Monthly Archives: August 2016

Let’s Blend In!!!


Greetings from YFL!!! We are blessed with an extra week in August, so weight week will be next week with Deb!!! This week “let’s blend in”, as we partake in a practice that has a bit of everything, but more heavily weighted toward restoration. The physical practice will begin with breath work, a gentle standing warmup, a seated flow, and then restoration with blocks, blankets, and bolsters.

Our Sanskrit focus is AUM Shanti (The Universal Vibrational Energy for Peace), and our Mudra focus is VARUNA, the hand gesture for clearing congestion, liberation, and letting go in order to move forward in our lives. Our meditation focus is AUM Shanti, and is set to the music of Bhava Ram’s OM SHANTI, from Songs of my Soul.

Join me in thanking Leslie, and extending a heartfelt THANK YOU for all your years of wonderful teaching, workshops, and training at YFL. You will be missed greatly, as you leave us, and move toward simplifying life, and slowing down. Leslie will stay on our list as a sub, and will continue to be involved in our teacher training program WE WISH YOU WELL, ALWAYS!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Join me in welcoming Joyce to our teaching staff. She will offer classes in CLASSIC HATHA on Tu/Th from 10-11:15 a.m., beginning on 9/20. Read her bio and class description on the website.

Sophie will assume Leslie’s 12:30 classes on Tu/Th, and will appreciate your continued support of that time slot. Her classes are focused around Pranayama (breath techniques), and Ayurvedic Yoga (a balanced approach).

Our 10th anniversary is just around the corner. See all the activity details in the September YFL newsletter!!!

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

Classic Hatha-Let’s Flow


Greetings from YFL!!!

It is Classic Hatha week, and our emphasis will be letting things flow and go!!! We will begin our practice standing, and emphasize slow, mindful movement.  Our Sanskrit focus is “Advaita”, or “Oneness with All”. Thus, our support mudra will be “Ushas” or connecting to all things good.

Your meditation music is “Awake” with Indian flute player-Bodhi, and your meditation intention is “Patience”.

I am excited to announce that Joyce Bianca will be joining our YFL teaching staff this Fall season. She will lend a beautiful and serene voice to her expertise of yoga teachings on Tu/Th from 10-11:15 a.m. Her teaching specialities are Power Vinyasa, Gentle, and Restorative. Her bio and pic will be added to the website very soon.

Deb has compiled her poetry into booklet form as a service project in support of our local food pantry. The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is co-sponsored by Temecula United Methodist Church and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church of Temecula. All booklet profits will be donated to the pantry. Each booklet cost is $12. Please place cash or a check (made to Yoga For Life) in the envelope, and enjoy your booklet. They are available in the studio office at YFL.

Our 10th anniversary is just around the corner. All the fun and festivities will be listed in the September newsletter.

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

Wall “Power”, not Wall Flower!!!


Greetings from YFL!!! This week we will focus on using the wall as our prop for resistance!!! This will increase your power, strength, and stability in the asana practice. Our Sanskrit focus will be “SHAKTI”, as we tap into our inner source of Power and Strength. Our Mudra (hand gesture) focus will be The “PRAN”, which promotes stability, strengthens the eyes and brings inner peace, stamina, and confidence. It helps us tap into our inner fire, and reveals our inner strengths, abilities, and possibilities.

We will continue our ongoing “Plank Challenge”, as we up our stay time to One Minute!!! We are gradually building to THREE!!! I will encourage you to continue the 30 minute, 30 day challenge with the three additional core poses. Remember they are described in my 7/25 blog.

Our new Fall schedule will be posted soon, and will take effect on Monday, September 19th. Our 10th anniversary celebration of Yoga For Life will commence the week of October 16th. Deb is planning many exciting activities that week. So, invite  friends and family to join in the fun, and you will both receive a FREE CLASS for the their first visit  to YFL!!! All the week long festivities will be detailed in the September newsletter.

We just have 3 slots left for the YOGAPUNCTURE workshop on 10/16. Ansley and Monica will be hosting this awesome experience, which combines restorative yoga and acupuncture. The cost is $40. We ask that you pre-register and pre-pay. It is a two hour workshop from 3-5 p.m. @ YFL on 10/16.

Your meditation focus is “INNER POWER”, and is set to David Lanz’s “Luna”. Have a wonderful week, and as always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

Return to the Present Moment-Relax, Renew, and Restore


Greetings from YFL!!!  Happy Monday morning!!! It is time to stay connected to the “Present Moment” as our physical practice allows us to restore, renew, and relax!!! Yes, it is restorative week!!! Please continue your “30 day Core Challenge” at home. The instructions for the four asana poses are on my 7/25 blog. As we renew and restore this week, our Sanskrit focus is “Dhanya Vad”, or “I feel grateful”. Our mudra focus is the classic meditation mudra, or “Dhyani” for evoking a state of contemplation. Our meditation focus is to “Relax into Greatness”, and your meditation music is “One Moment” by Ann Sweeten. “Each day we are born again. What we do today is most important”.—-Buddha

Sophie’s Ayurvedic Transformation series is fast approaching!!! Flyers are available in the office, as well as registration. Space is limited, so sign-up ASAP.

Our YFL 10th anniversary will kick-off the week of 10/16!!! It will include a free Yin/Meditation class hosted by Deb, Ayurveda Transformation with Sophie, and Yogapuncture with Ansley and Monica ($40). Space is limited for the Yogapuncture, and pre-registration, and payment are required ASAP!!!  We will celebrate all week with door prizes at each class hosted by Deb. Bring a friend to class, and you both practice FREE!!! We will conclude our 10th anniversary celebration on Sunday, 10/23, with a Drum Circle at 5 p.m.!!!

Deb’s poetry book is now available at YFL. All profits will be presented to our local food pantry, which is sponsored by Temecula United Methodist Church, and housed at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church of Temecula. “Words from the Heart” is a compilation of 15 poems written by Deb concerning connection, Spirit, and meditation. The cost per booklet is $12. Please make checks payable to Yoga For Life.

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

Let’s Weight!!!


Greetings and Happy August from YFL!!! The “Down Dog” days of summer have arrived, as another season is about to wind down!!! We have many exciting events coming up this Fall, including a celebratory week in October for YFL’s 10th Anniversary!!! Stay tuned for a full schedule of special activities the week of 10/16-10/23!!!

This week is the first week of August, and of course, that means it is time to “Bear Weight”!!! In addition, we will continue working with our 4 asana core challenge. For a complete explanation of those four poses, please consult last week’s blog (7/25).

Our Sanskrit focus is “Maitra”, or “Lovingkindness”. The hand gesture or mudra for this week is “Ksepana”, which evokes a pouring out and letting go, a cleansing for the skin and lungs.

Our meditation focus is “Kindness” set to “Devotion” by Bhakti Hreem”.

The August newsletter will be in your email inbox at 10 a.m. this morning. Feel free to share with your friends and family.

We are accepting applications and registration for our next Artistry of Yoga-Teacher Training block. You may register online at The website icon for AOY will answer ALL of your questions, and guide you through registering. The next training will begin the weekend of 9/29-10/2. This training is designed for those that aspire to one day teach yoga, or for those that want to enhance and deepen their understanding of yoga for their own personal practice.

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