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 email@example.com or at 360-447-8778.
Taught by: James Boag (Visiting teacher from England)
When: Friday August 7th, 7:15-9:15pm
Price: $20 in advance (via Paypal or thru Ruby), $25 at the door
Description: We are very blessed to have James visit our studio for the first time while he is traveling the Pacific Northwest. I (Ruby), first attended one of his talks and workshops last summer and was amazed by his wisdom and presence. Never before had yoga philosophy been presented to me in such a captivating, life-like way. And one of the best things about James is how connected he is to the roots of yoga, and yet, despite his incredible talent, he doesn’t at all come off as self-important or preachy. An evening with him is definitely something not to pass up!
So what’s this yoga really all about? Gain new perspectives and clarity on the practical applications of yoga and how we can bring the power of yogic principles into all aspects of our lives.
This talk will consider yoga in the context of the stages and cycles of our human lives and include:
James’ talks include live storytelling and interpretation, satsang discussion, poetry, and may include practical exploration through short exercises, song and meditation.
Whether this is your very first encounter with Yoga teachings, or you have been practicing and studying yoga for decades, this class will invite you to dive deeper into the gifts of yoga and examine more keenly how we can use yoga to understand ourselves more thoroughly and foster greater harmony, balance and efficiency in all we are and do.
James teaches applied yoga philosophy around the world and is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which elucidate their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His powerful kirtans invite participants to bathe in rich sound; cleansing, energizing, and heightening awareness of the depth and glory of our inner selves.
James’ practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracarya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the ‘ras’ or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism. He has been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, James began studying Sanskrit. From 2008-2012, James spent about half his time in Mysore, where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, and where he continues to lead kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras, attended by international students of many Mysore’s renowned yogasana teachers.
Taught by: Ruby Koa and 2nd gong played by Cody Harder
When: Friday September 18th, 7:15-9:00 pm
Price: $15 adv. (via Paypal or thru Ruby), $20 at the door
Description: As we approach the fall equinox, when night and day are equal, it’s a powerful time to cultivate inner balance and prepare for the increasing darkness that will lead to winter. What better way to clear your energy and clarify your intentions than to open your body and strengthen your nervous system with kundalini yoga and meditation (likely with live instrumental music provided by Cody), and then expand and relax your being with crystal and Tibetan singing bowls segueing into a 20-30 minute double gong shavasana with Ruby & Cody! 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.
Doors open at 7 and tea & snacks will be available after.
Taught by: Ruby Koa
When: Sunday Sept. 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Price: Ruby’s Reg. class rates apply. ($7 for new students, $12 drop in, or you can use your current class package)
Description: Let your intentions be magnified with other women as we open our bodies with yoga & movement to prepare for deep meditation. We’ve had a break for the summer, but now it’s time to gather together again to celebrate and tap into our powerful feminine energy and to deepen our understanding and relationship to the cycles of the moon. This month’s special guests include Ann MacDonald with her singing bowls and beautiful voice and Kelly Holmes who will perform an original song during our final relaxation.
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.