Yoga for Scleroderma: Modification Monday by Lori Pierce

Modification Monday

 We’ve started something new! On Monday’s we will start posting one yoga posture that can be easily modified for a Scleroderma body.

Lori has been modifying her postures since she began yoga in 2010. With a pretty limited body, she has developed a good skill for it. Here is one variation of down dog and two variations of side plank.

If we can’t get down to the floor, we bring the floor up to us. It’s all about safety and comfort.

Yoga is for every body, let’s keep those bodies moving!

Numinous Numerology February 2018

Numinous Numerology

Yoga by Numbers, February 4 at 12:00 p.m.

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This month there is this annoying pull to sweat the small stuff. But don’t forget to do life and to work on your soul and your soul connections. February is an exercise in maintaining the “Big picture”.
Is there something that doesn’t really matter but the maya/illusion has convinced you that it matters? Just an example: Maybe you are working too much because you feel like you have bills to pay. But this doesn’t allow you to spend much time with your children. Bills are important to take care of in this life but the soul connection with your children is something more eternal. Yeah, we are talking a really #bigpicture. So maybe there is a way to shift the work situation, or make do with less to help out your relationships.
That is the energy of this month- to not forget these eternal, astral relationships we get to experience in physical, dense, material, earthly form…through talking, hugs, eating together, snuggling, sharing space….
#Garuda or #Eagle mudra pictured here helps us keep the broader lense of life and infinity in focus. The right hand is closer to the body. This #mudra can be used to increase inspiration (with spirit) since the eagle is the highest flying bird it is the closest to #heaven. This mudra helps to balance the air/vata element in our body as well.


Numinous Numerology – January

Numinous Numerology

Yoga by the Numbers, January 7, 2018 at 12:00

January 2018

Shiva Linga Mudra (right hand is on top) to bring into the positive polarity of the strong, “male”, assertive and confrontational energies this month. There are many 1s in the numerology of the month of January. And the 1s represent male energy and initial creation.
Everything we need to change our condition is within us, even our hands (mudras are so great for this) since our bodies are a microcosm of the universe. It is all perspective.
This mudra is also good for keeping warm when cold, or even when you have a cold it helps the body fight.

Numinous Numerology – 2018

2018 Heart Number
There is a similar underlying vibe each month for the Heart number of 2018 even though the number itself changes each month.
Our heart strings will be tied to hard work and what you will master. Things that seem so hard will be so worth it. 
Be more inclusive as much as our spirits allow so that all feel loved. Not just who we choose to love. We want the brilliancey and intelligence of this year to stay in a positive polarity. We also want those that hold such intelligence -if they don’t have the best motives to turn to the light and feel accepted as they are.


Sacred Therapies – Kundalini Yoga for PTSD

Every Saturday, Feb 3 – Feb 24, 1:00 to 2:15pm

Sat Nam: Kundalini Yoga for PTSD

“Sat Nam” is four weekly classes of Kundalini Yoga for PTSD. Classes include Breath Conciousness, Meditation, Relaxation and Self Observation, and the “Nine Minute Meditation” is introduced. $33 for four classes. Veterans and First Responders Free! Taught by Bachansukh Singh (Tod Sherman) (775) 247-8965, e-mail:

Every Saturday, Mar 17 – April 7,1:00 to 2:15pm 

Wahe Guru: Kundalini Yoga for PTSD

“Wahe Guru” is four weekly classes of Kundalini Yoga for PTSD. Classes teach interrupting old thought patterns through movement and breath. Techniques to restore the nervous system and healthy sleep patterns are taught. $33 for four classes. Veterans and First Responders Free! Taught by Bachansukh Singh (Tod Sherman) (775) 247-8965, e-mail:

Every Saturday, Apr 21 – May 12, 1:00 to 2:15pm

Sacred Therapies: Kundalini Yoga for PTSD

“Sacred Therapies” is four weekly classes of Kundalini Yoga for PTSD. Classes dive deep into “The Eight-Part Kundalini Yoga Meditation” specifically for PTSD, uniquely effective for combat veterans, first responders and victims of traumatic events. $33 for four classes. Veterans and First Responders Free! Taught by Bachansukh Singh (Tod Sherman) (775) 247-8965, e-mail:


Holiday Cancellations

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Click here to check out our Happy New You! FREE classes from Monday, January 1 to Saturday January 6th!

