Skagit Day of Free Yoga!

Six yoga instructors from six different studios offer a complementary day of yoga all under one roof–the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.  Come in, kick off your shoes, and explore a variety of styles of yoga in celebration of the upcoming Wellness Fair.  Classes start on the hour every hour starting at 10 am, and last forty-five minutes.  All levels are welcome.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:00 a m – 4:00 p m
Room 309 in the Co-op Building, downtown Mount Vernon


10:00-10:45 AM  Yoga for Equine Enthusiasts with Jessie Tierney from Hayloft Yoga in Bow
11:00-11:45 AM  Yoga For Now and the Rest of Your Life – Bikram Style Beginners Yoga with Chara Stuart from Bikram Yoga, Mt. Vernon
12:00-12:45 PM  Viniyoga/Therapeutic Yoga with Cindy Running from Riverwalk Yoga Studio in Mt. Vernon
1:00-1:45 PM  Yoga with Ricky Knue from Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge in Burlington
2:00-2:45 PM Yoga with Jennifer from Crescent Moon Yoga in LaConnor
3:00-3:45 PM  Neuro Yoga with Kate Bowers from Cascades Yoga Institute in Bow


10:00 – 10:45 AM

In Yoga for Equine Enthusiasts, Horse Lovers unite with our breath and practice poses to open our bodies, fostering flexibility, balance, strength, and ease of movement. The practice will also attune 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

Jessie Tierney is a Yoga Alliance Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher.  She studied yoga with Om Ananda Yoga in the Shambhava Tradition.  She has taught yoga to children, led Yoga-infused Outdoor Education Hikes, Horseback Yoga, and a variety of studio-based classes.  Jessie currently teaches at Double S Quarter Horses in Bow and Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge in Burlington.

This unique class meets in the upstairs hayloft of Double S Quarter Horses, a beautiful training and lesson facility in Bow, WA. Sue Sultze and Tom Pasma have graciously opened this space where horse enthusiasts can meet for a fun, non-intimidating, riding-inspired yoga practice.

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Yoga For Now and the Rest of Your Life – Bikram Style Beginners Yoga: 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.

Chara Stuart

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

Viniyoga/Therapeutic Yoga with 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

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.

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Yoga Blend with Ricky Knue draws from Iyengar’s structural alignment, light-hearted Anusara, hatha Vinyasa flow, therapeutic Viniyoga, and Restorative yoga for a blended, balanced class.

Since summer of 2008 when Ricky began to reap the benefits of the practice of yoga for herself, she knew she had found a focus for her life’s work and a way to serve others. Yoga helps quiet the mind and listen to the body, connecting movement with the gift of breath. Yoga allows us an opportunity to slow down enough to discover and recognize who we really are, deep down. Yoga also helps us subtly change our lifestyle, bringing more awareness to our relationships, our personal choices, and our lifetime responsibilities. For these and many more reasons, Ricky teaches.  Ricky is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher through YogaFit.  Her teaching style draws from Iyengar’s structural alignment, light-hearted Anusara, Vinyasa flow Hatha, and Restorative yoga for a blended, balanced class.

At Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge, our yoga is non-competitive, non-judgmental, and open to everyone regardless of experience or fitness level. We encourage you to work to your own ability and go to your own personal edge. With each class you will improve your balance, increase flexibility, raise your metabolism for several hours, raise your heart rate, and work every muscle in the human body, but most importantly, you will quiet and focus your mind, because when the mind is allowed to rest, the body can begin to heal itself.

2:00 – 2:45 PM

Finding the Love Within with Jennifer from Crescent Moon Yoga is a multi-level yoga class with energy building kriyas, pranayama and inspirational words.

Jennifer McFarland

Jennifer McFarland will be guiding the practice.

The benefits of yoga, strength, flexibilty, 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.

3:00 – 3:45 PM

Neuro Yoga is a Neuro Yoga 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 in Bow, 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.

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