South Perry Yoga At The Buddhio, LLC

South Perry Yoga At The Buddhio, LLC

5.0 (5)
17 years in business

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At South Perry Yoga, now in it's 12th year, our yoga instructors bring a broad knowledge base to their teachings, having completed 200-500 hours of training in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards. Many have studied with teachers certified in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions of Hatha Yoga.  With principles grounded in safe structural alignment, whether a novice or seasoned practitioner you will find classes tailored for the 'Yoga Newbie' and beyond. Our dynamic classes bring a breath of eclectic creativity from various yoga styles and movement arts, while deep rest and renewal are supported through gentler offerings, including Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, i-Rest Yoga Nidra, ai Chi and guided meditation.  Ecstatic Dance offers empowering movement infused with soul-stirring music. 

Yoga Therapy, including Thai Yoga Therapy, appointments are available privately with licensed, board-certified health professionals, bringing an integration of medical training to their yoga care plans.  Since 2013, UW/WSU Medicine has partnered with South Perry Yoga as a non-clinical selective site for 1st & 2nd year medical students. This partnership serves to further understanding of yoga and meditation as personal wellness strategies and therapeutic modalities. Inquiries regarding CEU-supported medical conference presentations and corporate wellness programs are welcome.  

Acupuncture and physical therapy services are also available at the Buddhio with licensed professionals.   After, enjoy a delightful creation from our coffee, tea and smoothie menu at the Ground Up!

I love the variety of students we see at our studio.  From the younger to older client, new to seasoned practitioner, each arrives with a unique place within their yoga time-line.

My teaching style supports a mindful alignment-focused practice which cultivates balance, awareness and equanimity. Finding the proper entry point into yoga is an important first step in working toward wholeness of well-being. 

In addition to active "yang" yoga practices, we encourage our students to explore the value of less dynamic practices, such as Meditation, Yin, Restorative, i-Rest, and Tai Chi.  Our space is large, yet an intimate energy greets you, and a rich history regarding the building, or BUDDHIO as it is known to our community. 

No need to navigate computers or online systems for our everyday schedule of classes...simply show up, with or without a mat, and we will manage the rest!   For our workshops and Sessions, we do request pre-registration to reserve a space.  Namaste!

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Spokane, WA 99202
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5 Reviews


  • Kayla Sevier

    Shawn makes me feel welcome and comfortable. I also love that she challenges me!

  • Jonathan Steinhart

    Excellent teacher. Very thorough. Individual attention. Great.

  • Marion Bageant

    I have been doing yoga with Shawn for 8 years and it has changed both my body and my mind. Yoga is now an essential part of who I am and I have Shawn's excellent teaching to thank for this. I also have added Jutta's Thursday class for a slower, longer hold pace and feel bliss for both!

  • Jan Wigen

    Shawn has a special understanding of the needs of us 50+ folks' bodies. Her massage and yoga classes have immediate positive impacts - I'm particularly fond of her Thai massage for my lower back (and my whole body!)

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Most important besides a warm welcome, is understanding where that particular client is when they arrive.  With private clients, this process is more formal in completing a health assessment interview with tangible goals.  

For new students attending regular class offerings, the health waiver is a more abbreviated process, yet still with the intention of understanding where they are when they arrive to their mats, physically and emotionally.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Yoga Alliance registered 500hr training, and certified IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) 800hr Yoga Therapy.

Master's of Clinical/Educational Anesthesia, MAE, CRNA

Beyond any professional degree or certifications, "life-experience" has been my most valuable teacher, and honoring this as well in my clients.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our classes are shared in 3 ways:

by 5 week Session: weekly class for 5wk $63...especially recommended for Yoga Newbies, or Before Newbies for those with specific health concerns.

by Pass: 3 for $33, 5 for $55 or 10 for $ choice for those with some experience. $5 discount for teens and 62yr and older.

Private Yoga Therapy:  $49 per Session or 3 for $135

How did you get started teaching?

I have always loved dance and movement, and yoga was recommended by a close friend as something I might enjoy. I immediately connected with the practice of yoga, not only physically, but also from an anatomy and physiology perspective- studies so well engrained as a provider of anesthesia.  Understanding the "breath"- it's subtleties and gross characteristics- has been an intimate learning experience from the ethereal world of anesthesia to those grounded on my yoga mat.  Within 2 years of discovering yoga, I was on my path toward sharing the practice with others.  Over the years, yoga has brought me full circle, as a source of personal enrichment and professionally in caring for those entrusted to me as an anesthetist.

What types of students have you worked with?

In "labeling", we sometimes unintentionally add a mental barrier to our abilities.  Hence, I hesitate categorizing "types of students" with terms such as "young", "old", "active", or "sedentary".  I see each student as a unique individual, on a unique path of wellness, which through intention, they ultimately have a responsibility toward creating.

In this light, I have had the honor to share teachings with a multitude of students at various stages along their wellness journeys.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The beginning of understanding and embracing the value of meditation in prisons and our public schools.  

Imagine if we could pass along these gifts to our current government- oh what a difference we might hope to see!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Google search the different "styles" of yoga available in your community. Then take some time to research and read about potential studios you are interested in attending.  There are likely several options you will connect with.  

Choose your top 3 studios, and explore a few of their classes and teachers.  Listen well, not only to your body, but how your mind energy, and emotional landscape respond to the practice.  Your intuition is a very wise guide in finding a well balanced, and sustainable fit.  

Like ice cream, sometimes chocolate vanilla or strawberry will do, yet our teaching style plays to a broader palatte- chocolate almond, chocolate carmel swirl, white chocolate. Taste- it's very unique, like you!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

If you have specific physical limitations, inquire about "pose modifications". For example, if you have had SI joint (sacral iliac) concerns in the past, ask whether this may interfere with your yoga practice. Inquire about the use and availability of props.  In addition to "blocks and belts", are blankets, chairs and bolsters available?  Bottom line, an experienced teacher will be able to offer keen insights regarding modifications of postures which may aggrevate your condition, including in some cases avoiding certain postures.

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