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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

How yoga made me a better musician: part 2

  When I wrote my last post about music and yoga, it was really the "intangibles" that I was thinking about.  Letting go of judgment, freeing from expectations, acceptance of where I am, right now, today.  But of course yoga is a physical as well as a mental...

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How yoga made me a better musician: part 1

A little over two years ago I was very ill, and had to make a serious look at the way I was living my life.  It's not like I was out partying every night - far from it - but I was working a full time day job, and singing several days/week, usually in some combination...

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