Valley Spirit Yoga

Hatha Yoga and Chi Kung Methods for Fitness, Contentment, and Insight
A New Vision for Yoga Theory and Practices

Class Schedule     Cloud Hands Blog     Yoga Research


Michael P. Garofalo
Fitness Instructor Qualifications

Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Group Exercise, Strength Training, Walking, Gardening, Philosophy 

I completed 200 hours of classroom lectures and testing in the YogaFit® Yoga Teacher Training Program from 2003-2006.  In 2006, I completed the YogaFit Level IV Certified Class in Hood River, Oregon, and was presented my certificate by the founder of YogaFit®, Beth Shaw.  YogaFit teaches the standard 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Curriculum.  I have also completed over 160 hours of additional yoga training with Paula Barros D.C., Desiree Rambaugh, and at the Ananda Yoga Center.  In addition, I have done extensive reading and research into Yoga, and publish the Cloud Hands Blog.   

Since 2003, I have taught three or four yoga classes each week at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff, California. 
As of August 2015, I have taught over 1,950 one hour yoga classes to members of the Tehama Family Fitness Center. 
Here is my current yoga class schedule

AFAA = Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Fitness Instructor Certifications
Personal Fitness Trainer Certified by AFAA in April, 2007.  
Mat Pilates AFAA Certified 2005
Spin Cycling AFAA Certified 2005
SilverSneakers® Trained Instructor.  SilverSneakers® Strength Training and Range of Motion Certification in March, 2012. 
SilverSneakers® Cardio-Circuit Certification in March, 2012. 
CPR/AED Training and Certification, 1999-2015.   

California Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, 4/1999 - 4/2016,  Certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Southern California, 1968
B.A. Philosophy, California State University at Los Angeles, 1967 
Education, Master's Program, 40 Units, CSU Chico, 2000-2004; Philosophy, Master's Program, 30 units at CSU Los Angeles, 1974-1978. 

I have
taught over 1,600 classes of T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) and Chi Kung (Qigong, Chinese Yoga) in Red Bluff, California, since 2000. 
I teach the Yang Style of Taijiquan (24 Form and 108 Form), Chen Taijiquan (18 Form), Sun Taijiquan (73 Form), Cane, and Sword (32 Form). 
I teach many Chi Kung forms, methods, and concepts. 

I began learning Tai Chi and Chi Kung from 1986-1990 with Sensei Frank McGourick in Whittier, California.
I studied Lui Ho Ba Fa Taijiquan and Qigong with Sifu Robert Moore from 1987-1990 in Whittier, California.
I studied Red Dragon Kung Fu from 1990-1993 with Sensei Tony Ippolito in Hacienda Heights, California.

Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Trained and Certified by Dr. Paul Lam, M.D., in 2003. 
Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor (Sun Style) Trained and Certified by Troyce Thome in
I have benefited from advanced Tai Chi and Qigong training at workshops or classes led by such Tai Chi Master teachers as:
Robert Moore, Paul Lam, Ken Cohen, Yang Jun, George Xu, Elaine Waters, Bill Helm, Doc Fai-Wong, Sher K. Lew,
Kent Howard, Liping Zhu, Patricia Long, Kevin Weaver, and Troyce Thome. 

I have been and avid walker and hiker and gardener since 1963.

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

A Brief Biography of Mike Garofalo

Valley Spirit Center
North Sacramento Valley, Red Bluff, California







Yoga Research

By Michael P. Garofalo, M.S. 


Cloud Hands Blog

Bibliography, Links, and Resources for Yoga
The yoga bibliography helps me manage my personal library at the Valley Spirit Center in Red Bluff, and my ongoing readings in related subjects.

