I told you earlier this month that Fall is the Season of Change. And so it is for me.
My server doesn’t like handling my mailing list. Sending out a regular newsletters was becoming oh so very cumbersome. And I was concerned that not everyone actually associated Kharma Bella Yoga with me, Diana Bonyhadi, the yoga teacher at several different studios.
So, I have decided to create a newsletter and an online presences as Diana Bonyhadi Yoga, and I will be using Mail Chimp for distribution. I have done the research and have determined that it is a safe and respectful service and includes easy to opt-in and opt-out features which will allow you and other yogi friends to choose exactly how often you want to hear from me.
The newsletter will be short, keep you informed of upcoming workshops, changes to my teaching schedule, interesting local yoga events, thoughts on yoga, and perhaps some other juicy yoga tidbits on anything from philosophy to fashion (?), to book reviews, asana, music, food, etc.
If you are not on my mailing list you can easily join by completing the form at the bottom.
The Blog/this website will continue as before.
Do let me know how you like the changes. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the mat or out and about.
Labor Day has come and gone, and so we bid adieu to Summer. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our long warm days have been filled with adventure, friends and family. As we turn our attention towards Fall I hope you will carry the nourishing energy of the sun with you as the days begin to grow shorter and cooler.
For many of us, September brings a return to structure. The kids are back in school and we can resume our regular routines, or maybe even begin new ones. What do you look forward to returning to? What new routines do you seek to embrace? How can your yoga help to strengthen your commitments to yourself and others?
This week, I return to my regular teaching schedule and look forward to seeing all of my students again. I’ve missed you! Most of the classes will stay the same but I have added an advanced practice class on Tuesday evenings. If you are looking to up-level your practice be sure to join me for this deep and expansive class featuring stronger asana variations and more time for pranayama and meditation.
To welcome the Fall, I will be hosting a workshop September 27, 1:00 – 4:00pm at River Tree on Structure and Dynamic Transitions of the Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar is nothing less than a prayer to the sun, the earth and all that is in between. As we move through these poses we nourish the body and spirit in deep and powerful ways.
This sequence of 8-14 poses can be found in its entirety or separately in almost every yoga class. If you have ever wondered how to step fully into and through each of these powerful poses, then now is the time to learn to own them, enjoy them and truly benefit from them.
This workshop will focus on the elements of alignment within the poses, techniques for transitioning between the poses and the role of the breath throughout the poses.
The workshop is suitable for all bodies and all levels. Learn how to modify and adapt the poses to ensure safety, and enhance your practice. Space is limited, so do sign-up early. Call 425-765-3173 to reserve a place for your mat.
As we turn the corner from darkness to light, we look to the New Year and see so many opportunities for expansion and fulfillment.
River Tree Yogacontinues to grow, serving an enthusiastic population of yogis who love the woods, nature and their practice in equal measure. Yoga in the Pond Room has become a haven for many and our workshops an inspiration for all. I will continue to teach Wednesday nights 6:30-8:00pm, and alternating Saturday mornings at 9:30am.
Mark you calendar for January 19th, 1:00 – 4:00pm for Foundation for a New Beginning, the first workshop of the year will focus on Ten Fundamental yoga poses – perfect for building your home practice and/or deepening your understanding of the poses you see so often in class.
Village Green Yoga has also expanded, adding more teachers and opportunities for learning across a broad range of yoga styles and techniques. My classes continue to be popular with students frequently coming early to reserve their favorite spot.
Sunday Morning Vinyasa has grown to become such a warm and nurturing community of yogis, that we all look forward to the weekend, just so we can spend our Sunday mornings together yoga-ing, laughing and healing.
Monday & Wednesday morning’s Hatha Integration Class is the workshop class for the studio. Come and explore your favorite asanas, practice pranayama and meditation. Study and Inquiry are the hallmark of this alignment-based class. So much to learn, so many ways to deepen.
Tuesday & Thursday Mid-Day Bliss/Gentle is just exactly that; a gentle exploration of posture and breathe, which is massages the mind, body and spirit. An hour of movement in the middle of the day – a beautiful way to renew and inspire.
Tuesdays and Thursday Evening Vinyasa Flow is a steady and playful sequence tuned to some awesome vibes, designed to get the heart rate up and the stress out.
I offer to all a bow of gratitude for your continued support throughout the years. It has been an honor and pleasure to be your teacher, as you continue to be my muse.
May the blessings of the season and the twinkle of bright lights bring joy and peace to you and your loved ones.
Dear Yogis & Yoginis,
I hope you have had a marvelous summer. Truly, summer in the Northwest is a wonderful thing. And now with the rain pouring and the skies filled with thunder and lightning, it officially feels like Fall.
I have spent the summer meditating, yoga-ing, gardening, going to concerts, berry picking, making jam and pickles, reading, and enjoying my family. I also traveled to Cannon Beach to host a workshop on core movement. It was a sold-out success, so there is a very good chance I will offer it again here in the Fall.
