Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yoga Schedule

Join me for
 Michael Jackson
Glow in the dark vinyasa yoga class
Saturday, December 20th, 7-8:15pm
at Indigo Yoga Studio

Fee $20.00
so bring on the whites...glove, hat, glow sticks, be creative
and come play on the mat.


I am so excited to announce a new program that 
and has been in the making
for over a decade.....


This course combines Ayurveda, yoga and other traditional recovery
tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to
addiction and self-distructive behaviors.

Sunday, December 21st, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
at Indigo Yoga Studio in Walnut Creek
1512 B Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

for questions call Linda at 925 212-5366


The beauty of life is,
while we cannot undo
what is done,
we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change.
So that every new moment is spent not in regret,
guilt, fear or anger,
but in wisdom, understanding and love.

- Jennifer Edwards


I'm Excited to be joining the family at
Indigo Yoga Studio in Walnut Creek.
Please Join me for classes
Wednesday and Friday morning classes at 9-10:15


NEW CLASS SESSION Starts November 5th
 Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane
(not necessarily a seniors class)

6 week session, Wed. evening 6:00-7:15, mixed experience.
All Welcome, Nice for beginners.
  1. Please sign up through the Pleasant Hill Rec. Class is listed under "Hatha Yoga"           Click below to sign up.

SUNDAYS 9:00-10:30 am
Telfer building, 608 Ferry St., Martinez
All Welcome

PUBLIC CLASSES, open to all....

8-9 a.m. - Martinez Senior Class, 818 Green St., Martinez, all welcome, 
10-11 a.m. - YMCA, Pleasant Hill, mixed level, (club drop in rate)

9-10:15 pm- Indigo Yoga Studio, 1512 B Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek
3:30-4:30pm- Martinez Junior High, ending until the fall
6:00-7:15 p.m.Pleasant Hill Seniors Center, (Sign up through Pleasant Hill Recreation.) 6 6 week sessions, 233 Gregory Lane, PH. Nice class for all levels of experience.

8-9 a.m. - Martinez Senior Class, 818 Green St., Martinez, All Welcome
5-6 p.m. VA hospital in Martinez (please call for details) 6 week sessions.

9-10:15 pm- Indigo Yoga Studio, 1512 B Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

9-10:30 a.m. - Telfer Yoga, Martinez, Yoga for all skill levels, (604 Ferry St., Martinez) 


KAISER, 11-12:00pm, 710 Broadway, (private) mental health
Byron Park Senior Living, 1-2pm - Walnut Creek


KAISER, 1:30-2:30, 710 Broadway, 3rd floor (private) Yoga for Chemical Dependency

Martinez JH, 3:45-4:45

12-1 pm Heritage Pointe - Walnut Creek, Senior Class, (private)
1:30-2:30- Kaiser, 710 Broadway, (private) Yoga for Chemical Dependency,       

For Private Yoga Therapy sessions,
or to arrange private yoga classes
for small groups
call Linda at 925 212-5366

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.......
by Theodore Roosevelt....

Were doing it again in Dec. at Indigo
with the sounds of Michael Jackson...

Friday, October 2, 2009


Eat, Drink, and do Yoga.....

Don't wait until New Year's Eve to make a commitment to better health and well-being!
Our workshops give you positive strategies so you can navigate the holidays
and winter months with grace, vibrancy and ease.

Join Linda Burkard, yoga therapist
& Laura Halpin, holistic nutrition consultant

For two 2-hour sessions

We will focus on food and movement practices to open and nurture your spirit and body.
Emphasis will be on creating restorative, detoxifying rituals to carry you through the holiday.
Included are supportive practices, handouts, recipes and gorgeous, healing foods.

Sunday November 9th, 2-4 p.m.

As the holidays approach, it's easy to be overtaken by stress, busy-ness and a sense of obligation.
During this session, we'll help you turn things around by teaching you food and
movement practices that keep you nourished and grounded.

Sunday November 16, 2-4 p.m.

Many of us make an unconscious or conscious decision to put off
our own health and well-being until January, thus December becomes a month of excess and guilt.
We propose that it's possible not to throw away December as a lost cause. During this session, we will focus on
simple loving movement and self-care practices that will give you vitality and strength, setting you up
in December for a vibrant and healthy New Year.

Fee: $40 per class, $75 for both.
Pre-register by Nov. 5th
call 925. 988 9642
or sign-up on line at


Below is a photo of my recent training at Kripalu
with my fabulous teachers
Anodrea Judith and Selene Vega.....

Women's Retreats...2012

8th Annual Women's
Yoga Retreat
Asilomar Conference Grounds
October 18-20, 2013

Let’s sit in a circle
face to face
with a small group
of wonderful women
and do some wonderful
connecting, sharing and growing together.

Registration is Open

Going away can be the first
step toward coming home!!

Each year I am thrilled to host this retreat where
Mother's, daughters, sisters, and best friends come
together and share their stories,
practice their yoga, heal, meditate and nurture
each other.
As women we are givers of our love, treat yourself
to this weekend of bliss and give back to yourself.

Please Mail $175.00 deposit to hold your space
or to register please call Linda at
925 212-5366

This retreat fills quickly, register early.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ABOUT ME.....I have studied and practiced yoga nearly every day for the last fourteen years, receiving inspiration from a variety of master teachers such as Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Amy Weintraub, Mukunda Stiles, Anodea Judith, Cathy O'Neill and many more.