Click here for our Happy New You! Free First Sunday Workshops on January 7th!

We will be spending the Holidays with our families, here are our cancellations for Christmas week:

  • Saturday, 12/23/17 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 12/25/17 All classes are cancelled
  • Tuesday, 12/26/17 6:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/26/17 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/27/17 6:30 a.m.
  •  Wednesday, 12/27/17 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 12/28/17 6:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, 12/28/17 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 12/28/17 3:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 12/28/17 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 12/28/17 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday 12/29/17 6:30 a.m.
  • Monday 1/1/18 6:45 p.m.



Happy New You!

Here are our Happy New You! Free classes for a New You in the New Year!

You can look for the “FREE ” on our Weekly Schedule and see more about our FREE First Sunday Workshops!

  • Monday 1/1/18, Raja Yoga 6:30 a.m.
  • Monday 1/1/18, Yoga for Arthritis 12:00 noon
  • Monday 1/1/18, Yoga for Every Body 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday 1/1/18, Yoga for Stress Relief 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1/2/18, Hatha Yoga 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1/3/18 Midtown Meditation Group 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1/3/18 Family Yoga 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 1/4/18 Relax! Help is Just a Breath Away 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 1/4/18 Yoga for Scleroderma 3:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 1/4/18 Intro to Yoga 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 1/6/18 Family Yoga 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1/7/18 Yoga by Numbers 12:00 noon
  • Sunday 1/7/18 First Class: Chair Yoga 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1/7/18 Yoga Nidra 4:00 p.m.


The Yoga Center Reno’s Programs for Veterans


Tod Sherman


At The Yoga Center Reno Tod Sherman‘s Kundalini Yoga for PTSD every Saturday at 1pm is free to Veteran’s and First Responders.  Tod offers a free weekly yoga class at the VA Sixth Floor on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.



Kathy Randolph
Kathy Randolph


Kathy Randolph offers a free weekly yoga class at the VA Community Living Center dining hall on Thursdays at 1pm.   Hope to see you there!






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lyndsay Slocumb joins The Yoga Center Reno’s Programs for Veterans. Lyndsay SlocumbThis Monday, September 11, 2017 she will teach the first Adaptive Yoga Class for the City of Reno’s Fit But Not Forgotten Veteran fitness program at the new Yoga Room at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center! Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am.will teach the first Adaptive Yoga Class for the City of Reno’s Fit But Not Forgotten Veteran fitness program at the new Yoga Room at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center! Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am.

Lyndsay Slocumb



Yoga Flow: Guided by the Breath

By Jennifer Duvall

01-Jennifer-Duvall low res social mediaWhen did you start practicing yoga?

I started doing yoga in 2009, 7 years ago.  My first class was a Kundalini Yoga class by Harijiwan, it was magnificent! I knew I had to keep doing yoga after that day.

Why did you decide to start teaching?

I took the teacher training out of my love of yoga rather than thinking that I would teach. I wanted to learn more about yoga and about myself. I realized towards the end of the training that I had learned a lot and it was too good to keep to myself: that made me want to teach yoga.

What has been your largest challenge practicing yoga?

When I first started it took me a long time to build up my stamina to do more energetic practices. Even though I was a runner at the time, many of my muscles were not involved and I could really feel it when I began a yoga asana practice.

How are a few ways yoga has helped you?

Wow! It has helped me in every aspect of my life. The breathing is big and is the basis of everything that has changed for the better. One example is that I would sometimes get sleep paralysis. After starting doing yoga I became able to breath through that time. Being able to breathe through that has changed my whole experience of sleep paralysis and I have had some amazing experiences in the sleep paralyses state after I was able to relax my body and breathe.

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What can people expect to find in your classes?

I like to really focus on the breath. To me it carries so much magic. I hope that others can feel that intangible happiness too.

What is it about Yoga Flow that makes it your choice of practice/teaching?

I like letting my breathing guide me in and out of poses. I really like the fluid feeling of it.

Jennifer is a certified yogic numerologist. She studied numerology with Nam Hari for 3 years. For more about her yogic numerology see her Facebook Page Numinous Numerology.

