Welcome to Inspire Studio! We offer a variety of classes including several styles of yoga, a couple Martial Arts classes, and workshops/events that are sure to enhance your life. Check our website occasionally to see what’s being offered or join our mailing list to receive monthly updates. The unique feature of our studio is that because the teachers rent out time slots, they are their own boss and set their own pricing, which is why our schedule changes pretty often and we don’t offer a pass that is studio wide. But don’t worry, with our low drop in and class pass rates, many students find it’s still easy to attend multiple teachers’ classes. If you have questions about a particular class, look on the teachers page to get the info to contact a teacher directly. Click here for more info. on renting our studio or for our list of studio policies/etiquete.
All of our classes are ongoing (unless otherwise specified) and drop-ins are welcome, so you don't have to register ahead of time. Just show up 5-10 minutes early to fill out your waiver and to get set up. We have mats available to use free of charge.
Taught by: Samantha Shillinger
When: Saturdays 8:45-10:00 am, starts Oct. 17th!
Price: $7 first class, $10 drop-in, $40 for 5 classes (valid for 3 months), $80 for 10 classes (valid for 6 months)
Description: Incorporating elements of vinyasa, Bihar, and Iyengar yoga, this class moves briskly enough to build internal heat, yet gradually enough to explore the intricacies of your internal experience. Playful curiosity and a willingness to stay present with whatever arises in your awareness are strongly encouraged. Each class will end with either a guided yoga nidra or brief meditation. Push your internal ‘reset’ button and begin your weekend on purpose!
Taught by: Darcia Davis
When: Thursdays 7:15-8:30 pm, starts Oct. 22nd!
Price: $10 drop-in, $40 for 5 classes (expires in 2 months)
Description: The intention for this flow is to bring awareness to the importance of the Yin/Yang balance in our lives. During this class you will wake up, strengthen, and energize your muscles, body and mind with an invigorating Vinyasa Flow followed by a series of Yin floor postures held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically - Yin postures create space and mobility in the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically - Yin Yoga opens the body's meridian system, which enhances energetic flow and supports equilibrium within. It emphasizes stillness and prepares both the body and mind for a deeper experience in meditation and relaxation.
Taught by: Claudia Olejniczak
When: 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m
Dates: Thursdays, September 10 – Oct. 1, 2015
Sept. 10: Colon & Stomach -- Process, Digest & Eliminate
Sept. 17: Kidneys -- Release Fear, Embrace Creativity & Build Vitality
Sept. 24: Liver – Disperse Heat & Anger, More Vitality
Oct. 1 : Lungs & Heart – Breathe! Acknowledge Sadness & Grief, Increase Joy & Radiance
Oct. 8: The Brain
Price: $10/class. Pay w/cash or check at class.
Description:As we shift from the heat of summer to the cooler days of Fall, take some time to revitalize the organs in your body…they do so much for you! In this 5 week series, we’ll use Kundalini yoga’s combination of postures, movement, breath, mantra and meditation to bring balance to the body and remove clutter from the mind.
In Kundalini yoga there are literally hundreds of kriyas – sets of movements and postures sequenced in a specific way to benefit the body on a variety of levels. In each class, we’ll practice one or two kriyas targeted to the organs responsible for digestion, elimination, cleansing the blood, breath and circulation. We will close with deep relaxation including the gong and meditation. Plus, you will learn practical ways to keep these organs in balance from both a western and eastern perspective.
Bring your sense of humor ….occasionally we do some seemingly silly things in Kundalini yoga!
Questions -- contact Claudia: firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-671-5987.
Claudia Olejniczak has been a student of yoga for 14+ years. Traditions studied include Hatha, Kundalini, Anusara and Viniyoga. She was first introduced to Kundalini yoga in 2002. Interested in learning more about how this form of yoga worked, she completed the 220 hour Level 1 Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan Teacher Training Program in 2011 at YogaWest, Vancouver, B.C. and has finished one of five modules towards Level 2 certification there. Her practice is also influenced by teachers from other traditions, mainly Rod Stryker and Tias Little. With a background in biology & ecology, Claudia loves to share the science behind yoga while not losing touch with its more mystical qualities.
Taught by: Deanna Clasby
When: Sunday October 11th 12:30-3
Sunday November 8th 12:30-3
Sunday December 6th 12:30-3
Description: Please join Deanna Clasby's Somatic Integration Workshop, in which she’ll be teaching a systemic approach, intended to orient the individual to the organic intelligence of their own body. We will explore slow, full body movements that allow us to “hack” into the nervous system, releasing the underlying causes of tension. When we are in “fight, flight or freeze” mode our nervous system organizes our tissue in guarded, readied, or immobilized positions. When we move slow enough we can feel these nervous system signals & are able to start re-negotiating them from a sense of support, capacity and ease. We will practice how to let our system “drop,” how to listen to what it needs, and how to find a tacit assessment of well-being.
