two things I got wrong

No sure thing

I’ve always appreciated the saying you don’t know what you don’t know, but never more than last week.

I was preparing for the Yoga Philosophy series (which I wish you all could be a part of because the conversations are so relevant and supportive), and I thought I’d double check the pronunciation of Saucha, our concept of the week, which means purity, pure, radiance, to shine, to be bright.

When it comes to yoga, yoga history and sanskrit, Richard Rosen is the go-to guy. So I sent an email to him with a few questions about Saucha, including clarification on how it is pronounced.

S’s in Sanskrit can be a little confusing. There are three sibilants — one is pronounced like our ‘s’ as in such. The other two are pronounced very similarly, both with the “sh” sound, as in should. It depends on the markers on the letter s. This is why savasana is pronounced shavasana — there’s an accent acute on the s, giving it a sh sound.

Turns out there’s also an accent acute on the s in Saucha and I’ve been mispronouncing it for over 20 years. Even teaching it incorrectly. It’s pronounced “show-cha” (the “ow” sounds like the “ou” in “loud”).

This really rocked my world! I pride myself on being a perpetual student, continually learning and fact-checking before I make claims. And here I was spreading misinformation.

This was on the tails of an informative podcast on the word Namaste. I know Namaste is a traditional salutation, but I did not know that it has not historically been used as a closing to a yoga practice. Nope, it’s just another add-on — probably in the mid 20th century — to make yoga more marketable and attractive to a Western audience (or shall we say, consumer).

The lessons we learn from “mistakes” are often the ones that sink in the deepest, and I’m grateful to be able to learn and discover…and be forgiven when I’m wrong (mostly by myself).

So for you….

  • Are there things you thought you knew that turned out to be untrue?

  • A favorite Buddhist mantra is No sure thing. Is there something you could be a little less certain about?

  • Try responding with “I don’t know,” rather than hypothesizing or having an answer. How does that feel?

Would love to hear any stories or thoughts you have!

Would also love to see you at the Asana + Alignment daily craft series next month. We will be addressing issues like these that come up in poses — what does doing it “right” mean?

If you’ve gotten this far, thank you for reading! We are grateful every day to be here with you.


PS  Richard will be here September 10th for his annual IAY workshop AND a book reading. This is the book club meeting for his most recent book Yoga FAQ, which is a fabulous reality check on yoga history and philosophy. Save the date!

the lowdown on philosophy and may events

If you’ve been following the IAY news the past couple of weeks, you know that I’m smitten with The Book of Joy. (Even if the book club doesn’t work in your schedule, I highly recommend reading the book.)

And it’s great timing for what I’m immersed in at the studio — the next daily craft module, Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World.

Different language, same practical support.

And like the accountability of having a book group (which I knew was the only way I’d make it through an entire book), the support of others is critical to learning and growth.

Are you interested in taking the effects of yoga into your life off the mat?

Here’s the lowdown on the series:

  • Ten weeks, one concept per week.

  • Each class includes a discussion about the concept, experiential play on the mat and suggestions on how to apply it in real life.

  • You’ll get reading materials to engage with during the week, should you choose.

  • Along with a daily craft personal journal for notes and reflections.

  • If you need to miss class(s), you will still get materials, notes and a recorded version of the session.

The last time I did this series, some of the feedback was:

  • “This study was the highlight of my week!”

  • “Awesome and vital information.”

  • “I’m paying more attention to my thoughts about others, situations and things.”

These are not small beans. This is big work, and the payoff is commensurate — increased empathy, more perspective in challenging conversations, better boundaries in difficult/all relationships, more kindness toward yourself.

If you’re interested or even curious, check out the full course description. If you have questions, drop me a note.

Alicia and I will both be at these classes to facilitate discussion and offer ideas. We look forward to being with you.


