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Grounded Body, Fluid Mind Fluid Body, Grounded Mind ®

*NO class on Tuesday and Thursday, May 1 & 3. 2018

All classes resume on Sunday May 6.

 

Weekly class schedule

Tuesday 5:30 – 7:00pm: Infinite Body Yoga – all levels

Thursday 5:30 – 7:00pm: Infinite Body Yoga – all levels

Sunday 9:00 – 10:30am: Vinyasa – All levels

Location: Friday Harbor Holistic Health, 669 Mullis Street, #202, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Our classes are exceptional experiences, never ordinary. Unlike conventional yoga classes, we do more than work the body through stretches and strengthening. We go deeper, activating suppressed energies within the mind, and releasing life potential. Based on decades of teaching, meditation, healing and research, we now use innovative spiral and vortical sequences to generate inner circulation and vitality. These exquisite sequences have been drawn from close observation of the natural world.

Intro / Beginners Yoga (Island Rec. for info & registration)

Friday 8:30 – 9:30am Beginners Yoga I

Location: Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor

Want to begin yoga or return to yoga?

Learn yoga basics or brush up on the fundamentals. Classes move at a slower pace with opportunities for questions & individual attention. In these classes we focus on breathing exercises, basic alignment, and simple sequences. Taught by movement extraordinaire Katerina Wen, with over 20+ years of professional teaching experience. This class is ideal for any student new to yoga. At the same time, experienced students can enjoy these classes as restorative sessions.

Gentle Yoga for 50+ (Island Rec. for info & registration)

Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30am Gentle Yoga I

Thursday 9:30 – 10:30am Gentle Yoga II

Location: Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor

Have you ever wondered how yoga can help you feel more at ease in your body and mind? This class is uplifting and informative. You will gain knowledge to take care of your health in the most economical way. It is a gentle, joyful way to upkeep your youthfulness. You will learn how to tend to your body in a special way, and how to work with injuries and sensitivities. With regular participation, you will embody routines that regenerate the suppleness of your muscles and joints. And once you have begun to practice consistently, you will have enhanced stamina, improved blood circulation, and better brain function. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Katerina’s style is humorous and compassionate. She provides guidance and expertise that empower people to be more self reliant in taking care of their health and wellbeing. Beginners welcome.

 

New Class!         Starting June, 2018

Cardio Yoga:     A total cardio workout to kickstart your day in a truly balanced way!

Thursdays:  8:15-9:15am

Location: Dance Workshop 2: 15 2nd St. N. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 

To register: Island Rec (http://www.islandrec.org), (360) 378-4953

This class is a dynamic, fun and energetic package of cardio-friendly yoga poses, strong breath-work and spiraling whole body movements. An optimal self care package for modern people who seek to gain the quickest results for the least amount of workout time!

Whether your primary goal is to burn off those extra pounds, re-set your metabolism at a higher rate, give you radiant looking skin, and high sustainable energy all through the day, this class is for you!

Old, obsolete ideas of cardio training required hours of grind work in the gym on treadmills or on ellipticals. Besides being boring and repetitive, these old methods have been proven not to work! Whereas interval training up-regulates your cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, burns off excess calories and increases your body’s healthy hormone production. Interval training is the basis of modern sports science methods for improving cardiovascular health! And interval training is taken to an even better level in this Cardio Yoga class:

Our cardio yoga class gives you even more benefits than regular interval training:

  • tones and strengthens your skeletal muscles
  • tones and strengthens your cardiac muscles and relaxes your arteries
  • helps speed up your metabolism, gently lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
  • balances neurotransmitters and stabilizes positive emotions
  • helps generate deep, restful sleep
  • increases hydration of the skin and collagen production
  • maintains flexibility of your joints and repair of your bone matrix
  • increases your self-confidence and overall performance
  • connects you with your spiritual core!

 

What does the science say?

According to a study published in March 2016 in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “people with the irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation had significantly lower blood pressure and heart rates after they practiced 30 minutes of light yoga weekly for 12 weeks”

Harvard Medicine Heart Letter:

Performing a variety of yoga postures gently stretches and exercises muscles. This helps them become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar. Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure. Mind-calming meditation, another key part of yoga, quiets the nervous system and eases stress. All of these improvements may help prevent heart disease, and can definitely help people with cardiovascular problems.

