Yoga

Yoga with a dose of Doe Bay Magic

Not only does the practice of yoga increase flexibility, strength, concentration, and body awareness, it also works wonders at calming your mind and reducing stress. All of these wonderful attributes make taking a class here at Doe Bay a beautiful enhancement to your stay on Orcas Island.

Whether you want to continue your regular yoga practice or try it out for the first time in an intimate, relaxed environment, we offer regular on-site classes in our spacious waterfront Yoga Studio, sweetly perched in a location that provides postcard-worthy views of the ocean and neighboring islands.

The drop-in fee for classes is $10, paid to the instructor. Props and mats are are available for use. Check the calendar of events for our current schedule. Please join us!

Meet Our Instructors

Kara O’Toole RYT® 200 brings over 30 years of teaching experience to the studio and is devoted to sequencing aligned yoga poses with a joy of movement and breath. In her classes, Kara is focused on supporting the needs of her students by meeting and encouraging them right where they are. Her love of yoga has been building for over 20 years and her practice has been fueled by the restorative power yoga has had in her life as a retired professional dancer. Kara has studied with many inspirational yoga teachers, most significantly Troy Lucero, Shiva Rae, Djuna Mascall, Cyndi Lee, Kathleen Hunt, and all of the amazing teachers at her Yoga Tree San Francisco teacher training. Kara holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and has been living and working on Orcas Island with her family since 2011.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Vinyasa Alignment All Levels
A yoga class for all levels, from new to experienced students, Vinyasa Alignment is creatively and intelligently sequenced to connect every body to powerful poses through precise movement and breath. This Vinyasa flow class deepens body awareness and balances strength and stretch, creating ease and confidence in your yoga practice.

Michael Elder is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Trauma Specialist with a private practice on Orcas Island.  He came to the practice and teaching of Yoga Nidra through his work in healing the physically held memories of overwhelming past events.  He was first introduced to Yoga concepts in 1979 and continues a personal Hatha Yoga practice.  He teaches the iRest® form of Yoga Nidra for its safety, accessibility, and ability to enhance any other personal growth practice by bringing attention to the practitioner’s current state of being without requiring any particular belief or cultural context.  He is designated an iRest Teacher in Training level 1 by the Integrative Restoration Foundation.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

About Yoga Nidra

It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is worth 3 hours of normal sleep!

You will lie down or sit in a comfortable position while the practitioner guides you through a series of meditative visualizations designed to relax your whole body and being.

Gentle and Perfect for all ages and levels of fitness

Beneficial for:

  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Burn-out
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Insomnia/Restlessness
  • Many other Health Benefits!

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