Come To Yoga with Barbara Lyon
at Cambridge Health Associates
335 Broadway
(between Prospect & Inman streets)

and at Art & Soul Yoga Studio
91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
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De-stress your Holidays at our Yoga, Meditation & Pampering Workshop
Sat Dec 5  
at Art & Soul Yoga
91 Hampshire St, Cambridge

See more details on home page.

Class Times, Cost, and Private Yoga Sessions:

As I recuperate from surgery, I will only hold Mon eve classes at:

Cambridge Health Assoc Fall Semester now thru Dec 14:

Monday evenings:
for experienced students
for beginners/ slower pace 

You are welcome - join us!

Map and directions to Cambridge Health Associates at 335 Broadway.

Free parking lot in back, short walk from Central Sq Red Line T; free parking lot in back; all props provided at no charge; lovely bamboo floor and soft lighting.

Looking for additional information about the yoga classes? Try the FAQ or contact me!

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"Barbara is the most wonderful yoga teacher ever--she will support and guide you, affirm and smile you. Every time I do yoga and even when I am just walking around, I hear her in my head and I am grateful.

As we (all of us) get older, this is the most valuable thing we can do to enhance our quality of life and health. She's the person who can take us there, with wisdom and joy and reality."  -CC

"What a healing journey began for me when I joined your class, Barbara.  I just wanted to thank you once again. It has changed my life. Honestly.  ¡¡¡Muchas gracias!!!" -GS

De-stress your Holidays at a 
Yoga, Meditation & Pampering Workshop ~
Art & Soul Yoga, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
Sat Dec 5,  1:00-3:30  $40 
All levels welcome, bring a friend!

Join us for an afternoon of self-care in an oasis of calm. De-stress with yoga, meditation, self-massage, ritual, community, and fun on a heated bamboo floor
in a lovely room. If you have an event that night, so much the better, you will be glowing!

All props provided. You can register by email or call Barbara at 617 393-1835.

Fall Yoga at Cambridge Health Associates on Monday evenings:

-6:00-7:30  (experienced students) and
-7:45-9:00  (beginners/slower pace)
Now thru December 14
335 Broadway, free parking lot in back

Please join us for Fall Yoga at Camb Health Assoc. I will teach all classes thru 12/14; this fall marks my 21st year teaching there! More info below. 

My health: I had a successful mitral valve repair in August, so am still a bit up and down as it was open heart surgery. Still, I am ready to teach at least these 2 Monday classes at CHA to start. I expect to take on more classes in November. The good news about this surgery is I should be feeling stronger and stronger as time goes on.

Most days I feel good - my walking and lung capacity get better by the day, and for that I must thank everyone who took me for walks or gave me rides to Cardio Rehab (PT). And my spirit thanks everyone who brought delicious meals to us and visited me. I know for sure I wouldn't have come thru this all so well without you. I will always be grateful to you.

For November, I will only teach at CHA - no other studio, corporate, private, or senior classes. So please try to come to classes at CHA! In Dec I will start adding in more classes depending on my capabilities. This healing business is a bit unpredictable, but I do get stronger each week.


6:00-7:30 class (90 min): $17 drop-in or $16/class for 6 or more by 12/14
7:45-9:00 class (75 min): $16 drop-in or $15/class for 6 or more by 12/14


Cambridge Health Associates, 335 Broadway, free parking lot in back; all props provided; short walk from Central Sq T; lovely bamboo floor and soft lighting.

Special for new students at CHA: any 4 classes for $40 or any 2 classes for $20.

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Want to know the class agenda for the week? Go to "Come to Yoga with Barbara Lyon" at and click "Like." I post the class agenda (and other announcements) there each week.

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Public Yoga Classes (more details below)
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About the fall classes:
Each class has a theme. Classes this semester will include: Break Out of your Slump (better posture); Hamstrings and Hips; Stress-Busting Yoga; Yoga for Insomnia; then other classes will focus on specific body therapies, like loosening tight shoulders, releasing the neck, lower back, hips, strengthening tender knees, etc. Come to yoga class and feel great!

Or, starting in Dec, you can choose
PRIVATE YOGA LESSONS in your home or in a private room at one of the studios where I teach; see column to right for details. You can also study Chakra Yoga with me privately.   


Schedule at a glance

Check this website for future classes and workshops, or email me to be added to the mailing list (no spam) for workshop announcements.

