Holiday Party Dec 2nd at St Davids in Southfield

As promised here is the current listing of who’s bringing what to our gathering.

Patti N. Deviled Eggs

Sophia B Hummus & Pita Bread

Sharon H Gluten Free Meringue Cookies

Usha S Lentin Soup

Char V Cheese and crackers

Jennifer R. Tabouli

Doris S Upside-down pumpkin pie

Valerie Mixed Bean Salad

Ruth B Gala Apples to slice and chunky peanut butter

Audrey P Vegetarian stuffed grape leaves

Retreat 2023

Weather was brutal with Gail force winds and rain but that didn’t stop us from having a great time with our fellow yogi’s.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our 2023 retreat.  Thank you, too, to the 2023 YAGD Retreat Committee:  Sharon Holcomb, Valerie Byrd, Jennie Kurth, Patti Nevin, Laura Lermon, and Jan Chekirda, for a wonderful retreat weekend. We were so sad that Sharon, our inimitable Retreat Chairperson, wasn’t able to attend, due to Covid.  But thanks to her amazing organizational skills, we were able to smoothly continue.  

I’d also like to thank everyone who led a class:  Patti Nevin, Jennie Kurth, Valerie Byrd, Charles Baber, Dan Roney, Ken Aubuchon, and to Laura Lerman, who provided massage services.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate – Friday and Saturday had lots of rain, strong winds, cold temperatures, and high waves – whitecaps as far as you could see out in the lake.  Sunday was better.  A few hardy members even walked the beach despite all that!  

Our retreat meals were very good, as always.  Saturday began with omelets made to order among other breakfast goodies.  Saturday’s soup and salad lunch ended with an ice cream bar.  Saturday dinner was a first – a pasta bar, again made to order for each member. Sunday breakfast  included eggs cooked per member request.  Speaking of meals, thank you to Patti Nevin for organizing our Cadillac House dinner on Friday and the Freighters meal on Sunday.

For YAGD members who have not yet attended the retreat, or for those who haven’t been there in years, please save September 27 – 29, 2024, which is when our next retreat is scheduled.  It’s always a wonderful weekend.  And there’s nothing better than sleeping next to a Great Lake – unless it’s doing yoga next to a Great Lake!

For your YAGD retreat committee (Jan Chekirda, Patti Nevin, Jennie Kurth, Valerie Byrd, Laura Lerman, and Sharon Holcomb), Jan

Monthly meeting July 9th Mala Bead Workshop

We had such fun at our monthly meeting yesterday making Mala beads with member Shawn Archer. We are planing to do it again in the near future!!

Our June Picnic at Heritage Park

We had beautiful weather and a small showing of members. I supplemented the group by bringing my two grandchildren Nicky and Sofia. good food, friends and a little asana practice made it a fun event.

June 3rd Picnic

From last years picnic held at Yola’s home in Grosse Isle

Looking forward to see everyone at our annual picnic. This year we are back at Heritage Park, Central Shelter. Please let Char know if you are coming and what, if any “dish to pass” you will be bringing. this will help eliminate duplicates. So far we have:
Doris is bringing: potato Beet Salad
Jan C: Sour cream coffee cake
Jennie K: Kale,Berry salad
Char: Quinoa, Kale salad
Kyla: Cookies
Lynn C: suprise

Deirdre Denholm’s father has passed

It is with sadness we announce Deirdre’s father has passed. I’m sure she would appreciate a thoughtful note of condolence. Members can find her address in the Membership>Directory tab of our website. I have no other information.

Mindy Eisenberg joins YAGD

We are delighted to have Mindy join our organization! She is the founder  of YogaMovesMS.Yoga Moves MS provides Adaptive Yoga classes for those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and other neuromuscular conditions. We are a growing and mighty community dedicated to supporting each other on our individual and collective journeys toward health and well-being. Below is a flyer for the Teacher Training coming soon!

