Restore Balance with Yoga Therapy

Connect to Your Inherent Well-Being
with Breath, Yoga, & Meditation

Philosophy

Why It Matters

Yoga therapy brings unique benefits to individuals who have lost their sense of well-being.

Yoga therapy in its least effective form conforms the individual to the ideals yoga without considering the needs and desires of the individual.

Yoga therapy in its most effective form is a personalized practice incorporating breath, movement, and meditation, that leaves the practitioner feeling relaxed and nourished.

My Story

Sonia Weirich

I entered the world of yoga because physical movement has always made me feel good, but it is primarily the mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga that kept me practicing regularly. 

I have always been an avid athlete enjoying running, cycling, swimming, and team sports in my teens.  In my 20s I practiced martial arts and obtained a black belt in Shotokan Karate.  Then in my 30s I returned to yoga, which was introduced to me as a child by my mother. 

As I practiced yoga I noticed the profoundly calming effects it had on me.  I decided to deepen my practice and delved into the study of yoga.  I became a yoga teacher at the E-RYT 500 level and then a certified yoga therapist C-IAYT. 

Parallel to my study of yoga I have studied with different Gurus to deepen my spiritual practice which got sparked in my 20s.  I currently study with a Guru in the non-dual tradition and am a renunciate practitioner. 

Overall I bring 15+ years of yoga teaching experience and 25+ years of spiritual practice to my classes and individual client sessions.  My life experiences and education offer my students and clients a unique energy and perspective.  Over the years I have seen people’s lives change for the better through the practice of yoga.    

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Self Empowerment”

“I started doing private yoga sessions with Sonia because of the side effects I was experiencing from anxiety medication. With the support of Sonia and my psychiatrist I was able to come off the drug. While the drug helped me get through a difficult time in my life, my regular yoga practice now empowers me to manage my emotions naturally.” F.S.

 

“Better Than PT”

“The work I have been doing in private sessions with Sonia over the past 8 weeks, has been more effective for my shoulder than 1yr of PT.  It is impacting everything; my cycling and paddling have changed.  I can breathe better, I have more endurance, and I feel better.”  D.S.

“Better Than Cognitive Therapy”

“These yoga therapy sessions are more effective than the cognitive behavioral therapy I have been doing.”  M.H.

 

 

“Skilled Guide”

“In the past I had tried many times to meditate without success.  I didn’t think I could even do 5 minutes, but I did and one of our sessions consisted of a 45min guided meditation focused on healing. Wow what a powerful session that was.” – RVW

Yoga Therapy

Yoga is inherently therapeutic as it functions on all levels of one’s being – physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual.  This is why so many people are attracted to yoga and why so many health care professionals are now recommending yoga.  Numerous studies have been conducted on the benefits of yoga and now the therapeutic aspect of yoga is backed by scientific research.  This is why and how the field of yoga therapy has grown in the United States.  People are now looking to yoga not only for recreational purposes, but as a therapeutic tool for physical, mental, emotional, energetic and/or spiritual well-being.

Services

Private Instruction

Yoga Therapy

Services offered online and in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and Sammamish, WA

Yoga

Movement can be used to build strength, recover from injury, increase flexibility, maintain mobility, induce relaxation, ground awareness and more…

Breath

Our breath impacts mind, emotion and body.  In shifting from unhealthy to healthy breathing we transform ourselves on all levels. 

Meditation

Meditation essential to counter daily stress.  By giving yourself space to simply be, stress releases and deeper self-understanding grows.  

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4 sessions (10% discount)

8 sessions (20% discount)

In this time of COVID, Yoga Therapy sessions have been discounted to $60/hr online and $80/hr in person.

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Services

Yoga Classes

Mindful Movement
Hybrid (online or in person) Discover Yoga 

Tues, Thurs, and Fri 
9:30-10:45 a.m. PST

This class is ideal for someone who wants a mindful approach to yoga.  This class will cover various ways to release tension and support relaxation, build strength and stability and cultivate mental and emotional well-being through using breath work, meditation and mindfulness.    
ALL LEVELS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
REGISTER Here

Virtual Therapeutic Essentials for Health and Well-being
Discover Yoga 

Fridays (Starting Sept 17th)  
11:30-1:00 p.m. PST

This class is ideal for someone transitioning from individual yoga therapy sessions into a group yoga therapy class or for someone whose limitations prevent them from attending the mindful movement class.  This class is lead by two skilled yoga therapists, one teaching and one demonstrating the poses.  
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Services

Breath & Meditation Classes

“Best Meditation Ever”

“I just participated in the BEST MEDITATION ever delivered via Zoom directly into my home. I don’t think during any meditation of the past have I ever been able to feel this grounded, relaxed, yet fully awake. The wonderful thing is it doesn’t matter where you live you can join in!” S.H.

Yoga Nidra

The constant mind chatter keeping you awake at night is no match for the healing experience of Yoga Nidra, a restorative guided meditation

FREE Summer Class
Monthly 1st Friday
7:00-8:00 pm PST
Online Via Discover Yoga
REGISTER HERE

Pause & Breathe

In this time of COVID respiratory fitness has become more important than ever. This class will help you deepen and enhance your breathing capacity.

FREE Summer Class
Monthly 2nd Saturday
8:00-9:00 am PST
Online Via Discover Yoga
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Explore Meditation

Meditation has been proven an essential practice to counter the numerous stressors we face each day.  This class will help you explore the different ways to meditate.

FREE Summer Class
Monthly 3rd Saturday
8:00-9:00 am PST
Online  Via Discover Yoga
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Workshops

Series & Upcoming Events

FREE Therapeutic Essentials for Health & Well-being

 Date: Sat, July 17th and Aug 21st
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm PST
Online via Discover Yoga

Have you heard that yoga is good for you, but your current condition prevents you from attending a regular yoga class? This workshop may be just the thing for you.  It will be focused on your specific needs, appropriate practices and proper adaptations to best support you in body, mind, emotion and breath.
 

