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Holiday Gift Bags!

28 Nov

I hope you all have received a holiday gift bag from our wonderful circle of local healers (just scroll down to meet them!) by now.  If not, join me for a yoga class and pick one up!

My contribution to the bags was a small dram of doTERRA essential oil for you to enjoy this holiday season.  Your dram contains one of the following oils (which are my personal favorites!), plus MANY more goodies complements of Jelan …  Read on to learn more about how to enjoy your doTERRA oils and meet the practitioners responsible for your gift bags!

Balance_15mlBalance® Grounding Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

OnGuard_15mlOnGaurd® Protective Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Dilute for young or sensitive skin
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental threats
  • Cleanses surfaces
  • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

AromaTouch_15mlAromaTouch® Massage Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response


  • Uses: Aromatic, topical – no need for dilution, internal
  • Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Eases muscle tension

Slim & Sassy®  Metabolic Blendslimsassy_15ml

  • Uses: aromatic, topical and internal
  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms your stomach and lifts your mood
  • Diuretic stimulant and calorie free

How to use Essential Oils

There are so many ways for you to enjoy your oils!

  • A few drops on the clay charm necklace that is included in your gift bag!
  • One drop on the wrist, rub wrists together, then rub on your neck near your lymph nodes
  • Add to a witch hazel spray for a yoga mat cleaner or all-purpose household cleaner
  • Rub a drop or two into the bottoms of your feet

A Note from Jelan:

The Holiday Gift Bags are up and running!  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to this amazing circle of healers for making these little bits of holiday cheer such a huge success!  I could not have done it with out you!

I would like to acknowledge T. L. Garrett of Mountain Sunrise Pottery for creating the darling little charms you will find in your gift bag.  Teri does beautiful pottery.  Many of you have seen some of her pieces in my salon.  She specializes in “functional ~ unique ~ wearable ~ beautiful” pieces.  You may contact her at mountainsunrisepottery@gmail.com or 406-696-5195 for customized orders.

The charm has not been glazed on purpose.  It is porous to hold and absorb a drop or two of an essential oil to carry your aroma therapy blend with you throughout the day.  They may be worn as a necklace or simply placed near you on your desk, in your car, on your nightstand, wherever you wish.  They make a nice addition to your meditation / prayer practice, or simply to freshen the air in a stuffy environment.  One drop of essential oil will last for several days.  If you have questions about essential oils or would like to purchase additional oils, contact Jessie.  Enjoy!

In addition to the charms, you will find a few small tumbled stones with a brief description of the healing properties for which they may be used.  To use a stone for healing purposes, take a moment or two to think about an area in your life that you would either like to cultivate or release while holding the stone.  Then simply carry the stone with you in your purse or pocket, or place on your dresser, nightstand, or special place to serve as a gentle reminder to yourself of your intention to create positive change in your life.  Explore your heart and mind and Play!

Wishing Each of You and Your Families a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Many Blessings,


Practitioners you’ll find in your Gift Bag!

Jelan Petersen, Reiki Master / Teacher, Cosmetologist, Proprietor, The Reiki Sylist


“Bringing Beauty to the Body, Mind & Spirit”

Jelan offers a unique healing opportunity for her clients.  Combining the healing energies of unconditional Love and Compassion with traditional salon & spa services, offers a relaxed, fun and safe environment to facilitate subtle shifts of perspective while chatting about day to day events.  Deep healing experiences take place effortlessly as conversations bring issues to the surface.  The energetic environment within the salon offers a reprieve from the outside world, allowing one to connect with their own divine self, relax, rejuvenate, and release.  Healing sessions may be scheduled for more in-depth exploration of your inner being.  Classes may also be scheduled to learn how to connect more clearly with your intuition to heal yourself and others using the healing energy of Reiki.

Jelan combines the healing practices of Reiki,Theta Healing®, Crystal Therapy and her Intuitive Knowledge in her practice.

