sunday street on broadway

Sunday Street on Broadway 

It’s All Yoga is excited to be participating in the inaugural Sunday Street event, spanning over 20 blocks of Broadway, happening THIS Sunday from 8 am – noon. 

The morning will include vendors, demonstrations, performers and activities of all types.

Join IAY’s free “stuck in a chair” yoga classes 
Desk-day sanity tips that can be used anytime, anywhere

Look for our booth between 22nd and 23rd Streets on Broadway. We’ll also post our location and event updates on Facebook the day of.

And check out the map below to help guide your travels Sunday morning.

See you there!

Sunday Street on Broadway

march overview… listen

The studio theme for March is Listeningforest

As always, we leave the themes open to interpretation, as invitations to explore, open the senses, apply them to your life.

In Teacher Training we do a listening exercise that involves not responding to another person while they are speaking. It’s interesting how often we equate listening with responding. Yet to truly listen is to receive without needing to add or change anything. 

It is a challenging exercise for most, yet in every program, people comment on how powerful it is on one side to feel truly heard…and on the other side, how relieving it is to not have to come up with something brilliant to say!

Try it:

The next time you are having a conversation with a loved one, simply receive what he or she is saying. Give that person your full focus. Resist the urge to plan your response in your head. Resist the urge to finish their sentence. Resist the urge to comment immediately when they’re done speaking.

Can you communicate your empathy with your posture or your eyes? What is it like to sit, even for a few seconds, in the space of silence?

It’s amazing what happens when there’s room and time in an interaction. So much more is said, and most of it is not through words.

Let me know how goes

We’ll be listening,

Michelle and the IAY fam


Class Schedule Updates

A few additions and adjustments to the schedule:

Monday 9:30-11 am Gentle Flow with Althea (an extra 15 minutes of bliss)
*New* Monday 12-12:45 pm Monday Midday Movement with Gina
*New* Wednesday 4:30-5:40 pm Release & Restore with Yoga Nidra with Sethyne

Check out our full class schedule and plan your week.


alexis marbach - trauma sensitive yogaYoga Teacher Immersion

Bring Trauma-Informed Principles into your Teaching 
with Alexis Marbach

Saturday March 11, 1 – 7pm
Sunday March 12, 11am – 4pm

Alexis is coming in from Boston to offer her specialty training on how to create a more inviting class environment for trauma survivors.

This training will create a foundation for understanding trauma and the way it can be present in individuals, and explore the ways that we can heal trauma through yoga.

This experiential training is open for yoga teachers from all backgrounds, levels of experience, and teaching environments (even those currently in their 200 hour training programs).

Read the full curriculum for the weekend

pelvic bowl with bella driezlerThe Chakras…From the Ground Up! 
Seed & Soil with Mary Paffard

Sunday March 19, 12 – 3pm

As we move into the spring, in March, we will explore Seed and Soil, the intriguing relationship between 1st and 2nd chakras and the emergence of the individual spirit from the cultural morass.

Each session will have a long practice session and some discussion time around how we bring this work into the every day. There will be space for all of us to share our own reflections, questions and findings and in this way create a powerful and supportive sangha for our own chakra journey.

Mary’s teaching is a special gift. Get your spot.

meditation seriesThe Daily Craft :: Mindfulness Meditation

with Ellen Robinson-Haynes
Thursdays, 6 -7 pm, March 23 – April 27

Mindfulness meditation is a hot topic these days, but how do you create a meaningful and sustainable meditation practice that really works for you?

It’s worth finding out. Research is showing that meditation helps improve everything from brain function to high blood pressure. Do you have insomnia? Do you often feel frayed? Meditation can help. Find out how…

The Virtual Meditation Challenge (below) is included in The Daily Craft Meditation module.

meditation at It's All YogaVirtual Meditation Challenge

with Jeanne Munoz
March 23 – April 27
Every year, we dedicate April to the essential practice of meditation and offer you — wherever you are — the chance to build or grow a meditation practice through the Virtual Meditation Challenge.

This year, we’re upping our game. The Challenge will run for 6 weeks instead of 4 (better odds of building the habit), we’re including even MORE virtual, audio and written education, and you can sit (virtually) with actual people in the Challenge Monday through Friday each week using YouTube Live.

Read all about the Challenge and sign up here.

Bella DreizlerGrow Loose, Long & Strong

with Bella Dreizler
Saturdays March 25, April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm

These three Saturday afternoons are dedicated to experience the benefit of:
  • loosening tight joints and fascia 
  • strengthening less than optimal core power
  • creating flexibility and a healthy long spine 
You can take the series or drop into any one. Video instructional support included so you can practice this movement medicine at home and feel the rewards continue on your mat and in your life.

