In 2003, Shaina Traisman taught her first yoga class in Seattle’s downtown jail. The students' blossoming interest in the class and the facility’s obvious need touched Shaina. So two years later, she founded Yoga Behind Bars to reach as many students as possible and helped increase the number of teachers involved. Every week, 35 volunteer instructors teach yoga poses, breath work, philosophy, and meditation exercises to more than 150 men, women, and children at correctional facilities across the region as a form of therapy and rehabilitation. The yoga classes are designed to grant the students inner freedom and help them overcome their stressors and destructive behavioral patterns for when they reenter society.
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Owned by a pair of married comedians, Laughs Comedy Spot draws on its owners' continent-wide comedy connections and restaurant-managing acumen to treat guests to top-rate rib ticklers and delectable food. Graciously arranged tables ensure clear views of the stage from every seat, backing up punch lines with a powerful sound system, and free, well-lit parking eases transit worries and preempts cars' fear of the dark.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
Behind the bar at Leny's place, suds from big labels and microbreweries flow from the taps amidst the jocular sounds of sports games and tunes from the jukebox. Diners can share nibbles of hot wings or fried pickles with their beers, or pick something meatier from the kitchen, including sandwiches and burgers. Wild Alaskan cod in an ale batter appears on plates of fish and chips, and a Cajun chicken sandwich boasts tender poultry marinated in a house-made chipotle sauce. Six-ounce hand-formed burgers arrive covered in thick-smoked bacon and cheddar on a bed of fries or tater tots. Patrons can sizzle brain cells when showing off their knowledge at regular trivia nights, while physical competition flourishes over two pool tables, two dartboards, and one gladiator pit.
Northshore Gymnastics' 15,000-square-foot facility boasts training equipment and devices such as 40' x 40' spring floors, a ski floor, five trampolines, and vault tables. Northshore aims to provide a fun and family-focused atmosphere, and their friendly stable of coaches are tasked with not only teaching basic skills, but also helping youngsters gain self-confidence and socialization skills.
Corks and Canvas Events, like a work of fine art, came about by pairing a good idea with a passion to create. The founders both came from the marketing world, where they spent their days devising campaigns and events to inspire their audiences to take action. A shared love for art and wine inspired them to bend their action-creating talents toward a new goal—hosting painting and wine events in area wineries and wine bars, allowing guests to "uncork their creativity" and promote the burgeoning Washington wine industry.
Their idea took the form of Corks and Canvas Events, where experienced artists lead guests step-by-step through the painting creation process. Guests re-create various paintings, everything from lush vineyard scenes to preening roosters, while sipping on glasses of local wines.