Category Archives: Hayloft Yoga

Class Cancelled June 4th

Sorry for any inconvenience — classes resume Tuesday, June 11th.

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Updated schedule can be found here. 

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Hayloft Yoga Classes Start April 9

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Welcome!

HAYLOFT YOGA CLASSES

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First class: April 9, 2019

Every Tuesday from 7:00 — 8:00 pm
Arrive at least 10 minutes before class starts
$10

No preregistration necessary ~ drop-ins are welcome!
Double S Quarter Horses,
upstairs in the hayloft
15216 Colony Road
Bow, WA 98232
(directions)

Horse lovers welcome! This yoga class is specifically designed for equestrians across disciplines with all levels of yoga experience.  In this practice, we focus on areas that translate to a better seat in the saddle and ways to better connect with your Ture Self and your horse.  We stretch and strengthen hips, hamstrings, shoulders, core, & build balance, posture, and breath.  Come see how Yoga and Horseback Riding are far more complementary than you may think! Bring a mat and blanket if you have them.


 HORSEBACK YOGA WORKSHOPS

Codi-Fletch-TwistBring your yoga practice off the mat … and onto your horse’s back!

Inquire with Jessie about upcoming workshops at various locations across the Skagit Valley or schedule a Horseback Yoga Workshop at your local barn.

Click here for details.


 JESSIE TIERNEY, DPT, E-RYT

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Jessie Tierney, CRYT

Jessie is as passionate about using a gentle, heartfelt approach to horsemanship as she is about the benefits of yoga.  Jessie has been an active member of the Yoga Alliance since 2011 with over one thousand hours of yoga teaching experience, and she has been working with horses since she was 8 years old (that’s over 20 years).

Jessie is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy working in Bellingham, and she brings an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, and functional movement as well as an integration of energy systems to her offerings.


 CONTACT

Please contact Jessie with inquiries:

 

or (312) 857-3454
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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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In Gratitude

I am overwhelmed with gratitude tonight.  We broke a world record up in the Hayloft … fifteen of us lined out our mats and squeezed into the space between hay bales above horse stalls for practice.  I saw kind new faces and dear old friends, and was completely overcome by a sweet, nourishing sense of community.

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Sometimes when a large group gets together, it feels scattered or rambunctious, but tonight’s practice was deeply quiet.  Even the swooping, singing barn swallows calmed and came to a landing as we listened to our breath, connected inside, and began to move with awareness.  The loft felt transformed into a kind of sanctuary, lulled by the horses methodically chewing their dinner, shrouded in a beautiful sense of peace.  It was magical to be a part of.

Barn_Aisle_chickens_horseThis type of feeling takes practice.  It is not something that comes so natural or easy for many of us, although as my teacher says, “it is your natural state” — so perhaps a better way to say it is that we are simply out of practice.  Our minds are busy for much of the day (and night!), and over time we forget what it is like to have a simple, quiet awareness.  When we practice yoga, we learn how to be simple and quiet again.  We begin with our breath, using that simple awareness as a vehicle to re-discover who we really are.  When we are connected with who we really are–our true nature–we are automatically better at whatever we do, whether that is working with a nervous horse or having a challenging conversation with a family member or enjoying the beauty of a sunset.  This is why yoga helps us to become better horse people, and better people in general.  In other words, the benefits of yoga run far deeper than the physical postures.  Anyone who has practiced yoga has a sense for that.Supine-Pelvic-tilt-tuck

I am so grateful to be surrounded by a community who is willing to do this kind of work, who is committed to taking the time to practice being simple and quiet.  The world needs more of this type of feeling, of this type of community.  I hope that each of you know how powerfully your inner state–your connection to your true, radiant self–ripples out into the world.  This is how we make the most profound difference in our communities and beyond–not through great feats, but through each and every small act.  As Mahatma Ghandi–a great yogi–said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I am so honored to be connected with each of you.  May each of you shine brightly with your radiant heart.

Namaste.

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Babies at the Barn!

This is one of the best times for babies in the Hayloft!  Come out to class tonight and get your fix!

We have baby horses, baby barn swallows, baby barn owls, baby bison …

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Can you spot the owls?

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Cuteness alert!

An inspiring quote from last week’s practice:

“Every yoga posture involves a ‘push’ and a ‘yield.’  Pushing is an active force that moves the body further and deeper into the posture, gently exploring areas of tightness.  Yielding is a passive force with which you wait and listen to the moment-to-moment feedback from your body; it’s a letting go of resistance that allows the active force to be successful without being aggressive.  The pushing and yielding elements occur simultaneously, as in a dance.  Done properly, therefore, yoga is a matter of pushing and yielding, of ‘doing’ and ‘not-doing,’ at the same time.”

-Erich Schiffman
Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

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We have all the supplies you need! Just come on out!

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Yoga at the Loft

Tonight’s practice at Hayloft Yoga will be inspired by the hens … We will be attempting “Ruffle-the-Feathers-Between-Your-Front-Legs-Pose. Any takers?

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PS-drive with awareness … the fog’s rolling in!

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Is there a Chicken Pose?

Is there a Chicken Pose?

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Come on over to Hayloft Yoga at Double S Quarter Horses in Bow to find out!

Every Tuesday from 6-7pm. Sure to be the most unique soundtrack in any yoga class you’ll encounter!

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Carpool to Hayloft Yoga Classes

Please feel free to use the “comments” section below to coordinate car pooling arrangements out to the Hayloft, and know that the air you inhale deeply is a little sweeter if you ride out with a friend!

Or even better … ride your horse to class!

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Fall Updates

Changes to Yoga. Be sure to catch the last 2 Hayloft Yoga classes of the season!

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