Hadea Tift, Owner of Skagit Community Acupuncture, Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chief Creator

Hadea1Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget, treating multiple people per hour so that you can afford to come often enough to get better while not breaking the bank.  SCA is a part of a network of practitioners across the country (200 strong!) who believe in offering acupuncture in an affordable setting.  All are individually owned and operated, connected solely by a common goal.

Trained at Bastyr, Hadea uses a Japanese style of needling which is gentle.  She practices distal treatments – meaning that no matter what she is treating (from headaches to back pain to hormonal or digestive issues) she uses acupuncture points that are on your legs, arms, and your head.  Schedule an appointment to experience this unique and effective healing experience for yourself.

Kathleen Sweeney, Reflexologist and owner of the Sedro Woolley Center of Holistic Wellness

Kathleen offers a blend of her many gifts out of the Center of Holistic Wellness, drawing from her most beloved trainings including Intuitive Reflexology, Reiki Raindrop therapy, Structural Relief Therapy, Aromatherapy, custom essential oil blends & perfumes, and plain old fashioned listening!

The Center hosts a lending library, fair trade & local gift store (stop in!), and a myriad of resources including classes, workshops, and healing practitioners to help you find community, wholeness and healing on a deep level.  Sign up for Kathleen’s e-mail list by clicking here.

Suzy Cornell, LMP, CPT, Structural Medicine Specialist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor and owner of Body Free

Suzy Cornell

Suzy integrates her many advanced trainings in the healing arts with an extensive movement background to empower her clients to achieve a high level of freedom and functional ability in their lives.  Through Body Free, she offers hourlong or two-hour massage, Aromatouch, Functional Movement Screens and Structural Medicine treatments out of Concrete and Sedro Woolley.  She also teaches a weekly yoga class at the Center of Holistic Wellness.

Jessie Tierney, Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor & Physical Therapist Aide

Jessie-ProfileI teach therapeutic yoga and offer workshops around the Skagit Valley.  From Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care Yoga and even Horseback Yoga, it is my deepest love to share the benefits of this life-changing practice to all.  I supplement my yoga teaching (and my life) with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils, which I am thrilled to be sharing with all of you.  You can sign up for my e-mail list by clicking here (be sure you check the box that corresponds to your interests!).


In case you missed it …

22 Jul

The long-awaited Yoga Blanket Folding How-To Video … for your viewing and learning pleasure, from the comfort of your own home!

I have joked so many times about needing to teach an entire class dedicated to the art of yoga blanket folding.  Here’s to spending less time figuring out how to fold a blanket and more time in the juicy postures that we love so much!

Happy folding!


Adventure Yoga Retreat!

23 May

A Biking Yoga Beach Picnic!

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.27.21 PMHere’s the scoop:

Saturday, June 27th
10:00 am – 2:30ish (?) pm
Pack a lunch, wear your suit, and bring your bike!

Join us for a leisurely bike ride down the Cascade Trail, where we’ll end at the sandy banks of the Skagit River for a gentle yoga practice, followed by a packed lunch, a dip in the river (it’s going to be a scorcher on Saturday!) and soaking in the sun.  Hope you can come.  Invite a friend!.  Free, in celebration of summer and connecting with Nature!

  • Meet at the small crushed gravel parking lot on Polte Road, just off Township.  We’ll take off at 10am, so arrive in time to unload your bike and pack your backpack.The_Route
  • Bike down the Cascade Trail about 6.8 miles (Google Maps estimates it takes 33 minutes, but we’ll take it easy and stop many times to really take in the scenic farmland & foothills views)
  • We’ll reach the Ann Wolfred River Edge Park, secure our bikes, and walk to the sandy banks of the Skagit River, where we will:
    • Practice yoga in the sand
    • Eat our packed lunches
    • Swim in the river
    • Lounge in the sun
    • Watch for birds and salmon
  • Then we’ll bike back home!


