Yoga Therapy by private appointment
Yoga therapy is a client-centered, comprehensive practice designed to support the body's natural ability to repair and find balance. These private sessions are guided by an initial interview to assist in defining a client's therapeutic goals.
A variety of techniques may be employed to address the physical body, including Thai Yoga Therapy methodologies, traditional yoga postures, and fully supported restorative postures. By utilizing supportive props, the benefits of Yoga Therapy are accessible even to those recovering from injury or illness. Emotional and spiritual realms of being are supported through breath work, meditation, and guided imagery. These complement the physical aspects of supported postures, aiding to balance the body and ease the mind.
Shawn has completed Level I & II studies in Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, through the White Lotus Foundation, Thai Yoga Therapy with Phoebe Diftler of Los Angeles, and has received certification as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Her 30 years as a provider of anesthesia brings a deep understanding of breath physiology and it's quieter subtleties.
Sandy brings keen eyes honed by years as a Physical Therapist to her private Yoga Therapy clients. Starting with the breath as a basic parameter and guide to movement, Sandy offers insight as to how yoga brings awareness to our activities of daily living, on and off our mats. Sandy has also received certification as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
Appointments may be scheduled with our Yoga Therapists, Mon-Fri by email listed below, or contact form found at the bottom of the "class schedule" page.
Shawn Brow, CRNA, E-RYT500, C-IAYT
Sandy Nolting, Physical Therapist, E-RYT200, C-IAYT
Special 4 week Session $49!
NOV 21-DEC 19 (no class NOV 28 Thanksgiving)
A safe, gentle, breath-centered practice for those beginning their second trimester of pregnancy, with pose modifications as gestational weeks require. This class will emphasize connection with your 'new life' through various yoga postures, integrating breath and relaxation techniques, and helping reduce common discomforts of pregnancy.
As with childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
Prenatal yoga can:
-Reduce stress and anxiety
-Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth, and the postpartum period.
-decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath
-be a community resource to help you meet and bond with other pregnant women, as you prepare for the new
adventures of parenting.
Our prenatal classes are designed to support your journey from early pregnancy through delivery within a kula, Sanskrit for community. Join our practice and find a peaceful sanctuary within our prenatal kula. Meet and bond with other women on this special journey toward motherhood.
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Yoga Newbies I, I/II, or Beyond Newbies
5 week SESSION $65
Pre-register with instructor to reserve a place in class
OCT 13- NOV 16
Yoga Newbies I is a comfortably paced introductory class for those new to yoga. A Session runs 5 weeks, and includes
an introduction to yoga philosophy, fundamentals of basic standing, seated, restorative poses, and introductory back strengthening and hip openers. This class is appropriate for those in good health, looking to improve balance, strength, mobility, flexibility and an introduction to simple meditation skills toward mental calm.
Newbies I/II Sessions progress as a review and refinement of Newbies I, and continue to explore asana (poses) and yoga philosophy. Teaching methods focus on strength and flexibility, emphasizing principles of alignment, breathing, body-specific modifications, and use of props. Beyond Newbies is offered as the final session after Yoga Newbies I/II, to help you further refine your understanding of asana and philosophy gained through further practice hours on your mat.
As you move forward, you may choose to study with one teacher or several. Each of our instructors bring their own creative teachings to the mat for these entry level classes, offering you a well rounded eclectic learning experience. While it is recommended for those with no yoga experience to begin with Newbies I, if schedules do not allow, many will be equally comfortable beginning with our Newbies I/II class.
Difficulty: Newbies I * Newbies I/II ** (see FRI Before Newbies 11:15a for a gentler beginning option)
MON 11:15a firstname.lastname@example.org
TUES 5:45p email@example.com (Newbies/Yoga Mix)
THUR 7:15p firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT 10:30a email@example.com (Newbies/Yoga Mix)
From our Community
We felt cared for when Shawn and Sandy took time to adjust us as needed and provide individual coaching in order for us to maximize our experience. Now we know what you mean by Yoga Therapy services!
