COVID-19 Update for our Yogasphere Community:

Yogasphere will continue for the immediate future as an online community to best ensure the well-being of our staff and students as we wait for more clarity on the information regarding the effect of Covid-19 on indoor group yoga classes. With the current uncertainty in the available data regarding the pandemic, we cannot assure the necessary level of safety for our students and teachers to hold classes responsibly at our physical location. Remaining “all virtual” is the best way for us to maintain our community connection and high standard in teaching yoga, while prioritizing our community’s health until we obtain further informations from health experts and government agencies about the safety of having on- site yoga classes during the Covid-19 pandemic . 

We are receiving wonderful feedback from our online classes and workshops, and are planning to have our teacher trainings and immersions this fall! We have a whole lot of yoga to bring to the world and will keep you updated as we move through this together!

Current class cards and memberships are valid for online live-streamed or pre-recorded classes and extended three months beyond their previous expiration if purchased before Mar 15, 2020 so you can join us online. 

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Stay well and be kind,

Cathy and Laura

Photo by Nicole Polk Photography

Sept 2018 SOM Ganesha and POM Vasisthasana


Our subject of the month- Ganesh- is an energy field that has the ability to draw people like few others in yoga. There are many reasons for this; the sweetness of his round, boyish form, his intriguing elephant head, and his penchant for desserts and playfulness that are prevalent in many stories. He is the Lord of the Senses and the Gunas, showing us how to navigate and celebrate in this material world while not getting caught up in the constant focus on self. He has the highest level of discernment in using both his intellect and his massive form to solve problems. And despite the predicaments his appetite sometimes gets him in, he is quick to recognize when his desires get the better of his sense of service and rectify the situation! He depicts a balance of strength in form and beauty in spirit that shows us how to do our part in this world while seeking the divine with dedication and focus on whatever path is ours. His root mantra is accessible and easily resonates through us as his energy is close to the material world. Simply repeating it reveals steadiness and generosity in us. In addition to his well-known power of removing obstacles from our spiritual path (and any path in life that serves the greatest good), his energy shows us the benefits of skillful listening, wielding power with care and skill, of loyalty, humility and diligence. Ganesh is the attractive force of a gravitational field, holding everything with ease and stabilizing shifts in life, while giving energy for movement toward the wisdom consciousness he adores.

Our pose of the month, Vasisthasana and its variations, bring the qualities of Ganesh to our form as we practice them. As we build strength and balance with side plank options, we use discernment and dedication to explore how we can ground down to get vast. We can dissolve obstacles and expand beyond our perceived limitations using support and skill, building upon one variation to reach to the next. And most of all, we are reminded to be playful and enjoy the experience as we lift up, and even when we tumble down <3

Some Benefits of Hot Yoga


Provided by Stacy Valenti

Stacy is the manager of Yogasphere Richboro, Yogasphere’s exclusively hot yoga studio.  She has been teaching and practicing there since this locations inception in 2013 and has been with Yogasphere since 2011. Weather your new to hot yoga or a seasoned practitioner you may not know there are many benefits to the practice.

Here are Stacy’s top 4 benefits of Hot Yoga:

1. When you practice yoga in a heated room it increases muscle elasticity….The heat helps muscles go from “plastic” to “elastic”!   The heat allows you to go deeper into postures as your muscles warm up
quickly.  The body is able to move more comfortably with less risk of injury.
2. Heat elevates the heart rate…which increases the pulse rate and

metabolism.  When your cardiovascular activity is increased you burn more calories quickly.
3. Hot Yoga helps you sweat out toxins.  It stimulates the lymphatic system which flushes out harmful substances and waste products in the body.
4. Hot yoga is a form of meditation.  The hot environment helps sharpen your mental focus, concentration, and determination.  Opening up the spine and your mind can bring balance to your physical and mental health.
Yogasphere’s Richboro location is 5 Years Old this moth! We opened the doors on January 27 of 2013 and are still going strong with a really amazing and diverse group of teachers who have a passion for hot yoga with integrity, consistence, safety, and fun.  New to hot yoga?  Try your first class FREE at Yogasphere Richboro! We have classes 7 days a week. Check out our Richboro Schedule for more details.

