M E E T | sona desai buchanan — e-ryt 200
I was born in Australia to Indian parents and moved to the US at age 5. My young life emphasized the deeper philosophical teachings of yoga, the bhakti (devotional) practices of yoga and the lifestyle practices of ayurveda, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I began a regular yoga practice to balance my fast-paced existence and the vigor of being a college dancer in NYC. After years of striving, yoga offered a place for me to still my mind, to breathe, and to truly be present and aligned with the flow of divine intelligence. In yoga, I found a framework to life and a path to come home to my truest self.
I gratefully attained my RYT-200 teaching certification in 2009 and will complete my RYT-500 by the end of 2019. I have been teaching regular weekly classes for the past 10 years. I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. I am also a Certified Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner and certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga. I have done ample further studies in Restorative and Pre/Postnatal yoga. In the last several years, I have significantly deepened my study and practice of Ayurveda, Qi Gong and Shamanic Reiki and view these as integral elements of my lifestyle as a yogi and private sessions. I have a dual Bachelor of Arts from New York University in Psychology and Anthropology.
In 2014, I opened the doors to LOOM, a cozy studio in Raleigh, NC, offering a unique blend of Thai Yoga Bodywork and energy healing. In 2017, LOOM relocated to Tacoma, WA, where I continue to serve as teacher, trainer, student, nature dweller, military spouse, graphic designer + dog mama.
My yoga classes range from challenging, playful and dynamic to fluid and restful but ultimately weave together exploration and self-study. My teaching practice is about holding space and encouraging people to a deeper knowing and acceptance of ALL parts of themselves, guiding them to a higher capacity for love in the world.
D H A R M A | purpose
To nurture, guide and uplift
So that all beings see their goodness
And inherent wisdom
Able to feel unequivocally radiant
On the inside and out.
C R E D E N T I A L S
200HR YTT Adjunct Instructor, Tuladhara Yoga
500HR YTT - 8 Limbs Yoga (Seattle, WA)
200HR YTT Lead Instructor, Tuladhara Yoga
Shamanic Reiki I & II Graduate (20HR)
Thai Yoga, Assistant to Trainer (36HR)
Thai Yoga Foundations Training (52HR)
Thai Yoga Advanced Therapeutics (24HR)
Off The Mat, Into The World Training (12HR)
Connected Warriors Training (4HR)
Doonya Bollywood/Bhangra Dance (20HR)
200HR YTT - Kripalu Center for Yoga (MA)
Anusara Yoga YTT Immersion (72HR)
Nia Technique Training (56HR)
Yoga Warriors Training (25HR)
C R E E D | philosophy
Guiding others is a meditative practice for me. I am so grateful to my students for being my greatest teachers. I would describe my classes as explorative, cleansing, dynamic and fluid.
I am influenced by the healing systems of Ayurveda and Yoga [Vinyasa, Anusara, Restorative, Kripalu] traditions as well as a deep interest in functional movement patterns, our innate rhythmic nature and yogic philosophy.
You can expect a flow with attention to alignment and a focus on exploring the spirit and your capacity for growth. A crafted mix of repetition and exploration will empower you to become skilled at harnessing your breath and intention from a deeper place. I teach yoga in stages (kramas) with modifications and emphasize awareness in the transitions.
Yoga is a practice (sadhana) that we can carry into any area of our life. It is not about perfection or doing something right; it is about rediscovering the joy of being in our own presence, exactly as we are in this moment. Many of us engage in yoga seeking physical benefits and soon realize it touches every aspect of our lives, especially offering us spiritual growth and mental agility through life's ups and downs. It challenges us to uncover our deepest shadows. From this we grow more compassionate and capable of operating from our highest + best self. Through our practice, we become kinder to ourselves, tolerant of our own imperfections, and more forgiving toward others. More on my teaching philosophy:
Blue Lotus Feature (Dec 2014)
L O O M | the why
/luːm/ In ancient texts, the word tantra refers to the art of weaving, "a loom." A loom's purpose is to interweave threads and facilitate the creation of a tapestry. Through yoga, we seek to master our own loom, by learning how to skillfully integrate all parts of our being and rediscover our wholeness.
All beings possess a life force, known as prana, qi, or lom (in Thai). This life force circulates through pathways in the body. It is extracted from the air we breathe, the food we consume, and all sources of living energy around us. It is believed that disease arises when life force becomes deficient or blockages occur along these pathways.
E X P E R I E N C E
Wounded Warrior Project | Tacoma, WA, 2018-present
Veterans Yoga Project | Tacoma, WA, 2018-present
Source Yoga | Tacoma, WA, 2017-present
tacOMa yoga | Tacoma, WA, 2017-present
Tuladhara Yoga | Tacoma, WA, 2017-present
Morgan Family YMCA | Tacoma, WA, 2017-18
Blue Lotus | Raleigh, NC, 2014-2016
Bliss Body Yoga | Raleigh, NC, 2013-2016
Swaha Yoga | Raleigh, NC, 2012-2013
Studio Hargett | Raleigh, NC, 2010-2011
Yoga Warriors | Raleigh, NC, 2010-2012
Blue Point Yoga | Durham, NC, 2010
Gateway Yoga | Raleigh, NC, 2009-2011
Wellness for Warriors | Raleigh, NC 2009-2011