In the fitness industry, only a select few exercise pioneers enjoy widespread name recognition. Bikram Choudhury is one of them, and the instructors of Bikram Yoga Everett have earned that name by enduring his legendary nine-week training course. The program also keeps yogis on their toes by requiring recertification every three years. In the intense training sessions, aspiring instructors learn to make use of a heated environment to push the mental focus and muscular endurance of students during the 90-minute classes.
The Bikram Yoga Everett Studio welcomes visitors with a lobby bursting in bright primary colors and a spacious workout room swathed in natural sunlight. The computer-controlled temperature remains evenly regulated throughout the space, and a ventilation system provides a constant supply of fresh air, occasionally pumping in helium for cartoon voiceover workshops. Floors are covered in Zebra yoga mats that dramatically reduce joint strain.
Mukilteo Fitness Bar's founder Laurie George operates her classes with two core beliefs in mind: that group exercise is a motivational tool and that everyone should switch up their fitness routines from time to time. With these principles as a guide, Mukilteo Fitness Bar offers classes in the latest fitness trends, from kickboxing TurboKick sessions to Navy SEAL–designed TRX suspension classes, which make use of simple, functional movements and clients' own body weight. The Mukilteo occupies three different studio spaces that each offer a few class options, including Studio 373's core-building PiYo classes and fat-burning Booty Barre workouts.
Hot Yoga Inc. likes to see you sweat. Not due to exhaustion or struggle, but because the perspiration caused by their classes encourages mental tranquility, muscle toning, and physical detoxification. Hot Yoga Inc. sends warmth deep into the skin and tissues instead of just decorating their studio with a bunch of Sun stickers. These higher temperatures help foster a greater range of motion as students of all skill levels follow a flowing series of yoga postures. Basic Hatha classes soothe the mind with a rush of endorphins while losing weight and improving flexibility, and Power Yoga pushes students with more intense workouts that build strength.
At Hot Yoga of Mill Creek, experienced teachers walk students through traditional Hatha poses and sequences of athletic Vinyasa stretches in a practice space heated to deepen each stretch safely. The temperature rises up to 105 degrees for Hatha classes, which helps increase students' blood-circulation rate to purge pent-up toxins from the body as they bend and balance at their teacher's instruction. During 95-degree Vinyasa classes students engage in breathing exercises to focus their attention as they work through poses in a dance-like sequence that helps strengthen muscles, raise heart rates, and melt away muscle tension. To tone muscles all over, Yoga Sculpt instructors fuse flowing Vinyasa moves with optional weight-lifting exercises.
Oversized mirrors lining the walls of the practice space encourage students to correct their posture and spinal alignment while executing poses. Outside the classroom, students can peruse the boutique's selection of yoga-ready tank tops and AdvoCare nutritional supplements. Instructors can host private classes for students in need of one-on-one attention or feature yoga classes in the workplace to help employees destress during the day.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercisers will all find a challenge at Exhale! Pilates & Yoga. Instructors with high-level certifications lead sessions that include cardio karate, slow-flow yoga, and TRX, a class in which dangling straps hold students’ limbs or suctioned tentacles in order to increase the level of resistance training. The instructors also specialize in Pilates lessons, which they provide to solo students, duos, and groups. Pilates has been known to boost energy and coordination, straighten posture, and calm the mind.
Though Fusion Hot Yoga's philosophy emphasizes the release of the ego, it's hard not to feel special in Fusion’s heated studio. The instructors—each of whom brings a different teaching style to classes—dole out personalized tips during Hatha and power Vinyasa sessions. They also remain after class, answering students’ questions while they extinguish the coals within the walls. By helping every visitor to discover the mental and physical benefits of hot yoga, the staff recalls their own journeys from such backgrounds as competitive gymnastics and service in the Navy Reserve.
In addition to the quality of its teachers, the studio's setting also probably contributed to its ranking on KING5’s Best of Western Washington list, where it was voted second of 96 nominees for the area's Best Yoga Studio. The space's antibacterial, Tatami-textured floor cushions feet to counteract slipping, and dressing rooms with showers permit guests to rinse off after lessons. At the onsite boutique, shoppers can purchase mats, healthy refreshments, and baking thermometers that tell them when their partner is ready to cool.