Sunday, December 28, 2014

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

Please join us in building a community
that supports your recovery and well being.
Sunday Nights, 7-8:15pm
Recovery is a lifelong process. Once we eliminate the substance,

the process of learning to live without the substance begins.
Based on my life experiences, 17 years of sobriety, years of extensive training and working in the fields of chemical dependency and mental health, I am pleased to be offering this weekly evening class
RECOVERY Mind~Body~Spirit~Senses.

Holistic approaches along with a 12 Step program is my approach to sobriety. From detoxification to reducing stress and improving mental and physical well being, holistic approaches play a vital role in regaining wellness. Yoga, diet, meditation, aromatherapy, ayurveda principles, exercise and more will all be discussed.

I'm confident that armed with the right tools, an open mind and a commitment to practice, we can access the extraordinary power within us. This class will use an integrated approach to wellness and will empower you to make positive changes that effect the mind, body, spirit and senses. 
We all deserve to live a life thats happy, healthy and whole.

So if you, or someone you know, struggles with
addiction and self-distructive behaviors.
Please join us 

1512 B Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

for questions call Linda at 925 212-5366

Upcoming Subjects in the Recovery Classes.

 March 1st 7-8:30 pm
"Recovery and Insomnia" 
We will be practicing yoga/stretch routine for better sleep and discuss sleeping solutions.

Insomnia is a “prevalent and persistent” problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction — and may lead to an increased risk of relapse.
“Treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of sobriety and quality of life,” said Nicholas Rosenlicht, M.D., of the University of San Francisco.
In a report in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the researchers cite evidence suggesting that the incidence of insomnia in early recovery may be five times higher than the general population. And it may persist for months to years.
Insomnia may be linked with a higher risk of alcohol-related problems and relapse, the researchers noted. The association may run in the other direction as well — other studies have found that people with sleep disturbances are more likely to be at risk of developing addiction.
Compounding the problem, some people addicted to alcohol drink in the evening as a way to address sleep problems, the researchers reported. But it has the opposite effect: Alcohol is a well-documented cause of sleep disruption with toxic effects on several neurobiological systems, and may contribute to lasting sleep problems even during abstinence, according to the researchers.

March 8th, 7-9 pm
Sugar Addiction

with guest speaker, Laura Halpin, nutritionist

Want to know why you have sugar cravings and what to do about them?
By tending to WHAT you eat and HOW you eat it, you can restore balance to your body and radically reduce sugar cravings.
Come and learn how sugar is working against you and how to kick that sugar habit to the curb.
April 19th, 7-8:30 pmRecovery in the Buddhist teachings.
with guest speaker Walt Opie

Walt Opie has practiced Insight Meditation since 2005, including many residential retreats with teachers such as Jack Kornfield and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders’ (CDL4) training program and has been mentored by Kevin Griffin (author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps). He has been in recovery since 1987, and leads the Berkeley Dharma & Recovery meditation group which he started in 2011. Walt is currently enrolled in the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program and serves as a volunteer with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project, bringing Buddhist practices into a California state prison.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yoga Schedule

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 in February, 2015
 Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane
(not 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
11:30-12:30 - forma Gyn in Walnut Creek
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.

9-10:30 a.m. - Telfer Yoga, Martinez, Yoga for all skill levels, (604 Ferry St., Martinez) 
STARTING FEB. ! - RECOVERY mind, body, spirt - 7:00-8:15 pm, Indigo Yoga, Walnut Creek


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....


Friday, October 2, 2009



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