Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bonus Week-Sukha & Stirha!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This is ‘Bonus Week’ at the studio, since we have a 5th week in the month of January!!! Thus, Weight Week will be next week, and we will enjoy a full week of Sukha (Yin) & Stirha (Yang) practice. This is a nice blend between the two forces of practice, both the feminine and masculine aspects of energy flowing into a harmony of oneness within our minds, bodies, and hearts. Our hand gesture (mudra) will be the “Matangi”, and this will help promote harmony and strength, and inner balance of our body organs. The Sanskrit focus is “So Hum”, which translates as “I am”, to which reply truth, joy, happiness, well-being, compassion, etc. Our meditation focus will be “Harmony”, and may be contemplated while listening to Sacred Earth’s “Bhakit Heeneem” music.

There is still time to register for Sophie’s “Yoga for Grief” workshop, 2/23, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25.  Sign-up for the quarterly Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing Concert will begin next week, and space is limited, 4/6, from 1-3 p.m. @ $25- guided by  Betty  & Peter. Carol and Deb will lead the annual Yoga-Hike on 4/12. We will meet at the Visitor Center of the Santa Rosa Plateau at 8:30 a.m., and enjoy the gorgeous vistas as we hike, and listen to Carol describe the flora, fauna, and geology. Once we reach the tree grove, then Deb will guide us through yoga and meditation. Following the activities you have the option of meeting at Starbucks for coffee, tea, or brunch. This event is FREE, other than your fee of $4 for enjoying the Plateau. There will be a registration sheet forthcoming.

Stay with your discipline of practicing at least twice per week in this New Year, which is about to enter month #2!!! Remember we have a new instructor, and some new classes to check out, plus all the oldies, but goodies!!!

The February YFL Newsletter will be on your email desk at 10 a.m., on Friday 2/1!!!

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

Classic Hatha Week-Power Vinyasa!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! The rain through a loop in our schedules, but it won’t be returning for a couple of weeks…so back to the mat!!! We relish the rain, although we don’t like to drive in it, if we can avoid the stress!!! We have a full schedule of classes ready and waiting for you. Don’t forget to try Summer’s NEW CLASSES on Tuesday evenings, and Wednesday afternoon. She is skilled, enthusiastic, humorous, and knowledgable,  according to the feedback that I have received from her students!!!

OUr Sanskrit focus for the week is Manipura, or “The Jewel”. This is the 3rd chakra, or our solar plexus area, and controls our goals, willpower, physical power, and stamina. This week’s Classic Hatha practice will help create balance in this energy wheel, as we challenge our selves to move fluidly with grace and power. We will also test our skills of balancing in some new ways this week!!! Our hand gesture is “Dhanya”, or the mudra for contemplation. Our meditation focus is “planting seeds” for growth in our lives. The supporting music for the meditation is David Lanz’s Blue Paradise CD, and the selection is “LUNA”. Very appropriate with the Full Wolf Red Moon, and full lunar eclipse on 1/20.

This week’s Yin practice will focus on promoting “Good Digestion”.

Sophie’s Yoga For Grief workshop is soon approaching, 2/23, from 1-3 p.m., and the cost is $25. Sign up ASAP, as space is limited, and it always fills to capacity!!!

Kim’s Reiki I training is next Sunday, 1/27!!! This is such a valuable tool for ALL of us!!! I highly recommend taking this course, at the very least, for yourself!!! Contact Deb to register!!!

The annual Yoga-Hike with Carol and Deb will be on Friday, April 12th, at the Santa Rosa Plateau. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. Stay funded for further details!!!

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


“Breathe it all in, love it all out”.—Mary Oliver


To the Wall!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This week we travel to The Wall with our mats!!! The Wall  will serve us in three ways-alignment, focus, and resistance!!! Our hand gesture or mudra is the “Shuni”, which will connect us to the fire element, and promote patience, discipline, stability, and strength to forge ahead through difficulties in our lives. Our meditation focus for the week is “Patience”, and may be contemplated while listening to James Hood’s “Imaginary Friend”.

This week’s Yin focus is “Chakra Balancing”. We will use symbols, colors, and Tibetan Bowl notes, as well as yoga asanas to balance our energy wheels.

Drum Circle for the Winter Solstice season is this Sunday (1/20) from 5-6 p.m., and is FREE!!! Bring an instrument of choice and a friend or two!!! Deb does have instruments for borrowing, as well!!!

Reiki I training is 1/27 with Kim. There is still time to register. Contact Deb for registration info!!!

Try some new classes with Summer: Tuesdays at 6 and 7:30 p.m., Glow & Restore and Yoga Basics, respectively!!!

Sophie’s Yoga for Grief workshop will be offered on 2/23 from 1-3 p.m. @ $25-registration is open.

Deb and Carol are planning a Yoga-Hike for sometime in April. Stay tuned for the details!!!

“Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony”.—Debasish Mridha

Triple ‘R’ Week-Does Not Mean Easy!!! Rest, Renew, Restore!!!

Greetings from YFL!!! This will be the first full week of the NEW WINTER SCHEDULE!!! Please check out Class Schedule on our website: for all the details!!! Try Summer’s new classes on Tuesday at 6 p.m., Glow & Restore, and 7:30 p.m., Yoga Basics, and on Wednesday @ 1:15 p.m., Yin!!! The Winter Solstice Drum Circle will meet on Sunday, January 20th from 5-6 p.m. Bring a friend and come enjoy the rhythm!!! Deb has a new tongue drum to play with this month!!! Interested in learning to meditate? The next Meditation I 5-week course begins this Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and the cost is $70. Pre-registration and payment are required.

Now what is in store on the mat this week!!! Our physical intent is to Restore, Renew, and Relax with the use of props for deep stretching. The Sanskrit focus is “ANAHATA”, or the 4th Chakra. This is the heart chakra connecting us to Universal Compassion and Love. The mudra ( hand gesture) is the ‘ANAHATA’, The unstruck beat and sound of the heart.

This week’s Yin practice with Deb will focus on opening the hips.

The Meditation focus is ‘ANAHATA” to develop awareness of, compassion for, and kindness towards all beings. The supporting music for your meditation time is from “Sedona Suites” by Tom Barabas, and the song selection is “Moon Dust”.

It will be a wonderful week at YFL, and we hope you will join us as often as you can!!! As always, we can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!—Namaste’, Deb

“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too”.