Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bonus Week: Sukha & Stirha

Greetings from YFL!!! You earned a bonus week!!! We are split between the end of January and the beginning of February, so this week will be Sukha (Yin) and Stirha (Yang) week on the mat. We will blend this complimentary forces with power, flow, and restoration!!! Our Sanskrit focus is  “PURUSA”, or the energy of the “Individual’s Spirit”. The mudra supports a healthy back, and thus, is called the “back hand gesture”. During meditation, it is suggested that you focus on “Maintaining your Energy Balance”. You may do so, while listening to David Lanz’s “Blue Largo”.

Deb’s next “Intro to Yoga” 4-week session will begin on Tuesday, February 20th @ 7:30 p.m. This short course is great for “newbies”, or anyone that would like a refresher on alignment, breath techniques, basic asanas, terminology, and etiquette. The cost is $40, and registration is open through 2/17.

Registration for the 2018 Artistry of Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program is open through 2/3/18. Click the AOY icon on our website, for all the program details, and how to register.

Your February YFL newsletter will be on your email desk at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday, February 1st!!!

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

Classic Hatha Vinyasa Week!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy Monday!!! Come to the mat for rigor, movement, and flow this week, as our practice will emphasize “Classic Hatha Vinyasa”!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Samsara”, or “All together flowing”, the ocean of life, or the wheel of time, through which we flow, flux, change, and exist. We move along this path with will, knowledge, and action. Our mudra (hand gesture) is the “Ganesha”, or remover of obstacles along our wheel of time, and ocean of life. Our meditation focus is “To Flow”, and is supported by Michael Hoppe’s “Wind Songs” CD.

Kim is hosting Reiki I training at YFL on Sunday (1/28/18) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register through Kim by calling 310-944-2505. Deb’s next Intro to Yoga will begin on 2/20, so send your friends that want to learn the basics of terminology, alignment, breathing, poses, and etiquette!!! Sophie and Nicole are in full swing with their new classes on Wednesdays!!! Nicole offers Intro to Vinyasa at 12:30 and 2:30, and Sophie offers Classic Hatha at 6:00 p.m. Registration for our Artistry of Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training program is open through 2/3. Consult the website for all the details!!!

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

“Meet me at the Wall”

Greetings from YFL!!! Happy MLK Day!!! We are open today, and ready to welcome you back to your yoga mat!!! “Meet me at the Wall” is our theme for the week!!! We use the wall as our prop of resistance, alignment, and focus!!! Our mudra or hand gesture is the “Pran”, which promotes good vision, vitality, and self-confidence. Our Sanskrit focus will be “Rasa”, or “The Essence of Things”, and to “Delight in Life”!!!

Remember, we have NEW CLASS OFFERINGS at YFL on Wednesdays!!! Nicole will be teaching “Intro to Vinyasa” at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Check our her Bio and Class Description on the website!!! Sophie will be teaching “Classic Hatha” at 6:00 p.m.!!!

Kimberley Ann (Mama Gawdess), one of our Artistry of Yoga Teacher graduates will be offering “Reiki I Practitioner Training” on 1/28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This training will provide you with powerful tools for illness, stress release, overall well-being, and relaxation for yourself, family, friends, and eventually clients. It compliments other healing modalities such as massage, essential oils, yoga, mediation). The cost is $111 + $20 for a detailed class manual, and other materials. To register call or text Kim @ 310-944-2505. Kim is a registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and Certified Life Guide.

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

Back to Basics: The “Three R’s”—Restore, Renew, and Relax!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! Last we worked hard with weight bearing, so this week we tone it down with a deeply restorative practice. It is quiet, contemplative, and very slow paced. It will renew and relax the mind, body, and spirit, but still provide deep stretching and release of stress. Our Sanskrit focus is “Samadhi”, or “Pure Contemplation”, and is supported by the hand gesture , or mudra, Pushan, for letting go, cleansing, and purifying. The meditation focus is “REST”, and may be focused upon, while listening to Kiran Murti’s “Divine Imagination”.

Please welcome our newest instructor, Nicole!!! Her bio and class description are now up on the website!!! She will be offering two “Intro to Vinyasa” classes on Wednesdays at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. It is a slow paced flow class with emphasis on power and strength, and agility. These classes are appropriate for ALL LEVELS.

Sophie is adding another class at YFL (YAY!!!) on Wednesday evening from 6-7:15 p.m. It will feature “Classic Hatha”. She will is also available for Ayurvedic group classes and private consultations.

Enrollment is OPEN for the 200-hour Teacher Training program 2018, Artistry of Yoga, through 2/3/18. This is a 20-week program, which will prepare you teach yoga to any type of audience. It is led by Deb and Sophie, and other guest instructors.  All the details may be reviewed on the website via the AOY icon button.

Deb’s 5-week Meditation I course begins tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. You may still register through today.

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

“Weight” for the New Year!!!

Greetings from YFL, and Happy New Year!!! We will begin this year of 2018 with “Weight”-Bearing!!! A great way to lift your energy level, empower your body, and increase your stamina!!! Our Sanskrit focus is “Dhanya Vad”, or the expression of thanks and gratitude for all of our loyal supporters of YFL, and its teachings!!! The hand gesture (mudra) focus is for our “contemplative”, or “mediative” nature, and is called the Dhanya. It helps us to remain centered, and connected to our breath and body. Our meditation focus is “Gratitude”, as we give thanks for yet another year of coming together on the mat!!! The meditation music for this week is Classical Piano for Yoga, and its “Butterfly Waltz”.

The new Winter Schedule will posted on the website by the end of this week!!! Please help me in welcoming our newest instructor, Nicole!!! She will be offering two new classes on Wednesday afternoons, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Both classes will feature “Intro to Vinyasa”, and are appropriate for ALL LEVELS of practitioners. Her classes will begin next week on January 10th!!!

We still have OPEN ENROLLMENT for the 200-hour Teacher Training program for the 2018 session. We will accept applications and registration through February 3rd. All the pertinent details may be accessed via the AOY (Artistry of Yoga) icon button on our website (

Deb’s first Meditation I series begins on January 9th. We will meet for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $70, which includes the course manual. Registration is still open.

Sophie is offering a four week course on Ayurvedic principles, and is also available for private consultations at YFL. Registration is open. Contact the studio to register.

The Winter Solstice Drum Circle is this Sunday, January 7th, from 5-6 p.m. It is FREE, so bring an instrument and a friend. It is a great way to foster in the new season, and the New Year!!! It is so much fun, and very meditative!!!

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