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Horseback Yoga ~ Hoofbeat Attunement

Horseback_YogaIt just doesn’t get better than this!  Tonight was the second night in a row of horse & yoga amazingness.

Last evening was a beautiful practice in the Hayloft, and tonight I met up with my gifted friend Matney to co-teach a private Horseback Yoga ~ Hoofbeat Attunement session to a dear friend and her lovely and articulate 14-year old  stepdaughter.

Sometimes I am just in awe that this is my life!  All my dreams have come true.  I get to spend the next year and a half teaching more and more people this beautiful way to connect with themselves, their bodies, and their horses.  What more could a girl ask for?

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From the cool evening breeze to the thousands of lilies bordering the facility to the sweet connection that happened between Mike (the horse) and his human partners, it was a lovely session.  Matney’s deeply intuitive instruction and guidance is always so enlightening.  Our darling participants were open and interested in absorbing all that they could from the experience.  I am especially grateful to Mike for being such a sweet and instructive yoga teacher, offering licks and chews, nodding when in agreement, yawning, and turning his neck so he could see just what his rider was doing on his back each time she found a new pose.  His partners really learned a new language thanks to his clear teaching.  And thank you, ladies, for your sweet enthusiasm and making tonight just beautiful in every way.

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I so look forward to many more Horseback Yoga ~ Hoofbeat Attunement collaborations in the future!

Stay tuned for more.  And please contact Matney or myself to inquire.

Happy Trails!

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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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Gratitude

I am so honored and filled with smiles by Hadea’s sweet comment after Hayloft Yoga last evening and I want to share it with all of you!

“Each week I show up for Hayloft Yoga with Jessie I think I am there for my body, my flexibility and my strength. 60 minutes later I realize I am there because it fills my soul.

It is like filling up a bag with coffee beans at the grocery store:  you slide your little bag under the spout and lean into it and WHOOSH!  It is full.  It aligns me with Source in such a full way I am awash with self love and compassion.  So so so so good. ♡”

~Hadea Tift

Hayloft_Yoga_Blocks_Strap_Blanket_Tingshas_QuoteSigh.

It fills me up to have the opportunity to teach yoga in one of the most peaceful spots I can imagine, to some of the sweetest folks I could ask to know, who are equally willing to open up and feel ~ deeply ~ how full their souls already are.  Yoga gives us the tools to do just that: to let go of the cloudiness and see clearly that we are really already full inside.  I have so much gratitude to each of you for being a part of my community.

You help me feel full, too!

I’d like to leave you with the quote I read at the start of class, from a book I am enjoying so very much called Zen Mind Zen Horse.  I recommend it whole-heartedly to all of you!

“One lesson horses teach us right away is that intention begins with inspiration.  The foundation of training begins and ends with a breath.  Deep breathing disciplines us to slow down.  As predators, we like everything as fast as possible, preferably yesterday.  Why?  The faster the action, the quicker the reward.  For prey animals it is just the opposite.  The slower the action is, the more it gets absorbed.

Prey animals are patient.  For them, rushing is inextricably linked to fear.  Proper learning and reflection require tranquility and safety.  As super-charged predators, humans need to purposefully slow themselves down.  Breathing benefits the trainer by assembling and focusing her attention.”

~ Allan J. Hamilton, MD

I invite you to check in throughout your day with a deep, yogic belly breath.  See how gently you can expand and lengthen your inhale, and how softly, slowly and completely you can experience the exhale.  Just one deep, slow breath, a few times throughout your day.  I’m confident it will remind you of how to feel full of Source, or Love, or Compassion, or whatever it is you think you lack.

Breathing deeply,

Namaste.

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Hayloft Yoga: Compassion

Tonight was our first Fall-feeling Hayloft Yoga class of 2013, and the crisp air brought some friendly new faces!  I was struck by what a sweet community of horse- and yoga-lovers I am so fortunate to be a part of.