One of yoga’s clearest benefits to the heart is its ability to relax the body and mind. Emotional stress can cause a cascade of physical effects, including the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which narrow your arteries and increase blood pressure. The deep breathing and mental focus of yoga can offset this stress.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Beyond off-loading stress, practicing yoga may help lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels, as well as heart rate, making it a useful lifestyle intervention. One study has shown that blood measurements and waist circumference—a marker for heart disease—improved in middle-aged adults with metabolic syndrome who practiced yoga for three months.”

 

Our style

Infinite Body Yoga~ Grounded Body, Fluid Mind / Fluid mind, grounded Body®

Yoga is now practiced all over the world. However, it is generally taught in a very superficial way.

What is yoga? Yoga is really a multi-faceted system to strengthen mind, body and soul. It is a way of bringing all aspects of yourself into greater harmony.

Yoga is also a way to approach life with dignity, creativity and courage.

Yoga is not just about flexibility or performing poses (asanas). It is about cultivating your source energy, mental clarity and spiritual fire. And it is, most importantly, about directing your awarenessand actions out into the world in a meaningful way.

Our yoga practice is different. We practice in a circle, or an ellipse, around a freshly made mandala composed of natural materials such as feathers, rocks and shells. The mandala is the hub of the practice, and its forms evoke the living cosmos of which we each are a small but vital part.

The practice, on a physical level, is graduated so as to accommodate all. It is gentle enough to welcome beginners, yet healthfully challenging for even the most experienced practitioners.

Our yoga practice is artful, graceful, fluid and uplifting. It trains the mind to be clear and alert, it encourages the heart to become magnanimous, and makes the body resilient. A regular practice will help you calibrate outer and inner strength to engage on life’s journey with greater equipoise and joy.

Our Teacher

Katerina’s deep study of classical yogic philosophy impelled her to find a way to make contemporary yoga relevant to the modern world. Accordingly, she left behind the conventional layout of teaching, developing instead her unique circular style of practice grouped around original mandalas. Katerina’s mandala creations are steeped in contemplative awareness of nature and symbolize the universe and the forces of creation. The luminous hub of the practice circle focuses the students’ attention inwards upon what is most mysterious and most important in life.

Katerina has been featured on the cover of Yoga International Magazine. She has, at different times, conducted educational programs for yoga teachers, educators, therapists and other health professionals.

Katerina’s background in homeopathy and anthroposophy along with her deep understanding of yogic philosophy are the basis for her compassionate approach to both therapy and teaching. She has graduated from six world renowned yoga teacher training programs, and earned her certification as a yoga therapist for children with special needs in 1999. Her academic education includes a Diploma in Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy and a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch University. Teaching from a place of love and compassion has been the principle of Katerina’s work for over 2 decades. With an innate ability and passion in working with seniors and people in need. Katerina has also trained in Hospice direct care, and has been serving the San Juan Hospice since 2011.

Yoga InternatinalKaterina’s signature style (fluid body, grounded mind/grounded body, fluid mind) is represented in the artistry of her sophisticated sequencing and the ability to inspire students and teachers to explore new terrain and to discover the beauty of self-development. Best known for her originality in yoga mandala, her practice evokes a sense wonder at nature. A core part of her work also stems from the transformative experience of her personal healing journey. Over the years, she has developed specialized joint health movement therapy for a wide spectrum of people, in particular the elderly, and individuals with medical challenges. Katerina has a rare mastery to reach people of all ages and abilities, touching people in their hearts in a way few ever forget.

Why Yoga is amazing for your health:

Yoga is commonly recognized as a tool for stress relief, metabolic stimulation, mental clarity and joint mobility. Many recent medical studies have shown that practicing yoga also improves immune health and boosts brain function. Join us for a fun and rejuvenating practice!

  • Improve your health and posture 

  • De-stress + gain circulation = better immune system 
  • Increase stamina, muscle tone and joint mobility
  • Promote mental clarity & brain health
  • Develop energy, grace and strength

  • Come and find your inner peace and learn about the best self-care and stress release techniques that you will treasure for a life time!

