Holiday Meeting

Char’s Home welcomes you

Dear members,

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday 10:00a.m.-12:30 Thus far we have the following dishes from members attending:

Audrey is bringing Boba ghanoush

Debbie is bringing a gluten free appetizer

Jan Chaney is bringing Vegan black bean and sweet potato chili

Jan Chekirda is bringing a apple pie

Patti is bringing Trader Joe’s almonds covered in dark chocolate, sea salt & turbinado sugar.  And 2) Trader Joe’s mini meringues’ with peppermint.

Doris is bringing one of these:

1. Tomato Mince Pie                             2. Upside Down Pumpkin Pie                             3. Mixed Grain Salad

Lynn C is bringing tuna salad and crackers

Sherry S is bringing a salad

I think that is all I have heard from to date. I will try to keep this up to date if I hear anything further. I know there are a few more coming that I have yet to hear if they are bringing something.

It all sounds so yummy!!


December Meeting on the 7th

Hello fellow members. Just wanted to put a invite out there for all members of YAGD to attend our holiday gathering at my house in Farmington Hills on Dec. 7th. Arrive at 10, we’ll have a short meeting, hand out rewards, and then enjoy the wonderful dishes you bring to share with all. In the past we have had a gift exchange where by if you bring a gift…you take one home…No pressure, strictly on a volunteer basis. I think we have set a limit of $20 on the cost of the gift. This is our time to hand out awards to those members who have made extra effort to support our organization and say farewell to the outgoing board members. ( Of course, as you may know some of us just keep coming back..hahah). Looking forward to seeing you! Char

Betsy Bertolino

Founding Member;

News from Betsy Bertolino, who some of you may remember—she is one of our founding members and taught many of us before she and her husband, Carl moved to Florida, quite a few years ago.   We’ve just learned that Carl had a severe stroke, and died 6 days later, in December.  He was 94, and she is now 91.  They had planned to move to our upper peninsula, where one of their daughters and son-in-law live.  So with the help of her children and some good friends, Betsy is now back in Michigan.  She is “in a Senior Center on a small mountain overlooking the towns of Houghton and Hancock.  There is a river and lift bridge that connects the two towns and it is very beautiful and historic and scenic up here – I also look at ski slopes across the river!  …  I moved up in March, but it has taken me quite a while to really get here and be here – focused and grounded.  Susan and Brian are retired now & live in Baraga, a few miles away and I see them often.”  

“I feel so honored to be a Lifetime member of YAGD, and I am so happy that it is still thriving.  You and all the others who keep the organization going are doing a fantastic job.  Love & blessings to You and All.  Namaste’,   Betsy

Betsy’s new address will be posted in our soon to be updated member listing.

Yoga at the DIA with Chris Briney

Pat Halloran and I attended Chris’s class in the Reviera Court at the DIA on Saturday the 13th. What a great experience. Chris did a great job and the impact of the art all around us was so inspiring!! Here are a couple pictures…

Member Pat Halloran is second from left, Chris Briney is to the right of the screen.

Great turnout for our June Picnic!!

Thanks to all that took the time to join me at my house Sunday the 9th. We managed to have a fun and informative yoga practice, with each participant providing a pose….Always nice to see how someone else presents a pose and to discover new ones for consideration. The food was great and abundant. It’s so nice to meet members we don’t often see and have time to simply chat with others.

I wish I had remembered to get a picture of everyone!! Darn..Did anybody take a picture?? If so please share with me and I will post it here.

Char Pres.

June 9th Picnic

Looking forward to GOOD WEATHER (hopefully) and seeing everyone at my house on Sunday. As you know we are doing a pot luck. As promised, I will post here what foods I’ve been made aware of that are coming so you can better decide what to bring. I will provide coffee, tea,water, plates, paper cups and such along with a dip or two.

Kitchari ( a main dish) Ann

Bean Salad -Doris


Cinnamon Butter Cake-Audrey

Salad -Suann

Gluten Free Lemon Sqrs Jennie

Small Sandwiches-Karen

Pasta Salad- Sara

Blueberry lemon pound cake- Lynda

Veggie lasagna -Jan

Spring Yoga Day Success!

WOW we had the best yoga day turnout in a long while and I just want to thank all of those who attended and helped out. It was a fun filled day of meditation, laughter yoga, Iyenger yoga, alignment, chair, playfulness, and more.

We also want to welcome Mary Deroo, Marla Horwitz, Stephanie Nagy and Peggy Darnell as new members who joined us Saturday. We will have their info out in Tapas shortly. Below is a photo from last years SYD just for fun!!

Introducing Chela Yoga


Marlo Ziegler E-RYT200, RCYT began teaching Yoga after completing her RYT200 at YogaChi, Birmingham in 2003 after falling in love with the her first “real” Yoga class in 2001

Marlo, Owner and Founder of Chela Yoga LLC opened its doors in 2012.

Chela Yoga Studio is a Yoga Alliance Accredited School (RYS200) since 2011. Marlo’s original RYT200 certification was in Ashtanga/Vinyasa which she taught and practiced regularly up until a few years ago when her own practiced shifted due to multiple injuries. Her teaching style has since  changed to a more restorative and adaptable Hatha practice focused on personal alignment and “Feel Good” movement.

We are known to most as a community with like minded teachers working on the healing art of Yoga. Meditation, and Pranayama work are the forefront of the classes led at Chela Yoga, where a variety of classes are taught. From Slow Flow Vinyasa, Gentle Hatha, Yin, and Restorative, all classes are design with the students needs in mind and are adapted accordingly in an all inclusive and welcoming setting.

Our Chela Family, students and teachers put a lot of focus into its charitable events, from Adopting a road in Waterford just down the street from its Highland location, to its Community Garden located at Hess Hathaway in Waterford feeding the community through Open Door, to its countless event raising money and goods for such non-profit organizations such as Common Ground (Pontiac), Care House of Oakland County (Pontiac), Affirmations (Ferndale), Detroit Zen Center (Hamtramck) and many more.

Chela Yoga also has a small rental space for local Healers, and Massage therapist to use complete with its own waiting room,salt lamps, a calming atmosphere and a massage table. In the front lobby located in the rear of the building, we have a small retail section housing local hand crafted items from local small businesses, including handmade soaps and beauty products from Ma Belle Lune to Yoga books, mats, towels, blocks, and our very own Chela swag. 

To find out more about Chela Yoga, visit their website:

Update on Khaya’s Husband Ed

New information from member Khaya Davidson. Ed was scheduled for surgery to today but it has been delayed til Friday. He is having some lung capacity trouble and the doctors want him to be as healthy as possible. I’m sure they would appreciate your cards and prayers.