Hope you’re all enjoying our days of sun tucked in between the cloudier days.  Now that school has started and the days are getting cooler, we hope to see you in class soon and that you’ll take advantage of some of our exciting upcoming classes and events!

Notices Notices: 

*This will be Jeanell’s  last month of offering her Tues. 3:30-4:30 pm and Thurs. 4:00-5:00 pm yoga classes to the public.  From then on they’ll be offered to a private group on a series basis. If you’re interested in joining, contact her directly.


New Teacher & Class Coming Soon:

Let’s welcome Sarah Mantei to Inspire Studio!  Though fresh out of teacher training, she’s enthusiastic and passionate about teaching.  Many requests have come in for a beginner class and I think this class along with Sarah’s sweet and approachable demeanor will be a great fit for those new to yoga and otherwise!

Beginner Friendly Flow Yoga

Taught by: Sarah Mantei

When: Fridays 5:30 – 6:45 pm, Starting Oct. 3rd!    

Description: This moderately paced class is designed as an introduction to Vinyasa flow yoga, where we will explore core poses and combine breath with movement. Great for beginners or those looking to refine their practice, this class focuses on alignment and provides a safe environment to learn, play, and RELAX. With plenty of props and variations offered, this class is for anyone interested in the many benefits of yoga. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes… you just have to try! Set to relaxing music, this mindful practice is a great way to unwind and get ready for the weekend.

Price: First class special $5, drop-in $8, 5 classes for $35 (valid for three months)

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Art and Mindfulness: The Power of Vulnerability Therapy Group

Taught By: 
Karen King

When:  Fall Group Session 1: Saturdays 12:30-3:00 pm Sept. 27th, Oct. 4th, 18th & 25th
Fall Group Session 2: Saturdays 12:30-3:00 pm Nov. 15th, 22nd, Dec. 6th & 13th

Price:  $65 a group, Receive a 10% discount if you pay for the groups in advance!

Description:  Through dynamic creative expression and the practice of mindfulness, you will learn tools and skills to open up to the power of your own vulnerability. When we armor up, lash out or retreat, we are closing ourselves off to the authentic power of vulnerability. We will use creative projects such as collage, painting, sketching, group portraits, multi-media projects and many other experiential approaches that will allow us to explore and play with opening up to the people and situations in our lives. Over the course of 4 sessions, you will learn how to deepen your ability to open to experience with friendliness and compassion as well as engage with others successfully. Art supplies are provided and group numbers are limited, so register now!

Karen King Counseling: Art & Mindfulness Group

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Breathwork for Healing and Self-Care

When: Sunday September 28th, 1:00 to 2:30pm

Price:  $20 advance / $25 at the door.  Please RSVP to:

Description: Breathwork is a phenomenal tool for releasing stuck physical, mental and emotional energy.  Every single cell in our body requires a steady flow of oxygen to thrive.

In a modern world, which ignores the wisdom of the body in exchange for efficiency and progress, our breath can become shortened as muscles constrict and life force is dampened in reaction to environmental and emotional stresses.  Our breath is a deep and constant source of nourishment and energy for our aliveness.  Consciously engaging in an active breathing practice washes and nourishes the body with life giving oxygen, stimulating both cellular and subtle body cleansing that invites a tangible inner and outer sense of ease, balance and awareness.

Replenish your body, quiet your mind and remember the unwavering peace that lies within. Learning a simple and active 2-part pranayama based breathing practice will awaken your senses and the healing intelligence of your own body.  You can explore the depth and breadth of your being through the power of your inhale and exhale to increase energy flow, release anxiety, invoke new patterns and sensations and magnify your vitality and sense of SELF.  Each class is the same format, and like walking a labyrinth, the physical path remains constant, as your experience evolves and changes.

No previous experience is necessary, just curiosity and a willingness to receive.
PLEASE BRING: This breath work is practiced lying down.  Mats and blankets are provided but feel to bring your own, as well as water and your willingness!

BIO: Tanya Hughes is a healer, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Maya Abdominal Massage Practitioner focused on providing skilled and heart-fully influenced experiences that assist you to relax into the wisdom of your body or come to truly inhabit it for the first time. Her approach is solidly grounded in over a decade of work and study in soft tissue bodywork, anatomy & physiology, injury treatment, yoga, meditation, breathwork and more. A believer in the healing power of consciousness through self-inquiry, Tanya focuses on inspiring increased body awareness and self-care as a pathway to optimal wellbeing.

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Kundalini Yoga Women's Full Moon Meditation Circle!!

Taught by: Ruby Koa

When: Sunday October 5th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Description: Come and celebrate & learn about the Harvest Moon, which also happens to be a super moon!  According to yoga, meditating in conjunction with the cycles of the Moon can be very powerful. Let your intentions be magnified with other women as we open our bodies with yoga & movement to prepare for deep meditation.  We'll be joined by Ann MacDonald this month who will dazzle us with her beautiful voice and singing bowls!

