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According to Brittanica.com, homeostasis is any self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival. If homeostasis is successful, it goes on, life continues; if unsuccessful, disaster ensues. 

I feel like I’m experiencing this struggle for survival on an intimate basis right now.  When two humans and three cats live together in an 1,100 square-foot apartment, a balance of energies must be maintained. When this precious balance is upset, everyone suffers. 

Perhaps the balance was upset the day we brought Taco home with his larger-than-life purrsonality. Was it the additional time we’re spending at home since everything shut down in March? O...

Dear Friends & Students,

Two years after I moved to New York, I quit my job in magazine publishing and went to live abroad for 6 months. When I returned, the US was in the middle of a big recession, and I couldn’t find a job in my field. So I become a secretarial temp. 

I traveled from assignment to assignment, company to company for the next year and a half. It wasn’t lucrative, but it paid the bills. And ultimately it really prepared me for the next stages of my career by teaching me things I didn’t even know I needed to learn: I learned how the corporate culture of where I worked made a big difference to my motivation and emotional well-being, and I learned how to get practically anywhere in New York on the subway. And that led...

After eight weeks of varying levels of lockdown and social distancing, I have made a mental shift. I don’t really want things to just return to the way they were, I want them to be better. I bet you do too.

Making things better means doing things differently. The livestream classes are a great example of this, and I plan to continue with them even after it feels safe to offer in-person classes. 

I’ve been working on another way to make things better that I’m calling Yoga Libre’s Focused, Guided Practices. Designed to accelerate your abilities and get you closer to your desired goal in a relatively quick time-frame, the first of this series is now available: Four Weeks to Happy, Healthy Hips! Check out all the details below. I’ve b...

Dear Friends & Students,

As all of you who have been to the studio know, there’s a little sign posted just to the right of the door that says “Shoes Off, Please!” It’s a reminder to perform an action that is a statement of love. By removing our shoes and leaving the dirt and germs they accumulate outside, we are showing courtesy to the other students and a sign of respect that we acknowledge the studio as sacred space.

Now that we have a virtual studio, I’m noticing the need to develop some livestream yoga class etiquette guidelines to make the experience of our Zoom classes as enjoyable as possible for everyone participating. Zoom is a new platform for many of us, including me, and I’ve noticed there’s a bit of confusion about si...

Dear Friends & Students,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have become Yoga Libre members so you could take advantage of all the yoga videos and live stream classes, and those of you who have continued to buy class passes and drop-ins. While we are currently unable to use the studio for group classes, the monthly bills for the space continue as if the world hasn’t been put on hold. My lease requires that I continue to make monthly payments. My liability insurance is up for renewal this month, and the electric company and other utilities are still expecting payment. Any business owner knows the dozens of little expenses that no one ever sees.

My outside of the studio classes normally help fund Yoga Li...

Join me for Yoga Libre Livestream Classes so you get to do yoga with me and see each other too via Zoom! Beginning the Week of April 6, 2020, you will have two opportunities each week to participate in these 1-hour classes:

Tuesdays, 6-7pm Mixed Levels
Wednesdays, 1-2pm Yoga Basics


Two payment options:

  1. Once you have a Yoga Libre Membership, livestream classes are automatically included as part of your membership and you will automatically receive an invitation to each class

  2. Nonmembers may attend a livestream class using one of the pre-paid classes from your class pass or prepaid monthly session, but must notify me via email at least 2 hours before the scheduled class time to receive an invitation
     

In order to partic...

The language of yoga is Sanskrit. Found in the scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, this Vedic and classical language dating back to 1200 BC is one of the oldest known languages in the world. The Sanskrit names of yoga poses (asanas) are required learning for yoga teachers in training, and this can present quite the challenge as its spelling and grammatical rules are as confounding as its pronunciation. 

It’s not easy to learn a new language, but it is extremely worthwhile. Long before I started studying Sanskrit, I believed in the power that words and syllables possess. They are the keys to allow people to understand each other! I was enthralled by words, first as a reader, then as a writer who majored in journalism in...

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In 2016 I unexpectedly needed to take over supervising my father’s healthcare and finances. As he was in the midst of ongoing cancer treatment, it was a lot of details and responsibility loaded on top of my already full plate. To say I wasn’t prepared is the understatement of all time.

As my father’s health grew more and more precarious, I began remarking to my husband and my sister how “small” his world had become. His life revolved around the small triangle of doctor appointments, his lunch outing, and sitting on his lanai to smoke. Sometimes this routine was interrupted by caregiver issues, being over-medicated, or trips to the emergency room. And then the goal was to get him back to his safe and small...

I can’t believe we’re already in mid-July. Half of 2020 is gone, and I’m tempted to say “good riddance!” While I can’t bring myself to think it’s been a good year, I can’t help but notice good things in the midst of the bad. 

So many of you have made the shift to practicing yoga online when you could have just stopped practicing altogether. You quickly adapted to livestream classes and practicing with Yoga Libre videos. Your ability to make that shift allowed me to keep Yoga Libre open when so many other yoga studios across the country have had to close. Thank you. Many of you have written to tell me that because you’ve made the shift to practicing with the Yoga Libre videos, you’re practicing more often and have a thrivin...

January 17, 2018

In their book called Yoga for Osteoporosis, Loren Fishman MD  and  Ellen Saltonstall MD, identify and name 13 yoga poses that are effective in preventing and reversing bone loss. I read about this in an article in The New York Times. The poses were listed as follows:

tree, triangle, warrior II, side-angle, twisted triangle, locust, bridge, supine hand-to-foot I, supine hand-to-foot II, straight-legged twist, bent-knee twist and corpse pose

As a full time yoga teacher for the past 18 years, and one whose students are mostly above the age of 50, I looked at this list and thought that most of my students would need to do a few warm-ups and a bit of rearranging in the sequencing to make the poses doable and enjoyable an...

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Find Your Inner Fierceness After 50 at Yoga Libre


Yoga Libre is Sarasota’s premier yoga studio for students over 50. Classes for the serious student and the yoga curious. No beer, no goats, no hammocks -- get grounded in yoga instruction that strengthens your body and empowers your spirit. Retirement opens up your schedule. Use the time to improve balance, create peace of mind, meet nice people and discover your inner wisdom.


Based in Sarasota, Florida, Yoga Libre offers yoga instruction for people of all ages who are interested in alignment-based yoga. Get older, not stiffer! Yoga Libre is the place to strengthen your body, find flexibility, and learn techniques for stress relief that really work.


Offering Mixed Levels, Gentle Yoga, Yoga Basics, and Body Rolling, Yoga Libre students empower themselves to feel good by listening to their bodies and learning how to safely expand their physical boundaries. 

​Don’t get frail, get free from age limitations! Yoga Libre specializes in teaching students how to go far, rather than worrying about how far they can go.

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