Happy Holidays + new year's Santosha (contentment)


Hey beautiful crew!

We miss you!!

The post-holiday blues can be a real thing.
The holidays for many of us can bring the full spectrum of emotions to the surface, can sometimes remind us of our trigger points, and the new years resolution hype of needing to be better, do more, have more.

We'd like to share an alternative yogi perspective.
It's a love note to you, our favorite peeps in the whole world.

We hope to have you join us for yoga this weekend, as we cross into the New Year together! 

Saturday Vibes. Beach Yoga with Julie @ 12pm 🕉🐬🌈
A fun Saturday yoga class, great for all levels. 
Set it Free! New Year's Eve, Beach Yoga with Janet Stone @ 1pm 🎉 💖 🌟

A sweet, festive, celebratory gathering with special guest Janet Stone! Janet is a teacher of teachers. Her energy is sweet, powerful and as magical as the beach in San Francisco. 

New Years Day Supermoon yoga with Julie @ 3pm 🌕 🌺 ☮️
A peaceful, gratitude-rich practice on the first full moon of the New Year.  

Wishing you and yours love, connection, understanding, harmony, peace, abundance and all good things today and in the new year.

Om shanti shanti shanti, peace peace peace
Julie, Kirin, Sarah + the Outdoor Yoga SF team

Love note on Santosha

Yoga is a unique practice in that it asks of us to practice contentment, santosha.
Cultivating an inner state of balance, peace, enough-ness.
So that no matter what happens in the outer world, we have this place of stability and peace to return to and a grounded place from which to live in the world.

 And, yoga also asks of us to learn how to manage and even welcome discomfort. To be ok with it for the sake of spiritual growth. Deepening our awareness and understanding, and shining light on ways we can take positive action in service of others.

And at this time of year when we are (and will be) bombarded by "be better" marketing, may we remember that contentment for all we have is not contradictory to growth or change.  

When we’re content, it doesn’t mean to give up the idea of growth or doing something meaningful.  The difference is that when we’re in a state of Santosha, we’re committed to taking some action each day but we're not attached to the outcome, or results of our action.  And, there’s no need for comparison to anyone or anything else.

In fact, perhaps cultivating Santosha will support our wellbeing confidence with a sense of inner well-being. From that confident and calm state, we’re more likely to welcome new challenges with grace.

When we’re in a state of balance, and have practice with realigning  and remembering our true nature of peace, we enjoy more of whatever life offers.

We can still go on great adventures, have goals, and do amazing things for the world - but we become open to outcome, rather than fixed on one particular result or how someone else is better or worse than us.

Consider the idea that santosha, or contentment, us up to explore and experience more in life with grace, meaning, and ease.


      You're invited!    The Outdoor Yoga SF Holiday Party @ Bluxome St Winery  Monday, Dec 18 6:15 - 9pm  6:15 - 7:15pm - Yoga 7:15 - 9pm - Party  (join for one or both)  A glass of wine and your choice of warm bowl from Sweetgreen included. Among other goodies :)  Music will be bumpin, obviously. Attire is sweat chic!    We can't wait to see you and hang with beautiful peeps, in this beautiful space together. With great love and gratitude 💖💖💖 Julie, Kirin, Sarah + the Outdoor Yoga SF team     Join the holiday party      And a sweet reminder that SHOP SMALL is still happening @ Gift cards for friends, class packs, essential oils.. beautiful things :)   20% off everything + more $$ off class packs to enjoy themagic of beach yoga all da time. ☀️🌊💖 **Spending more time at the beach doing yoga has side effects peaceful and grounded feelings, strong legs and better dance moves. **  Use code  SHOPSMALL       Outdoor Yoga SF Online Shop    Small business Favorites     Schedule this weekend click on class date to register    SAT DEC 2 10AM    //  outdoor vinyasa flow  @crissy field   with Haley   SAT DEC 2 12 PM    //   silent disco beach yoga  @ baker beach    with Sarah   . . . . .   SUN DEC 3 11AM    //  outdoor vinyasa flow  @crissy field   with Sarah   SUN DEC 3 11AM //  silent disco beach yoga  @ baker beach    with Julie and LIVE Sitar by Ege!


You're invited!  

The Outdoor Yoga SF Holiday Party
@ Bluxome St Winery

Monday, Dec 18 6:15 - 9pm

6:15 - 7:15pm - Yoga
7:15 - 9pm - Party
(join for one or both)

A glass of wine and your choice of warm bowl from Sweetgreen included. Among other goodies :)

Music will be bumpin, obviously.
Attire is sweat chic! 