Taught by: Mandy King
When: Sunday October 11th, 4:00-6:30 pm
Price: $25 in advance via PayPal, $30 at the door, $20 for students
Description: Successful realization of goals depends on careful preparation and planting in fertile soil. In this workshop, the Wisdom of Bear will guide you through the process of formulating personal intentions that are in alignment with your Truth, planting them in your Inner Sacred Caves of Creativity and developing a sound structure through which your goals, dreams and desires can be expressed and manifested. Be ready for the powerful energy of the drum, rattle and other shamanic techniques to assist your creative journey!
Spiritual Goal-Setting for Optimal Manifestation: Assimilate, Incubate, Structure
The fun begins with a few easy physical warm-ups to allow creativity and inspiration to flow through our bodies, hearts and minds, followed by a brief kundalini meditation to consciously connect you to the Infinite Creative Wisdom Within. Once open and receptive, we will meet and journey with Sacred Bear through the landscape of our lives, assessing and gathering the juicy fruits that will best nourish our intentions for growth. Bear is the totem animal of the West, the place where we prepare the ground for rest and regeneration after the harvest. Hibernating in the Cave of the West, we lovingly release what is past, courageously step into the dark and fertile stillness of the Unknown and dream our futures into being with trust and patience.
Please bring a journal and pen, water and extra cushions for sitting and lying down(optional). Yoga mats and blankets are available. Loose, comfortable and warm clothing is recommended.
Mandy King is a practicing shaman dedicated to the health and wellness of people and the Earth. With an extensive background in the Healing Arts field, including massage therapy, Reiki, energy healing techniques, Psych-K, tarot, fitness and nutrition, kundalini yoga and meditation, Mandy has gained a thorough understanding of the depth of human experience. The introduction of her shaman teacher and subsequent training unified her gifts and she now enjoys a private practice as well as leading various shamanic classes and events. Visit ShamanWorks.com for more information about Mandy and her work.
Taught by: Mandy King
When: Mondays 9:00-10:30am Oct. 12th – Nov. 16th
Oct. 12 & 19: Balancing the Negative Mind.
Oct. 26 & Nov. 2: Balancing the Positive Mind.
Nov. 9 & 16: Strengthening the Neutral Mind
Price: $10/class or $54 for the series. Pay with cash or check at class.
Description: Mental mastery is the understanding and harnessing of the powers of the mind to choose your thoughts, emotions and behavior, regardless of conditions and circumstance. In Kundalini Yoga, the negative, positive and neutral minds serve to assess danger or threat, perceive opportunity for growth and expansion and discern the best position or action to take, respectively.
Imbalanced Negative Mind: Perceives threat or harm where there there is none which causes undue anxiety, fear, paranoia and stress. Fails to protect the Self by not recognizing real danger which leaves you susceptible to harm or misuse. (Self-betrayal)
Imbalanced Positive Mind: Sees only “the good”, takes unnecessary risks, ignores warning signs and overlooks valid limitations which sets you up for disappointment and failure. Lack of self-confidence, apathy, lethargy and missed opportunities because of inability to perceive positive potential.
Ideally, we operate from the Neutral Mind which internally balances the information received from the positive and negative minds and initiates responses that serve the greater good. A strong neutral mind fosters an inner strength, harmony and peacefulness which helps prevent emotional drama, “monkey-mind” and inner/outer conflict.
The physical kriyas (exercises) in this Mastering the Mind series will work to balance, purify and strengthen the systems of the body that relate to the 3 minds and the meditations will work directly on the mind, retraining and disciplining its functions with mantra and sound vibration. Reassert command of your moods and behaviors with the transformational work of mental mastery!
Mandy King has loved practicing kundalini yoga for over 6 years and has recently completed the KRI Level 1 Immersion Course for Certification. She has been teaching various classes including fitness, meditation, tarot and shamanic journeying since 2011 and is very excited to share the empowering practice and teachings of kundalini yoga. Contact Mandy at email@example.com for questions or more info. Sat Nam!
Taught by: Sara Young
When: Thursday October 15th, 7:30-8:30pm
Price: $20 for general public, $10 for students
Free for people 65 and older
Description: After years of feeling ashamed of her body, Sara Young started a project that would change her life, and the way she saw herself, forever. In this evening, Sara will share her journey and how it helped transform her from a woman who hid her body to a woman who could be confident and pleased with it. From Sara's website,eloquentasfuck.com: "Eloquence, like any other well-honed skill, comes with practice, which builds confidence. But what do you practice? How do you get from being an insecure, unsure and shy individual to confident, strong and eloquent?
