Ease in Neck and Shoulders – Next Yoga Series begins Monday

July 25, 2015

The next Community Yoga series in Mt. Baker begins this Monday.  I’ll be focusing this late-summer session on ease in the neck and shoulders, as well as including pranayama (breath) practices in each class.  This will be a shorter series (4 weeks), followed by a few weeks break in the end of August.  I’ll restart classes the Monday after Labor Day.

Sign up now for the discounted rate, $40 for 4 classes – online registration is here
July 27-Aug. 17, 2015
6 – 7:15 pm
Mt Baker Community Club
2811 Mt Rainier Dr S, Seattle, WA 98144

*Please note: there will be no class Aug. 21, 28, and Sept. 5.

Drop-ins always welcome.  Usually about half the class is people who are taking the whole series, half are people who come when they can, so there’s no expectation that you come to every class.

Note: “Like” my facebook page to get any last-minute updates, including classes moving out into the park on the days the weather is perfect!  www.facebook.com/kristahansonyoga

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Celebrate Solstice with Yoga in the Park, this Monday (6/22)

June 19, 2015
Come welcome the start of summer by in the park this Monday!  Sunday is the official solstice, and Monday (6/22) the weather is supposed to be Seattle-summer-perfect (sunny and upper 60s), so come celebrate warmth, sunlight, and playing outside with friends and strangers!

We’ll be in Mt. Baker Park, near the tennis courts, 6pm-7:15pm.

If for any reason it rains, we’ll be indoors at the Community Club.

As always, suggested drop-in price is $12-15, and all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.  You can bring a mat, or just practice feeling your toes in the grass.
Happy Summer Solstice, and see you Monday!
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I’m Back – Bring a friend on Monday!

June 8, 2015
I want to make sure you know that I’m back (and Community Yoga classes continue!) at the Mt. Baker Community Club Monday evenings, 6-7:15pm.

A few details, logistics, etc.

On Monday, June 8, I’m celebrating coming back by having bring-a-friend yoga night!  If you’ve already paid, or if you pay for a drop-in class, bring a friend for a free yoga class.

I call this a “Community Yoga” class because I strive to make it as welcoming to all people as possible – this is an all-levels class, and we welcome people of all sizes, ages, abilities and disabilities, all genders and sexualities, tight hamstrings or super stretchy bodies, light or heavy-hearted, and regardless of ability to pay.  There is no prerequisite for yoga (you do not need to ever touch your toes!), just an open mind and willingness to be kind to yourself.  If there is anything I can do to make the class better address your needs, please let me know.

This Monday is the last class in the series for those of you who paid for the six classes with Julie (since the Memorial Day class had to be canceled).  As always, all are welcome to drop-in ($12-15 suggested).  The next series will be June 15 – July 20, $60 for 6 classes.  Note that the third Monday of the month (June 15 and July 20) are gentle/restorative classes.

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Monday night Community Yoga update (March 2015)

March 11, 2015
I write to you overwhelmed with joy and sleepiness as I sit holding my beautiful, sleeping newborn daughter.  So I’ll make this short.Sub update for Monday night Mt. Baker Community Classes
The wonderful Katherine Francis will be teaching the last of her six week session this evening.  Julie Andres will be teaching the next session – March 16 – April 13 (note this is a five week session), Monday nights 6-7:15 pm. I know Julie from Lotus Yoga and from the Hillman City “Yoga for All Bodies” community classes that she coordinates.  Julie is a very warm, welcoming teacher who is excellent at weaving together creative sequences with space for breath, challenge and relaxation.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her!  You can be in touch with her through her web page, www.levityyoga.net/

Julie’s 5-week session will be $50 for the session, or the same $12-15 suggested drop-in rate.  To register for the series, you can either email her at jules.black@live.com or just show up to class on March 16 with cash or check.

As I sit looking at this newborn who sleeps so absolutely peacefully, I remember that yoga philosophy teaches that this deep ease is present and accessible within all of us.  May our practice give us delicious, nurturing tastes of the peace we were born knowing.

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Next Round of Yoga Classes, Workshop, and More…

October 17, 2014

I hope this finds you well – breathing, moving, and pausing as often as you can.  I recently got back into my advanced teacher training courses, and I felt really excited by some of the simplicity of the “advanced” practice.  Slowing down, paying attention, and then slowing down a little bit more.  Slowing down and practicing not-doing at times can be extremely counter-cultural for most of us.  And since I’ve had rebelliousness in my blood since I was a kid (I bought a “Question Authority” bumper sticker before I had a car to put it on), I get excited about practices that move against the grain.

Here’s my yoga update for the fall.  I promise we’ll keep moving and studying yoga asana (postures), but also keep moving deeper into simplicity as we do it!

