August 27, 2020:
~It (love) is the nature of ambrosia~
Love is the Eternal Light
Teaching from the Bhakti Sutra
“Jeanne, I am so happy that you were able to move classes outdoors! I can’t tell you what it has meant to me to be able to return to a group practice – yoga, at home and alone, just wasn’t the same. I feel so much calmer and centered listening to the wonderful words of wisdom, spoken from the heart, you and the other teachers share during class. I leave feeling refreshed and ready to handle whatever I need to. Mentally, it just calms my mind and physically, I feel strong. The outdoor balcony of your studio has surprisingly become something I enjoy and look forward to coming to my mat. The first day, I was wondering what it would be like – but the view is even better when not through the glass, the traffic humming is a good white noise that I realize I enjoy, the breeze reminds me how lucky we are to live in San Diego. I frequently tell the teachers that laying in Savasana on the warm patio floor feels like a heat blanket at a massage! Everyone is following the rules set by the county and I feel very safe and cared for. You even decorate the patio and provide music. I’m so grateful to you and Mark for allowing us to still practice when it’s so very needed. I feel like this is the only way I’m getting through this pandemic; the love, the normalcy, the physical movement, the calming of the mind, and thoughts. Thank you for being there for us!” – Jocelyn
“I love the 7am classes! Watching the sun come up over the mountains, the cool breeze on a new day is just what I need to help me in this challenging time and gives me much needed perspective, focus, and calm. I hope you will keep this class on the balcony even when we go back inside.”
“Sean and I are both enjoying the outdoor yoga and so glad you were able to continue to hold classes. There is always enough shade to be comfortable, even on the hottest days. The setting is absolutely perfect!” – Theresa
“I just want you to know that I really enjoy the evening yoga classes. It’s completely in shade and we get a nice breeze plus the instructors are fabulous. Thanks for having us do yoga outside and get our mind off of everything that’s going on in the world.” -Robin
“The class tonight at 5:30 was awesome. The weather was perfect, the sun had gone over the balcony and there was a light breeze. I will be attending Terri’s class on Thursday evening and I look forward to a very wonderful class.” – Terry
August 15, 2020:
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
The light of consciousness is a grand loom that weaves warp and weft. The enduring warp strength of the human spirit weaves to the impermanence weft of matter. Each of us are individual threads closely spun together to create the fabric of reality. The choices we make now, when things are really hard, become the vital threads on the tapestry of our lives.
This pandemic continues to bring out the best and the worst in us. When this is all over – and it will be over – we will look back on how we responded. From unhinged people screaming at or physically assaulting service employees for requiring masks… to compassionate essential workers sharing their vital PPE with our most vulnerable in need. What we do matters. We can either grow in the light, or stay trapped in the shadows. No matter how we justify our actions we will be changed by the choices we make today.
Yoga helps us become the warp thread strong and resilient to endure being stretched, to offer our strength to those in need so we can all get stronger. Join us for a class outdoors. If you are required to shelter in place we are offering virtual classes to support and encourage you through this challenging time.
Schedule for the week of Saturday- Friday, August 8-14:
For now, we are offering a weekly schedule. Watch for class changes. Some morning classes continue to begin earlier or move online until we can return indoors. By the afternoon the outdoor area is completely shaded and the breeze is beautiful. Check out our evening classes Mon-Thur.
Jenifer is back from her trip and Lori returns for a Zoom class!
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the RB Yoga app, go to RBYoga.com
, or use the class inks below. Series are not available for purchase, hope you will join us in person or virtually on a drop-in basis and support the studio.
Sunday, August 9:
Monday, August 10:
Tuesday, August 11:
Wednesday, August 12:
Thursday, August 13:
Friday, August 14: No classes on Friday this week.
If you are joining us outside, practice physical distancing and masks are required until you are on your mat. Bring water, a face/hand towel, an open heart, and wear sunscreen. Props are not available so please bring your own.
To join us virtually follow these steps: *Please note, Becky uses FaceTime for virtual classes not Zoom
1. Email me and indicate you are registering as a Zoom participant.*
2. Download Zoom onto your computer – it is free.
3. Sign up for your class online at least 2 hours prior to class.
4. Add Jeanne Stone as a “contact” to your mail program/provider. Use Jeanne@RBYoga.com for the email address.
5. I will email you a link.
6. You can enter the meeting number in the Zoom App and password or click on the link provided in the email, then enter password.
