Zen in the Emerald City


Zen in the Emerald City 

In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s easy to lose yourself in the hustle and bustle. While visiting your vacation villa in downtown Seattle, consider taking a day to relax, unwind, and rediscover your innermost self with one of the area’s many yoga studios.

Head to Bainbridge Island for Yoga
zenBeginning in June when the sun has warmed the mountains, take a day trip away from your villa into the wild woods of Washington. Located on Bainbridge Island, 8 Limbs Yoga hosts an Annual Winter Retreat, perfect for rejuvenation and setting intentions for the year ahead.

Or Stay Close to Downtown Seattle for Yoga
If you like the vibe of 8 Limbs Yoga, but want something closer, visit their West Seattle or Capitol Hill locations for daily classes. They’re just a short distance away from your vacation villa. Catering to all levels including prenatal classes, practice your hatha and vinyasa/flow technique at this modern studio. Hatha, relating to the use of force, is a class ideal for those seeking to improve their strength technique and holding poses. Vinyasa/Flow classes refer to movement with the breath, and provides excellent cardiovascular benefits along with flexibility.

Aptly named for its glowing salt rock wall, Salt Room Yoga is a one-room studio offering ten different class types for all levels and practices. Including the option for private lessons, this studio uses the calming energy of the Himalayan salt rock to enhance every practice. Try their back bending class, which is heavily influenced by Vinay Kumar’s Prana Vashya Primary Series from Mysore, India. Working towards a final posture, this class begins with a relaxing flow to warm up and prepare the body for the ending pose.

Serenity Day Trip from Downtown Seattle
zenAbout an hour’s travel from downtown Seattle will bring you to The Yoga Lodge, an oasis away from the noise and congestion of the city. Located on Whidbey Island, it’s an easy drive or ferry ride that includes all the sights and sounds of nature to ease you into your journey inward. Providing privacy, seclusion, and peace, numerous yoga and meditation classes are available daily for up to 20 people. With an area for pitching tents and accessories such as iPods and basic yoga props provided for your convenience, the only thing you should worry about bringing to this scenic studio is an open and focused mind.

Focusing primarily on energy and the fluid movement through yoga poses, the Yoga Lodge offers a drop-in rate of $15.00. For a deeper look at their philosophy, refer to the many testimonials on their webpage. Penny B. states, “I am grateful each time I enter the beautiful and restorative setting for my yoga session with Kate. In Kate, I have finally found a teacher who truly meets my needs for maintaining strength, flexibility and balance…and this for someone over 70! Kate truly cares about our well-being and clearly loves being a teacher. I leave each session feeling renewed and standing taller." For a soothing environment that is close to nature, this studio is truly worth the trip.

Next time you are looking a trip to the Seattle area, consider taking a day away from the rush of the city for some inner reflection. Studies show that spending time outdoors promotes inner well-being, as well as enhances mind body connection. Spend a day out of the city for personal reflection, rejuvenation, and peace; or perhaps walk around the block for a quick and rejuvenating workout. The yoga world will always be flexible in the Seattle area.

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