We can't wait to see you and hang with beautiful peeps, in this beautiful space together.
With great love and gratitude 💖💖💖
Julie, Kirin, Sarah + the Outdoor Yoga SF team

Join the holiday party


And a sweet reminder that
SHOP SMALL is still happening
Gift cards for friends, class packs, essential oils.. beautiful things :)

 20% off everything + more $$ off class packs to enjoy
themagic of beach yoga all da time. ☀️🌊💖
**Spending more time at the beach doing yoga has side effects peaceful and grounded feelings, strong legs and better dance moves. **



Outdoor Yoga SF Online Shop

Small business Favorites

 Schedule this weekend
click on class date to register

SAT DEC 2 10AM // outdoor vinyasa flow @crissy field
 with Haley

SAT DEC 2 12 PM //  silent disco beach yoga @ baker beach  
 with Sarah

. . . . .

SUN DEC 3 11AM // outdoor vinyasa flow @crissy field
 with Sarah

SUN DEC 3 11AM// silent disco beach yoga @ baker beach  
 with Julie and LIVE Sitar by Ege!



Community Note 7.20.17

Dearest community,

Happy Thursday!
It's a glorious day to be alive and writing to you! 🙌🏼 😎

If you've seen our insta stories.. emails.. posts..
you know we're working hard to put on the most epic event for you tomorrow night.
We want YOU to join us SO much !!
To feel the power of music and community and beautiful henna on your body and sunshine on your face.
Let us know what we need to do to get you there! 
It's going to be a special evening and we really don't want you to miss it! Feel free to respond back and ask any questions.. anything!

The other piece of tomorrow night, and the bigger picture of what we're doing together as community is offering up our efforts for the wellbeing of everyone, everywhere. 

All proceeds from tomorrow night's event will support the Do It for the Love Foundation - started by Michael Franti and his wife Sara Agah Franti to support healing with music to those who need it most - our neighbors suffering from illness, our vets, people in our community who can really use our help.
Despite all the challenges we each face everyday.. we know how lucky we are to have this practice and each other. And music that lifts us up.

We also know many of our closer friends neighbors who are struggling too.
So we're giving away 10 free tickets to members of our community and your friends for tomorrow night. 

If you or someone you know could use a pick me up, simply write me in here and we can send you or your friend a ticket. Please include just a few sentences about this person so we know who they are, and we can give them a hug tomorrow (if they like hugs from new peeps - if not, let us know that too!)
First come first served - so write in soon! 


✨ 🙌🏻 ✨ 🙌🏽 ✨ 🙌🏾 ✨

see you...

Friday night
silent disco yoga + dance party
@ ocean beach

In celebration of community, summer and
Do it for the LOVE!


5:30pm - 9pm, OB (near Fulton + Great Highway)
Henna begins - all night!
2 live DJs - spinning all night!
DJ Zach spinning disco/ deep house/ funk - and super FUN beats
DJ Galexy - full groove // burning man beats. really groovy...
And a 3rd channel with fun pop beats/ classic rock/ the hits ⚡️
6pm - 7pm Silent Disco Yoga with me (Julie!)
7:15 - 7:45pm Hip Hop Dance sesh with Walker Fisher
7pm -9pm :: DANCE! (join the hip hop groovers or boogie with your friends)


. . . . .

So can you help?!

**Sign up and come! Bring your friends!

**Forward this to a friend

**check out this birthday post I wrote about dark days and healing where you can donate to Do it for the LOVE. Any amount helps. 


We love you big time 💖💖💖

namaste 🙏🏼
Julie, Kirin + the Outdoor Yoga SF team


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schedule this week

FRI 7/21 5:30-9PM // silent disco beach yoga + dance party
@ ocean beach

SAT 7/22 10AM // outdoor vinyasa flow @ crissy field
 with Eve Horbol

SUN 7/23 11AM // outdoor vinyasa flow @ crissy field
 with Sarah Allison

SUN 7/23 11AM // essential oils workshop
 with Julie

SUN 7/236:15PM // silent disco beach yoga @ baker beach  
 with Julie


Do It For The Love is a wish-granting nonprofit that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. 

Music helps us feel alive!

