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!)

Blog spotlight: new blog posted for Redmond’s Watershed Preserve

Redmond Forest Steward Mike just created a new blog for the Watershed Preserve and the work he’s been doing there with other volunteers! The site looks great, and the group is starting a monthly event on the first Saturday of each month that will include walks along the Preserve’s beautiful trails and some volunteer restoration work to help keep the forest healthy. You can check out http://redmondwatershedpreserve.blogspot.com/ to find more information about the scheduled upcoming events, as well as maps, directions, history of the preserve, and links to other programs.

The Watershed Preserve is an amazing 800-acre mature, second-growth forest in northeast Redmond. For those who haven’t been, it’s a real treat to experience such a large natural area thriving within an urban setting, and definitely worth a trip. For those who already know and love the Preserve, these monthly events are the perfect opportunity to give back, help keep the forest healthy, and learn more about this great place!

Great work, Mike and team – keep it up!