Individuals with chronic pain, auto-immune conditions, limited mobility or who are recovering from an injury or illness will find this workshop supportive in their healing process and pain management. 

This class will be led by two Yoga Therapists Sonia Weirich C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Starr Sanborn C-IAYT, RYT 500.  

“Sonia and Starr are great individual teachers but as a team they are outstanding” E.V.

Space is Limited
Register HERE

Yoga Therapy for Neck & Shoulders

4 Week Series
Saturdays 10:30 – 12:00 pm PST
Sept 18th – Oct 16th (skipping 10/2)
Online via Discover Yoga
Early bird $99 ($120 Regular Cost)
(10% off for repeat students)

The neck, shoulders and jaw are areas where many of us accumulate and hold chronic tension in the body. This can happen for many reasons, whether from too many zoom meetings and eye strain,  injury, repetitive movement, shallow breathing  or stress.   This workshop will offer you tools to bring relief and support to the neck, shoulders and jaw, and techniques to manage chronically held tension in your daily life.

This series offers carefully sequenced practices and adaptations for a variety of conditions, and education to better understand the anatomy and relationship of the neck, shoulders, and jaw.   You will learn how to release chronically held tension, techniques to strengthen muscles to stabilize the neck  and shoulder girdle, the importance of good posture,  and  functional diaphragmatic breathing for core strength and stress management.

This series is offered by Yoga Therapists Sonia Weirich C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Starr Sanborn C-IAYT, RYT 500.  

“Sonia and Starr are great individual teachers but as a team they are outstanding” E.V.

Space is limited
Register HERE

Yoga Therapy for Mental & Emotional Well-being

4 Week Series
Saturdays 2:00 pm – 4:00pm PST
Oct 23rd – Nov 20th
(skipping 11/6)
Hybrid (in-person and online) Discover Yoga
Early Bird $99
($120 regular cost)
(10% off for repeat students)

Do you struggle with a racing mind and uncontrollable (or shut down) emotions?  You’re not alone. Most of us are constantly thinking and struggling with negative emotions, rarely experiencing peace of mind or love.   This doesn’t have to be “just the way things are“. 

In this series you will learn yoga therapy practices that you can easily incorporate into your life to calm your mind and balance your emotions.  This series will offer movement, breath work, mindfulness, and meditation practices for all levels.  

“As many books as I’ve read on anxiety and as many therapy sessions that I’ve gone to in an attempt to “calm the chatter in my head”, nothing has been as effective and healing for me as this series.  The techniques & practices, paired with your peaceful wisdom & compassionate teaching, broke through to those places in me that I’ve been stuck in for so many years.  I will forever be grateful to you.” M.T.

Space is Limited
Available for 8hrs CE credits
Register HERE

Yoga Therapy for Brain Fog & Fatigue

Date: Sat, July 31st
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm PST
Hybrid (in-person and online) at Cedar Sanctuary

Experiencing Brain Fog or Fatigue?  This workshop will give you simple yet impactful yoga therapy practices that can help. Brain fog and fatigue can come on for a number of reasons whether it is stress, pain, or illness.  What can we do to address these symptoms?  It starts with the breath.  The breath is what will bring oxygen to the brain and the body, so that you can think more clearly and feel more energized.  Come experience these simple practices.  

“I didn’t think there was anything I could do about the brain fog I was experiencing and yet through this simple breathing practice, the fog lifted.” S.C.

Space is Limited
Available for 1.5hrs CE credits

Register HERE

Yoga Teacher Training 200Hr

Sept 2021 – June 2022
Thursdays 5:30 – 8:00 pm PST
One Saturday a Month 9:00 am – 6:00pm PST
Online via Discover Yoga
Investment $3,500

This program explores the basic principles of Yoga, with emphasis on the unique principles of Viniyoga in asana, breath, meditation and sound. The intention of this program is in-depth yoga study and personal transformation through workshops, techniques instruction, anatomy and physiology, group practice, yogic philosophy, student labs, private sessions, personal practice and home study.

Instructors:

Sonia Weirich, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Sarah George, Studio Owner, E-RYT 200
Dr. Patti Shelton, MD, RYT 200  

Testimonials: 

“I wanted to learn more about yoga, what exactly was that about it that makes us feel better, at peace and centered.”

“I appreciated it all, but particularly enjoyed the bonding with the other teachers in training, and instructors. When it was completed I felt like I had undergone another level of transformation too!”

Space is Limited
Register HERE

Yoga Therapy for Low Back Relief

4 Week Series
Saturdays 10:30 – 12:00 pm PST
Oct 23rd – Nov 20th (skipping 11/6)
Online via Discover Yoga
Early bird $99 ($120 Regular Cost)
(10% off for repeat students)

In the NIH-funded study (which tested the low back program this series is based on) 78% of the participants experienced a significant reduction in pain levels.  You can too! 

This series is unique in that it offers a strong focus on individual adaptation.  You will learn yoga poses for back health, basic anatomy, breath work and how deep relaxation helps alleviate chronic low back pain and tension.  This series is taught progressively and intended for students of all levels and abilities. 

“Thank you Sonia and Starr for this lower back clinic. I liked how you entered my home environment with the zoom meeting. It helped me bring my yoga practice into my personal space which I was struggling to do so far.  I feel stronger and capable of maintaining what we worked on together because it was based on a few poses I am able to remember and repeat to keep strengthening.” M.H.

This series is offered by Yoga Therapists Sonia Weirich C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Starr Sanborn ELBP, C-IAYT, RYT 500.  

Space is limited
Register HERE

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