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 is 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)

Yoga Therapy first session $80/hr online and $100/hr in-person, purchase a package to receive a discount.

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Services

Yoga Classes

Mindful Movement
Hybrid (online or in person) Discover Yoga 

Thurs & 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
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Virtual Therapeutic Essentials for Health and Well-being
Discover Yoga 

Fridays  
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

Monthly 1st Friday
7:00-8:00 pm PST
Online Via Discover Yoga
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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.

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.

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

Series & Upcoming Events

FREE Thanksgiving Day Yoga

Date: Thurs, Nov 25th
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am PST 
Hybrid (in-person  or online)
Via Discover Yoga
FREE

Thank you!  FREE as an expression of my gratitude for you. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude we can move more gracefully through all the ups and downs of life.  Join me for this 2hr practice of movement, breath work, and meditation grounded in gratitude.  “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart

Space is limited
Register HERE

New Year's Eve Yoga

Date: Fri, Dec 31th
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am PST 
Hybrid (in-person  or online)
Via Discover Yoga
Investment: $35

A yoga practice is a perfect way to bring closure to the year.  This workshop will be focused on releasing whatever no longer serves and creating space for all the new possibilities that lie ahead.  This workshop will involve movement, breathwork and meditation to take us toward our highest potential. 

Space is limited
Register HERE

Yoga for Mental & Emotional Well-Being

4 Week Series
Saturdays 2:00 pm – 3:30pm PST
Jan 15 – Feb 12th
(skipping 2/5)
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 emotional swings?  You’re not alone. Most of us are constantly thinking and struggling with emotional highs and lows.  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 6hrs CE credits
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Yoga Therapy for Neck & Shoulders

4 Week Series
TBD
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

FREE Breath of the Season Yoga

Date: Fri, Dec 24th
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am PST
Hybrid (in-person or online)
Via Discover Yoga
FREE

My gift to you!  Happy Holidays.  The act of giving and receiving is at the heart of the holiday season.  The breath is always there teaching us how to receive and how to give.  On the inhale we receive life force and on the exhale we give life force.  Join us for this special holiday class where we embrace the heart of this season by embodying our breath in movement, breath work and meditation.  

Space is Limited
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New Year's Day Yoga

Date: Sat, Jan 1st
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
In-person
At Cedar Sanctuary
Investment: $35

A yoga practice is a perfect way to welcome in the New Year. This workshop will be focused on creating space for all the new possibilities that lie ahead. This workshop will involve movement, breathwork and meditation to take us toward our highest potential. 

Space is Limited
Register HERE

Yoga Therapy for Energy & Clarity

Date: Sat, Feb 26th
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm PST
Hybrid (in-person or online) at Discover Yoga
Investment $35

Do you want more energy and clarity? Are you experiencing brain fog and 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 and neuro-physical movements.  The breath is what will bring oxygen to the brain and the body, so that you can think more clearly and feel more energized.  The neuro-physical movements will enliven the brain to facilitate better brain function and mobility.  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 Therapy for Low Back Relief

4 Week Series
TBD
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
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Yoga Teacher Training 200Hr

Sept 2022 – June 2023
Thursdays 5:30 – 8:00 pm PST
One Saturday a Month 9:00 am – 6:00pm PST
In-person via Discover Yoga

This program explores the basic principles of Yoga, with emphasis on the unique principles of Viniyoga in asana, breath, and meditation. The intention of this program is in-depth yoga study and personal transformation through asana study, practice and sequencing, functional breathing and pranayama practices, anatomy and physiology study, mindfulness and meditation practice and yogic philosophy 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
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