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Hayloft Yoga Work Party & Free Yoga Class

Hayloft_Yoga_StudioHelp us Spruce up the Loft & Stay for a Free First Yoga Class of the Season!

You are invited to a work party in exchange for a free yoga class this Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Bring your rubber gloves and something to scrub with (broom, scrub brush, sponge, duster, old rags, or just your biceps)!  We will be sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing the hayloft in preparation for this season’s return of Hayloft Yoga (official first class is Tuesday, April 9, 2019).

After the loft is spic and span, volunteers are welcome to stay for a free hourlong yoga class led by Jessie—the first practice of the season!

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Cleaning happens from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Yoga from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Please text your RSVP to Jessie at 312-857-3454 (please include your name in the text).

See you in the loft!

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Don’t miss this PBS Documentary series!

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Click to navigate to the PBS documentary series on the horse!

 

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Yoga Blanket folding 101

The long-awaited Yoga Blanket Folding How-To Video … for your viewing and learning pleasure, from the comfort of your own home!

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I have joked so many times about needing to teach an entire class dedicated to the art of yoga blanket folding.  Here’s to spending less time figuring out how to fold a blanket and more time in the juicy postures that we love so much!

Happy folding!

Namaste.

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Songs in Savasana

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What an amazing evening in the hayloft!  Tonight’s class was free of charge, in celebration of National Yoga Month in the spirit of making the transformational practice of yoga accessible to all.

There are countless benefits of yoga, and the Yoga Health Foundation offers a list of research-supported, evidence-based findings, supporting the relief of conditions ranging from fatigue to cancer, inflammation to menopause, anxiety & depression.  Quite extensive!

What the list doesn’t quite get at, however, is the depth of connection we can cultivate in practice to our Inner Self, or our deepest truth.  It’s hard to measure the subtle qualities that we get in touch with and develop through a yoga practice.  Tonight’s class was guided by the heart center, opening both physically and energetically to our highest potential in our asanas and, ultimately, in our lives.

“The heart is the hub of all sacred places.  Go there and roam in it.”

~Nityananda

At the end of class, as we settled into Savasana, placing support under our knees to nourish the low back, lengthening our necks, relaxing our shoulders, our arms, opening our hearts and palms to the sky in a gesture of receiving via letting go.

Even the horses got quiet.  Matney brought out her guitar and sang till our hearts were as full as the moon …

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Om shanti shanti shanti.

Thank you for a beautiful practice.



 

Mudflat_ReleaseMatney’s band, The Mudflat Walkers, will be playing at their CD Release Extravaganza (kid-friendly!) upcoming on Friday, September 19th from 5-9pm in Fairhaven.  I hope you will join me in celebrating (bring carrots for her four-legged co-star, whose Debut Performance will be featured during the Mudflat Walkers set)!

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Winning Quote!

Leslie won a free Hayloft Yoga Class Pass for this winning quote:

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Honorable mentions were Vicki, Sue, and Hadea.

Special thanks to Dipper (the horse), Codi (the photographer) and my garden (the carrot)!

Enjoy some of the other great quotes:

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And stay tuned for the next contest!

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Best Quote Wins …

Fill our quote bubbles and win a free Class Pass to Hayloft Yoga!

Winner will be announced Tuesday September 2nd.

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Winning Quote!

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Sue T. wins a free Hayloft Yoga class for coming up with the hilarious quote featured in the bubbles!

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Quote this Picture …

… for a Free Hayloft Yoga class!

I was horsin’ around with my dear friend Codi and her movie-star (as in the most camera-aware, perky-eared horse I’ve encountered!) Palomino Quarter Horse, Cajun, when this perfect photo op arose.

What do you think they are saying?

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If you’re curious, we were at the impeccable and magical Wild Marmot Ranch,
and they currently have vacancy for boarders!

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I can’t wait to read what y’all come up with!

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Try Hayloft Yoga at the Free Yoga Day!

 

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SATURDAY MAY 4,2013

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.

SCHEDULE 

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
Viniyoga:Therapeutic Yoga

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

5:00-5:45 pm ~ Dawn Lee
Gentle Yoga for the Triathlete

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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.

Kathleen Grimbly

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.

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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.

Jessie Tierney

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

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.

Jennifer McFarland

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.

Dawn Lee

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.

See you there!

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Claim your FREE Hayloft Yoga Class Pass at the CoOp Wellness Fair

Please join me at the Skagit Valley Food CoOp’s annual WELLNESS FAIR on March 23, 2013!

I will be sitting at a booth and handing out FREE class passes for HAYLOFT YOGA (Hayloft Yoga starts April 16, 2013 at Double S Quarter Horses)!  The 6th Annual Co-Op Wellness Fair is located on the third floor of the Skagit Valley Food CoOp in downtown Mount Vernon.  No registration necessary; you can drop in any time between 11am and 2pm.  There will be a variety of practitioners offering services, talks, demos and free samples.

It is sure to be a great time!  Visit the CoOp Website for more details about the  Wellness Fair.

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