In 2001 I attended my first teacher training at the Moksha Yoga Shala School of hatha yoga in Lafayette, CA. I then went on to train in my second teacher training in the Iyengar style at the Yoga Movement Center in Walnut Creek and completed my 200 hour advanced studies in September, 2005. In July 2006 I successfully completed all the requirements of the Niroga Institute Yoga Corps ( This program enhanced my yoga training with tools for working with at-risk populations.
In 2008 I completed my 500 hr. yoga therapy training
at Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, CA.
In August of 2010 I successfully completed the
"Yoga for Recovery" program at Sivananda and received my 100 hour certification.
This program integrates the wisdom of auyuveda, yoga and the tools of the 12 steps aiding those in recovery.
Addition trainings include : Ayurveda for yoga therapy with Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD,. Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, Yoga for Depression with Amy Weintraub ( Philosophy of the chakras" with Anodea Judith.

Yoga Therapy is any application of yogic techniques - postures (asana), breath work, dialogue, diet & lifestyle changes, guided imagery, hands-on techniques, values clarification or mediation that are designed and sequenced specifically and appropriately for a given individual and their unique needs.

I determine through physical assessment, observation (of movement, posture, breath) and dialogue, the needs and goals of the individual. What might be appropriate for one individual might be injurious or ineffective for another. What we practice and how we practice it can vary in the same person depending on time of day, what has transpired before the practice, what stage of life we've in, what is happening emotionally in our lives, whether we have an illness or injury, are stressed, lethargic, depressed or anxious. All these variables can be considered in choosing appropriate techniques and applying them in ways that are most beneficial.

Please call me for more information on private Yoga Therapy and how we can apply it to your specific needs.
925 212-5366

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Guest blog post by Tara Mohr.

I coach brilliant women, lots of them. Dedicated, talented, brilliant women.

Most of the time, they don’t know their brilliance. They are certain they “aren’t ready” to take on that next bigger role. They are more attuned to the ways they aren’t qualified than to the ways that they are. They are waiting for someone to validate, promote or discover them. Sound familiar?

It’s time to step up, brilliant women. Here are ten principles for owning your brilliance and bringing it to the world:

1. Make a pact. No one else is going to build the life you want for you. No one else will even be able to completely understand it. The most amazing souls will show up to cheer you on along the way, but this is your game. Make a pact to be in it with yourself for the long haul, as your own supportive friend at every step along the way.

2. Imagine it. What does a knock-the-ball-out-of-the-park life look like for you? What is the career that seems so incredible you think it’s almost criminal to have it? What is the dream you don’t allow yourself to even consider because it seems too unrealistic, frivolous, or insane? Start envisioning it. That’s the beginning of having it.

3. Gasp. Start doing things that make you gasp and get the adrenalin flowing. Ask yourself, “What’s the gasp-level action here?” Your fears and a tough inner critic will chatter in your head. That’s normal, and just fine. When you hear that repetitive, irrational, mean inner critic, name it for what it is, and remember, it’s just a fearful liar, trying to protect you from any real or seeming risks. Go for the gasps and learn how false your inner critic’s narrative really is, and how conquerable your fears.

4. Get a thick skin. If you take risks, sometimes you’ll get a standing ovation, and sometimes, people will throw tomatoes. Can you think of any leader or innovator whom you admire who doesn’t have enthusiastic fans and harsh critics? Get used to wins and losses, praise and pans, getting a call back and being ignored. Work on letting go of needing to be liked and needing to be universally known as “a nice person.”

5. Be an arrogant idiot. Of course I know you won’t, because you never could. But please, just be a little more of an arrogant idiot. You know those guys around the office who share their opinions without thinking, who rally everyone around their big, (often unformed) ideas? Be more like them. Even if just a bit. You can afford to move a few inches in that direction.

6. Question the voice that says “I’m not ready yet.” I know, I know. Because you are so brilliant and have such high standards, you see every way that you could be more qualified. You notice every part of your idea that is not perfected yet. While you are waiting to be ready, gathering more experience, sitting on your ideas, our friends referenced in rule five are being anointed industry visionaries, getting raises, and seeing their ideas come to life in the world. They are no more ready than you, and perhaps less. Jump in the sandbox now, and start playing full out. Find out just how ready you are.

7. Don’t wait for your Oscar. Don’t wait to be praised, anointed, or validated. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to lead. Don’t wait for someone to invite you to share your voice. No one is going to discover you. (Well, actually, they will, but paradoxically, only after you’ve started boldly and consistently stepping into leadership, sharing your voice, and doing things that scare the hell out of you.)

8. Filter advice. Most brilliant women are humble and open to guidance. We want to gather feedback and advice. Fine, but recognize that some people won’t understand what you are up to (often because you are saying something new and ahead of your time). Some people will find you to be not their cup of tea. Some will feel threatened. Some people will want to do with your idea only what is interesting or helpful to them. So interpret feedback carefully. Test advice and evaluate the results, rather than following it wholesale.

9. Recover and restore. If you start doing the things that make you gasp, doing what you don’t quite feel ready to do, and being more of an arrogant idiot, you are going to be stretching out of our comfort zone–a lot. Regularly do things that feel safe, cozy, and restorative. Vent to friends when you need to. Acknowledge the steps you’ve taken. Watch your tank to see how much risk-taking juice you have available to you. When it’s running low, stop, recover and restore.

10. Let other women know they are brilliant. Let them know what kind of brilliance you see, and why it’s so special. Call them into greater leadership and action. Let them know that they are ready. Watch out for that subtle, probably unconscious thought, “because I had to struggle and suffer on my way up…they should have to too.” Watch out for thinking this will “take” too much time – when the truth is it always has huge, often unexpected returns.

Clear a path by walking it, boldly.

Tara Mohr is a writer, coach and creator of Wise Living, which offers coaching, and courses for professional and personal fulfillment. Click here to receive her free goals guide, “Turning Your Goals Upside Down and Inside Out (To Get What You Really Want).”