July 25, 2020:
The nature of existence is change, and upheavals regularly come our way, bringing with them the challenge of growth or metamorphosis. From crises we can learn the alchemy of transmutation, taking the opportunity to move from crisis to chrysalis. Looking back, most of us can find that many past painful and difficult times brought some of our most valuable lessons. How we respond to these events and circumstances helps determine the outcome. Even long after a crisis we may reframe the trauma into a positive growth experience. Learning to accept and engage with our challenges is one of the great lessons in the art of living.
Hope you are well and are moving with the contours of these strange times. How does it feel to be part of history – to find ourselves in this strange “in-between moment” where the old world and old ways of being are no longer, yet the new world hasn’t quite come online? As I negotiate this in-between time, when one thing hasn’t quite given way to the next, I wake up and try again. Because I – like us all – will have to look back at this challenging time and consider how I responded. Did I try to help put the world back together again? Did I offer support, a gesture of kindness? Did I apologize when I surely missed the mark? Did I “accept and engage with my challenges”?
These strange days and sleepless nights remind me of the evergreen if not over-used metaphor of that crucial stage of chrysalis – the messy, mushy, SO NOT PRETTY, uncertain stage between caterpillar and butterfly. Clearly what was, is no longer. And the beauty of what is yet to come, is not clear. Maybe you too find yourself in a profound process of alchemical change. Maybe you too are pondering this moment of truth and all its reckoning. Choices we make – even the people we surround ourselves – are revealed as significant. When we are in this delicate stage of becoming, fragile and vulnerable, the people around us are our guardians. They stand watch over us, they keep us safe from predators, they nourish our spirit so we can complete the process of transformation. The people who walk away from us – as much as it hurts – is the truest blessing.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share this challenging time with you on our mats, hands to our hearts, either in person or online virtually. It has been great to see you. The clear, focused intentionality we have been able to share has been a rare gift that I will treasure always.
Thank you for taking refuge in the company of other great hearts as we watch over each other in this strange and uncertain phase of our own inherent awakening and possibility.
Schedule for the week of Saturday, July 25 – Friday, July 31:
Last week we were once again directed to stop all IN-studio classes due to COVID-19. We have been experimenting with using the balcony outside the studio. Living in paradise has provided us with beautiful San Diego weather. While the weather has been amazing, we must be flexible and shift our schedule and start times. For now, we will be offering a weekly schedule. Watch your email for this because classes may change weekly.
Join us for a class outdoors if you can. If you are required to shelter in place we are offering virtual classes to support and encourage you through this challenging time.
IMPORTANT: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please use the RB Yoga app, go to RBYoga.com, or use the SIGN UP inks below. Series are not available for purchase, hope you will join us in person or virtually on a drop-in basis and support the studio.
Saturday, July 25:
8:30am Divine Flow with Becky – OUTSIDE
Sunday, July 26:
8:30am Sacred Flow with Jeanne – OUTSIDE
10am Yoga for the Back with Jeanne – ZOOM Only
Monday, July 27:
6pm Hatha/Meditation with Jim – OUTSIDE – email to see if Zoom is available
Tuesday, July 28:
7am Let’s Rise! with Jeanne – OUTSIDE
5:30pm Hatha All Levels with Becky – OUTSIDE – email to see if FaceTime is available
Wednesday, July 29:
8:30am Hatha All with Jeanne – OUTSIDE – email to see if Zoom is available
Thursday, July 30:
8:30am Hatha Lev 1/Yoga for the Back with Becky OUTSIDE – email to see if FaceTime is available
Friday, July 31:
8:30am Hatha All Lev with Becky OUTSIDE – email to see if FaceTime is available
If you are joining us outside, practice physical distancing and masks are required until you are on your mat. Bring water, a face/hand towel, an open heart, and wear sunscreen. Props are not available so please bring your own.
To join us virtually follow these steps:
- Email me and indicate you are registering as a Zoom participant.*
- Download Zoom onto your computer – it is free.
- Sign up for your class online at least 2 hours prior to class.
- Add Jeanne Stone as a “contact” to your mail program/provider. Use Jeanne@RBYoga.com for the email address. This is to avoid emails going to JUNK folders (fingers crossed!)
- I will email you a link.
- You can enter the meeting number in the Zoom App and password or simply click on the link provided in the email, then enter password.
*Please note, Becky uses FaceTime for virtual classes not Zoom
July 1, 2020:
Thank you for taking the time to open this email. When we reopened two weeks ago I wasn’t sure the obstacles we are facing could be managed. As I welcomed students back that first day after three long months – masks on, six or more feet away – we shared tears of joy. With so many lives affected all over the world, racial injustice, people treating each other poorly over and over again – it is all heart breaking. And that is what makes coming together so important. What we do on our mats can support us in our daily lives. In challenging times the practices and teachings of Yoga hold timeless wisdom that we can turn to for support, encouragement and guidance. To come together again, to practice, to turn back to our hearts. It is for those reasons I reopened after being shut down. So many businesses will never get the chance to reopen again, even if just to say goodbye.
