Thank You Everyone.
The response to my post and newsletter two weeks ago was incredibly supportive and affirming. I guess I am not the only one who has been trying to figure out how to navigate these challenging times. Thanks to all of you, I not only feel comforted but also inspired to continue to teach yoga from my space of satya (truth). Now when I listen to the news, I realize that there is something more that I can do other than make phone calls, sign petitions and march. And I have been doing it all along – teaching yoga and helping people to find a space of inner peace and strength to follow their own path of Dharma.
We have made a slight change to the schedule at River Tree Yoga. On Wednesday evenings I will only be teaching one class at 6:30pm. It will be a Hatha-Yin Fusion class. We will go slowly and deeply into our poses, look to alignment and strength, and finish with some long luscious yin holds to restore and rebalance our energy.
Other news at River Tree Yoga, we have a Yoga Sound Bath with Daniella White scheduled for Tuesday February 28th at 7:30pm. If you haven’t gone to a Sound bath yet, you really should. Imagine a gentle yoga practice followed by a nice, long svasana and being lulled into a deep state of meditation by crystal singing bowls, vocal harmonics and gongs. Participants are bathed in powerful vibrations that help entrain their brain waves into Theta. It is in this deeply relaxed state that physical / mental / spiritual healing can take place, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, cellular regeneration, stress release, and emotional/physical healing. Click here to register.
All my other classes are on schedule as planned:
River Tree Yoga, Fall City
- Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00pm: Hatha/Yin Fusion
- Saturday, 9:00 – 10:30am (alternating): Hatha Flow
Village Green Yoga, Issaquah
- Tuesday & Thursday, Noon – 1:00pm: Mid-Day Bliss/Gentle
- Sunday, 9:45-11:15am: Hatha Vinyasa Flow
- Wednesday, Noon – 1:00pm: Mid-Day Bliss/Gentle
Thank you again for your continued support.
Shalom & Namaste
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I’m sad to announce, that this is my last week teaching at Village Green Yoga and River Tree Yoga until June. Truly, I will miss teaching and my community. You guys bring such light to my life through your dedication, compassion and humor. But it is only a month and I will be back to my regular schedule very soon. In the interim, I have arranged for some excellent subs. So keep doing your yoga and your practice will grow from the wisdom of others.
As I prepare to spend the next month in Berkeley helping my father downsize to a small apartment in a continuing care community, I reflect on what this might mean for him, as well as for myself.
Moving is difficult for everyone. I have read that it is one of the top five stressors in life. I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like for my father who is 95 and has lived in his current home for the majority of his adult life. He has not only lived in this house for over 50 years, he also designed it himself. It is perhaps his finest work as an architect and is truly a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. It sits on a wooded lot in the Berkeley hills with sweeping views across the San Francisco Bay. Floor to ceiling windows and doors on all sides, beautifully decorated with antiques from Europe and Asia; it is simultaneously inspiring and comforting. He is deeply attached to his home and the separation will be difficult for him. I think perhaps it is part of his identity, and so the stress of moving will be compounded by the separation from a part of his self.
I must also recognize that this is the home in which I grew up, so I am not only dealing with his loss, but I am also dealing with my own. Once he is moved, I will need to sell most of his/our belongings and let go of the security of having a place to land in the Bay Area; a place to share with family and friends, a place which I have always referred to as home. It is a home that is much loved and will be deeply missed.
And yet I am reminded of the yoga teachings concerning attachment. Our attachment to the past, to things being as they were; our attachment to the desire for things to be different from how they are now; and our attachment to material things in general can all lead to pain and suffering as well as distracting us from our ability to reside in the direct experience of the present moment. At this point I will spare you a full dissertation on all of Patanjali’s Sutras which discuss non-attachment, and only lead you in their direction.
- Sutras I.12,I.15, I.16 – explains that through non-attachment we consciously realize that attachment can create short and long term negative effects.
- Sutra II.3 – notes that the causes of suffering include ignorance, egoism, attachment, repulsion and fear.
- Sutra II.7, II.8 – suggests that attachment is the consequence of pleasure as aversion is the consequence of pain.
- Sutra II.39 – reminds us that persevering on the path non-covetousness leads to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life.
So, as I get myself ready for this seemingly Herculean task, I will hold fast to my yoga, the practice and the principles. I will remind myself that this too shall all pass. And that this is simply another step in the trajectory of my life. I am grateful to have lived in such a lovely home, grateful that my father has lived such a long and healthy life, and grateful that I have the flexibility to be able to help him in this difficult time.
I thank you in advance for your support and understanding. I look forward to seeing many of you this week, and send you wishes for a happy May.
Shalom & Namaste
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.
Shalom & Namaste
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.
Shalom & Namaste
Happy Holidays Everyone
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 Yoga continues 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.
Shalom & Namaste
Hasn’t October been a wonderful splash of color here in the Pacific Northwest? I know it happens every year, but honestly, the beauty of Fall never fails to inspire me. I have managed to tromp through the woods several times in the past two weeks, and have even found a few more mushrooms for supper, yum!
In case you were wondering, I am indeed teaching on Thursday evening, which just happens to be Halloween. Seems to me, being strong and flexible and open is a good idea on the night when spirits come out to play. And if you are planning on nibbling on that Halloween candy, then you had better come get your practice on beforehand to help stimulate you digestive system.
Classes are going great, both at River Tree Yoga and at Village Green Yoga. Each studio is dedicated to the wellness of our bodies and our souls and our communities. This is a mighty combination, leading to healing and inspiration for all of us. So whether you want to do your yoga in the city or in the woods, drop in for a class or sign up for a series. It will change your life for the better. And be sure to mark your calendar for my next workshop at River Tree Yoga:
A Practice of Gratitude
November 24, 1:00 – 4:00Pm
featuring live music with
Tova Ramer & Friends
Shalom & Namaste
Happy Friday Yogis.
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!
Happy Weekend Yogis
Hello Yogis and Yoginis,
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.
Shalom & Namaste,
Sundays 9:45 – 11:00am
Mondays 9:30 – 10:45am
Tuesdays Noon – 1:00 & 5:30 – 6:45pm
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00am
Thursdays Noon – 1:00 & 5:30 – 6:45
Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm
Alternating Saturdays 9:30 – 11:00am