Maggie Cole



Maggie Cole, BA, is both a yoga instructor and certified teacher of students with special needs. She has over 10 years of experience in practicing and sharing yoga and is truly committed to inspiring people to reach their full potential physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Her classes offer students to build a strong yoga foundation, learn correct and safe body alignment, explore and celebrate their individual uniqueness, while finding balance, liberation, power, brilliance, and purpose both on and off the yoga mat.

Maggie Cole

 

I wish for gratitude. I am thankful for acceptance. Prayer and meditation bring me peace. I cannot live without love. I practice yoga for the journey inward. To me yoga is not a workout, it is a work in. The only real movement is return. I practice yoga to be the best version of me.

 
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Julie St Clair

JulieStClairJulie came to yoga as a way to relax from the everyday stresses of corporate life. What she found is so much more – thousands of little freedoms that reach far beyond the mat.

Julie structures graceful Hatha- and Vinyasa-style practices with a focus on what is right for the individual. Her approach is gentle, communicative and rooted in uniting mind and body through breath. Her practices are ideal for those interested in the spirit of the original yogis who observed animals and nature-noting abilities and beauty-and became what they observed. She loves the marriage of yoga’s esoteric teachings with the practicalities of everyday life, and strives to bring this balance to every class.

Julie is an RYT through Yoga Alliance. She trained at Seattle’s Yoga Synergy School in the style of the teachings of Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga.

When not teaching yoga Julie works in fine art photography, marrying the two disciplines – juliestclair.com.

 
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Natarajasana ~ Dancer Pose

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Yoga Poses

Janná chose this pose because she  love’s the heart opening, rooting, and expansive energy that Natarajasana offers.

Janná Giles - Natarajasana

Here are step by step instructions from Janná on how to move mindfully into Natarajasana.

Start standing in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).

Exhale to root through the souls of your feet feeling apana vayu; downward moving Prana.

Inhale, shift your weight onto your right foot, as you bend the left knee, and draw your left heel toward your left buttock.

Exhale to ground down. Touch your left hand to your heart center as a reminder that everything is breathe initiated.

As you inhale, reach the left hand forward and out to the side keeping the thumb up. Capture the left inner arch of your left foot

Exhale, feel samana vayu coiling in at the core and lengthening your lower back, activating Uddiyana Bandha.

Inhale, as your left shin and foot stretch up and back behind you, radiate your right finger tips and arm forward.

Continue to breathe in the asana for 3 more slow breaths.

Exhale to root into the Earth.

Inhale to raise your heart back above your hips.

Exhale and release the foot, and slowly place the left foot back onto the Earth.

Repeat for the same number of breaths on the second side.

 
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Steamed Asparagus & Bok Choy w/Tahini and Tarragon Sauce

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Recipes

Janná Giles Favorite Recipe:

I’m currently on a journey through the wonderful resource book “EAT.TASTE.HEAL – An Ayurvedic Guidebook and Cookbook for Modern Living”. One recipe that I’ve particularly enjoyed this winter is the Steamed Asparagus & Bok Choy with Tahini and Tarragon Sauce. It’s really quick to make so it’s a perfect addition to a meal for all of you busy business professionals to squeeze into your schedule.

This recipe is also great for those of you with an Ayurvedic dosha (constitution) of Vata. If you don’t know what your dosha is, there is a good questionnaire on the site related to the book here: http://www.eattasteheal.com/ETH_dosha.htm

For Pitta dosha, substitute mint for the tarragon.
For Kapha dosha, add ½ tsp. mustard powder and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper. ~ Janná Giles

Steamed Asparagus & Bok Choy with Tahini and Tarragon Sauceasparagus

Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
4 stalks baby bok choy

For the sauce:
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon leaves or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
2 Tbsp. tahini
3 tsp. grated fresh ginger
½ tsp. paprika
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 ½ tsps. brown rice syrup or maple syrup

Bring water to a boil in a steamer or in a saucepan with a steamer insert. Add the asparagus and bok choy, cover, and steam until the vegetables are just tender when pierced with the tip of a small, sharp knife, approximately 5-10 minutes depending upon the thickness of the asparagus.

While the vegetables are steaming, prepare the sauce. Place all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth.
To serve, arrange the hot vegetables on a serving platter. Pour the tarragon sauce over them.

