Yoga

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Enter into the yoga hall ready to connect with the physical body, tune into the thinking mind, and integrate present awareness. We offer regularly scheduled weekly classes as well as specialized workshops and trainings. As you step into the studio, we invite you to let go of your expectations, judgements, and worries. Together, and with guidance, we hope to help one another find exactly what we need in the present moment. Come early, stay mindful, leave centered! Please arrive early, give yourself time to set up and be ready for the start of class.

$20

per class

$90

5 class punch pass.

$35

14 days unlimited classes and sauna with new student special

$89 a month

unlimited classes with membership, cancel anytime

Gift Cards Available

$110-250

Private or small group yoga – 60min Sessions

+ $10

add-on a sauna experience

Extend your experience with a sit in the garden and cup of tea before and after to help decompress and unwind. Don’t forget to allow time to add-on a sauna experience, pre-book online to secure your spot. For Information on our cancellation policy or instructions on canceling/rescheduling please visit our FAQ page

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.

- Sakyong Mipham

Schedule

Click enroll on the schedule to get access to any of these pricing options. All pricing options expire 1 year after purchase. Memberships, and passes are non-shareable / non-transferable

Trouble Enrolling?

If you have any trouble, or receive an error on checkout feel free to call/text and we will help you. If the “enroll” button is missing, it means our class is full, but we do offer a waitlist which you can call/text to be added to.

Classes

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga invites practitioners to find deep rest and restoration through passive, supported poses. Students are able to calm the nervous system by holding comfortable positions for extended periods of time while being supported by props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks. Postures are all close to the floor in a lying or seated position, often the wall is used for support and there is an element of sound/music to help encourage release and softening. This class is for all levels and anyone seeking to rest, relax, and renew.

Yin Yoga

Yin is a passive, meditative yoga practice that offers an opportunity to slow down and listen to the body. Using a variety of seated and reclined poses, as well as deep breathing, yin yoga focuses on connective tissues, like fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones, to create more flexibility, awareness, and energy flow. This class is ideal for all who wish to bring more balance to their yoga practice. Suited for all levels, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

Gentle Reset

Reset your nervous system and support prana/energy flow through gentle asana (postures). Explore ways to bring mini-practices into your life that include centering, mudra, mantra, and the ancient wisdom of yoga. Practice lying, seated, and standing gentle yoga flow, yin, and restorative postures for all levels incorporating use of props to encourage confidence and fuller expression of postures. Nurture a sense of gratitude and compassion to embrace on and off the mat. The last class of the month (excluding May) will include yoga nidra, a guided meditation, for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Gentle Flow

Gentle Flow focuses on a slower paced flow, students will be able to move with a sense of ease from one posture to another, coordinated with the breath. This softer pace will allow you to be more present with each posture. Designed to create space to explore your practice, to find the play between strength, stretch and flexibility, stability and ease, and to gain greater understanding of alignment and balance in the body. This class will include lying, seated as well as standing postures. Props are encouraged to help the body release (ie, mat, blocks, blankets, strap, etc). This class is great for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

All levels Flow

This class explores a series of postures, one flowing seamlessly into the next, uniting body, mind, and breath. Designed as a moving meditation, every flow class is unique, creating the opportunity to become stronger, more flexible, and balanced, while practicing being present to the moment. Options will be given throughout class to either bring more challenge or more ease, meeting the needs of the students in the room. Suitable for just about any level but some prior yoga experience is recommended

Summer Bliss Flow

This fun and light hearted all levels yoga class invites students to tap into joy and authentic movement. Expect to move your body and breath in ways that feel nourishing to you in each moment. A selection of uplifting music will be played to inspire a playful yoga practice. This class will celebrate the beauty of our natural surroundings, and the power of practicing in community. Classes will be held outdoors in our large garden space when weather allows, otherwise we will gather in our beautiful yoga studio. This class is truly suited for everybody and anybody seeking to cultivate a greater sense of inner joy and happiness through yoga.

Kundalini Yoga

This class focuses on building inner radiance and vitality. Using the tools of movement, breath, meditation, and mantra, we will energize and strengthen all of the systems of the body - the muscular-skeletal, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems, as well as the electromagnetic field. Classes are stimulating, invigorating, relaxing, and calming all at the same time. The techniques build a stronger connection to our authentic selves, creating a deeper experience of equanimity, allowing us to stay calm and centered even when life throws us curve balls. The movements are simple and can be adapted for any ability level; some previous yoga experience is helpful.