Two Post Scripts:
The theme for May is Voice.  
And be sure to scan the upcoming offerings below…we’re announcing a few new events!


yoga philosophyYoga Philosophy for Today’s World 
Thursdays May 4 – July 6, 6-7:30pm

The philosophical basis of Yoga is what sets it apart from exercise. You’ve already experienced many of the qualities — kindness, resolve, self awareness — in class and as a result of your practice. These foundational principles create the toolkit we use to examine ourselves and develop as human beings.

Each class includes study, asana, meditation and discussion.

Let’s investigate and deepen together. Read more here. 

Bella Dreizler Grow LongGrow Loose, Long & Strong
with Bella Dreizler
Saturday May 6, 1 – 4 pm

Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 3: Grow Long.  This three-hour health care investment stands alone: an hour of Grow Loose and Grow Strong review followed by the unique experience of what it means to Grow Long.  The basics—essential stretches back, arms, legs—are only the beginning.  Home traction and restorative techniques included that there is never time for in the scope of an hour class.  Learn how to create length, alignment and symmetry from the center to the periphery—in your poses, in your life. 

Read more here.

Wisdomyoga book club Pages
Sunday May 7, 3 – 4:30 pm

The IAY book club is back (10 years later). Join us for our first meeting on The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

Club meeting includes a short asana practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion. 

See the full flier.   Please RSVP here.

full moon yogaMay Full Moon Practice 
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesday May 10, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

Join Gina (and special massage therapist guest) for a night to embrace May’s Karmic Full Moon. We will allow the lunar energy of a positive transformation to flow through us in Moon Salutations and complete the class with rejuvenating restorative poses with optional gentle massage. May the positive karma be with you. 

Your spot is waiting here…  

gentle yoga and massageGentle Yoga & Aromatherapeutic Massage
with Michelle Marlahan
Saturday May 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Michelle for a special class of warming and restoring yoga practice, accentuated by supportive touch and the medicine of aromatherapy.

BONUS: Everyone leaves with an aromatherapy goodie for the season!

A wonderful way to spend your Mother’s Day weekend – come with your mom or daughter (or bonus-mom or bonus–daughter).

 Only 4 spots left! Get one here. 

Gina HandstandsBreak it Down: Handstand
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesdays May 17 – 31, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

Three weeks of tips on getting into (and staying in) a handstand and videos to support your home practice. This class is for you if you haven’t done a handstand since 5th grade…and if you did one yesterday. 

All levels welcome. Get upside down here.

Mary Paffard Chakra StudyThe Chakras from the Ground Up!
with Mary Paffard
Saturday May 20, 1 – 4 pm

Our final session with Mary!

Our exploration of the 3rd Chakra – Sustaining the Flame – will bring us into the warmth of summertime and the going forth from the program, taking our interior journey to the world of community, family, work, teaching and beyond…wherever we are called!

Get your spot now. 

Ann Sibbet*New*  Gyrokinesis
with Ann Sibbet
Fridays, 11:30 – 12:15 pm

We’ve known Ann for years, so when she contacted us this winter about moving her intriguing Gyrokinesis class to a new home, we happily offered the space. Check out her website for more information on this practice and pricing for her class (bonus: members are by donation). Welcome, Ann!

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

let’s get uncomfortable

The Discomfort Zone… 

It’s not a place we talk about often. Certainly not a place we strive to be.

But it is a very important place.

It’s possible that our extreme desire for comfort keeps us a little too protected. We successfully avoid situations where we are forced to grow, where there is uncertainty, where we don’t already feel adept and safe. This can make us reactive, entitled and a little lazy.

Not to mention what our desire for comfort — and convenience — has done to the planet…but that’s a topic for another time.

In The Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama offer his sage wisdom on building resilience against mental/emotional suffering. He says:

     “Like physical illness, preventative measures are the best way. Yes, if some disease has already developed, then there’s no other choice but to take medicine. So similarly, once a person develops a strong negative emotion, like anger or jealousy, it is very difficult to counter it at that moment. So the best thing is to cultivate your mind through practice so that you can learn to prevent it from arising in the first place.” 

