11:00 am –6:00 pm
Room 309 in the Co-op Building downtown Mount Vernon
Yoga instructors from across the Valley offer an entire day of free classes in the upstairs of the Co-op. Come up to the third floor,kick off your shoes and explore a variety of yoga styles in celebration of all that is offered in the Valley. Each class starts on the hour every hour beginning at 11 am. Classes are suitable for all levels (including beginners!). Bring your own mat if you have one–some supplies will be provided. Free &Open to the public. Preregistration not required.
11:00-11:45 am ~ Chara Stuart
Bikram Yoga for Beginners
12:00-12:45 pm ~ Kathleen Grimbly
Healing Musculoskeletal Pain with Yoga Therapy
1:00-1:45 pm ~ Cindi Running
2:00-2:45 pm ~ Jessie Tierney
Yoga for Equine Enthusiasts
3:00-3:45 pm ~ Kate Bowers
Yoga for the Brain
4:00-4:45 pm ~ Jen McFraland
Finding the Grace Within
Gentle Yoga for the Triathlete
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS &TEACHER BIOS
11:00-11:45 am Chara Stuart ~ Bikram Yoga for Beginners
Often known as “Hot Yoga,” Bikram Yoga instructs students in 26 poses and two breathing exercises for health and well-being. Typically performed in a heated studio,we will adapt for this introductory Co-op class by explaining the benefits of the heat,while practicing an abbreviated sequence of poses. During our practice,the health benefits of each pose will also be described.
At Bikram Yoga Mount Vernon,our community of students of all ages and health conditions,practice a sequence of beginning poses in a heated room. These poses are designed to promote health and well-being through systematic contraction and relaxing of muscles with compression and extension of internal systems. The sequence,with the added benefit of heat,strengthens the body by improving balance and flexibility;and,irrigates and bathes the body’s internal organs and systems with blood flow,which helps to reduce inflammation and stress. This combination facilitates the delivery of oxygen and nutrition throughout the body and the removal metabolic waste. Simultaneously, students cultivate a focused mind, infusing their body with awareness and developing the ability to be more present in their lives. Weight loss is one of many common side benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga. With a steady practice you will discover the benefits this form of Yoga holds for you.
Hot Yoga Matters at Bikram Yoga Mount Vernon is located in the loft of the historic telephone building,506 south second street,accessible at the east entrance on third street,just blocks from the Skagit Valley Coop.
12:00-12:45 pm Kathleen Grimbly ~ Healing Musculoskeletal Pain with Yoga Therapy
Learn to unite body-mind-spirit to heal the causes of pain non-medically. Whether your pain is chronic or acute,learn a practice that both provides immediate relief and supports restoration of the body’s design function. If yoga classes or physical therapy don’t work for you,if you’ve had joint replacement,if you’re skeptical or analytical…come and experience. Dress in comfortable clothes,bring a blanket or mat and two pillows. The only pre-requisites are the desire to heal your pain and/or posture problems and taking responsibility for your own health.
Kathleen Grimbly,(BA in Education) is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 1995.
After four automobile accidents,chronic pain,fatigue,fibromyalgia and a permanent partial disability,she studied at Rocky Mt. Institute for Yoga &Ayurveda and learned the Egoscue method to restore her health. Now she teaches hiking,kayaking,cross country skiing and yoga which balances the body to prevent injury and pain.
1:00-1:45 pm Cyndi Running ~ Viniyoga:Therapeutic Yoga
Cindy Running stresses safety first,inviting participants to explore the sensations of the poses while encouraging a non-competitive enviroment. Cindy cultivates a relaxed,accessible atmosphere in her classes,where participants are free to be themselves,no matter what level of experience they bring.
Cindy Running is a Registered Therapeutic Yoga Teacher,Certified Personal Trainer and a Licensed Massage Practitioner. Cindy began practicing yoga thirty eight years ago while pregnant with her first child as an effort to stay in shape while pregnant – a lofty goal. She delivered a large baby without complication or anesthetic. While studying to become a personal trainer she found yoga to be the single most important part of her work out. Cindy completed a two year yoga teacher training program in Seattle taught by the acclaimed Laura Yon Brooks MA/RYT/LMP. Her classes are a blend of all she gleaned from over thirty years of study,practice and observation. Cindy teaches from her heart and she hopes she can be a resource for anyone who is seeking their greatest potential.
Riverwalk Yoga Studio is Mt. Vernon’s hub for massage,yoga,personal training,meditation classes and more. The studio is located in the newly painted “Tuscan Gold” Carnation Building. 117 N. First,Suite 5,Downtown Mount Vernon – on the main floor facing the river.
