Yoga News from Nikki – Mid-Spring 2010 Edition

Writing a newsletter actually causes me a lot of vritti. It just seems like such a much bigger deal than writing a blog post. If I have a typo or want to change something (like I’ve done to this paragraph 50 times), I can’t do so as easily after I publish it, because it’s now an email sitting in your inbox, it’s a fait accompli, and commitment is scary :).

One commitment that’s not at all scary to me, however, is yoga. As opposed to feeling shackled, as what I’d imagine most commitments to be, yoga helps me feel very much — as Martha Beck would say in her book, Steering by Starlights—shackles-off. It’s helped me understand things such as this picture taken at Google from the recent Wisdom 2.0 Conference:

  • Whoever comes is the right person
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Whenever it’s over, it’s over.

Knowing those things feels freeing. Not that I put them to practice every time I need to, but knowing that there is a possibility of thinking in this way eases a few high-strung nerves.

Here’s the web version of my latest newsletter. If you didn’t get it in your inbox, and would like to, please subscribe! Now that you know how much anxiety this newsletter-writing business causes me, you can rest assured that you won’t get too much spam of this variety from me. 🙂

The End of A Beginning

Happy May!

I’m writing to share with you some news and changes in my teaching, and also including a tip if you are suffering big time from seasonal allergies.

After getting certified at the 200-hour level at Pacific Yoga last year, one thing was certain: I wanted to learn more. So, with that realization, I dove, as they say, head first, into the next level: a 500-hour training. Today, I’m proud to share with you that I’ve made it! You’re looking at—or rather, reading from—a brand spankin’ new 500-hr Certified Yoga Teacher!

It has been a long journey, but it is only the beginning of the beginning.

And the beat goes on

I’m taking a short pause before getting back into another structured training program: an 800-hour course on the Philosophy, Literature, and History of Yoga, a program developed by Georg Feuerstein. (I know, it’s a lot of hours, and the course material binder is worthy of a powerlifting contest.)

Most importantly, I’ve learned that yoga is not abstract. It’s in our daily living and interaction with each other. To that end, I am grateful for you and what you teach me in our practice together.

Have a great rest of the Spring season out there, and I hope to see you in one of the classes at Village Green Yoga in Issaquah, Taj Yoga in Crown Hill, and Backside Bow in Ballard.

What can I say, but a hundred thank-yous?

Photo: The 250-year-old Lone Cypress Tree at Pebble Beach in Northern California. I took this picture in honor of Time.

Current Schedule

+ Yoga for Runners at Village Green Yoga.
8-week series. May 3 – June 21. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

+ Beginning Yoga at Taj Yoga. On-going.
6 – 7:15 p.m.

+ Yoga for Climbers at Backside Bow. Series format. Starting May 5, 2010. 7:45 – 9 p.m.

+ Yoga for Newbies at Village Green Yoga. 8-week series. May 6 – June 24. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Yoga with Nikki Chau
Phone: (206) 569-4496

Village Green Yoga
Facebook: Village Green Yoga
Twitter: @villagegrnyoga
Address: 317 NW Gilman Blvd Suite 1 Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 657-0411

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

Backside Bow
Facebook: Backside Bow Yoga Studio
Twitter: @backsidebow
Address: 5227 Ballard Ave Northwest
(Above King’s and Rudy’s) Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 550-3358

Got Allergies? Try ACV!

What’s that, you ask? It’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It may sound a little odd, but ACV is what’s helped me get through Spring and Summer without much suffering.

If you’re curious and want to check it out, here’s some more information on ACV and allergies (and a whole host of other things, but… one thing at a time :)).