By getting into our Discomfort Zone, we can practice non-reactivity, observe how a feeling or sensation changes and meet the moment in reality as it is, not as we wish it to be.

You might be familiar with these qualities in your yoga practice, certainly in your meditation and asana practices.

This is one of the skills Yoga helps to develop — being with what is, as it is, without immediately discharging it, trying to fix or distract from it. 

Here are a few ways to strengthen this skill, like a muscle, on your mat:

  • Practice meditation — anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes — in complete stillness. Sit with the itch, the wanting to fidget, and watch the feeling or sensation change, maybe even disappear.

  • When in a yoga pose, stay even when it becomes (safely) intense. Warmth and tingling in the thighs in Warrior II? Awkward and humbling in the arm balance? Again, stay with it and watch the sensations change and move.

  • In Savasana, resist the impulse to move immediately at the “end” of the time. Notice that some of your urges are habitual rather than conscious choice.

  • And in all situations, utilize Yoga philosophy. The practices and observances of Yoga philosophy are practical concepts that can be applied to every aspect of life like a balm. There’s a series starting on May 4th — check it out.

Why does any of this matter? What good does it do to go into a discomfort zone? Isn’t that opposite of what Yoga is for?

As my teacher Mary often says, Yoga is not a practice to make us feel better, it is an opportunity to feel.

This is a whole-life path. It builds mental, emotional AND physical strength and flexibility.

With love,

PS Remember to check out the upcoming Wisdom Pages Book Club

And let’s celebrate the poets and poetry lovers who took the time to share their favorites. See all the videos of both teachers and students.

joy *and* sorrow: santosha

“We try so hard to separate joy and sorrow into their own boxes,
but the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama tell us that they are inevitably fastened together. Neither advocate the kind of fleeting happiness, often called hedonic happiness, that requires only positive states and banishes feelings like sadness to emotional exile.
The kind of happiness that they describe is often called eudemonic happiness
and is characterized by self-understanding, meaning, growth, and acceptance,
including life’s inevitable suffering, sadness, and grief.”

This is a quote from The Book of Joy. In Yoga philosophy, we might talk about the qualities described here as Aparigraha (non-grasping or letting go), Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender), and Santosha (contentment), which I’d like to highlight today.

All of these concepsedimentary rockts are layered like sedimentary rock, and to say that Santosha means passively accepting whatever happens in your life is overly simplistic.

Let’s take the example above from The Book of Joy. Every life will have moments of loss, disappointment and grief. Does that mean we should just be “fine” with it? Not exactly.

While the translation of Santosha is usually contentment, acceptance, satisfaction, ease or harmony, the deeper layers reveal a quality of openness that acknowledges oneself and one’s environment as it is.

Rather than being at war with reality, Santosha invites us to stop relentlessly chasing the next thing — more more more — and instead, rest into ourselves as we are. That place of willingness and honesty is the only place from which true change can occur.

It could also be described as the lack of trsna, or craving. This speaks to the common definition of suffering as “wishing things other than they actually are,” which is the opposite of Santosha.

Is this easy? Absolutely not. Which is why we need support, reminders, and a healthy dose of discipline to keep practicing (because like strengthening a muscle, we can get better at it).

Arguably, the practice of Yoga could be described as the process of self-reliance, self-examination and self-development.

Each module of The Daily Craft came from the heart of this intention — to become aware of ourselves more honestly, to see what we would otherwise try to camouflage, and ultimately to develop the aspects of ourselves that do not serve us or the world.

If you are interested in how Yoga Philosophy can support you in this endeavor, I invite you to join me for Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World. We’ll interact with 10 core principles and peek into the Yoga Sutras, another important text.

Of course, this is also a plug for the upcoming Wisdom Pages Book Club. I’m totally digging this book — it’s simultaneously inspiring and practical.

And POETRY! There’s still time to sign up for your spot to read your favorite poem and celebrate hope, community, and your favorite authors. 

