Warrior of the Week: Nicole Beaty

Tell a bit about yourself.

I’m from Nashville, TN. After college, I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, met some folks on the trail from Bellingham, came to visit them afterward, and 16 years later, I am still here. I had been a personal trainer/gym manager for years but after moving to Bellingham, I went back to school for nursing. For several years I worked in the ICU’s at Skagit Hospital and Harborview, and now am a Flight Nurse on San Juan Island. I got married about 4.5 years ago and have 1 child, Augie TuPac, a rescue dog from Kauai. I couldn’t be happier. 

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you
know this was your place?

I’ve been at Flux for several years. I crave yoga and find that it is the best medicine to keep my body in shape for my job and all the activities I love to do. I knew Flux was for me because the practice is challenging, in all the right ways, and the most rewarding yoga I have ever done. I love walking into the studio, or online these days, and being greeted by happy faces. I always feel welcome and a part of the flux community. 

How has your practiced evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten
in your practice and in your life?

Through Flux I feel like, not only has my yoga improved, but I have begun to meditate more efficiently, and listen to what my body needs at the present. Even through injuries, I am learning the art of compromise, meaning, do what feels good. if I can’t do it correctly, even w/ modifications, then I shouldn’t do it. Rest when I need to rest, and push harder when my body allows me to do so. This has been tough for me but I am learning..slowly. 

Favorite pose and why?


I love dancer pose. I love the way it stretches my entire body, and even though I probably don’t look like it, for just a moment, I feel graceful. 

Any advice for new yogis?

Be ok with w/ being new at yoga. It can be intimidating when you don’t know what you are supposed to be doing and you are unsure that you are doing it right. Don’t be afraid to fall over, just get back up and try again. Keep at it, your body will thank you for it. 

Warrior of the Week: Monika Mahal

Tell us about yourself: 

I am a PNW native and have found my forever home in Bellingham going on 17 years now! I am a pediatrician at Peacehealth and couldn’t imagine working with a better team to care for our kiddos in Whatcom County.

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I had been feeling a strong pull towards yoga for some time and started the very first Summer they opened. I immediately felt welcome and knew this was going to be a sanctuary for many more years to come

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

My practice waxes and wanes along with life’s ups and downs. It teaches me to be forgiving of myself both on the mat and in daily life.

Favorite pose and why?

Child’s pose because it grounds and centers me to become present for the rest of the yoga series.  A simple but essential part of the process.

Any advice for new yogis:

Take your time, be kind to yourself and enjoy the discovery!

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Warrior of the Week: Allison Meyer

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in California and worked my way north to Bellingham a little more than four years ago. I enjoy adventuring on the water, in the forest, and the mountains with my puppy Mochi. I work in Mount Vernon as an Osteopathic Physician and Core Faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Skagit Regional Health. 

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I’ve been practicing at Flux Power Yoga intermittently since its opening, and more consistently since being joined by my husband, Kitri, and my stepmother, Sharon, at Flux. I was immediately hooked by the studio feel, view, sunrises, and sunsets. I’ve enjoyed the consistent nurturing of the post yoga sweat, and I was encouraged to keep coming back by the friendly yoga teachers and community.

How has your practiced evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

Yoga allows me to let go of whatever arises during the day to day. It is a structured time and place for me to bring a sense of conscious awareness back into my body and breath, and to bring a sense of ease and movement into my being.


Favorite pose and why?

On a day where I have been sitting, standing, or stagnant for too long, extended side angle pose provides the most relief, and pigeon provides the most release.  On a playful day, my favorite pose is flip dog.

Any advice for new yogis?

My advice for new yogi’s is to be gentle with yourself and to bring a curious mind to the exploration of getting to know what feels good to your individual body, and to delight in the different ways the same sequence can feel with the ebbs and flows of consistent practice.

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Warrior of the Week: Cassandra Wright

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a born and bred Bellingham gal!  An evolving business owner for the last 25 years.  I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to grow up, play and make a living in this great place!

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I have been practicing at Flux since June 2017. I had purchased a 3-day intro class to start. I knew it was my place immediately – welcoming, fun, not overly serious and fussy yet it was still focused.  I got home from my first class and my husband asked “what the hell did you just do?” I was wiped out and my butt was kicked. I love the music and the weekly focus topics, instructors and the Flux tribe-the whole enchilada.  

How has your practiced evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

Honestly, I could go on forever about how Flux Yoga has impacted my life both mentally and physically.   I (like other Flux Warriors) have gone in and out of my yoga phases throughout my life but I have stuck it out here!  I landed here in a “lost stage” in my life…I had closed my fish market/processing plant after 20 years and I realized for the first time that I really needed to unravel 20 years of bottled-up grief, sadness (I was a widow too) and workaholic stress.  I was becoming a toxic and unhappy person towards everyone around me – I needed to be pushed in a way that wasn’t related to work, customers or relationships. There really is no way to think about anything once you hit the mat and the heat takes over except your own ability to breathe and hold a pose.  I have been able to learn to “let it go” and focus on myself.  

Physically – I couldn’t even get into a backbend or a camel pose or hold my arms up for chair position…my body had been so accustomed to my physical work environment that my upper body was almost frozen.  I am so excited to be able to do a backbend at my age! I can actually pull my shirt off now without pain because my body is actually opening up, getting balanced and healing.  

Favorite pose and why?

I really like half-moon – I love that it just feels like a bright, open and happy pose.  Energy radiates in and out.

Any advice for new yogis?

Don’t even worry about what pose you can’t get into or hold…the challenge is the same for everyone in class. The tightness and tension didn’t happen overnight and it just takes practice to unravel it!

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Warrior of the Week: Tuli Candela

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m living the good life in a beautiful place with my great family. I teach 5th grade in the amazing community of Nooksack Valley and I adore my class. I love to make art, listen to and play music, and hike with my dog and my 7-year-old daughter, Rose. 

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I began practicing at Flux about 6 months ago. Before that, I’d had a pretty strong home practice for a few years but I was missing the community part of studio practice. I love the heated studio. Plus the teachers at Flux are so knowledgeable and helpful. It really feels like my other home. 

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

I took my first yoga class when I was 16. That was 21 years ago now! I have explored different types of yoga at various studios in different cities. Yoga has become many things for me. A moving meditation practice. An emotional release. A fantastic workout. Chronic lower back pain due to SI joint dysfunction is mostly gone. It has also helped me to become more patient and equanimous. 

Favorite pose and why?

Any of the balancing/standing poses. They remind me to get out of my head and into my body. But I approach every pose with the thought that there will always be something new to explore and feel. 

Any advice for new yogis?

You will definitely get out of this practice what you put into it. Practice with heart. Go further. Flow. 

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