Our Hearts go out to Jan Chekirda

It is with much sadness we are advised that Jan’s mother passed away last week.  Jan has indicated they don’t want  a memorial donation for Mom..just loving thoughts and a quick prayer for the family.  A private family service is being held today Monday,Oct 22nd. We send Jan a big hug and our loving thoughts.  I’m sure, in this day of electronics, she would find a call or hand signed card most comforting.  Char

Fall Yoga Day is HERE!

Dear Friends,

We are hosting our 10th annual fall yoga day this year with the Birmingham Community House. Please think about joining us for part of the day or the whole thing.  All levels of experience are welcome.  You can find more info on our home page or under Events on our website. There will be gently used books available for a donation. YAGD merchandise and good company!

Hope to see you there. If you need a ride or have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email me at  248-535-3101.

Fall Yoga Day Flyers are available

Hello friends,

We have a large supply of flyers printed for the Fall Yoga Day Event on October 21st.  Lynn Cottrill has them and would be happy to send you some if you contact her.  Lynn’s email is  Please disperse them to your students and post publicly where you can in your area.


King Regards


Sad News for Christine Walbridge

Marietherese Walbridge

Christine Walbridge’s mother, Marietherese Walbridge, died on September 13, 2018.

For the last 9 months Marietherese had been sick and Christine was a primary caregiver.  Christine was able to keep teaching her yoga classes and said her yoga has gotten her through.

Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, September 29, 11am at Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church.Christ, Our Light! is located at 3077 Glouchester, Troy (off of Coolidge south of 16 Mile).

Condolences can be sent to Christine Walbridge, 2026 Martin, Ferndale, MI  48220.

Meeting notes from Sunday @ Mercy Center

We had a really nice turnout for yesterdays meeting.  Thanks to all for joining us.  We have two new members join us.  Suann Darmody and Susan Melendy, both of which will be great assets to the organization.  Jan Chekirda joined us as recording secretary and is looking and feeling much better.  April Smith took us through asana practice…very nice job. We have a lot of events going on in September and October. I encourage you to join us where you can.  Check out our Events and Workshops pages as well as our Membership events.. Ann French’s offer of FREE Reiki training is a real value and is only a one day event.   Thats it for now. Char


Back from Vacation for the moment

Well I’m back form camping in the northern reaches of Ontario, Canada….what a beautiful area..

I just wanted members and friends to keep an eye out for all the activities we have in store for the next few months …check our website and look for e-blasts.  Remember our meeting in September is on a Sunday, starts at 12:00, and is at a different location so as to allow our members who teach on Saturday a chance to join us in asana practice and  more intimate discussion of what is going on in our organization. Hope to see you there.  Check out under MEMBERSHIP>MEETINGS on the website for more info.  Char V

Ann French is offering Free yoga therapy sessions MEMBERS ONLY

Hi all, I hope you are having a wonderful summer and enjoying the additional freedom of movement that warm weather offers to our joints and bodies through our yoga practices.

I wanted to pass onto you a offer from member Ann French,who is in the process of completing a yoga therapy internship.

Ann is offering a free therapy sessions which will consist of guided meditations’ few yoga postures and related actions. Minimum of 3 or 4 sessions is usually needed to see any results.

Yoga therapy is not a yoga class, but is a form of alternative or complementary medicine and is about giving the individual tools to heal themselves. Healing is not only at the physical level, but also emotional, mental, and spiritual.  She will give you some suggestions based on what she finds, but for it to work, the individual will need to do what she suggests.

She has had training specifically for trauma and anxiety, as well as general training in yoga therapy.  TO SET UP YOUR FREE APPOINTMENTS CONTACT ANN AT;

For more information on yoga therapy, please go to


Breath and Bones Workshop was a big success

Saturday was Kathy Schaefer’s Breath and Bones workshop at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills.  The  gloomy day was perfect for huddling inside and learning something new form one of our local YAGD teachers, hooking up with like minded people, learning more about our bones and breath to share with our students. It was definately an experiential approach to learning, which allows us to experience a move in our body first so we can then take it to the classroom.  Thanks Kathy!




Photo Shoot for YAGD

Well we did it!! on July 1st 5 of us got together with Randy Cardona, our professional photographer.  We met at Belle Isle’s Scott fountain and began our adventure to take as many photo’s at Detroit landmarks as the day and time would permit.  We had a great time, even with the 90+ degree weather and a strong wind.  My thanks to volunteers, Vince Spadacini, Diane  Kinaschuk,Sharon Holcomb and Jennie Kurth. Randy has been excellent to work with and  very responsive to our needs and requests.  My plan is to use the photos on our website and for future advertising for YAGD.  Below are a few of the photo’s taken.