Upcoming Events:

Mandala Vinyasa: Extended Class Series w/ Liza Higbee

January 11, 2020



Mandala: an integrated structure organized around a unifying center; loosely translated to mean “circle.” In Buddhist and Hindu traditions, mandalas are sacred geometric figures which represent wholeness, the universe, and our relationship to the infinite.

Vinyasa: linking breath and movement with awareness.Join Liza to slow down to human tempo and connect with sacred patterns of the infinite.


Mandala Vinyasa is movement in meditation, inspired by Buddhist and Hindu teachings. Traditional yoga postures are interwoven by transitions that guide you 360° around your mat. As you move through the mandala, your orientation in time and space changes. In the midst of this change, the invitation is to connect with and steady yourself from core center. As the mandala becomes familiar, you may drop into a deeply meditative state, restoring your ability to connect within and beyond yourself.




December 14

January 11

Investment: $18 drop-ins and normal class packages/autopays apply!

Restorative Movement Class Series

Jan 18- March 21

Saturdays 8-9am

Join Caroline for an in-depth exploration of movement and body alignment. Discover which of your parts are doing all the work and which are no longer participating. In this workshop series, you will gain the tools to see how you actually move, so you can actively restore mobility, balance, and strength. Each class will also include context for moving outside the studio (like homework, but fun!) so you can incorporate your new skills into your everyday life. By adapting your daily movement habits, you can regain a structure capable of standing up to life’s demands.


 Trained as a Nutritious Movement® certified Restorative Exercise Specialist, Caroline’s work is grounded in an evolutionary biological perspective that the body functions optimally when experiencing natural movement—motions your body would make if you lived in nature. For more information, visit her site, thrivabilitymassage.com.




10 classes for $120


choose any 5 classes for $70


Schedule: 1/18 feet, 1/25 legs, 2/1 core, 2/8 shoulders, 2/15 head and hands, 2/22 walk, 2/29 squat, 3/7 carry, 3/14 balance, 3/21 hang

Embrace your Nature & Awaken Your Potential!

A Journey through the 5 elements; Teachings and Practices from Yoga & Ayurveda 

With Isabel Castro, (Ayurvedic Health Practitioner & Educator) and Rachael Melman, (RYT 500)

Saturday January 25th


Investment: $30 advance/ $35 at the door (members get 10% off)

Through introductory Ayurvedic lessons, experiential activities and yoga asana, we’ll lean into nature’s wisdom with mind, body, and spirit. Tap into your innate power to create the life you want to live with confidence, spaciousness, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Your Instructors:

Isabel Castro is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Yoga Health Coach, passionate about empowering others to take charge of their health. A daughter of Costa Rican immigrants, she's always found a way to integrate cultures, passions, arts, and sciences. She blends her diverse education and experience to provide a colorful blend of practicality and play. Using a commonsense lens, language, and tools, she demystifies health, and makes it an approachable daily practice to promote well-being. She focuses on stress resiliency and digestive balance, allowing people to shed their limitations and live to their potential.

Rachael Melman walks in life with the teachings of Yoga alive in her heart. She believes we are made of the Earth and elements, connected to the sacred fabric of all life, and a core "Spiritual Essence". Yoga has been a path for Rachael to grow from her experiences and challenges, to heal, and find integrated wholeness in a complex World.  Her teaching style is grounded in traditional Hatha Yoga for harmony between our solar and lunar natures. Classical teachings of Ayurveda, energetics, and earth-based wisdom also transmit the lost art of beauty and balance.  Rachael has completed the Hatha, Yoga Therapy, and Chakra Immersions at the highly regarded 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ. She is also certified to teach pre & post-natal Yoga. Her off-the-mat practice is focused on being a loving wife and mother. 

