As I approach my 75th birthday, Ruby and I have decided to shift yoga gears. Things have happened very quickly. Just before Christmas, we sold NuLife Yoga to NaMalay Yoga (formerly Live Lotus Yoga). While we are very pleased with the well being of yoga we have brought to our community over the last 11 years, it is with sadness when we realize that we will be saying good bye (at least for now) to many of our students, instructors and yoga friends that we have grown to love.
Here are a few details:
We want to thank you all in helping us build our yoga community, and wish you all the best. It has been wonderful to meet you all and to help you advance on your goal of well being with yoga.
Namaste…..Ruby and Doug
For new students or those looking for a slower paced hatha - vinyasa practice. Instructor gives modifications. Long warm up, followed by a mix of holding poses (hatha) and poses coordinated with breathing (vinyasa). Variations:
The room is heated between 80-90 degrees. Warmth aids the body in releasing harmful toxins, speeds up the metabolism and allows space for a deeper stretch. Suggestion - bring water and hand/face towel.
Join us in this peaceful and relaxing restorative yoga practice that will help you sleep and feel better. This gentle practice, along with guided meditation, is designed to help you calm your nervous system, relax your mind and restore your body to optimal health and well-being. Breath. Rest. Restore.
Therapeutic yoga is a gentle approach that can be used to create space in areas that are compressed, relieve tight muscles and help induce the relaxation response when restorative postures are incorporated. We utilize isometric, resistive stretching, restorative yoga techniques as well as targeted muscle activation and contraction to help the body achieve deep muscle lengthening and joint stabilization in a safe manner. Attention is paid to working around and with common injury and sensitivities such as neck, back, shoulder, hip and knee pain. Participants of all levels and abilities will find this class comfortable and beneficial. Folks who identify themselves as “not flexible,” those with longstanding but “healed” injuries or limitations in movement as well as endurance athletes such as triathletes will find this class especially beneficial.
Poses are mindfully linked together with attention to breathing and alignment in a flow oriented class. Variations:
Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind.
Includes core muscle targeting for building balanced, integrated overall strength.
Free Parking: in front and behind the building. Dana Ave and Martin Ave - street parking.
Ready to join NuLifeYoga? Have a question or an idea to share? That's great! Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
Ruby is an exercise and nutritional expert who has been active in Physical Fitness for more than 30 years. Her fitness history includes marathon running and owning a health spa in New Mexico where she grew up.
After years of daily two hour weight training and aerobic workouts, she realized she needed to incorporate yoga into her life for balance, strength, and flexibility.
Now, yoga has become part of her life. Ruby has leveraged a Masters Degree in Education consisting of 15 years of high school and college level teaching experience, yoga classes, in Kerala, India and classes from yoga masters like Rodney Yee, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, and Richard Freeman to become an exceptional Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. She founded NuLife Yoga with her husband in 2009.
Her physical conditioning is nothing short of incredible. She awakes at 4 AM. for a daily workout that includes two hours of weight and aerobics training as well as one hour of yoga practice.
Ruby's passion for fitness and her teaching skills have been an inspiration to many.
Yoga is medicine to me: massaging my internal organs as well as my mental and physical state. My approach to teaching is to give students the ability to work at their own level and be comfortable with it. I have a passion to teach those who want to incorporate yoga into their lives.
Ruby is currently teaching Power Vinyasa and Basic/Gentle Yoga on Mondays and Saturdays at NuLife.
Doug is a former high tech VP who decided to expand his life. He turned to yoga to help navigate toward more fullness of life. Many years of yoga practice later, including training in Kerala, India, he became a certified yoga instructor.
His classes are tuned to the needs of the high-performance lifestyles here in the Bay Area.
In addition to a challenging workout, he shows how yoga shifts your life's balance toward a more centered position, balancing the body, the mind and the spirit. Doug explains from personal experience, “There are many paths to eternity – as many as all of us. My path has been enriched by yoga.
It helps me balance my mind, body and spiritual dimensions, and to extend that intelligent cooperation to everyone and everything. Yoga has led me to believe that the richness of our journey is paced by our ability to cooperate intelligently, both internally within our own dimensions and externally with everyone and everything.”
It is a thrill to have my life come together in this way, and to share it all with my wife.
Finally, Doug and Ruby have worked with the San Jose Unified High School District to introduce yoga as a calming and focusing influence at troubled schools.
John has made exercise and healthy living a part of his life since the mid 1970s. He understands you can only perform well in life when you take care of yourself.