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Horses and cows grazed outside in the field to the backdrop of the Olympics, and the sunset was lovely as usual.  The weather has changed and is a bit more brisk, but nothing some conscious breathing and active poses can’t warm us through.  I noticed, after having been out of state for a month, the incredible impact the horses have on our practice of yoga.  In the hayloft, we can gaze down into their stalls and watch them (and they often watch us!).  We are enveloped in the sweet smell of hay, the sounds of them breathing, chewing, the taste of the dusty air.  Most importantly for me, horses help us to be present, in the moment, in our bodies.  Their way of being in the world–whether standing in the pasture or ridden under saddle–shines a mirror to our deepest selves and helps us to access that depth in ways we wouldn’t otherwise know how to.  Simply being in the presence of a horse is healing, calming.  They patiently, persistently show us how to be our best selves.  It is an honor and privilege to share a space with these equines, the true yogis!

Tonight’s theme was compassion, and we began class in a restorative pose while I shared a quote from Jack Kornfield:

“True compassion arises from a healthy sense of self, from an awareness of who we are that honors our own capacities and fears, our own feelings and integrity, along with those of others.”

This practice of having compassion toward ourselves is one of great import in yoga and in our lives.  On the mat in asana (posture) practice, we can approach each breath, each movement, with a sweetness in our heart toward our body, its capabilities and its limitations.  With this intention of loving-kindness, we find that we avoid injury and can go deeper into our practice, learning more and more about our physical, energetic and spiritual bodies.  Cows-Chickens-Double-SAs Kornfield says, before we can be of service to others, we must first gain a healthy sense of Self.  Yoga is a system that offers us tools to develop an awareness of who we are, with honesty and patience, allowing us to purify our body/mind with continued practice.  Only then, from a space of clarity and self-awareness, can we truly serve others.

As we refine this compassion practice on the mat, it begins to seep into our lives.  We can consider: what if we awoke each morning brimming with a joyful sense of self-awareness?  What if we lived every moment of the day with a sense of compassion toward our selves?  What if we cultivated unconditional self love, so that no matter what, our hearts stayed open?  What might our day look like?

The horses we love never criticize themselves for having a lameness, or being overweight, or aging, or feeling pain.  Perhaps that is one of the gifts they can offer us: a reflection of how to stay present, how to be compassionate, without judgement or harshness.  With honesty, truthfulness, nonattachment, these equines offer us an approach to living.

I encourage you, as you move through your days, to check in with yourself and see that you are approaching your thoughts, your actions, with compassion.  With acceptance.  With a genuine sense of self love.  You may notice that honing in on this practice enables you to become more compassionate toward others.

I would love to hear about your experience.

ॐ The highest potential within me honors the highest potential within you: Namaste.  ॐ

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June 25, 2013 · 9:59 pm

Horseback Yoga at Big Lake Stables

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SUNDAY JULY 7th
ALL LEVELS HORSEBACK YOGA WORKSHOP
12 noon ~ 3 pm
$40 includes arena use fee   ~   Free to “audit” (participate/observe on foot)

Big Lake Stables is located at 16550 State Route 9, Mount Vernon, WA

Here are the best ways you can prepare:

  • Please bring a trusted horseperson friend to hold your horse for you if needed.  It is also possible to partner up and spend half the time riding and the other half holding for your partner.
  • Show up on Sunday with a sense of play and childlike curiosity.  Let go of former approaches to horsemanship or expectations, and have an open mind about trying something new, even if just for a day.
  • If you have not already made payment arrangements with Terri or Jessie, please bring cash/check on Sunday.
  • Have your horse groomed by 12 noon.  If your horse would prefer, keep her/him in a stall while we do yoga (or you can leave her/him tied around the perimeter of the arena).
  • Wear comfortable riding clothes and boots.  Contrary to what you may have heard, you can absolutely do yoga in boots and jeans.  However, for our purposes, it is easier to move in flexible pants like breeches rather than tight-fitting jeans.  Wear what you will be comfortable moving in.  
  • No yoga mat or special equipment needed.  Bridle, hackamore, or whatever you are used to riding with is all the tack you need (no saddles!).
  • Okay to eat lunch before we start.
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

The workshop will flow somewhat like this:

  • We’ll start at noon with a 1-hour yoga practice in the arena (horses can be groomed & tied around the arena or in their stalls while we humans do our yoga).
  • At about 1pm, after human yoga, we’ll bring our horses into the arena to help them stretch.
  • Next, we’ll bridle our horses, then do some breathing practice and work on deepening our connection with our horses.
  • After that, we’ll each mount up, one at a time.  Please be comfortable bareback.
  • We will proceed with breathing & connection horseback, and then move into poses on horseback.
  • Trust that you don’t have to try anything that you are not comfortable with.  Come with a supportive attitude toward your fellow horses and riders.