2:00-2:45 pm Jessie Tierney ~ Yoga for Horses &their Riders
Horse Lovers will unite with our breath and practice poses to open our bodies,fostering flexibility,balance,strength,and fluidity. This practice attunes the mind,helping us sharpen focus and deepen the ability to communicate with our equine (and human) friends. This class is suitable for horse enthusiasts across disciplines with all levels of yoga experience.
Jessie Tierney is a Yoga Alliance Certified &Registered Yoga Teacher. She studied with Om Ananda Yoga in the Shambhava Tradition. She teaches yoga to children,leads Yoga-infused Outdoor Education Hikes,Horseback Yoga,Hayloft Yoga,and a variety of studio-based classes. She works as an aide and teaches yoga at Sedro Woolley Physical Therapy,and also teaches a fun,non-intimidating,riding-inspired yoga practice in the hayloft at Double S Quarter Horses in Bow.
3:00-3:45 pm Kate Bowers ~ Yoga for the Brain
Yoga for the Brain is a class for all ages. This class provides a zippy challenge to the brain and body in surprising ways. We’ll use crazy props like blow pipes and hula hoops. We’ll clap,tap and rap. Prepare to laugh. Bring friends ages 5 and up.
Kate Bowers, owner of Cascades Yoga &Neurotherapy,has taught yoga for 16 years and practiced for 32. She trained extensively at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco,CA and since has been an ardent student of yoga. For 15 years she studied neurotherapy with neuroscience pioneer,Judith Bluestone. Bowers obtained HANDLE (R) Institute certification to work with people aged 5 and up with mild neurological and neurobehavioral challenges such as ADD,ADHD,learning of disabilities and mild brain injuries. Bowers works as both a yoga teacher and neurotherapist with groups and individuals. Bowers uses gentile humor,compassion and mindfulness to help others explore the self discovery offered by both practices. She hosts the Yoga Minute radio show on KSVR’s 91.7 FM on Mondays at 5:25 PM.
At the Bow Yoga Club, Bowers teaches small group, private yoga and neuro yoga classes where small dogs Cracker and Godzilla keep it real and inspire loving kindness. Bowers teaches yoga in Anacortes at Island View Elementary School,the Anacortes Senior Center and the Anacortes Center for Happiness where she currently teaches Neuro Yoga for Kids. Yoga classes combine traditional and obscure yogic practices with Ayruvedic and neurotherapeutic influences. Visit the website or call 766-4282.
4:00-4:45 pm Jen McFraland ~ Finding the Grace Within
Finding the Grace Within with Jen McFarland of Crescent Moon Yoga is a multi-level yoga class with energy building kriyas,pranayama and inspirational words.
The benefits of yoga,strength,flexibility,and relaxation techniques,are far reaching and promote healthy living. Crescent Moon Yoga offers a variety of classes from Hatha and Vinyasana flow,Anusara,and Iyengar. Believing in community,our studio utilizes local talent to facilitate special events,workshops and classes to pamper! Our Yoga studio is located at 521 Morris Street,the Yoga Bliss Building,in La Conner,a quaint little town in the Skagit Valley. Our focus is yoga for every body.
5:00 ~ 5:45 pm Dawn Lee ~ Yoga for the Triathlete
Gentle Yoga for the Trialthete is a needed addition for healthy muscles,reduction of injury and prime recovery. Whether you are seasoned,brand new,or a triathele at heart,yoga is a vital part of training. We will focus on stretching all the muscles that are used during swimming,riding and running.
Hailing originally from Columbus,Indiana,Dawn Lee combines the midwestern sensibilities of her upbringing with the progressive ideals of the west coast to offer a holistic,attainable approach to wholeness and fitness of mind,body,and spirit. She blends her innate love of the outdoors with her academic training in nutrition and fitness to assist her clients in developing an individualized plan for whole body wellness.
With twelve years experience as a fitness instructor and four years as the owner/operator of Expressive Fit,Dawn has extensive expertise as a yoga instructor,having worked with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. An avid marathoner,cyclist,swimmer,and tri-athlete,Dawn works in team situations to promote individual wellness and team cohesion. She also offers themed workshops to small and moderate sized groups.
Dawn is excited about her latest venture in personal wellness,Skype yoga appointments. Using the flexibility and accessibility offered by current technology,Dawn now offers personal internet yoga sessions,allowing the client the comfort and privacy of their own home while offering the benefit of an instructor led encounter.