Do It for the Love . Org



The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

The Peace of Wild Things

Wendell Berry


Listen to Wendell Berry read this poem here @ On Being



The Sun by Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen


in your life

more wonderful


than the way the sun,

every evening,

relaxed and easy,

floats toward the horizon


and into the clouds or the hills,

or the rumpled sea,

and is gone--

and how it slides again


out of the blackness,

every morning,

on the other side of the world,

like a red flower


streaming upward on its heavenly oils,

say, on a morning in early summer,

at its perfect imperial distance--

and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love--

do you think there is anywhere, in any language,

a word billowing enough

for the pleasure


that fills you,

as the sun

reaches out,

as it warms you


as you stand there,


or have you too

turned from this world--


or have you too

gone crazy

for power,

for things?


The Sun

Mary Oliver



Thanksgiving Meditation, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Outdoor Yoga community! 

I know I speak on behalf of all students and teachers when I say our gratitude for you and this community is massive. By adventuring around the city to show up for your practice, to create new experiences, to do your best in sharing your love and light with all of us, even on the tough days, even on the awesome days, and all those in between.. you create this magic that is our community.
Thank you for being you. And thank you for making life in San Francisco so much sweeter. 

We hope to see you at the end of this weekend, for a sunny Sunday practice at sunset on the most beautiful beach in the world! Celebrate the end of a special weekend in yoga community. 

A few of you had asked that we share the Gratitude Meditation and Prayer from our Gratitude Fundraiser Class on 11/13. Here it is for you. This is our collective gratitude prayer woven in with a traditional loving kindness meditation from the Buddhist tradition.


Gratitude Meditation + Prayer

Sit up nice and tall wherever you are. Stacking all of your vertebrate perfectly one over the other.

If you don’t sit in this position often feel free to find a wall space to lean against, or a buddy to go back to back with.



We congratulate you for taking this time to be in the spirit of gratitude and community tonight.

Allow yourself to settle here, to notice your body, notice your breath.

Checking the ego and judgement at the door. It's part of the human condition :)

And choosing to remember our oneness. With all the people around you here tonight. And all people everywhere. 

With a kind breath, inviting ourselves here into the present moment.


After each person shares a piece of the meditation, we’ll repeat this phrase from the traditional buddhist loving kindness practice:

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.


Grateful for this opportunity to notice what is going right.

Trusting that what we focus on expands.

Knowing that our primitive minds are wired to notice what’s going wrong, to survive and protect.

And so skillfully, with compassion, choosing to focus on what’s going right.

With each breath this evening, an invitation to refocus on all the blessings around us.

Breathe in gratitude and feel it expand in the body.

Exhale out the rest.


May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.


Grateful to this opportunity to have gratitude for ourselves.

For all you do.

For showing up.

We each manage an unbelievable amount of life, everyday.

For all of your intention, everything you do day to day to make this world a better place.

Acknowledging that we are doing the best we can to bring kindness, love, patience into our lives and to others.

And quick to forgive ourselves for the moments of judgement, fear, anger.

Forgiveness is such an important part of our gratitude practice.


Breathe in forgiveness.

Exhale judgement.


May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.


Gratitude for all of our emotions.

Imaging a recent instance of sadness, hurt, or frustration

Call up that feeling. Hold it in your heart space. See it. Acknowledge it.

Grateful for all the feelings that remind us we are human, that we are connected.

We are grateful for this practice that illuminates the darker moments and helps us to remember the light that lives within.

Grateful for all emotions and our practice that holds space for us to feel beautifully human.


May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.


Grateful for this community here tonight, for everyone who couldn’t be here but who we miss, and for our yoga community everywhere.

For all the teachers that have come before us.

Acknowledging all practitioners, everywhere in the world.

For everyone who steps on their mat, everyday, with this same prayer, this intention for this practice to benefit all beings everywhere.

Inhaling with grateful for our global yoga community.

Calling to mind all yoga practitioners in the world, and especially the ones you know, and even the ones you don’t.

Gratitude for our all those who show up.


For all of our yoga community:

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be peaceful, may you live with ease.


Grateful for all people everywhere, who work to make this world a better place.

Our service members, heart-centered politicians of whom there are many!, our activists, environmentalists, artist and all people everywhere who consciously show up in this world to bring light to others. 
Gratitude for all those living in service of others.

For all people everywhere showing up in service:

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be peaceful, may you live with ease.


And now take a moment to acknowledge 3 things you are grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours.

Something as small as the feeling of your sheets in bed, or your first sip of coffee this morning.

To a great accomplishment or interaction with someone.

Allowing ourselves to be witness to the miracles of life all around us, simply by calling it to our attention.


A now a moment to acknowledge something you're grateful for that's bigger than you.

Your family, your yoga community, your faith. Something bigger than all of us.


