As the days get colder and greyer, our natural rhythm tends to slow down and our body needs more down time. Unfortunately for most of us, our lives tend to get busier as we prepare for the holiday season, so taking time out for activities that foster self-care is really important. Whether it’s to a weekly class or one of the nurturing workshops we’re offering this month such as the Cultivating Gratitude Workshop coming up Sun. Nov. 9th or the Restorative Yoga Workshop the day after Thanksgiving, be sure to make it to Inspire Studio to revitalize your-self!
* See online calendar for any Thanksgiving cancelations or sub notices (Ruby will be visiting her home state of Arizona for 2 weeks Nov. 20th and will have sub names on the calendar).
* Rachel Towers’ Wed.10-11:15 am Kripalu Vinyasa class is now canceled but Ruby will be taking over her Tuesday 7:15-8:45 pm Candle-Lit Restorative/Gentle Yoga class starting November 4th.
* Carmen Winquist is adding another Hatha Flow class on Wed. mornings, 9:00-10:15 am, starting Nov. 12th.
*Chipp’s final 5:30-7:00pm Power Yoga class will be Nov. 20th. After that, that class will be canceled, but he is continuing his Thursday 9:00-10:30 am Power Yoga Class and is offering a special class Thanksgiving morning.
Let’s welcome Kelly Holmes to our yoga community! She is a bright, warmhearted person, whose Sunday evening classes are sure to rejuvenate and inspire you! She’s also a local musician and often sings and plays her mandolin during shavasana!
Taught By: Kelly Holmes
When: Sundays 4:30-5:45 pm
Description: This nourishing heart centered class will provide basic tools to cultivate body awareness and tap into you own inner strength. By drawing attention to alignment and activation this moderately paced flow is a unique experience suitable for all levels. Class concludes with breath work (pranayama) followed by a 5-10 minute sitting meditation. This class is a way to close the weekend and create space for a fresh start to your week.
Price: First class $5, drop in $10
Summer Cushman will start teaching at our studio in December. She has studied yoga extensively and is offering quite a unique class that I’m sure everyone from beginners to yoga teachers can benefit from. She’ll also be co-teaching the Cultivating Gratitude Workshop with Ruby Nov. 9th so you can get a sneak peak of her style.
Taught By: Summer Cushman
When: Thursdays 5:30-7:00 pm, starts Dec. 4th
Prices: drop-in class $10
10 class pass $90 (expires 6-months from date of first use)
Description: This class is designed to offer students a nourishing, weekly retreat. This 90-minute integrated practice will begin with restorative postures and teachings from the tradition of yoga. We’ll spend about 40 minutes in slow moving, breath centric asana followed by 30 minutes of pranayama, meditation, and deep relaxation. This class will help you understand the deeper teachings of yoga. It will support your personal practice and your efforts to integrate the fullness of yoga into your everyday life.
Taught By: Ruby Koa
When: Tuesdays 7:15-8:45 pm, starts Nov. 4th
Prices: First Class: $7 or first 5 classes: $25 (valid 1 month). More class options
Ruby is happily yet humbly taking on Rachel’s Candle-Lit Restorative class:
Relax and unwind after a long day with a slow moving flow intermixed among restorative and yin type postures held for moderate chunks of time with the use of props. Soothing music, low lighting, and cues that focus on breath and mindfulness will enable you to fully let go and leave feeling renewed yet ready for a restful night's sleep. During most classes local singer Ann MacDonald will serenade you during Savasana, the final relaxation with her Singing Bowls & beautiful yogic chants.
Taught By: Ruby Koa & Summer Cushman
When: Sunday November 9th, 1:00-4:00pm
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.
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 www.summercushman.com
Taught By: Barbara Leder
When: Saturdays 8:30-9:45 am, Nov. 8th-Dec. 20th
Price: $50 full series paid in advance, $70 day of, $12 drop in
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
Description: Through a seven week series, dive into a deeper understanding of what your yoga practice can do for you. Each class will be themed around the 10 living principles of yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas and towards creating an awareness and connection to your life on and off the mat. Great for beginners looking to understand yoga as a whole, or for experienced yogis looking to deepen their practice and find more understanding and spirituality. The Yamas and Niyamas series will deepen your awareness of yoga philosophy, and ethics. Each class will build off the previous, and will include both philosophical focus and a physical vinyasa practice. Discover what yoga can do for your mind, body, and soul.