Ready to roll?

restorative yogaRestorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions
with Alicia Patrice
Sunday March 26, 2 – 4pmThe body renews and restores when it is at rest and a perfect time to practice this is at the seasonal shifts. We’ll use Restorative Yoga to help us learn to live in harmony with the seasons and to balance the busy-ness of life with support, deep breathing and presence.In the transition from Winter to Spring, we have the opportunity to awaken to new possibilities.  That awakening sometimes brings a bit of Spring fever, so we’ll also look for balance in the frenzy that sometimes accompanies rebirth.  In this period of deep rest, figuring out what we really want for the season is possible.

Sign up here. Only 5 spots left.

moon series

Moon Series Special :: March New Moon 
with Carrie Meyer

Monday March 27, 7:30 – 9 pm

Celebrate the darkness and renewal of the New Moon with Carrie as she weaves an evening of new moon psychology, astrology, the chakras, the elements and your own personal intention. 

The Moon Series classes have been selling out. Grab your spot here. 

View our website | See the full class schedule | The Daily Craft


what’s in store the rest of the year

michelle marlahan at it's all yogaLike many people I know, I’ve been doing some purging — cleaning out closets, cabinets, drawers. Simplifying. Getting things out in the open.

The theme for October is Slowing Down. In that spirit, take a moment to scroll the opportunities coming up this fall.

There’s a lot on the table for you to choose from, and like even the best buffet, it’s not meant for you to take everything. What suits you best this season? What speaks to your heart?

We have to slow down enough to hear those whispers. Urgency is loud; longing is often soft. We look forward to sharing this next season with you.

As always, stay in touch.

With gratitude, Michelle

Yoga Basics with Gina
Thursdays October 6 – November 10, 6pm

Read Gina’s love letter for Basics…and share it with your loved ones who could start something good before the end of the year. Get yourself in the series here.

Gut Feelings with Holly

Saturday October 8, 1 – 4pm THIS Saturday!

Explore the intimate relationship between our thoughts and emotions and digestion. Our tools for inquiry will be breath work, meditation, slow/gentle yoga poses, guided writing exercises and self-massage. Register for this special workshop.

Fitness based functional movement class with Sethyne Gavin and Jeanne MunozThe Chakras from the Ground Up with Mary Paffard

Saturday October 15, 1 – 4pm

The October session will lay the foundation for personal exploration and establishing a powerful root system through muladhara the first chakra, through the dark time of the year – Grounding into Groundlessness. Get all the details and register here.

A Workshop in Physical Alignment with Richard Rosen

Sunday October 16, 1 – 4pm

We are so fortunate to have Richard in the studio. In this three-hour workshop we’ll first investigate several simple exercises that embody basic alignment principles, then apply those principles to the practice of the main standing poses described/illustrated in BKS Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. Not to be missed. Get your spot here.

Wise Woman–SOLD OUT

Saturday October 22, 1 – 5:30pm Email for waitlist.

Ladies Clothing Swapasana

Sunday October 23, 1 – 3pm

Signup not necessary Ladies, please bring your high-quality, no-longer-wanted, clothing, shoes, accessories to SWAP! $5 donation at the door, benefits WEAVE. *Volunteers welcome to help with setup (sneak peeks!), greeting and clean-up* Email us!

Thai MassageComing To: A 4-week Meditation Workshop with Ellen Robinson-Haynes

Wednesdays October 26 – November 16, 7:30-8:30 pm
Mindfulness meditation is a hot topic these days, but how do you create a meaningful and sustainable meditation practice that really works for you? Join veteran meditator Ellen Robinson-Haynes on this four-week exploration of meditation.

200 Hour Teacher Training Information Meeting

We are excited to announce our 200 Hour Teacher Training program beginning January 2017. Join us for an info meeting on Sunday, October 30 at 11:30am. Come ask questions of our TT teachers and past grads. Get the in-person scoop on what TT is and why to do it. Follow your curiosity! RSVP here.
Yoga for Scoliosis with Kim
Sunday, October 30, 1 – 4pm
A 3-hour class for yoga practitioners with scoliosis to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs. Read more and reserve your spot.

Becoming Whole with Catherine

Two Saturdays, November 5 & 12, 1 – 3pm

Becoming Whole is a unique opportunity to come together in an intimate group for a two-session exploration of Self. Based on Carl Jung’s theory of the Inner Shadow, we will be guided through a process that will expand our perception of ourselves and the world around us. Are you ready to explore?