For now, we are Yoga practitioners coming together, maintaining physical distance, employing safety measures and feeling closer to each other like never before. As we move into standing poses, facing the big windows, we pause for a humbling moment to witness the mountains holding us in their strength, the magnolia trees and jacaranda trees in the fullness of their bloom beckoning us to silently declare not to take this moment for granted. For every moment, this very moment, is filled with the benevolence of grace. If only we can turn toward this grace and remember it is the very ground of our being.
My heart aches for those of you who must remain home to stay protected from this very real threat. When ordered into lock down 3-4 months ago, people all over the world placed a teddy bear in their window as a symbol of hope. For children (and adults) these bears became a source of joy and encouragement. Inviting us to slow down, to look, and see there is still goodness in the world. In honor of all of you required to isolate through this pandemic, I will keep the teddy bear in my window at home. You are not forgotten, you are loved.
For those able to join us in person:
Schedule Class Changes:
Thursday, 9am with Becky is now Yoga for the Back – SIGN UP –
Sunday, 11:30am with Jeanne is now Yoga for the Back – SIGN UP –
Schedule Class Time Changes:
Monday, Hatha and Meditation with Jim now starts at 6pm – SIGN UP –
Wednesday, Restorative with Jenifer now starts at 6pm – SIGN UP –
People have asked why they can’t buy a series now. We just don’t know what will happen. We may be shut down again. No matter what happens, it has been honor to have shared this time together.
Until we meet again.
With great love,
June 13, 2020:
We will start a phased reopening beginning this Wednesday, June 17. Due to so many unknowns around operating our studio in this new landscape, in our first 30 days of reopening we are starting with a NEW and limited schedule.
This initial phase will offer a limited class schedule that is reserved for existing students, at the moment we can not accept new students.
Pre-registration for all classes online is required.
Reserve your space NOW as many classes are likely to sell out.
Class sizes are limited. Sign up online in advance. If you cancel your registration less than 24 hours in advance, you will be charged for the class. In the past we have allowed you to cancel up to 5 min before class begins, but with class sizes so greatly reduced we have to be firm on a 24 hour cancellation notice. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to adjust through this pandemic.
We have an app you can download for free: search Rancho Bernardo Yoga, LLC at your app store.
If you need assistance please reach out to Info@RBYoga.com
at least 24 hours before the class you wish to take. I will try very hard to get back to you in a timely fashion.
You can pay for a class off your active series or you can purchase a drop in for $17. For now the ability to purchase a series is disabled.
We will not be offering props or mats for the time being, bring your own mat and props.
Arrive early or on time. Latecomers cannot be accommodated, door will be locked at the start of class.
The health and well-being of our community is our priority. We will be implementing the following measures to keep you and our teachers safe:
- All members of the community wear facial coverings anytime you are off your mat.
- Stay home when you’re not feeling well or if you have shown any COVID symptoms or have been in contact with anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID in the last 14-days.
- Maintain social distancing while in the studio.
- Teachers will not be providing hands-on assists or close physical contact.
- We will only be offering one class in the morning and one in the evening initially to provide time for sanitizing between classes.
We’ve missed you and look forward to seeing you soon!
May 4, 2020
Thank you for sharing your stories of love, strength, and resiliency during this crisis. The generosity and kindness extended to me has permanently shifted me, gives me hope, and will always live in my heart.
The word pandemic means “all people” and while we are “all in this together” we are not all experiencing this crisis the same way. The Vatican said beautifully, “we are all in the same storm, but we’re in different boats”.
From working on the front lines, to WFH, to pay cuts, to job/business losses, to inabilities to social distance because of crowded, impoverished living conditions, limited or no access to food, to loss of life. At times I feel overwhelmed from it all. So, I hold it in my heart and I pray to let it burn away my apathy and my ignorance. And I humbly offer any grace or mercy I receive from my practice to our brothers and sisters all over the planet, to all of life – everywhere.
The heat of our practice sifts us, shakes us, it is the curing, the alchemical process through which we strengthen our bodies and clear our minds and open our hearts. We ask ourselves what truly matters? This is the practice of svadhyaya – which in sanskrit means “to take something to one’s heart”. If there is an opportunity in this crisis, maybe it is to remember that which matters most and then to live our life in relationship with those things. Svadhyaya invites us to integrate our experiences with wisdom and discernment, to let what matters become a part of us. This alchemy of the body, mind and heart is capable of revealing to us that which is gold and also that which is lead. Or what is worth holding onto and that which no longer serves a purpose and can be offered up.