Breath and Mantra Workshop (donation based)

February 15, 2020

Saturday 7-8:15pm


Join Claire Stetina on the harmonium for an evening of pranayama (breath exercises) and kirtan (yogic chanting) and mythology (stories from Ancient India and the yoga tradition).  This regular workshop is offered as a starting place to dive deeper into the traditions of yoga.  The practices of breath and chanting are potent tools to simultaneously settle the mind and yet awaken. This class is facilitated and themed through the lens and teachings of Bhakti Yoga, or yoga of the heart.  No experience necessary. This workshop is donation based (suggested $10-15) but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Yin Yoga Training

A 50 Hour Immersion with Leah Adams


May 22nd, 23rd, 24th

June 12th, 13th, 14th

Friday: Noon to 7:30p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11a.m. - 6:30p.m.


Payment plans available. $350 deposit secures your space.


Understanding the foundational concepts of yin, the origin of yin yoga, teaching methodology, the physical & energetic anatomy for the poses for the lower body, poses for the upper body, mindfulness meditation as an anchor in the yin practice, and ying/yang philosophy uncovering how traditional Chinese medicine meridian energetics can be drawn upon to enhance and balance energy.

We welcome anyone who has a sincere interest to explore yin yoga, existing yoga teachers and other wellness professionals (body workers, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, physical therapists, etc.).

Soma Yin Yoga follows the standards outlined by the Yoga Alliance for each of the 5 educational categories. Each day is a blend of a yin yoga class, meditation, presentations, and hands on exploration of the following topics:

- Techniques, Training & Practice -
Key poses of yin for legs and torso (benefits, considerations & cautions, body types, modifications, variations, sequencing)
Weaving breath, meditation, mantra and mudra into a yin class

- Teaching Methodology -
Sequencing a yin class
Supporting the body with and without props
Atmosphere of a yin class – pace, vocabulary, voice, and music
Teaching styles
Student learning styles
Supporting students with discomfort, injuries, illness and pregnant women

- Physical & Energetic Anatomy -
Benefits of yin
Skeletal variation
Understand movements of major joints (hips, knees, ankles, spine, and shoulders)
Exploring sensation (tension, compression, opening, edges, discomfort, pain)
How to create your unique shape
Energy body – Eastern and Western perspectives

- Yoga Philosophy Lifestyle & Ethics -
Origins of yin yoga
Difference and importance of yin and yang types of activity
Difference between Yin and Restorative Yoga
Applying foundational mindfulness practices to yin
Learning to listen
Art of relaxation

- Practicum -
As a student in this program, you will have many opportunities to practice teach; starting with individual poses and concepts, and working towards longer sequences as training progresses. If you are a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, this training can can count towards 50 hours of CEUs.

The robust manual provided has all the information needed for the course. It also includes additional resources (books, articles, videos) for those who wish to deepen their exploration of yin.

In addition to the training curriculum, this includes course materials, student record administration and private online community to stay connected and ask questions after training is done.

50 hours (45 contact, 5 homework),

You will receive a certificate of completion upon graduating. You may teach yin yoga if you are already a 200/300/500 Yoga Alliance certified teacher and count 50 hours towards your continuing education units (CEUs). This program also counts as 50 Hours toward Bellingham Yoga Collective 'Advanced Studies' 300 Hour TT program towards RYT500 Credential.


Leah Adams is a yoga teacher trainer, meditation facilitator, and speaker grounded in ancient lineage and personal practice, integrating her unique blend of Yin yoga, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic remedies, neuroscience and mindfulness. An early calling to holistic wellness rituals and the beauty of the natural world drew her path first to Ayurveda, then to an extensive array of Eastern practices and modalities. 


In 5000 + hours of ongoing study guided by some of the world’s most profound teachers, Leah’s lifelong curiosity and extensiveness of training reflect the depth of her devotion to practice. Her true intention is to share many possible paths to well-being and inner peace, through ancient wisdom, practical knowledge, and a graceful balance between body and heart-mind. www.leahadams.co



— Instructor, Yin Yoga  

— Certified NAMA Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 

— Director of Education, Sanctuary 

— Educator, Corporate wellness

— Leader, Wellness and yoga workshops

— Facialist, Ayurvedic

— Student, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, and Dr. Claudia Welch

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