Above, one of the first glimpses of the Skagit River along the way, the perfect spot for a brief Sun Salutation and a few choice poses to help balance a biking-body (that may or may not be in the best biking shape!).

Donation-only for this fun festivity.  Bring your own water and lunch (and sunsrcreen!).

Please RSVP by replying below, joining on facebook or contacting Jessie

Skagit Area Yoga Studios

7 Dec

Image-Only-SquareHere is a listing of some local studios and teachers you may wish to try.

Find the Skagit Yoga Community on Facebook, where you can meet teachers & practitioners and join in the conversation about all things Yoga in the Valley and beyond.

I have done my best to update this list; however, the community is always in flux so there may be some out of date information or new folks not included.  I trust that you find this list to be a helpful resource for finding a yoga teacher who is right for you, or a means to explore something new.

Skagit – Area Yoga

Ahimsa Yoga Studio, Mount Vernon
519 South First Street
Mount Vernon WA 98274

Anne Taylor, Camano Island
Kundalini Yoga, Live Streaming Yoga to Wherever You Are

Anusara Yoga by Alexis, LaConner & elsewhere

Baview Yoga, Bow
Krista Squibb
http://bayviewyoga.blogspot.com/p/home_4.html 360-333-9705

Blissdog Yoga~Anusara & Hatha, Anacortes
Kit Muehlman

Body Free Yoga & Pilates, Concrete
Suzy Cornell

Burlington Parks and Recreation Yoga

Center of Holistic Wellness, Sedro Woolley
609 Murdock Street
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

Crescent Moon Yoga, LaConner

Cutlas Mountain Yoga at the Woolley Market, Sedro Woolley
Sylvia Trask

Expressive Fit, Stanwood & Skype Yoga
Dawn New

Flow Motion Yoga, Ferndale

Kathleen Grimbly
Kripalu, Structural Yoga Therapy & Egoscue Method at your location

Lulu Lemon, Burlington
Inquire about yoga classes in-store
(360) 707-2982

United General Fitness Center, Sedro Woolley
Lynne McNett

Maya Skakti Yoga & Wellness Center, Anacortes
708 Commercial Avenue

Movement Arts, Stanwood

Pamela Nixon / Nirmal Kaur, Anacortes
Kundalini Yoga

Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge, Burlington
(360) 230-1349

Riverwalk Yoga Studio, Mount Vernon
117 N. 1st St. Ste 5 (Carnation Building)
Mount Vernon, WA

Skagit Yoga & Neurotherapy, Bow & your location
Kate Bowers
(360) 766-4282

Studio 1010, Anacortes
1010 6th St. Anacortes

Yoga Gypsies, Everywhere!
Dawn Jex

Yoga at the Keystone Center for the Arts, Anacortes
dunja lingwood & Ricky Knue
619 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA

Yoga@hOMe Classes Clear Lake
Anne Martin

Yoga HeArt Space, Mount Vernon & Anacortes
Simme Bobrosky

Om Shanti.

Free Yoga Day & Local Studios!

27 Jul

Click here for the latest newsletter: Free Yoga Classes & a listing of local yoga studios!


Geetings to my Yoga Community!This is a reminder that I will be out of town August 9 – September 11th.  Below, I invite you to try the Free Yoga Day at the Skagit Food Co-Op, and I also  invite you to take a look at all the diverse yoga offerings right here in the Skagit Valley.  Please try a new yoga class while I am away–it is a wonderful opportunity to branch out and learn something new!I look forward to seeing you again in September!



PS: If you receied his e-mail twice, it just means you are subscribed to two of my lists.  To update your subscriptions, click update subscription preferences.  Thank you!