Dynamic Flow

This strong and dynamic flow class is meant to ignite and fuel your inner fire. You'll move in a way that warms your body and prepares you for more energizing postures. Expect a quicker paced class, the opportunity to practice more complex poses and transitions, and the use of breath to invigorate your energetic body. Be prepared to gain strength and flexibility, be challenged, and relish that end-of-class shavasana. If you are new to yoga, trying a Gentle Flow or an All Levels Flow class first is helpful, but not required

Mindful Alignment

This class will have a strong focus on structural alignment in the physical body. Inspired by the teachings of Iyengar yoga, there will be detailed instruction and hands on assists. Students can expect to gain a better understanding of the subtle actions in each pose and find the inner sensations that are present during the practice. A variety of seated, standing, and lying poses will be incorporated into each class. There will be some restorative poses and Pranayama, the breath, will be an essential component of the practice. Focusing on precision in alignment will allow students to deepen their practice by engaging in longer held poses. All postures are mindfully taught and set up with props so that students feel supported. This is not a flow class, however it will be very dynamic. Some prior yoga experience is recommended for this class.

Privates

Private Yoga or Breathwork

Private sessions (1 or 2 people) can be a great way to get individualized guidance, direction and support to enrich your yoga or breathwork experience. The instructor can accommodate mobility needs and provide a variety of poses that specifically meet your needs. You can schedule a few sessions or just one. All levels welcome, let us help you meet your movement and/or breathwork goals.

Small Group Yoga or Breathwork

Private group classes also available (3 to 24 people), you bring the group of people, we provide you with an instructor who teaches specific to what you request. A perfect way to celebrate a birthday, take a special self care day or gather together with intention.

Instructors

Lourdes Maria Benet

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Lourdes didn’t find yoga until she was in her 40s. After being a ballet dancer for many years she found there was a lot of healing needed. Working 10 years at a health club taught her about anatomy, kinesiology, water fitness, and abdominal training; but also about the excessive tendencies and mindless training that exists. Once she discovered yoga she was determined to make it a part of her life. Finding Iyengar Yoga was amazing for her because of the transformational power and the incredible wisdom that exists in the practice.

Lourdes enjoys how this style of yoga requires careful planning and implements alignment and movement with the breath. She first trained with Richard Schachtel in Seattle for Preliminary Course and the RYT200; after that, she continued as a student and training as a teacher (4+ years), with Ingela Abbott at Yoga Northwest where she completed her training and where she also taught. Lourdes has taken several workshops with Master teachers like: John Shumaker, Julie Gudmestad, Roger Cole, Carrie Oerko and now taking classes from Fernando Aguinaco. Lourdes believes that the teacher needs to remain a student of yoga. After 20 years of experiencing yoga with the best guidance, she considers it her conduit for optimal health, the anchor to the present moment and the joy of wisdom in motion.

Lauren Bowman

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Lauren grew up dancing in a small town in Kansas. She found yoga and fell in love with it when she started college in 2008. She has been practicing ever since, trying different styles and classes in every, country, state and city she has lived in. She enjoys a flowing vinyasa practice as much as a relaxing and opening Yin Yoga practice and has gone through phases of taking group classes as well as practicing alone at home on her bedroom floor before bed. She did Karma work at Yoga Riot in Portland, Oregon and got her 200-hr Teacher training from Siddhi Yoga. She has been teaching Restorative and Hatha flow classes at the Minam River Lodge in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Northeastern Oregon the last two summers.

Lauren has lived in the Blanchard neighborhood since 2020 and is excited to be on the schedule this year after returning from the remote lodge. She is also a licensed massage therapist and attended many movement classes last winter and looks forward to seeing everyone again, all the new members and how the Sanctuary has grown!

Lindsay Dickes

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Lindsay has been facilitating somatic healing space as a yoga and meditation teacher since 2008. She is a somatic coach, nervous system witch, licensed trauma psychotherapist and earth-based shamanic trance facilitator. Her deeply grounded, invitational and compassionate presence helps students to cultivate personal sovereignty through curious, courageous and loving relationship with their bodies and unique nervous systems.