I look forward to practicing yoga with each of you!

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Birdsongs, Breath and Rainbows

No, this is not the title of a cheesy love song.  These are the three words that perfectly sum up tonight’s Hayloft Yoga class at Double S!

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I was thrilled to have been joined in the hayloft by some friends from Big Lake Stables!  Sue & Tom’s exchange student from France also joined us, and in addition to a few other familiar faces, the hayloft was full!  What a sweet sense of community.

The birds were especially vocal today, and they sang to us throughout the entire practice!  The horses chewed their hay, the cows grazed outside, there was a single hang glider riding the wind off Blanchard Mountain in the distance.  As the sun began its slow descent across the summer sky, the hayloft was alive with color.  I couldn’t help but think that I have landed in the most perfect moment I could imagine as we began class.

In tonight’s class, we considered the difference between judgement and observation.  In yoga, judgement involves  the ego, like when we think our breath is “too shallow” or “not full enough,” or we how attach to what we think a pose should look because we saw a picture of a bendy person in a magazine, or when we criticize ourselves for having a busy mind and not being able to relax.  Tonight, we collectively set the intention to leg go of judgement and instead honor our power of observation.  When we observe rather than judge, we soften.  We don’t have to be so hard on ourselves.  We notice what is happening in the body, whether it is a sensation or a physical limitation, or the quality of our mind, and instead of attaching to it, we simply watch it in the pose.  If there is pain, instead of getting involved in the story about where the pain came from or how we think it should feel, we simply acknowledge it, and see if we can get into a position that is happier and healthier for the body.  If there is a busy mind, we watch the thoughts come in, acknowledge their presence, and then let them pass, like watching a leaf float down a stream.  SS-RainbowIf there is limitation in a pose, we go to the point of sensation and breathe with intention into the space that is feeling tight, consciously releasing tension on the exhale.

“…imagine what would happen if you started feeling tremendous love for all creatures, for every plant, for every animal, and for all the beauties of nature.  Imagine if every child seemed like your own, and every person you saw looked like a beautiful flower, with its own color, its own expression, shape, and sounds.  As you went deeper and deeper, you would start noticing a phenomenal thing–you are no longer judging.  The process of judging has simply stopped.  There is just appreciating and honoring.  Where there used to be judging, there is now respecting, loving, and cherishing.  To differentiate is to judge.  To see, to experience, and to honor is to participate in life instead of standing back and judging it.”    ~Michael Singer in The Untethered Soul

 

We can go further and take this practice off our yoga mats, into the saddle.  I think of a time when I was younger, riding a horse who had a history of being terribly barn sour.  I was determined to make this horse carry me on a trail ride (ego!).  I started calmly, turning her head side to side, giving her all the rein I could, clucking, squeezing, and leaning forward.  When none of this worked, I kicked her in the sides.  This backfired and she backed up instead of moving forward.  Frustrated, I redoubled my efforts to make her do what she was supposed to.  Instead of recognizing that I had exhausted all the tools I had at the time, ego kicked in.  I am embarrassed to say I kept wailing on her, even using the ends of my reins to force her to move forward, and she just kept backing up toward the corral where her other horse friends were.  She backed up so far (with me still on her, flailing my legs and arms and at this point, even yelling at her) that her rump was touching the fence.  And me, so involved with my ego’s idea of how things should be, kept kicking and clucking and getting nowhere.  It finally took another person coming over to me and saying “maybe it’s time to get off and take this to the round pen,” for me to give up on trying to make it happen.  I was so embarrassed: it was the first time in my life I’d beet told to get off a horse.  And even then, I was reluctant to give up.  I’d thought I had failed at riding, and instead of working with the horse in the roundpen, a new tool for me at that time, I un-tacked her and put her back in the corral, frustrated that she had “won.”

If I hadn’t been so invested in the way I thought things “should” have gone, I might have created an entirely different experience.  If I’d had the mind of observation rather than judgement, I would have noticed that I was having trouble dealing with this horse on my own, and observed that I needed help.  This would have changed the experience into a learning opportunity!  I could have asked for assistance (later that summer, we realized that if someone hand walked this mare away from the barn, just about 50 yards, she was fine).  I could have engaged in a roundpen session under the guidance of the person who suggested it.  I could have gotten off and hand walked her away from the barn.  This could have been a transformative experience for both me and the horse, but because of judgement, I’d shut off that possibility.