Yamas: Non-violence, Truth, Non-stealing, Non-excess, Non-greed/non-grasping
Niyamas: Purity, Contentment, Discipline, Self-Study, Surrender
Bio: I always had a passion for the healing arts, so much that I made it my career. In 2011 I graduated from college, and was licensed as a paramedic, enthusiastic to save the human body from all sorts of ailments and trauma. What I found was high stress, and depression. I was disheartened. I wanted to achieve a healthy, balanced life, and still be able to practice healing. With a passion for anatomy and a lifetime of athleticism I turned to yoga. Determined for more, I entered a Hatha teacher training program. To me, this training was harder than college, harder than anything I had done before, possibly because it was so important to me; so genuine, and opened to door to so much of my truth. I graduated from Anchorage Yoga and began teaching. I love to teach a range of classes, but my favorite is to teach a traditional hatha vinyasa infused with bhakti mantras, and to always encourage an opening of the heart.
In this Yamas and Niyamas series, I will guide your physical body through traditional postures to create heat and opening, deepen the breath and the awareness, as well as to dive into the yoga ethics and encourage you to find more peace in yourself, your practice, and your life.
Taught By: Karen King
When: 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! Contact Karen at: email@example.com or call (360) 927-7262.
Taught by: Brent Kuecker and Kelly Ann Atterberry
When: Sunday Nov. 16th, 1:00-4:00 pm
Description: In this workshop you will enjoy several different wild crafted teas prepared by Kelley. She will give a presentation on the qualities and uses of the herbs while you drink in good company. Brent will teach a 2hr Yoga workshop utilizing the enhanced and enlivened body systems from your tea experience. This workshop will be an open forum for discussion and questions on herbs, philosophy, and Yoga poses and their effects.
Brent Kuecker, E-RYT 200
Brent Kuecker has practiced Yoga in its many aspects for over 14 years, and has taught students of all ages and abilities. Knowledgeable in anatomy and physiology, Brent’s alignment based classes create flexibility and strength. Brent faithfully teaches with a humanistic and life-affirming vision that honors both the timeless wisdom of the Yoga tradition and the ever-growing needs of today’s modern living.
Kelly Ann Atterberry, B.S. Herbal Science, Bastyr University & M.S. Candidate, Horticulture, Washington State University
Kelly Ann Atterberry has a passion for life that includes herbal medicine and wants to share this with you. Kelley loves to educate about the practical uses for plants in our region, the science to support uses, as well as traditional uses. She wishes to celebrate the beauty of herbs and to help people learn to appreciate them more.
When: Friday, 21st, 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), SandhuSangha 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.
Taught by: Molly Benjamin
When: Friday Nov. 28th, 5:00-7:00 pm
Price: $20 in advance: Please preregister by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person.
$25 at the door
This Thanksgiving, be grateful for your body! Whether or not you have experienced a full restorative yoga session you are in for a treat. We will utilize all of the props in the studio including: blankets, bolsters, chairs, straps and blocks to fully support each pose. Restorative yoga offers the time and space to completely relax, de-stress and unwind while nurturing the nervous system and refueling vital energies.
When: Sunday Nov. 30th, 1:00 to 2:30pm
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.
Taught By: Various Inspire Studio Teachers (see calendar for exact teachers)
When: Sun. Nov. 30th – Sun. Dec. 7th, Classes offered 3-4 pm daily, except Thursday will be 2:30-3:30 pm
Though these classes are geared towards college students to de-stress during dead week, anyone new to our studio is welcome. Also, regular students can bring a friend to attend any class. Inspire teachers are welcome to any class as well.
Description: Come and celebrate & learn about this month’s full 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.
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.
Next Month’s Circle: Sunday January 4th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Taught by: Ruby Koa & Rachel Towers
When: Sunday Dec. 21st, 1:00-3:30 pm
Description: The winter solstice is a reflective time of year where we prepare to move into the light, not only physically but with our intentions as well.
Join Ruby and Rachel as they guide you through a meditation and intention circle designed to help you clarify where in your life you can let go of old habits and create new ones. Through the practice of Kripalu and Kundalini Yoga, you will learn to cultivate introspection, inner stillness, and then begin to tap into the energy of Manipura (solar plexus chakra), which will empower you to follow through with the new intentions you've set for the upcoming year. Take a moment during this busy holiday season to nurture yourself and celebrate this turning point with us!
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $5 off for students and seniors!