Jennifer is married to her best friend and is a mother of two. When she has free time she loves to sew children’s clothes, read and relax at Pyramid Lake.

Jennifer offers her Yoga Flow for Beginners FREE, one morning only, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Come let her introduce you to the joy of moving with your breath.

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Raja Yoga: Going Deeper

Raja Yoga: Going Deeper 

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Yoga has been broadly divided into four principal paths for seeking more from life than the mundane  outer existence:

Bhakti Yoga…………The way of devotional love for the Divine.

Karma Yoga………..The way of right action, or selfless service.

Jnana Yoga…………The way of knowledge and discrimination.

Raja Yoga……………The way of unification of body and mind through the development of conscious control.


Raja Yoga, often called “Royal Yoga” or the “Royal Road” includes the teachings of all these paths of yoga.  It is the path of self-discipline and practice, using many techniques which help to control body, energy, senses and mind.  Central to the path of Raja Yoga are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which codified Ashtanga (eight branched) Yoga as:

  • Yamas…………………Outer behaviors and inner attitudes to avoid: violence, lying, stealing, sensuality and greed.
  • Niyamas………………Practices and observances to cultivate: cleanliness, contentment, austerity, introspection, devotion.
  • Asana………………….Practice of postures to gain control of the body, stillness.
  • Pranayama………….Energy control, often breathing techniques.
  • Pratyahara…………..Interiorization of the mind, withdrawing the senses from external objects.
  • Dharana………………Concentration.
  • Dhyana………………..Meditation.
  • Samadhi………………Enlightenment, the experience of Union.


07-Kathy-Randolph-low resHatha Yoga focuses on two steps of the eight-fold path, asana (postures) and pranayama (breath practices) preparing the body for the journey toward enlightenment.  Through asana the body is quieted and the mind becomes calm, providing the control essential for bodily stillness and a heightened awareness of the subtle nature of the breath. In pranayama, the observation and experiencing of the breath convert it from an autonomic function to a conscious one, combining the physical and spiritual qualities of the breath. Pranayama serves as a bridge between our states of being: conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, internal and external and provides a gateway to the higher levels of development.  Hatha Yoga brings the body and breath into balance, in order to calm the disturbances of the mind in preparation for the deeper practice of meditation.

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  • Kirtan (chant)
  • Netra Vyayamam (eye exercises)
  • Surya Namaskar (sun salutation)
  • Asana (yoga postures)
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • Dhyana (meditation)

Swami Satchidananda tells us “A body of perfect health and strength, mind with all clarity and calmness, intellect as sharp as a razor, will as pliable as steel, heart full of love and compassion, life full of dedication and Realization of the True Self is the Goal of Integral Yoga.  Attain this through asanas, pranayama, chanting of Holy Names, self-discipline, selfless action, mantra japa, meditation, study and reflection.”

1) Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali/translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga Publications, 2012.

2) Sri Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga Hatha, Integral Yoga Publications, 1995,

3) Sri Swami Sivananda, The Science of Pranayama, The Divine Life Society, 1935.

4) Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Breath of Life:Integral Yoga Pranayama: Integral Yoga Publications, 1993,

I am grateful to my teachers Lisa Dalberg and Sonia Sumar for their wisdom, grace and generosity.  After decades of hatha yoga practice I began my study of Integral Yoga, a Raja Yoga tradition, with Lisa in 1990.  In 1999 with Lisa’s encouragement I expanded my Integral Yoga study with Sonia Sumar, the creator of Yoga for the Special Child.   I completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program at Sonia’s Satchidananda Yoga Center in 2004.  I continue to train with both of these inspiring women whose teaching and example take me ever deeper into my practice.

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I hope you will join me at my “Raja Yoga” class on Mondays, 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. beginning May 9 through June 13, 2016.  On Monday, May 9 The Yoga Center presents “Welcome to Raja Yoga” a FREE class so you can try it and see if it takes you deeper into your practice.  Beginning on June 20, 2016 my “Raja Yoga” class is now weekly, 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Mondays, $48 for a six week series, all proceeds provide sponsorships for Yoga for the Special Child group class students.  I hope you will join me to deepen your yoga practice and enjoy the Karma Yoga of providing yoga classes for children with special needs.

The Yoga Center presents Welcome to Raja Yoga