May we be happy, may we be healthy, may we be peaceful, may we live with ease. 





Holiday Prayer

December 18, 2016

The returning back to mat, again and again. 
To show up authentically, as ourselves. 
To breathe into the depths of layers where our light lives. 
The reconnection to nature, to oneness, to wholeness. 
The collective intentions set and lived. And when we forget, or falter, we come back again.
We help each other honor and remember ourselves. Valuing the connection within.
We forgive quickly. We remember compassion.
We remind each other of our greatness, our truth, of the opportunity to begin again.
Grateful for all of gorgeous morning sun and sunsets shared, the love amplified.

May you set aside time to breathe in and breathe out the greatness that is you.
The gorgeous, radiant light that is you.
And to remember that we are here, as a yoga community, and within all communities we're part of to be of service.
To elevate each other authentically, without hesitation, in any and every way. 
May you this be an invitation to you to continue to live your yoga this holiday season with a pause and intention as we spend time with loved ones.

This is the yoga practice. We are the one's we've been waiting for.  May our practice on the mat and with our loved ones this holiday season be of great benefit to all beings everywhere.

I love you all and wish you peace,


Outdoor Yoga SF's new Sister, Lyra Yoga


Outdoor Yoga SF's new Sister, Lyra Yoga



Why Lyra? Lyra is the bigger picture for us. It's the connector to our classes both inside, outside, in your community, and everywhere we share inspiring movement classes with you. It's also about our why.


Every time we step on the mat, it is our deepest intention to authentically share what inspires each of us with you, to inspire you, to move you, and to most important, to connect all of us to incredible well of light, love, and strength within, to connect us to each other, and to the bigger world around us.

Lyra is a constellation, and it looks just like the Y in this logo. The dots here represent stars - you, and the constellation - interconnectedness with one another and with nature. The stars also symbolize the light each person in our community shares when we show up to practice, as we are. You, dear student, teacher, and friend, are the light at the heart of our community.

So what does this mean for you? 

  • More unique class offerings around SF for you! Everything from Candelit Yoga to a new series called Lyra Power Hour (30 min boot camp, 30 min yoga) classes coming in Jan. Stay tuned for more new offerings.
  • All Outdoor Yoga SF classes + events will continue to be, right here on the website.  Lyra classes and events will also be linked here, and on the Lyra Yoga website. 
  • We're also housing booking for all classes + events under one platform. With (new + exciting!) class pack options to streamline booking to make it super easy and more affordable.


Take a moment to set up you're Lyra Mindbody account + our new package offerings so it's super easy to book in the future.

 We are insanely grateful for you. And we can't wait to share the inspiration with you in 2017.

Wishing you happy holidays, R + R, and looking forward to starting again and renewing together soon. Big hugs 💜

Julie + The Outdoor Yoga SF + Lyra Team!


Taking Yoga Off the Mat: A Letter from a friend


Taking Yoga Off the Mat: A Letter from a friend

Dearest yoga friends,

It is being part of this community of spirited, generous, kind people like you that makes life in the Bay extra sweet.

Community is at the very core of why we come together to practice yoga.

We could all stay home and practice in our living rooms, but we don't. We travel - after work and on the weekends, to land on our mats among people we feel a kinship with. Even when these yogis are strangers, and we're at a new studio, this sense of connection is real.

Knowing everyone has shown up here for a reason beyond the physical workout, for something more potent, something that brings us together so that together we can go within... it's powerful stuff.

And what this yoga and community awakens within us is magical. From simply feeling grateful to for this breath, to being moved to take action about something important to us.

My dear friend Jenny has shown up thousands of times to her mat, and what she's found has transformed her. With an open heart, she has felt, as we all do, the suffering of homeless youth in our city and has transformed her emotion to action in joining At The Crossroads.

We're happy to support her work and energy with a $1 donation from our summer yoga events, totaling over $300.

We know this yoga practice serves all beings, and at Outdoor Yoga SF, we're happy to make all of us yogis part of the solution. Your energy, time and resources have been part of this effort, thank you. 

Please read the note below from Jenny to hear her experience firsthand.

. . . . . .

Hi, my name is Jenny Lyell.

I am a devoted yogi and a San Francisco resident for three years now. I make it to my mat as often as I can.. but these days my interest in the practice has taken new form as an active volunteer with At the Crossroads to support homeless youth in San Francisco. Over the last 1.5 years I've been on the board and part of this organization, I've witnessed the transformation within the lives of homeless youth through our work of building long-term relationships via 1:1 counseling.  

