The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga Seattle lead students through a tapestry of restorative postures within heated studios that help loosen limbs, increase circulation, and incite detoxifying sweats. During each session, they'll explain and demonstrate the physical and potentially spiritual nuances of each of the 26 poses.
The brand new studio, which just had its grand opening two weeks ago, boasts antifungal and antimicrobial smooth-surface flooring that helps cultivate a clean and hygienic atmosphere in which to practice. The materials are 100% recyclable and made by Mondo, the same company that supplied the flooring for the 2012 London Olympics.
Dora Gyarmati leads her fleet of graceful instructors with the same carefree humor she uses in her own Ashtanga-style yoga classes. After stumbling onto yoga when a passionate affair with running led to an injured knee, Dora realized her love for the low-impact discipline, and over the years has continued her education with advanced teacher training and workshops. Her dedication has created a community of like-minded yogis that welcomes students of all experience and fitness levels to inclusive classes and focused workshops. Cheery yellow walls unadorned by mirrors surround the judgment-free studio as guests breathe, stretch, and brush their spirit animals together.
From a six-month journey across the Indian subcontinent to graduating as one of the first yogis ever to be certified by Baptiste yoga creator, Baron Baptiste, there?s seldom been a dull moment in Lisa Black?s 12-year history with yoga. She even invented her own style of yogic practice called SHAKTI Vinyasa yoga in 2003. With the help of a fleet of instructors that she personally certified, she brings her wealth of experience to each class she teaches through SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga?s studio locations.
All locations provide a venue for renowned yogis to visit and hold workshops while passing or levitating through town. The brightly lit, hardwood-floored rooms have hosted such experts as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Ana Forrest.
Yogalife?s founder Michael Suzerris came to yoga after suffering a life-altering spinal injury in 1978, though he did not learn the practice in a traditional beginner class, like most. To rehabilitate himself, he developed his own routine based on linking and healing the mind and body. Years later, he discovered yoga, and realized that his intuitive, self-prescribed physical therapy that was so instrumental to his well-being was essentially the ancient art practiced by people all over the globe. Twenty-two years after his injury, he opened his yoga studio, leading classes that focus on the meditation and mind-body connection that helped him heal.
Yogalife spans across two studios, each of which accommodate 30 students on their journeys toward physical and mental health. The instructors lead a variety of classes to suit students of all fitness levels, including a four-week intro series for newcomers, and challenging classes for advanced students. Restorative yoga uses a short, gentle asana warm-up to relax and prepare the mind and body to receive the benefits of relieving stress and bringing the mind, body, and spirit into balance.
When visitors open the door to Live Love Flow + Flow Cycle Seattle, they're greeted by the sounds of whirring wheels and pumping pedals that wouldn't be out of place on the French countryside's winding road courses. The exercisers here run through the same muscle-defining, heart-pumping motions that power the most famous European races from the comfort of their indoor cycling studio at the heart of the U District. There, Flow Cycle classes burn calories and stabilize keen and hip joints, helping cyclists stay as flexible as Gumby after his nightly bubble bath. Each session is led by one of the studio's stable of instructors, which includes current and former road racers in its ranks.
Equipment: Gaiam yoga mats and blocks
Students should bring: Water, yoga mat (available for purchase), sunglasses, and sunscreen
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Classes are held in the shadiest, least populated area of the park; look for yogis and yoga mats.