Tag Archive: yoga classes in bellingham

Spring Yoga classes

Here is the Spring flyer for classes that begin next week! Contact Elizabeth with any questions.


The first class in the Yoga Sadhana series begins NEXT Monday; please be aware that the first three sessions may be taken as individual classes, and the Anxiety and Depression series that starts in April must be taken as a 5 session series. Please contact Elizabeth with any questions.

New Yoga Sadhana classes offered

New Yoga Sadhana classes offered

More about 8 Petals Yoga Studio

The Invocation to Patanjali – Youtube videos

For those wanting more of a chance to practice or listen to the chant – the invocation to Patanjali – that Elizabeth leads at the beginning of each class, here are a couple of choices from Youtube.

In this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14HIfxNj_yY there’s an American guy who pretty much walks you through what we do in the beginning of class, how to sit, how position your knees and hips, and then he chants aum three times and does the chant, very similarly to how Elizabeth does it, with sanskrit words scrolling across the screen.

In this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5SAf6LbJ7E there are various colorful images and in a voiceover an Indian woman sings the chant. It’s very pretty to look at and her voice is pleasant and it’s a nice variant to experience.



Since we all know yoga is really meditation in action, sharing here this neat article about use of meditation in Brooklyn schools and for kids in trouble with the law.

The articles describes kids agitated by violence they’ve just seen:

“There was a brawl,” called Ian Alsopp, 18, shaking his head. “It went down. It went down.”Riding the subway after school, he said, he saw about 20 teenagers beat up another boy…“This is where you actually use this,” the instructor, Greg Snyder, told Mr. Alsopp. “Notice the thought. That’s fine. Notice the anxiety. Notice the fear. Use the meditation to focus your mind. Are you with me?”

Read the whole story here:


Community Day, originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, April 22nd, will eventually be rescheduled! Thanks for your understanding, and hope you will have a lovely Earth Day celebration.
Celebrate Easter with Ravi Ravindra in a meaningful and inclusive way in retreat at Turtle Haven, March 30 through April 1, 2012.  Our most recent retreats last year in April and October with Ravi felt the most graceful yet, as we crafted a container with multiple facets that seemed to serve well in generating community support for interspiritual inquiry and reflection.

The Spring theme is A Spiritual Celebration of Easter: A Mythic Journey of Sacrifice, Death and Resurrection.  We will gather in community for a unique spiritual celebration of the Easter season, exploring the symbolic meaning of death and resurrection in our own lives and in that of the collective. Our reflections will dwell in part on different interpretations of the meaning of sacrifice, investigating the cultural overlay that has come to see sacrifice as an undesirable experience. We will see how we might “resurrect” the sacred and mystical dimensions of this historic event.

One of the remarks from the Gospels we will consider is from Phillip: Those who say the Lord died first and then rose up are in error, for he rose up first and then died.  Our explorations will carry us into the heart of the meaning of “rising” before we experience our own physical death. In the spirit of honoring our shared path as Spiritual Pilgrims, we will examine parallels in other faiths such as when Buddha remarked, “Look within, you are the Buddha.” or the remarkable reminder from the Sufi tradition that “If you die before you die, you will not die when you die.”

Our inner travels will engage the intellect, the body, the voice and the senses, as we ceremonially celebrate the spirit of Easter through guided and silent meditations, labyrinth walks, movement awareness exercises, song, and connection with the natural world in the beauty of spring at Turtle Haven on the Nooksack River. We look forward to another immersion in our own cherished and collective community wisdom and that of our warm and wise guide, Ravi Ravindra. 

Tea and good company will be provided, with each retreatant bringing his or her own lunch and snacks.

We will initiate the weekend with a talk by Ravi on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Bellingham; this will be a fundraiser for Maher Ashram in India, open to the public and optional for retreatants at no additional cost.  On Saturday and Sunday, we will meet at Turtle Haven in Deming, for access to the river and forest trails, and the quiet and peace of  the 11 circuit labyrinth.  Saturday’s schedule, which will include a collective lunch, will be 10 a.m. until 5p.m.  On Sunday, we will gather at 10 a.m. and finish our day at 3 p.m. with a shorter lunch period.
We have explored opportunities for out of town participants to stay with a local retreat participant.  Please let us know if you need help with housing.

The cost for this retreat will again be a sliding fee scale of $165 to $190.  Once registered, you will receive a reading list and more detailed information.  Please send your name, address, email address and phone number with the full tuition payable to:  Jillian Froebe, 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming, WA 98244.   If a payment plan or financial assistance is needed, please let us know.  If something unexpected arises that changes your ability to participate, and you notify us prior to February 29, your tuition will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Tuition is nonrefundable after this date.  Registration is limited to create a more intimate experience, and the retreats have generally been full, so we suggest you register soon.

Questions? Contact Jillian Froebe  360.319.8704   or Elizabeth Kerwin 360.303.3892

Mr. Iyengar In Motion

In celebration of Elizabeth’s completion of her sesshin, or meditation retreat, on Whidbey Island, and her return to teaching tomorrow, here is a link to a little Iyengar inspiration. This

is a youtube posting of silent black and white footage of Mr. Iyengar doing his earlier, more flowing style of yoga in 1938. It is mind-blowing and beautiful to watch.


Senior Iyengar instructor Rebecca Lerner will be making her second trip to Bellingham this summer to teach a weekend workshop June 15-17, 2012. 8 Petals Yoga Studio is extremely excited to welcome Rebecca back for what will surely be another wonderful workshop.  This year’s format will be similar to last year’s with a Friday evening session, two Saturday sessions, and a Sunday morning session followed by an optional afternoon teacher training. You may hold your spot with a non-refundable $25 deposit.  Partial attendance is available.
* Sign up soon, as space this year is limited*.
For further details and a registration form, click here.  You can also find these details on 8 Petals Yoga instructor Charlotte Davis’ website or on the 8 petals events page: 8PetalsYoga.com/events.html Thanks and we at 8 Petals look forward to seeing you!

Yoga In Everyday Life

My friend and yoga student John passed along this link today, which essentially invites each of us to make ethical choices through how we spend our money; have a look if you like! The foundation of yoga is in the Yamas, the Great Vow of yoga, which has the essential teaching of nonharming; we all know that we can practice yoga in our lives through our everyday choices, but information and guidance along these lines is not always clear. See if this is a useful tool for you.


BETTER WORLD SHOPPER is a site dedicated to providing people with a 
comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and 
environmental responsibility of every company on the planet AND making 
it available in practical forms that individuals can use in their 
everyday lives. Coming out of more than 5 years of intensive research, 
this work is based on a comprehensive database of over 1000 companies 
and utilizes 25+ reliable sources of data to cover everything from the 
environment to human rights, community development to animal protection.

Hearty thanks to all of you who participated in raising funds so that others may eat, and eat well! Together we raised $1,075 dollars to disperse through these worthy organizations, which will provide benefit locally and abroad in the larger world.