Subject of the Month ~ Nov 2017 Maitri and Tonglen Practice

Practices in Yoga and Buddhism have been used for thousands of years to stabilize reactive thought patterns so that we are better equipped to deal with life when times are difficult. Why are these so useful now? The human mind processes information in a way that amplifies the effect of anything we perceive as a threat to our well-being, and also prioritizes input that supports the viewpoint we have already established. With the continual reactionary feed of news and social media in the electronic age, it is easy for our nervous system to get looped in a high stress state of alarm, with its resulting overwhelm, irritability and energy depletion. This month we will explore one way toward balancing our emotional and mental states so we can stay informed, involved, and appreciative, without feeling constantly stressed out.

The essential practices of Maitri (Loving Kindness) and Tonglen (Giving and Taking)  establish steady ground in us by instilling clear-seeing, gratitude, and compassion. In recognizing that our suffering in all its guises is only alleviated when we reach beyond our own concerns, these practices align our intention with the greatest good and allow us to see all the places we do have enough. In these meditations, we touch our own humanity at its depth of love and of fear to understand and connect to what others are experiencing. The connection is not made (as we usually do) by assuming that we know another’s experience by relating it to our own, but rather by connecting at the level of equanimity, that all humans have the same basic needs and wants and by starting from there.

In removing the separation caused by our pre-conceived notions, we become less likely to diminish and judge another person due to the problems brought on by their unique set of circumstances that we couldn’t begin to understand from a distance. As we begin to listen, we have a chance to move through our assumptions and prejudices, and to bring ourselves side-by-side others in true compassion. We do this first in these meditation practices, yet once the connection is established, it spontaneously overflows into our daily thoughts and activities. We shift from being consumed with how it all threatens “me”, allowing tension to release from our nervous system. We free up energy to serve, and can do what we need to do with more calmness and grace. We embody gratitude, and abundance in any aspect of life becomes a great gift, the opportunity to extend to others what can be shared, taught or given.

Our aim in each class this month is to include a Maitri or Tonglen practice. They are simple in approach, and no prior experience is necessary. You can also set aside a few minutes each day to practice on your own at home as we build a community of compassion. If you come up against resistances, be gentle with yourself. Begin with the first link to strengthening a loving relationship with yourself through Maitri practices if you are newer to these.  If you have some experience, either Maitri or Tonglen will be wonderful as a daily practice as you can.

Give it a try…as they say ( and with Thanksgiving coming up)…the proof is in the pudding!

Sraightforward steps to follow from Pema Chodron through links below (there are also many Youtube videos of Pema on these topics):



Extended Maitri:

POM- February 2017 Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) and Related Backbends

The backbend series Bhujangasana (Cobra), Shalambasana (Locust) and Dhanurasana (Bow) include backbends that allow us to explore heart-opening in ways that can be safe for the trickiest low back if we stay close to the earth or expansive and free as we lift higher off the ground. Remember, the strength in these poses comes from the inner core and moves outward, and not from pushing and pulling yourself to where you want to be. Develop grace, strength and flexibility as your heart gently opens to what is!

Lie on your belly with your arms resting alongside you. Bend your knees and reach back with your hands to grab hold of your feet or ankles. Be sure to reach both hands back together (not one at a time) to avoid twisting your pelvis. Spread your toes to activate the muscles of your legs. Resist your shins in toward each other to avoid splaying your knees. Press your feet (or ankles) back against your hands to lift your thighs away from the floor, and lead with your chest (not your chin) as you rise up into the backbend. Broaden your collarbones, lift your sternum, and allow your head to follow the movement of your chest, lifting it slightly but still maintaining length in the back of your neck.


If you can’t reach your feet or ankles, wrap a strap around the fronts of your ankles (or feet) and hold on to the ends of the strap.

