Motion

finding strength and balance through yoga
 
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Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility – but more than that it teaches us to let go of our expectations and truly live in the present moment.  Katie endeavors to teach yoga in a manner that combines breath with motion, creating a beautiful harmony between body and mind.

Group Yoga Classes

Katie teaches multi-level yoga classes at community fitness centers in the Gig Harbor area.  She discovered yoga during a period of illness in 2010 and was pleasantly surprised by how much it improved her chronic lung condition, overall fitness, and quality of life.  Her classes are informed by this experience and her subsequent training through Yogafit, a training designed to make yoga accessible to everyone, not just the super-fit.  Her teaching style incorporates flowing series of poses that link breath with motion, thoughtful consideration of her students’ abilities, and gentle guidance in healthy body alignment.

Yoga for Singers

Letting go of competition in a judgment-free zone.

Yoga can be beneficial for singers since it focuses on restoring our bodies’ natural alignment, improving breath support as we work on combining deep breathing with poses that build strength, balance, and flexibility.  Yoga also challenges us to let go of competition and judgment, two things that singers often struggle with in our hyper-competitive world.  When we let go of competition, we are freed from comparing ourselves to others, able to explore our bodies and discover our own unique voices.

Katie has taught yoga for singers workshops at Tacoma Opera and Seattle Pacific University. Read about the workshop here and inquire below if you are interested in hosting an event for your choir or voice students.

Yoga for Cystic Fibrosis 

The benefits of yoga for people with CF are many and varied. A “flow” type yoga class, linking breath with motion, helps to improve lung function, core strength, stamina, and body awareness. Katie is the Executive Director of CF Yogi – a nonprofit that offers free yoga classes to the CF community in a virtual studio. 

Katie was also invited to London by a team of physiotherapists and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to film a series of online yoga videos specific to the needs of people with CF.  Read more about that project here, and find the videos at Pactster.com.

Cheers to yoga instructor Katie Malik at Harbor Fit! I’m a 46-year-old dude with lower back issues and general physical decline so I started yoga six weeks ago. Since then, my strength, balance, and flexibility are significantly better thanks to Katie’s Saturday morning teaching. Cheers & Jeers, page 2

Peninsula Gateway, Dec 31, 2014

Weekly Classes at Tom Taylor YMCA

Tom Taylor (Gig Harbor) YMCA:

Mondays:  10:15-11:15 AM
Wednesdays:  7:00 – 8:00 PM

Classes are open to all YMCA members.

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Yoga at the Key Peninsula Civic Center

Mondays 8:30-9:30 am

(There is a great team of teachers on Wednesday at the same time!)

$12.50 drop-in, 4 class punchcard $40. Cash or checks only, made payable to Key Peninsula Civic Center.

The yoga was great – perfect for a Saturday morning. The view was nothing short of exceptional and truly lent itself to the practice – as if it was an extension of what Katie led us through. A Harborfit Yoga student

Online Resources - Yoga for Cystic Fibrosis

Yoga classes by the CF community, for the CF community.

Katie is great in leading yoga.  Clear, calm, warm, and gives good input.  Thanks! A YMCA Member

Further reading:  Yoga posts from the blog

Vespers Yoga – coming this March

Vespers Yoga – coming this March

Lately I've been focusing on re-centering myself and restoring my creative spirit. I created this Vespers yoga practice for myself, and I realized that others might want to share it too.  For the season of Lent, I'll be leading a weekly yoga workshop...

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Yoga for CF – a video collaboration

Yoga for CF – a video collaboration

Update 1/19/2017: This project is complete and the videos are now available!  See this page for more info!   Today I'm happy to introduce my current project Yoga4CF, a series of instructional yoga videos specifically created for the CF population! About...

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Yoga for Singers – June 20th at SPU

Yoga for Singers – June 20th at SPU

Free "Yoga for Singers" class Thursday June 20th @ 7:00 pm Seattle Pacific University Crawford Music Building room 201 Yoga can be beneficial for singers since it focuses on restoring our bodies’ natural alignment, combining deep breathing with poses that build...

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