Street Yoga Interview with Mary Kay Vadino

A KULA AND STREET YOGA TEACHER AT RAINIER BEACH FREEDOM SCHOOL & RYTHER CHILD CENTER

Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino is one of Street Yoga's most dedicated volunteer teachers. She has been a part of our community since the very beginning: bringing yoga and mindfulness to at-risk youth since 2007.

A seasoned teacher, Mary Kay is passionate about empowering young people to grow, thrive and cultivate resilience through yoga. She is especially devoted to the school-aged foster kids taking her weekly class at Ryther Center for Children and Youth, where she has taught yoga for the past three years.

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Curious about Tarot?

Introduction to Tarot & the Alchemy of the Elements


Taught by Martien & Teressena Bakens,
Creators of the Fifth Tarot

Saturday, August 19, 2017
2:00pm—5:00pm

This introductory class will guide participants through a dynamic understanding of the rich and multi-layered system of imagery and the essence of the five elements as a means to cultivate allignment, balance and harmony.

Tarot is a powerful and potent tool for transformation and manifestation.

Come and experience this magical adventure into the world of tarot and the alchemy of the elements!

$88 Pre-Registration Only

About the Presenters: Martien and Teressena Bakens are the creators, author and illustrator of The Fifth Tarot. Internationally reknowned in the world of tarot, they have been presenters at the London Tarot Symposium, the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium, New York Readers
Studio, and the World Mysteries Conference. They have taught tarot classes in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Martien and Teressena are wisdom keepers and shamanic practitioners versed in Native American, Mayan and Peruvian traditions. Together they facilitate sacred
journeys to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. www.beaconsoflove.com or www.thefifthtarot.com.

dōTERRA Essential Oils

We're over the moon excited to bring doTERRA pure essential oils to you!

Many of us have had incredible experiences adding essential oils to our regular self-care and wellness rituals.

A selection of some of doTERRA's best selling and most versatile single oils will be available in the studio next week, as well as two options for starter kits if you want to try out a few and see how they can enhance your wellbeing.

There are so many reasons to love essential oils and their healing properties are vast — immunity fortifying, mood boosting, stress reducing, energy enhancing...the list goes on!

Keep an eye out for our favorite oils and our favorite uses in the months to come and don't hesitate to ask for more information!

Summer Schedule Changes coming in July!

Hello yogis!

We have some schedule changes starting July 1

  • A few permanent class changes
  • And a limited schedule for the 4th of July holiday weekend

Be sure to check class times before you arrive! 

A few classes will take a break and some new times and classes will be available starting in September. So, keep an eye out for the fall schedule!

Online schedule will always be up to date!

Want to Find Your Inversion?

Find your inversion!

Friday, June 9, 7:00 - 9:00p.m.
with Rosalie Battah

This playful and energetic Forrest Yoga Intensive is designed for all levels. Whether your inversion practice is brand new or you are a confident gravity surfer, we will explore our edge and move beyond fear that keeps us stuck.

Challenge and surprise yourself by discovering hidden strength and ability you already embody.

$35 Pre-Registration

$40 Day Of
REGISTER HERE

 

Top 4 Postures to build upper body strength:

Down dog -- As a beginner it's one of the first inversions we regularly encounter.

Dolphin -- A cousin to down dog this pose emphasizes the healthy (and demanding) shoulder blade wrap while relaxing the neck. The armpit and chest muscle connections are increased while flexibility is gained!

Down dog on the wall -- Step your down dog up the wall at a 90 degree angle to align hips over shoulders over wrists. Keep pressing the mat away with straight, strong arms, and reaching your chest toward the wall. Great shoulder opener too!

Dolphin on the wall -- Just like DD on the wall but from the forearms. This pose builds toward Forearm balance - one of the more iconic inversions!

Practice smart. We're here if you have questions. Enjoy.

Pre & Postnatal Yoga Summer Class Break

Yogis, please note that a few classes will be on hiatus for July & August

Mondays, 1:30pm Mom & Baby Yoga
Tuesdays, 5:15pm Prenatal Yoga

In the meantime, we welcome new and expecting mothers to try Thursday 5:45pm Basics / Gentle Yoga with Amanda. Amanda also teaches Saturday's 12:30pm prenatal yoga class (which runs through summer), and would love to guide you through a restorative practice that supports your needs.  

