Yoga Northwest Newsletter

All of us at Yoga Northwest hope that your holiday season has been a time for celebration and renewal. We also hope that as you look forward to the beginning of this new decade, you’ll keep a few spots open in your week to take care of yourself with a regular yoga practice. Let us help you! While most of the classes we offered in 2019 continue into 2020, we’ve made a few changes to the schedule. Check out the new offerings that might be perfect for your ongoing discovery of the gifts of yoga.

New Classes

Iyengar Flow with Katie Davidson
Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Join Katie D. for an afternoon of dynamic and inspiring flow sequences. This one-hour class will end your workday or start your evening with a nice balance of poses to build strength, increase flexibility, and turn on your relaxation response. Make this class the center of your practice or add it to the classes you’re already taking for extra challenge and variety.
Restorative Yoga
with Laurie Fairman and Kate Laspina

Sundays 4:30-6 p.m.

Laurie and Kate L. are teaming up to bring you some calming, peaceful poses at the end of the weekend to restore and rejuvenate you for the week to come. This class is open to all levels and will weave philosophy, physiology, and useful information about relaxation into every class. Empower yourself. Come prepared to let go of stress, welcome the slow return of our longer days, and be in the present moment.

Dynamic l I/II with Lynn Minton

Mondays 12-1:30

Lynn recently taught a workshop at Yoga Northwest that was very well received, and now she’s back to teach on a more regular basis. Lynn has been practicing yoga for 45 years and has taught for more than 38—including 20 years as a teacher trainer. We are so happy to have her. This Level I/II class is for students who are in good health, have a working knowledge of the basics of yoga and want to challenge themselves to dive a bit deeper into the known and unknown aspects of yoga practice. Lynn will weave together some yoga philosophy and experiential anatomy with each week’s focus on different yoga poses.

5 Class Pass & Our New Quarterly Structure

5 Class Pass

The popular 5-class pass is back. If you know you’ll be gone for part of the quarter but still want to commit to attending class, you can sign up for the $75 5-class pass and come to any open class during the quarter. We do all the paperwork; you just show up and tell your teacher that you’re on the 5-class pass scheme. Some classes do fill up, however, so please check online to see which classes are open and available.

New Quarterly Structure
You may have noticed that this coming winter quarter is 11 weeks long instead of ten or 12, as they have been in the past. Yes! Going forward, each and every quarter will be 11 weeks long. This consistency and not having to switch back and forth will simplify office work and streamline our web and front-desk operations.

We’ve also eliminated the two-tier payment structure for 60- and 90-minute classes. Now students who take the shorter classes can make up missed classes in any 90-minute class on the schedule. We understand that many of you prefer shorter classes because they work better in your schedule, so going forward we are offering more of these classes and giving you more make-up options.

Yoga Teacher Training with Ingela Abbott

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Jan 25-26; Feb 22-23, Mar 28-29, Apr 25-26

Learn the art of teaching yoga from one of the most highly trained and certified instructors in the whole Northwest. With over 40 years of experience, Ingela has guided most of the teachers at Yoga Northwest (and many others) through the Iyengar Yoga certification process—helping each of them develop the skills they needed to become unique, dedicated practitioners and teachers.
In this four-month 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. This in-depth training may lead you toward your goal of becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor (CIYT), or maybe you just want to deepen your understanding of yoga from a new angle. Either way, you’ll join like-minded friends on an inspiring journey. Click here to read more and enroll. Only a few spots left.

Yoga Hiking Biking Sweden Adventure, June 15 - 26

Ingela is exited to share with you the love of her home country. On this 12 day journey she will take you on an adventure up above the Arctic Circle, where you will hike under the Midnight Sun, with big open vistas, reindeer and total serenity. Breathe in fresh alpine air, drink water from glacier rivers, soak in wooden saunas and dance around the Midsummer Pole celebrating the longest day of the year, with wild flowers in your hair!

After Lapland, travel south to the Stockholm Archipelago, and do yoga on our own private little island with the Baltic Sea surrounding us with tranquility. Kayak the shores or try stand up paddle board. End the Sweden Adventure exploring larger islands by bike along country roads, farms, white beaches, great restaurants and no cars! Hope you can join me to some of the most magical places on this earth. Click here for more info.


Newest Yoga Northwest Family Member


Welcome Angus!

Help us welcome Angus, son of teacher-in-training Darcy Peterson, to our Yoga Northwest family. He was born just before Christmas and is helping Darcy and her family ring in a wonderful new year. 

40 Year Celebration

Thanks to all of you who came to our 40 year anniversary party, and congratulations to all of you who took the 40-day challenge to deepen your dedication to the practice of yoga. We celebrated with two yoga dances (See Below!), cake, sparkling wine, and stories from Ingela about her many years of teaching in Bellingham. It was fun to hear from some of you “old timers,” as well. Our community is strong and growing. Thanks for all your support.