Why It Matters
Yoga Therapy brings unique benefits to individuals who have lost their sense of well-being.
Yoga in its least effective form conforms the individual to the ideals yoga without considering the needs and desires of the individual.
Yoga in its most effective form is a personalized practice incorporating breath, movement, and meditation, that leaves the practitioner feeling relaxed and nourished.
Sonia Weirich is a E-RYT 500 yoga instructor, educator, and yoga therapist in training (graduating in 2020) with 16-years of teaching experience.
For 27 yrs Sonia has participated in renunciate programs with different Gurus and is currently studying with a non-dual transmission Guru. In addition to yoga certification she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate.
These combined experiences provide the unique energy and perspective that Sonia brings to her classes and individual client sessions. Through the transformational art of applied yoga, Sonia helps students and clients deepen their awareness and broaden their perspective in body, emotion, mind, and spirit.
What People are Saying
“Beyond Physical Movement”
“Sonia creates an atmosphere of acceptance. Self acceptance and group acceptance. Sonia draws me beyond the physical movement into an enveloping sense of spiritual awareness that relaxes and nurtures the mind. I am in the moment at every moment and I feel beautiful.” – K.S.
“Almost as Good as In Person”
“Zoom yoga classes are almost as good as in person. There is a sense of community with the other online students and Sonia is still able to offer me suggestions and tips during class. I love the variations Sonia introduces in class and I always feel calmer at the end.” H.A.
“How often in your daily life do you hear someone say, “Now ask yourself: Is there just one more thing you can do to make yourself a little more comfortable?” That’s a rare and remarkable request, isn’t it? It’s all about caring about YOU: your comfort, your well-being, your sense of peace. That’s a bit of everyday magic.” – BB
“In the past I had tried many times to meditate without success. When Sonia lead me through a guided meditation 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
If you would like to be empowered to manage your health and well-being yoga therapy is for you. Yoga therapy works with the being as a whole. It is impactful because it simultaneously works on the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. All parts of the being are affected. This is important because underlying root causes of pain and suffering are often subtle and yet deep. Through customized practices the root causes may begin to show themselves to be processed and released. This is how yoga therapy is different from yoga. In yoga one studies the practices of yoga, but in yoga therapy the individual is the focus with self-care strategies implemented to bring about a greater degree of health and well-being.
The field of yoga therapy is not yet regulated. The most well-known designation is Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). Yoga therapy is most commonly taught in the Viniyoga tradition. One can determine the qualifications of a yoga therapist based on their education. For example, to be a yoga teacher, it usually takes at least 200 hours of training and to be a yoga therapist, it takes at least 1000 hours. Visit International Association of Yoga Therapists to learn more.
Services offered in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish and ONLINe
Movement can be used to build strength, recover from injury, increase flexibility, maintain mobility, induce relaxation, ground awareness and more…
Our breath impacts mind, emotion and body. In shifting from unhealthy to healthy breathing we transform ourselves on all levels.
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)
“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.
Series & Upcoming Events
Therapeutic for Low Back Pain
5 Week Series
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 am PST
August 15th – Sept 19th
(skipping 9/5 Labor Day Weekend)
Online via Discover Yoga
This 5 week series offers a therapeutic form of yoga with 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.
Classes are based on The Essential Low Back Program designed by Robin Rothenberg C-IAYT. Participants have access to the Essential Low Back Program digital workbook (containing 5 yoga practices) for only $9.99.
This series is offered by Starr Sanborn ELBP, EYT, RYT 500 with assistance from Sonia Weirich E-RYT 500
Space is limited
Register by clicking HERE, enter 8/15 in schedule, select Therapeutic Yoga for Low Backs and register.
Release Restore Renew Retreat
Saturday, October 3rd 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cedar Sanctuary in Sammamish
Investment $100 (Earlybird $90 by Sept 15th)
Step into sanctuary, where you will be nourished in love, moved with joy, and surrounded by beauty, as you release tensions, restore wonder, and renew your spirit.
You will be held in the arms of the magnificent trees of Cedar Sanctuary and supported by three wise women with a lot of heart. A patchwork of experiences will be carefully woven for you, including movement medicine (yoga, easy guided dance, MELT restorative rolling), breath work, meditation, reflective ritual, solo time, heartfelt journaling, and fun!
Yoga for Anxiety
4 Week Series
Fridays 6:30 – 8:00 pm PST
Sept 11th – Oct 2nd
Online via Discover Yoga
Feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed? You’re not alone. Most of us have dealt with stress and anxiety to some degree at one point in our lives. These days it seems more prevalent than ever and more of us are looking to find ways to manage the stresses of daily life.
Yoga has been proven to be an effective tool for managing these feelings, providing calmness and clarity. Through the regular practice of yoga, conscious breathing, meditation and mindfulness, anxiety can be reduced and the nervous system re-balanced.
Join Sonia Weirich E-RYT 500 for this 4 series workshop in which we explore what anxiety is, the psychophysical impact of long term anxiety, how to notice the triggers for anxiety, and the tools of yoga to help manage the feelings of anxiety and restore balance.
“I started doing private yoga sessions with Sonia because of the physical side effects I was experiencing from a mood stabilizing prescription drug. Through the course of a regular yoga practice and with the support of my psychiatrist I was able to reduce my dosage and eventually came 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 and without the side effects of the medications.” F.S.
Register by clicking HERE, enter 9/11 in schedule, select Yoga for Anxiety and register.
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