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.
I spent last week on the beach in Mexico. I played in the waves and soaked up the sun and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my family. Being a California girl, I find that I sometimes need a break from the Pacific Northwet. I am so grateful that I was able to take this time to restore and renew. A big shout-out to my subs for covering for me while I was away.
Indeed I am recharged. I am looking forward to a busy teaching schedule for the next few months. I am pleased to announce that I am now part of the wellness team at a Naturopathic clinic in Redmond. Starting next week I will be teaching a Hatha and Wellness class on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 9:15am at Alpine Integrated Medicine in Redmond. If you are looking for a more natural and holistic approach to your health care, do check them out.
Classes at River Tree Yoga (located at Tree House Point) continue to grow. We have tweaked our schedule just a bit to further meet the needs of our students. There is now a single class on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm. You no longer need to choose flow or restorative, this hour and a half class provides a comprehensive practice which will help you to work out the kinks in your system, inspire you to reach deeper, and allow you to relax more fully. We also offer classes on Saturday mornings at 9:30 – Vinyasa Flow Style.
And don’t forget about Village Green Yoga, where I have been teaching for several years now. Monday & Wednesday mornings we study alignment, Tuesdays & Thursdays at noon, its an hour of gentle therapeutics, and Tuesday & Thursday evenings we get the music out and flow. Sunday mornings its all about going deeper with great music and fun times.
This weekend I will head down to Oregon for the Cannon Beach Yoga Arts Festival. If you don’t have plans for the weekend, I highly recommend this event. It features exceptional teachers in a beautiful and low key environment. Oh, and did I mention beach?
Quote for the week by David Gershon:
How can we create sustained positive impact in the world, in the shortest amount of time, for the highest number of people?
That’s it for now. Check out the schedule page for class times and locations.
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.
Are you ready for an amazing workshop, guaranteed to open your heart to the abundance of the Holiday Season? I can’t wait for this Sunday. I just got off the phone with our musicians and I am so psyched. We are going to move and chant and be moved by their incredible voices and rhythms.
See you soon.
A Practice of Gratitude Sunday, November 24th 1:00 – 4:00pm
Welcome the Holidays with this Essential Heart Opening practice featuring live music by Tova Ramer and Steve Grant.
Steve has been singing Kirtan for years and has performed with his Bhakti Bliss Band as well as studied with Jai Uttal and Gina Sala. Tova has been singing for years in Jewish, interfaith and folk rock groups in the Seattle area. She’s inspired by Snatam Kaur, Gina Sala and Deva Premal.
This workshop features heart-opening asanas such as backbends to help you open more fully to the experience of the holidays and digestive asanas to help with you process the physical and emotional abundance of the season.
Our flow will be beautiful and deep and enhanced by the sweet sounds of live kirtan.
Open to students of all levels.
River Tree Yoga 6922 Preston-Fall City Road Issaquah, WA, 98027
$40/student, pre-registration strongly recommended. Workshop limited to 15 students
Contact Diana Bonyhadi to sign up 425-765-3173 Diana@KharmaBellaYoga.com
I hope it has been a good week for you. Mine has had its share of ups and downs, including a most unfortunate auto accident. Now I get to practice my own best advice. Breathe, rest, ice, careful alignment and good posture. I guess the positive is that as a result of the accident, others around me, are being more careful in their own driving practices. My husband is convinced that as a result of my accident, he was saved from having one himself, as he was now being more present and cautious at the wheel.
Students in my classes at River Tree Yoga and Village Green Yoga continue to inspire me. This week I was honored by a guest at Tree House Point/River Tree Yoga who said her practice with me on Monday was the best addition to an already perfect vacation. I figure that is a good thing, seeing as the next part of her vacation was going to need some modification – no she can not go to Mount Rainer.
I just came upon this book list from an article published on YogaJournal.Com. Many of my students ask me for my recommendations on what to read. I think this article does a remarkable job of listing and describing some of the best resources in the yoga book world. This is by no means comprehensive and some of my favorites are not listed, but it is a good start.
One more thing. Here is a beautiful video of Vladimir Horwitz playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #23. It is fun, it is inspiring, and heart warming. I must say that in many ways this man is a true yogi. He is so present, skillful, learned, humble and joyful. Enjoy!
For those of you who live in the Seattle area, I hoped you enjoyed the lightning show tonight as much as I did. The power of mother nature never fails to inspire me.
We are half-way through September and I am now stepping back fully into my routine. My daughter has returned to school and our schedule has once again become full. There is something nourishing about routine. In a strange sort of way, I find it allows me to do more in less time, without confusion and fatigue… There is freedom in structure?…there is freedom in alignment?…yes, I guess there is yoga in everything.
I am happy to announce that starting tomorrow morning, I will once again be teaching my Monday/Wednesday morning Hatha Integration class at Village Green Yoga. If you are looking for a careful, thoughtful, intentional, heart-based yoga class that allows you to explore and deepen your understanding and practice of yoga, join me Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9:30.
Beautiful News – Village Green Yoga has a gorgeous new bamboo floor. Not only is it beautiful, it also is a great floor upon which to practice. It has a bit of a give, but not too much, it is level and smooth but not slippery. I love it and I bet you will too.
So, here it is. The New Fall schedule in its entirety. I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
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