"A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people.  We are biologically, cognitively, physically and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong."                  Brene Brown

In 1985, surveys showed that Americans said they had an average of three close confidantes.  In 2004, that number had decreased to an average of one confidante, with one in 4 people saying they had no one to confide in.  Think about that as you walk down a city street: one in four of the people you see has no close friend.

Graffiti Art by Keith Haring
Behind most of our desires is a yearning to belong, to be accepted and to connect with others.  As we become ever more "social" on our devices, we are less and less in the same time/space continuum with other human beings, where the true benefits of connection are found.

Yoga class is a place where many strands of connection are made and strengthened.  You don't have to have long conversations or see people outside of class to receive the benefits of social connection, which include a stronger immune system, less depression and anxiety, increased longevity, and faster recovery from illness.

And even if you are an introvert, you benefit from being in the presence of others, because a sense of connection is internal, that is, if you feel connected to others on the inside, even if you don't speak or interact, you gain the same advantages.

A yoga class is one of the few remaining public spaces where one can be in community with others, and participate in a ritual of movement, intuition and attunement which is deeply connecting, even without words.  It is also a place of inward contemplation, and real, not virtual, experience.

Showing up is the first step.  Make the effort and you'll be nourished. Join us for real yoga with real living breathing people in a beautiful space infused with the breath and life of so many who have practiced here.

We can't wait to welcome you!

Hands together, deep bow,
Denise Benitez


Strengthen Your Connections!
Purchase a Membership for $125 a month HERE.

Small print: Your membership auto-renews until you elect to end it. You also receive 5% off any workshop or series and two free class cards for your friends (or those you'd like to become your friends!)


January through February, 2016

"I chose this program because I always found the teachers who graduated from it to be the most professional and well-educated in all facets of yoga, not just asana. I wanted the best education possible when I decided to deepen my study of yoga, and I was not disappointed with this training. SYA runs a highly respectable, professional, thoughtful training. Denise and her teachers are truly talented."  AM (2013 grad)
Four Week Morning Practice Series
w/Claudette Evans
 Mon, Wed, Fri, 6:30 - 7:45 am, Oct 5 to 30

You can still join this series at a pro-rated tuition.

Our morning series for October will help us to touch our vulnerability by exploring some of the poses we wouldn't necessarily attempt, unless we came to class.  The asana will be sequenced for all levels, with lots of options to safely help you come out of hiding.

Diving Into the Heart: Deep Textual Contemplation for Teachers and Students
w/Amy Reed and Rainey
Sat and Sun, Oct 17 and 18

Throughout history "svadhyaya", the study of sacred text, has been an essential element of the Yoga Tradition.   In this weekend, join Amy & Rainey for a deep dive into yoga philosophy, with a specific emphasis on Tantra.  We will explore how to study a sacred text (it's not like reading a book in college!) as well as how to make your contemplations relevant to your teaching. We will steep our awareness in two radiant, but lesser known Tantric texts,  the "Heart of Recognition" and the"Stanzas on Vibration".  Join us for a juicy, powerful weekend of grounded, mystical study!

Intro to Yoga Series
with Claudette Evans
Sundays, 10 to 11:30 am; Oct 11 to Nov 22

For anyone new to hatha yoga interested in learning the fundamentals of a physical yoga practice, this six-week series is a great place to begin. It will provide you with the tools to increase flexibility and strength, release tension, and develop concentration and body awareness. This series is designed to provide an understanding of basic yoga postures and breath practices

Tues, Oct 27 - 7:30 to 9:00 pm

In the Tantric tradition, the full moon is personified as feminine.  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 ofyogic arts to both release accumulated tensions and energetic congestion from the past month and create a more clarified inner space for the month to come.  Each month's focus will draw upon the cycles of nature at that time. 

No pre-registration required for

Love, From Your Teachers at Seattle Yoga Arts
Denise, Rainey, Meg, Bianca, Jaime, Laura, Beattie, Amy, Claudette, Beth, Rebecca, Dean, Dawn

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