Nestled inside a recently renovated Pilates studio, Om Day Spa soothes sore muscles with therapeutic massages and pampers clients with organic skincare services. Waxing treatments are performed with organic hard wax for more efficient hair eradication.
Many people think a board, a kite, and the ocean is all it takes to start kitesurfing or kiteboarding. In reality, a little bit of encouragement and wise instruction can take a novice far—and ensure they have fun. Penny, an instructor certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization, starts all her recruits on dry land for a recommended three hours, helping them learn to maneuver kites before they take to the water or snow strapped into one. These beginning steps help her students eventually build the confidence to get out onto the ocean in a safe manner, whatever their age, and enjoy the experience to the max.
The certified instructors at Bikram Yoga U-District teach the same class every day, all year long. As they move through 26 postures that work every part of the body, temperatures inside their 1,500-square-foot studio soar. This warmth keeps limbs flexible and flushes impurities out of the body while antibacterial floors defend against germs. Two breathing exercises also aid the cleansing process, increase the body's supply of oxygen, and make living under water possible.
OmCulture is more than just a venue for yoga and dance classes; it's a gathering place for the entire community. Its well-appointed interior warmly greets visitors of all ages with its sloping ceiling festooned with colorful fabrics, windows that let in plenty of natural light, and new chocolate-colored hardwood floors with an Om symbol emblazoned in the center. These unique decorative touches set a calm, stress-free scene for kids' events, lectures, and impromptu lie-detector tests. The community center's diverse schedule of classes teaches students the basics of acrobatics, the graceful steps of the tango, and the mind-calming techniques of Hatha yoga. Visitors can also rent out OmCulture's facility for private parties or weddings.
Yoga to the People believes yoga instruction should be available to anyone who wishes to improve their health, and that inclusion is key to the yoga experience. Instructors welcome students by designing classes that provide a challenge for all skill levels. Experienced practitioners can test their limits by exploring deeper stretches and bends in the heated confines, and first-time visitors can follow sequences at a comfortable pace and focus on finding a balance between the physical and mental aspects of the workout. The studio also offers instructor-training classes that prepare yoga practitioners to lead sessions on their own without the hassle of copying notes onto their forearms before class.
Long considered one of Seattle’s best Pilates studio, Studio Evolve’s sunny, bright space is dedicated to offering the best means of getting and staying in shape, all with a green attitude. Not only is the studio constructed with the Earth-friendly materials in mind, so are the chemicals used to keep the studio clean. Classes and individual instruction, provided by a knowledgeable staff, include Pilates, the patented Gyrotronic Expansion System (used for stretching and strengthening muscles) and SPRe Bodywork techniques, which are aimed at resolving both emotional and physical issues in combination. Pre- and post-natal conditions are also handled with aplomb, and larger packages are available for private groups.