Yoga in the Woods?!

This guest post was written by Chris Blado, who leads the Kid Yoga Fun Club along with Dana

Here’s a riddle:  What does yoga have in common with environmental restoration?  The answer, according to local yoga instructor Dana Hein-Skaggs of Kid Yoga, is that both can be enjoyed by people of all ages in the beautiful natural areas of the Puget Sound region.  Since November of last year, I’ve been helping Dana with her unique program for kids, the Kid Yoga Fun Club (KYFC).  At these events, held twice a month in scenic parks around the Seattle area, kids learn fun and relaxing yoga techniques, explore natural areas on educational nature walks, and get their hands dirty pulling invasive weeds.  So far we’ve visited several unique Redmond parks, from the sprawling Watershed Preserve to the tucked-away woods of Viewpoint Neighborhood Park.  Earlier this summer, we also did yoga on the beach at Discovery Park in Seattle, where we learned about feeder bluffs and erosion processes, and tried to tackle that age-old question of just who makes those cool driftwood huts on the beach.

Want to join in the fun? Head over to the Kid Yoga website and look for “Kid Yoga Fun Club FREE EVENTS” listed in the announcements, and RSVP so they know to bring you a yoga mat!

(thanks Julia Bebrov for these great photos!)

Volunteer Spotlight: PJ tree planting is a hit!

This great mini-movie was taken by a volunteer last weekend at the Pearl Jam planting at Discovery Park. They braved sub-freezing weather with great attitudes and were rewarded with a really fun event. Apparently, rock stars are even “more awesome” in real life! This testimonial (starts at 4:34) is guaranteed to make you feel good about restoration.

Get in on the fun! Volunteer at an upcoming work party in Seattle, Tacoma, Kirkland, Redmond, or Kent.