SOM- February 2017 “When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times”

How do we stay open-hearted and effective in an increasingly confrontational world? In discussions with people from many points of view these days, it is apparent that pretty much everyone has a heightened level of uncertainty about the future. “Feeling what we feel” has long been taught as a valued practice in yoga, but what do we do when those feelings begin to overwhelm us? We want to stay present, yet get lost in the emotional smokescreen produced by the escalated tension, callousness, and rhetoric that is the new norm. Pema Chodron, in this month’s focus, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times cuts through the smoke to the clarity and reason needed to stay strong and united right now.
Methods for working with tough emotions have been taught in the Buddhist tradition for thousands of years, and are expounded upon in this text. We train, sometimes for years, in developing the skills to access courage, compassion, and clarity through our yoga practice. Now, on the playing field of life, we are called to embody these skills, not as concepts but as our tools as conscious individuals, and communities.

Boddhicitta, the space of the awakened and courageous heart, acknowledges the pain and fear, and yet holds the transformative space that allows us to move through fear to the presence. We uncover the strength of boddhicitta by holding a mirror to our fear and seeing what in us is afraid, and starting there. We are given instructions on where to look for our fear by examining the eight dharmas which show us how we get constantly caught in a never-ending ping pong game between our likes and dislikes. We learn how to feel and sit in our fear with more steadiness through tonglen, a meditation practice in which we connect directly with suffering that all beings have. And we develop strength and resilience of mind by practicing the six paramitas which allow us a non-moralistic way to courageously act with an open-heart and unrelenting focus.
As a lived process, our exploration will allow us to feel our fear, while bringing a new perspective on how our opinions, language, and reactions can contribute to more aggression if we are not careful. It will show how we can spiral when “how we want it to be” or “how we thought it was” smacks up against the cold-edged reality of “what it is”. It will reveal the places where we want to be heard and respected, but find it difficult to fully listen and remain skillful in communication with different viewpoints. Ultimately, it will demand that the smokescreen of fear be dispersed in us to find what is relevant, practical, and efficient in bringing the strength we need to light.
The teachings and practices we will explore this month are not easy, yet either are these times. They ask us to dive into the undercurrents of emotions we may have spent many years avoiding. As bodhisattvas, warriors of light, it is necessary to exchange our crutches for the finely- honed tools of courage, integrity, clarity and steadiness. Feeling fear in difficult times is natural; the space of boddhicitta is vast enough to hold the fear, understand it, and use it to guide us to where our presence is needed the most.

August 2016 – Pose – Forward Folds featuring Marichyasana A

Good news! Our pose of the month teaches us to stay cool, internally and externally! Forward folds featuring Marichyasana A and variations will be explored in our classes. Honor and cultivate the wisdom necessary to slow down, move skillfully into and pause in this class of asana, finding in the stillness all the information that is needed to guide you!

From Yoga International


Setup and Key Actions
Sit with your left leg long on the floor, bend your right knee and place your right foot on the floor, a good distance from your inner left thigh. Press the back of your left leg, the sole of your right foot, and your palms or fingertips into the floor to first lengthen your spine upward, and then tilt your pelvis forward, bringing your torso between your right thigh and left leg. Wrap your right arm around your right shin. Work your arm around your bent leg and behind your waist, and bind your left wrist with your right hand, or clasp the fingers of both hands together. With your hands bound press your right arm into your right shin. Your right hip will lift off the floor, but continue pressing your foot into the floor. Lengthen through your spine as you fold, keeping your shoulders level and the back of your neck long.

If you’re unable to hold your wrist or clasp your hands together, hold a strap between your hands, or press your hands into the floor to help move your torso forward over your leg. You can keep your hands on the floor as you press your right arm into your right shin, working all of the other parts of the pose without the bind.


Teacher Feature: Lisa Rostelli-Visco


Lisa Rostelli-Visco joined the Yogasphere teaching community in November of 2015.  She has been dedicated to her own practice for 30 years and teaching for over 20 with formal training in Iyengar Yoga. That training has been the foundation of both her own daily practice and her teaching, although she has also studied Viniyoga (yoga therapy) and Dharma Yoga more extensively. Lisa is a lover of learning and travels often to practice with other teachers from various backgrounds in order to expand her own understanding, to deepen her own practice and to share those experiences with her students. She believes that we as humans, are a sum of our experiences and our yoga practice should reflect same. Keeping an open heart and an open mind to what others have to offer is necessary for self-awareness and growth. Lisa has also been pole dancing for three years, competing for two. She has placed 2nd/3rd in the North American Pole Dance Championships – Masters Division, 1st place in the Masters Division in Paragon International 2014, and 1st Place in the Masters Divison of the Pole Championship Series 2015. Even her experiences as a competitive pole dancer has deepened her yoga practice and her love of movement. She lives in Doylestown Pa, where she and her partner raise their three children.

