We've been teaching yoga on Capitol Hill for an unbelievable twenty-five years! In that time, we've seen the Hill change from a mellowish downtown residential area to a more and more sleek, dense, and visited dining and shopping destination. Even so, Cap Hill retains a neighborhood feeling: drunk Santas roaming the streets for the Christmas Bar Walk, public bicycles for rent all over the Hill, Smart Cars, cars with mustaches, and so many people carrying yoga mats, going to their favorite yin or hot or flow or restorative or gentle classes. I love the Hill, and its blend of sophistication and edginess. I savor the view to the Sound, and, after teaching class at night, feel lucky when I get to see the moon rising over downtown.
Here are some of our favorite places to visit before or after a yoga class on the Hill:
* Healeo - of course! They were there when we moved into our new building five years ago, serving up designer smoothies and they're still doing their amazing thing.
* Central Coop - A half block away from SYA, making it easy to take a class, then get your healthy foods grocery shopping done without an extra car trip.
* Elliott Bay Books - The Hill was really graced when this bookstore moved from Pioneer Square to the Oddfellows Building. Fantastic curating of books here.
* The Tin Table - One diner says "urban industrial yet cozy. Top notch and kind service."
* Anchovies & Olives - Twenty steps from our door. Bon Appetit says: "In a city full of outstanding seafood restaurants, Anchovies & Olives is arguably the best."
We feel truly blessed to be part of the vibrancy of life on Capitol Hill, and to be peers with great businesses that care about our city and its diverse populace. Here's hoping that the next time you come to the Hill for yoga class, you can stick around and relish more of what it offers!
Love and peace, Denise
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Bright Fire: Early Morning Practice Series
w/Amy Reed, Feb 2-27, Mon, Weds, Fri, 6:30-7:45 am
February promises the return of the light. It's the dawn of the year. It's the time of germination. In this early morning series we'll rise with the sun and stoke the inner fire. We'll nurture our hopes and dreams for the coming year in good company and we'll support each other in staying true to our New Year's intentions. What do you hope to accomplish? What are you passionate about? What seeds do you wish to plant? Together we'll grow the bright fire of 2015.
For students of all levels who want to nourish their highest vision and intention through the winter and long into the future. Join us!
w/Laura Prudhomme & Erin Beattie, Sat Feb 14, 7-9 pm
Slide into a more restful mode of being with Laura's calming sequence of movements and Beattie's gentle hands on support. This evening practice is strong medicine. Celebrate love this Valentine's evening and come nurture yourself!
Dark of the Moon Chanting & Meditation
w/Claudette Evans, Feb 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
New moons are a blank page on which to speak our intentions. Darkness is the moment before birth, a pause and an exhale. The new moon is traditionally the preferred or "ripe" time to plant seeds in the ground or seeds of love, creativity, or friendship. It is considered beneficial to devote time to chanting and meditation on this day. Each month, we'll rest in the quiet energy of the new moon, and the power of a different chant, followed by a short meditation, which will cultivate equanimity and increase our ability to appreciate stillness and subtlety.
Stable & Free: The Shoulder Joints in Asana & Life
w/Bianca Raffety & Amy Reed, Feb 20 and 21
The shoulder joint is the most complex in the body, and it is a part of us that demonstrates our innate human movement. The arms and shoulders embrace, lift, push, pull, and carry. This amazing and intricate structure is challenged in any yoga practice. During this weekend, Bianca and Amy will illuminate a more refined understanding of the elegant shoulder joint. They'll clarify the language around how the joint optimally moves and offer insights & exercises from their work with yoga and anatomy as well as from their hands on experience from seeing and teaching a wide range of students over their teaching careers.
March Full Moon Yoga Mandala
w/Amy Reed, March 5, 7:30-9:00pm
In the Tantric tradition, the full moon is personified as feminine and bestows nectar. It is a time when moon gazing or moon honoring can bring forth powerful stillness and healing. We'll follow the cycle of the full moon, practicing a well-rounded mandala of asana, pranayama, chanting, and meditation to both release accumulated tensions and energetic congestion from the past month and create a more clarified inner space for the month to come.
w/Matthew Remski, March 13-15
Join Toronto yoga philosopher and Ayurvedic practitioner Matthew Remski for this weekend intensive to ground your practice and teaching of Restorative Yoga with the insights of Ayurveda. Special attention will be paid to the poetry of internal sensation using the language of the elements, dhatus (tissues) and vayus (directional pranic patterns). Postures will be simple but rich, with options provided for injury or mobility concerns. Excellent for practitioners wishing to explore the intuitive dynamics of Restorative, and for teachers wishing to enrich their classroom technique.
Yoga practice is medicine for your soul.
No pre-registration required for
Love, From Your Teachers at Seattle Yoga Arts
Denise, Rainey, Meg, Bianca, Jaime, Laura, Beattie, Amy, Claudette, Beth, Rebecca, Mandy