Why It Matters
The practice of yoga brings unique benefits to individuals who have lost their sense of well-being.
Yoga in its least effective form is a faddish, sweat-session, with a hollow “Namaste” at the end.
Yoga in its most effective form is a uniquely customized practice incorporating breath, movement, and meditation, that leaves the practitioner feeling relaxed and nourished.
Sonia Weirich is a 500hr E-RYT yoga instructor and educator with 15-years of experience. Sonia is training in a 4-year yoga therapy program (through 2020), she participates in a renunciate study program with her non-dual Guru, and she also 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.
Viniyoga is a form of yoga where breath and mindfulness play a central role, guiding and inspiring each movement. Poses are explored through repetitions and stays, symmetry and asymmetry, as well as adaptations to meet particular needs. Sequences are designed for safety, strength and flexibility in addition to restoration, relaxation, and meditation.
There are four characteristics that distinguish Viniyoga from other styles of yoga. They are: movement with breath, repetition and stay, function over form, and asana sequencing. Here is a summary of each characteristic:
Movement with Breath
The breath impacts all systems of the body and in yoga it serves as the medium for movement. This creates a fluidity of motion that connects the mind, body, and spirit. While in a pose the breath is used to enhance the effect of the pose on the body and in meditation the breath serves to deepen the experience.
Repetition & S
Done in concert with the breath, moving in and out of a pose prepares the body to stay in the pose and more effectively receive the benefits of the pose. Repetitions increase circulation to muscles, re-patterns movement habits (neuromuscular reintegration) and
Function Over Form
The purpose of a pose is to serve the practitioner and not to look a certain way. Thus the emphasis is on the function of the pose (i.e. stretch in the low back) versus the form of the pose. Appropriate form will vary from person to person based on individual needs and abilities.
Sequencing is important for performance and safety. Detailed principles are used in designing each sequence of poses. A sequence will prepare the body, stabilize vulnerable areas, balance imbalances and restore the body back to neutral. Such asana sequencing increases safety and prevents injuries.
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. Sonia continues the flow throughout class without pause. I am in the moment at every moment and I feel beautiful.” – K.S.
“Our Own Pace”
“I love Sonia! She is helpful without being critical. She teaches us the sequence, then we do it at our own pace, following our breathing. We can make every pose our own. She always has great ways of describing directions.” – A.R.
“Creative Style of Teaching”
“I have been looking for a good Viniyoga teacher. Sonia has a unique and creative style of teaching.” – D. D.
“Calming Spiritual Practice”
“Sonia shares both a calming spiritual practice as well as one that stretches and strengthens. It has helped me heal both mind and body (sports injuries)!” J. S.
“Sonia is a very gifted yoga instructor. Her focus on the breath has been fundamental in shaping my own yoga practice. She offers insightful meditations/focuses for each practice that are centered around aspects of the breath and parts of the body. Her instruction has helped me to find peace and calm both on and off of the mat.” L.E.
“Relief From Back Pain”
“The fluidity of the movement is distinctively different from other types of yoga, and it is more meditative than any other I have done, but most remarkably I’m finding tremendous relief from long standing back pain caused by years of dance and ice skating.” — J.K.
Services offered in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond
Private Yoga Instruction: Instruction on movement, breath, mindfulness
Breath Instruction: Instruction on proper breathing for rejuvenation and relaxation.
Meditation: Instruction on meditation and mindfulness.
Lifestyle Coach: Assistance in finding well-being in the activities of daily living.
All private instruction is offered at $80/hr.
Looking for a Deal?
4 sessions (15% discount)
8 sessions (30% discount)
Series & Upcoming Events
Discover the Art of Meditation
4 Saturdays in September (7, 14, 21, 28) 11am-12:30pm
Location Cedar Sanctuary
21407 NE 6th Pl, Sammamish, WA 98074
Whether you are looking to find more peace in your life or are ready to transcend the self altogether this series will introduce you to the art of meditation as well as practices that will meet your intention. Over the course of four weeks various types of meditations will be explored as will the stages of meditation. Physical movement, mindfulness and breath awareness, will be explored as preparation for meditation. Each week you will go home with a practice to engage and in the end you will have the tools to establish your own meditation practice. Meditation cushions and chairs will be provided.
Include yoga at your private event.