Yoga for Everyone: A Beginners Guide

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photo-1465982550686-d37d97e28e88It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses. Yoga is for everyone. Read more at

By Kelly Couturier

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If you still haven’t tried the newest teachers on our schedule, there has never been a better time to get your yoga on! You know them as the energetic people who make every YOLA experience amazing, but there is a lot that you may not know about your favorite instructors.

YOLA seeks to bring more Vinyasa classes with elements of strength and balance with inspiring music for a personal, fun and unique experience. And, if you’re a YOLA regular, you’ve probably sweated alongside Jos, done a whole body workout with Aedra, explored new limits with Jufen and wondered how Ariana still manages to smile after a 6am class.

Join him Sunday mornings at 8:30am

Two of my favorite short books: The old man and the sea, and Siddartha.
Favorite hobbies: I love riding bicycles of any kind.
Inspiration: My daughter
Favorite quote to live by: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, John F Kennedy
Favorite thing about yoga: The community and the people you meet.

Join her Friday mornings at 9:15am

Book: Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio
Hobbies: cooking, rock climbing, reading, hiking.
Inspiration: My mom. She is the kindest, most giving and patient person I know.
Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Emerson
Favorite thing about yoga: Time to reflect on what’s happening mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in my body. And of course Shavasana!

Join her every Friday at 10:30am

Favorite book: Dragon Song by Anne McCaffrey
Favorite hobbies: Cooking, playing piano and traveling
Inspiration: People I meet everyday
Favorite quote to live by: Know Thyself
Favorite thing about yoga: You never know what you’ll discover about yourself

Join her Monday mornings at 6:30am, Tuesday mornings at 6am + 7:30am, and every Thursday at 12:30pm

Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite hobbies: Sailing, fishing, singing, bowling, archery, fencing, reading, throwing knives
Favorite quote to live by: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” -Muhammad Ali
Favorite thing about yoga: Hmm..that’s a hard one! I have to say that I am in love with yoga, it has been the longest love in my life. For me, I love the awareness it cultivates and the harmonizing of mind, body and spirit. I love that it bleeds into all aspects of life and how it emphasizes being the best you can be in each moment.”

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YOLA Summer Splash Challenge

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We ♥ Yoga at Yoga of Los Altos! Our Summer Splash Challenge will make your Californian summer even more exciting! We have a fun challenge for you, play the BINGO game with us to stand a chance to win big! It’s going to be fun so let’s get started playing BINGO!

How do I get started?
Grab your BINGO card (below) from the Front Desk. Each card has a variety of yoga related challenges (tasks) for you to choose from. You can choose to do them in any order. After you complete a task, please ask the YoLa Front Desk to stamp the appropriate box on your card. Two stamps per day limit + one bonus-task stamp per week. The goal is to complete the entire BINGO card (25 Tasks) for a chance to win. The first 3 students to complete the entire BINGO card will win a main prize. Everyone who participates and completes the challenge by August 15th will get entered into the raffle for a chance to win “one month unlimited” yoga at Yoga of Los Altos. In addition, every week we have a Bonus raffle for another chance to win.

What are the rules?
– Complete a task and get a stamp from our Front Desk staff. Complete your BINGO card to win. 2 stamps per day limit and 1 bonus stamp per week limit.
– Tasks with a #yolasplash, check-in with Instagram, Facebook.

What can I win?
– First 3 students to complete ALL 25 tasks on the BINGO card wins a 10-class pass, valued at $150 USD.
– One winner per week from our bonus raffle for a 5-class pass, valued at $80 USD.
– Everyone who participates and completes the challenge by August 15th will get entered in our raffle for a chance to win “one month unlimited” yoga at Yoga of Los Altos, valued at “Priceless”.


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Open Your Hips in Yin Yoga Frog Pose with Janya Wongsopa

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In Yin Yoga, you hold the positions for a longer period of time about 5-10 minutes, unlike its counterpart–yang–like Ashtanga, you’re more fluid coming in and out of the poses.

This video takes us through a relaxing Yin pose called Frog, a gentle hip opener to release the fascia in the hip flexors.

For more tips from Janya, come join her Restorative @4:00pm and Yin/Yang Yoga @5:30pm every Friday. Enjoy!

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