John's philosophy encompasses the entire you; body, mind, and spirit. This includes a smart diet and diverse activity. He has participated in various activities over the years such as running, rock climbing, cardio, swimming, meditation, weight lifting, yoga, and hiking. John incorporated yoga into his life in 2003 when he realized how many benefits there were from the practice. John received his RYT 200 hour certification from Yoga Works and has participated in other teacher training through Yoga Fit, Yoga Journal Conferences and various workshops. He is always looking for new places and ways to learn.
He enjoys expanding his horizons by taking classes and exposing himself to new experiences as well. Another part of John’s life is his dedication to helping people. He volunteers in many areas and has always loved teaching and helping others accomplish their goals.
Jared’s journey began in high school when he stumbled into meditation. Something clicked once he started practicing. Throughout college Jared befriended a zen priest, started an on-campus zen a meditation club, sat silent retreats, and lived in various monasteries. After completing his degree in economics and contemplating a research career, Jared switched life directions and moved to Tassajara - a zen mountain monastery off the California coast. Gaining exposure to yoga while living in the mountains, Jared took a liking to the ancient practice.
I strongly feel that what's taught on the mat is applicable to life off the mat. Personal transformation is possible - we can become significantly happier because we all have tremendous untapped resources lying within us. I want you to empower yourself. My goal as a teacher is to clarify how you can tap into a higher potential of life - by present moment mindfulness and slowly re-wiring your habits and attitudes through training and practice - and also help provide the motivation to do so.
Yoga came to Hsiao Lin’s life in 2010 when she was seeking ways to relieve stress and to balance her life and work. Through regular yoga practice over the years, she found herself not only growing stronger physically, but also becoming more spiritually enlightened. In 2012, she brought her yoga journey to the next level. She completed 200-Hour Hatha-Vinyasa certification with Noell Clark and Angie Poon at Just Breath Yoga Rivermark. Her classes focus on the fundamental principles of alignment, grounding, energy and self awareness. Hsiao-Lin is very excited to share her love of yoga, her transformation from yoga, and her enthusiasm about yoga with her classes. Come experience the joy of yoga with a mindful practice that will leave you energized and relaxed.
Tara turned to yoga to relieve stress while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. However, the static poses she learned from flashcards weren't put together in a Vinyasa flow until she returned home. It was during her pregnancy with her son that she finally made a deeper connection with yoga and all the positive benefits it brought her mind and body.
Tara completed her 200 hour teacher training in Hatha-Vinyasa in June 2013, under the instruction of Angie Poon and Noell Clark. She loves that yoga is a lifelong journey and that through mindfulness of breath and its connection with asana a person can become more aware of who they truly are. She encourages students to smile, breathe deeply, play with new poses, and leave class with a positive outlook on life.
Sima completed her 200 hour Hatha-Vinyasa teacher training.
Serving as a guide to connect prana, movement and self-realization. Awakening and cultivating awareness with nurturing guidance, holding space for all to peel away the layers of build up, find clarity, and embrace all emotions on and off the mat. Riding the waves of this path to create space for the new and leave behind what is no longer serving us.
Heidi BK Sloss, RYT500, teaches yoga and meditation in private, studio and corporate settings. She created and runs the Aging With Equanimity™ community that offers online discussions and in-person yoga experiences for women over 50. Heidi combines 30+ years of spiritual practice and exploration with the moving meditation of yoga, guiding her students to focus the mind, relax the body, connect the spirit and open the heart in a safe environment.
Additionally she is a certified with additional training in Yoga for Healthy Aging, Restorative Yoga and Accessible Yoga. https://www.heidisloss.com/
My journey into Yoga began in 2006 when I observed a yoga class through a glass door at my local gym. I was curious so, I decided to try out the next class. What started out as just a class to stretch, turned into something I would fall in love with! I realized I felt great physically, emotionally, and spiritually, even though I was unable to do many of the poses. It felt like I finally found an outlet to compliment my stressful life as an Engineer.
During my search to find a regular teacher, I met Kenny Graham and I fell in love with Anusara Yoga. I learned tools while practicing this style that helped me to heal personally, and address many life changing events I was facing. Since then, I have completed classes and workshops with many experienced teachers like Sianna Sherman, Samantha Shakti Brown, Desiree Rumbaugh, Stacey Rosenberg, and Daniella Cotreau (just to name a few).
