A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Tatty Bumpkin yoga for children classes beginning at PNA

December 10th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood mom Jenny Rhodes is bringing Tatty Bumpkin yoga for children to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Tatty Bumpkin is for children ages 2-5 and their parent or caregiver.

Come enjoy yoga with your children and be “bendy, giggly, clever and strong” with UK-created Tatty Bumpkin Yoga.

Through music, props, imaginative play and lots of fun, we explore yoga poses, active movement and breathing techniques to develop mobility, confidence, calm and creativity.

Classes are from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 9, in the PNA’s Brick Building, Room 35. Cost is $60 for six sessions, or $12 for drop-in. To sign up for class, email Rhodes at jai_rhodes@yahoo.com.

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Wahe Guru Yoga opens next to Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

Wahe Guru Yoga has opened next door to Yanni’s Greek Restaurant at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N.

It offers Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Beginning in mid-April it also will offer a parent-and-baby yoga class, as well as yoga for children ages 8-12.

Co-owner Frytz Fatehpal Mor and his wife, Yana Hari Baldev, are the teachers. They have a third partner who lives in Los Angeles. All three are internationally certified teachers.

From Mor:

The mantra Wahe Guru (pronounced: Whaa Hay – Gooroo) is the infinite teacher of the soul. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness into light. It balances the energies of generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny.

Wahe Guru’s current class schedule includes Sadhana at 4 a.m. Monday-Sunday; Kundalini Yoga & Meditation at 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 12 p.m. on Monday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Mor tells us their website – www.waheguruyoga.com – should be up in a few days. Their phone is 206-783-WAHE (9243).

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Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center moves into Greenwood

January 26th, 2010 by Doree

Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center just moved into Greenwood at 8750 Greenwood Ave. N., Ste. S-2. Becky Croissant is the owner and head instructor.

Body & Brain HWC offers a variety of programs and workshops designed to help you let go of your critical, judgmental brain and negative habits that bring anxiety and stress to your life and keep you from creating the life you truly want. Learn how to master your body, brain, and emotions to be more peaceful and happy!

Personalized programs include private healing sessions, one on one Qigong classes, core strengthening, and health and wellness sessions focusing on weight loss. Children’s classes are available, and include character-building to promote harmonious social relationships among peers and family members.

Body & Brain’s Grand Opening Celebration is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6. Stop by to receive free consultations, energy readings, and hand/shoulder healing massages. Refreshments (including gluten-free) and tea will be served. Free open classes will be at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Each class is one hour long and is comprised of deep stretching, breath work, meditation, energy training, and brain wave vibration (a dynamic movement meditation). RSVP by calling 206-453-5989.

Especially effective for helping with weight loss, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, general neck/shoulder stiffness, increased flexibility, and handling everyday stress. Tai Chi, Qigong, and children’s classes are forming.

Grand Opening Special: 20% off all new memberships (includes unlimited classes and 1-on-1 training).

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8 Limbs Yoga to open Nov. 21

October 29th, 2009 by Doree

8 Limbs Yoga (a PhinneyWood sponsor) announced in August that it was moving into the Fini condos on Greenwood Ave. N. and N. 68th St. sometime this fall. Director Anne Phyfe Palmer told me this morning that they’ve now got an official opening date set for Saturday, Nov. 21 (just in time to start working off those holiday over-indulgences).

But even before they open, they’ll be participating in the neighborhood’s Safe Trick or Treat event from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday.

8 Limbs has yoga studios in Capitol Hill, Wedgwood and West Seattle. They offer Hatha yoga for all levels (including special intro classes), parent and toddler yoga, yoga for guys, yoga for seniors, and yoga for athletes.

Their Phinney Ridge location will have two studios, limited childcare and a boutique. They’re offering membership specials for people who sign up before they open.

They’ll have a Thanksgiving Day benefit class from 9:30-11 a.m. with proceeds going to Solid Ground. It’s a sliding scale donation, with a suggested donation of $20.