Lisa took her first yoga class at 16. “I thought it was weird and my parents were worried I was joining a cult,” she says. At this time she was also a ballet dancer so she already had an understanding of movement and body awareness. It was several years later that she would seek the path of teaching yoga. “I actually taught my first class because the teacher didn’t show up! So occasionally I would fill in here and there. Keep in mind this was a very long time ago. There were very few teacher trainings and many teachers weren’t ‘certified.’ I attended my first teacher training long after I started teaching.”

For any teacher or practitioner there are always poses or sequences that feel amazing, whether it is from the challenge, the feeling of expression and openness, or simple delight. For Lisa it is Backbends. “I love backbends. Love love love. There is something about all that front body opening that is so freeing,” she says. This is no surprise to me because when you meet Lisa whether it is in class on on the street she exhibits genuine warmth and kindness. When you open the front body you are also opening your heart center (Anahata Chakra) which is our center for love and compassion. As a teacher she is also always encouraging students to trust and believe in themselves. She says, “I want you to know and believe that you are limitless. Any limitation you may feel is a false perception.”

Lisa also has many other passions in life. She is currently training with a contortions trainer via Skype. “I would like to sit on my head in a chest stand by my 50th birthday. I may or may not do. That end result isn’t the point. The fact that I am trying is,” she says. Lisa has a zesty and courageous spirit that wholeheartedly embraces all there is to learn from the journey no matter the outcome. She never gives up. This could because to her, “Inspiration is everywhere…all I need to do is open my eyes in the morning and I am set.” Among other things she enjoys is football. She says, “I am a die hard Steelers fan. And can be quite unbearable during football season.”
If you haven’t tried one of Lisa’s classes I highly recommend it. Her knowledge of anatomy and alignment is superb. Her classes are wonderful if you are trying to advance your practice. She will challenge you to believe in yourself and face certain fears we all experience in our practice. You can follow Lisa on Instragram @LisaRostelliVisco Facebook @Lisa-Rostelli Vissco

Her current class schedule at Yogasphere Doylestown is:
Wednesday 7:00 PM Yoga Lab Level 2/3
Saturday 9:30 AM Power Flow Level 2/3
Article by Ali G

February Pose of the Month ~ Natarajasana ~ Dancing Shiva



From Tadasana~

 Both feet placed firmly into the earth. Pada bandha.

 Place right hand on hip firmly planting the right foot into the earth.

 Reach left arm straight up into the sky.

 Bend left knee as thighs are level.

 Extend left arm behind grabbing the inside of the left foot.

 Gently press the foot into the hand and the hand into the foot creating a counter action.

 Extend right arm out and lift as high as comfortable.

Lift from your heart. Be expansive, be open.

A beautiful option is gyan mudra, index finger to thumb.

This mudra, hand seal, envokes change.

Try this pose wholeheartedly.


August Pose of the Month ~ Ustrasana ~ Camel Pose

ustrasana camel pose

  • Come into child’s pose, Balasana, elonging the spine and breathing deeply relaxing the belly and releasing low back.
  • Move onto knees, with blanket under knees if necessary. Curl the toes under or point feet straight back which will deepen the the mid-back bend.
  • Knees are hip distance wide with hands on hips gently assisting the tailbone down.
  • Hips are forward with leverage of lifting the sternum. This will create a feeling of lifting the heart center, expanding the lungs and chest.
  • Rooting down through the legs and feet, gently press hips forward as the tailbone continues reaching downward.
  • Staying here or options of hands to heels, ankles or blocks.
  • Please pay attention to lower back and neck. There should not be any pain or discomfort in these areas.
  • Breathe in and breathe out for 5-10 breaths.
  • Counter pose with Balasana, and/or gentle twists to release.
  • It is beneficial to do three is a series but not necessary to fully open into the posture.

Enjoy Ustrasana

Open Heart ~ Open Mind