* The Next Mount Baker Community Yoga session starts this Monday, Oct. 20.  As always, the six-week session is discounted if you sign-up for all six classes ($60).  Please register now here if you plan on doing all six classes (pay online or on Monday).  Or drop-in any time if pre-registering doesn’t fit your schedule.  Also note that we’ll be dedicating the third Monday of the month to doing a more gentle and restorative practice, so bring a blanket as well as your mat if you can on 10/20 and 11/17!

* Lotus classes are great, and sometimes there’s even more space (ie smaller classes) for personal attention, so come try out Lotus if you’ve been meaning to!  I’m there Wednesday afternoons (2:30 Parent and Baby Yoga, 4:30pm and 7:30pm for All Levels classes) and Thursday mornings (9:30 am for Gentle Yoga.)  I am often teaching similar themes in my Mt Baker and Lotus classes, so they compliment each other well.

* Yoga for Parents of Children with Special Needs Workshop is back this fall.  Sunday, Nov. 2, 1-4 pm at Lotus Yoga.  See here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/734820836602325/ or go to Lotus’s workshops page to register.  $30 pre-registration, $40 day-of.

* Donation-based community classes at the Hillman City Collab are back starting in November.  Tuesdays 4-5:15pm.  I am one of a few rotating teachers in this yoga-for-all-bodies class.  The Collab is a great community center to support, so you get yoga and support the creation of a community resource at the same time.

* Private Yoga/Therapeutic Yoga.  I have a couple openings if you’re looking for specific, personalized support in your practice.

I wish you well!  And in the spirit of not taking ourselves too seriously in our quest for wholeness, unity, and light, I leave you with one of my favorite writers.

“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.” – Anne Lamott

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Fall Yoga Classes, Parent & Baby, and Yoga in the Park!

September 6, 2014
I am excited about the coming transition to fall.  (You may notice I say this about all the seasons — my yoga practice is influenced by seasons and transitions, so I am learning to relish all of them.)  I took a walk along the lake after dropping my son off for his first day of school, and I saw the first bright red leaves of the season.  I felt grateful to my practice — it helped me remember to walk slowly and hold the immediacy of my anxiety and hopes for my son as well as the vastness of trees, water, and the ever changing beautiful planet we inhabit.  I hope you can make time to mark this time of seasonal transition, whether it is through yoga practice or just making time to enjoy the outdoors on a crisp morning.This fall I’m getting back to teaching one of the classes I love: parent and baby yoga!  If you know a parent with a baby, or if you have a baby to borrow for an hour, come join this class that we’re restarting at Lotus on Wednesday afternoons.  Below is my full fall schedule, as well as information about another free yoga in the park session!

Monday Mt Baker Community Yoga, 6-7:15 pm
The next session starts up this Monday, Sept. 8.  Go here to register for the six-week series (9/8 – 10/13).  $60 for the series, or $12-15 for drop-ins.

All-Levels and Gentle Classes at Lotus Yoga
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 pm, All Levels (great for people who work on school schedules, flexible schedules, etc!!)
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45 pm, All Levels
Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am, Gentle (regular students include people healing from injuries, new students, and advanced students looking to move slower in their practice)

NEW! Parent and Baby Yoga
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45 pm at Lotus Yoga
Parent and baby is for anyone caring for a baby up to 1 year old.

Yoga in the Park – Sunday, Sept. 14
As part of Mt. Baker’s annual Day in the Park, I’ll be leading another free, fun, all-levels yoga session.  Yoga will be 11:45-12:30, probably near the McClellan/Mioposto corner of the park.  The full day of events goes from 10am-3pm, and includes a kids’ parade, field games, Bike Works, food trucks, and more.  Info is on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1527930517435969/.

Private Yoga/Yoga Therapy
I continue to offer private yoga sessions for people looking for one-on-one time to grow their practice, working on healing, or move toward other wellness goals.  Please contact me if you’re interested, or see my web page for rates and more information.

Online yoga resources

I want to pass on a great article from a friend and yoga visionary, Jacoby Ballard, published online at Yoga Journal.  It’s about an interview with Jacoby about how we might expand the circle of who feels welcome practicing yoga by examining power and privilege, bringing more awareness to the yoga world.  Check it out here: Jacoby Ballard on Power, Privilege and Practice.  Jacoby has been featured along with many other great teachers thinking about these issues at Decolonizingyoga.com.  A great article I found there recently is called “The White Yogis 9-Step Guide Toward Action For Racial Justice in Ferguson and Beyond.”  And for great anatomical information and other interesting reflections on yoga practice, I’ve recently been reading the blog Yoga for Healthy Aging.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

With love and respect,

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