Welcome to Kokoro Yoga

My name is Ruby Koa and I’ve been teaching yoga in Bellingham since 2009.  I’ve been on quite a journey since then, having taught in a few different locations and finally am blessed to have my own space.  Though Kokoro Yoga itself is a one teacher operation, and quite a small one at that, a variety of class styles are offered including various forms of Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Flow, and Kundalini Yoga.  As the Japanese word, "kokoro" (it means heart/mind, center/essence) suggests, my intention always is to teach from my heart, with the emphasis of accommodating you wherever you're at. I also aim to cultivate a sense of community and camaraderie in each class, meaning you can look forward to tea (and sometimes snacks) being served after most classes. I also offer regular Women’s Full Moon circles and events to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes such as Kundalini Yoga and Double Gong Relaxations. So whether you're looking to improve your fitness and flexibility, deepen your awareness of breath, body, and spirit, or just a chance to relax and stretch out, at least one of these classes or events has something to offer you!

Be aware that even though I do business as Kokoro Yoga, my classes are located at the space that my husband Zeck and I manage, "Inspire Studio."  It’s a community of independent teachers, all bringing inspiration to their students and to our town at large.  Because I rent space to the other teachers vs. hire them, each of the teachers have their own pricing and operate as their own business owner, thus we’re unable to offer class passes or memberships that apply to everyone’s classes. 

Please feel free to contact me at kokoroyoga@gmail.com or at 360-447-8778.



News & Events

Be in our Photo Shoot

We need pictures of our studio for our website and online with people doing yoga in it!!  Please join Ruby on Saturday, November 3rd, 12:15-1:00 pm. It will be a short, informal free class with our in house photographer, Dwayne Rogge taking pictures.  All attendees will be asked to sign a photo release form and receive a free yoga class gift card to keep, one to give to a friend, and an eye pillow (while supplies last). Vinyasa, Kundalini Yoga, and sound healing will be offered.

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Fall Equinox Sound Healing & Double Gong Bath

   Friday, Dec. 21st      7:00-8:30 pm
 $20 at the door - We have reached our capacity for pre sale tickets. Now we just have about 10 more spots you can purchase at the door, cash or check preferred. It'll be a big group, so bring an extra pillow and blanket if you'd like.

The Winter Solstice is a reflective time of year when we prepare to move into the light, not only physically but with our intentions as well.  On the actual winter Solstice, utilize this powerful time to uplift your consciousness, balance your energy, and unlock the joy from within. This healing experience begins with gentle stretching and movement (all beginner level), breathing, and meditation to allow the nervous system to prepare for the sound vibrations. Then enjoy an extended relaxation (at least 40 minutes long) while experiencing the powerful healing sounds of two gongs, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, and a version of guided meditation known as Yoga Nidra.

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. 

The gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There is only one thing that can supersede and command the human mind-the sound of the gong. It is the first sound in the universe, the sound that created this universe. It is the basic creative sound. To the mind, the sound of the gong is like a mother and father that gave it birth. The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.” – Yogi Bhajan

Doors open at 6:30. Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to get set up.  Mats and blankets are available to use, but bring your own for extra comfort if you’d like.

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New Year Sound Bath

 Ruby Koa & Loren Schaumberg
   Wednesday January 2nd      7:30-9:00 pm
 $15 in advance, $20 at the door  

Start your new year right by taking time to get clear about what you're calling in for the year and amplify that with the power of group intention and the sound current of the gong, several crystal singing bowls and more.  This is a simpler and more streamlined version of our Yoga of Sound Event but will still include meditation, guided relaxation (yoga nidra), and nearly an hour of sound healing while lying down in a cozy shavasana.

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Since our Women's Kundalini Yoga Classes fall right on the holidays and will be canceled for 2 weeks, I felt that offering this workshop would be the perfect start to your new year as we connect as a circle of strong women. Join us in nurturing and exploring both our Intentions and the Divine Feminine within thru Yoga, Breath, Movement, Mudras, Chanting, Meditation, and journaling. With Ruby drawing from the tradition of kundalini yoga and offering sound healing with the gong and singing bowls, this workshop will give you an experience you’ll be able to draw from for months to come.  Tea and light snacks will be offered. If desired, please bring a journal and item for the altar.

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Women's Kundalini Yoga Full Moon Meditation Circle

 Saturday January 19th   5:00-6:30 pm 

 Drop in $15, Student drop in $12, Class packages and new student specials can be used. 

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. Be sure not to miss this opportunity for connection and community just before the actual full moon! Most likely, special guest Ann MacDonald will be there to offer her beautiful voice, gemstone infused singing bowls, and teach a mantra to the group!

Tea and light snacks are available afterwards so plan to stay for a bit! Bring a journal and an item to set on the altar if you’d like. And please arrive 5-10 minutes early to get your spot so we can start on time.

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Yoga of Sound: Gong, Crystal Bowl, Flute & Didjeridoo Journey

 Ruby Koa & Loren Schaumberg, & Orion Lackey on Didjeridoo
   Wednesday January 25th      7:00-9:00 pm
 $20 advance, $25 at the door   ($15 advance for students, $20 door)

Yoga of Sound is an event in which Ruby and Loren work together to create a cohesive experience for you of relaxation and rebalancing.  Loren’s background as a musician combined with Ruby’s yoga background will make for quite the night. Ruby will guide you through gentle yoga warm ups (all beginner level), breathing, and meditation while Loren plays various sound healing instruments in the background. Yoga nidra (guided relaxation) will prepare your body to fully let go, segueing into an hour long sound journey. You’ll be immersed in the healing vibrations of at least 18 crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, flutes, a gong, and chimes. We will also have special guest, Orion Lackey offering a didjeridoo segment during the sound healing part.This special event will leave you feeling more grounded and restored and will help clear your mind, subconscious, and will activate your body's natural healing systems.

More Info. on Sound Healing
The human body, and all things in our Universe, are designed according to harmonic principles of varying geometry, pattern, and frequency. Everything is sound, that is, everything is vibrating and has a waveform. In understanding the relationship of sound to material form- the study of cymatics- we can begin to positively affect the well-being of the body through the appropriate use of sound and vibration. Some of the key aspects of this modality include resonance theory, cosmic superimposition, five star geometry, solar harmonic/fibonacci/solfeggio scales, and ideal nervous system tuning through the perfect 5th interval (the proportion 2:3 which the human body is designed upon). Use of meditation, vocalization, mantra, and interval training are some key components of this modality.

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Class Schedule

Class Location
Inspire Studio

Inspire Studio is on the 2nd Floor of the grey building that's behind the downtown post office and across the street from the Bellingham Bar and Grill.

Kokoro Gear
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