Election Eve Spirit Circle

Monday November 7, 7:30 – 8:30pm FREE

Does this craziness have you longing for positivity? Join us for a round-robin, open mic style vibration-raising on the night before the election. Poetry, music, chanting, meditation, come and share your *peace*, while creating and umbrella of spirit to cover us and transform negativity. Come and co-create this with us!

Feet First with Bella

Sunday November 13, 1 – 4pm

Many foot problems can heal with dynamic intervention: loose, long and strong. Join Bella to learn this pro-active approach: consistent deep release of adhesions in the lower leg; specific fine-tuned stretching; and, eventually, building repetitions of eccentric strength. This is fundamental work that will have a lifetime payoff! Reserve your spot!

Deep & Quiet Yin Series with Alicia

Mondays November 14 – 28, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Yin Yoga is a meditative form of yoga that focuses on connective tissues, rather than muscles, to ease tension and tightness in the body. We can use the poses to investigate and enliven our bodies in ways that counteract modern living. Some experience with Yin is recommended; we will be seeking the Quiet with less instructions. Your spot is waiting here!

Kirtan with Radiant Friend

Thursday November 17, 7 – 8:30pm

Join Radiant Friend for Kirtan, call and response chanting, a practice that unites us with our highest, happiest selves. We will repeat mantras–words, phrases and syllables– to quiet our minds and allow the integration of the meaning of the mantras into our consciousness. No musical experience needed. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants. $10 at the door, no one turned away. Online signup not necessary.

Michelle Marlahan at It's All YogaYoga for Emotional Balance with Michelle

Sunday November 20, 11am – 2pm

We manage so much in a day, from the small transgressions of ordinary interactions to the difficult events and losses that show up in life. The pace and overload of day-to-day living doesn’t offer much time or space for these feelings. This workshop is a safe place to experience emotion in the body, increase awareness of your physical and emotional habits and patterns, and begin to free yourself of those restrictions. Read more about this workshop and sign up here.

Holiday Preview
Home Ec: Aromatherapy for the Holidays Join Jeanne for a FREE one-hour introduction to aromatherapy and leave with a delightful treat! November 27th, 2-4 pm
Contentment: A 3-week Holiday Yoga Series Join Denice for this series on maintaining harmony and contentment (aka your sanity) during the holidays. Thursdays, Dec 1-15, 6 pm
Restorative Yoga to Ease Seasonal Transitions: Fall to Winter Join Alicia for her much-loved seasonal restorative experience. This winter practice will support you in a time of year-end activity. December 10, 2-4 pm
Winter Solstice Special Practice: Restorative Yoga, Massage and Live Chanting Join Catherine and Jeanne for an evening of restorative yoga, massage for hands-on healing, aromatherapy and chanting to delight your senses.  December 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm

  View our website | See the full class schedule

Change is in the air…

Something that has fascinated me for a long time is how I can be in bed (one of my favorite places) and get myself into the most perfectly comfortable position imaginable — all the pillows are just right, the blanket coverage is the ideal blend of warm and cool, I’m hogging whole the bed… and I think to myself, I have never been so comfortable in my whole life and I want to stay exactly like this forever.

And yet, inevitably, there comes a moment where my left arm falls asleep or I have an itch or I get restless leg syndrome. And then the thing that was the absolute most perfect no longer is and all I want to do is move. Does this ever happen to you?

We all know life = change. Nothing is static or permanent — even the things that look stationary aren’t. So why are we so surprised when things shift or end?

The next month will bring some teacher and schedule changes to It’s All Yoga. For us as teachers, even when a class is so fun and just right and we never want it to change, after a while, things shift. Because we are alive and part of cycles larger than we can see, this is totally healthy and “normal.”

Part of our human tendency is to make a change good or bad. But change just is — it doesn’t have a preference or judgment to it.

So by the end of the month, things should be settled into some new classes and new teachers. You’ll get plenty of transition notice in the classes you attend.

You may even see the return of someone who’s been gone for a while :))

May you find that perfectly comfortable spot… and then be able to let it go. Sleep well tonight!

  Yoga Basics for Beginners at It's All Yoga   Paddle Board and Mantra, Meditation and Pranayama workshops  

March Home Ec – Make a Mala

Mala beads from etsy It’s time for Home Ec class at IAY!

Join mala-maker Cynthia Dimand on March 22nd and make your own mala. (P.S. This will come in very handy in April because it is Meditation Month — more info next week.) Read more about malas and get registered below.

“When we quiet our minds and listen to the wisdom of our bodies, it will tell us what we need to know.”

                                         ~ Ayurveda Principle

Malas, or prayer beads, are used in meditation practice to calm the mind using the tactile anchor of the beads. Most commonly the beads are used to track the repetition of a word or prayer. These mantras are often repeated in sync with the breath, uniting our minds and prana, bringing us back to the source of our being.