When I moved to downtown San Francisco three years ago, I was struck by the number of homeless people in the community, as I'm sure you were when you moved here. And while young homeless people are less noticeable, I learned that there were so many youth who were among the homeless. They’re not necessarily the people you see with grocery carts around, or visibly showing signs of mental illness + drug abuse. You may not even notice them because they don’t want to stand out or identify with homelessness. 

Homeless Youth are often wearing donated clothes, trying to find places to wash up and maintain hygiene, and they’re out on the streets because their situation at home (when there is a home) is often worse off. They flee from child abuse, parent(s) on drugs, unhealthy foster care, and ATC is specifically focused on reaching out to these children, the ones who have fallen through the cracks of our system.

This is why ATC resonates so much with me: the mission is built around connection, non-judgement, and empathy.

It’s deeply rewarding to know that we can do something to support youth in our city, and that through ATC many kids now have someone in their life who can give them hope and support. T And it is my hope that we can provide them not only resources to lessen their suffering and get on a track to a safe home and job, but also that in the future we can pre-empt homelessness by continuing to support youth through relationship building and mentorship.

I'm so proud to be part of this organization. 

If you'd like to learn more or how you can help, please reach out to me at Donations are always welcome and appreciated as well here on our donations page. Thank you for your attention here, we appreciate you.



Smoked Salmon [delicious + power packed!] Fresh Rolls


Smoked Salmon [delicious + power packed!] Fresh Rolls

 photo credit: I Am Food Blog

photo credit: I Am Food Blog

This snack is on my-go to meal and snack rotation almost every week because it's fresh, easy and feels like I'm winning at life when I make it. And it's a cornerstone recipe of the 7 day Honest Yoga Detox seasonal cleanse program because it's just so perfect.

This pairing of avocado and smoked salmon is a classic. This snack is full of omega 3s and healthy fats, which are so unbelievably key to a healthy diet and happy person. 

It's also a great snack because all of the ingredients are easy to keep on hand / easy to find at the store. You can keep your smoked salmon in the fridge for many weeks and rice paper rolls in the pantry, and the other ingredients are easily found at any corner store.  


One tip for making this recipe:

Practice rolling. Rolling gets easier and your food gets more beautiful with practice!

Serves: 2 people. 5 rolls    Time to Prepare: 15 minutes



6 rice paper wrappers

1 avocado

1 medium carrot, julienne

1/2 cucumber, julienne

2 lettuce leaves (optional) - softer lettuce works best

1 4oz pack wild smoked salmon or 1 4oz pack organic tofu. (seasoned teriyaki flavor works well here!)

1 bunch fresh cilantro

Ingredients for Simple Dipping Sauce:

Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Cilantro, Rice Wine Vinegar



1) Sliced all cucumbers and carrots into julienne slices or as thin as you can make them. (1/4" x 1/4" thick.)

2) Slice avocado super thin too. To do this, cut the avo. Remove pit. And scoop the avocado out of the shell with a spoon. Then turn face down and slice.

3) Chop cilantro, loosely and separate lettuce leaves. Make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go. As in photo. It doesn't have to be all Martha Stewart style, but it's easier when it's all set.

4) Take a rice paper wrapper and completely submerge it in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 seconds. Place the wrapper on a plate or cutting board. It will continue to soften as your assembling your roll.

5) Add fillings - just a couple slices of each, in this order: avocado - on the bottom, for beauty! smoked salmon, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, cilantro. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper up over the filling, just like you would a burrito. Then fold in the sides and roll. 


Simple dipping sauce:

Low sodium soy sauce with fresh ginger slices + loosely chopped cilantro. And If you have it, a splash of rice vinegar!



Chai Date Coconut Dessert Balls


Chai Date Coconut Dessert Balls

If you've been to one of Lacy's outdoor yoga classes, you may of tasted one of these ridiculously delicious treats. They're spiced like chai tea (another one of our faves!) and are a completely natural and super easy treat. So here's the recipe.

Makes 8-10 rolls

Time: 40 minutes (with 30 minute chill time)


  • 1/4 c. raw pecans
  • 14 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 t ginger, ground
  • 1/8 t cardamom, ground
  • 1/8 t cloves, ground
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 c. coconut, shredded


1. Combine all ingredients but coconut and pulse in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.

2. Chill dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

3. Roll out dough on a piece of wax paper and form the dough into small balls about 1" size or smaller, then roll each piece in shredded coconut to lightly coat.

Store in the fridge for up to a week and share generously !