With love,

you are invited to celebrate

April is National Poetry Month. 

Before you say that you’re not a poet or poetry isn’t your thing, so you have nothing to celebrate, consider this — maybe you didn’t think yoga would be for you before you tried it. Before you fall in love with someone or something, there’s no way to know what impact it will have on your life.

Poems are like that.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Holly has put together several ways to explore poems and their power. So before you write it off, read on…

Communal pondering. This is how poet, Marilyn Nelson, describes what happens when we come together to listen to others read poetry out loud.

Yoga, like poetry, is a form of communal pondering. We ponder, we get curious about the activity of the mind, the sensations in the body, and the feelings that arise during practice.

At It’s All Yoga, you’ll often hear poetry read by our teachers to take you deeper into the inquiry. You might have heard poems by Mary Oliver, Jane Hirschfield, Ellen Bass, David Whyte, Billy Collins, and so many more. Our teachers love poetry!

Our community’s deep connection to poetry inspired me to find ways to bring the celebration of National Poetry Month in April to It’s All Yoga. 

We’re calling it Yogetry Month!

First, many of our teachers graciously offered to read their favorite poem on video, so that you can listen to their voices anytime to inspire, perhaps, a little home yoga practice? We will be sharing those throughout the month on Facebook, so stay tuned.

Also, look for little poetry mementos around the studio all month. We have free gifts as well as opportunities for YOU to share your love of poetry with our community.

Listen to a Poemdavid wagoner poem

As you know, many IAY teachers love and rely on poems as part of their practices. In celebration of the month, you can hear them read their favorite poems. Videos will be released throughout the month.

Read Your Favorite Poem

Friday, April 21, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

We want to hear your voices, too! Read your favorite poem of hope or comfort. Jeanne and I will facilitate the recording of poems, so please RSVP by Wednesday, April 19 to get your time scheduled.

Write an Acrostic Poem

All month at the studio.

Look for half sheets of paper with a simple prompt to inspire your own poem. Hand them into your teacher, and we’ll post poems on the bulletin board in the foyer.

 Free Gifts

Keep an eye out at the studio for surprises and treats in celebration of poetry. (The presents will go nicely with the upcoming Wisdom Pages Book Club as well!)

I am so grateful for the opportunity to communally ponder with you every week in class, and look forward to sharing our love of poetry for the entire month of April. Let’s practice Yogetry together!

With love and support,

what’s in store for April

The studio theme for April is Embraceholly holt

Embrace :: to hold or take into one’s arms, to welcome, to accept, to support, take to one’s heart, to include, to embody, to hug. You might explore any one of the many meanings of this word this month… Embrace.

Like the age-old advice of an apple a day, I’ve heard that 12 hugs a day is good for one’s health. That’s a lot of hugs! I’m totally counting the hugs from my dog. Or, like Holly, you could embrace a bolster!

Embraced is how we hope you feel every time you walk into the studio. Actual hug is optional.

In the philosophical sense, we are asked again and again to embrace what is. My teacher Mary often uses the phrase, This is what’s happening… right now.  The “right now” suggests that it won’t always be this way — for good or bad. Yet peace, ease, joy and eventually change, are possible only when we meet the reality of the moment as it is.

This is easy to say and harder to do. Our practice of Yoga supports us in developing the necessary skills and self awareness. It makes me think of the philosophy that we’ll be covering next month in The Daily Craft. Practical, usable skills for life, especially helpful in challenging times.

Two other exciting pieces of news this month:

Book Club! It’s All Yoga is starting (actually resuming) a book club called Wisdom Pages and our first meeting will be on May 7th with The Book of Joy. Completely free, just let us know you’ll be coming so we have enough snacks.

Second is a teaser about a very special IAY celebration of National Poetry Month. The full announcement will come next week. For now, look for hints at the studio…and get ready to hear some of your teachers’ favorite poems.