Classes will resume starting Tuesday, September 5th!

Nettle Pesto Recipe

Nettle Pesto Recipe

Joyful Living acupunturist, Ashley Schiavone shares with us here a Spring cleanse-approved recipe, featuring an often overlooked but uber-nutritious green: stinging nettles!

Fresh and green foods tonify the liver according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and one of my absolute favorite greens right now is stinging nettles.

Just a few of the reasons I love nettles:

Builds Qi
Nettles are an amazing and gentle qi tonic with a widespread effect in the body.  They act as a tonic on several different systems: endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, skin and several organs (including liver and kidney).

Restores Adrenals
Nettles can be used to help regulate the entire endocrine system (think thyroid, hormones and even body metabolism).

Loaded with Vitamins
Nettle is a powerhouse of nutrients! It’s high in calcium, zinc, iron, trace minerals, protein and many vitamins including vitamin A and vitamin C. This herb is a great way to gently increase the actual iron stores in the body since it not only contains iron, but also includes the necessarily co-factors (vitamin C and amino acids) that are necessary for us to absorb iron properly. The full (whopping) list of the vitamins and minerals nettle has to offer: calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, chromium, cobalt, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, sulphur, niacin, protein, manganese, selenium, silicon, tin, vitamin B (especially thiamine and riboflavin), carotenes, vitamin A and C, D, K.

Builds Blood
Nettle is considered a qi and blood tonic in Chinese Medicine.  This means that the herb is a rich source of vital nutrients (mentioned above) and acts in a way to replenish our body.  Healthy blood, or “xue” in Chinese Medicine, is reflected in strong energy levels, recovery time, vibrant hair and skin, good concentration, sleep and memory.

Gentle Detox.
Nettle has astringent, toning, and cleansing properties that enable the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs to all work more effectively, thus increasing natural detoxification. Nettles help to drain excessive dampness in the body and gently move stagnate fluids.

There are lots of great nettle recipes online for everything from teas to pesto. I’m sharing here my own quick and easy nettle pesto recipe, and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. One word to the wise: fresh stinging nettles will sting (hence the name) on contact with your skin, so be sure to wear gloves or use kitchen tongs to handle them as you cook.

Bon appetit!

 

Quick & Easy Nettle Pesto

This is an excellent recipe for spring, when nettles are abundant at local farmer's markets.

    Servings 1 cup
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 bag nettles (about 3 cups)
    • 3-5 large cloves garlic
    • 1 handful pine nuts or walnuts (about 1/4 cup)
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small-med lemon, juiced (OR 2tbsp balsamic vinegar)
    •  herbs, to taste try pepper, rosemary, etc.

    Instructions

    1. Using tongs or gloves, blanch nettles in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Drain immediately.

    2. Place nettles, garlic, nuts, and lemon (or balsamic) in blender. While pulsing, slowly add olive oil 1 tbsp at a time.

    3. Season with herbs, to taste.

    4. Serve as you would regular pesto. It's excellent over pasta, in soups or stews, stir fries, and more!

    Recipe Notes

    In season, nettles can be found at many farmer's markets and health food or specialty stores (like Whole Foods, Ballard Market, PCC, etc.). They sting when touched, so be sure to wear gloves or use tongs to handle.

    Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove from trays and store in an airtight, freezer safe container. Then, pull out a cube (or two... or three...) as needed, thaw, and serve as desired.

    Ashley Schiavone, EAMP/L.Ac., integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy with CranioSacral Therapy,  and NeuroEmotional Technique to address the multiple layers to health, specializing in stress management, pain, injuries and imbalances leading to anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue. Ashley is part of Kula Movement’s wonderful practitioner team, and sees patients Monday through Friday at Kula. To book an appointment with Ashley, visit us online or contact her at (971) 208-5184 or via Kula’s front desk at (206) 972-2999. 

    Sculpture Woods In the Heart of Summer : Exploring Yoga + Art on Lummi Island

    Sculpture Woods In the Heart of Summer: Exploring Yoga + Art

    • Saturday, July 15, 2017

    • 8:15am depart Seattle - 7:30pm return Seattle

    With Jill, Angela and visiting with NW sculptor Ann Morris

    During the longest days of summer, we invite you to retreat to Lummi Island for a day of Forrest yoga, led by Jill and Angela, in a light-filled studio on the grounds of Sculpture Woods.
     