Their grand opening event will be from 4-8:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. A free parent and child and yoga class is from 4:30-5:15 p.m. (the rest of the studio will be open for visitors); music, food and “blessing of space” from 5:15-7 p.m.; and a free all levels candlelit yoga class from 7-8:15 p.m.

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Plenty of yoga options around here

September 6th, 2009 by Doree

With 8 Limbs Yoga (a PhinneyWood sponsor) moving into the Fini condos building on Greenwood and 68th in November, we’ve received a number of emails from folks who wanted to remind us that there are several other fabulous yoga and pilates places in Phinney and Greenwood.

Phinney Yoga House (in the Phinney Center’s brick building, 6615 Dayton Ave. N.) houses both Phinney Ridge Yoga (Kripalu, Viniyoga, Integral Yoga, and early morning Pilates classes), and Yoga Momma (pre- and post-natal, as well as yoga for parents and kids ages 3-6).

NW Community Yoga, at 701 NW 70th St., has instructors with a wide range of experience and styles, including a former Buddhist monk.

Whole Life Yoga, at 8551 Greenwood Ave. N., has been voted best yoga studio a number of times, and teaches a wide range of classes, including pre- and post-natal.

Vitality Pilates, at 7216 Greenwood Ave. N., offers small Group Reformer Classes and private lessons.

InsideOut yoga is run out of a cozy house at 8016 Dayton Ave. N. It offers yoga and meditation for all ages, including children.

Jennifer Abel runs Able Bodied Yoga, which provides public and private classes (she also teaches at NW Community Yoga and will sub at the new 8 Limbs). Abel also is the co-author of the book “Metamorphosis,” a fun look at the inspiration behind many yoga poses’ animal names such as crane, cobra, and downward facing dog. (We profiled her back in March.) Locally, the book is available at Santoro’s.

Please let us know if we missed any yoga/pilates studios in Phinney/Greenwood. And put a note in comments to tell everyone who’s your favorite yoga instructor, and why.

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Harlequin Source School combines dance, circus

August 30th, 2009 by Doree

Harlequin Source School is a unique movement studio that unifies dance, circus, martial arts, and yoga into one incredibly cool space inside SPACE: A Design Build Collective at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 103. Harlequin is now introducing classes for the community.

The Harlequin Source School began with a fighter turned tango dancer and art representative from Boulder, CO. She met a San Francisco native theater artist and choreographer in a Seattle blues dance venue. Over a month, they discovered a shared passion for education, community and of all things, the Circus. A desire to blend all of these interests into something entirely new was born, and within another month the desire had a name.

The first to rehearse at HSS were the Harlequin Hipsters, a dancing troupe of acrobatic jesters under the direction of Ryan Barret. Now, members of the troupe contribute their knowledge from disciplines as varied as ballet and clowning or partner acrobatics and tango.

Harlequin has classes for capoeira, yoga, poi (firedancing), Argentine tango, hip-hop, aerial dance, fusion dance, modern dance and hula-hooping. There’s even a Kid’s Circus class for ages 7-13. Check out the full schedule.

Inside the 2,000 square foot space they’ve got a 500-square-foot sprung dance floor, 20-foot tall ceilings, lounge areas, mirrored wall, counter and table space, and bathrooms. Here’s the crowd after a recent performance by the Harlequin Hipsters:

And in case you were wondering what that shiny metal box is on top of the building…

That’s the space for another innovative group, Versatile Arts, which offers aerial performance classes in what they call The Cathedral.

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Check out Whole Life Yoga at celebration

November 2nd, 2008 by Dale

Whole Life Yoga recently won for best yoga studio in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington contest and to commemorate it, they’re holding a day of free yoga, Saturday, Nov. 22.

We’re celebrating by offering free yoga classes, scrumptious food, and special discounts. If you are a new student, this is a great chance to try the studio for the first time. If you are a current student, join us and help celebrate our wonderful yoga community.

For additional information, or to register, contact Tracy at (206) 784-2882 or tracy@wholelifeyoga.com.

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