That feels good in embrace…

Michelle and the IAY fam

Bella DreizlerGrow Loose, Long & Strong

with Bella Dreizler

Saturdays April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm

Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 2: Grow Strong. What you learn in Grow Strong makes the benefit of rolling more than a temporary fix.  This three-hour health care investment stands alone: thirty minutes of roll review followed by an awakening of the subtle power of your extraordinary core, your vibrant center. 

Go home totally video-supported and motivated to take on the 10 minute daily-do that will keep many common physical challenges to a minimum.  

Read more here.

singing meditationSinging Meditation with Jeanne Munoz

Sunday April 9, 1 – 2:30pm

Singing is a powerful tool for transformation. It can make a gloomy day brighter by encouraging rhythmic breath and the release of authentic, healing sound.

Singing Meditation is different from a formal kirtan practice, which usually has a call-and-response element. This is a opportunity to simply sing your heart out and feel the voice reverberate in the body and in the room. 

Smiles, laughter, conquering fear, and reduced stress are some of the side effects of singing. No experience necessary. 

Get in tune here.

Radiant FriendChant & Be Happy

with Radiant Friend
Saturday April 22, 7 – 8:30pm

Join Radiant Friend, a multi-instrumental Kirtan band led by Alicia Patrice, for 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 necessary. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants.

No online signup necessary! (Cash or check at the door.)

Kim WagamanYoga for Scoliosis Support

with Kim Wagaman
Sunday April 23, 1 – 4pm

These 3-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed 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.

Practitioners will learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis. All levels welcome. 

Register by email to Kim Wagaman.

new moon yogaApril New Moon Practice 

with Jeanne Munoz & Alicia Patrice
April 26, 7:30-8:45 pm

Celebrate the darkness and renewal of the New Moon in Taurus with Jeanne & Alicia! Knowing these two, the evening will certainly be infused with music! 

Your spot is waiting here… 

Beginner's YogaHatha Yoga Basics with Gina 

Mondays May 1 – June 12, 7:30 – 8:45pm

(no class on Memorial Day)

Read Gina’s love letter for Basics…During this 6 weeks, you will be given the foundations of your yoga practice – alignment, breath awareness, and a vocabulary of poses you can take with you anywhere. This is followed immediately by a special 2 week unlimited class pass during which you may taste as many items as you like in our yoga class buffet.

Get yourself in the series here. Only a few spots left!

ahimsaYoga Philosophy for Today’s World 

Thursdays May 4 – July 6, 6-7:30pm

The philosophical basis of Yoga is what sets it apart from exercise. You’ve already experienced many of the qualities — kindness, resolve, self awareness — in class and as a result of your practice. 

  • Do you want more grounding and guidance in your life?

  • Do you want tools to help you through the challenges of our times?

  • Do you wish to deepen your practice and relationship to yourself and the world?

  • Have you had the feeling that there’s “more” to yoga and you want to know what it is?

These foundational principles create the toolkit we use to examine ourselves and develop as human beings.

Each class includes study, asana, meditation and discussion.

Let’s investigate and deepen together. Read more here.

yoga book club

Wisdom Pages 

Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30pm

The IAY book club is back (10 years later). Join us for our first meeting on The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Club meeting includes a short practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion.

See the full flier.   Please RSVP here.

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

winter care

lichen and moss - winter careIf you think about winter in elemental or weather terms, our climate here has been cold and wet.

There’s a system of health and healing out of the Indian/Tibetan lineage and related to Yoga called Ayurveda. Ayurveda in Sanskrit translates to “Science of Longevity” or “Knowledge of Life.”

Ayurveda philosophy is based on the recognition that the elements – ether, air, fire, water and earth – exist within the human body as they do in the environment around us. 

From this awareness, it’s all about relationship, harmony and cause and effect. 

A basic principle of Ayurveda is: 

Like increases like, and opposites balance.

So what does that mean in this winter season? How can we best support our bodies?

Well, we can help balance the qualities of cold and wet with warm, light and grounding. Having cold and wet foods (like ice cream) only increases the cold and wet of winter in our bodies. So we seek to counterbalance.

Here are a few Ayurveda-inspired ideas for basic winter care:

  • Eat whole, healthy food and fresh vegetables (as basic as it is essential)

  • Enjoy warm and warming foods and drinks — ginger, chai, warm lemon water, and foods cooked in warming spices such as…

  • Chili, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin

  • Decrease heavy, dense, oily, and cold foods and drinks (such as creamy pastas, pizza, baked goods, frozen desserts)

  • Minimize processed foods, fried foods, and refined sugars

  • Keep a light heart and sense of purpose 

  • Find ways and reasons to laugh and hug every day

  • Balance rest with aerobic movement — get your body warm and heart-rate up every day

  • Try Nasya — a little bit of oil in the nostrils morning and night. It might sound weird, but a dab of oil (almond, sunflower or even olive) on the ring fingers, swiped inside each nostril, can help alleviate the irritation of heaters, allergens and colds. Try it!

I also have a general rule, especially in cold/flu season, of Never Touching My Face. Even if I wash my hands frequently, there’s still all kinds of goo that gets on me throughout the day. 

Along with the basics of hydration (always warm or room-temperature water), whole food and vegetables, and getting enough rest and downtime, these tips have kept me healthy and cruising through these crisp, sunny days.

If you have ways you winterize, I’d love to hear!

In health,

love still trumps hate

Join the IAY contingent for the Women’s March on Sacramento this Saturday. 

Everyone is welcome.

love still trumps hate

We will meet on the basketball court of Southside park at the corner of 6th and W Streets at 9:30 am.

Check out the march website for details on the event, parking and more.

We have 100 Love bandanas — pick yours up at the studio Thursday or Friday, or at the march on Saturday, January 21st.

We look forward to showing up on behalf of all people, standing together, and moving forward with purpose.

Michelle and the IAY fam

first full moon of 2017

Tomorrow is the first full moon of the year, called the Wolf Moon or Cold Moon. For some, this is a better time for new year intentions than January 1st. 

Generally, full moons represent turning points, manifestations or closure. This is not a “new age” idea — our ancestors planted crops, harvested and hunted by the cycles of the moon. Gardeners believe it’s best to plant above ground plants on waxing moon and roots on waning moons. I’ve even read that doctors preferred to perform surgeries on waning moons to minimize blood loss.

full wolf moon

Obviously January is known as a time of clarification, but rather than abruptly cutting something out of your life or being hard on yourself about your habits, full moon time is an opportunity to focus on self-care and inner work. This full moon in particular is a great time to spend some time under a cozy blanket, writing words or ideas about what you need most at this moment and pampering yourself.

What does this all mean? How can we tap into this energy and wisdom?

It can be very simple. If I’m short on time, at the very least, I’ll go outside and spend some time “being with” the moon — looking at it, letting it wash over me, talking to it. I love how illuminated the surface landscape of the moon is, even to the naked eye, during the full moon. It reminds me of my place in the world and gives me perspective on things that have felt heavy or big. They don’t seem so huge after spending a few minutes looking at the sky!

Other ideas:

  • Fill a bowl of water and set it outside to soak up the good love of the light — use the water the next morning for your tea, lemon water, wash your face or share it with your plants
  • Dance outside (or in your living room)
  • Make an altar on any surface with things found in nature, candles, photos and any other treasured items
  • Pamper! Go for or give yourself a foot massage or pedi, take a bath, treat yourself to something you usually reserve for special occasions
  • Full moon is a great time to cleanse and release — write down things you are ready to let go of and burn it if possible, or clean out a drawer or corner

There’s really no wrong way to celebrate the seasons and cycles. Go with what speaks to you — that will always be the most powerful and fruitful.

