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the Buddhio Project
Building the BUDDHIO: A 'Perry' Tale
Long ago in the heart of the South Perry District, nearby Grant Park on east Spokane's lower South Hill, the foundation was laid for a humble clapboard structure. The year was 1908, and now 110 years later and 8 years of comprehensive renovations, the structure stands proudly as an important historical landmark.
Over the years it has befriended the community in many ways. Originally constructed as Grant Elementary's auditorium, it later was used as a movie theater and performance space. In fact, beneath it's stage lie vintage theater seats, awaiting new life and purpose. As well the stage is hosting a growing reader's theater, with a full season of productions scheduled for 2018-19.
Rumor has it that a mischievous, yet benevolent 'presence' has lived here, flickering lights and rattling doorknobs above on the second floor. For a number of years it belonged to the Baptist Church, (overseen by pastor Casper Fry), and in the 1960's it was purchased by the Spokane Buddhist Temple. For over 40 years as the "Temple Gym", it was home to Sensei Chenin's beloved Dojo. In April 2016, the founder of the Spokane Buddhist Temple, Reverend Eiyu Terao, was honored in a dedication of the building as "Terao Hall."
Today it continues to serve the community in many ways and is fondly known by it's yoga and dance communities as "the BUDDHIO", (Buddha + Studio.) In addition to weekly classes and therapeutic services, it serves as a platform for Spokane's artistic and acting communities, and is home to The Ground Up, offering a variety of coffee, tea smoothie and small nibbles.
'The Buddhio Project', is a vision encompassing those improvements which support the space as a place to gather, grow, and bring wholeness to our community. All renovations and improvements are funded solely through generous donations, class, workshop and event revenues.
Our deep gratitude to the Spokane Buddhist Temple for the opportunity to rebuild and renew this gracious space, and to our community for their generous donations and support which make it's preservation possible.
The Buddhio Project: Sound & Lights Stage Renovations
Our final phase is underway, to enhance our stage and grow our theatrical and artistic performance community.
Thank you- every dollar makes a difference!
Therapeutic Yoga & Thai Yoga Therapy sessions are available privately with licensed, board-certified health professionals, bringing an integration of medical training to their yoga care plans and skills as certified yoga therapists (C-IAYT) You may schedule appointments with any of our 3 Yoga Therapists by emailing them directly. (see instructor page for email)
Since 2013, UW/WSU Medicine have partnered with South Perry Yoga as a non-clinical selective site for 1st & 2nd year medical students. This partnership serves to support further understanding of yoga and meditation as personal wellness strategies and therapeutic modalities. Inquiries regarding CEU-supported medical conference presentations and corporate wellness programs are welcome.
Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won't let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can't be done.
Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
~ Mark Nepo
Our studio home is located mid-way within the 9th & Perry block, nestled amid the vibrant tree lined streets of the historic South Perry District. Our other entities including acupuncture, physical therapy and coffee/smoothie/tea shop the Ground Up, are all accessed via our common main front entry.
Heading west: I-90 exit 2nd avenue, turn left on Arthur, left on Newark which becomes Perry St. You may also take the Altamont exit, head south, wind up the hill to 9th, then west to Perry Street. The BUDDHIO is on the east side of Perry, directly across from the Shop & Title Nine.
Heading east: I-90 exit at Division St, continue east along 4th Ave approximately 1 mile, then turn right on Arthur. Follow the Arthur as it curves east becoming Newark which will take you into the Perry District.
There is plenty of free, well lit street parking and a large parking area at 10th & Perry next to Grant Park and Title Nine. After school hours, you are also welcome to use the parking lot across the street, next to Grant Elementary. A kind reminder, from when parking on neighboring side streets, please ensure you do not block the residential driveways!
Mats, props, and changing facilities are available, although we encourage you to bring along your own mat. We also offer a variety of Manduka Mats, Hugger Mugger props. BUDDHIO mugs and t-shirts for purchase.
Dress in clothing which allows some stretch and ease of movement. Shoes and personal belongings may be stored in visibly secure areas within the studio.
Our studio is a comfortable 70-72F~ a bit warmer in the summer, and for our Vinyasa Flow classes.
Please arrive 10 minutes early, with a 'not-so-full stomach' and an open, curious mind. We ask that you complete a brief, confidential waiver to help our teachers guide pose modifications with regard to specific health concerns.
If you are running late, we respectfully ask that you wait in the entry until we have finished our opening meditation.
Local Business Community
After class, we invite you to explore the bustling South Perry neighborhood and business community, or enjoy a stroll through beautiful Grant park. Check out the Ground Up, located just inside the common studio entry, where you can grab a quick Buddha Bowl, snack or drink from our espresso, smoothie and tea menu!
Breathe, be well, and may you abide joyfully.
From our community
In love with this studio! Amazing atmosphere, great teachers, and wonderful classes. Sunday morning flow is essential for me and I loved my Thai yoga therapy session with Shawn. Would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!
As a new student who is VERY much a beginner, I have really enjoyed these classes. The instructors are really sweet and take the time to work with me where I am at instead of pressuring me to keep up with the class.
I have had classes with four instructors Sandy, Shawn, Jutta, and Nina, and have enjoyed every one! Such a gentle, positive environment! I feel so good after class. Hooked.
South Perry Yoga, LLC
915 South Perry Street
Spokane, Wa 99202
PO Box 30306
Spokane, Wa 99223
509.939.3726 (message phone)
Our yoga instructors bring a broad knowledge base to their teachings, having completed 200-500 hours of training in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards. Many have studied with teachers certified in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions of Hatha Yoga. With principles grounded in safe structural alignment, whether a novice or seasoned practitioner you will find classes tailored for the 'Yoga Newbie' and beyond. Our dynamic classes bring a breath of eclectic creativity from various yoga styles and movement arts, while deep rest and renewal are supported through gentler offerings, including Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and guided meditation. Bi-monthly Ecstatic Dance offers empowering movement infused with soul-stirring music.
breathing balance into life
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Welcome to the Buddhio™, a place to gather and nourish your inner being through yoga, dance and celebration of Spokane's creative arts community. Home to a collective of independent wellness entities, our mission is to support your journey toward a healthy lifestyle, and your body's innate ability to heal itself. We endeavor to honor your unique strengths and potential as you build a resilient foundation from which to navigate the waters of life. The Buddhio Project, encompasses ongoing renovations and improvements to our historical space. Read more about the Buddhio Project below.