Teaching Training Info



We’re happy to welcome Yoga Moves MS to Explore Yoga beginning next Wednesday, February 1st.

Yoga Moves MS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to increase the quality of life for individuals with neuromuscular conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and stroke by providing Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body classes within an empowering, safe, and supportive community.

Under the guidance and support of two certified and YMMS-trained instructors, students work from the safety of one or two chairs, and may explore poses standing or on the Earth.

For more information or to register e-mail Jill at:

Click on photo below for the Yoga Moves MS website



December Holiday Party is coming soon

Our December meeting will be on site at St Davids Church in Southfield on 12 Mile rd. Check out the meeting dates on our webpage…right side. At this meeting we will start off with a asana practice/meditation or discussion of all things yoga and then spend the rest of our time eating, and socializing with our fellow yogis. We will also have a gift exchange. Here is how it works. If you bring a wrapped gift (try to keep it no more than $20) you take a gift with you.

Bring a dish to pass. Let me know what you are bringing and I will post it here so we minimize duplicates:

Doris Sheikh is bringing spiced yoga tea…a special blend of her own.

Char V. Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Suann D Fruit and Cheeseplate

Jennie K Butternut Squash Soup & Kale Salad

Lynn C Cranberry Orange Relish

Jan Chekrida Mac & Cheese

Patti Nevan Pumpkin and Choc Chip Bread

We also hand out certificates of appreciating to those members who have donated their time to help the organization. This appreciation certificate will be applied towards your 2023 membership. You could earn a free year of membership!!!

This year we have a previous member who wants to donate their yoga book library to our group. As a special incentive we will have the books at this meeting and if any new student working on their RYT certification is present they can pick a book to have free of charge.

Char Vukonich President

Saying farewell to our friends at Yoga By Design Foundation

See below for a message from our friends at Yoga By Design Foundation.

Dear YBDF Friends and Supporters,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we write to inform you that the Yoga by Design Foundation will cease operations in mid-2022.  After deep and mindful consideration, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to dissolve our beloved foundation, an action not taken lightly but deemed necessary in light of our financial situation. 

Founded in 2011, Yoga By Design Foundation has brought the healing practices of Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation to hundreds who were in need. With your support, an amazing group of dedicated, highly trained yoga instructors in Michigan have planted the seeds of hope and peace throughout many under-resourced and under-served local communities.  Yoga is a journey, not a destination.  We may never experience the fruits of the work that has been done, but we know that YBDF has made a difference in their lives.

With funds raised at our 2021 Yogathon, as well as recent grants and donations, we are pleased to be able to continue our programs through June of 2022. We are no longer accepting donations but assure you that all previous monies donated will be used in the service of our mission.

Sending love and light this holiday season,
Lynn Medow, President Emeritus & Founder
Sarah Williams, Executive Director & President

Namaste Yoga Studio Has Big News

Hi Namaste Yoga Royal Oak Family,  
After 24+ years at 309 Troy Street, Namaste Yoga will have a new Royal Oak address July 1.  
This decision did not come lightly nor quickly, in the past two years we have all been encouraged to discard things that no longer serve us and nurture the parts that make us stronger.  Moving locations is a product of that process. Among our considerations included a significant rent increase in July 2021, ongoing maintenance issues in the studio, downtown Royal Oak construction and parking challenges, and the emerging street closings that have started since Centennial Park was built. 
In addition to these issues we have no control over, we are excited to be able to grow to meet the needs of those who find Namaste. Our Hatha focus creates a welcoming and accessible environment to all who enter our doors. The new studio space will allow for an expansion of Yoga Therapy offerings, Reiki, workshops, meditation, and events as we have space that is not dedicated to just studio classes. We are also committed to keeping the sense of comfort many of you have found in the warm glow of the studio space throughout the years. 
Many of your questions might be answered here, and we want to make sure that this move happens with as little disruption as possible. This page will be updated regularly on our website. 
We look forward to the next 24 years serving the Namaste community.