Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and I am working from my home office today. I am fortunate to have this view of Mount Baker while I tend to the long forgotten tasks of administration… the least desirable hat I wear as a small business owner- updating the website, scheduler and paying old bills!


Much has gone on in the very long time a blog post has been made on behalf of TMC! Charlie the Skeleton has grown weary of waiting around for an update to be done- so, today is the day! No point in putting it off any longer!

The Metta Center is having another snow day today- there have been several of late. Soon enough we will be back to business as usual- Yoga classes taught by Lise and Joani in the mornings, private sessions of Yoga as Therapy, Massage, Bowen, Thai Bodywork and MSTR® (scar tissue release).  There have been some staff changes and we are entering a new phase with new faces- so let’s welcome Alyssa Zender while we are at it! Alyssa is a long time student of Lise’s and an excellent Massage Therapist as well.  You may schedule Thai Bodywork (Thai Massage) with Alyssa from this very website! 

Lise is on the team of international instructors for the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release program.  You may schedule a private or semi private ON LINE class or book in at a One Day (8 hour) intensive course.  She is available to come to you as well, if you have a group of 10 or so- let’s set that up so you can learn the most impressive technique for scar tissue release. Learn more about MSTR® and schedule your private lesson or one day course with Lise here: Scar Tissue Release

Of course, you can schedule your own personal treatment with Lise too!


Did you know???

There are three weekly occurring classes that you may register for online. Signing up online is a wonderful way to inform your instructor that you will be attending, which allows them to prepare properly for your participation! Reminders and announcements regarding schedule changes/cancellations are another benefit to having signed up in advance.

Signing up is super easy- click here! Once you get to the scheduler site, click on “classes”.  It’s easy to follow, you are not required to pay when you do. You may opt out of receiving email notifications at any time.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you with grace. Thank you for checking in.

Here are the three classes you currently are able to register for in advance. (Same link applies to all our private services)

Monday Expressive Arts Grief & Inwardness Group
time Monday’s 5:00pm – 6:30pm
instructor Steve Podry
price $15.00 – Clients can book online.
Tuesday Tuesday Night Yoga
time Tuesday’s 5:30pm – 6:50pm
instructor John Hawkins
price $15.00 – Clients can book online.
location The Metta Center
Wednesday Lise Gentle Flow Yoga
time Wednesday’s 5:30pm – 6:50pm
instructor Lise Flora Waugh, C-IAYT
price $15.00 – Clients can book online.
location The Metta Center

Recipe for starting your day off right:

Prior to rolling out of bed, wiggle your body. Move your joints. Just move them- no rules. Get’s the joints lubricated and ready for action.

Before eating your first meal of the day, drink some warm water. Let that be the first thing that enters your body on every given day. Lubricates your insides, prepares your digestive system for other things to follow, and begins hydrating you from the inside out after hours of inaction.


Movement with Metta!



Summer 2017 has found us!

The studio has been all abuzz with activity!  (And a’chirp! You can hear the nesting birds all around you, even when inside. Nature’s music in our sanctuary)

Read the list of some of our summer fun and summer has only just begun!

Intuitive Painting classes

LuLaRoe clothing parties (most colorful and comfy leggings around)

Modeling our fun new leggings


Yoga of many kinds- 5 gentle therapeutic Yoga classes per week! Lise, John, Joani and Jenn!

Thai Yoga Therapy- Gently yet deep, intensely relaxing, full body/mind experience: Lise, Sam and now Jennifer is offering student sessions for a massive discount!

Bowenwork- Lise offers this gentle, energy based myofascial release technique

Yoga Therapy- Lise provides distance sessions via FaceTime/Skype as well as in person

Structural Integration- This is Sam’s department!

Massage Therapy- If you aren’t really sure and just want to relax, book a session with Sam

Tai Chi- Art is on hiatus, Kelly is here as is Kelsi!

Qi Gong- same

Charlie is often found demonstrating a therapeutic Yoga pose- and if Charlie can do it, YOU can too!

Project Homeless Connect- Healing Clinic- 4 of our practitioners are donating their time for this annual event: Lise is the director of the Healing Clinic and provides treatments as well as Yoga Therapy, Sam providing treatments, John nesting into our newest feature,  teaching Yoga and Meditation in the Sanctuary Room and Kelly will offer Tai Chi.

We’re busy. There definitely is something here for you!

