Thinking about trying out a yoga class, but not sure you’re able to flip your dog or do an eagle pose? Don’t worry, says Patty Dickinson, a local certified yoga instructor. “If you don’t like one type of yoga, try another,” she says. “Yoga should be fun. It’s all about rejuvenating your energy. In today’s busy world, you can have a quiet rejuvenation.” According to Dickinson, Hatha classes are more about learning to breathe than being perfectly aligned. Vinyasa classes are poses that are connected, moving from one to another. Baptiste style yoga is a powerful flow, with lots of movement, making for a more cardio yoga workout. Here are some Seattle area studios where you can drop-in and get your Namaste on.
8 Limbs Yoga, Capitol Hill
500 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
With four Seattle area locations including Phinney Ridge, Wedgewood and West Seattle, 8 Limbs offers a big variety of Hatha classes. Voted several times for Seattle Magazines’ Best Yoga Studio, it’s a popular workout spot for locals. $13 for a one-time drop-in class. Or try one of their monthly Yoga 101 classes for free.
Urban Yoga Spa
1900 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Surrounded by Tom Douglas restaurants in the Belltown area, Urban Yoga Spa keeps their studios at a balmy 95 degrees. Hot yoga, the latest yoga craze, raises your heart rate and allows your muscles to stretch, says Dickinson. Bring your own mat and towel, or rent them when you arrive. Water is a must. There are locker rooms and showers for your convenience. Hot Hatha and Hot Power Vinyasa classes are offered. One week of unlimited yoga is $25.
The Yoga Tree
4250 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
With classes specifically designed for beginners, The Yoga Tree wants you to feel comfortable with breathing and alignment before you move onto a more advanced class. Slower moving, these classes claim you don’t need to be in great shape before you drop-in. Classes are $15 for a one-time trial, or you can pay $8 for a community class, offered on weekends and Wednesday evenings. Check their website for details.
I Love Hot Yoga
6900 East Greenlake Way, Suite L
Seattle, WA 98115
This hot yoga studio has only been at its current location in Greenlake for the past 18 months, but it’s already been nominated as one of the Best of Western Washington. With studio temps between 95 and 110 degrees, you are guaranteed to sweat. It’s recommended for women to wear a tank style yoga top and lightweight yoga pants. Men can wear swim trunks and a light tee. Mats and towels are required, but you can rent from the studio if you don’t have your own. Be sure to bring water, you’ll need it. There’s a shower if you need a post-workout rinse. Drop in classes are $17.
Shakti Vinyasa Yoga
2238 NW Market Street, Ballard
Seattle WA 98107
Power Vinyasa and Baptiste style classes are featured at Shakti’s studios, located in Ballard, Bellevue and Redmond. These powerful, cardio-heavy classes are sure to give you a workout, with continuous movement. Shakti promises to take your yoga abilities to the next level. Drop-in rates range from $16-$17.