Skagit Free Yoga Day

Saturday September 7, 2013

Yoga instructors from across the Valley offer an entire day of free classes in the upstairs of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.  Come up to the third floor, kick off your shoes and explore a variety of yoga styles in celebration of many varieties of yoga offered in our community.
Each class starts on the hour every hour beginning at 11 am.  Classes are suitable for all levels (including beginners!).  Bring your own mat if you have one–some supplies will be provided.  Free & Open to the public.  Preregistration not required.

11 –11:45 Dawn Lee –  ‘Down on the farm”Story-time Yoga for Kids
12 –12:45 Celeste Lindstrom  –  Gentle Yoga
1 –1:45 Crescent Moon Yoga  –  Power Flow Yoga
2 –2:45 Movement Arts   –  Yoga for Healthy Shoulders
3 –3:45 Kathleen Grimbly  –  Healing Musculo-Skeletal Pain with Yoga
4 –4:45 Alexis Burroughs   –Yoga   for Kids 6 –14
5 –5:45 Anne Taylor –  Kundalini Yoga
“Do one thing a day that scares you.”

~Eleanor Rosevelt

Other Local Yoga Studios & Classes

We live in an area with a rich diversity of yoga instructors.  One of the healthiest things you can do for your practice is try new styles and teachers!  Here is a listing I have compiled of everyone I know of in this area.  I hope you find a new yoga class to try!

Anne Taylor, Camano Island
Kundalini Yoga, Live Streaming Yoga to Wherever You Are

Anusara Yoga by Alexis, LaConner & elsewhere

Blissdog Yoga, Anacortes
Kit Muehlman

Classes Yoga@hOMe, Clear Lake
Anne Martin
13250 Teak Lane
Clear Lake, WA

Crescent Moon Yoga, LaConner
Jennifer McFarland & others!

Dawn Marie, Anacortes

Expressive Fit, Stanwood & Skype Yoga
Dawn New

Ferndale Kula Yoga, Ferndale

Gentle Yoga, Anacortes

Hayloft Yoga & Horseback Yoga, Bow
Jessie Tierney
(312) 857-3454

Kathleen Grimbly
Kripalu, Structural Yoga Therapy & Egoscue Method at your location

Lynne McNett
Iyengar Yoga, Burlington at QHYL & Sedro Woolley at United General Hospital

Movement Arts, Stanwood

Quantum Health & Yoga Lounge, Burlington
Scott Howe & others!
(360) 230-1349

Riverwalk Yoga Studio, Mount Vernon
Cindy Running & others!
(360) 770-3488

Skagit Yoga & Neurotherapy, Bow & your location
Kate Bowers
(360) 766-4282

Sunset Yogaworks, Bow
(360) 202-8755

Yoga Gypsies, Across the Planet!
Dawn Jex

Yoga at the Keystone Center for the Arts, Anacortes
dunja lingwood & Ricky Knue
619 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA
dunja: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:00am, Friday and Saturday mornings, 9:00am
Ricky: Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm

Sprinkling Happiness

22 Jun

Today, on a bit of a whim, I joined Hadea (my amazing acupuncturist) and her community for my first-ever happiness sprinkling!

DSC_0225We dressed in yellow and gathered to meet in the JoAnne’s parking lot in Mount Vernon, where Hadea doled out signs inscribed with short affirmations like “Live Your Dream!,” “You Are Enough!” and “Trust Yourself.”  We stationed ourselves on the four corners of Riverside & College Way and sprinkled happiness for a few hours by smiling big and waving our happy signs at drivers as they passed (or sat for a seemingly eternal stop light).


Well, as one of the signs states, “Why Not?”

Hadea created today’s event in honor of Laura Lavigne, founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness, who began the greater Happiness Sprinkling Project (read the whole story here).  Today, Laura was just up the road giving a talk about the Sprinkling Project at TedX (yes, like the Ted Talks we all love) hosted by Skagit Valley College.  My friend and fellow yoga instructor previously hosted a Happiness Sprinkling and said it was a blast.  Why not?

