Brooke West BSc, C-IAYT is certified as a Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists, dedicated to sharing Yoga with everyone.
Brooke West (they/she) is a longtime student of Raja yoga and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2005. She is an innovative researcher, dedicated educator and a compassionate peer support group facilitator. She thoughtfully supports those who have had spiritually transformative experiences. She acts to stay socially current, to keep yoga relevant, to educate herself and to teach as inclusively as possible.
“She is a true healer.”
— Nancy Walker, Director of The Wellness Kitchen, Templeton, CA
Brooke leads classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats throughout the U.S. Currently, Brooke resides in Olympia, Washington. She offers yoga therapy at The Olympia Yoga Sanctuary, a healing collective. Pre-pandemic, her boutique restorative yoga studio in San Luis Obispo County, California, evolved into The Yoga West Cooperative, a women-led, values-driven business.
Brooke maintains a private yoga therapy practice with clients on the central coast of California, in Western Washington State and online globally.
“I felt the effects of a single class for two weeks.”
— C. Portin
Traditionally trained at an ashram, Brooke creatively modernizes classic breathing exercises and postures to aid in healing and recovery of trauma, stress and related ailments. She teaches clients how to become aware of themselves and how to function in the present moment; how to self-soothe; and how to balance emotions to experience contentment and peace.
Viewing psychosis, anxiety and depression through a yogic lens, her collaborations with organizations worldwide bring hope and healing to individuals and the collective.
She views mental distress as a catalyst for positive transformation and spiritual growth.
Brooke kickstarts community yoga outreach programs for fun! Brooke prefers behind-the-scenes collaborations that have a broad reach. She is a support group facilitator for The American Center for The Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE). She co-taught yoga online with Violet Loveys, a former yoga student of Brooke's, for The International Bipolar Foundation. She is a GiveBackYoga.org grant recipient for an intensive drug-court and mental health-court outpatient program. She mentors genderqueer artists and activists based in Los Angeles and Washington State.
Private fundraising is love and joy in action for Brooke, because it requires the integrity of solid relationships to succeed. Brooke has raised thousands of dollars to provide access to yoga therapy and health care for mentally distressed, underserved, neurodivergent, LGBTQ+ students in the U.S.
She enjoys mentoring youth, particularly in their early to mid-20's, and has been called upon to support the dying and death process for several aged yoga therapy clients.
“Brooke is a mystic who inspires people to look within themselves. She leads people to a higher state of consciousness.”
— J. G. van Buerden
Brooke is a relaxation specialist. Rest disrupts trauma and is one of the most difficult skills to master. Rest is essential for our communities to heal. Radical rest is part of the new medicine for social justice.
Brooke advocates for the practice of relaxation-based yoga for neurodivergent, consensus paradigm-divergent, mental health-related spiritual awakening.
Therapeutic yoga services are based on evidence-based research. Brooke continues ongoing training and includes the expertise of their own life experience to support the integration of her clients.
Her approach is professional, sensitive, ethical and gentle.
Students and clients describe working with her as "life-saving," "magic," "shamanic," "nurturing," and "transformational."
“Brooke is a master… and has a way to make everyone comfortable... She makes restorative yoga extremely accessible... What I learned gave me lifelong tools.”
— J. Dubin