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October: Upcoming Yoga Series and more news…

October 16, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the incredible light and settling in of fall.  Here are some updates to my fall yoga teaching schedule.

Mt Baker – Wednesday evenings, 7-8:15 pm
The next “Community Yoga” series at the Mt. Baker Community Club House will be October 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 6, and 13 (excludes Thanksgiving week).   This class is always open to drop-ins – including tomorrow, 10/16 – but many people find the six-week commitment a useful way of blocking off a regular time for practice.  You can register for the series at: http://kristaleehanson.com/classes/register-2/

I am also planning a Thanksgiving/gratitude class for November 27 at Mt. Baker – look for details on that soon.

Mt. Baker – Friday mornings, 6:15 and 7:15 am
I’ll be teaching “Yoga Fridays” at the Mount Baker Clubhouse early Friday mornings!  There will be two classes, 6:15-7am, or 7:15-8am.  These will be organized by the South Side Booty Camp, but the yoga classes are open to everyone.  Like the evening classes, we’ll combine mindful movement, stretching, strengthening, and meditative attention to hopefully start your Friday morning with a long spine and mental flexibility!  You can pre-pay through the web site: http://www.southsidebootycamp.com/booty-camp-details/yoga-fridays/

Prenatal and Postnatal at 8 Limbs Studio
If you are pregnant, or know of new parents looking for yoga, please let them know about my two newest classes:
Prenatal Yoga – Saturdays 12:15-1:45, 8 Limbs Capitol Hill studio
Postnatal Yoga – Tuesdays 11am-12:30 pm, 8 Limbs Wedgewood studio

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression at Lotus Yoga – Wednesday mornings
I’ll be teaching two of the six sessions in Lotus’s upcoming Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.  This class series is open to anyone, whether you’ve experienced anxiety or depression in a fleeting moment, due to a specific situation, or on a daily basis. The class is for everyone.   For more information and to sign up, see https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=21046.  The first class in the series is Wed, 10/30, at 8 am.

I hope this email finds you well – finding inspiration, breath, ground, connection in yoga and beyond.  To end, I offer one of my (many) favorite Mary Oliver poems.  (My parallel “Practicing Yoga” poem would say that “it doesn’t have to fancy arm balances, it could be just standing quietly, or a few deep breaths…” )  Enjoy!!

Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

– by Mary Oliver

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Krista’s Fall Yoga Classes Start Sept. 18

August 24, 2013

I’m excited to have settled on my fall teaching schedule!  Here it is, plus a few other reflections as a bonus for reading all the way to the bottom.

Mt. Baker Community Yoga
I will be resuming my Wednesday evening classes, 7-8:15 pm, this fall.  The first class at the Mt Baker Community Club will be Wednesday, Sept. 18.  Classes will continue to be open for drop-ins, with a reduced price for those who sign up for six-week series.  The early fall series will be Sept. 18 – Oct. 23rd, with a focus on embodiment and self-love.  I am so excited to see many of you back on the mat soon!!  Please sign up for class here, or by emailing me back and bringing a check for $60 to the first class.

Pre and Post-Natal Yoga
I’ll be teaching yoga for parents and parents-to-be at 8 Limbs Yoga this fall, starting in October.
Prenatal will be Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Capitol Hill studio
Postnatal will be Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm, Wedgewood studio

Private yoga/yoga therapy
I will continue to teach private or semi-private sessions for people with healing goals or looking for personally-adapted yoga practice.  Feel free to contact me to see if this would be a good fit for you.  My phone number and email are below.

My pitch for home practice
This summer I’ve had the incredible opportunity to teach short yoga classes – 20 to 30 minute meditation and movement classes – to parents of very young children with disabilities.  It’s been a powerful experience for me, starting with the fact that I’ve been challenged to articulate to my peers how yoga has supported my path as a parent of a child with disabilities.  But it’s also been wonderful to see how much centering, grounding, and opening can happen in a relatively short practice, and even for someone with no background in yoga or meditation.  In fact, the teaching has liberated my home practice — I’ve become more accepting of my short windows of opportunity to practice, and I embrace a 15 minute morning meditation rather than lament not having a full, wonderful hour-plus for more practice.

I am not trying to dissuade you from coming to my classes — the support of teacher and community are important, too!  But I do invite you to try adding some amount of practice to your week, or every day, and see what happens for you.  There are tons of resources out there to support home practice.  One wonderful, local teacher, Laura Humpf, uploads free guided meditations to her web site, which you can find, here.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I hope to see you very soon.

Love, on and beyond the sticky mat!
– Krista

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Mt Baker Yoga Break for the Summer

June 18, 2013

I’m writing to let you know that we are canceling my summer yoga sessions at the Mt. Baker community clubhouse.  I apologize for the late notice, but there will be no class starting tomorrow (Wed, 6/19) evening.  (Late notice is not because of any emergency — I have other commitments and had hoped to find a sub teacher, but I didn’t find anyone.)

I will keep teaching private and small group classes through the summer, and I plan to pick up the Mt Baker classes again in the fall.  I am excited about many things unfolding, including having extra time with my son to explore Seattle this summer.  (Look for us in the park!)  I am also looking for opportunities to continue to bridge my interests of yoga, healing, and social justice, so look for news of workshops or classes this summer or fall.

If you’d like support in developing your summer home practice, please feel free to be in touch.  May your yoga practice keep you connected to your wise, intuitive, compassionate self.

Love,
Krista

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Yoga Summer Schedule, Private Yoga, and More

May 25, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the amazing amount of daylight we’re getting as the summer solstice rapidly approaches!  I’m writing with updates to my schedule, and information about opportunity for private yoga study, and more.

