Blog: Circling the Mat

Fall Workshops Posted and a Blog Blooms!

by YogaCircleWebTeam on June 13, 2014 · 0 comments

What does Qigong Exercises, Living in Balance, Finding Home in the Wilds, Sound Healing, the Art and Heart of Presence, and Partner Yoga have in common? They are all tiles of our Sunday Workshops to be offered this fall, beginning in September. A nice mix of something new and more from our favorite teachers. Check it all out on the Workshop page which begins with an invitation to learn Tai Chi this summer … for free!

We are so happy to announce a Yoga Circle Studio Blog called “Circling the Mat” written my a five year yoga student who goes only by her first name “Donna” — and who confesses that “she may have been your klutzy neighbor on the mat.”

Check it out – let’s get a conversation going.


Musings on Turning 75!

by YogaCircleWebTeam on May 26, 2014

When I turned 50 and my cranky body was calling to me to do something different — I started taking yoga classes. The mind-full body work, the steadiness of attention, and the wisdom I found was like coming home.

Then, at 60 I found so much value in the many benefits, so started teacher training to insure my commitment.

In 2003, I opened Yoga Circle Studio to spread the circle, and we have a happier, healthier community as a result. And certainly, I am a happier, healthier person. (ps: There is no anti-aging secret: it’s the yoga!)

Make yoga a part of your life, everyday.

I love yoga and Snohomish and glad to be of service, as your yogi, artist, mayor. (More flexible than most mayors.) Click on any image to enlarge and begin a slideshow.

Here’s what a regular practice of yoga can do for your body, mind and spirit:
· Improves flexibility especially in the joints so injuries are less likely.
· Improves cardiovascular health and a healthier blood flow throughout the body.
· Improves lung capacity and relaxation through deep breathing.
· Improves balance and encourages more body awareness.
· Helps strengthen core muscles and overall muscular-skeletal strength.
· Reduces stress through the calming and meditative qualities of yoga.
· Increases mental focus.
· Encourages living the virtues of truthfulness, kindness, moderation, and gratitude.
· Invites you to be present, to be aware, and to be happy.

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Video: Yin Yoga Workshop, Sunday, May 25, 1-4p

by YogaCircleWebTeam on May 12, 2014 · 2 comments

Yin Yoga
with Shelly Dorland
Sunday, May 25, 2014 | 1-4p | Cost: $40

Yin Yoga is the practice of exercising deep muscle, fascia, and bone tissue in the body in long held meditative poses. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine which are accessed through long held poses & gravity.

If you attended Shelly’s workshop please don’t be shy about leaving a comment below about your experience, which may help others. Thanks!


Focus on Core, Sunday, April 27, 1-4p

March 31, 2014
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Focus on Core: Strength, Mobility & Safety with Sarah Johnston & Candace McKenna Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 1-4p | Cost: $40 The muscles which support the sacroiliac joint, lower back and spine are the muscles of our Core, or naval center. This workshop will focus on asanas which help us locate our primary (psoas) […]

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Singing Bowls, Saturday, 3/29, 7-9p

March 24, 2014

Sound Healing with Kristen Rubis Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 7-9p | Cost: $20 Join us for a special event. Settled in with very gentle yoga poses to prepare you for a deeply nourishing evening of breath work, meditation, and sacred sound healing. Kristen performs healing sound through Tibetan and crystal quartz singling bowls and […]

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Yoga Nidra with Kara Keating

March 10, 2014
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Yoga Nidra | Awaken and Dream Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 1-4p | Cost: $40 The practice of yoga nidra brings the mind and the heart, the conscious and sub-conscious into harmony. Often when we intend to make positive changes in our life, we self-sabotage and end up on a veritable hamster wheel of samsara […]

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Yoga 101& Yoga for Women Classes begin this week

March 3, 2014
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Series Class: YOGA 101 with Sarah Johnston Tuesdays, March 4 – April 15, 2014 7-8:15p | Cost: $80 for 7 weeks These popular classes are for those who want to learn and/or review basic yoga poses, breath awareness, mental focus, and stress reduction. New students get 25% off, pre-registration is required, 8 students minimum . […]

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Reflect Your Best Self with a Yoga Class

January 7, 2014
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Slow Yoga with Roy Holman Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 1-4p | Cost: $40 “SloYo” is just that, yoga done slowly, mindfully and breathfully. We begin slow and easy then progress into stronger poses, while still moving easily, following the flow of our breath and body. Then we take the body deeper into longer holds […]

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Solstice Walk, Belly Dance and Free Restorative from the Holidaze!

December 16, 2013

Click on any image to begin slideshow. Our eight annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk alongside the Snohomish River falls on a Saturday this year, party night! Many thanks to all the solstice elves: Jerry, Pamela, Tom, Kylie and daughters Niya, Keenan, Gail, Lya, Sasha, Tina, Cory, Helen, Mary Pat, Janet, Christina, Dell, Renee, Dorrinda, Dave, […]

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Celebrating 10 Years, Saturday, November 16th

November 8, 2013

THEN: Sophie, age 7, and Karen in 2003. Karen and Sophie ten years later! Thanks for Join Us Celebrating 10 Years of Yoga at 707 Pine Avenue! Tasty food provided by Grilla Bites | Sweets by Snohomish Bakery | Wine from Blanc & Rouge | Music by Bill Pfleging, guitarist and chant artist | Toasts, […]

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