Yoga Northwest Newsletter

As our lovely Pacific Northwest days get cooler and shorter, we hope you are settling in to a peaceful fall routine that includes time on your yoga mat. If you need inspiration to keep your practice going, join us for one, two, or three weekly classes at Yoga Northwest. There’s still time to sign up. As with all of life, much remains the same, but there are always big and little changes making themselves known. Here are a few new goings on at Yoga Northwest this season.

She Did It!

Ingela ran in the Bellingham Bay Marathon on September 29 as a fundraising opportunity to support HomesNow. Thanks to the generous support of the Yoga Northwest community, she was able to raise $2,500 to help the homeless get out of the cold and wet streets. Ingela has been an advocate of HomesNow for a long time and sees the effort it takes to run 26+ miles as small in comparison to the effort it takes to live on the street. 

Congratulations Katie!

Congratulations to Katie Davidson  for passing her 4th Iyengar Yoga assessment—Intermediate Junior III. The Iyengar Yoga certification process is a demanding and time-consuming process. To even begin the journey of becoming a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, you have to already be a dedicated student of several years. Then, with the guidance of two advanced teachers, you begin to master a select number of poses, yoga philosophy, and breath techniques. To go beyond basic certification means devoting yourself to the study of more advanced poses and more philosophy and pranayama, as well as additional weekend-long examinations.

Certification at the Intermediate Junior III level means being able to teach very difficult poses to capable students while also dealing with students with injuries, helping pregnant or menstruating women with more appropriate poses, and challenging everyone to dig deeper. Every Iyengar Yoga teacher tries to do that in every class, but in the assessment process you are forced to do it with three senior teachers watching you and taking notes! Katie did an outstanding job.

Thank you to all the Yoga Northwest students who helped Katie prepare by being students in her free mock assessment classes. We hope that the experience was beneficial to you, too, by showing you the dedication our teachers have to continuing their education and by giving you the chance to deepen your own practice.


Teacher Training with Ingela Abbott

If hearing about Katie’s journey inspires you to move from student to teacher, or if you’re wondering how to immerse yourself more deeply in your practice, sign up for Ingela’s 2019-2020 Teacher Training. In this teacher training you will learn to communicate with clarity, sharpen your observation skills, adjust students appropriately, modify poses for common injuries, learn the use of props, and refine the art of sequencing. Click here to read more and enroll. 


Leslie Lekos is Back at Yoga Northwest

We are so pleased to have Leslie back at Yoga Northwest teaching Prenatal Yoga and Dynamic Level I/II on Monday. Leslie is a uniquely qualified prenatal teacher. She assists women as a doula and childbirth educator and she is the co-author of Yoga for Pregnancy, a beautifully  illustrated guidebook for pregnant women and new mothers. She is also the owner of Wildroot Botanicals and has a degree in Somatics and Herbology. A certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, Leslie has a strong, rich practice, and is a gentle, insightful teacher. Add new depth to your yoga practice by taking one of Leslie’s classes this fall.


Greg Schultz Has a New Class

Some of you have still not met Greg! Greg is teaching his same Gentle Backcare I and has added a Dynamic Level I to his roster—both on Tuesday. Greg brings humor into his teaching, has a background in both high tech and Thai massage, and has his own enlightening experience of working through injury toward health and healing. He enjoys making yoga accessible for others and has a strong appreciation of the “non-pose” aspects of yoga: meditation, chanting, breath work, and discussing the Sutras. When not working, teaching, or practicing, he’s chasing around his young daughter, a little Buddha named Lucy, as they work on a permaculture project on a few acres south of Acme, WA.



Laurie Fairman is Offering Classes on Sunday

Laurie has been in and out of the studio over the years, teaching the early bird classes and subbing. Now she has two “prime time” classes on Sunday: Gentle Backcare I and Dynamic Level I. She has been practicing yoga since 1979 and started her teaching training in Hong Kong in 2014. She continues to apprentice with Ingela here at YNW and also owns and runs Honeychurch Antiques, a fine art dealership in Skagit Valley, with her husband, John. For over four decades they have travelled to Japan, China, India, Burma, Thailand, and the Philippines to bring the finest examples of interesting, beautiful antique artifacts home to Washington. End your weekend or start your week with one of Laurie’s Sunday classes.


Donell Johnson is Up Early!

Donell is the newest member of our Yoga Northwest teaching team and is teaching some of the early bird classes. Donell has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and started taking Iyengar Yoga classes six years ago. Donell loves how yoga is a sustainable technology to connect the body, mind, and spirit. She says that she never regrets spending time practicing and that the benefits far exceed any expectations. A “Jill” of many trades, Donell has worked as a cosmetologist, a veterinary assistant, and is currently working as an office manager at a local body care company, Booda Organics. When not at work or on the mat, she loves being outside.