 

 
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Quote of the Month

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand, gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”

 

~Eileen Caddy

 

 
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Rachelle Koren

Published on January 27, 2015 by in Teacher Bio

Rachelle K Koren Pic1 (2)My tapas for yoga was ignited in 2010 upon attending my first class with a friend. Despite neverhaving practiced and not knowing what to expect, I said “Yes” to the opportunity! During that class I felt a profound inexplicable and energetic resonance with the practice and teachings of yoga. I knew I had found my path, thus beginning my journey as a regularly practicing Yogini and instructor. As both student and teacher, I approach my mat with a beginner’s mind, a compassionate heart, and an open spirit which allows my practice to continue to grow and evolve me spiritually, mentally and physically.

After having gastric bypass surgery in 2010 and searching for a physical activity to support mychanging body and ongoing journey toward improved health, yoga was the perfect fit! Before finding yoga and cultivating my regular practice I spent the majority of my life extremely unhealthy, completely disconnected from my body and mind. Through my yoga practice and Teacher Training I experienced a deep connection with my physical, emotional and spiritual bodies, as well as discovering the uplifting support of an inclusive community of like-minded yoginis and yogis.

As a recovering alcoholic, emotional overeater, and survivor of depression and anxiety, yoga continues to support my journey toward well-being and overall health. The benefits I experience through my practice are without limits and beyond measure. I have the utmost gratitude for the ongoing cultivation of greater self-awareness and unconditional compassion.

Every time I step onto the mat with that beginner’s mind, I smile as I’m reminded that yoga is for every body and I have abiding faith that my practice meets me exactly where I am in each moment. By practicing yoga both on and off the mat I am better able to serve myself and others by being open about my healing journey and sharing what speaks to and works for me. Yoga continues to provide me with a path to greater healing and cultivation of my authentic self, deepening the connection between my spiritual, mental and emotional bodies every time I step on the mat. I have truly come to understand I am the conduit through which the yoga flows! My greatest hope is to continue to be of service to myself and others through my practice. Whether you are new to yoga or a long time practitioner, may you find your own resonance with the ancient physical and philosophical teachings!

 

 
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Poem of The Month


Very Early Spring
by Katherine Mansfield

The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky–
So many white clouds–and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.
Yet is the forest full of the sound of tears….
A wind dances over the fields.
Shrill and clear the sound of her waking laughter,
Yet the little blue lakes tremble
And the flags of tenderest green bend and quiver.

 
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Colleen Bell

Published on January 27, 2014 by in Teacher Bio

Colleen Bell

Colleen began practicing yoga sporadically about 12 years ago. Over time she realized how therapeutic yoga was. Yoga has helped her through multiple injuries and she has a profound respect for her body now. Yoga has also helped her mentally, in so many ways, from stress relief to insomnia to depression and anxiety. In March 2013, Colleen completed her teacher training through Samadhi Yoga in Seattle. Yoga continues to be her passion and her healing, happy place. Colleen teaches in gyms, yoga studios, and the great outdoors, where she has a strong connection to the earth and trees.
Colleen encourages students to come join her outside their comfort zone and find acceptance of themselves in their practice. She enjoys being playful and challenging, while also bringing alignment awareness to her classes

 
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Michelle Befus

Published on January 27, 2014 by in Teacher Bio

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Michelle was drawn to movement from a young age, leading to a career as a professional ballet dancer. When shifting her vocational focus to grow in corporate management, she discovered yoga as an outlet from the daily stress and demands of her work. Now, her passion for yoga and teaching is evident in the lighthearted, enthusiastic approach she brings to every class.

Michelle’s classes combine alignment instruction with vinyasa (flow) transitions, focusing on presence, awareness and a strong attention to detail. She offers a down to earth, non-intimidating environment, encouraging students to move slowly and mindfully in their bodies. Her hope is that through the practice of yoga, we can find clarity each day: accessing ease, personal strength and introspection.

Michelle received her 500 hour teaching certification with Pacific Yoga. She offers group and private classes, as well as workshops and retreats across the Pacific Northwest

 
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Veronica D’Orazio

Published on January 27, 2014 by in Teacher Bio

Veronica

Veronica D’Orazio began studying yoga in 1993. She began teaching in 2002, after completing her first teaching certification with Kathleen Hunt at Samadhi Yoga. Her gentle classes emphasize interiority and intuition. Her deliberate, flowing sequences are interspersed with poetry, humor, and space for silent reflection. Veronica is also a florist. She draws daily inspiration from the beauty of flowers, and from all flora and fauna. Exploring the parallels of form and pattern in humans and in nature delights her, and she looks to her two adorable tuxedo cats for some of her favorite lessons on awareness and being.

 
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