yoga at Kirkland Whole Life Clinic

At Kirkland Whole Life Clinic we encourage our patients to integrate yoga into their treatment plans because of its capacity to support and enhance other healing modalities. In addition to relieving chronic pain, yoga is useful for harmonizing the nervous system, increasing respiratory health, and stimulating the endocrine glands to naturally rejuvenate the body.

Our instructor Sonia Weirich teaches a style of yoga called Viniyoga. There are four characteristics that distinguish Viniyoga from other styles of yoga:

  • movement with breath
  • repetition and stay
  • function over form
  • sequencing of poses

In Viniyoga the goal is to achieve the function of the pose (i.e. stretch in the low back), not to perfect the form of the pose. In each case, the form of any given pose is adapted to the needs of the individual. Proper breathing practices and sequencing of poses creates an overall safe framework wherein the desired intention of the yoga practice is achieved and the body is properly prepared and restored before and after a pose.

Private yoga sessions

Yoga was originally taught to one student at a time and was a highly personalized practice adapted specifically to the requirements and goals of the student. This was the premise under which Sri. T. Krishnamacharya created Viniyoga, thus it is well-designed for private one-on-one sessions. Private yoga allows you to get a new practice off to a good start, accelerate and deepen an existing practice, and address a specific need, such as recovering from an injury, managing chronic pain, or relieving anxiety, grief, or depression.

Email Sonia at to schedule a private yoga session or to register for a group class.  Visit Sonia Weirich’s website for information on other classes, workshops, and retreats

The many benefits of yoga:

  • increased strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • improved posture
  • pain relief
  • deep relaxation
  • better breathing
  • stress relief
  • improved sleep
  • calmer and more focused mind
  • relief from anxiety and depression
  • balanced moods
  • increased confidence and self-esteem
Group yoga classes  

Group yoga classes are focused on breath, movement and meditation. Suitable for students of all levels and designed using safe sequencing and adaptation to serve individual needs. Breath is the fundamental link between body, mind, emotion, and spirit and it is emphasized in Viniyoga as the medium for all practice. Repetition and stay in a pose helps to build flexibility and strength as well as re-pattern bodily movement and habits (neuromuscular reintegration). The class ends with a guided meditation to calm and focus awareness.

Thursdays at 9:30 – 10:45 am
Cedar Sanctuary: 21407 NE 6th Place, Sammamish, WA
First class free! Pre-registration required.

Fridays at 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Discover Yoga: 15744 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA

Chair-based Yoga Video

Sonia Weirich demonstrates yoga moves you can easily incorporate into your day. If practiced regularly, you can increase your lung capacity, awareness of your breath, improve circulation and release tension. Overall you will feel relaxed, balanced and alert.

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