The common thread with all of these is the emphasis towards “self care”.  Self care is in the categories of preventative as well as curative care.  The steps we take to our increased sense of well beingness holds the highest of payoffs! Be well and stay happy.  With great respect and love.



Here are some of Lise’s favorite summertime self care tips:

Warm soak in magnesium flakes.  20-40 minute warm (not hot) soak in a tub with magnesium flakes will help restore your energy, can help decrease chronic pain, assists in rebalancing the minerals of the body… leaves your skin feeling soft…. after dabbing yourself dry, massage your favorite oil (sesame, coconut, almond…) all over your body and into your hair.  Go to sleep!  Rest well.  Try it regularly, try it often!

If you are in need of the flakes- check with Lise.  She has them available.


(If you are inclined to take a full body soak in natures warm mineral waters, do that! That’s the ultimate in goodnessyness!)

Drinking water is something we talk about often. It’s almost like a broken record for some of you. I hear you… blah blah blah blah.  But do it! Water does a body good.  Starting your day with a cup of warm water eases your system back into action.  Makes way for the other “stuff” you are about to put into your body. Warm water, not tepid… think about it. Your body is approximately 98.6F, so taking anything in first thing in the morning that is cold or solid is a bit of a shocker to process.  So warm the water and feel that enter your body. No resistance. Only acceptance.

Some of you have complained that you don’t like the taste of natures most basic liquid.  Odd statement it seems.  But you can dress it up with: lemon, cucumber, cardamom…..

These are just a couple of ideas as to how to invoke restful sleep at night and start your day off with the best possible outcome.  Self care.  Really simple. Give those two things a go! Report back and wait for more ideas another day.

Peace be with you, and all those around you. May you be happy, stay well, be safe and feel free.

With great respect and love



Jumping into June!

In the blink of an eye, it will be June!

With that happening, an update of events and activities seems to be in order!


S L O W Flow Gentle Yoga with Lise on Monday’s begins a new series on Monday, June 5.  $108 (check, cash or venmo- ad service fee for cc) for 10 sessions, or continue dropping in at $15/class cash.

Painting Through Grief
Beginning Wednesday, June 14

Click here for FB event

Now on a more personal note:

I have been actively practicing Yoga Therapy for more than 2 decades! Three is more precise. In this time I have had many teachers, many hours of training and thousands of hours of contact time with clients.  So now, I am reaching back into the past to retrieve my old files, blend them with the newer ones and document my life as a Yoga Therapist so that I can grandfather in to the new order of things.  Change happens. I can either just let it slide and carry on… or I be proactive and get the paperwork done.

That’s where I am.  Dedicating the month of June to make a June 30 deadline.

Can you help?

Certainly you can. If you have been a client of mine, you can send me an email testament to our work together. No particular format, but the deadline is soon. You can email that to: thaiyogatherapy@aol.com or if you prefer to snail mail me something send me an email and I will send you the snail mail address.

Thank you in advance for this. I am a procrastinator at this type of thing, and the past year has had me drifting around elsewhere. So now I am here, focused and ready to tackle the stuff.

Peace, Lise

April showers brings……

April has been slithering her way through the calendar, and May is soon to come! The grass is green HERE, not greener over there!

As Bellingham’s only Yoga Therapy and Healing Arts Studio, we have multiple practitioners that hold many degrees and certifications and are able and interested in working with people of all ages and experiences- to help you find ease in your body/mind. Our practitioners are charitable and offer their services to community based events that nurture the poor, the weak and those otherwise not able to receive.

One such event is Project Homeless Connect. TMC is the administrative home of the PHC Healing Clinic. A free day of service for those homeless in our community. Offering Massage, Acupuncture and other forms of Bodywork. July 21 is the calendar date this year and you can expect to see Lise and Sam providing talc that day.

Needless to say…… we are happy to say that things are going well over here!  Classes are flourishing, bodywork sessions are booked weeks in advanced and the studio is shiny and clean!

Thank you to Whatcom Janitorial for keeping the glitz on for us! I walked in today after being gone for 2 weeks and found a shiny, clean and fresh studio to greet me. So much gratitude. Charlie here says it all 🙂




On that note- would you like to earn a free class free? Using  your smart phone, check in at TMC taking a picture of Charlie- and #belikecharlie when you check in to The Metta Center! We see and appreciate those check ins and will make it worth your while!  5 check ins will get you a free class with Lise or John, and probably Jenn too. 10 check ins will get you $20 off a full priced 90 minute session with Lise and I bet Sam too! Start checking in asap! You don’t want to miss this!