Healthy brain

Did you know that when yoga postures are performed with correct breathing and meditatitive focus it can boost your brain function? A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign reports that a single yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on a controlled test of “working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information”. Studies have also showed that participants did NOT get the same positive brain buzz from aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Improve immune function

Yoga is commonly recognized as a tool for stress relief, metabolic stimulation, mental clarity and joint mobility. A new study shows that practicing yoga also improves immune health. The University of Oslo study examined ten people who attended a one-week yoga retreat where they participated in two-hour yoga sessions or took nature walks and listened to relaxing music.

After analyzing participants’ blood samples, researchers found that practicing yoga positively altered 111 genes in circulating immune cells, compared with 38 gene alterations from listening to music and walking – almost TRIPLE the amount. Yoga immediately affects your body at a molecular level, an amazing remedy for immune function!

Testimonials

The spiritual energy and vibration of Katerina’s classes are amazing!” ~JL

Katerina’s teaching has touched my heart and changed me forever.” ~LK

Most transformative practice I have ever experienced!” ~SM

“You are one of the best yoga teachers. Your teachings have opened my heart and allowed me to feel comfortable in my body again.” DC

“Katerina’s creativity is one of a kind. She has inspired me on so many levels! And her classes always fill me with energy and mental clarity!” – JCW

“Katerina is one of the few teachers I have studied with who is able to transmit the yoga tradition in ways that is realistic for modern people.”-MM

“As a yoga teacher myself, I can say that Katerina Wen’s class style is unique in this industry.  Her classes are just special. There is a different quality to them that is Katerina’s alone.”-AML

How incredibly fortunate I was to have Katerina as my first yoga teacher! Thanks to her I am the proud – and astonished! – owner of a body and mind that are healthier now than they have ever been in my life.” KB (8 years later, KB became a yoga teacher)

“You must try Katerina’s class if you want to be inspired!” -TS

I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and have never come across a special teacher like Katerina. Her ability to transcend the asana practice into a spiritual journey is truly magical.” ~GR

Katerina Wen is incredibly dedicated to her own practice, and brings creativity and thoughtfulness to every class. Her classes are challenging and test my limits every time.” – JF

Katerina is an extraordinary teacher – her classes are beautifully choreographed and since I started working with her several years ago my practice has deepened and the benefits have extended to my writing and my life.” – JDC

The highly intelligent & creative sequencing of Katerina Wen is unique, sincere and challenging…I always learn something new about myself in her class. I especially appreciate the friendly environment she’s created The circle practice allows us to practice the oneness of yoga in its true essence.” – SY

“I only had the sweet pleasure of taking your class a couple of times long ago, and so appreciate your beautiful presence. I still feel it coming through with students of yours that you impacted so deeply. Those that studied with you for some time have a quality that is so warm and present.” -AP

“Thank you so very, very much for your beautiful way of teaching yoga…for me it has been an experience of feeding on beauty.” ~OB

Don’t be deceived by Katerina’s delicate look and demeanor. She is amazingly strong, both physically and spiritually. Practicing with her is like climbing up a mountain. It is challenging and can be demanding. But at the end of the class, I always feel the breeze as if I have reached to the top and am standing on the summit with a grand vista before me – where I get to enjoy the most glorious views. It is an exhilarating experience…” ~CF

I credit my success in teaching to Katerina’s influence. She continues to be incredibly inspiring and full heartedly supportive. Her ability to “excavate” my potential made me a stronger person. I am very fortunate to have her guidance in my life.” ~SR

I’d never discovered what it means to be on a spiritual path until I met Katerina.”~JR
 
Thank you for sharing your spirit and teaching us in the most powerful, creative, compassionate and gentle way. It is very healing to practice with you.”~CC
 
I am forever grateful to Katerina’s dedication in teaching and self development. Her teaching is always fresh and creative. Even after teaching yoga for over 15 years now, I still learn new things whenever I attend her class. I am glad that she is now also teaching the elderly now. That means I will get to practice with for a very long time!” ~KJ