Posts Tagged ‘Vini Yoga’

Day 9 Seattle-Whole Life Yoga-Tracy Weber

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Find the Yo Yo Yogini

Yogi Man on Giant Eyeball

Yogi Man on Giant Eyeball

Watchin’ the sun rise in the middle of the night, as it does here in Seattle this time of year, confuses the RU – the wise, kind, old, grandfather cocker spaniel – who’s always in search of a deep cultural experience.  Patiently, he waits for the YoYos to wake and take him to the Olympic Sculpture Park which sits on the edge of downtown, adjacent to the shimmerin’ waters of Puget Sound.  As we approach, our eyes pop open in delight to see metal statues of runnin’ people, giant erasers, “&” signs, giant eyeballs that you can sit in (or sit “on” if you are yogi man), and water shootin’ up from the ground. This park is crazy cool and Ru is happy. Isn’t that all that really matters? We got lost in time and statues, so we raced back to get across town to Greenwood to take our very first Viniyoga class at Whole Life Yoga from Tracy Weber.

Tracy Weber

Tracy Weber

Mind- expandin’, body stretchin’ soul-enlighten’ …yogis know there’s zillions of reasons why we practice, but sadly there’s ba-zillions more who’ll never give it a go, thinkin’ yoga’s  only for pencil-thin pretzels. Enter Whole Life Yoga…the tag line…“Yoga for Real People”… and that’s exactly what we knew to be true the second we entered the door of this ultra -friendly, super- welcoming, totally inclusive neighborhood yoga studio. Opened in ’01, Whole Life Yoga was recognized in March as the Best Therapeutic Yoga Studio in the city by Seattle magazine. Tracy Weber, ex-Micorsofter turned studio owner, has created a safe home for a diverse group of people willing to try this thing called “yoga” in a caring environment offering a community of support.

Viniyoga at Whole Life Yoga

Viniyoga at Whole Life Yoga

The YoYos entered the filled to capacity, quiet as a mouse room as cross-legged yogis sat in a deep peace-providin’ mediation. As this nurturing teacher silently entered, she began by centering the class through a breathing exercise and proceeded to slowly lead each asana, carefully encouraging the class to stretch one long smooth breath to one long smooth movement and then inviting each yogi to gracefully feel their own breath and  move with it. The even sound and fluid energy filled the tranquil space in this joyful practice. The YoYos weren’t surprised to learn that many students come to Viniyoga after injury, or for therapeutic reasons, as this beautiful practice left them feelin’ light, loose and full of energy.

Groovin' Ru

The Ru Knows... Yoga is for Real People!

 

Mom, Dad, Grandma, Brother, Daughter, Friend & Neighbor…. hurtin’, never done yoga before, or feelin’ like a stallion,  this class is for all peeps who have a preconceived idea of what yoga is supposed to be. Whole Life Yoga proves…Yoga is for Real People! 

New to yoga?  Check out the Yoga for Real People Series at Whole Life Yoga!


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Day 13 Seattle-Planet Earth Yoga-Laura Yon Brooks

Planet Earth Yoga Center

Planet Earth Yoga Center

On this bird-chirpin’, last Sunday in Seattle morning, a long smooth Hatha-Gaya class was just what the Doctor ordered.  Our YoYo bodies were feelin’ it in a big way, especially in the butt from walkin’ up and down every endless hill with The Ru; the wise, kind, old, grandfather –so cute he turns Seattleites into baby-talkin’ goo cocker spaniel. This morning we put ourselves in the experienced hands of Laura Yon-Brooks, Yoga Therapist and owner of Planet Earth Yoga Center, to begin in a new life energy that would rejuvenate us to “power it up” for the next 86 days!  

Laura Yon-Brooks

Laura Yon-Brooks

We found Planet Earth Yoga as we passed the colorful Fremont Sunday Market, on the 2nd floor of a converted old house, brimming with character.  The unique studio space was spectacularly spacious and completely alive with activity from the tight group of Laura devotes’ who came to loosen and “love it up”.  Laura, a giving soul, laser-lead this happy bunch for the next 11/2 hours insisting on long, smooth, deep breaths complimenting every creative liquid movement.  Her easy to follow flows allowed the YoYos to feel the full depth of every asana and release any tense, tired muscles, hidin’ or not so hidin’, deep inside.  With precise instruction, Laura encouraged her students to find their breath, their rhythm and flow beautifully with it, creating a dance-like movement.

Laura’s healing doesn’t stop in her studio; she has been sharing her special gift of recovery and rejuvenation with cancer patients for the past 10 years at the University of Washington Medical Center.  Seems to the YoYos that folks in this ‘hood are lucky to have this Seattle Sister!

We left flyin’, butt muscles feelin’ 10 years younger, over to the YoYoYogi mobile that was waiting to take us to a most excellent treat!

The Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel

View from The Edgewater

View from The Edgewater

Now, while we love our 400 square foot Queen Anne Studio, when generously offered the outrageous, Puget Sound huggin’ Edgewater Hotel, by yoga and pet lovin’ manager,  Ric Nicholson,  the YoYos cried “SCORE”! With Ru in tow, we walked into the lap of luxury, bounced on the ginormous down bed, soaked in the claw foot tub then melted into the soft leather chairs (mac on lap) by the glow of the fireplace and stared at sailboats on the Sound. Lucky for us, we still have 2 glorious days to enjoy The Emerald City!

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