You heard about it here. You won’t hear about it anywhere else!

Lise just returned from another 10 day course with Gil Hedley. She has been in the dissection lab with Gil numerous times, and each time something more is “un-learned”.  Un-learning is a great thing to do! You create new space in your judgment brain to be open to sensing your way through life. This is a positive and leaves space for reflection. Much reflection!

Quote to sink in with: “We are all just getting comfortable with increasing our tolerance for pleasure!”

Much love

More privacy, increased entry space

It’s been a long time coming, this wall you now see when you walk into The Metta Center!

While we are still under a bit of construction, we have come a long way in just a couple of weekends. You can be sure more changes are to come, but not for a bit- many other things happening that will be tended to first!

Did you realize that The Metta Center is the only full fledged center in Whatcom County that caters to the therapeutic aspect of Yoga? Did you know that TMC’s Yoga Teachers have been practicing Yoga Therapy for decades? If you combine our years of experience: 108 years and ticking! That is between Lise, John, Joani and Jenn!  Put that together you find a diverse and rich background with abilities to suit many different stories in all kinds of bodies.

Here are just a few of the scenarios our teachers are familiar with:

  • Death. Supporting the person in transition with gentle touch, holding space, maintaining ease, mantra.
  • Joint repairs/replacements/injuries
  • Postoperative recovery in general.
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Ataxia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress

We bring forward ancient teachings via Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s, Yama’s and Niyama’s, Mantra, Structural Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Therapy and more. Our diverse instructional staff is here to help guide you in group classes and/or private sessions of instruction and/or hands on technique.

We look forward to helping you move into a life with a better connection to your body/mind, reduced pain and increased awareness as the teacher within you is revealed.

With the establishment of our newest treatment room, we will have a better ability to serve your individual needs.

With Metta


Happy New Year!

New beginnings.  It’s that time of year where we make plans, resolutions and say things like “this year is going to be better”.

Better than what? What are you really going to do differently than you have been before? Change is always happening, we just need to remember to be a part of it, and acknowledge or bear witness to it when it does. If we ignore it, tamp it down- it still happens, we just feel it as pressure- or worse, we deny it completely and are not able to reap the benefits.

We are change. Each time the air we breath in moves out… a change has happened. Do you feel it? How does it feel? How does it feel to experience the breath which escapes the confines of your lungs?

Take a second or two…. exhale.

Feel that? Ahhh, good.

Now, draw in the next one….

Feel that?  Ahhhhh…. so good.

Now let that one go and do it again.

Breath coaching. We all need that from time to time.

It’s a new year, every year. A new day, every day. A new breath, every breath.

Just start now. Doesn’t have to be because the calendar just said it is January 2017. Just start now. Noticing, feeling and marveling at this amazing body presence you live in. You are incredible! The odds of your having survived birth alone are astounding. You are incredible. You’ve made it this far, so just keep breathing.

And moving.

And to help you do that- we have group sessions you can participate in! They’re designed to help you find that breath, move your body blissfully and increase your overall sense of well being!

Here’s the lowdown as of January 3, 2017:

Lise is teaching Monday’s and Thursday’s at 5:00:  S L O W Flow Gentle Yoga $108 = 1/week $200 = 2/week. Starting January 16 and ending March 16. Those are series prices. Per class pricing: $15. You can pay cash or check and you can use Venmo for credit card or bank to bank processing.

Remember, each provider has their own payment system. You pay your instructor directly 😉

John has his Tuesday evening Yoga at 5:30- his long time students would love having new friends join in. There’s space for you!

Joani teaches Gentle Yoga Tuesday/Thursday at 10:30am- those ongoing classes are in full swing!

Art is teaching Wednesday’s at 8:30 am and 6:30 pm! Tai Chi…. oh you will love it!

Jenn has a lovely Yin Yoga class Friday’s at 6:00pm.

Those are just some of the ideas we have to help you find the movement you crave in your body now.

Private sessions with Lise, Kate, and Sam are available most days of the week. Check our menu of services!

And finally- we welcome Lorrie Brilla back to TMC!

Listen to the Whispers of Your Soul (Feb 11, 2017)
Lorrie Brilla leads this releasing mundane thoughts and control so to let the magical unfold. Focus on health and healing. Wear comfortable clothing. Floor seating, bring that which you need to be comfortable. $ donationFor more info: duganyeti@gmail.com

TMC Welcomes Coastal Yoga Therapy!