List of Hatha Yoga Postures, English and Sanskrit, Indexed by Textbooks 

How to Live a Good Life: Advice from Wise Persons

Fitness and Well Being 

Stretching and Range of Motion Exercises

Chi Kung, Chinese Yoga, Qigong, Dao Yin, Yansheng Gong

Yoga Studies Lists by Mike Garofalo

Mind-Body Theory and Practices, Somaesthetics 

Aging Well

The Five Senses

Yoga Qualifications and Training of Mike Garofalo 

Yoga Class Schedule, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Cloud Hands Blog   by Mike Garofalo 

Yoga and Arthritis Relief

Tantric Yoga, Kundalini, Shakti, Tantra ... and other Alchemies and Fancies 

Hatha Yoga (Vigorous, Forceful, Physical, Bodily, Sun-Moon, Hot/Cool)

Touching, Feeling, Hands, Fingers

Heart Chakra, Anhata, Heartfelt, Kindness, Love, Heart-Mind and other Feel Good Analogies

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Daoist Studies and Practices

Druidic Studies and Practices

Yoga Class Schedule, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Dynamic Stretching, Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga 

Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung 

Temple Chi Kung

Five Animal Frolics Chi Kung 

Gardening: The Spirit of Gardening

Garofalo, Michael P., M.S.L.S.

Glossary of Hatha Yoga Postures 

The Good Life: Virtues and Character

The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali: Index to the English Language Translations


Ten Perfections (Paramitas, Virtues)

Humor and Jokes - Yoga

Goddess, Shakti, Divine Feminine

Tara: Star Goddess, Savioress, Tantric Buddhist Goddess

Kindness, Metta, Heart

Kriya Yoga

Links to the Yoga Internet 

Meditation, Contemplation 

My Practices and Qualifications 

Nature Mysticism 

Daoism, NeoPaganism, Druidry, European Paganism 

The Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove 

Nutrition, Eating, Diet, Taste

One Old Taoist Druid's Final Journey 


Qigong, Chi Kung, Chinese Yoga, Dao Yin, Yansheng Gong 

Quotations - Yoga

Raja (Royal) Yoga


Ripening Peaches:  Daoist Studies and Practices

Spirit of Gardening 

Strength Training for Seniors

Subject Index to Taijiquan, Qigong, and Yoga

Swinging Hands Exercises (Bai Bi Yun Dong) 

Tai Chi, T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan)

Valley Spirit Center, Red Bluff, California

Valley Spirit Yoga and Qigong Index

Vinyasa (Flow, Dynamic Stretching) Yoga 



Yoga Class Schedule, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Seniors, Over 55:  Yoga for Seniors, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga

Seniors, Over 55:  Strength Training for Seniors, Weightlifting

General Well Being and Fitness



Hatha Yoga Study Lists
By Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.
Valley Spirit Yoga, Red Bluff, California, © 2012-2013

MPG Yoga Study Lists Series

1.  Ethics: Yamas and Niyamas, English and Sanskrit  
(1 page, PDF) 

2.  Ethics: The Ten Paramitas of Buddhism 

3.  Ethics: The Good Life

4.  Hatha Yoga Postures List, English and Sanskrit, Indexed by Textbooks   (22+ pages, PDF)

5.  Hatha Yoga Postures Study List A   (2 pages, PDF) 

6.  Hatha Yoga Postures Study List B   (1 page, PDF) 

7.  Hips and Legs - Anatomy Study List   (2 pages, PDF)   

8.  Back and Neck - Anatomy Study List   (2 pages, PDF) 

9.  Standing Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 8  (5 pages, PDF) 

10.  Back Bending Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 9  (3 pages, PDF) 

11.  Restorative Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 10  (2 pages, PDF) 

12.  Sitting Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 11  (2 pages, PDF) 

13.  Kneeling Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 12  (4 pages, PDF) 

14.  Supine Hatha Yoga Postures Study List 13  (4 pages, PDF) 

15.  The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali: Index to the English Language Translations


Publishing progress will be erratic and sporadic as my time permits. 
Specific documents will be updated and improved on an irregular basis.   
The yoga asanas, breathing, practices and theories of B.K.S. Iyengar will be emphasized.  
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Cloud Hands Blog by Mike Garofalo

Yoga Class Schedule, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

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This webpage was last updated on August 15, 2015.