Is this crisis inviting you to consider that which is most important? What nourishes you? Empowers you? As resources become more scarce, how will we share the valuable currency of our awareness, our attention? Tell me, what is this crisis teaching you? What is getting sifted out, and what will remain?
Until we can meet IRL.
Love to you all,
April 10, 2020
Love to you all. Love to those working from home, with multiple computer monitors on your dining room table, conducting one virtual meeting after the next. Love and gratitude to those dedicated to being of service, working in essential sectors, including all those of you who came out of retirement to be of service on the front lines. Love to those homeschooling your children. My deep compassion to those who have lost your jobs, who are afraid, who are separated from loved ones, who are sick, or know someone who is sick or worse. I even send Love to the toilet paper hoarders, to the #FilmYourHospital “truthers”. I hold it all in my heart often with tears of joy, compassion and at times, sorrow.
Amidst the moments of fear and certainty, sitting right alongside the stickier thoughts and feelings is a deeper awareness. There is a part of us – no matter what – that never needs to be healed or transformed. Yoga is this recognition. Yoga is a path of self-realization, remembering the truth of who we really are. Self-actualization is our birthright and is independent of our outer circumstances. Now, more than ever the gift of Yoga goes far beyond the flexibility of our hamstrings or fancy arm balances or even trying to reduce the number of sticky thoughts we have.
I know with all my heart that it will be okay even if some “things” are never going to be the same. As Rumi says, “the wound is where the light enters you”. Let’s be kind to ourselves, kind to others. Even when we disappoint each other. Even when we screw up. Even when pretend everything has never been better. It’s perfectly natural to want to stitch up the wound and get on with the next great self improvement project. But there is medicine, there is healing buried in the pain. There is great possibility in the wound. Let’s bring it close, lean into it, and let it teach us. The ways we feel challenged can be an initiation that brings us to a new level of insight and awareness. Let your beautiful heart BREAK open to reveal something even more magnificent. Even the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ moments can become an initiation into something even greater, even more powerful than what came before.
April 2, 2020:
How are you doing?
I hope you are taking care of yourself. I hope you are staying connected to the people that nourish your heart, that you are engaging in the practices that build resources of strength, courage, kindness and love.
Rancho Bernardo Yoga will continue to pause and remain closed for at least the month of April. We miss you and look forward to when we can safely come together again to practice together.
Lori, Terri, Debra, Regina, Theresa, Rebecca, and I do not have any online classes to offer you at the moment. Keep reading if you would like to hear a message from their hearts to yours. These women are truly amazing and I am grateful they have chosen my studio to teach, practice, and share their hearts.
As a studio, we will not be moving our infrastructure online to offer our regular class schedule. However, the following RB Yoga teachers: Becky, Jenifer, and Jim have some free scheduled online offerings listed below. I have had the pleasure to know these three extraordinary people for a decade or more. Without a doubt, without hesitation, I can say the work they do is an offering from the heart, from a grounded, embodied place of love and I hope you find support in practice with them.
Love to you all,
Messages from the Heart:
Lori: Sending love to you all and please know that you are not stuck at home you are safe at home for yourself and your family. You have time for movement and gratitude. Talk to someone who makes you laugh.
Terri: Words seem inadequate, but the love and support I feel for and from the RB Yoga community is strong! I am keeping you all in my loving thoughts and prayers daily. Namaste.
Debra: May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you live with ease. I miss you! Love, Debra
Regina: Through these uncertain and uneasy times please continue to notice your light within and there find peace. From my light to yours, be well, be safe and keep the faith 🙏🏼. We will get through this.
Theresa: Although I may not have talked or texted with all of you through this unfortunate time, please know that I am thinking of all of you and your families and wish you all comfort, health and happiness. Sending you all virtual hugs and can’t wait to see you all at RB yoga soon. Namaste at home and flatten the curve.
Rebecca: We didn’t choose COVID-19. We can choose: when to go for walk or get on our mat, feel our feelings, who we Zoom with, who we call, what we watch, what we eat. Breathe.