This has been an exciting week meeting Kate and Greg and their lovely little Lucy- the beings behind Coastal Yoga Therapy.

Kate Marvel and Greg Schultz have relocated their busy practice from Savannah, GA to TMC in Bellingham!
Currently you will find them holding space in “The Room”  on Tuesday’s- Noon-5pm.  We expect they will grow out of that time slot quickly and offer a more expansive presence in the not too distant future. Welcome to the family!

Get to know our two newest practitioners by visiting their web presence at Coastal Yoga Therapy. They offer Thai Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy and are booking private sessions at The Metta Center now.

Thai Yoga Therapy is an ancient practice and performed in many differing styles across the globe. We are fortunate to have FOUR practitioners at TMC- each with their own unique personality and style.

Lise’s has been practicing since 2000 and has studied with many teachers from around the world. Her style has evolved into a very slow and gentle form utilizing the traditional components: sen line (elemental energy balancing), palming, stretching, acupressure and is deeply relaxing. She is typically booked a month in advanced with limited time slots available. Lise has been teaching Thai Yoga Therapy with select apprentices since 2003. Sam Dart is her most recent graduate.
Sam Dart Dart has trained extensively with Lise and is in the process of developing her own level of understanding with the Thai Yoga Therapy, while incorporating her vast experience in Structural Integration. Sam also works with a slow and gentle rhythm.

You might find that Kate and Greg have a similar, yet different style- deeply rooting into the sen lines with your specific needs in mind!  If you’ve been receiving from Lise, you’ll want to give these new kids on the block a go!




You can’t go wrong with any of them. We recommend you try them all! A monthly session at minimum, rotating practitioners each time; weekly sessions, rotating practitioners each week; or try them all and settle with the one that is speaking to you!

No two bodies the same
No two days the same
No two days in a body the same
No two practitioners the same
Not all practitioners for all bodies on all days!

Schedule your Thai Yoga Therapy session today!

bhavatu sabba mangalam

Like the rain that’s pouring….

Like the watery downpours that are happening in Bellingham of late, TMC is a flood of activity too!

This is a good thing! Good for our community, studio and YOU.

Welcome to our new Yoga teacher, Jenn Cohen!

Jenn arrived at our doorstep with a bag full of tools that meshed very well with the healing vibe we attract at TMC. Her timing was divine perfection as Lise was taking a necessary hibernation to tend to her mothers last days. (You may remember that Rosemary Flora was a great benefactor to The Metta Center- a long time client and the provider of our good housekeeping…..) Lise needed to be home, Jenn needed a place to share her Yoga gifts and the Monday 5:00 S L O W Flow Yoga class needed someone to gently guide them.

Thank you to Jenn for holding space with my Kula.

We are happy to announce that Jenn has two time-slots of her own right now! She will help you navigate your body/mind scenarios on:

Thursday 6:30: Stretch, Strengthen and Restore
Friday 6:30: Meditative Yin Yoga

They are both delicious. I can speak to that from a personal point of view- as I continue my own personal healing after 4 years of family members checking out- I’ve been finding my way into Jenn’s safe, healing space. Perhaps you will too. This is the perfect time to start. Read Jenn’s personal statement here

Sam Dart has completed her basic and intermediate training in Thai Yoga Therapy. She has spent several months in private apprenticeship training with Lise (me!) and has picked up the subtle nuances of this ancient healing art, so well. You will be delighted to fit a session in with Sam.  Sam has a full menu of offerings which you can check out when booking at our premium online booking center: Book here now!

And finally, we are still walking in the annual Jingle Bell Run Walk! That is coming SOON! Please join us, or donate to a cause  http://www.themettacenter.org/join-team-metta-in-this-years-jingle-bell-runwalk/


That’s a LOT for one morning!

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

May you and all other beings be happy, feel safe and live love- free from persecution, free to experience bliss, free…

Join Team Metta in this years Jingle Bell Run/Walk!

Get in the spirit of compassion and joy this holiday season! Join our team, tie bells to your shoes or your ears, dress in a festive costume and raise funds to help cure arthritis. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, who face the daily challenges of the nation’s #1 cause of disability.

Join us for the event by signing up on the link below! If you can not participate in person, you can donate directly at the link below!

Arthritis affects YOU- if not in your body now, most certainly in the folks that surround you on a daily basis. Let’s work together to help each other out!  Join Team Metta!

Team Metta 2014!
Team Metta 2014!