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.
At Ease and Flow Yoga, exercisers don't just find a place to get fit. Instead, they find a community where people come together to celebrate their passion for yoga. At the head of that community are instructors No? and Julia, who use their certifications to teach various styles of yoga, both ancient and modern. Hatha flow, for instance, explores the connection between breath and body, while Vinyasa takes the practice a step further by incorporating breathing into other movements and postures.
Amber Tande and Colin Patterson—the brains behind the vegetarian restaurant Sutra—also pour their passion for healthy living into their bhakti-style studio, Sutra Yoga and Wellness Center. They make it easy for students to join them, too, since their seven-day-a-week schedule consists of more than 20 classes in three yoga styles: Surya yoga, a heated yoga class that focuses on strengthening the core; Prana Vinyasa, a flow yoga class that incorporates chants and breath work; and gentle flow stress reduction, which is just a bunch of people smashing a junked gramophone with hammers. Students can also join in mantra-and-vocal-toning sessions—evening classes designed to bring peace to the mind and spirit—or opt for Swedish massages or myofascial-release sessions with resident therapist Sarah Wottlin. Sutra offers all-ages childcare during certain classes and even hosts events such as monthly organic dinner parties at Sutra restaurant.
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.
Under the same management but in a brand new studio, which just had its grand opening two weeks ago, the location 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.