Yoga Classes 2013
Instructor: Mike Garofalo, M.S.

All classes at the Tehama Family Fitness Center (TFFC)
in Red Bluff, California

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Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.



These three classes feature an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Chinese Chi Kung Yoga.  All these Internal Arts Exercise methods emphasize flexibility, full range of motion, staying grounded and balanced, cultivating inner mental and physical energies, coordinated breathing patterns, a calm composure, concentration, and will power.  Hatha style Yoga includes many strength building postures, balancing exercises, both dynamic and longer static stretching postures, inversions, Warrior poses, standing and mat work, prop usage, and mental improvement recommendations.  Vinyasa style (Flow Style, Astanga, Power) Yoga emphasizes longer flowing movement sequences, dynamic stretching exercises, clear intentions, set routines, vigorous exercises, and sweating.  Chi Kung (Qigong, Dao Yin, & Tai Chi) includes gentle and graceful flowing exercises and standing dynamic stretching exercises, energy (Chi or Qi) work, Taoist longevity practices, martial applications, and traditional exercise routines like the Animal Frolics, Brocades, or Dragons.  We will also introduce participants to numerous ideas and techniques for reducing stress, lifting one’s mood, improving concentration, enjoying the moment, cultivating kindness and beauty, thinking clearly, and exploring the integration of minds and bodies.  Relatively fit persons of all ages are welcome, and alternative and safe postures will be taught.  Are you interested in a lifetime exercise system that is good for your body, fun, lifts your spirits, creates more energy in you, contributes to longevity, and expands your mind?  Try Yoga with Mike!  Bring your best efforts & encourage others.

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Michael P. Garofalo


I have taught Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga in Red Bluff since 2003 for over 1,000 hours of classes. 
YogaFit® Level IV Certified Yoga Instructor (Standard 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Curriculum Completed)
Over 100 hours of additional yoga training with Dr. Paula Barros, Desiree Rambaugh, and at the Ananda Yoga Center.
All of my Yoga Classes Include Some Qigong (Chinese Yoga) Practices

I began learning Yang Style Taijiquan and Qigong in 1986-1990 from Sensei Frank McGorick.
I studied Lui Ho Ba Fa and Qigong with Sifu Robert Moore from 1986-1990.
I have
taught over 800 classes of Taijiquan and Qigong in Red Bluff, California, since 2000. 
I also practice the
Chen Style of Taijiquan and Sun Style of Taijiquan, the cane weapon, and many Qigong forms. 
Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Trained and Certified by Dr. Paul Lam in 2003. 
Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 2 Instructor (Sun Style) Trained and Certified by Troyce Thome in 2006
Advanced Tai Chi and Qigong training at workshops or classes led by Robert Moore, Paul Lam, Ken Cohen,
Yang Jun, Elaine Waters, Bill Helm, Doc Fai-Wong, Sher K. Lew, Kevin Weaver, and Troyce Thome. 

Personal Fitness Trainer Certified by AFAA 2007
Mat Pilates AFAA Certified 2005
Spin Cycling AFAA Certified 2005
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certifications
SilverSneakers® Trained Instructor 2012
CPR and AED certified from 1999-2014. 

Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, 4/1999 - 4/2014
Certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher
M.A. Education, 40 units, CSU Chico; M.A., Philosophy, 30 units at CSU Los Angeles. 
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Southern California, 1968
B.A. Philosophy, CSU Los Angeles, 1967 

For More Information You are Welcome to Telephone Mike at 530-200-3546

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Brief Biography of Mike Garofalo

My Yoga Classes Always Include Some Qigong Forms and Theory

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Tehama Family Fitness Center
2498 South Main Street
Red Bluff, California

The TFFC is located .1 mile south of the Interstate 5 and South Main Street (Highway
99 West) Exit; and immediately north of St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Medical Complex.

These yoga classes are free for members of the Tehama Family Fitness Center (TFFC).
TFFC non-members can pay $8.00 to participate in one Yoga class; or, TFFC 
non-members can take all classes and use the entire TFFC facility for $15 per day.


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Yoga Class  Schedule Changes and Exceptions

Any changes to my Yoga or Tai Chi Chuan class schedule
are posted on my Cloud Hand: Mind/Body Movement Arts Blog
The current class schedule started on January 2, 2013.







Recommended Reading and Resources


First Choice


Hatha Yoga Illustrated: For Greater Strength, Flexibility and Focus
By Martin Kirk and Brooke Boon.
Human Kinetics, 2006.  231 pages.

Beth Shaw's YogaFit®: The Program for a More Powerful, Flexible, and Defined Physique
By Beth Shaw.  2nd Edition.  Champaign, Illinois, Human Kinetics, 2009
Index by YogaFit workout phases, 276 pages

Yoga Anatomy 
By Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.  Published by Human Kinetics, Champain, Illinois, Second Edition, 2011.  
Various indexes: by muscles, joints, position in English, position in Sanskrit, bibliography, 276 pages.

Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee.  
By Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow.  Photographs by Michael Venera.  
Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, Gaiam Books, 2004.  
Index, 394 pages.

Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health 
By B.K.S. Iyengar.  London, Dorling Kindersley, 2001.  Index, glossary, appendices, 415 pages.

Valley Spirit Yoga Website

Valley Spirit Qigong (Chi Kung, Dao Yin, Yangshengong, Chinese Yoga, Fitness Exercises) Website





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Second Choice

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness.   
By Erich Schiffmann.  
New York, Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, 1996.  357 pages.

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice.  
By T. K. V. Desikachar.  
Revised Edition.  Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions International, 1995, 1999. 
 Index, 244 pages.  Includes the Yoga Sutra by Pantanjali.

The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice.  
By Georg Feuerstein.
Prescott, Arizona, Hohm Press, 1998.
Index, bibliography, glossary, chronology, 686 pages.

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual 
An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice.  
The Primary and Intermediate Series plus Three Short forms.  
By David Swenson.  Foreword by K. Pattabhi Jois.
Ashtanga Yoga Productions, 1999.  263 pages. ISBN: 1891252089.

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Chinese Yoga - Qigong (Chi Kung)

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Third Choice

 Cloud Hands: Qigong and T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Relaxation Techniques
By Michael P. Garofalo

The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama.  
By Richard Rosen.  Foreword by Rodney Yee.  
Illustrations by Kim Fraley.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  Index, notes, 304 pages.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Class
Saturdays, 10 - 11 am, Tehama Family Fitness Center
Michael P. Garofalo, M.S., Qigong and Taijiquan Instructor

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life
How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, 
and Help You Live More Fully.   
By Dennis Lewis.  Boston, 
Shambhala Press, 2004.  Index, Recommended Reading, 193 pages. 

Yoga: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes

Chi Kung and Taijiquan

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners
By H. David Coulter.  Foreword by Timothy McCall.  Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 
Body and Breath, 2001.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 623 pages.  
2002 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Health, Wellness and Nutrition.  

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita: A Commentary for Modern Readers.
Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Integral Yoga Pubs., 1997.  326 pages.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Integral Yoga Pubs., 1990.  263 pages.

Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living
By Donna Farhi.
Harper San Francisco, 2003.  250 pages.

YogaFit Training Systems

Beth Shaw's YogaFit: The Program for a More Powerful, Flexible, and Defined Physique.
By Beth Shaw.  Human Kinetics Pub., 2000.








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