Photo Credit: Norman King

Photo Credit: Norman King


Restorative Yoga practice consists of adaptations of poses fully supported by props to create a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing. They balance the nervous system and facilitate healing and awareness. These poses are easily adapted for all levels and all bodies and are often used therapeutically. These workshops take into account the time of year and seasonal changes and support the body and mind in the way they experience the transitions in the yearly cycles. No yoga experience necessary, students of all levels are welcome.

Deborah’s Seasonal Restorative Rejuvenation takes place at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill (stairwell access) four times a year around the equinox or solstice. Please save the date for these upcoming workshops: Sunday, March 24, June 23 and September 22, 2019.

CAPITOL HILL, with Deborah King

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12:30-2:30PM


Cost:  $45 through Mar. 19th, $55 after

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.


Re-Growing Our Wings: A Yoga Workshop for People Healing from Trauma

Trauma is an injury, in relation to an event or life situation, that overwhelms the nervous system, altering the way we relate to ourselves, and the world. It is not a story that simply happened in the past; it creates an imprint of fear held in the body, creating a chronic and ongoing set of adaptive responses that continue to tax our entire systems. This imprint can show up in many ways, and may appear to be only in the mind. However, research shows us that trauma is a physical experience and is held in the body, directly affecting a person’s thinking and how they show up in the world. For healing to occur, reconnecting to our bodies, their instincts, and their resources of feeling and wisdom can be crucial.

Yoga can be a wonderful tool in the healing process. The practice of yoga can allow us to create a safe space within ourselves to reconnect the parts of us that may feel severed or lost. As this reconnection occurs, yoga can teach us to calm our nervous systems with breath, physical poses, and meditation; and to gradually undo the chronic tension, pain, and emotional and physical responses resulting from the trauma’s imprint. Yoga also teaches us that we are already whole, and that our identity is not the experiences we go through, but the self that can touch on peace, self-understanding, and joy regardless of our circumstances.

In this workshop, Jennifer Kollasch, MA, LMHC, DDMHS, will provide education about what is happening in our nervous systems, how it affects our thinking and relating to the world, and create the space for internal and interpersonal dialogue that will allow us to safely explore the practices of yoga as tools of healing. Veteran yoga teacher, Deborah King, leads yoga practices in these monthly workshops.

This workshop offers a safe place for people to learn how trauma affects the neurobiology of the body and practice daily coping resources for triggers. In order to honor the safe space we do not request, but offer the opportunity for anyone to share their story or the story of someone they know in a confidential setting. All levels of practice, and all bodies are welcome. Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Yoga for Healing Trauma takes place at 8 Limbs West Seattle (stairwell access).

WEST SEATTLE, with Deborah King and Jennifer Kollasch

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12:30-2:30PM


Cost:  $45 through April 23, $55 after

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.



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Pratayahāra, the 5th Limb of Patañjali’s Eight Limbs in the Yoga Sūtras, is the practice of turning our attention inward. Sometimes translated as withdrawal of the senses, it can also be seen as a technique for directing our energy and attention to our deep centers in order to calm ourselves from excess external stimulation, release stress, and rejuvenate from the inside out.

This workshop will utilize both active and restorative asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath-work), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation to actualize pratyahāra as a tool that can be drawn on anytime in practice or in life to ground, center, and bring a sense of well-being.

All levels of practice, and all bodies welcome.

WEST SEATTLE, with Deborah King

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00-3:00PM


Cost:  $45 through Oct. 29th, $55 after

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.


Re-Growing our Wings: A Yoga Class for Teens

Focused on Healing When Someone Has Hurt You

In the movie Maleficent, Maleficent has her wings severed when she is betrayed by someone she loves and trusts. Later in the movie, she regrows her wings in an act of protecting a child she loves.

This image speaks of the gift of our resilience: that part of us that can always heal as an act of love towards the most vulnerable parts of ourselves.

The practices of yoga help us to teach ourselves about our wholeness. By using physical poses, movement, breath, and simple grounding techniques, we can unfold a dialogue with our nervous systems that allows the body to release chronic patterns of stress, anxiety, and depression that can arise when we are hurt.

Yoga helps us connect to the wholeness which holds our resilience, regardless of our experiences or our circumstances.

I am so happy to be offering this free class in partnership with The Dove Project!

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