Come and learn how to make your own personal Mala necklace on March 22 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.  A materials list will be emailed when you register for the class, but not required if you would just like to watch and learn.

Malas are a fun way to express your creativity and deepen your yoga practice as every Mala is a unique expression of the individual and a work of art!

Home Ec – Make a Mala March 22, 2:30-4 pm Space is limited; reserve your spot We will send the materials list via email

Contact us if you have questions and sign up here.
yoga and ayurveda retreat with michelle marlahan Remember how the April Ayurvedic Retreat sold out in January?

Ratna Ling has given us ONE MORE cottage, meaning there are now TWO SPOTS available.

Check out the details of the retreat or grab one of those spots now!    

IAY Hiking Guide

As we know, it’s all yoga, and there’s no better way to be completely absorbed in the moment than to get outside and go for a hike.
It's All Yoga Sacramento Hiking Guide Graphic

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There’s so much great hiking near Sacramento. From rivers and lakes to quiet trails through a forest, with an easy day trip, you can feel like you’ve been worlds away from the city. All of the hikes in our Sacramento Hiking Guide were contributed by students (including an informal IAY hiking group). See their tips below. If you know of hiking trails near Sacramento that aren’t on the list, let us know your favorites. For more hiking tips, check out our IAY Hiking Guide in super fun graphic form. —> Pick a trial and get out there in the fresh air, take a deep breath, feel your feet on the ground… and what the heck, give a tree a hug!  

Local Hikes (within an hour drive)

Auburn State Recreation Area Auburn State Recreation Area is 20 miles of great hiking trails. Tip from Amber: Check out Quarry Trail, it is about 5 ½ miles and dog friendly.
One of our favorite views from one of our favorite hikes near Sacramento - the American River from Stevens Trail

View from Stevens Trail

Stevens Trail, Colfax Tip from Gina: Good to do before it gets too hot. About 7.5 miles; moderate difficulty. Beautiful wildflowers in the spring and overlooks the American River. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve at Lake Berryessa Austin suggests Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Easy to Moderate — just under 5 miles — and beautiful. Gorgeous views of Lake Berryessa. Bassi Falls in El Dorado National Forest A short hike — just under 1.2 miles — by Union Valley Reservoir. A tip from Dawn: the falls themselves are awesome in late summer. Great swimming holes, gorgeous scenery. And from Kelly: Especially in the summer because the waterfalls are a great refreshing treat to swim in!
Photo of bird at Yolo Wetlands reserve near Davis

Bird at Yolo Wetlands

Yolo Wetlands Mela recommends the Yolo Wetlands, especially beautiful in the spring. Free guided tours the first Saturday of each month. Great for bird-watching! Old Salmon Falls Loop near Folsom Just a short drive (near Old Folsom) and an easy 2.2 miles. A good leisurely afternoon!  
Hidden Falls Outlook - a great hiking vista point

Hidden Falls Outlook

Hidden Falls- Off Hwy 49 Kathy suggests Hidden Falls. A moderate 5.7 miles. Meanders through oak woodland and follows a creek to the falls. A platform overlook gives a beautiful view. Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary Michelle recommends Bobelaine Sanctuary, located 18 miles north of Sacramento on the Feather River. Over five miles of flat grassy trails that run through oak forest, open grassland, by a lake and to the bank of the Feather River. Great for birding and spotting mammals such as fox, deer, beaver and muskrat.  

Nearby Hiking (within a two hour drive) 

Mt. Tamalpais, North of San Fransisco’s Golden Gate Meets up with the Dipsea/Steep Ravine Trail which takes you down to Stinson Beach. Beautiful, shaded, with running streams on Mt. Tam, then opens up to sunshine as you get near the coast. Diverse terrain.
One of our favorite views - Loch Leven Lake near Tahoe

Loch Leven Lake reflection

Loch Leven, in Tahoe National Forest Off I-80 near Cisco. About 8 miles round trip. Highlight is the mountain lakes you encounter. Moderate difficulty level. Best in summer to fall months due to snow in winter. Dardanelles Hike out of South Lake Tahoe The hike is 8 miles round trip and good for summer. And not too hard! The lake at the end of the hike is extraordinary, facing vertical granite walls. On Hwy 88 five miles south of South Lake Tahoe.   And what’s the perfect post-hike activity? Yoga, of course! Be sure to stretch out your calves, quads and hamstrings (if you’re looking for a studio class, try any of our Level 1-2 classes). Legs up the wall can be the best medicine for worked-out legs. If you want a studio rest, try TLC Tuesday, Gentle Yoga or Restorative. Check the class schedule to plan your post-hike stretch. See you on the trail!