Cooking classes

From Vika:

Fall is the best season for a food-based cleanse since it helps to nourish the body and get rid of any built-up toxins. To get pleasant and efficient cleanse experience, it is important to know specific and delicious recipes. Having studied Ayurveda and cleansing every fall, I will be teaching an Ayurvedic cooking class, with a “Fall Cleansing” theme, on November 10th from 3-6pm in Cupertino

I will also be teaching an additional class with a focus on Snacks, Desserts, and Breakfast. We will learn how to prepare these using plant based ingredients and make them readily available, even as soon as you finish your Ashtanga practice. This second class will be on December 8th from 3-6pm. 

In both classes, we will prepare several recipes and later taste our creations and talk about the Ayurvedic cleanse, lifestyle or anything that inspires you. 

If you would like to come, please contact Vika at or text her at (408) 203-6866

Halloween Hot Chocolate Gathering

Our introduction to the Halloween tradition was in 2011, when we moved to the US. On that year, one of the families in our neighborhood put together a haunted house, and were giving out hot chocolate. Unfortunately, their kids have also graduated from high school that year, and so this was the last year of that tradition. We were so impressed by their tradition and the community feel that it created, that we still mention their haunted house every year since. This year, we decided to try and replicate at least part of their tradition. Admittedly, a full on haunted house is way beyond our capabilities, but hot chocolate we can do… So if you are trick or treating this year, and especially if you are not – please come by to say hi, have some hot chocolate and marshmallows, and chat.

Our hot chocolate booth will be standing right next to the path to Gunn High School. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday!


David Roche in YiY. Don’t miss it!

Don’t miss the opportunity to practice with one of the most experienced teachers of Ashtanga yoga and movement in general. I promise that you will discover and learn something new about your body and your practice. Be prepared to be pushed but in a very gentle and respectful way.

I hope to see you there!


David Roche at YiY

As many of you know David Roche will be at YiY starting next Friday, October 25th thru Thursday October 31st.

He will be teaching a 3 day workshop, and 5 Morning Mysore sessions. The Mysore sessions will take place on our regular mysore classes times, Sunday, October 27th thru Thursday, October 31st (including Moon Day Monday).

For those of you who would not want to study and practice with David those 5 days, you are welcome to self practice in our small blue room at the same time in the mornings. Although I would highly encourage you to consider :).

To read more and to register please go here. Or talk to Beata, Anne, Philippe or Stu.

And last, but not least, David will be open to private sessions.

Theatre ticket for October 20

We have one ticket available for the Oct 20 Sunday Matinée of TheatreWorks’ “Mark Twain: River of Song”. You would be going with Ken Krechmer and with David Roche. The show starts at 2 PM at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Email if you would like to join Ken and David.

Sutra Discussion Sunday October 13

We’ll be meeting at 10:00-11:30 on Sunday October 13 in the “blue room” at YiY. Bring your translations as usual.

We plan to discuss sutra 2.50, the second sutra about the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga, pranayama:

bahya abhyantara stambha vrittih desha kala sankhyabhih paridrishtah dirgha sukshmah

Pranayama involves the regulation of the exhalation, the inhalation, and the suspension of the breath. The regulation of these three processes is achieved by modulating their length and maintaining this modulation for a period of time, as well as directing the mind into the process. These components of breathing must be both long and uniform. 

 Translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar

You can hear our previous discussion on the first sutra 2.49 at

Eddie Stern Workshop in L.A.

From our yoga cousins at the Los Angeles Yoga Club:

Eddie Stern in LA, October 18-20
– Friday Puja & Lecture 7:00-9:00pm
– Saturday Mysore Practice 7:00-9:00am
– Saturday Lecture 10:30am-12:30pm
– Sunday Led Primary 8:00-9:30am
– Sunday Lecture 10:30am-12:30pm

We’re selling single day tickets, as well as full-weekend passes – use code “LAashtangis” for 15% off. 

Register at:

Friday Discussion: Why is Pranayama hard?

Even though pranayama is “just” sitting and breathing, for 10-20 minutes, it often seems difficult to do compared to a 1.5 hour asana practice.

Merav had a theory as to why that is – asana, similar to exercise, releases dopamine which makes us feel good naturally. There is no such beneficial feedback loop with pranayama practice – in fact part of it is feeling uncomfortable with breath retention. That sounds as if it could be part of the answer.