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Gentle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Valarie Olsen

I have been practicing for about 20 years. I quickly found that the practice helped me cope with the stressors in my life. I reached a point where I wanted to share yoga with others. In June 2011, I became a registered Yoga Teacher. My approach in teaching Hatha style yoga has been very much influenced by the wonderful teachers I've had over the years. I combine aspects of Iyengar, Kripalu, Power, Ashtanga and Hatha in my teaching style, depending on what type of class I'm teaching. I also incorporate my knowledge as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in using yoga as a self-care approach, a strategy to manage stress, and a way to align mental and physical health. I am honored to be working with this group of teachers at Yoga Bird, and to have more opportunities to grow, learn and share with others.

Linda Rowland

I first discovered yoga 6 years ago as I sought a new way to manage old stresses. It wasn't long before I started to see and feel the profound difference that the practice had on my mind, body and spirit. I ultimately wanted to learn how to share it with others. Since completing my training, my own teacher’s soul has found true delight in teaching yoga. My goal is for students to find what serves them best in their practices; for some that may be learning how to do advanced poses, but for many it is really about finding balance and inner peace and getting in touch with their own physical and spiritual selves. To that end, while I love teaching all levels of yoga classes, I truly enjoy teaching Basic, Gentle and Restorative classes and incorporating crystal bowl sound therapy into my classes. The bowls create a sort of magic all their own, and I am grateful to be able to share that magic with Yoga Bird students of all levels!

Marti Dowman

I started my practice of Yoga after exploring Buddhist meditation. During my first yoga class at a local gym, I immediately felt the “meditation in motion” that helped calm the mind and facilitate the mind/body connection I was seeking. Wanting to take my practice to a deeper level, I completed 200 hour teacher training at Joyful Yoga in December 2010. In an effort to better serve all students, I completed my 500 hour training in September 2013 with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy in Asheville, NC.
The burst of the housing bubble ended my sales career but blessed me with the freedom to pursue work from my heart center. I now teach several classes weekly and love to combine asana with the wisdom found in the Yoga Sutras. My intention is to continue to grow in my practice on and off the mat while being of service to students.

Joanne Halt

My yoga journey began in 1999, doing Bikram Yoga. I gained strength, flexibility, and energy. As a former counselor, I experienced how body awareness led to emotional awareness. I grew in my ability to be present, which helped my emotional and spiritual growth. Then a back injury took me out of yoga for months. I returned to my practice, and then developed a meniscus tear in my left knee. After 12 years of a challenging practice, I searched for a gentler program and sampled different yoga styles before “landing” at Yoga Bird. Finding a studio that stresses adapting for individual differences has allowed me to practice in a way, which suits my age. I became a Yoga Bird trained (RYT200) teacher at age 70 with a 16-year practice, in order to share the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of yoga. What great joy this ancient holistic health practice brings me! It has allowed me to “Let be, let go, let in”-- to accept, surrender, and renew.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 25 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Valarie Olsen
  • Mon Jun 26 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Fri Jun 30 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Marti Dowman
  • Sun Jul 02 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Valarie Olsen
  • Mon Jul 03 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Fri Jul 07 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Marti Dowman
  • Sun Jul 09 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Joanne Halt
  • Mon Jul 10 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Fri Jul 14 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Marti Dowman
  • Sun Jul 16 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Valarie Olsen
  • Mon Jul 17 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Fri Jul 21 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Marti Dowman
  • Sun Jul 23 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Valarie Olsen
  • Mon Jul 24 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Fri Jul 28 11:15 am - 12:30 pm with Marti Dowman