Her classes are soothing, grounding and nourishing as she weaves the wisdom of the nervous system with yogic philosophy and the art of surrender. She inspires students to live from a place of personal power, pleasure and presence in their bodies as more fully expressed sensual humans immersed in the mystery, magick and wonder of life. She believes that it is through ongoing curious relationship with your body that personal and collective liberation are possible. When not at Bow Sanctuary, you can find Lindsay talking with the trees out in the woods, playing by the ocean with her partner, Andrew, or cozied up with a good book and cup of tea.

Clara Elliott

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Clara has been a student of yoga for more than a decade, and at the end of 2020 in the unknowingness of the pandemic she decided to explore this passion, and went to school to receive her RYT 200 certificate through Ashtanga Yoga School. After moving to Saint Petersburg, Florida with her now husband they returned home at the end of 2022 to find a new local gem, Bow Sanctuary. Ever since, this community has continued to open doors for Clara and has given space for her to share her gifts. Besides seeing her teaching in the Yoga hall or taking morning classes with her Dad, you can find Clara all over the property helping with administration as well has managing our social media pages.

Nula Fisher

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Nula is a free-spirit and has lived in so many places and explored many pathways to well-being and peace. All of her life she has felt the call to make her life’s work a commitment to spirituality, healing and freedom. She began practicing Kundalini Yoga in Homer, Alaska over a decade ago. She let her love for this yogic lineage lead her to yoga teacher training in 2023. Now as a 200 hr certified Kundalini Instructor, her intention is to offer space for students to clear and align their physical and energy bodies, and to access the gateway to their hearts. Her desire is to create a safe container for anyone who wants to deepen into a devotional practice and explore the alchemy of movement and sound

Jessica Gigot

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Jessica is a mother, poet, and farmer and became a RYT-200 in 2019. She appreciates how yoga, especially restorative and yin approaches, can empower students to find their own sense of belonging both on and off the mat. After birthing two children and several physically demanding seasons on her farm, Jessica realized she needed to walk in the world differently.

Jessica found that her yoga practice offered her a path to healing, body awareness, and deep inner strength that she is excited to share with others. When not in the yoga studio, you can find her tending her flock of sheep, playing music with her husband, or running around outside with her daughters.

Marren Hanna

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Marren’s journey with yoga has not been linear, yet it has always led her back ‘home’ – to a state where she once again feels connected to her mind, body, and spirit. She strives to bring the ancient teachings of yoga to others, so that they too can feel reconnected with themselves and come back to a familiar sense of peace, joy, and ease.

Marren first began practicing yoga ten years ago in the redwood forest, which lead her to complete her RYT-200 while living on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica in 2019. There, she discovered how to incorporate the essence of yoga into her everyday life, through food, relationships, breath, and creating ceremony. A few years later, she began to experience some health difficulties and her connection with yoga was one that helped her heal and come back to a healthy state of balance. These intense challenges led her to complete her RYT-500 in 2022 with complementary certifications in yin, restorative, chair, senior, and ariel yoga. She is now currently enrolled in a two-year C-IAYT Program to become a certified yoga therapist.

Marren’s teaching style often intertwines the ancient and philosophical teachings of yoga with new and up-to-date discoveries and knowledge – weaving together a teaching style that is holistic, trauma informed, adaptive, and mind-body-focused.

Amanda Grove

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Amanda is a life-long learner and she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2019 at Yandara Yoga Institute. Seeking to delve deeper into her personal practice, she has completed 100 hour trainings in: Bhakti yoga; Restorative and Yin yoga; and Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra.

Bringing life experience into her teaching and practice, Amanda encourages self exploration through movement and breath. Her presence is nurturing and her guidance focuses on personal awareness of healthy alignment in postures and self care of body, mind, and spirit.

Courtney Klop

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Courtney is a queer woman bridging the space between self-care + community-care. All their classes offer an all-levels self-care experience; so you can begin to understand what it means to know + care for yourself. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 2015 and life-coach + personal trainer since 2012; with an eclectic background including zen practice, culinary studies, nutritional therapy, functional movement, trauma-informed education, social justice, and more.

Courtney loves to learn, is enamored by life, nourishing traditions, and the human experience altogether. Their teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to live a fulfilled and empowered existence, no matter who you are, where you find yourself right now or what your background + history contains. All aspects of Courtney’s work revolve around creating a stable foundation in mind, body and spirit, that you can return to and build from for the rest of your life.