After I realized how Yoga has transformed me, I felt a calling to share this beautiful practice, so I started on a journey to get my certification to teach. I wanted to bring Yoga into the lives of others, so hopefully others could benefit as I have. I completed 100 hours of Immersion with Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown. Also, I completed 100 hours of Teacher Training with Abby Tucker in Berkeley. My reward as an instructor is watching the student's faces light up after every class. With 5+ years of teaching experience in a group setting, my classes are catered to all levels of students. My goal is to create a very heart-oriented, alignment based, safe, fun and playful environment for my students to practice.
Rajesh started his yoga journey by practicing with Ruby Lyons. This is where he learned the right foundation and true meaning of yoga. He was then inspired to completing his 200 Hours yoga teachers training certification at Just Breathe Yoga Studio with Angie Poon in 2016. Forever a student, he likes to grow in his own practice as a teacher, and he always strives to evolve and bring new insights to his classes. He likes to focus on breathing and aims to achieve the delicate balance between effort and ease. Through his daily practice he wishes to become the best authentic version of himself and discover the true essence of yoga and the Self.
In his experience yoga is for everyone and that regardless of your current abilities, yoga will change your life.
He currently enjoys practicing Ashtanga Yoga regularly at Breathe Together yoga studio with Mojdeh Zahiraleslamzadeh, she has a profound influence on his learning...
Sway’s first memory of yoga was with her mother, wearing a spandex leotard, and putting her head behind her legs in uttanasana. Although she grew up in her mother’s yoga studio, Sway did not gravitate to practicing yoga until 2014, when she decided that her focus would be to increase her mobility and allow it to supplement her active lifestyle.
Through her yoga practice, Sway not only achieved her goal of increasing her range of motion, but more importantly, she became a better mother and had more patience while attending to daily activities - dishes, anyone?
Sway completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2017 and is currently enrolled in a 300-hour program with Jennifer Prugh’s School of Joy.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
As a recovering addict and someone who battled with chronic depression; Sway found healing in yoga and indigenous education. The meditative mind and movements of yoga continue to help her to be present; learning from nature’s speech and rituals allowed her to take up membership in the universe and find her belonging. Sway wishes to use her skills and experiences to help others to find a more peaceful and fulfilled life; a continuous state of well being.
When Sway is not teaching yoga, she enjoys reading, gardening and backpacking in the wilderness. Sway dedicates her time to cooking and developing recipes for her company, Soturi Kitchen. She strives to not only help her clients move well, but to eat well too so that they can experience a quality life and enjoy the things they love.
Sway is also a NASM certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and herbalist in training. She is a student of Marti Spiegelman’s Shaman’s Light™ Training Program, which focuses on applying indigenous technologies of consciousness in modern business and community building.
Come say hi at 9:15am on Tuesday mornings!
Emily Ashley is both a yogi and a law student. She began her practice in Charleston, SC in 2012 and fell in love with the peace she found through yoga. She completed her 200-RYT in Asheville, NC in 2014 and has taught in the Carolinas and in Austin, TX. She has taught yoga in studios, schools, and corporate offices and has taught a variety of specialty classes including goat yoga, silent disco yoga, and yoga at music festivals. Emily believes there's something in yoga for everyone, so her classes emphasize the importance of "personalizing your practice." If she's not practicing yoga or studying law, you can find her hiking with her dog.
My yoga journey began with my commitment to senior students. I am currently certified in senior fitness, pilates, TaiChi, chair yoga, and TRX (Total Resistance Exercise). In addition, I work privately with special populations: people with joint and muscle issues.
After receiving my chair yoga certification, I felt I did not know enough about yoga to keep my clients safe. Committed to improving in this area, I obtained my 200 hour yoga certification in 2015.
Presently, I have continued my yoga journey as a JOY student, practitioner and instructor at Breathe Together Yoga (BTY) and my completed 300 hours in May, 2018.
I recently accepted at position at NuLife Yoga Studio and am looking forward to continuing my education with my main focus on encouraging individuals to listen to their bodies and achieve their personal health goals while exercising.
We will concentrate on promoting good posture and joint alignment in order to eliminate underlying dysfunctions and inefficient movement patterns that can cause chronic pain and other challenges that keep us from enjoying life to its fullest. Together, we will be better able to live with purpose, on purpose! Combining Yin and Hatha Yoga.
TaiChi and, Qigong, I can be found smiling and encouraging individuals to learn from life’s experiences so that we can work to ensure proper alignment and body awareness on and off the mat. To find out more about me, please visit my website: rozfitness.com