Midwinter 2010 Newsletter from Nikki

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Happy New Year, Once More!

I often joke that a benefit of celebrating the Lunar New Year is you get to start over not once, but twice a year. Resolutions not going strong right off the gate after January 1? No problems, a second chance is just around the corner. It’s a fun thought to entertain, but in jest there is often some truth, and whichever calendar you follow, I invite you to keep on celebrating the newing and renewing of ourselves.

This year, a lot of celebratory events seem to be happening within the past couple days and the days ahead for me. On Friday, February 12, the Olympics torch lit up the Pacific Northwest skies from Vancouver, BC as I found myself in the first installment of my teacher Theresa Elliott’s workshop on Sacroiliac Stability in Yoga, an event years in the making for her. Two days later on Sunday February 14 was the first day of the Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger, and of course, it was also Valentine’s Day.

The studios where I’m proud to be a part of, Taj Yoga in Seattle and Village Green Yoga in Issaquah, both have their birthdays this month, Taj turning five and Village Green turning two. Congratulations to studio Directors Theresa Elliott and Jean Massimo, respectively! Congratulations also, to Pacific Yoga Teacher Training Co-Directors Kathryn Payne and Theresa Elliott for starting their 14th 200-hour teacher training this weekend, with which I’m honored to be assisting.

And so, onward to the rest of this winter, and let the celebration continue!

Namaste Monkey
Photo caption: A gift from my quirky boyfriend

My Teaching Schedule

Birthday Celebration at Village Green Yoga

As part of the 2nd birthday celebration, Village Green Yoga in Issaquah will be offering three days of free yoga classes to send thanks back to the community. You can find me teaching:

  • Yoga for Newbies: Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. February 20, 2010.
  • Reboot, a Restorative Yoga workshop, where you’ll rest more than work: Sunday evening, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. February 21, 2010.

Intro to Yoga
It is an awesome privilege and joy for me to work with anyone new to yoga, and I will continue to teach three intro series in the coming months: two at Village Green Yoga and one at Taj Yoga.

At Village Green Yoga

  • Weeknight session: Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. March 11 – April 15, 2010.
  • Weekend session: Saturday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. March 13 – April 17, 2010.
  • Cost: $75 for the whole 6-week series and 10% discount on mats and mat bags at the Village Green Boutique.

At Taj Yoga

  • Date: Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. March 3 – April 14, 2010.
  • Cost: $85 for one, $150 for two.
  • Discount for current students: $75 for one person and $140 for two.

Techniques and Alignment
This is a class to uncover and refine our yoga poses and linking them in specific sequences.

At Village Green Yoga

  • Date: Monday evenings, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., ongoing
  • Cost: $18 drop-in, or use your class card.

Yoga Happy Hour (and Fifteen Minutes)
Happy Hour can be happy times indeed, and in addition to cheap food and drinks and good friends, there’s another kind of happiness that we can gain, and that is in the body and mind. Here, you can put the stress of the work week behind, reboot, and get ready for the weekend. We’ll work with sequences to re-energize by aligning the body and resting deeply in restorative postures.

At Taj Yoga

  • Date: Friday afternoons, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., starts March 5, 2010.
  • Cost: $15 drop-in or $65 for 5 classes.

Yoga for Climbers
As a long-time climber, I continue to appreciate how my yoga practice influences my climbing, both in my ability to move my body to avoid injuries, and in my ability to deal with the falls and setbacks that are inevitable in climbing. I also continue to be grateful for everyone at Stone Gardens for having me share my practice with you. I’ll be back in March for another 4-week series.

At Stone Gardens Climbing Gym

  • Date: Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. March 3 – 24, 2010.
  • Cost: 4-week series for $40, $12 drop-in if space is available. Stone Gardens members only.

Sneak Peak Project

Support Your Local Yoga Teachers
I recently interviewed Seattle yoga teacher Dylan Noebels, and had a ton of fun doing it. So much so, that I’ve been inspired to start a project to get to know more local yoga teachers.

The idea is to support teachers in their grass-root marketing efforts, and to encourage them to keep improving the quality of yoga and of their teaching in our communities.

The project is still in an early stage inception, so stay tuned. If you know a teacher, or if you are a teacher, who would like to be interviewed and featured on my website, please let me know!

In the mean time, check out this short video of me talking with Dylan, and check out our interview. And if you’re in the North Seattle area looking to establish a daily practice, be sure to check out Dylan’s new Immersion series at Taj Yoga starting March 1, 2010!

Have a great rest of your winter, and I’ll see you on, and off, that proverbial mat.


Contact Information
Nikki Chau
Yoga Geek Girl on Facebook

@yogageekgirl on Twitter
(206) 569-4496

Village Green Yogawww.villagegreenyoga.com
Village Green Yoga on Facebook
@villagegrnyoga on Twitter
317 NW Gilman Blvd Suite 1
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 657-0411

Taj Yoga
Taj Yoga on Facebook
@tajyogaseattle on Twitter
9250 14th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117-2306
(206) 782-9642

Stone Gardens

2839 Northwest Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107-4215
(206) 781-9828

the height of laughter,
the universe
is flung
into a kaleidoscope
of new possibilities.
~ Jean Houston

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