Group Yoga Classes:
I offer classes and courses at Flow Motion Wellness Sanctuary in Ferndale, WA and the Ayurvedic Health Center in Bellingham, WA. These classes are for anyone interested in learning more about themselves and the deeper teachings of yoga. I hope you’ll join me for study and practice soon.
This fall I will be offering three 4-week courses:
The 5 Elements
- Our bodies and world are made of space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements are constantly at work within and around us. Sometimes we can harness their power to propel us in the direction we want to go. Other times it feels as if we’re being pushed around at their whim. In this course we will explore how our own unique elemental constitution affects our overall sense of well-being and mental health. Through movement, meditation, and altar practices we will seek to enrich our spiritual connection to the 5 elements and learn ways to work in rhythm with them.
- Happening at the Ayurvedic Health Center Wednesdays Sept 12, 19, 26, and Oct 3rd from 9:30-11am. Click here to register.
Functional Breathing and Pranayama
- In the yoga world we often think about breathing bio-mechanically (am I using my diaphragm properly?) and psycho-socially (what do my breathing patterns and anxiety have to do with one another?), but we don’t often explore our breath bio-chemically (are my O2 and C02 levels in balance?). In this course we will explore what the science of respiratory physiology has to say about breathing, bio-chemistry, and our health. We’ll also study what the ancient yogic texts have to say about the practice of pranayama, which is one of the most potent and transformative tools of yoga practice. The teachings of this course will surprise you! And will offer you practical ways to begin creating a functional breathing pattern.
- Happening at the Ayurvedic Health Center Wednesdays Oct 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 9:30-11am. Click here to register.
Building your Spiritual Practice
- Spirituality is part of what it means to be human. Whether you belong to a particular faith tradition or consider yourself an atheist, whether you’re unchurched or under-churched, having a regular spiritual practice can support you in the everyday action of living with intention, meaning, and mystery. But there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to meaningful spiritual practice. This course will help you create practices, rituals, and traditions that nourish your distinct nature—practices that can support you through the holidays and into the new year.
- Happening at the Ayurvedic Health Center Wednesdays Nov 7, 14, 28, and Dec 5 from 9:30-11am. Click here to register.
Future short course topics may include:
- Yoga for Anxiety Relief
- Yoga for Core Strength
- Kriya Yoga
- The Yamas & Niyamas
These courses are designed to support you. If there’s a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Weekly Drop-in Class at Flow Motion—Meditative Yoga:
This slow moving, meditative practice provides students time and space to strengthen their intuition and deepen their understanding of what it means to be an embodied human being. Using the principles of viniyoga, sequences are designed to move the spine in all directions, and students are taught and encouraged to adapt the postures to fit the unique needs of their body. I want to help students learn to move from a strong core, to identify and alleviate unnecessary tension, and to learn to breathe in ways that strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system and ease stress. These classes are integrated, meaning they’re about much more than asana (postures). Every class involves mudra (hand gestures), mantra, pranayama (intentional breath work), stillness, meditation, and teachings from the wider scriptural world of yoga. It is my hope that students leave class feeling deeply nourished in their physical bodies, in their energy, in their minds, and in their spirits.
Every Monday from 9:30-10:45am.
Feel free to drop-in to my class anytime.
Click here for directions to Flow Motion (located in the Carnation Building at 1920 Main St in Ferndale, WA).
If you have any questions about any of my classes, don’t hesitate to contact me.
“Not only does Summer have the experience to tailor a specific practice to your needs, she has that special sense of inner peace to guide you through what ever your present journey. It is fortunate to find a teacher that truly has integrated and connected with the deeper meaning of yoga. If you are looking to revitalize your practice or are drawn to yoga for a specific purpose, Summer is a great guide to your own discovery.” -BK
“After a serious back and pelvic injury and three unsuccessful outpatient back surgeries, my neurosurgeon directed me to Summer. He believed yoga was a better fit for me than physical therapy. He was correct. My work with Summer was tremendous! In time, my back healed, I could sleep and the pain was gone. No longer was there a need for pain and sleeping pills and muscle relaxers. My doctor told me that my spine has been transformed. I am very grateful to Summer for her commitment to my healing! In many ways she changed my life and I am now committed to yoga.” -LC
“Yoga for Transformation opened me to a whole new realm of possibilities, both personally, spiritually, and emotionally. It let me see that all I needed was right here before me, and that I needed to get past the barriers I set for myself to see the full realm of possibility. I am better at noting my thoughts, and assessing them for what they are, living in the present, and breathing (probably the most important part). While I still drift away from my practice periodically, the grounding I received in that very first session with Summer, and other sessions that followed, continues to pull me back, but also gives me the strength to take even bigger leaps into more intensive study and reflection.” -BL
“I have taken yoga classes off and on for over 20 years. Taking Summer’s classes led me to discover that what I had thought yoga to be – the physical asana practice – is only one small part of what the classic practice of yoga has to offer. Taking Summer’s “Yoga for Transformation” class two years ago was a watershed moment that fundamentally and positively altered my life. Summer helped me develop a deeply meaningful personal practice that has provided me with the tools to engage authentically with my daily life and the people I love, know myself better, and be intentional about the choices I make. With Summer’s support and guidance, I have worked successfully through the conclusion of a troubled relationship and am working more deeply now on meditation and reflection in my practice to guide next steps for my career and personal life. Summer is gifted both as a teacher and non-sectarian spiritual guide; her grounding in yoga studies and her own avid search for engagement and authenticity are inspiring. I feel so fortunate – and blessed – to have Summer as my teacher, and grateful to yoga, which has given me the framework to find joy in authentically living in each new moment.” -DA