Doors open at 6:10 and tea & snacks will be available before and after to allow for additional sharing with other women. 

We'll continue to offer these circles monthly, though the format and focus as well as the date and time will change slightly each month (note that due to the studio schedule, the circle won’t always be right on the full moon), so see the website for details each month.

Price: Ruby's Regular class prices apply

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Healing Sounds of the Cosmos with Matthew Kocel
An Evening of Sacred Sound and Healing Music

When:  Friday October 10th, 7:30-9:30 pm

Price: $20 advance (buy tickets online or in person through Ruby), $25 at the door, $10 at the door w/student ID.

*Note: When you purchase tickets for this event, you can get a $5 discount for his Convergence Method Workshop on Oct. 11th.  Contact Inspire Studio for details.

Description: If you haven’t yet attended one of Matthew Kocel’s sound healing concerts, you’re in for a treat!  This will be the 4th or 5th time he’s performed at our studio and I haven’t met anyone yet who hasn’t felt better afterwards!  The special thing is that you can sit and meditate or lie down to enjoy this incredibly restorative experience…

Imagine floating in an ocean of sacred sound... vibration so profound it seems to take on qualities of form, texture and color. 

It is hard to believe these tones are coming from one person.  The mystical sounds of throat singing, ancient healing mantras and gentle music soothe your soul.

This is your opportunity to experience pure bliss in a very intimate setting with internationally renowned throat singer, healer, and musical sound visionary Matthew Kocel.

The Universe is calling you.

Welcome home.

Matthew Kocel is a true visionary in the world music and sound healing movement, a man on a mission to inspire peace through healing music for our time.  Listen to his music here.

 “Using sound in a conscious manner we can bypass mental chatter, cultural conditioning, and blockages to experience the true oneness of existence.  As more of us remember and embody this truth, we transmute the matrix of fear that has inhibited the course of human evolution for generations.  I am humbled and deeply honored to share this journey of awakening with you.” – Matthew Kocel

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The Convergence Method (A Breath work, Qi Gong, & Yoga Workshop)

Taught By: Matthew Kocel

When: Sat. October 11th, 12:30-2:30 pm

Price: $20, available through Ruby at Inspire Studio or online at

*Purchase tickets for this & Matthew’s Oct. 10th event: “Healing Sounds of the Cosmos” and get a $5 discount!  Contact Inspire Studio for details.

Description: These practices that I am about to share with you have helped me through some tough times, and continue to fuel my energy and vitality as I continue a rigorous schedule of travel, performances and workshops.  I love to see people light up with abundant energy. It's so much fun!  Here’s some things you can expect from this dynamic workshop:

*Experience the BREATH EMPOWERMENT practice, which feels like an engine humming softly in your abdomen. These vibrations are VERY TANGIBLE and will leave you feeling clear and empowered.

*Practice simple, yet profound Qigong movements that create a thick magnetic field for strength and vitality. 

*Bring it all together with gentle yoga postures to help you ground and integrate the energy.

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The Healing Power of Gong & Mantra Special Kundalini Yoga Class

Taught By: Sada Simran

When:  Sunday October 12th, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Price: $20 advance, $25 at the door

Description: We are very blessed to have Kundalini Yoga teacher Sada Simran visit us from Seattle this October.  Come enjoy an afternoon with the healing energy of the Gong as we focus to create a deeper connection with our highest and best Self. We begin ‘The Healing Power of Gong & Mantra’ with light Kundalini Yoga exercises to warm up and prepare our body for the Gong. Then we move into deep relaxation with the powerful resonance of a beautiful Paiste symphonic Gong!

The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation, releases us from the torrent of thoughts our mind continuously generates and stimulates our glandular system to a higher frequency of functioning.

After the Gong we will chant Mantra to remind us that the entire universe is built on sound and vibration. Vibrate the Cosmos and the Cosmos will clear the Path!

Sada Simran’s Bio: Sada Simran is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. He studied directly under the supervision of Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. Before moving to Seattle in 2007, he was acting director of Yoga West in Los Angeles, Yogi Bhajan’s home studio. He brings to his classes insights into the nature of consciousness and inspires his students to go beyond their perceived limitations. Join him for a transformative healing journey into self-discovery in any of his classes and enjoy the deep meditative experience brought to you through the Gong.