Leslie Lekos

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Leslie Lekos has been a student of Yoga since 2000 and became an instructor in 2009.  She is a certified Iyengar Yoga Intermediate Junior 1 teacher, meaning she has passed three assessments.  She taught at Yoga Northwest for many years and is excited to join the Bow Sanctuary Community. She loves the healing from a yoga practice that is based on mindfulness, deep listening and challenging.

As her main work, she is the director and founder of Wildroot Botanicals, a local herbal medicine school and herbal medicine company that focuses on bioregional medicine.  She guides people through the mountains and surrounding areas teaching about the medicinal and edible uses of plants. She believes whole-heartedly that knowing how to live from the land in a thankful and respectful way is an essential part of coming back into right relation with the land and all people.  She also contracts as an herbalist for the diabetes prevention and wellness program at Tulalip Tribes.

In addition, since 2004 she has served the community as a birth doula and specializes in teaching prenatal yoga and is the co-author of the book, Yoga for Pregnancy.  She is passionate about empowering people during the childbearing time.

Felicia Marie

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Felicia received her 200hr yoga certification here in Bellingham on Nuxwsa’7aq (Nooksack), Coast Salish land and is currently studying psychology. The intersection of embodied movement and psychology is the muse for her class design.

Felicia teaches with a trauma-aware lens and all of her classes are sequenced with accessibility in mind. Thus empowering students to tune into their body, their best teacher. Her classes are breath-focused, grounding, and playful. 

Beth Rusk

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Beth received her RYT-200 teacher certification in power yoga in 2016, and is presently working towards her 500RYT in Prajna yoga. Beth’s passion lies in helping others move optimally and be at home in their bodies. Her many years of practicing a variety of yoga styles and an intimate knowledge of anatomy as a massage therapist, enables her to focus on alignment while creatively weaving together postures and yogic philosophy. 

Her flow based classes are slow, strong and focused around being present and aware. She approaches yoga as a moving meditation, bringing strength, flexibility and mindful movement into each class. Beth’s light hearted spirit welcomes all levels of yogis and invites us to approach our practice with playfulness and acceptance to what is. Show up to her class ready to breathe, connect, flow and discover.

Misha Sakura

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Misha has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. A near fatal accident in 2001 left her significantly disabled, learning to walk all over again. She became a massage therapist and yoga instructor on her healing journey as they were the most powerful modalities in her recovery. She has since raced in Triathlons, climbed mountains, and given birth to two baby boys at home. She is a huge believer in the power of overcoming personal challenges through the power of yoga. Her instruction focuses on proper alignment and breath work to ensure a sustainable practice. Her hobbies include music, art, cold plunges in Lake Whatcom, and having fun with friends.

Rachel Scheib

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Rachel strives to make a comfortable place for everyone to move, breathe, and maybe try something a little different. Born and raised in California, Rachel came to Bellingham in 2014 to attend WWU, and graduated in 2018. Rachel’s teaching style is informed by her own practice, as well her experience using yoga to aid recovery from a blunt force spinal injury— an incident that ultimately showed her how essential a personal yoga practice can be on the road to recovery. Through this Rachel found that yoga is not only useful in a recovery sense, but also a preventative sense, as well as a present sense, and now she aims to hold a space where people can benefit from all of these aspects. Rachel creates an atmosphere where students can feel present and comfortable to find their own balance between effort and ease, whether in challenging themselves or easing into whatever suits their movement needs that day.

Rachel received her 200 hour certificate in 2021 from Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico, and is delighted to now bring her teaching to Bow Sanctuary. Her classes are structured in a vinyasa-like style, where ample time is given to settle in and warm up before moving into creative flows and breath-to-movement standing sequences.

Lindsey Swope

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Lindsey Swope took her first yoga class in 1986 at the age of 21 and was immediately hooked.  She started teaching in 1997 when she moved to the Methow Valley, where she lived and taught for over 20 years.  During that time, she completed four yoga teacher trainings in various different styles, including Iyengar and Kundalini.  Lindsey has a strong connection to the world of Nature, holding degrees in Geology and Geography, and she has been walking a path of Earth-based spirituality for over 25 years.  Weaving these influences into her yoga helps her students find an experience of alignment and connection both within themselves and with the world around them.

Lindsey believes in the healing power of laughter and loves to combine structure and play in her classes, creating a safe place for inquiry and experimentation.  Yoga has been an invaluable tool in her journey through life and she deeply appreciates the wisdom gained over more than thirty years of practice.