News from Nikki – A New Year’s Newsletter

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I don’t ever share it to anybody. Although, after watching Avatar, I admit I’ve wondered what it would be like to be 9 foot tall, blue, and fly around on a Banshee. So, if someone offered me a chance to be a Na’Vi to trade for a peek in my email list, I might have to think about it.

Here’s the original version of New Year’s Newsletter from Nikki Chau

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Let us go then, you and I
When the evening is spread out against the sky

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets…
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

“Let us go then, you and I”
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

These first couple lines of T.S Eliot’s poem have always been my favorite for their sense of invitation on an adventure. It is precisely the way I feel when I enter my yoga class, when I sit on the meditation cushion, and when I step onto a yoga mat, where I have learned to cultivate a curiosity of what’s going on in my body and mind.

That is why, when asked, “What is yoga?”, I often reply that a yoga practice is a personal exploration of ourselves.

In that light, I cannot imagine a sweeter privilege than to be a yoga teacher, to invite you along for this ride, to explore the human body, the way we move, the way our minds wander, like “streets that follow like a tedious argument”, as T.S Eliot would say.

2009 saw me teaching at Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle, Village Green Yoga in Issaquah, and LakeView Yoga in Kenmore. In 2010, I will be at Village Green Yoga, Taj Yoga in the Crown Hill and Stone Gardens, two neighborhoods of Seattle. I will continue to sub at Washington Athletic Club.

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Practicing flying in Bakasana at Village Green Yoga. Photo by Ben Schiendelman

And indeed there will be time… for more yoga
I could not have found a better home base than Village Green Yoga, and thank any stars that aligned to lead me to teacher and owner Jean Massimo. I am happy to be back there in 2010, opening the year with a special 2-hour workshop on backbends, and teaching on-going
Techniques and Alignment classes and Yoga for Newbies series.

As a long time climber, and especially since a bike accident that sidelined me earlier this year, I have began to inquire into how the alignment and breathing techniques in yoga can be incorporated in climbing. I’m glad to announce that I’ll be able to share what I’ve learned through the Yoga for Climbers series at Stone Gardens.

It would be an understatement to say that I was happy when Taj Yoga Director Theresa Elliott asked me to teach there. The technical term, I believe, is “friggin’ stoked”. Taj Yoga is the training ground for Pacific Yoga Teacher Training, a highly-regarded training program in the Pacific Northwest, where I received my 200-hour teacher training and currently working on my 500-hour certification. Needless to say, I am excited to be starting an Intro to Yoga series at the Taj.

My inaugural year has been filled with many ups and downs, as how things in life often go. In retrospect, however, I’m filled with gratitude for every studio owner and manager that opened their doors to me, for every student that taught me about teaching in so many ways, and for my teachers, who have inspired me to take this path, and never stop learning.

My schedule for January and February of 2010:

At Village Green Yoga

  • Saturday January 2, 9:30-11:30 – Open Up to the New Year, a Backbending Workshop. $15 or use a pass.
  • Sunday January 3, noon-1 – Intro to yoga. Free!
  • Monday 7-8:30pm — Techniques & Alignment, on-going. Drop-in rate.
  • Thursday 7-8:30pm — Yoga for Newbies, 6-week series starting January 14. $65 for the whole series.
  • Saturday 9:30-11:00am — Yoga for Newbies, 6-week series starting January 16. $65 for the whole series.

At Taj Yoga
Wednesday 6-7:15pm — Intro to Yoga, 7-week series starting January 13. $85 for the whole series for one. $150 if two people sign up together.

At Stone Gardens
Wednesday 7:15-8:30am — Yoga for Climbers, 4-week series starting January 6. Free for Stone Gardens members. Day pass rate for non-members.

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Well, 2010 is here. What say you, let us go, and make our visit. 

Nikki Chau

Photo: How to Waltz. Captured by my iPhone one evening on Broadway Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle.
Interesting fact about the human body: The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents. – Source: Quality Health

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