    We discover the mythical sculptures of Ann Morris, installed deep in the woods and view the artist and her newest works in her on-site gallery.
     
    We are nourished with thoughtfully-prepared organic foods throughout the day, including a special group lunch in Ann’s lofty studio building.


    REGISTER HERE
    120.00 per person.  Limited space available. Does not include transportation or ferry to/from event. Let us know your GF/Vegetarian/Vegan dietary requests.

    Creative Movement & Yoga For Families

    Creative Movement and Yoga for Families
    Saturday, June 17, 2017
    2:00-3:30 pm at Kula Movement

    Are you looking for something fun to do with your child this summer?

    Are you curious about how to be creative with your child?

    We invite you to attend an afternoon of movement, play, and yoga!

    Come join us in a safe, supportive space where we will guide movement experientials and movement-based games.

    We will explore:

    • Social Connection

    • Self Expression

    • Mindfulness

    • Body Awareness

    • Non-verbal Communication

    This workshop is for children ages three and up! All levels welcome!

     

    Investment:
    $20 for a family of two +$5 for each additional family member by June 12
    $25 for a family of two +$5 for each additional family member after June 12

    Space is limited--reserve your spot early!
    Please share children's age(s) in registration.

    Forrest Yoga Workshops & Ceremony w/Greg Jamiel April 28-30

    FIRE CEREMONY - FRI, APRIL 28, 6-8PM

    In this unique, candlelit ceremony, you will learn more about Grandfather Fire; how to work with it, how to sit with it, and most importantly the role this deeply ingrained and transformative element plays in our life. This ceremony blends asana (yoga postures), shamanic elements, and a guided meditation, allowing you to create a Sacred Space to set intentions for your future.

    COURAGEOUS EVOLUTION - SUN, APRIL 30, 2017, 9-11AM

    Join Greg & Kelley Rush for a beautiful & unique personal development workshop that will incorporate yoga asana, Ayurvedic principles for well-being, self care practices, journaling, and Ceremony. Greg & Kelley created this powerful process that calls on many areas of your life to help you courageously evolve, grow, and connect closer with your Spirit!

    SINGLE WORKSHOP: $30 EARLY, $40 AFTER 4/20

    2 WORKSHOPS: $50 EARLY, $70 AFTER 4/20

    Meet Em Boardway & Bill Juzwiak! Kula's newest cool!

    We are excited to announce both Em and Bill now offer weekly classes at Kula! These two sensitive and joyful beings bring a powerful steadiness and presence that the whole community will enjoy! Deep bow of gratitude for the unique gifts they bring!
    Namaste, Angela & Jill


    BEGINNING APRIL 1st Vinyasa Yoga Saturdays, 10-11:30am w/Em

    Em brings her passion for personal transformation, self-love, adventure, and authentic connection to her work and play. Trained in Viniyoga, Anusara, Ashtanga, Sri Vidya Tantra and Soma Neuromuscular Integration® Bodywork, Em's style is a unique combination of her Yoga and Soma experience.
    Em began teaching in Seattle in 2007, then packed her mat for a few year stint all over Europe leading bicycle trips and teaching yoga to her guests before and after the days’ ride. After returning to Seattle in 2013, Em began her Soma Bodywork practice and created 'Soma Yoga', an immersion that combines these two modalities for deep self-exploration.
    Em’s love for discovery is expressed in how she meets her students and clients, remaining endlessly curious and open to the moment. As a devotee to facilitating transformation, Em also offers immersions, workshops and retreats both locally and abroad. For more information, visit: emboardway.com
     

    Bill teaches AcroYoga Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm as well as subs many Vinyasa yoga classes

    Bill started yoga as an easy way to stretch a body tired from long days of triathlon training.  Years later, triathlon is a distant memory and he has found the deeper and broader benefits of yoga.  He started teaching yoga in 2012 after training with YogaWorks in Seattle.  Around this time, he was introduced to AcroYoga through a performance by a local yoga teacher.  He quickly fell in love with the partnering and creative aspect of acrobatics and its crossover with yoga, studied intensively, and began teaching AcroYoga in 2014.  He has taught in Mexico, Argentina and several US cities.  Bill also teaches tango, and has spent a few years teaching Economics, Physics, and Dance at The University of Washington.