I am returning to my regular teaching schedule in September, along with a couple of new additions. While I enjoyed my “mini-sabatical,” I have missed being with my students on a more daily basis. However with the Jewish High Holy Days beginning this week, it will be a couple of more weeks before I resume my morning classes. A big thank you to the most wonderful Bonnie Dike for nourishing my classes while I was on leave. Isn’t she amazing?
I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching alongside my dear friend Inga Rouches at our new endeavor River Tree Yoga at Tree House Point in Fall City. Come out to the woods and experience the beauty and magic that is River Tree Yoga, a studio dedicated to inspiration, connection and growth. River Tree Yoga is conveniently located on the Preston Fall City Road, minutes away from Sammamish, Issaquah, Fall City, Snoqualamie & Carnation. Click here to see our beautiful new website, get our class get schedule, or find directions. River Tree Yoga, Fall City, WA Wednesdays
5:30 – 7:00pm Hatha Integration
Moving from the core means more than just using your abdominals to instigate movement, it also means moving from the essence of your being.
When you hear there is a workshop focused on the core, does it make you cringe and say to yourself, “no way am I going to take a 3 hour workshop on abdominals, that’s crazy”…Guess what? I hear you, crunches suck and in all honestly I wouldn’t want to spend 3 hours doing that either.
But when you hear that there is workshop focused on connecting to the essence of your being – how you do you feel? Hopefully, intrigued.
Because next weekend I am hosting a workshop in Cannon Beach designed to help you connect to the core of your being.
Imagine being able to:
move from a place of connectedness, a place of wholeness, a place of inner strength; imagine the infinite possibilities of movement. Truly, when we move the core of our being all things become possible.
Join me Saturday August 17th, 1:00 – 4:00pm at the beautiful Cannon Beach Yoga Arts studio to find out how to tap into and move from the core of your being.
This three-hour workshop will include asana, pranayama, meditation and lecture. We will examine all classes of asana including, standing poses, inversions and backbends.
Happy Spring. We have had so much sun here in Seattle it almost feels like Summer. But I’m not fooled, I know we will get a bit more rain to ensure the lushness of our gardens and forests. Oh but isn’t it beautiful here in the Springtime. This picture is of the Wisteria in my garden – Wow.
And in case you are one of the many who has suffered from allergies this Spring, the hot sunshine these past two weeks should have helped to clear out the last of the pollens, and you should be feeling much better.
A big thank you to my students for their support and understanding last week when my back decided to bail on me. Getting out of bed, off the floor and out the door was almost more than I could handle, but your kindness nourished me and I thank you. Once again I am so grateful for my yoga, as I know that is what helped me move and return to wellness so quickly. Well that and plenty of rest and ice. For those of you who also suffer from periodic low back pain/trauma here is the yoga sequence I used. I did this cycle gently at least twice a day.
Low Back Care Sequence:
Low back massage while lying on your back, knees drawn to chest, move knees in small circles, first one direction, then the other, and then in opposite directions.
Pelvic lifts while lying on your back with feet on the floor, gently curl tailbone up towards ceiling.
Alternate leg extensions while lying on your back with knees into chest, reach one leg away, lower slowly towards the earth (stop if it hurts), pause, then change legs.
Arm extensions while lying on your back knees bent, feet on the floor, reach arms over head.
Supported low bridge with arm extensions. The first couple of days I just used a book, then as my back began to recover I moved up to a block. I also explore lifting my legs in the air for a variation of shoulderstand. At first I could not lift my legs, but after a couple of days, having my feet in the air was very restful.
Cat-Cow – very slowly.
Supported child’s pose – put a bolster under you and rest with a softly rounded spine.
Leg extensions from neutral hands and knees. Extend one foot out behind you keeping the foot on the floor, toes tucked, reach through heel. Perhaps even extend opposite arm forward. Continue to draw belly towards spine.
Supine thread the needle. Lie on your back, bring both feet off the floor, knees over hips, cross left foot over right knee, reach through legs, and gently draw right thigh towards you while pushing left thigh away. You can also extend the right leg straight up. towards ceiling. Do both sides.
Happy Baby. Lieon your back, bend both knees and draw them into the body and then beside the body, hold onto the soles of your feet with the soles of your feet facing the ceiling. Extend back body along the ground.
Plenty of rest on your back with legs resting on bolsters, knees bent, and/or legs up the wall.
Ice ice baby
Summer News: Starting July first, I will be taking a semi-sabbatical from teaching for two months. We have found some wonderful subs to cover my weekday morning and evening classes at Village Green Yoga. Meditation Circle will continue on Thursday evenings at 7:00. So do keep your practice up and check out these amazing teachers. I will continue to teach my: Sunday Salutation Class 9:45 – 11:15, Midday Bliss Class, Tuesdays & Thursdays noon – 1:00pm.
Enjoy these glorious Spring days. I look forward to seeing you on the mat and around town.