You question the things you think you know. You look at the ways in which you have doubted yourself. You discover your potential, and then, you push yourself. You challenge yourself to be brave, even in the tiniest of ways. Eventually, you challenge yourself to greater tasks, you ask more of yourself, you discover more about yourself, and soon enough, you feel comfort in your skin. You feel confident in your expressions. You feel courage in your actions.
We start with our outer-most selves, our bodies. We question how we feel about them. Instead of, "I am fat." You start by asking, "I am fat?" Or, instead of, "I am mishapen," you might ask, "I am misshapen?" We look at our bodies, consider our bodies differently; not the way you were raised to, not the way society would have you do, but the way you look at a person you truly love and accept, unconditionally. The way you would look at a tree, the sunset, or the ocean; objectively, with reverence, with awe.
And this, dear friend, is just the beginning. Because once you get used to questioning, to pushing yourself, to challenging yourself and seeing the amazing fruits of your labors, you will not want to stop, and you will start to understand the limitless potential that lies just below the surface."
Taught by: Rebecca Carson
When: Saturday, October 17th, 4:00-7:00pm
RSVP Rebecca @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 719.200.7180. Payment in check or cash at the workshop.
Description: This 3 hour practice will focus on balancing our energies of effort and surrender. We will explore this balance throughout the practice by engaging the physical body in asana; and the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves in mediation and dharma sharing. Our physical practice of asana will reflect right effort and mindful surrender. Our meditation and dharma sharing will give us opportunity to reflect further on this balance.
Rebecca Carson obtained her 200 hr. yoga training in June 2013. She has been an educator for 30 years and taught yoga in her physical education classes and outdoor education experiences. Her desire to explore yoga deeper and facilitate some personal physical healing led her to pursue formal training. She has been influenced and inspired by many teachers and many styles of yoga. Her personal experience of continued transformation through the practice of yoga is a motivating force for teaching and sharing with others.
Taught by: Mahan Dharma & Nam Hari Singh
When: Sunday October 18th, 2:00-4:30pm
Price: $25 adv. (thru PayPal link below or thru Ruby), $30 at the door.
Description: There is no happiness outside. You can never get it. You have to go inside and pull it out. Happiness is a human birthright. Everybody is born to be happy. We are unhappy because we get short circuited. We are unhappy because our nervous system cannot take it. We are unhappy because our intuition does not answer us within nine seconds.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
He emphasizes that we are not to blame for this. We are uneducated and untrained to answer under pressure. We are not educated to have stainless steel nerves. We give into stress. He says, “the problem is very simple. You give into yourself when there is stress; you cannot meet stress, because you are not you.”
So let us do the work together, self-initiate and clean the mind for deep meditation so that you can experience your birthright; happiness and merge with the living God within you.
For questions, email: email@example.com
Mahan Dharma Kaur is a committed yogini, dynamic teacher and a devoted mother. For over a decade she travelled the world, experiencing first-hand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. As a trained Hatha & Kundalini yoga teacher, Mahan has facilitated classes & workshops on yoga, women’s empowerment as well as nutrition & detoxification. Mahan currently manages Yoga West in Vancouver, BC, the one and only kundalini yoga studio! She is dedicated to providing practical & inspirational tools for a healthier, happier and holier life.
Nam Hari Singh is a dedicated yoga instructor having completed teacher training at Yoga West in Vancouver. A student of yoga for more than two decades, Nam Hari considers yoga his life and passion and he is committed to be the change he wants to see in the World! He brings a wealth of practical knowledge, a natural ‘groundedness’ and humour to the yoga classroom.
Taught by: Ruby Koa
When: Sunday October 25th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Price: Ruby’s Reg. class rates apply. ($7 for new students, $12 drop in, or you can use your current class package)
Description: Let your intentions be magnified with other women as we open our bodies with yoga & movement to prepare for deep meditation. This event serves as a great opportunity to gather together with other like-minded women to celebrate and tap into our powerful feminine energy and to deepen our understanding and relationship to the cycles of the moon. This month’s special guests most likely will include Ann MacDonald with her singing bowls and beautiful voice and Kelly Holmes who will perform an original song during our final relaxation.
Taught by: Becky Pezely, Sound Healer and Elizabeth Ruff, Yoga Instructor
When: Sunday, November 8th 6-8 pm
Description: Please join us for a blissful evening filled with movement, stillness and sound bathing.
What is a Sound Bath?
A sound bath is an immersive experience of sound and vibration – a concert of crystal bowls, gong, and vocal toning. The term "sound bath" is used because you are bathed in the vibrations of the sound. The vibrations help entrain your brain into a “meditative” state which promotes rejuvenation and healing in the body.
