Yin Yoga at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge

I’m excited to announce my Yin Yoga class at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge starting Monday, April 9th from 10:30-11:30am.  Register directly with the Community Center at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge

So, what is Yin Yoga?  In Yin Yoga postures are more passive asanas, mainly done on the floor with props. Props are mainly used in Yin Yoga to support your body in the postures. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone.  It is not uncommon to see postures held for 3-7 minutes. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation. Accessing the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia, many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine).  Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. Connective tissue is different from muscle and needs to be exercised mindfully and differently.  Yin is a gentle and effective practice that help to relieve stiffening and restrictions in the body. When we have restriction in our bodies, our fascia becomes dehydrated, stiff, weak, and stuck. Along with hydration and other healthy lifestyle choices, yoga (especially slow yoga like Yin) can change our connective tissue.  Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels: Beginner to Advanced 


Before taking up yoga practice you should seek advice from a doctor and discuss the suitability of these practices for your personal health. We do not offer medical advice. Please get advice from your physician if you are pregnant prior to practicing.  It may not be advised to practice Yin Yoga after the first trimester. Those suffering from high/low blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, vertigo, nervous disorders, heart conditions, back, neck and hip conditions and other chronic conditions or disabilities should always consult a doctor before taking up the practice of yoga and other exercises mentioned in this site. This site may not be tailored to match your physical and mental health. We accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of this website.


Yoga Sama Series III

Spring is about new opportunities!  Join me for my Yoga Sama Series III Program, starting on Monday April 9th from 9:15-10:15am at the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge.  This program is great for folks new to yoga or anyone looking to practice with a small group.  YSS III, is for 4 weeks (meeting on Mondays at 9:15am) and you can register directly with me at the studio or online.  There are only a few slots since, the class size is limited, so register today!

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Register online: Sign Up Here 

Mindful Children’s Yoga, Spring I

It’s that time again!  Mindful Children’s Yoga at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge starts back on Monday, April 9th.  Yoga and Mindfulness lessons for children ages 9-12.  We have a great time and create great connections!  Join us!  Register at:  www.cclcf.org


Thinking about all that has been happening lately, it’s always a good reminder to keep “peace” the main goal each day.  Upon rising, if we keep peaceful thoughts and if we use peaceful words when communicating we can start to create peace within.  Taking time out of our day to breathe; looking up at the sky and seeing the beauty we receive everyday just by looking up.  It’s peaceful , it’s free and it’s a gift.  Share peace with others, by starting to be the peace within.  Share this with your children for they deserve peace. They will be the peacemakers of our future.                                                               -Rachel


Yoga Sama Series at CCLCF


I’m excited about my new yoga series: Yoga Sama Series at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge!

Now is the perfect time to start a yoga practice.  Start fresh in 2018, with the gift to yourself.   Believe me,  your body and mind will thank you!

Join me on Mondays, starting January 8th from 9:15 am- 10:15 am (60 minute class).   To register or for more information:  Yoga Sama Series for Adults

Mindful Children’s Yoga at CCLCF

Mindful Children’s Yoga at CCLCF, Session I was a hit with the kids.  I really enjoyed spending our time together and getting to know all the young yogis.  Children connect with each other, learn about mindfulness, their breath, yoga postures and have fun.

Join us for Fall Session II, starting on October 18, 2017.  Enroll at The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge:   http://www.cclcf.org

School Year 2016-2017

It was such a privilege to work in a local public elementary school this year with my pilot program, Introduction to Mindfulness in the Classroom, 6 week program.  I worked with 6 classes for 6 weeks ranging from Kindergarten to 4th Grade, over 160 students- I just loved working with them!  The program was well received and liked by many children and teachers.

I look forward to my upcoming programs this fall.  I hope everyone is enjoying their well deserved summer!

Here are some of the reviews from teachers:

Mrs. Gonzalez models a calm, peaceful demeanor that makes anyone want to know how she achieves that state of being!”     M.V.-teacher/Glendale, CA

This program gave me a new language to use with my students.  I remind them to be mindful as they walk, line up, and make decisions about their actions.  The breathing techniques are helpful for all of us.  Thank you for bringing this to our school.”     S.M.- teacher/Glendale, CA

This program was beautifully facilitated by Mrs. Gonzalez.  Students were completely engaged“.   C.K.- teacher/Glendale,CA

Rachel- it was quite a gift you shared with my 1st grade class and me.  I loved your calm, kind, gentle instruction.”   N.W.- teacher/Glendale, CA

Here are some of the reviews from students:

I feel like HAPPY”   Kindergarten student/Glendale, CA

I like mindfulness seeing.”   Kindergarten student/Glendale, CA

With the boat…calm me down.”  (anchor breathing)   Kindergarten student/Glendale, CA

Comfortable, safe, calm, happy, good.”   1st grader/Glendale, CA

It made me feel happy. My favorite thing is sitting straight and tall.”   1st grader/Glendale, CA

My favorite thing is the mindful breathing.”  2nd grader/Glendale, CA

It felt peaceful and it felt like I was walking on the cloud.” (mindful walking)  2nd grader/Glendale, CA

I liked mindful seeing.  I never noticed all those colors.”  3rd grader/Glendale, CA

I learned that mindfulness can make me calm.  It helps me to stay happy.   3rd grader/Glendale, CA

Doing mindfulness breathing was so calm and relaxing so, I liked it.”   3rd grader/Glendale, CA