If you grew up believing heat made every activity better (Monopoly, one-handed basketball, milking the family cow with hot-dog tongs, etc.), head down to Urban Yoga Spa for today’s Groupon: a five-pack of classes for $40 (a $80 value). With Urban Yoga Spa’s convenient downtown location, you won’t break a sweat getting there. Instead, save those precious fluids for its two pristine studios—one heated to 100 degrees, one to 90—where you’ll feel your tension, anxiety, and cares melt out through your pores, down your legs, into the bottom of your shoes.
The health benefits of yoga are well known: regular practice increases strength and flexibility while eliminating stress and uniting body and mind. Hot Yoga ups the ante, detoxifying the body while keeping the muscles warm and limber. Urban Yoga Spa offers hot Hatha, power Vinyasa, and restorative yoga classes taught by experienced instructors who both encourage and challenge students of any level, from novice yogi to regular practitioner.
Urban Yoga Spa was founded by Kathy Ferguson to serve as a tranquil oasis from the pressures of urban life. The sleek, minimal studios and spa occupy two floors of the historic building on the corner of 4th Avenue and Stewart—formerly a piano store, which was formerly a yoga studio, which was formerly an airport, which is now renovated into a sparkling white sanctuary offering respite from the hubbub of downtown.
Seattle magazine describes the “distinct ahhh sensation” upon entering Urban Yoga Spa:
- The rooms are blissfully clean and stink-free (a big deal when it’s this hot). An awesome workout and personal pampering in a Zen environment—it adds up to a picture of health nestled in the downtown core. – Brangien Davis, Seattle
Classes at Urban Yoga Spa receive glowing reviews on Yelp:
- Everyone here, from staff to instructors to other yoga-goers, is very friendly and welcoming, something I haven't experienced at other yoga studios in three and a half years of practice.– Hannah L.
- WOW was I impressed. A) The staff was far from the snooty yoga-ites I've run into at other studios. B) They were beyond understanding and accommodating to my lack of experience! – Malia M.
- This place is awesome. Finally a yoga studio that looks & is clean and not smelly, has professional staff, and has a proper locker room & shower facility. Not to mention the location! – Masanori T.
History of Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga, in which yoga is practiced in rooms heated to an insanely hot temperature, was first discovered by accident during the Great Yoga Fire of 1556. The danger to students in the burning yoga studio was undeniable, but so too were the increased benefits of practicing yoga in such extreme heat. All 44 students declined to leave the studio and were killed.
For the next 400 years, there were no safe methods to practice Hot Yoga, until modern technology allowed the exercise to be practiced without danger of catching on fire. Today you get all the benefits of being on fire with none of the drawbacks.
Urban Yoga Spa
Clients stepping into Urban Yoga Spa— with its rows of candle votives and futuristic white decor—may feel as if they’ve entered a meditation chamber in the twenty-third century. Designed by award-winning architects, the minimalist decor aims for a specific effect; the intentional absence of color evokes the look of a blank canvas or Ted Turner’s worst nightmare, helping clients to clear their minds during intense yoga sessions led by skilled instructors. Hot Hatha and power Vinyasa classes held seven days a week help inspire practitioners to find the serenity in a challenging series of poses. Meanwhile, the spa’s aestheticians pamper newly toned bodies with massages, nail treatments, acupuncture, and waxings.
1900 4th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101Get Directions