sweeten’s “A Place in the Sun”.

Intro to Yoga begins next Tuesday, 6/6/17. We will meet for four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The total cost is $40, and includes your manual. Registration is currently in progress.

Our seasonal “Drum Circle” will be a week early to avoid conflict with Father’s Day. We will meet on Sunday, 6/11, from 5-6 p.m. Bring a drum, rhythm instrument, and a friend!!! It is FREE!!!

Watch for the June newsletter, as it will appear on your email desk Jun 1st @ 10 a.m.!!!

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

Classic Hatha Week-Flow + Power!!!

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Greetings from YFL!!! I would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to Sandi Kimmel for a wonderfully, EnCHANTing Kirtan Workshop this past Saturday!!! We all learned so much, and shared so much positive healing energy through sound vibration!!! It was beautiful, and we look forward to Sandi returning to YFL often!!!

A reminder that in observance of the Memorial Holiday weekend that YFL will BE CLOSED on 5/27 and 5/29. Normal class schedule will resume on Tuesday, 5/30. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday with your friends and family!!!

This week at YFL we will practice Classic Hatha with an emphasis on Flow and Power!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Prasada”, or to sit in a state of “grace”, and our Mudra is the “Har” hand gesture that we learned from Sandi. It is coupled with sound for promoting the gift of abundance in our lives from Universal Source. Our meditation focus is “Light”, and is accompanied by Michael Hoppe’s beautiful song, Silence of Stars.

Deb’s next four week Intro to Yoga class will begin on Tuesday, June 6th @ 7:30 p.m. Registration is currently open, and the cost is $40.

As always, we hope you have a beautiful week filled with light and love, and we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb