Yoga for Cancer Survivorship

If you are a yoga teacher, this teacher training is invaluable.  The first weekend is for all yoga teachers who want to know how to include cancer survivors in their classes in a safe way.  The second weekend focuses on how to lead classes specifically for those with cancer.  Teaching yoga for cancer survivorship is Lorien’s passion. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Begins March 27th!  Contact Breathe Los Gatos to register:


Mantra and Meditation

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” -Albert Einstein

There is a Sanskrit saying, “Manana trayate iti mantra.”  Translated, this means mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness such as worries, fears, habits of thought, the groove your mind slips in to over and over again.  The word mantra itself, in Sanskrit, can be broken down to ‘man’, which means mind, and ‘tra’, which means to free from.  Mantra = tool to free the mind.  Mantra are “sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose.”*  Mantras when spoken aloud, in essence, are energetic sound formulas.  As we repeat the mantra, our energy levels shift, our nervous system slows down, the mind becomes less agitated, less stirred up.

Some mantra chants, such as OM (AUM) contain the essential, root, sound of the Universe.  When chanted, OM vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature!  Other mantras are considered “seed” (bija) soundsand are often used to help clear energy blocks associated with chakras (energy centers) in the body.

This month we will be exploring spoken and silent mantra repetition as part of our meditation practice.  See you on the cushion!

Fridays, 1:30-2:00pm Breathe & Meditation @ Breathe Los Gatos

*Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Anahata (Heart) Meditation


What if we tapped in to and expressed our love for the people in our lives every day–not just on Valentine’s Day?  How different would we feel?  How different would our loved ones feel?  This week we will gently explore our Anahata (heart) Chakra (energy center), through sound using bija mantra (one-syllable seed sounds).  When we work with the heart center we increase our capacity for allowing love to be the center of our lives, we learn to love ourselves, and we learn to forgive.  See you on the cushion!

This Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 1:30-2:00 pm, Breathe Los Gatos.

Jump Start the New Year!

2015 is almost here!  I will be returning to my full schedule of classes beginning Monday, January 5th.  There is a little something for everyone–from group cycling to “old-school” aerobics, vinyasa yoga to breath and meditation.  Come find me at the Palo Alto Family YMCA, Moffett Towers Club, and Breathe Los Gatos.

  • Monday, 7:30 am Cycling, Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Monday, 8:30 am Low &Tone, Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Monday, 5:30 pm Yoga, Moffett Towers Club
  • Tuesday, 12:00 pm Yoga, Fairchild Semiconductor
  • Wednesday, 8:30 am Low & Tone, Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Wednesday, 9:30 am Step, Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Wednesday, 8:15 pm Yoga, Palo Alto Family YMCA (alternating Wednesdays)
  • Friday, 7:30 am Yoga, Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Friday, 1:30 pm Breath & Meditation, Breathe Los Gatos
  • Saturday, 8:30 am Yoga, Palo Alto Family YMCA (rotating schedule)

60 Day Challenge 2015

What would it be like to practice yoga for 60 days straight?  Breathe Los Gatos is hosting it’s 60 Day Challenge once again (January 3, 2015-March 3, 2015).  Attend at least one class a day at Breathe Los Gatos for 60 days.  All participants will be eligible for raffle prizes, which include a one year membership to Breathe.  To find out more, visit:

Loving-Kindness Meditation

Tis the season for giving!  Beyond the material, may we also give our precious time, love, and presence to all who surround us.  Over the next three weeks, we will explore the Metta Sutta, Buddha’s teaching on Universal Loving-Kindness, through the Metta Meditation.

May I be happy.  May I be well.  May I be safe.  May I be peaceful and at ease.

See you on the cushion!  Friday’s, 1:30-200 pm, at Breathe Los Gatos.

Give the Gift of Yoga!

Do you know someone who could use the gift of yoga?  Maybe it is even you!  Breathe Los Gatos is holding their Annual Holiday Trunk Show this Saturday, November 29th, from 11:00 am – 2:00pm.  There will be special discounts and local vendors for this day only.  You will find special clothing brands, such as Viva O Sol, new designer jewelry, scented candles, natural body and skin care, holiday ornaments, and much, much more.   Breathe Los Gatos offers an astounding array of yoga classes, from Restorative to Mysore, Pre-Natal to Yoga for Cancer, and everything in between!  Gift certificates for classes or memberships make a great gift!

Back to the Cushion

Join me this Friday at Breathe Los Gatos, 1:30-2:00 pm, for a guided meditation.  Depending on the day and our state of mind, just getting to the cushion can be a challenge.  This week’s session should make it easier!  We will begin with a series of simple poses to help loosen the body, alternate nostril breathing to help balance our energy, and finish with a guided meditation to keep our minds focused.

~Om Shanti