A Gentle Way Yoga

A Gentle Way Yoga


Watch what you talk about! Watch what you focus on. Yes, we come to yoga to take care of our bodies, but most importantly we come to yoga to master our minds. ~ Lanita Varshell
Let us support you! We teach LIVE group classes and private coaching sessions on Zoom. Yoga Asana, Breath, and Philosophy that will deepen your love for yourself and others. PLUS - September 2022 6-night retreat in Montana with Diane and Lanita. www.featheredpipe.com
www.agentleway.com [email protected].
Our yoga classes help you release the pain and heaviness of your past so that life force energy easily flows through you. Join Lanita LIVE on ZOOM Sundays at 10:30 am (PST) for slow, soft, deep floor-based yoga. MIMSY: Meditation in Movement Soft Yoga. www.agentleway.com
Please watch this short video and help Jenn's dream come true. She is one of our Teacher Training Graduates. She proved to us all that it does not matter how much the body can move, Yoga still can be felt deep in the body just through breath a visualization. She is a living angel and an inspiration to us all! ~ Lanita Varshell ~
Can you tell that I lost my young Social Media assistant? I was just trying to update our Teachers Photo, and somehow I got it on Facebook FIVE times! Really? No idea how I did that. So sorry!
Singing is good exercise! It makes a mind and body healthy and fit. You should see what this lady is doing in San Diego! www.sing4yourlife.net
Classes are always both fun and relaxing. Kristin is an excellent teacher. She relates to each student as an individual, as well as to the energy of the class as a whole.
Every Monday morning we start the day with Kristen's Yoga Class. Best way to start the week, getting stretched out and relaxed, ready to face the world. Wonderful camaraderie and positive energy in this class.
Just signed up for my first class! I'll be there April 7th for beginners.
Gentle Way Tribe - I think this upcoming training might be something that resonates with your hearts: Enhance your outreach and develop the skills to provide yoga for differently abled populations with confidence, with mindfulness, and with heart. Jivana Heyman is coming to San Diego in April - join us at this amazing training!
YOU are what a Yogi looks like.

Small LIVE Zoom group classes customized for attendees. Trauma, Yoga Therapy, and Life Coaching sess Meditation, Breath and Restorative Yoga

Beginners Yoga, Semi-Active Hatha Yoga, Healing & Restorative Yoga, Plus Size - Large Body Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, Injuries & Chronic Conditions, Adaptive & Gentle Yoga, Specialized Workshops, Private Sessions, Chair Yoga.

Operating as usual

Happy July! 07/07/2023

Happy July!


Happy July! Feathered Pipe, Judith Hanson Lasater, San Diego & Arizona Events!   Join us in-Person this Saturday! July 8th - Handlery Hotel - Hotel Circle San Diego 8:30 am Diane - Joyful Awakening Yoga An easy


Join us for weekly live Zoom Classes.
In-Person 1/2 Day Retreat this Sunday in San Diego
June 10-17th - 7 Amazing Nights of Deep Rest & Mindfulness Practices at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, Montana.


Courage ❤️ Jai!


You can't help but be inspired at Feathered Pipe!
Join us June 10-17 for a whole week of deep rest and inspiration

We’ve started a new online project!

We are now collecting various forms of art that have been created at or inspired by the vibrant culture and magnificent land of the Ranch.

And we’ve aptly named it…. drumroll… Inspired@FeatheredPipe.

It’s a standalone page on our website where we’re sharing art, music, photography, poetry, and stories that you, our community, have poured your creativity, love and energy into.

Or, perhaps you didn’t effort at all, and you actually channeled something while at the Ranch, which does often happen!

As board president, Anne Jablonski, says of her latest contribution, a poem titled, I Borrowed Your Eyes Again, Montana: “I say this poem “showed up” instead of “was written” because it came to me more like an assignment to transcribe than words I wrestled into submission. Time on that land does things like that, right? I know I’m not alone in experiencing moments at the Ranch that become rooted so deep that their imprint haunts and inspires for a lifetime.”

However it arises, we want to see your masterpieces.

Please send us your contributions: [email protected]

And, please ENJOY the contributions from others as we grow this archive of beauty at featheredpipe.com/category/inspired-feathered-pipe/

Watercolor art by longtime friend and Ranch guest, Pat Olchefski-Winston


Three new men showed up at my free Chair Yoga class yesterday. One was an elderly man who could barely move, brought by a younger man who volunteered to help the elderly get out of their homes. The third man was a Senior who was very fit and made a point to exercise every morning. He was just looking for 'new moves.' During the course of our 45-minute session, I watched the elderly man's body not only remember movement but find great joy in it again. His whole body lightened up, brightened up, and he remembered how flexible he used to be. All three men loved the class, but this man transformed before our very eyes from 'elderly' to a happy, easy moving senior! We need more FREE yoga classes for those on very limited incomes. I will never turn you away from a class if you truly cannot afford it. Thank you to Herrick Community Health Care Library for providing these classes FREE to students and for paying yoga teachers a decent amount that helps us make a living doing what we love.


8:15 am - Slow Flow: Classical Asana Level # with Kathy. Ending breath and meditation with Lanita. Cost: $39

11:00 am: 1/2 Day Retreat with Lanita. Gentle and Restorative practices, sharing, caring, breath, and meditation. Cost: $59

Make it a FULL DAY Retreat for just $88. Email us at [email protected] We will save you a spot and send you an invoice.

