Monthly Archives: February 2016

Strong Movement!!!


Greetings from YFL and Happy Leap Day!!! This week will emphasize strength, toning, and sculpting as we once again incorporate hand weights into our practice. Of course, as always, we will include bearing our own body weight!!! Our mudra focus is “GANESHA”, or the hand gesture for removing obstacles along life’s path. Our Sanskrit focus is “NIRODHA”, or the practice of control, which paves the way for concentration, meditation, and bliss. Our meditation focus is “GO WITH THE FLOW”, and is accompanied by Tom Barabas, and his “Sedona Suite”.

The March newsletter will be waiting for you on your email desk around 10 a.m. tomorrow. Check the Special Announcements-the next Intro 4-week session will begin next Tuesday, 3/8 @ 7:30 p.m., our Spring Equinox practice is the week of March 20th, the annual Yoga-Hike to Santa Rosa Plateau will be announced soon, so check our blog every Monday morning, and Deb will soon host a “Drum Circle” event at YFL. The new Spring Schedule will also begin the week of 3/20.

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

Back to Basics

IMG_6163  Good Morning Yogis and Yoginis!!! We are back to our normal schedule at YFL!!! This week is Classic Hatha Yoga, and a return to the basics of our asana practice. We will focus on using our Chandra and Surya Bhedana breath techniques throughout the practice to control our energy level, enhance our focus, and deepen our poses.

Our Mudra is the “PRAN” hand gesture, and this will increase our vitality, decrease fatigue, and improve our vision.

Our Sanskrit focus is KARUNA HUM, “I am compassion”. This silent mantra helps develop deep compassion for all living beings.

Our AOY “History and Philosophy” 15-hour Unit is the weekend, 2/26-2/28. It will meet between all regularly scheduled classes at YFL, so no class disruptions at all. See Deb at the studio, if you are interested in taking this enlightening course with Sophie.

Your meditation focus is “COMPASSION”, set to Pure Ceremony, by James Hood.

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

The Three R’s: Rest, Renew, and Restore


Greetings Yogis and Yoginis!!!

Yes, you made it to “Restorative Week”!!! Last week was filled with vim and vigor with our new “weight class”!!! However, this week is about slowing down, and stretching profoundly with relaxation. We will focus on our pranayama as an assist to this style of practice.

Our Sanskrit focus is “Dhanya Vad”, or the practice of saying “Thank You”, and expressing gratitude, joy, and happiness for each day we are given breath and life. Our mudra focus is KSEPANA, or the gesture of pouring out and letting go, and accepting all things that refresh you.

Our meditation focus is “Moving Forward”, and set to the music of Tom Barabas’ “Sedona Suite”.

Special Announcements:1) YFL is CLOSED 2/12-2/15 in observance of Presidents’ Day Weekend. Our normal class schedule will resume on Tuesday, 2/16. 2) Our first of 6 “Artistry of Yoga” Refine workshops will be held on 2/26-2/28. The topic is an in-depth look at “The History and Philosophy of Yoga”. This 15-hour workshop will be led by Sophie, and will cover the three major branches of Yogic Philosophy, The Yoga Sutras and Upanishads texts, among others. Each lecture period will be either preceded or followed by Restorative Yoga, Meditation, and Pranayama. This valuable workshop is open to the public, our AOY trainees, and any registered Yoga Instructors seeking CEUs. Pre-registration and payment are due no later than 2/12.

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



Weigh In and Nail It!!!


Good Monday Morning Yogis and Yoginis!!! Happy February!!! Watch for the February YFL Newsletter!!! It will be on your email desk this morning!!!

This week we will nail our practice with hand weights and bearing our own body weight. The practice is strong, fast paced, and aerobic. Our mudra focus is Jnana or the hand gesture for Universal Wisdom and Knowledge. Our Sanskrit focus is “Manipura” or the Solar Plexus Chakra, as we visualize the color yellow, and evoke self-confidence, and self-strength.

The AOY weekend 15-hour workshop on “The History and Philosophy of Yoga” is fast approaching (2/26-2/28). It is open to the community. It also provides CEUs for Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance. Sophie will guide you through the interpretations and applications of the ancient Yogic texts. Pre-Registration and payment are due by 2/12.

The studio will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day weekend on 2/12-2/15. Our normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, 2/16.

Our meditation focus is set to Ann Sweeten’s “A Moment in Time”, as you concentrate your attention on “Inner Calmness”.

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