During the session we will be led initially in restorative yoga in harmony with the singing bowls and will then transition into peaceful meditation as the sound bath fills the space. This is a profoundly transformative and powerful experience – be prepared to have your mind and heart expand in glorious directions!
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes. You may also want to bring props, such as eye-pillow or personal pillow to maximize your comfort. Blankets and bolsters are available at Inspire Studio.
You are invited to bring a small offering to place at the altar that will be in the room. Your offering can be anything: something to add beauty to the room; something you want to honor; energy you want to invite in, or let go.
About Becky Pezely
Becky is a graphic designer, web developer and certified sound healer practicing in Seattle, WA.
“I am a creator of visual and tactile experiences. Digital media and sound are my tools for guiding others toward self-expression and healing. Please join me on a rocket ship of sound for a journey of transformation and regeneration”.
About Elizabeth Ruff of MANA BODYWORKS
Elizabeth is a yoga teacher, mother, and body worker here in Bellingham.
“I have long devoted my life to reminding those around me of the healing powers of love. Before I focused on yoga and bodywork, I sought to better understand and seek connection with the natural world. To that end, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. Today, I focus on a practice that helps people experience long lasting relief from pain and greater joy in life. I have a bodywork practice, teach yoga and play with my infant son and partner outside as much as possible, enjoying all the maritime beauty here in Bellingham, Washington.”
Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $5 off for students and seniors
Description: As the days grow shorter and colder we often feel an inward call toward slow introspection, yet our end-of-the-year calendars quickly fill with external busyness. In this 3-hour workshop you will have the opportunity to slow down. Using the tools of yoga we will begin the work of cultivating an internal sense of gratitude. You’ll leave the workshop with ideas of how to maintain this inner gratitude even as you face the stress and activity that’s common during the holidays.
This workshop will include teachings from the yogic traditions of Viniyoga and Kundalini. We will use several of the tools yoga has to offer including asana, pranayama, chanting and sound, meditation, mudra, and philosophy.
Please bring a journal for personal reflection.
Taught by: Yana Kazbekova (www.beingyogasandiego.com) - guest teacher from San Diego, CA
When: Sunday November 29, 1:00-300pm
Price: $25.00 - prepay (via PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org)
$30.00 - at the door
Description: High Therapeutic Value off this event can be life-changing for those who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, acute or chronic stress.
This workshop is taught by a yogini who lived with anxiety for almost 2 decades of life. It is a fruit of her long hours of teaching, personal practice and self study.
Besides the authentic process of her recovery, this event brings specific yoga – meditation protocols that The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics (UCSD, UCLA) suggests as an effective noninvasive approach for the clinical treatment of anxiety, panic and stress disorders.
In this event you will be guided through the world of:
- breath (science of pranayama)
- body postures and movements (Kundalini & Tibetan yoga ways to unblock the energy)
- meditation (guided and silent)
This workshop is a compassionate analysis of anxiety from yogic perspective. Techniques presented in it are not a weapon to fight this condition. They will help you to regain trust, to start a journey of your inner transformation with confidence and to witness your own metamorphosis from Chaos to Harmony, from Fear to Love.
"Making Peace with Anxiety" is a successful fusion of a personal experience, Yoga Therapy and Neuroscience.
- All levels are welcome. NO previous experience necessary.
- Wear comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement.
- You will need a yoga mat, water and blanket - can be borrowed at the studio.
- Have a light meal minimum 1 hour before the event.
About Instructor: Yana Kazbekova (ERYT 500) was drawn to yoga in her native former USSR as a teenager, when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Since young age, she has been traveling and living in different parts of the world, learning yoga and meditation with teachers from Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, India and USA.
Yana is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher. She brings to her classes more than 30 years of her multicultural yoga background.
Yana is a trilingual instructor with 4400 hours of international teaching experience. She conducts her classes in fluent English, Russian and Spanish.
Yana currently lives in San Diego, CA where she teaches students between 20 and 99 years old.
Her areas of expertise are: *Subtle Energy Yoga (her eclectic style influenced by Kundalini and Tibetan yoga); *BALANCE Program for Seniors with movement, cognitive and visual impairments.
She also leads workshops on emotional balance in San Diego (CA) County and Mexico City, MEX.
“MAKING PEACE WITH ANXIETY” is a fruit of her own life experience. After having dealt with this condition for almost two decades, Yana offers synthesis of her profound self-observation and recovery process. She shares with the audience steps to evolve from Resistance to Acceptance, from Fear to Love.
“Looking back, I find it a true blessing having had a chance to be there. In those years of anxiety,
I re-connected to my Self, I learned to Breathe, I knew about Compassion and redefined Self Love.
Those are the only tools needed to transcend and heal.”