Full-partial scholarships are considered. We never turn anyone away who is a true seeker of yoga and in need of financial help.
Email your financial request to Lanita - [email protected]


The comments below about our Retreats are from Bunny, one of my first AGW students in the 90s. She has continued to be a part of our community and traveled with us to the Pipe. What I love most about Bunny is (even now as a Senior) her ability to find a way to play, travel and stay connected with her friends no matter what life, health, or financial challenges she has faced. She is so much fun to be with. We will miss her this year, but I know we will be together again soon. Love you, Bunny! - Lanita 🙂💜
Please contact me for Retreat details, or go to these websites:
www.agentleway.com or www.featheredpipe.com


It's been three 3-years now since we closed our Studio. Don't you miss doing yoga together? We have a nice big room at the Handlery Hotel tomorrow with just a few people registered. It will be a very special day! Please join us! Partial scholarships available if needed.

Feathered Pipe Ranch: America's finest health, wellness and yoga retreats and travel experience 03/11/2023

Feathered Pipe Ranch: America's finest health, wellness and yoga retreats and travel experience

There is no place easier to meditate than at Feathered Pipe Ranch. Join us June 10-17th at the Ranch.

"Meditation is a powerful tool. If we were standing in your physical shoes, we would meditate on a regular basis for the sweet relief of a quiet mind. There is no better way of stopping the momentum of something unwanted, and to allow the momentum of something wanted, than to meditate -other than getting a full night’s sleep." ~ Abraham Hicks ~


Feathered Pipe Ranch: America's finest health, wellness and yoga retreats and travel experience Feathered Pipe Ranch - North America's premier health, wellness and yoga retreat center. Awaken your extraordinary potential in the heart of the Nature.


Sheila Shaw (photo) is my dear friend who has been by my side at every Retreat I have taught. She is the best story teller I have ever met. She radiates love for all. You must join us and spend time with Sheila. She will hold you in her heart forever!

Everything To Know About Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors 03/07/2023

Everything To Know About Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors

Celebrate with color and play the next two days. Celebrate Holi! What is the Holi festival for?
In addition to celebrating love, renewal, and the arrival of spring, Holi is a time when many people relax social codes, and let down traditional barriers between genders, classes and age groups.

Everything To Know About Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors Learn when it falls in 2023.


A Gentle Way Yoga

Yes, You are going to see Diane and I post a lot about the Feathered Pipe Retreat Center. Not only because we get to go back and teach in June, but because we KNOW the importance of carving out the time and money to Retreat. If you can't join us at the Pipe this year, please share how you Retreat: for a day, an hour, or even sometimes a minute or two.

A Gentle Way Yoga Small LIVE Zoom group classes customized for attendees. Trauma, Yoga Therapy, and Life Coaching sessions. Softer, safer, smarter yoga. We believe that anyone can practice yoga, regardless of body type, physical challenges, or experience level


"I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want." ~ Andy Warhol

Photo: Jonathan Lee ( on IG)


Yoga is like ice cream...
Thank goodness there are so many different flavors!
~ Lanita Varshell~
A Gentle Way Yoga


Yoga one a week changes your mind.
Yoga twice a week changes your body.
Yoga 3+ times a week changes your life!
~ Lanita Varshell ~


”In truth yoga doesn’t take time – it gives time.”
― Ganga White


Lanita Varshell and Diane Ambrosini on A Gentle Way Yoga Retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch

The Eternal Feminine Is a Healer 02/13/2023

The Eternal Feminine Is a Healer

Ever since yoga found me, I realized that the feminine energy of yoga needed to brought into the light. This is a powerful article from Deepak about how needed it is in the world.

The Eternal Feminine Is a Healer By Deepak Chopra, MD A powerful trend is underway to bring about more justice and equality for women. An attitude of “It’s about time” is totally justified.


A Gentle Way Yoga

A Gentle Way Yoga Small LIVE Zoom group classes customized for attendees. Trauma, Yoga Therapy, and Life Coaching sessions. Softer, safer, smarter yoga. We believe that anyone can practice yoga, regardless of body type, physical challenges, or experience level


Join me TODAY in La Mesa for Gentle Yoga. Even if you think it might be too easy for you, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much better you feel after one of these classes. Calm your mind and release body tension with a free class today. 😘


Each session is $45. Sign up under SPECIAL EVENTS at www.agentleway.com. Get free help with our new booking system from 12:20-2:00 pm.

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Our Story

We do not believe that one style of yoga, or one way of teaching a pose (asana) fits all. We are known for customizing our classes for the students who walk into our Center each day, not just teaching yoga asanas or routines.

We focus on safe, slower traditional asanas, and specialize in softer, healing, stress reducing and therapeutic classes that help balance the central nervous system.

Our founder Lanita Varshell began teaching yoga full-time in 1996. She began teaching in Diet Centers, Gyms, and Karate Studios, bringing students into yoga who never dreamed they could practice yoga or become healthy again.

Even fit, experienced yoga students loved her gentle, joyful approach to exercise, and soon she had developed a faithful clientele of over 100 students just in the East County San Diego area. "A Gentle Way Yoga Center" first opened its doors in 2000, adding more classes and different teachers and styles so that students could have a well rounded yoga practice. Since then we have offered a sanctuary for people from all walks of life to practice safe, personalized yoga.

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