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NEWS! I have launched "Gentle Joint Yoga" for seniors and those wishing for a very gentle yoga experience. There are two levels: one is Chair Yoga, done sitting the whole time, for people who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, or whose sense of balance isn't stable enough for standing yoga; the other is a more advanced version which includes yoga on the floor, sitting and standing. In that version we still use chairs quite a bit - to sit and do stretches and twists, and also as a prop for standing poses like forward bends, downward facing dogs, warriors, standing balances, and many more.  In 2011 I enrolled in the Silver Age Yoga program, which has given me a much deeper knowledge of how to modify poses for different conditions.  In 2012 I took the exams and earned the Silver Age Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Currently I am teaching the more advanced Senior Yoga at Art & Soul Yoga in Cambridge and Groundwork Wellness in Belmont (open to the public), and the Chair Yoga version at Youville House in Cambridge, Youville Place in Lexington, The Residence in Watertown Square, Brigham House in Watertown, and a senior day program in Arlington.
But I am seeking studios or community rooms where I can teach public Gentle Joint Yoga classes. Do you know of one? Also, if you would like me to teach Gentle Joint Yoga at your facility, or as private lessons,
please send me an email

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A Yoga Tips page. Click here (or on"Yoga Tips & FAQ" above) to find out how to hand or machine wash and dry your yoga mat, how long to wait after eating to do yoga, and a neat trick to keep your mat more germ-free. I'll add more to this over time. Any questions you'd like me to address?

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To find out the theme of
any particular class
, click on the Facebook icon on the right column of this page or visit To Yoga.  While you're there, click 'like', and you'll receive a brief email describing the class theme each week.

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A favorite quote from "Senses" by Franz Kafka:

You do not need to leave the house.  Just sit at your table and listen.  Do not even listen, only wait.  Do not even wait, become wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking.  It can do no other; in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet

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  In 2011, after teaching yoga for 16 years, I decided to deepen my knowledge by embarking on a 200-hour certificate program, and earned an Advanced
Teacher Training Certificate in The Art of Teaching, at The Yoga Studio (Barbara Benagh).  Illuminating!

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I’ve been thinking about why anyone should go to a yoga studio if they already have a health club membership that includes yoga.  I belong to a gym and often take a pick-up yoga class on the weekend. I find myself feeling sorry for the students. The classes are repetitive with no build, and usually offer no adjustments. I look around at people doing Downward-Facing Dog with rounded spines and domed knuckles and Warrior II with heads thrust forward and front knee dropping inward, uncorrected. How will they ever learn the right form? And how much damage will they do to their bodies in the meantime?

They never get to experience the release and joy of a well-crafted shoulder stand or some of the more esoteric poses and they certainly get no experimental or partner poses at all.  In my classes I not only walk around and make adjustments so that everyone learns the proper shape of each pose, but offer a build over the semester – classes start with a focus on stretching and slowly build in strength and balance.  I offer simpler alternative poses for students who need them, or encourage them to stop and take a rest when that's appropriate, and more advanced versions for the students who are ready for them.  Every week the theme or focus changes so that each body part gets special attention across the months. And the variety is endless!

If you haven't been to a yoga studio in awhile, I hope you'll try mine. It's quite a different and possibly more rewarding experience than the same old same old at the gym. Treat yourself! Experience the relief - and exhilaration - of proper alignment, and learn something new every week.

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A favorite stanza, from Last Night as I Was Sleeping by Antonio Machado

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt that I had a beehive here inside my heart.
And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures

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We do a "Chakra Crawl" during SUMMER semesters - each class we use yoga and breath work to open and balance a different chakra.  We learn what each chakra represents and how a balanced or unbalanced chakra shows up in our personality and body, the way that we perceive ourselves and relate to others.  Fascinating! 

- A sampling of class topics in 2015 -

Some by my design, some by request, we had classes in:
-Yoga to ease shoveling muscles
-Spring Cleaning

-stress-busting yoga
-reducing pain in the sacrum and tail bone
-building a shoulderstand
-chair yoga (backbend, twists, shoulderstand using chair)
-yoga to reduce allergy reaction
-yoga for sciatica

-cultivating joy!
-yoga for golfers
-yoga to ease pain in tailbone area

-neck, shoulder, upper back, chest release
-and more!

Do you have a request? Let me know!

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