March 25, 2020
How are you? Every day I wake up grateful for a new day, grateful to have a home, grateful for my health, grateful for my husband and two very sloppy Newfoundlands that love a world where Mark and I are home all day. I’m grateful my Mom is safe and isn’t sick and has what she needs. Then the names and faces of so many of you that I have met through the years, many that just a couple weeks ago we shared a part of our day, week together. I think of all the people that I have interacted with in class, before the next class begins, or after a class has ended. Which then usually makes me think of your children, your parents, your partners, your sisters and broyour pets, some I have met over the years or at least have heard about from you. I think about your commitment to the things that matter to you, your courage in the tough times, the kindness and gentleness you have extended to me in my tough times.
I hope you are reaching out and creating connections with the networks of people that support you, ground you, and bring you comfort and I hope those ties are strengthening in the face of all this. I hope you are finding inner resources to help you through this time. I hope you are finding you have more capacity and more resiliency than you ever thought possible before all this began. I hope you are still finding time to breathe deeply, to center, to be with your own heart and maybe all those hours, days, months, years on your yoga mat is helping you move and stretch and reach and twist and bend backward and forward and to feel all that is alive and precious within you.
Now more than ever the world needs your light, your strength, your courage, your kindness and your empathy.
Just wanted you to know I was thinking about you.
March 17, 2020:
Rancho Bernardo Yoga is a sanctuary dedicated to service, to the path of love, and our collective awakening. With this mission never more alive in my heart, the best course of action right now is to do everything we can to #flattenthecurve. Effective immediately we will be pausing all in person gatherings until it is appropriate to come together again. I feel this is the right, ethical response to this challenging time.
Now we are invited – together – into our shared humanity, to slow down, go inside, and be present and get curious about our immediate embodied experience. Pause right now, connect with where we are right now. Let’s connect with our breath, the sensations rising in our bodies, connect with our authentic feelings and become aware of this precious, present moment. If there is an opportunity amidst this unprecedented time, maybe it is to meet uncertainty, groundlessness, fear and anxiety with a soft, open, compassionate and kind heart. From that place, let’s respond skillfully and offer a prayer of hope and healing to all people everywhere, all over this planet that they too may find a way to connect with their hearts.
We are in this together.
Reach out to me, let me know how you are doing.
With great love and deep honor,
Rancho Bernardo Yoga
March 13, 2020
Notice to Community last week:
I hope you, your family, and your friends and neighbors are all well during this chaotic time.
The power of community and having a dedicated space to practice and to support each other during stressful times is physically, emotionally and mentally beneficial. In the moments where we find ourselves lost, under a cascading waterfall of thoughts, feeling the ground of our experience giving way under our feet – Yoga invites us to see there is an aliveness in this fragility and it is our divine right to slow down and turn to our senses. It is easy to get lost, to numb out or, on the other end, to identify with our fears. This is the miracle of our minds. But we can also pause and connect to our felt sense awareness, to our somatic awareness. What are we seeing with our eyes, hearing with our ears, what is the precious felt sense awareness in our belly, throat, and chest? It is a sacred game of lost and found, hide and seek.
How we choose to navigate this challenging time is something we all have to decide for ourselves. I am taking several steps. Of course, this is a dynamic situation and as things change this may also change.
What I am doing and encouraging all teachers to do:
- Increasing the frequency and measures of cleaning at the studio.
- Disinfecting all door handles, light switches, keyboards, iPad, etc. before and after class.
- Offering sequences that are not prop dependent.
- Be prudent with hands-on adjustments and instead trying to connect with students with my words, my eyes, and my heart.
What I encourage students to do:
- You are always welcome and encouraged to bring your own mat and props.
- If you choose to use our props: you are encouraged to use the provided disinfectant to wipe down blocks and strap handles before and after use. You can also bring a towel and place it between your face and the mat/bolster.
- To avoid checking in on the iPad at the front desk, use the Rancho Bernardo Yoga, LLC app to register for classes. You can download it free from the Apple and Android app stores.
- If you want classes that provide more social distancing this a great time for you try different classes/teachers.
My intention for opening a Yoga studio 15 years ago remains the same: To be a welcoming and safe haven from life’s greatest challenges and difficulties. To have a place where we can come to slow down, to reconnect, to build our capacity, our resiliency, and to respond skillfully with strength, courage, kindness, empathy and compassion.
For those of you that feel the measures I am implementing do not meet an acceptable level of risk, I am inviting you to practice at home. Let me know how you are doing. Be safe, stay informed, know the facts, but we probably won’t find peace in the news, that can only be sought in our hearts.
We are here for you.
As my beloved Grandmother always said: Take care of yourself and take care of each other.
Love and Respect,
As you know, things are changing rapdidly and we have already started having class cancellations. If you are over 65 whether you are symptomatic or not, or if you chronically ill the Governor has called for you to remain at home.