It was so enriching and therapeutic for us, especially as social services workers who are stressed out and hold our tension in our bodies...
especially in our arms and shoulders apparently….
SUNDAY $7 Community Morning Flow
'Vinyasa', or to 'place in a special way', is a linking or continual flow of asana (postures) arising from the Sun and Moon Salutations. Initiated and tethered by the breath, this style becomes a moving form of meditation, strengthening our response and connection to life's 'present moments'. Drawing from several yoga traditions and creative intuition, this 90 min class is well suited for those with a strong basic yoga experience wishing to deepen their exploration of Vinyasa style yoga, while seeking a moderate cardiovascular challenge, and deepening their studies of inversions, back bending and arm balances.
At $7, this class is a great way to s t r e t c h your yoga dollar! (exact fee appreciated)
Difficulty: *** to ****
Sun 9:00a firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I have been attending Shawn's classes over a 10 year period. Her ability to explain Yoga in the context of Yoga history, and physiology in a meaningful way makes her classes more than just another physical exercise experience. And, yet; her quirky humor makes us not take ourselves too seriously as we examine our own abilities to follow her lead. I always look forward to her workshops, and sessions because I always get something useful to add to my practice.
Suited for those in good health with average mobility. (If you have mobility concerns, please email us for guidance, or consider our Before Newbies Session.) Yoga Mix is designed for all levels and abilities incorporating beginning to intermediate skills of basic pose structure, basic/modified Sun Salutations, beginning pranayama, preparatory arm balances, and inversions. Alternative pose modifications offered to accommodate individual abilities and needs. If you have specific limitations which need modifications, please alert our staff before class is underway.
Yoga Mix is an excellent alternative if you are unable to attend a Yoga Newbies class at a time your desire.
Afternoon Unwind includes an all levels asana (pose) segment and skills toward growing a meditation practice.
These are "Ongoing classes", which may be attended by pass or walk-in, taught by Shawn, Sandy, Nina,Tim, Edith and Rachael.
Difficulty: * to **
Mon 9:30a firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 5:45p email@example.com
Tues 3:45p firstname.lastname@example.org
Thur 5:45p email@example.com
Fri 9:30a firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 9:00a email@example.com
Befriending Your Body with Yoga
Pre-register with instructor to reserve a place in class
If you are needing a bit more attention to pose choices as you begin yoga, or if you are ready to transition as a next step after Before Newbies, then this is the Session for you! Our last 'gentle entry' morning Session of the Summer, begins with Shawn MONDAY JULY 15! As an added gift and to help with your upcoming vacation plans, we are offering a 5, or 6 week option for a special $55 price. So, you may begin a week late if needed, or extend an extra at the end.
We will look at the choice of pose structure in relation to our unique abilities, with mindful attention to ahimsa, the yama which speaks to the intention of non-harming of our body, mind, and spirit. This 5 week Session is a 'bridge class', for those needing a gentle entry from Before Newbies, to our Yoga Newbies I classes. It is also appropriate for those new to yoga recovering from hip replacement with clearance from their surgeon to begin yoga, or those with health or mobility concerns looking for a gentle entry into yoga. It is appropriate for those in good overall health, looking to improve balance, strength, mobility, flexibility and an introduction to simple meditation skills toward mental calm.
Our class will include an introduction to yoga philosophy, fundamentals of basic standing, seated, restorative poses, and introductory back strengthening and care, and gentle hip releasing postures. Many students will be comfortable in a chair, and others supported with blankets and props upon the floor. With proper guidance, we will 'befriend', the best expression of each posture for your body.
Befriending Your Body with Yoga Difficulty: *
Energy Circles help you move through life in alignment with your vision. They are a way to reflect on your life and the world and focus collective attention on the vision you hold and to energize it. This is a wonderful way to build community and to get support in your life and work.
Optional to bring a light snack for a little socializing afterwards. There will be ginger tea.
Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
OCT 13, 27 4:00-5:30p (2ND & 4TH SUN'S)
Intro to Applied Meditation
5 week Session $65
SUNDAY SEPT 8- OCT 6 5:45-7p (next Session TBA...DEC)
Pre-register with instructor to reserve a place in class.
This introductory 4 week Session will explore the three aspects of applied meditation- the active imagination, the receptive imagination, and the witness. You’ll be led through a process to engage all three to tap into your creative and restorative center; a place of joy, openness, and new possibilities. As you learn how to work with your active and receptive imaginations and your internal witness, the practice can help you open to change and deep healing on multiple levels, ultimately helping you engage with life and it’s challenges with more calm, grace, purpose, and honesty.
SUN 5:45p firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Aal Co-author of Practical Meditation for Busy Souls
An advocate and organizer for social justice, Bill is as well a teacher of Applied Meditation. Applied Meditation works with intuition, imagination and mindfulness to support people to heal themselves and the world. Bill is a co -founder of Tools for Change which provides consulting, facilitation, mediation and training. We help individuals and organizations address issues of power, embrace cultural diversity and tap into intuitive and creative resources. Our approach weaves together deep reflection, sharing stories and heartfelt dialog that inspires generosity of spirit and collective genius.
Yoga Classes Defined
Unless noted as a "Session", you may "walk-in" or attend any class by "pass" without pre-registering.
Level of challenge:
* Easy, gentle, beginner's level
** Moderately challenging, beginner based
*** Intermediate level, prior yoga experience recommended
**** Physically challenging, targets muscular and cardiovascular endurance, refinement of inversions, arm
balances and other advanced asana
Questions? Please contact staff by email, as noted after class description. Payments endorsed to instructor. You may also leave a voice message at 509.939.3726, messages retrieved evenings.
Before Newbies (instructor approval requested)
5 week Session $65
Pre-register with instructor to reserve a place in class
OCT 13-NOV 16
A gentle entry class for those with movement challenges or other health concerns, as a preparatory class for "Yoga Newbies I". In "Before Newbies", Shawn and Sandy will gently prepare you for this transition through body and breath awareness, and posture modifications. Please email us to determine if this class is a good fit for you. A private appointment with either Shawn or Sandy, is also encouraged as a way to help guide your choice in selecting a class.
Before Newbies Difficulty: *
FRI 11:15a email@example.com
Therapeutic Yoga Workshops
Yin Yoga Currently out of Session
Pre-register with instructor to reserve a place in class
SEPT 8-OCT 12
Yin Yoga works on the 'Yin tissues', or fascia. Fascia is the contiguous web of connective tissue, primarily collagen, found throughout our body. It lies beneath our skin and attaches, stabilizes, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. It allows our muscles and organs to smoothly slide upon each other. This vast network is rich in sensory nerve endings providing us with the ability to feel our body as a whole.
Yin Yoga poses are held between 3 to 5 minutes to allow connective tissue to elongate and rehabilitate.
The practice involves extensive use of a variety of props including blankets, blocks, straps, and bolsters, to assist in finding an appropriate place of ease and comfort. Yin Yoga calms the mind and the nervous system, which enables us to turn inward, "yin-ward", and to focus on the rhythm of the natural flow of our breath.
The Yin postures offer another dimension of balance with Restorative yoga postures, which conclude class, allowing for an increase in vagal tone and support of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is an "Ongoing class" which may be attended by pass or walk-in. All levels of ability are welcome, and a wonderful option for pre-natal!
Mon 7:15p firstname.lastname@example.org
bi-monthly SUNDAY afternoon offering 3-5p
SEPT 15 Shawn Brow, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
OCT 6, NOV 3, DEC 1 Julia Carr, RYT300
OCT 20, NOV 17, DEC 15 Rachael Rossbach, RYT 200
A full 2 hour treat offered bi-monthly as a reminder to take time for ourselves, and simply focus on letting go and letting be. Restorative Yoga invites the body to relax and rest deeply through passive, supported postures, enhancing realms of our parasympathetic nervous systems. By offering your body and mind time to rest deeply in stillness, the breath acts as a soothing balm of present intention for the mind, supporting the body's innate wisdom toward healing. Within this quiet, safe space, lies an opportunity to investigate habitual holding patterns in your body and release tension and fatigue. As you learn to observe the sensations of your body without identifying with them, this "non-doing" acts as a window to the core of your being. Turning deeper inward, you begin to realize how external perceptions are biased by internal emotions and sensations.
