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Member Spotlight: Tim Wichland Yoga

6162359The only gay yoga teacher in Spokane, Tim Wichland wants to help the local LGBT community discover the benefits of yoga. “Yoga, like a lot of things that are good for us,” says Tim, “is under-valued in our society/economic system…so making a living teaching yoga is definitely difficult.” Not much can get in the way of his passion, however. According to Tim, the reward is in helping people re-connect with their bodies and the hearts through the practice of Yoga. “All yoga is, is good-guided stretching and movement and breathing – really good stuff for our bodies!”

Since college, Tim has been in love with the practice of Hatha Yoga and finds fulfillment in teaching 15-20 classes per week. Although, he’s had some trouble convincing the Spokane market to give it a shot. “It is honestly difficult getting men to try yoga – people think they are too stiff or tight to start yoga.”
Tim took his first yoga class 17 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Originally from Keene, New Hampshire, Tim moved to Missoula, Montana to attend the University of Montana. During his period “out West,” Tim found more of a connection with the environment and the world around him through a college Yoga class. Rather than return to a retail job with his parent’s clothing store, Tim pursued his connections and took an internship on an organic vegetable farm– continuing to develop his passion for yoga along the way.

His interest in farming turned into a career with Pitcher Mountain Community Supported Agriculture from 2001 to 2006, an organic farm that helped to feed over 200 families throughout his employment. His other passions aside, Tim moved to Massachusetts in 2007 to be with the love of his life, Fil. He worked odd jobs through 2008, and when the economy turned South, Tim and Fil turned West. The two decided to give away most of their things; to take their savings– and, of course, their dog, Mazy– and hit the open road on an “endless road-trip” for two years, from 2009 through 2010.

After that road trip, they landed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Tim committed to his passion for Yoga and pursued Yoga Teacher Training. Instructing public classes until 2012, Tim and Fil left Santa Fe to explore Asia for 3 months in 2013, across Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bali & Indonesia. Tim’s experiences there reaffirmed his calling to teach Yoga. “It was a very potent experience to be in the lands of Buddhism, and ancient yoga and Hindu traditions — and just to experience “east vs. west.”

After the West called them back, Tim and Fil landed in Washington in 2013, picking Spokane for its proximity to the Rockies, and a relatively fresh yoga scene. Tim is now a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level (RYT-500), with over 1500 hours of teaching experience. A self-employed Hatha Yoga Instructor in the Spokane and Coeur D’Alene, his classes  are held at 2 yoga studios here in Spokane, plus part-time at North Idaho College as a yoga instructor for students and senior citizens.

10363705_780403132055534_6074288296888847971_nTim continues to study all the various practices and texts of the yoga tradition regularly. He professes to be a life-long student of yoga, and his teaching only increases his passion for the practice. Tim’s journey has been expansive and educational, and he continues to explore all his passions as much as possible. In the coming year, Tim hopes to see more of Spokane’s LGBT community take up yoga as a practice in self-improvement and healthy living, and to create more meaningful connections in his life.

If you’re interested in Tim’s story, he is more than happy to share his passion for Yoga. His “Yoga Newbies” series at South Perry Yoga, LLC at the Buddhio are a great place to start/re-start the practice of yoga, and learn to take better care of your body through movement, stretching, breathing, and posture. Contact Tim Wichland Yoga on facebook, visit, or call (773) 844-0783 for your first class.

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