As you know, we are super “into” the moon around here as a symbol of natural and life cycles.           

full moonWe are kicking off our monthly full/new moon series tomorrow night (Thursday) with Carrie for this first Full Moon in Cancer. I hope you can be there for the practice – it’s going to be special.

(Relationship tip: this full moon could bring with it increased intuition, sensitivity and emotion. Practice extra compassion for the next week with yourself and others. Read more about that and wolf photo credit here.)

Wishing you warmth and clarity,

Michelle and the IAY fam

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going forward

Welcome to the new year, yogi friends.

With a long exhale and a shiver down my spine, I send this newsletter, which outlines our offerings these first couple months, with delicate hope. 

We are privileged to have this practice so readily accessible to us. We are fortunate to have safe communities in which to rally and debate. We also have the capability to change — our minds, our habits, our stories — at any time. That’s not to say that it’s easy, but we always have the choice. Let us not take any of that for granted.

Thankfully, practice comes in many forms.

Stay close to yourself and take extra care these winter days. Fortify, ground and strengthen.

To say that we are grateful to be here and know you sounds trite and insufficient. More and more it becomes clear that the threads of our own personal responsibility are intimately woven together.


To say my fate is not tied to yours is like saying, “Your side of the boat is sinking.”
-Hugh Downs

We need each other’s support, reminding, holding and loving. Let’s keep each other afloat.

As always, stay in touch.

Michelle and the IAY fam


Tami Hackbarth - Intro to happinessIntro to Happiness with Tami
Sundays January 8 – 29, 4:30pm

This series was a huge hit last year — you can read some of the testimonials with the full description.

Each session will include a short meditation, gratitude circle and end with a small daily assignment to spread happiness and good will beyond our classroom walls.

Get Happy here!


Full moon YogaFull Moon Classes

Thursday, January 12, 6pm with Carrie
Friday, February 10, 6pm with Jeanne

Join us for our 2017 Full Moon Series. Each class will be taught by different teachers — Carrie and Jeanne kick off the year.

Read more and sign up for January and/or February.

home practiceBuild a Home Practice with Gina
Thursdays January 19 – February 16, 6pm

Have you ever wished you had a fulfilling home practice?

Or have you taken a trip and backtracked in your strength or flexibility because you didn’t keep your practice up while traveling?

Join Gina for five weeks of setting your home practice up for success.

women's march on sacramentoWomen’s March on Sacramento

Saturday January 21, 10am

An IAY coalition is forming for the March.
Email us to find out more and be a part of the movement.

mary paffardThe Chakras from the Ground Up 
with Mary Paffard

Sunday January 22, 11am – 2pm

Our January session will explore water, hara and the 2nd chakra, opening to flow.

This is important work to help ground and sustain us in the times ahead.  Get all the details and register here.

pelvic bowl with bella driezlerThe Pelvic Bowl: A Workshop for Women with Bella

Saturday February 11, 1 – 4pm

Come break down some of those barriers in an experiential and informative afternoon dedicated to exploring the anatomy of the pelvic bowl: bones, muscles, fascia, organs.

Sign up today!


Running Yogi with Gina LangbehnRunning Yogi with Gina

Wednesdays February 15 – March 22, 7:30pm
Anyone can do it! A six-week series on how you can start a running practice, increase speed, build strength and help your muscles recover from the run.

For any level of (wannabe) runner. Read more about the series here


yoga retreat with michelle marlahanEmotional Restoration Retreat for Women

February 17-19, 2017, Sonoma Valley with Michelle

Restore. Explore. Tend. Take care.

This is a special retreat that will offer Ayurvedic earth medicine, opportunities for emotional wellness and yogic tools for health.

Read the full description and see pictures of the retreat center. There are 5 spots available.

If you have any questions, just ask.


Gina LangbehnFlow Basics with Gina
Mondays February 20 – March 13, 7:30pm

Hatha Basics in January is full — get one of the remaining spots in Flow Basics now.

Read more and sign up here.


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