Supported postures are sustained for 5-10 minutes, invoking deepening states of relaxation as a portal to meditation. Rachael and Julia's Restorative offerings, are accompanied by lovely sound baths, as created through the mesmerizing harmonics of Crystal Bowls or through electronic instrumentation and singing bowls.
Open to all, novice or experienced practitioners, and Prenatal friendly!
Sunday 3:00-5:00p NEXT: OCT 20 with Rachael Rossbach, RYT200
$24 per person Limited to 16
Restoratives generally fill...pre-register in advance!
Ecstatic Dance Spokane Collective
No dance experience is necessary, just the desire to move!
1st & 3rd Sunday Morning Dance...doors open at 10:45a, closing circle called at 12:30p
2nd/4th Friday and Saturday Evening Dance...doors open at 6:45p, closing circle called at 8:30p
WHAT IS ECSTATIC DANCE? Ecstatic Dance means freeform dance guided by a live DJ. The EDS Collective and community intentionally creates a safe, respectful, joyful space that allows and encourages creativity, playfulness, and self-expression. Whether you are looking for a spiritual experience, a great workout, community and connection, or some combination thereof, the choice is yours and the floor is open! So long as participants do not violate another's personal space or boundaries, each person is free to move in whatever way they feel inspired and called. In this container, magic happens!
The following guidelines are to be honored by everyone before entering the dance floor:
The following guidelines are to be honored by everyone after entering the dance floor:
Read more about your Ecstatic Dance Collective guides and DJ’s on our instructor's page.
Ecstatic dance can be a strenuous activity that requires self-care and responsibility. Conscious attention to your own well-being keeps you safe and healthy.
Admission: $10-20. First time dancers may dance at no charge.
Clothing: Comfortable clothing in which to sweat, should you desire. Naked feet optional, otherwise dance shoes or slippers required in kindness to the floor.
Ages 16+ suggested , parental discretion honored.
The Ground Up, located in the entry of the Buddhio, is open for most Sunday dances, offering a creative selection of coffees, teas, Golden Milk and Smoothies! Please, no drinks on the dance floor.
Introduction to Pranayama
SAT afternoon TBA
with Shawn Brow, C-IAYT $30
Pre-register to reserve a place in class
This afternoon workshop will explore the basics of breath physiology, common health conditions affecting the breath and an introduction to several pranayama breathing practices to integrate and support your yoga practice. We will explore various techniques in seated and supine postures.
Shawn brings a keen awareness to her teachings as an anesthetist (CRNA) and a Yoga Therapist, certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. (C-IAYT)
If you can breathe, you are ready for this class!
SAT 1:30p email@example.com
breathing balance into life
TUES & THUR Morning Flow
After Yoga Newbies, then what? For some, the skills acquired in Newbies I & II are 'asana appetizers' for moving forward into exploring other styles of Yoga or more challenging classes such as our "Flow" classes. These classes provide a 'bridge' from one side of the river to the other, much as we might move from 'calm' currents, into more challenging rapids. Our Flow practices weave traditional and non-traditional Sun Salutations into creative sequencing, inviting a closer exploration of Sun Salutations A & B to help build strength and stamina, while staying mindful of critical transitions and ways to modify pose structure to meet your unique abilities.
Be ready to playfully explore a variety of asana excursions such as arm balances* and inversions*, balanced with the deeper, connective tissue release of Yin poses. Experience the calming effects of pranayama and mindfulness meditation, cultivating the power of presence and awareness. This class is an invitation to revitalize and deeply nourish.
*gentle preparatory alternatives offered.
Difficulty: ** to ***
Tue 9:00a firstname.lastname@example.org
Thur 9:00a email@example.com