I expected it to be fun, but the experience was better than I’d hoped for!  I chose the sign that resonated most with my personal life mission and my practice of yoga: “You are Loved!”  Standing on the corner in my bright yellow pants, I danced to the occasional music pumping out of the Camero with tinted windows, I blew kisses to the frowning truck driver, I waved to the small eyes poking up just past the window in the back seat of the soccer mom van.  It was a fun challenge trying to reach the folks who diverted their eyes away from our activities while they waited for the light to turn green.  I pointed, I jumped, I blew more kisses.  It was transformation on the spot, a scowl into a smile.  Some people looked at us untrustingly, wondering if we had an agenda.  Many people, of course, honked and waved.  One yelled out his window, “I LOVE YOU TOO!”  There were lots and lots of smiles.

At one moment, Hadea exclaimed, “Oh my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!” (she was holding the sign that said “You Rock!”) and I realized my cheeks had a sweet sensation, too.  It took me back to the days of my childhood, riding horseback with Huntoon Stables in the fourth of July parade, waving and smiling and feeling so proud to be on a horse.  I can remember even as a young person the joy of connection when my eyes met a stranger’s: the sparkle of acknowledgment.

I think that’s what we need most as a species.  Connection.  Acknowledgment of our interrelatedness.  The realization that we depend on one another, and that when we build each other up, we both benefit.  Union.  Today’s sprinkling was yoga in action: my smile transformed your smile, and it fed me just as much as it fed you.  We took our smiles into the rest of our days and they spread to others.  We can be so much more powerful when we are united.


And after the hour and a half of dancing and waving, my cheeks hurt and I was sunburned but not exhausted.  In fact, I was reenergized, positively buzzing.  And I noticed something when I traveled up to Fairhaven to the bookstore, and when I stopped at Rite Aid to get some aloe for my sunburn: even long after the sprinkling, my heart felt more open, I looked into people’s eyes more, and I smiled.  And for the rest of the day, each person I encountered smiled back.

Happy Sprinkling!


If you are located anywhere in the WORLD and are interested in hosting your own happiness sprinkling, contact the Happiness Sprinkling Project and Laura will send you some yellow shirts and signs.  It’s a simple as that!

And stay tuned, as soon as it’s accessible, I’ll post Laura’s TedX talk here!

Yoga Anywhere!

13 Jun

Please enjoy some photos of Jessie and friends practicing Yoga asana in some of the most beautiful places in the world!





Crescent Lunge Mt. Baker




Yoga Play












Hanging Yogs in Washington



Horseback Yoga

Click here for more Horseback and Hayloft Yoga photos!

Hayloft Yoga


















Join me at the Free Yoga Day!

17 Apr




11:00 am –6:00 pm
Room 309 in the Co-op Building downtown Mount Vernon

Yoga instructors from across the Valley offer an entire day of free classes in the upstairs of the Co-op.  Come up to the third floor,kick off your shoes and explore a variety of yoga styles in celebration of all that is offered in the Valley.  Each class starts on the hour every hour beginning at 11 am.  Classes are suitable for all levels (including beginners!).  Bring your own mat if you have one–some supplies will be provided.  Free &Open to the public.  Preregistration not required.


11:00-11:45 am ~ Chara Stuart
Bikram Yoga for Beginners

12:00-12:45 pm ~ Kathleen Grimbly
Healing Musculoskeletal Pain with Yoga Therapy

1:00-1:45 pm ~ Cindi Running
Viniyoga:Therapeutic Yoga

2:00-2:45 pm ~ Jessie Tierney
Yoga for Equine Enthusiasts

3:00-3:45 pm ~ Kate Bowers
Yoga for the Brain

4:00-4:45 pm ~ Jen McFraland
Finding the Grace Within

5:00-5:45 pm ~ Dawn Lee
Gentle Yoga for the Triathlete


Please visit the Skagit Valley Food CoOp website for details about the classes and teachers.

See you there!

See you there!