Mt Baker Community Yoga Summer Schedule
Next week (May 27 and 29) is the last week of classes for this current series.  If you’ve been wanting to drop in, this is a great week to do it.  You can can then decide if you want to take the plunge and sign up for the full series starting the first week of June.  Yes, there will be class on Memorial Day

This summer I will be continuing the Monday morning (10 am) classes through June, then taking a break in July and August.  I’ll continue teaching the Wednesday evening (7 pm) classes through the summer.  The next series will be:

Mondays, June 3, 17, and 24, for $30 – sign up here
Wednesdays, June 5 – July 10, for $60 – sign up here

Classes are at the Mt. Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt Rainier Drive S, 98144.  For more information, go here.

Private or semi-private yoga offerings
My passion as a yoga teacher lies in adapting the teachings of yoga to meet every single students’ needs and passions.  Sometimes this is possible and wonderful in a group class, but sometimes it is easier to modify and personalize a yoga practice in a private class.  If you are interested in a private yoga session, either in my home studio or your home, please contact me.  (kristaleehanson@gmail.com
347-415-0913.)  I’d be happy to talk with you and see if it might be a good fit.  Some common reasons people seek private yoga sessions include:

– Personalizing practice to support healing
– Focusing practice on stress or anxiety reduction
– Prenatal and post-partum support
– Support living with chronic disease or disability
– Addiction recovery
– Yoga for children with disabilities or special needs
– Support for deepening building a home yoga practice

Other yoga classes
I’ll be subbing two classes this Thursday (5/30) evening at 8 Limbs Yoga in West Seattle.  Come at 5:45 for a restoratives class, or 7:15 for Level II.  Go here to register http://www.8limbsyoga.com/yoga-classes.php?loc=west-seattle.  You’ll also find me subbing prenatal, postnatal, and other classes at 8 Limbs and Lotus Yoga this summer!

Open to the Mystery
I recently came across another great Mary Oliver poem.  I read it in class this week, loving the freedom she offers in reminding us how wonderful it is to relish the unknown.  Enjoy the poem, and the weekend! – Krista

Mysteries, Yes
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~ Mary Oliver ~
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April update and new yoga schedule

April 20, 2013

This is just a quick reminder about the upcoming series at the Mt Baker Community Club, starting this coming Monday, April 22 (at a new time!)

Mt Baker Community Yoga is now…
Monday mornings, 10-11 am
Wednesday evenings, 7-8:15 pm

I’ve gone back and forth on a theme this time around, excited about the interest in hips, shoulders, core, balance, and our conversations about contentment and the carry-over of yoga practice off the mat.  So we’ll try to keep weaving all these pieces into the practice, even as we focus in on the core and balance in this late spring series.  We’ll investigate standing balances, arm balances, core strength and flexibility…. and ultimately look at how these practices can help us find balance ease in the rest of our lives off the mat.  My secret hope is that for those of you made nervous by the phrase “arm balance,” you’ll come and be surprised by how much you can do!

If you plan to take the series, please sign-up online (even if you plan to bring a check to the first class) – follow the link to “register.”  If drop-ins work better for you, no need to sign up.  And please forward/share with anyone who might be interested in joining us.

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Prenatal Yoga, Upcoming Mt Baker Series and More

April 3, 2013
Happy spring!!  I hope your yoga practice is enjoying the huge boost of energy that comes from the extended days, budding leaves, and exposure to direct sunlight.  When the sun comes out again, I encourage you to get outside and practice some tadasana (mountain pose) and other standing poses barefoot!I’m writing with some updates, changes, and reminders about my teaching schedule.  As always, please let me know if you no longer want to be on this list.

Prenatal Class on Capitol Hill
I am very excited to be getting back to teaching prenatal yoga!  Saturdays, 12:15-2:45 pm, at 8 Limbs yoga on Capitol Hill, staring 4/13.  Check out the 8 Limbs web page for studio information and class sign-up – http://www.8limbsyoga.com/  And please help me spread the word about my new class.

Community Yoga in Mount Baker
I am so grateful to get to teach and practice with the wonderful group of regulars in the two Mount Baker classes – thank you all for your dedicated practice!  If you haven’t joined us, feel free to drop-in to any of Monday morning or Wednesday evening class.  Or, better yet, sign up for the next six-week series.

April Mt. Baker Calendar
Wed 4/3, 7-8:15 pm
Mon 4/8, 9-10 am
Wed 4/10, 7-8:15 pm
Mon 4/15 and Wed 4/17 *no class*
Mon 4/22, 10-11 am (note new time on Monday mornings)
Wed 4/24, 7-8:15 pm
Mon 4/29, 10-11 am
Wed, 5/1, 7-8:15 pm

Sign-up now for the upcoming Mt. Baker 6-week series
Mondays, April 22- May 27, 10-11 am  **new time**
Wednesdays, April 24-May 29, 7-8:15 pm

Each series has a theme or focus of practice.  In the first half of April we’re finishing a lot of twisting.  Stay tuned for the late-spring theme, or send me your request.

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression in Columbia City
I’m also honored to be teaching part of the upcoming “Yoga for Anxiety and Depression” series, a class taught by fabulous yoga teacher and yoga therapist Laura Humpf.   The class is Wednesday mornings, and I’ll be teaching the first two of the six classes in the series.  The class is meant for everyone, since we have all experienced these emotions on some level and at some point in our lives. Come see how yoga can be a helpful tool during challenging times.

Wednesdays from 8-9:15am, starting tomorrow. www.lotusyoga.biz.  The series runs April 3 – May 8.

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