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At the core of this teaching: be honest with where you are.  Balance effort (sthira) with ease (sukha).  Notice rather than judge.

I think if we all followed these guidelines, our inner lives and the world we create would be quite a bit more peaceful.  What do you think?

“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.  However it’s not so easy to take a straight look at what we do.  Seeing ourselves clearly is initially uncomfortable and embarrassing.  As we train in clarity and steadfastness, we see things we’d prefer to deny–judgmentalness, pettiness, arrogance.  These are not sins but temporary and workable habits of mind.  The more we get to know them, the more they lose their power.”                           ~ Pema Chodoron

At the end of class, when we’d all rolled up our mats and headed down from the hayloft, the sun-setting sky greeted us with a fully formed rainbow, just outside, perfectly arcing over the barn!  With the sunset painting half the sky and storm clouds darkening the other, we celebrated joyfully under this symbol of promise.

Namaste.

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Reflections on Hayloft Yoga

We have been graced with the most beautiful weather on Tuesdays since the start of Hayloft Yoga!DSC_0405

Here’s a little news from the hayloft: the owl hutches are full … of baby owls!  Come on out and peek up to see if you might catch a glimpse!

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One of the most tangible benefits of yoga in such a magnificent space is that practicing in the barn offers us the opportunity to sofetn, nurture, and strentghen all of our sense organs:

VISION: EYES
We soften the gaze out toward Blanchard Mountain to give the eyes a break from close-up computer screens, or even simply from being indoors all day, where the most distant ocular point is the wall or the window.  Some of the yoga teachings offer “eye yoga,” exercises for the eyes that can actually improve vision.  There are numerous papers & articles documenting that time outdoors also improves vision, attributed by some to the ultraviolet light, or that the eye muscles get the opportunity to focus on shapes, forms, and colors at a wide variety of distances.  In yoga, the dristi is a single point of focus.  It is most often mentioned in balancing poses (helping us to maintain balance through a point of focus through which we gaze softly).  Keeping a dristi, we see that our mind calms and we can find inner stillness.

We  need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the  friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see  the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … we need silence to  be able to touch souls.
-Mother Teresa

HEARING : EARS
Our busy lives are filled with so much noise that we tend to shut off from the barage of sensory input in an attempt at self-preservation.  This legitimate form of pollution has wide-ranging adverse health, social, and economic effects.  Cars, jets, TV, radio … it is more important than ever that we take time to give our hearing a break from the barage.  Yoga in the hayloft gives us a beautiful opportunity to listen, really listen, without being accosted with discordant sound that takes us away from our curious awareness and into a defensive state.  In a relaxation pose, we can close the eyes and soften the ear canals toward the throat, unhinging the jaw, and sinking into the support of a blanket.  We tune to the soothing sounds of the horses stirring, eating, shifting their weight in stalls below, the sounds of the songbirds inside and outside the barn, and the voices of frogs, cows, and hawks occasionally greet us.  All of these create a gentle symphony to soothe our sense of hearing, our ability to hear.  This helps us to shift our listening inward and give our inner world our full attention.  We can often be surprised at what we can learn from this simple, gentle exercise of listening in.  It is one of the most wholesome and healthy practices we can engage in.

Silence is more musical than any song.
-Christina Rossetti

TOUCH : SKIN
The yoga postures give us the opportunity to bring our awareness to the skin, which we often take for granted.

It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
-B.K.S Iyengar

In the hayloft, we notice the temperature of the air on our skin, we feel our bodies in contact with the floor, and we honor this organ of skin which literally holds our body into one form.  As awareness spreads across the skin, we can gain a sense of gratitude and appreciation for being in this body, alive, moving, breathing, living.  We associate the hands with touch, but we can also explore the sensations of the skin of the rest of the body, stretching in each pose, expanding: the sense of breath on the upper lip, the sense of softening the wrinkles in the face, the sense of spreading the skin of the feet to find a strong yet supple standing posture.  What a glorious organ, the skin!

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I look forward to more practice in the hayloft!

Namaste.

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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.

Cindy Running

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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