“The gong is very simple. It is an inter-vibratory system. It is the sound of Creativity itself. The gong is nothing more, nothing less. One who plays the gong plays the universe. The gong is not an ordinary thing to play. Out of it came all music, all sounds, and all words. The sound of the gong is the nucleus of the Word”. ~ Yogi Bhajan

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Kirtan with Brent Kuecker, Sadhu Sangha, Sudevi Sundari, & Bradyn Krueger

When:  Friday, Oct 17th, Doors open at 7pm, and singing begins at 7:30pm

Price: $10 or $5 with student ID

Description: An evening of celebratory group chanting of Divine names. Kirtan is singing praise. Singing praise contents the heart. A content heart longs to sing only praise.

The Band: Brent Kuecker (harmonium and lead vocals), Sandhu Sangha Dasa (drums), Sudevi (response vocals), Bradyn Krueger (kartals). Brent Kuecker has been playing and singing Kirtan for over a decade and is so delighted to lead this ecstatic practice for the community.

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Kirtan and Healing Mantra Music with Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Yogiji

When:  Sunday October 26th, 7:00-9:00pm

Price: $15 advance (buy online or in person through Ruby), $20 at the door

Description: We are blessed to have these two talented musicians visit our studio for the second time.  Many of us were amazed by their music and sweet, heartfelt presence last year and I’m confident that anyone who likes mantra music will love this kirtan concert.  The best part is that they include mantras from the kundalini yoga tradition as the typical sankrit chants that many yogis are accustomed to.

Jaya Lakshmi has been sharing her beautiful kirtans for over 20 years. She has recently partnered with her new love, Ananda Yogiji. They sing and play music that initiates deep healing and opens the heart to divine joy, sharing the grace they have been given through their partnership. Offering a combination of kirtan (call and response singing), mantra repetition, bhajan and original songs, they mix English, Sanskrit and Gurumukhi as a bridge for all those who have been mysteriously called to Yoga and teachings from India. Alternating guitar, harmonium, bansuri flutes and vocal weaving, they create a magic together that sets the stage for the Devas and Devis to dance upon.

They have since released four albums, the most recent release ‘Kundalini Mantra Live’ (2014) as well as the highly acclaimed mantra dance album “Kirtronica’ (2013) on Sounds True Records and the much loved “Live at the Altar of Love’ (2011) double disc acoustic set.  They currently tour nationally and internationally holding concerts, offering their ‘Altar of Love Weekend’ events, and playing regularly at festivals and retreats, including Bhakti Fest, Beloved Festival, and PranaFest (USA).

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West African Drumming Workshop with Sayon Camara of Guinea

When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7, 8 & 9, 2014

Workshop Schedule:
Friday, November 7 – 2 Classes: 6:00 – 7:30 pm & 7:45 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, November 8 – 3 Classes: 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 5:15 – 6:45 pm, & 7:15 – 8:45 pm
Sunday, November 9 – 1 class: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Register in Advance to take advantage of special Early Bird Pricing (see below)! Call 603-254-4493.  & Let us know if you need a djembe!

Description: Sayon Camara is an exemplary djembe (traditional drum) player, musician, performer and teacher. Operating with boundless energy, joy and a deep respect for the music he stewards, he has an intimate knowledge of the complex polyrhythms that comprise the traditional songs of his people, the Malinke, of Guinea, West Africa. He delivers rhythm and sound with crystalline clarity and an impeccable sense of time.

Early Bird Pricing: Register and Pay by October 24!
Get a reduced rate if you go for the full Sayon Camara Experience: $135
Individual Classes: $25
Call 603-254-4493 to get the Early Bird rate!

After October 24:
The full Sayon Camara Experience: $160
Individual Classes: $30
Call 603-254- 4493 to register. 
*Presented by Doni Doni Drums

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Cultivating Gratitude…in the midst of grey days & stressful months Yoga Workshop

Taught By: Ruby Koa & Summer Cushman

When:  Sunday November 9th, 1:00-4:00pm

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.

Summer’s Bio: Summer Cushman is an artist, minister, and yoga teacher. She has led retreats and workshops throughout the country on such topics as spirituality, creativity and embodiment. In all of her work, she strives to help people connect with their embodied emotions and live with intention. She is interested in helping her students find and enjoy the functional benefit of yoga postures, to understand the energetic effects of breath work, and to build a meaningful personal practice. She studies the deeper dimensions of yogic philosophy and tries to help her students integrate the fullness of yoga into their daily lives both on and off the mat.

A Northwest native, Summer earned her Bachelor of Arts in printmaking and art history from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She earned her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in spirituality from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. She began practicing yoga in 2001 and received foundational training and certification from CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis under the direction of Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas. She received advanced training and certification as a 500hr Viniyoga Teacher under the direction of Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute in California. She plans to begin her Yoga Therapist training at the Institute in 2016.

Please visit

Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $5 off for students and seniors

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Save the Date: Winter Solstice Workshop with 30 Minute Gong Relaxation with Ruby Koa and Rachel Towers

When:  Sunday December 21st, 1:00-3:30pm

~More Info. Coming Soon


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