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 or at 360-447-8778.

Winter New Yoga Student Special*:

1 week unlimited for $12 OR

1 month unlimited for $30

*Eligibility: Someone who lives locally who has either never attended a class with Ruby or a who has not been to one of her classes for over six months. Each person is only able to purchase either the 1 week or the 1 month option, not both.



News & Events

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New Moon Sound Healing & Double Gong Bath

Taught by: Ruby Koa and Kristine Allen
When: Friday March 16th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door ($10 advance for Students

Description: The New Moon is a time associated with beginnings and growth and presents a strong foundation on which to bring new things into your life. That combined with the stress relieving and meditative benefits of sound healing makes for a powerful evening to say the least. The evening 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 a version of yoga nidra (guided relaxation) segueing into an at least 30 minutes long double gong bath. Sounds of quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, and an ocean drum will also be trickled throughout the event.

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Yoga of Sound: Gong & Crystal Bowl Journey

Taught by: Ruby Koa & Loren Schaumberg
When: Friday March 30th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Price: $20 advance, $25 at the door   ($15 advance for students, $20 door)

Description: Yoga of Sound is a new event that Ruby and Loren are collaborating together to bring to you.  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 the flute 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, a handful of flutes, a gong, and chimes. 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.   

About Loren Schaumberg: An emissary of music, healing, and holistic living hailing from the Nooksack River of Washington State Loren lives as a musician, sound healer, facilitator of ceremony, medicine man, nature therapist, and carpenter. Sharing the voices and wisdom of nature is one of his greatest joys. He passionately creates sound experiences that support people in reconnecting to their inner wild landscapes and in remembering who they are.

Through the use of Native American Wood Flutes, Temple Flutes, Guitars, Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Tuning Forks, Medicine Drums, Rattles and the Human Voice Loren opens access to the Universal Energy Field, allowing participants to experience deep healing, ancient remembering, vital integration and altered states of consciousness.

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Women's Kundalini Yoga Full Moon Meditation Circle

Taught by: Ruby Koa
When: Saturday March 31st, 6:30-8:00 pm

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

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. Be sure not to miss this opportunity for connection and community!

Lots of snacks and tea 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.                       

Next One: April 29th, 4:30-6:00 pm

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Spring Renewal Kundalini Yoga Chuckanut Retreat

Taught by: Ruby Koa and Kristine Allen
When: Saturday, April 28th 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday April 29th 9:00am – 4:00pm

Price: $250 (Early Registration $195 by March 15, 2018)

*Overnight accommodations available, see below description for more details.


This Kundalini Yoga retreat is an opportunity to focus on you, to go inward, to replenish, to renew and pamper yourself.

Spring is a time of rebirth; a time to sow the seeds in the garden of life. Let’s get together and take time to nurture ourselves in a beautiful setting overlooking the Salish Sea. Enjoy a powerful Yoga Retreat without having to leave Bellingham!!!!

Spring is naturally a time of accelerated change, which makes clearing out the old and starting anew easier. Over the weekend we will begin by detoxifying, just like we till the soil and clear out the debris. Then we will nurture the body (bathing in healing sounds, sharing amazing organic food and the healing touch of mother nature)with energy and light just like we add nutrients to the soil before planting seeds. We will follow this with planting the seeds of our intentions and nurturing them with our renewed sense of focus and vitality.

Over the weekend we will be weaving together modalities such as:

*If you are from out of town or just want a full retreat, the Be Free Center (the venue) has overnight accommodations and meals. Friday night with Breakfast on Saturday morning would be $75.  And for dinner and lodging on Saturday night,and breakfast on Sunday morning, the cost would be $95. Call Kristine at 360-941-7663 to inquire.





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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