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. 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 has something to offer you!
Namaste and Sat Nam,
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360-447-8778.
New Gentle/Restorative Class Coming Soon!
Starting in November Ruby will be taking over Rachel Tower’s Tuesday 7:15-8:45 pm Candle Lit Restorative/Gentle Yoga class. Though it will most likely be called Gentle flow and will be very similar to Ruby’s current gentle flow class (Ann MacDonald will also be singing and playing her beautiful singing bowls during the final relaxations), it will be in low lighting and include more restorative postures.
When: Sunday October 5th, 6:30-8:00 pm
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. 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
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
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 www.summercushman.com
Price: $40 in advance, $45 at the door, $5 off for students and seniors
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.